Rich’s Blog from Jail – 2013-07-02
I am happy to bear witness to your pledge to “get involved” in the Liberty Movement. I am even happier to inform you that you have already done so, in at least three ways: your letter to Adam, your letter to me, and your donation to my defense fund!
Being a jailed civilly disobedient activist can be compared to being the star of a movie. A movie should have a star, it would be boring without one, but no movie can be made with only one actor. Not only must other actors be found to play supporting roles, but a director, cameraman, and a producer are also required to make almost any movie. Voluntarists are frequently equipped with oversized egos, so it is often hard to find people to fill the vital supporting roles in our movement.
I was not trying to get put in jail this time, I was just doing my thing, which happened to be illegal. My focus these days and going forward will be more on making things change through mass protest, agorism, and through playing important supporting roles in civil disobedience than on actively trying to get myself arrested. I hope that you will continue to work for liberty in every way which makes sense to you…and that you will give yourself a break on the issue of civil dis. Not all activism gets you arrested, and actively promoting causes on Facebook is activism, in a way that lackadaisically pressing “like” is not.
If you cannot think of any other activism to do, I would challenge you to spend four hours a week actively promoting my case, spreading word of it to new audiences, and hopefully getting word of it to spread virally.
Alternatively, you might want to work a few extra hours each week and donate the extra money to a deserving liberty organization, whether it is my defense fund, the Free State Project, the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund, or some other organization.
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