This quote by Samuel Adams perfectly captures the American spirit and how it will survive:
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Let’s unpack it.
We start with the idea of majorities. Politicians love talking about majorities. They constantly manipulate people with poll after poll, always showing that government must take away liberty.
Politicians will trot out their “experts” just in case some need a little more deception in order to be convinced. But, the “majority” is the political bread and butter. If the majority says so, you’re supposed to accept it as something sacred.
Putting aside that you should pay little attention to government-approved “experts” and polls, the truth of the matter is that the majority of people are followers.
Majorities never set the direction. The majority always follows the direction that is set into motion by minorities, by the few, and often by “the fringe.”
This is not to demean anyone. Understanding this gives no permission to look down on anyone. Everyone is a part of the majority is some form or another. A person can be an absolute genius in his or her field, but a complete ignoramus when it comes to other fields.
Just because someone knows the immutable laws of physics or chemistry does not mean he knows the immutable laws of economics, or that he understands biological laws.
A man can be a multi-millionaire, or even a billionaire, and he’s still a part of the majority where he is ignorant. It is here, that others who know better, can be tempted to take advantage of that ignorance.
So everyone is a part of the majority in some sense, and majorities are followers. They can follow ideas that are good. But they can also follow ideas that are bad and harmful to themselves.
A tell-tale sign that a person is in the majority is when they resort to calling for the use of force. If you ever hear the words “there ought to be a law,” or “government should,” you’re hearing the voice of the majority.
If you happen to be the one voicing those words, it’s best that you get out of that majority. You’re only harming yourself in the end.
Good ideas never require the use of aggressive force. Never.
Throughout mankind’s history, those who have advocated for liberty and peace have frequently found themselves in the minority. Their job has always been the same. As Samuel Adams pointed out, it’s to tirelessly set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
The mind is always the target.
The real battle is always a battle of ideas.
Nothing can stop an idea, rooted in truth, that has been adopted by a tireless minority.
This is why government monopolizes schools. It’s all about targeting the mind. And no matter how bad government schools are at educating kids, government does not want to let that monopoly go.
You must send your kids to Caesar, so that Caesar can send them back to you as Romans.
This is also why government and media are attached at the hip. The target is always the mind. It’s always about ideas, and government wants to make sure that you’re flooded from every direction by ideas that they want you to believe.
So the minority who believe in Liberty must tirelessly find new avenues to get the word out. No matter how much the censors and “narrative-controllers” try to plug-up every leak in their apparatus, there’s always another crack somewhere to get the message of Liberty through.
Once a critical number of people (still a minority, of course) hear and embrace the message of Liberty, the tide starts to turn.
Life is Liberty. There can be no Life without it.
George Washington said that “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
Tyranny is a slow-going grind. It’s unnatural and takes an unbelievable amount of time, money, and resources to keep going. It saps the life out of everyone.
Liberty is rapid and powerful!
Liberty is a part of our nature, and when people embrace it, the world begins to shake.
Once the tireless minority turns the tide, the majority will not be far behind. They will follow, because that’s what majorities do.
Many may not even fully understand why they are following. They may not know all the intricacies and the beauty of the ideas of Liberty, but they will follow nevertheless.
Don’t be fooled by not being surrounded by libertarians. Just because most people around you parrot propaganda, it means nothing for the success of Liberty.
Looks can be deceiving. Not everything is as it seems.
Set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men and everything can change in what appears to be an instant.