Bypassing the Mainstream Media, again

Mainstream media lies....
How do we bypass the mainstream media?

I’ve written about this before HERE and HERE, for instance. It’s worth repeating.

Yesterday I went on a bit of a rant (criticized by several readers as far too mild! There weren’t even any cuss-words!) But in response, one of my friends in the Free State of New Hampshire said this:

Pretty good. Now, how do you get the word out more broadly to…

…more than one “progressive” and the choir?  —Paul

It was a good question. How DO we “get out the word” beyond a small circle of committed friends of liberty? My answer to him was a recurring theme: We must rely upon alternative methods of disseminating information. In Soviet Russia it was handwritten “newspapers” passed hand-to-hand called samizdat. In China for a while it was posters on “free speech walls”; after those were shut down it became word-of-mouth.

For us in America—that is, until the “Department of Homeland Security” or some other agency of the federal government hits the Internet “kill switch”—our method is before your eyes. In sending this and other GraniteGrok postings out to friends and compatriots, I encourage you all to forward that which you find useful, compelling, or right-on to your own email lists. After all, we’re not going to find our type of dissent featured in any outlet of our government-centric (some say “government-run”) mainstream media. So here’s what I said in response to Paul’s email above:

Thank you, Paul. My answer to your question is…FIRST by putting such writings on GraniteGrok. SECOND, by sending them out to my personal “political friends” email list. THIRD, by hoping those political friends—if they find any pieces to be compelling—will forward such writings on their OWN lists (which may contain various political persuasions). Eventually, the hope is that really good writing (if it reaches that level) gets picked up by some national blog and goes viral. We certainly aren’t going to find such writing or opinions featured in any mainstream media outlet, so we’ve got to rely on our own means of information dissemination…such as blogs and email-trees. Like I’ve said in the past, these are essentially modern-day Committees of Correspondence. Thomas Paine and the other Founding Fathers would approve! Cheers, man.

I’ve been political my entire life, starting out with Barry Goldwater and The Conscience of a Conservative in the1960’s. In 1967 I enlisted in the U.S. Marines for four years, spending nearly two of them in South Vietnam. In 1972 I was a Florida presidential elector for Prof. John Hospers, the first Presidential candidate of the national Libertarian Party which was founded that same year. During the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s I was a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Reason magazine, and I’ve authored numerous articles in the print and online media about various subjects relating to individual rights and personal freedom. Today I’m a lawyer by profession; I divide my time between New Hampshire and Florida all year long, spending much of my time practicing law in Florida. As an early supporter and past member of the board of directors of the Free State Project, I was drawn to the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire in late 2003 when it was chosen by a vote of the first 5,000 FSP participants. In 2004 I founded the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and continue today to work within the state political system to advance the traditional NH values of frugal small government, low taxes, small business, free enterprise, and self-responsibility. To all, I say “Come and see what we are building in the beautiful, healthy, livable Free State of New Hampshire!”