As I was talking with a friend the other day, she expressed that she wanted get involved in her local community but didn’t know how to go about it. Because she was new to the concepts of Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Technocracy, Agenda 21, etc., she felt overwhelmed by ignorance and was insecure in her ability to explain it to anybody else.
Since she had been also listening to various alternative media-induced conspiracy theories, she found herself spending a lot of time spinning the wheels of her mind trying to sort it all out but unable to figure out an action plan to do anything about it.
So, I am going to relate to you some of what I said to her. Just so you know, she received it with grace and we are still friends. Some readers, however, are likely going to take offense at this, but if you wish to rescue America, I sincerely hope you will take it to heart.
Where’s your evidence?
First, I told her that I spend zero time listening to other people’s unprovable conspiracy theories, and I suggested that she do the same.
Some synonyms for “theory” are hypothesis, conjecture, supposition, speculation and assumption. Every time some ill event occurs, be it fires in California or some rumor in Washington, the rumor mill gins out explanations based on circumstantial evidence at best and pure speculation at worst. The easiest way to spot a conspiracy theory is its total lack of concrete evidence. Evidence is always suggested but it is never forthcoming.
Conspiracy theories are a complete waste of everyone’s time but that’s the enemy’s exact point. For every hour, day, week, month, year and decade that is wasted in unproductive activity, the enemy gets a free pass to move ahead unopposed.
So, I told my friend to never lead into any discussion with a conspiracy theory that cannot be proven with hard evidence, in which case it isn’t a theory. Beyond being a waste of time, you will likely get into an argument and both of you will leave with bitter feelings.
Some will protest that evidence is too hard to find in the current sea of confusion and conflict. Point taken. I have given several decades of my life to give America enough hard evidence to literally kickstart a revolution of epic proportions. Between my latest two books, Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation and Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order, there are over 500 footnotes plus an extensive Bibliography. Be my guest to use anything I have presented – all you have to do is read it!
Why Evidence Matters
If you are arrested and charged with a crime, the first thing you want to know is what evidence they have against you. Do they have a video tape or an eye-witness of you committing the offense? How about other things like financial records or written statements from others?
Let’s say you are now in court listening to the prosecutor’s complaint against you and he reveals that the crime took place on Christmas day at 7:30pm Eastern. However, you know that you were on a cruise with your spouse in the Caribbean over Christmas and you pull out a time-stamped picture of yourself, taken by the ship’s photographer, showing you eating dinner at the Captain’s table. Furthermore, the Captain himself wrote a personal note on the picture saying how glad he was to have you at his table on Christmas day!
Now, that is hard EVIDENCE. It’s irrefutable. It’s effective. It’s life saving.
This isn’t hard to understand: Evidence matters, speculations don’t. Can you apply the old adage “Don’t take a knife to a gun fight”?
Let me make this practical to our discussion. When you want to make a case to a local official about Agenda 21 but he believes it is a conspiracy theory, don’t even bother to project yourself into the discussion. Rather, try this: get a copy of the original Agenda 21 book from the United Nations (it’s available on Amazon for about $40) and take it to him as evidence. Make him address the evidence and not merely your arguments about it.
Whenever you put hard evidence in front of a protagonist, you force them to respond to it, rather than respond to you. He might grind his teeth at your evidence, but it immediately puts him on the defensive and you on the offensive.
Rule 1: Always lead with hard evidence
Bring Solutions, Not Problems
Let’s say that you presented the evidence as above. If you don’t have a solution to the problem you are really concerned about, you accomplish nothing except angering the official. If that is your only intent (to make him angry) then you aren’t serious about change but only about stirring up a good fight.
Rule 2: Always present a solution that links to the evidence.
Let’s say your underlying issue concerns economic harm being done to your city because of policies derived from Agenda 21. You would explain the harm, relate it to your hard evidence and make an appeal to change the harmful policies to favor the citizens and the economic health of your city.
Let’s face it, who likes to listen to someone who is only interested in throwing criticism at you? Nobody! If you insist on being critical without bringing solutions, then you are part of the larger problem that is ripping America apart at the seams.
The Political Circus is an Addictive Diversion
I will be first to admit that I follow the news to a certain extent, but I recognize it for what it is: a diversion from focusing on the people who are really shredding our nation.
The fact is, many Americans are addicted to the anger generated by obsessing over the intense divisions in Washington, DC. Constantly watching television or videos, listening to talk radio, arguing on social media, etc., gets the old adrenalin flowing, but it has also been shown to release dopamine and serotonin into the brain, both of which are highly addictive. These are the same hormones that hold drug addicts in bondage even to their own self-destruction.
Americans who have become addicted to the news cycle (via anger and frustration) also exhibit typical addictive behavior. They can’t stop participating, it affects sleep patterns, family relationships, causes withdrawal and personality changes, etc. Worse, addicts will use any justification to continue their addictive behavior.
The only way out of addiction is to a) recognize it for what it is and b) stop it. Most addiction counselors will tell you to replace the destructive habit with something positive so you don’t slide back to old habits. So, how about gathering up some hard evidence, creating some solutions and mixing is up with your local elected officials? At the very least, this will channel your anger into constructive behaviors!
Rule 3: Stop any activity that promotes or enables addiction
The Value of Civility
Bitter anger and hostility are the hallmarks of political interaction throughout America. Tolerance, compassion and empathy have been killed off. Listening has been replaced with shouting and name-calling.
Why would any sane person think this is the way to help our nation? Of course, it cannot. Such a culture is self-destructing and indeed, we are self-destructing, aren’t we?
Rule 4: Be civil or be quiet
When I was growing up, my grandmother used to tell me that it is easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar. Little kids that stomp their feet and demand to get their way will never succeed in getting it. This lesson is not lost on adults, either. If you want results, and I hope you do, then keep a civil tongue in your mouth.
Expend Energy on Actionable Items Only
It is an exercise in futility to waste energy on anything where you cannot control or influence the outcome. This includes almost all national debates where you cannot and will never have a seat at the table.
In the case of following after conspiracy theories, just remember that you don’t know what you do not know. If new hard evidence is discovered, a theory might become fact, but that alone still doesn’t mean you can do anything about it.
The bottom line is, pick your battles carefully and pursue the ones where you can make a substantive difference. Imagine what would happen if every citizen in America practiced this for even 30 days in a row.
Rule 5: Choose your battles carefully and wisely
Here is a solution that you can participate in right now: Join Citizens for Free Speech (CFFS) and learn how to make a difference. I created CFFS in 2018 as a tax-exempt non-profit organization to support and defend the proper application of the First Amendment. It’s about engagement and taking considered action to effect change.
Secondly, CFFS launched LocalActivist.org as a private social network for engaged activists in their local communities. Not everyone is accepted into LocalActivist, but if you want a seat at the table in your own locale, then come network with us to craft solutions that work.
I’m banking on the hope that there are still enough reachable Americans who really to want to make a difference and turn the destruction of America around.
There are some difficult realities here. In lieu of a balanced and rational citizenry, America is slouching toward armed rebellion where people are going to get hurt. God forbid!
Personally, I am done with rabbit holes and Alice in Wonderland fairy tales. America needs statesmen-warriors who know how to effect change in every community across our nation.
Be one of them. Start today.