Kill Your Heroes: An Open Letter to the Libertarian/Anarchist Community
This article was written with two intentions
1. to demotivate the saplings from hero worship
2. to demotivate the full grown oaks from continuing their embarrassing behavior
If the State is congealed force, then the "freedom movement" is congealed ego
The preachers, the activists, the writers, the videographers, the organizers, the youtubers; I've met you all, and many of you have shaken my assumption in the good of the human being. You do not believe in freedom, you believe in exploiting fringe thought for clicks and semi-internet-fame. You throw your own allies overboard if it means more viewers, more listeners, more readers. You are sycophants, willing to do anything for a mention from your freedom superiors. You are not men; you are loud mollusks with augmented egos.
A distinction of character between the sexes, unique to the "freedom movement"
I don't say 'men' for poetic relevance. When I say men, I mean men. When I first entered this arena I anticipated conflict with the females. Many of us, including former myself, assume that compared to men, women are more emotional, spiteful, petty, passive-aggressive, jealous, underhanded, dramatic. So why is it when I read these adjectives, only male names come to mind? Why is it that I have not met a woman in this movement that I did not like? The solidarity is strong, and I suspect it's a reactionary solidarity because most of the men have been so anticlimactic.
Ok, it's partially a numbers game. There are more men leading the "freedom movement," so naturally there will be more bad apples that are male. But without comparing the sexes, I'd say that 90% of these guys have been disappointing in the human being department.
The Moral Descent
I think most started out with an honest conviction. Channeling their beliefs into action gave them purpose, and several of these individuals did achieve something. But I am not criticizing the value of their work, I am criticizing the content of their character. Yet these things cannot be fully separate, because character influences action.
What seems to happen is they become very good at what they do, acquiring a following, influence, and sometimes wealth. But if a person has a single weak vertebrae, a little bit of fame quickly engulfs any sincere sense of self. Their work no longer becomes about their vision, it becomes about the cultivation of their ego through accomplishment.
Does it matter? After all, the same results are achieved? Well no. If you preach a certain standard of values because you believe in them, you are not likely to break them yourself. Now if you preach those same values because it gets you fans and praise – because of ego – you are no longer connected to the moral foundations of your own words. Most of our "thought leaders" are experiencing a latent infantile mirror stage. This results in moral bankruptcy and intellectual impotence.
Advice for the Oaks
In just over a year, I have noted a range of unsettling behavior from you, our dear "thought leaders." If this is just a temporary lapse of judgment, then you should be glad to digest the following recommendations:
If you don’t intend to credit people for their work, then don’t accept their help.
If you’re bad at managing resources, don’t accept donations.
If someone had a better idea than you, don’t steal it simply because you have a larger platform.
If you’re insecure and easily feel threatened, work on yourself instead of sabotaging people in your own movement; after all, we are working towards very similar goals.
Even though both you and Stacy have read the “Virtue of Selfishness,” or share a passion for private property, remember, it does not mean she should suck your dick.
Do not promise female counterparts a job, social media exposure, or an interview, in an attempt to get sexual favors. It’s very unbecoming.
Do not promote a female counterpart’s work in order to later guilt her into dating and/or sleeping with you.
If you love someone’s work but they politely reject you in the romantic department, do not act like a butthurt teenager and cut off all contact and support.
Do not steal money from your own charity.
Don't make excuses for peoples' immorality just because they have a large platform.
Do not tell people you will pay them, and then not pay them.
If someone confides in you, let's say about an instance of sexual harassment, do not go behind their back and use it to slander them to the community.
If an activist new to the scene tells you they are scared because a man threatened to rape them last night, don't turn around and tell people that "she deserves it because she lead the guy on."
Don't use your fame to go on sexual rampages after your divorce while calling the women you sleep with "sluts" to your male colleagues.
Try not to exploit the good nature or the emotional vulnerabilities of your fan base for financial gain.
Don't publish private discussions that could incriminate the speaker (all for the sake of a great headline) when you're supposed to be helping that very same person.
These people preach self-governing free market systems. They claim to have faith in a self-motivated moral humanity. They worship honesty and promote the entrepreneurial spirit…yet they act like the thugs they speak out against.
Advice for the Saplings
Don't worship your heroes; kill them (symbolically, surely). Do better than them. Make them irrelevant. And don't become shameless in the process.
*There are a few stand-up male "thought leaders" who I still admire (you know who you are, and you have spines so I doubt you needed this line of reassurance).
*Feel free to post your stories below, but I'm sure I've already heard them. Remember, this is still a small community.