CODE OF CONDUCT
The following Code of Conduct is incorporated into the Freedom Force Bylaws. All members are bound to its provisions in the furtherance of their mission.
1. The first order is: don’t wait for orders. Freedom Force is not pyramidal but holographic in structure. Therefore, instead of waiting for instructions from a monolithic directorate, become self-directed. Join with others when that is advantageous, but also don’t be afraid to duplicate and parallel their efforts. Experiment. Make mistakes. Find a better way. As long as your activities are consistent with The Creed of Freedom, and this Code of Conduct, the effort will be constructive. What may seem like chaos at first actually is the ferment of creativity and competition. It ultimately will far surpass the output of bureaucratic and dogmatic control from the top and it will allow the movement to spread rapidly into virtually any culture and any part of the world.
2. The principles in the Creed of Freedom are not subject to change. They will be the same a hundred or a thousand years from now. Therefore, disobey any directive from Freedom Force that, in your opinion, violates the Creed of Freedom.
3. Organizational policies are not in the same category as the Creed. They can be altered as required by experience. Do not hesitate to offer suggestions for their improvement. If leadership councils do not adopt your suggestions, respect their decision and refrain from creating factions. Membership is voluntary; but, while we are members, we are expected to abide by these policies. Victory is possible only through unity.
4. Don’t trust your leaders. That applies to Freedom Force as well as in politics. Don’t expect them to be saints. Most of them are corruptible under the right circumstances. Your job is to watch them like a hawk. Don’t let them violate the Creed or this Code of Conduct. Call attention to their errors, when necessary. If violations are serious, mobilize the power to remove them.
5. Wherever possible, become active in membership organizations that have the potential for affecting public policy. Work with others of like mind within those organizations to become influential. Use that influence to create support for the principles of freedom.
6. Participate in political action. Don’t just go to the polls now and then to vote for candidates selected by others. Become part of the process that chooses candidates in the first place. Hold loyalty to principle above loyalty to party, but remember, those who are not interested in politics will be forever ruled by those who are.
7. Whenever possible, seek employment in government, education, communications, and other institutions where you can exercise strong influence on behalf of freedom. Help others of like mind to obtain similar positions within your work force. Don’t fight city hall. Become city hall.
8. Leadership brings power but also responsibility. When holding positions of authority, adhere to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Never betray those you lead.
9. Live by your principles without compromise. Let it be known where you stand. You cannot achieve victory by hiding. Popular approval is not your primary concern. You are a warrior. Accept the risks and the consequences. Stand tall in your convictions. Be an example for others.
10. Show tolerance, compassion, and good will toward all. Extend a welcome to members of all races, nationalities, religions, and cultures, provided only that they honor The Creed of Freedom. Expect diversity, knowing that, in spite of differences, our common mission binds us to a genuine global brotherhood.
11. Freedom Force embraces the highest principles shared by the great religions of the world but it is not intended to function as a church. It is open to those of all religious persuasions without requiring acceptance of any particular doctrine. While working with other members, refrain from criticizing or challenging their beliefs. Focus on those things that draw us together rather than those that divide.
12. Totalitarians prefer that we make no distinction between love of country and loyalty to leaders. They want us to believe that dissension is unpatriotic. In truth, opposition to corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism. If we are citizens of a collectivist government, we face the challenge of opposing national policies while at the same time demonstrating love of country. This becomes especially difficult at public ceremonies where we are expected to pledge allegiance or stand at attention during the national anthem. Not to do so would be misinterpreted as hostility toward our country and its heritage and would cause us to be isolated from the very people we hope to reach. Therefore, when attending patriotic ceremonies, we should participate freely, knowing that in our conscience we are respecting the feelings and good intentions of our fellow citizens and honoring our country, not our politicians. At Freedom Force meetings, patriotic ceremonies are neither required nor prohibited. That policy is established by the Board of Directors of each chapter depending on local custom and membership preference. If a meeting is held in a private home, the choice is made by the host. We should respect their decisions and move on to the greater business at hand, which is the building of a world in which patriotism and freedom are no longer in conflict.
13. It is tempting to use Freedom Force as a network for promoting professional services and products. However, there is no shorter path to dissention and corruption-of-purpose than to bring marketing programs and business opportunities into our work. Therefore, our meetings and channels of communication may not be used for that purpose no matter how beneficial they may seem. The exception to this rule is the promotion of educational and training materials from The Reality Zone that are essential to our mission. Advertising on The Reality Zone web site and news channel is the appropriate method of presenting all other commercial messages to our members, because that is entirely separate from our organizational work. (For additional comment on this issue, click here.)
