Bill Bucko

An Open Letter on Defeat - and Coming Victory

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AN OPEN LETTER, ON DEFEAT – AND COMING VICTORY

Amidst defeat, in the dark days just before his crossing of the Delaware, George Washington wrote: “I cannot believe that such a good cause will fail.”

Neither should we believe such a thing.

It isn’t we who have failed, or reality, or reality’s champion, Ayn Rand. What failed was a culture rotten through by mysticism, altruism and collectivism, which could summon in opposition to a petty would-be dictator no one better than a pitiful collection of compromisers.

What won was not some great and powerful evil. What won was a pygmyish, self-loathing evil, a power-luster and his backers itching to destroy the good.

But evil will not triumph. O’s Marxist policies will fail, as Marxism has always failed. We don't have to conspire to bring about his failure. The bastard will do that himself.

When he tries to placate the America-hating “progressives” (i.e. socialists and communists) who launched his career, he will alienate those later followers he tricked by pretending not to be a Marxist. If he tries to placate his later followers, he will enrage his “progressive” backers. In addition to the existential disaster he will wreak on what remains of America, he will demolish his own wretched administration, just as his forerunner Jimmy Carter did—ending his career surrounded by opprobrium and hatred.

Ayn Rand’s great philosophy, as better writers than I have pointed out, finally gives the American Revolution its moral foundation. It is the second American Revolution.

Just as John Galt had a surprise in store for the collectivists, so have we. We are not yet on strike—our last resort. Instead, we have the “underground stream” of Objectivism’s influence—and the potent weapon of a million high schoolers a year reading Ayn Rand’s works. If our enemies were smart, they would know that is an ominous sign for their future.

Today, even as the corrupt collectivist establishment is preening itself on the result of its deceit and dishonesty—let’s start fighting them.

LET’S SHOW THE BASTARDS THEY HAVE A FIGHT ON THEIR HANDS!

Betsy, here’s a suggestion: how about a new Suggestion of the Week (or Month) forum, with ideas for fighting for freedom? A variety of ideas.

Posted at the top, of course, as the biggest idea, to always keep in mind: DONATE TO THE AYN RAND INSTITUTE!

And I volunteer this idea: look in the Yellow Pages under Signs, and find someone who makes custom bumper stickers. On the rear of my car I have two bright yellow stickers, with black lettering:

WHO IS JOHN GALT? and Read ATLAS SHRUGGED!

Further bumper sticker ideas:

FIGHT SOCIALISM! and OUR LIVES DON’T BELONG TO THE GOVT!

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Winston Churchill had the right idea, in 1940:

... we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender ...

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AN OPEN LETTER, ON DEFEAT – AND COMING VICTORY

Amidst defeat, in the dark days just before his crossing of the Delaware, George Washington wrote: “I cannot believe that such a good cause will fail.”

Neither should we believe such a thing.

[...]

Ayn Rand’s great philosophy, as better writers than I have pointed out, finally gives the American Revolution its moral foundation. It is the second American Revolution.

[...]

LET’S SHOW THE BASTARDS THEY HAVE A FIGHT ON THEIR HANDS!

Betsy, here’s a suggestion: how about a new Suggestion of the Week (or Month) forum, with ideas for fighting for freedom? A variety of ideas.

Posted at the top, of course, as the biggest idea, to always keep in mind: DONATE TO THE AYN RAND INSTITUTE!

Nice letter and quotation BB.

Our immediate impetus for donating to ARI (as opposed to our long-term positive motives) has generally been anger, grief, even depression. Naturally, we made our largest contribution ever during the election campaign this year.

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This is exactly I needed to hear, and should be read by all!

We've got the greatest intellectual weapon; use it whenever and wherever necessary.

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Betsy, here’s a suggestion: how about a new Suggestion of the Week (or Month) forum, with ideas for fighting for freedom? A variety of ideas.

Posted at the top, of course, as the biggest idea, to always keep in mind: DONATE TO THE AYN RAND INSTITUTE!

And I volunteer this idea: look in the Yellow Pages under Signs, and find someone who makes custom bumper stickers. On the rear of my car I have two bright yellow stickers, with black lettering:

WHO IS JOHN GALT? and Read ATLAS SHRUGGED!

Further bumper sticker ideas:

FIGHT SOCIALISM! and OUR LIVES DON’T BELONG TO THE GOVT!

Great ideas!

I set up a special "pinned" topic in the "Activist Projects" forum titled "Personal Activism , What are YOU doing to change the culture?" (link) where you can tell us what you are doing and inspire other FORUM members to do likewise.

(If a particular idea engenders a long discussion, I'll split it off in a separate topic in the "Activist Projects" forum.)

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Thomas Paine, in The Crisis:

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the

sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of

their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and

thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;

yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict,

the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem

too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would

be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be

highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has

declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in

ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not

slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.

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I have moved some of the posts from this thread to the "Shrugging..., ...without going to the valley" thread (link).

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