The irony in desiring leadership in freedom…

Thousands of individuals willingly give away the freedom they earn through a long hard journey of discovery every day. Leaders, philosophical, political, monetary and lifestyle guru’s abound. Within the movement for real freedom these sycophants are more prevalent, less guarded and almost always brilliantly wrapped in verbal and physical beauty. gat_0000_0001_0_img0015

So why do so many supposedly intelligent, free individuals pursue and attach themselves to these geniuses of mental masturbation? It comes back to the principles that guide humans as a whole. We desire to be apart of something greater and will often times give up far more to gain a little. Being a true individual is not simple it is not easy and it is not laziness. In fact, being an individual and avoiding the pitfalls of leadership and leaders regardless the encompassing situations requires far more individual work.

We as individuals should embrace fulfilling relationships with other humans, it is healthy and natural. However, it is counter-intuitive to use those relationships to avoid our own personal responsibility to discover what is right for each of us as an individual. This is why as an individual I have chosen to distance myself from all those who would claim to be leaders or guides or whatever name their narcissism drives them to use to mask their destruction. You should do what you want to do, not what any other man or woman desires of you. I often use quotes from Sun Tsu, Henry D. Thoreau, Thomas Jefferson and many others who have had good thoughts and the ability to put those thoughts in a suitable arrangement using words and paper. This does not mean that my life is formed around their beliefs or approaches and needless to say many of those I once thought to be heroes are now very far removed from that category in my personal life. EDC

So why do you continue to promote your heroes and believe that they somehow deserve our undying affection and support so as to keep the “movement” together regardless their wrongs and faults?

Ask yourself that question and remember, I do not want followers, I do not want people who hang on my every word. I prefer instead those who may find an article or two I have written and using it to grow forgetting me soon afterwords. For that is growth, that is movement and that is true freedom.


Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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2 Responses to The irony in desiring leadership in freedom…

  1. shootinjh says:

    My perspective is that there are many fields of study & knowledge, and I don’t have the time to study EVERYTHING. Because of this, I rely upon my mechanic Pete to know a lot about repairing my car, my health care provider to know how to switch out a bad ticker etc. The same holds true with freedom and peace. I love learning new things, but I don’t have the time to do all of my own research and frankly 24 hours every day of economics and study would be come boring.

    This makes me grateful that in the marketplace of ideas, there are those that not only share ideas, but do so in an entertaining way… maybe someday a really smart one will even ad chocolate as a value-added option. 🙂 I have helped “convert” fewer than 6 people in my last 5 years as a -V-, whereas Molyneux, Rose, Buppert, Watner, Rockwell & Hancock have shared “the message” with thousands.

    While I don’t worship them, I have donated money to what I see as a much more efficient way for me to share with others the ideas I think are of value. Molyneux clearly has psychological issues and is very manipulative in his communications, but I nonetheless acknowledge that he is responsible for offering 10’s of thousands of people new ideas. Similarly, I don’t listen to Hancock’s show, but I think he has done much for freedom as you have/are.

    Those of us that wish to share with others some of the ideas relating to peace, liberty and economics all have different levels of success. It would seem that those that, like cream, rise to the top, have put together a more complete package than others (like me). If given the option of hearing me explain DRO’s or hearing William Grigg explain what they might look like, the obvious answer is Mr. Grigg! He is one of the best speakers I have heard, and he has “cared enough” to perfect him vocabulary and other linguistic skills to be great fun to listen to. (He would not have ended the last sentence with “to”)lol Others like Larken are not as articulate, but are so passionate and simply have “it.”

    I don’t, and I doubt many people “believe that they somehow deserve our undying affection and support so as to keep the “movement” together regardless their wrongs and faults.” If they suck, I think most of us will drop them like an 8-Track. until they suck however, I support giving them living hero status and encouraging others to support them. 🙂


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