14. The name and logo of Freedom Force International may be used for the promotion and identification of chapter events, materials, and members. It may not be used on personal letterheads or business cards or for commercial purposes. We seek to bring about reform, not through direct interaction with the general population, but indirectly through influence within other organizations that shape public policy. Therefore, although we are proud of our name, it is not essential that it receive widespread recognition. Its best use is to authenticate our materials, identify our members, and provide symbolic reinforcement at membership functions. Any other use is not authorized.
15. We are proud of our membership and should let others know of our affiliation whenever appropriate. In doing so, however, we must not create the impression that we officially represent the organization. This is particularly true when signing letters or other documents. There is difference between saying “I am a member of Freedom Force” and signing a statement as “John Smith, member of Freedom Force.” The first instance would be a simple statement of fact, whereas the second could be perceived as carrying organizational authority. Therefore, signatures should not include a reference to membership.
16. The final rule is read the rules! At every meeting attended by twenty members or more, read aloud The Creed of Freedom and at least five items from this Code of Conduct. The principles contained in these statements are of no consequence if they are forgotten. Reading them aloud in this manner will always keep them in the center of our deliberations. This recitation is the autopilot that will keep us, and those who follow, on the right course - forever.
BENEFITS OF CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP
Freedom Force Recognition Pin Chartered Members receive a gold plated lapel pin (or optional tie tack) displaying the famous Freedom Force logo. Additional pins and tie tacks are available at
Parchment copy of
Chartered Members receive a parchment copy of The Creed of Freedom that is appropriate for framing (the frame is not included). A place for their signature is located at the bottom, next to Mr. Griffin's signature.
Freedom Academy enrollment
Chartered Members are automatically enrolled in the Freedom Academy, which means they are entitled to attend any of the on-line classes and workshops conducted by the Academy's faculty of scholars, historians, and experts. In each session (2 per month), they will be able to direct questions on any topic to Mr. Griffin. Also, they will have the option of their own personal presence on the Freedom Force networking site where they can engage other members from around the world, exchange ideas, solicit advice or help in projects, share experiences, and learn from the sucesses of others. This feature is now under development and scheduled to be in operation by September 2012.
Chartered Members are entitled to purchase one-ounce, pure silver Libertatems at the spot price of silver, which is below their cost and, in fact, below the market price of any other silver coin. Libertatems are custom minted for Freedom Force and feature eight symbols illustrating the concepts expressed in The Creed of Freedom. For an explanation of the symbolism, click here. They are a storehouse of value, a hedge against inflation, and a teaching aid to popularize the laws of liberty. This option is limited to one Libertatem per member per year. Additional quantities always are available at the regular price. For larger images and more information, click here.
Chartered Members are entitled to purchase any of the Audio Archive albums at a whopping 60% discount. These broadcast-quality programs are indispensable to understanding the Freedom Force mission and are ideal for carrying our message to friends. To appreciate the outstanding quality of these recordings, you must see and hear them for yourself at The Audio Archives Showroom. Currently, each album containing three programs is priced at $30, but Chartered Members pay only $12. That’s a savings of $90 on the set of five. This offer is limited to one set of recordings per member.
Coat of Arms
Chartered Members are entitled to purchase an 8"x8" Travertine tile featuring the richly colored Freedom Force Achievement, commonly called the Coat of Arms. It comes with a wooden base for table or shelf. Click here for a larger image. You will be proud to display this hansome tribute to freedom. Currently, they are sold for $65, but Chartered Members pay only $26, which represents a 60% discount. This offer is limited to one plaque per member.
Reports available by mail
Chartered members who do not have email addresses receive printed copies of all membership reports sent by regular mail.
Chartered Members have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to carry the financial load. Freedom Force could not even exist without them. A portion of their donations makes it possible for us to offer free memberships to those who cannot afford to donate. Therefore, even if Chartered Members never attend meetings or participate in activities, they are rewarded by the knowledge that they are making an important contribution to the freedom mission.
COST OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership in Freedom Force is open to everyone regardless of financial status. Members set their own level of support. If they can afford nothing at all, they are just as welcome as those who are substantial donors. Our movement cannot succeed without funding, of course; but, in this battle for freedom, we know that intellectual dedication and helping hands are just as important as money, if not more so. Therefore, there are two main types of membership available, and everyone is free to change at any time they wish.
1. CHARTERED MEMBERS sustain Freedom Force financially and are the backbone of the organization. They cover the overhead that allows us to offer free memberships. They are entitled to participate in all activities, receive communications, attend general meetings, serve on standing committees, vote on organizational matters, and hold leadership positions. They set their monthly pledge at whatever level they wish. However, to qualify for Chartered Membership, the minimum is $11.To review the benefits of Chartered Membership, click here.
