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That most revolutionary act

This was one of rockchucker’s many good submissions to the Practical Freedomista meme contest.

I love it both because of its message (whose source is unknown, though people attribute it to Orwell) and because I admire Edward Snowden.

Kit and I included Snowden as an example in Basics of Resistance, but only after strong urging from one of our reality checkers, followed by much verbal tippy-toeing around each other. Because Kit loathes Snowden as thoroughly as I admire him.

I knew she’d dislike the meme, too, so I got her permission before posting it here. After all, it has the URL of our mutual website on it.

I mention our conflict on Snowden not merely as a bit of local color, but because our differences helped inform the book (as we say in the Author’s Note, which you can read via Amazon’s Look Inside feature if you don’t yet have a personal copy). Kit’s my friend, but you can’t imagine how many issues she and I vehemently disagree on.

Working over, around, and through those disagreements made the book stronger. Although it’s aimed at what our first Amazon reviewer called the libertarian wing of the #resistance, we used examples from left, right, and otherwise.

As the same reviewer notes:

… their practical advice about resistance, which is the main focus of the book, will be useful to people anywhere on the political spectrum, and the authors are ecumenical in the examples they draw on and the predecessors they consult. “Whether or not we agree with the politics or methods of other resisters,” the authors write, “we can learn from their successes and failures.” So immigrant rights activists and the Animal Liberation Front appear side-by-side with foes of Planned Parenthood and paleoconservative anti-tax crusader Vivien Kellems in some of the real-world examples the book illustrates, and the authors aren’t ashamed to recommend left-winger Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals as required reading.

In our crazy time of polarization, when people a few steps from each other on the political spectrum can’t converse without name-calling and outlandish accusations, we were very glad to strive for a touch of universality. The fact that Kit and I have so many monumental differences of our own helped us work toward that goal.

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As with all the PracticalFreedomista.com memes, if you like this one, please grab it and spread it around. Even Kit won’t mind. 🙂

5 Comments

  1. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran April 7, 2018 5:45 am

    Snowden revealed the truth that the NSA was paying U.S. private tech companies for clandestine access to their communications networks to spy on us, among other things and at a high personal cost to him.

  2. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal April 7, 2018 7:59 am

    To freedom lovers Snowden is a hero.
    Not so much to statists. Including those who think an “oath” trumps ethics. You are under no obligation to keep a rapist’s secret, even if you swore to not tell before you knew what you were about to find out.

  3. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 April 7, 2018 1:01 pm

    I’ve long enjoyed what I call the mental hotfoot, since the ultimate cruelty is making someone think. “As you slide down the banister of life, remember me as a razor blade in your career.” I’d say that Mr. Snowden has done an excellent job of that.

  4. Comrade X
    Comrade X April 7, 2018 3:46 pm

    Kit and yours conflicts gives what the two of you together creates superpowers!

  5. John
    John April 7, 2018 6:05 pm

    “In our crazy time of polarization, when people a few steps from each other on the political spectrum can’t converse without name-calling and outlandish accusations, we were very glad to strive for a touch of universality.”

    So much this! How cold and sterile a world of clones, all thinking almost the same, would be. So many things we do not know, and so paint in seeming plausible answers. Unknowns. Answers if ever to be found, I think, are best sussed out in the dynamic of thoughtful persons who can acknowledge their limits on knowledge and truth. And can endure dissenting view.

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