Notes on Politics, Parenting and participation

Get Involved. That’s all there is to it. If you want your children to be free, work at it. Vote. Talk. Publicize. Throw Molotov cocktails. Practice sniping. (I’m kidding) (or am I?) Run for office. Take Back Your Government. Don’t let the bastards steal your freedom, and the freedom of your children.

“What signify a few lives lost in a generation or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson

“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and measures you want to vote for… But there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.
If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time that truly intelligent exercise of the franchise requires. ” – Lazarus Long, AKA Robert Heinlein

“A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the managers… and its greatest strength is a ‘free press’ when ‘free’ is defined as ‘responsible’ and the managers decide what is ‘irresponsible’.”

Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

And a final one to make you think about yourself:
“A rational anarchist believes that concepts, such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame.. as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and _nowhere_ else. But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world.. aware that his efforts will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failiure.”

Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein