How many have gotten themselves into that usual Twitter or maybe a Facebook debate about “capitalism” or “the free market” with someone who doesn’t even understand the definition of the terms? It can be equally frustrating because these social media environments aren’t really suited for an honest debate. When anonymity is introduced during any discussion, the lesser person will usually revert to either name calling, generalities or at the minimum, copy and paste Salon.com or Huffington Post articles to counter your every point.
Try to explain the historical uses of nullification by the states and you’ll be labeled a “neo-confederate”. Make it be known that you prefer markets to government and you’ll be suddenly allied with the Koch brothers and wish to see poor people die in the streets. Heaven help you if you ever try to explain what anarchism really is. As Rep. Dick Armey once said, “Who needs the facts when you have demagoguery on your side.”
That is why so many have taken to blogging. The so called, blogosphere has become one of the fastest growing activities on the web. New blogs emerge on a daily basis. As of 2011, the Nielsen rating agency counted over 181 million blogs. There have been over 3.5 billion blog views in 2012 on WordPress alone. As of January 2013, some estimates approach almost 300 million blogs worldwide. Evidently, people have something to say and want a vehicle to say it. Blogging has opened up a quasi-publishing platform for those who are educated enough to make a coherent point but aren’t academic enough to get posted in one of the journals. Incidentally, blogs are read more often than any peer reviewed white paper.
Another positive aspect of blogging is that it plants that proverbial stick in the government’s eye. Where the mass media has been captured by the pro-state left, bloggers of every other political or economic persuasion have the ability to get their message out without restraint or fear of rejection from an editor with a statist bent. More information is disseminated through blogs to their readers than anything the mass media could accomplish. Moreover, your average blog will have documentation or references to back up what may be posted. A written article is easily picked apart and open for further research. Writers of blogs understand that whatever content they put on the web will be open to public scrutiny and use the opportunity to prove their point. Many blogs by amateur writers end up being quite professional because of this public version of peer review.
So why am I going on about blogging? Because, like so many other things internet related, bloggers are making that end run around the state. They are furthering the cause of liberty with every posted muffin recipe and opinion piece about Obamacare. Really, muffins? The regulatory apparatus built up through the FDA alone is stifling many a home baker from publishing a good cookbook. Blogging is an end run around this portion of state control however small someone may think it is.
As usual, the slow moving leviathan state cannot keep up with the flurry of blog articles that get posted. Not even the NSA could read every article that gets posted daily. They rely on supercomputers to hunt up keywords or phrases in the prodigious mountain of words published. An article’s content is rarely read in its entirety.
Another reason to be excited by the ever growing blogosphere is that these people are helping to educate their fellow man. In order to bring about lasting change requires a better-educated public who is more aware of the who, what, when and why of our situation. Imagine just a few short years ago, how few people knew the reason for their declining standard of living was due to the Federal Reserve System? How many have even heard of the Fed? If you questioned what Alan Greenspan was doing back then you were quickly tarred and feathered and tossed into the conspiracy theorist bin. Today, it’s almost common knowledge about how the Fed inflates away the purchasing power of the average consumer. Much appreciation, of course, goes to Ron Paul for absorbing those arrows for so long of a time.
As the economist and historian Murray Rothbard explained some 40 years ago, that any change that will last must begin with educating the public. Voting the rascals out will only invite new rascals in. Politics is not the vehicle to bring about a free society. It must begin and be based on a public that has, at least, a rudimentary understanding of their economic situation. The public will always vote their self-interest. Once the public understands that there really is no free lunch or that our foreign intervention abroad is creating more enemies than we are destroying, then maybe this good ship lollipop can be turned around. Consider the next politician who promises away our children’s future in hopes of garnering enough points to get elected. Would a better educated public be so easily duped?
Along with the other tools to reach the public, blogging is another device that is being used to help bring about positive change. Of course, not every blog is published with this end in mind, but many are. There are much more that are doing this very thing than ever before. It can only help. It can also be advantageous for more people to have a sound economic and political understanding when this great scheme called the western central banking system comes apart at the seams. Who will be left to put Humpty Dumpty back together? The power brokers hope the general public will still be too asleep to know how things really unraveled. Fingers will be pointed at “capitalism” or “free markets” again. This is where our story began.
Get blogging and help arm your fellow man with the knowledge of what the truth is. Ideas cannot be stopped by any army or any government, as John Kennedy once said. Ours is the battle of ideas.