Self-Defense for Activists


How do you stay safe when engaging in activism? We want to stand up for our principles. We want to make a statement. We want our voices to be heard. We want to influence our world so that we can eventually leave it better than we found it. And we want to do that without violence. But we don’t want to get our necks broken in the process.

Gordon Ramsay is awesome. This video is two full hours of Chef Ramsay cracking skulls. Here is why I love this man:

  • He is brutally honest. How many people are brutally honest? Too few. Way too few.
  • He demands more of everyone. He is incredibly demanding. I love this. How are you going to reach your potential unless someone demands your best from you?
  • He genuinely wants to help people, at least in his Kitchen Nightmares series. The transformations he leads in KN blow my mind. He doesn’t just fix people’s food and their business but also their families and their mindsets.
  • His accent is spectacular.
  • He is a real leader with real business and culinary experience. He has experienced failure. He knows how to cut to the core of a problem and then he attacks it without mercy.
  • He demands the best for his customers. His dedication to the customer is unceasing. That is classy.
  • He cuts through anyone’s bullshit like a knife through hot butter. He reeks of truth. He is genuine and down-to-earth.
  • His vocabulary is not limited to generic insults like “moron” or “idiot,” he will also lay your primary problem right out in colorful and accurate language.

Chef Ramsay does all of this in an age where people are coddled, their feelings treated like precious little bunny rabbits and honesty and integrity are all but nonexistent.

We could all benefit from more of his kind of passion, determination and integrity because only by demanding more of ourselves can we progress towards a better future.

Chipotle Rifle Open Carry was an Activism Screwup

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The restaurant chain Chipotle has banned the open carry of firearms from its more than 1,000 locations across North America because some folks in Texas open carried battle rifles into one of their stores. Some of these open carriers reportedly have also engaged in a war of nasty words with female proponents of limiting firearm rights. This is an activism fail. These guys wanted to normalize the open carry of battle rifles, the AR-15, AK-47 and similar, but their op backfired on them because:

This is an awesome video about leadership, organizations and communities that is full of fresh insights. I am convinced that inside many libertarian communities, people do not feel safe. People feel stressed by contentious fighting. And so we do not trust each other and we do not make forward progress towards achieving our shared vision. We need to identify the problem, and then we can solve it.

4 Reasons Why PorcFest is Alive and Kicking

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In a recent video entitled “R.I.P. PorcFest,” libertarian tax protestor, author and commentator Larken Rose suggests that the Free State Project’s (FSP) annual Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest) may be “dead” because, he says, the FSP Board of Directors (FSP, inc.) is attempting to limit what topics attendees are allowed to discuss. This is a ridiculous claim. So, here are 4 reasons why PorcFest is alive and kicking. Can you come up with more?

What do You Attack?

If you attack people, be they individuals or groups, then you are on the wrong track. You are a gossiper. You’re a celebrity tabloid. But if you attack ideas, then you are on the right track. People can change, people can die. But ideas are forever. And a brilliant idea can change the world overnight. Stop gossiping and start forming and improving your ideas.

Screw Activism. Build Community.

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No, we need to build community. That means relationships. We need, each of us, to find ourselves, our respective individual truths. We need to share that with the world in a human way. An emotional way. One person at a time. And we need to be present when our fellow community members do the same. Every day of every year for the rest of our lives.