Today the following topics were covered:
Tactical Skills (Kirk Shelley):
How to Be the Life of the Party (Jeff Greenspan):
Jeff basically talked about how to get involved in existing political parties. Campaign for Liberty encourages all liberty minded individuals to join their party’s central committe in their county as a first step, be it the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or other parties. Look up your county central committee and attend their next meeting. Stay open to different ideas and listen to current members. Figure out who supports your ideas and goals. Get involved by volunteering. Campaign for Liberty members across the country have already accomplished this. A lot of members present at the conference are now members of their county central committes and are changing policies. Most importantly, when the next elections come up, there will be no more dirty tricks when someone like Ron Paul is on the ballot, since now we are beginning to fill those positions that enable us to ensure fair practices across the country.
One amusing fact which he pointed out: One lady was asking if we could somehow get to a point where we all hold up the same signs during rallies and not have so many different messages. He pointed out that the strength but also the problem of Campaign for Liberty is that, as opposed to other political organizations, all of its members think for themselves rather than taking orders.
Social Media: A How to Guide for Facebook, Blogs, and Twitter (Eric Gardner):
Eric explained how to use Google, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to spread the message.
Strategy & Vision:
Probably the most important speech of the entire event. The speaker, Jay, was proposing that the Campaign for Liberty formulate a clearly measurable and coherent Vision Statement on where we want to be in how many years from now. He was suggesting to take a look at MoveOn.org and follow their model to become the #1 news organization to spread the message of Freedom, Liberty, Peace, Prosperity, and Happiness.
Today the following topics were covered:
The Real Nature of Politics (Mike Rothfeld):
The most interesting things I got out of this:
- The American political system is not broken, we should stop whining about it and show more initiative and action
- We need MORE confrontation to succeed, less bi-partisanship and compromising
- Two theories on how to succeed politically: Education vs. Mobilization/Confrontation
- Education alone will accomplish nothing without Mobilization/Confrontation
- Only about 60% of the population are eligible to vote. Based on this number, one can narrow down the target group based on factors such as ‘who actually cares’, ‘who is registered’, ‘who can we definitely not won over’ etc.
- Ultimately campaigns thus end up focusing on only around 6% of the people living in a district
- How to make politicians act:
- Understanding the nature of a politician is crucial: politicians are usually subordinate to their ambition
- “unless you are feared politically, you will not be respected politically”
- “When a politician tells you how politics works, ask yourself: How does the politician and the political class benefit if i believe it?”
- When running a grassroots campaign: be careful not to become the politician’s representative to the grassroots, you have to be the opposite
Caucuses, Mass Meetings & Conventions (John Tate):
John basically explained how conventions work and how to succeed in caucuses and primaries.
Sound Money, Sound Economy (Tom Woods):
Tom Woods basically outlined all the things that I explained in The History of Money and The Business Cycle. I may add that he did not talk about the consumption business cycle, but mentioned the production business cycle.
Recruiting and Vetting Candidates (Kirk Shelley):
Click to see Vetting slides.
Keys to Changing Policy (Mike Rothfeld):
Some more information on how to work the political system.
Last but not least, I walked around and looked at some of the booths. Some interesting organizations I found out about:
- AtlasNetwork.org – An organization that specializes in educating people in other countries about the concepts of liberty and provides means to mobilize people and make political change happen. Currently they are working in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Malay, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Urdu
- SeaSteading.org – An organization that seeks to establish seasteading projects in international waters
- NWrarities.com – A coin dealer that I talked to. He told me something I had not thought about yet: Old pre 1933 gold coins have gained about 20% year on year while regular new bullion issues have pretty much remained stable in price. New bullion issues are not as limited as pre 1933 ones. I think this shows that there is a high demand for gold as money specifically, but not so much for the metal, a typical phenomenon of deflation.
I will be at the Campaign for Liberty Regional Conference in Las Vegas this weekend:
On July 10-12, Campaign for Liberty members will gather at Bally’s Las Vegas to network, learn, and build their local organizations as our grassroots Revolution to reclaim our Republic and restore our Constitution continues.
Spend time with fellow liberty-minded activists, learn about history and current events from a freedom perspective you won’t hear from the mainstream media, and prepare to take back our country with top-notch training from seasoned experts.
Campaign for Liberty Regional Conferences will:
- Strengthen your understanding of history and foundational principles necessary to maintain liberty
- Teach you how to persuasively communicate our movement’s mission and message
- Train you in how to recruit, equip, and mobilize an army of informed citizens and build the organizational structure necessary to win
- Help you master the political process on the local, state, and national level
Our speakers will include:
- Mark Skousen, Editor of Forecasts & Strategies, and producer of FreedomFest.
- Tom Woods, best-selling author, historian, and Senior Fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.
- Congressman Ron Paul, Honorary Chairman of Campaign for Liberty.
Anyone who happens to be there and would like to meet up, feel free to contact me.