...THINK ABOUT IT! YOU STAND FOR LIBERTY. THEIR INSULTS, THEIR SPITTLE, THEIR ATTACKS ARE ALL JUST BADGES OF HONOR AND COURAGE.
Article by Cameron Wilson
HOW TO HANDLE LEFTIST VITRIOL AND AGGRESSION
PUBLISHED: 7th January, 2015 | By Cameron Wilson
Being confronted by angry protestors is a distinctly unpleasant experience. Unfortunately, it is also something that most advocate of liberty will encounter. Sometimes protestors on the left can be downright vicious. They have been known to spit on, assault, scream incoherently at, and vandalize the property of, pro-liberty advocates. It is important to maintain your composure when these things happen. This is for three reasons.
1. The Passers-by.
It is important to remember that most times that the left will agitate against liberty there will be an audience. The media, and those who are simply passing by, will be carefully watching the encounter. They will note the behavior of the participants. The left will be yelling insults, swearing, and generally acting as if social norms are irrelevant. The question will then be, how are the advocates of liberty comporting themselves?
If libertarians scream insults, assault, or act coarsely in response to the left, then liberty will be discredited. The passers-by, who have never encountered pro-liberty arguments, will reject libertarianism. They will lump libertarians in with socialists, feminists, and Marxists. And why shouldn't they? After all, if liberty was a philosophy which is in opposition to statism, then shouldn't libertarians act differently than their ideological foes?
The media will seek to confirm its own biases. They are hostile to liberty, and so they will take advantage of the bad behavior of some libertarians to condemn all libertarians as opposed to social order.
2. The YouTube effect.
There was once a day in which you could lose your composure, and as your indiscrete moment receded into the past, memory of it would fade. Unfortunately, with the advent of the internet (and especially YouTube), this no longer holds true. A moment of rage could make you the face of the next viral video, or meme. Even the most humble foot soldier in the struggle for liberty can become the face of liberty's mistakes. So don't allow yourself to be suckered into hurting our cause with a moment of indiscretion.
3. Because you're better than they are!
Think about it! You stand for liberty. Their insults, their spittle, their attacks, are all just badges of honour, and courage. They hate you because you are a threat to the system they seek to impose on you. Don't let them turn your crusade for freedom into base rage.
Furthermore, with reason and justice on your side, you have no need for the uncontrolled anger demonstrated by the left. You have better tools to do the job.
In the pro-life movement, the model I just described is called "the ambassador model". It posits that every pro-lifer is an ambassador for his or her position. Just like the actions of an ambassador while in a foreign country will affect the way in which the foreign country will view the ambassador's country, so too will the actions of pro-lifers reflect on their position in the minds of the people who meet them.
The same holds true of pro-liberty advocates. If you treat people with respect, they will tend to view liberty with sympathy. If you yell at them and treat them badly, they will walk away with a poor impression of liberty.
So if you are unfortunate enough to have to go toe to toe with a leftist agitator (or rather and agitated leftist), remember you are an ambassador of liberty. Be courteous and respectful even if the leftist is not. Let people see them for what they are, and you for what you are. I guarantee you will win by the comparison.
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