2. CERTIFIED MEMBERS have no financial commitment. This is a free membership for those experiencing financial hardship.They are entitled to participate in activities, receive communications, attend general meetings, and serve on standing committees.
Those who want to be Chartered Members to assist in the operation of a chapter but cannot afford the minimum pledge are eligible for Sponsored Membership. This has all the characteristics of Chartered Membership except the financial commitment. Those wanting to be Sponsored Members should submit a request as follows: “I wish to assume a leadership role in Freedom Force but, at present, I am not able to make the minimum pledge required for Chartered Membership. Therefore, I request a free Sponsored Membership with all the privileges of Chartered Membership. I intend to become a Chartered Member as soon as that is possible.”
To keep overhead expenses to a minimum, Freedom Force relies heavily on volunteers who perform a variety of specialized staff services for the headquarters organization. These include clerical, technical, and administrative functions. Volunteers have the option of being Chartered Members or Staff Members. If they cannot afford the minimum pledge for Chartered Membership, they may become Staff Members, which entitles them to all the privileges of Chartered Membership.
Life Members are those who provide funding equal to one-hundred years of service as a Chartered Member. Obviously, we do not expect anyone to participate for a hundred years; but, if they pledge ten times the minimum level, they will become Life Members in ten years. A single donation of $13,200 (1200 times the monthly minimum) also qualifies. Life Members retain the privileges of Chartered Members for their lifetime or the lifetime of any member they designate. To arrange a Life Membership, contact Mr. Griffin at here.
HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT?
It is our goal eventually to be able to set aside a significant portion of our income (perhaps 20%) to be invested in ventures that have the potential for substantial yield and long-term growth. The purpose of that is to build an endowment fund to finance sizable projects (such as our training school called The Freedom Academy). We probably never will be able to match the funding power of such groups as the Rockefeller or Ford Foundations, but we intend to utilize the endowment model they have used so effectively. we are striving to become self sustaining and able to access a substantial capital pool for important future projects.
It is not unusual for executives in charitable and activist organizations to be exceedingly well paid to the point of insult to the donors, so the issues of overhead and management compensation should be addressed. At the present time, our overhead is very modest. We have one employee who maintains membership records and assists Mr. Griffin with communications. Facilities have been donated by Mr. Griffin from the beginning. For the first five years, he paid out of his own funds the difference between operating expenses and income. He received no compensation during that time. To the contrary, he was sustaining a higher monthly pledge into the organization than any other member.
During the period in which Freedom Force was experimenting with a membership awards program (2007 through 2010), Mr. Griffin’s recruiting and other activities qualified him to receive awards in accordance with the same formula that applied to all members. Since the middle of 2010, he has continued to serve Freedom Force without pay, although it is his hope that, someday, revenue will be sufficient to justify some compensation for his time. Since its inception, Mr. Griffin’s donations to Freedom Force have been greater than from any other member. A Life Member is one who has donated an amount equal to paying the minimum monthly pledge for one-hundred years. Mr. Griffin is a Triple Life Member.
Outside the US: Regardless of the national currencies in which funds are paid, they must arrive at Freedom Force as US Dollars. That is easy to do. If you are outside the US, you can charge them to a credit or debit card and let the banks handle the conversion automatically. Instructions for this are printed on the membership enrollment form.
Pledges and donations are not tax deductible: Freedom Force is a non-profit organization but does not seek tax-exempt status with any national government. If it did, we could be controlled by people who, in many cases, are not sympathetic to our mission. Therefore, pledges and donations are not tax deductible.
Family memberships are not available. Husbands, wives, and children are all individuals in the eyes of Freedom Force, and each one is eligible for separate membership. This policy is in keeping with the ideology of individualism. There is no minimul age limit. However, young members must understand and agree with The Creed of Freedom and The Code of Conduct to be accepted.
Members are expected to network with other members.
One of the primary functions of Freedom Force is to build a network of like-minded activists who are dedicated to working together to bring about positive change on behalf of freedom. There is strength in numbers and concerted effort. Therefore, Freedom Force shares email addresses of its members with other members to make it possible for them to contact each other and create that network. Email addresses or other contact information is not shared with the general public or for any other purpose.
Leadership not your strong point? Do not be concerned if you want to participate but feel you are not well suited to organizational work. Although the focus of our efforts is to become influential within community and national organizations that hold the power to effect public policy, and although that obviously requires participation within those organizations, there are many support activities that must be performed to make that effort successful. Not everyone has the aptitude or the opportunity to participate in organizational work; but there is great need for people with skills in public speaking, writing, teaching, and research. We need trainers, artists, authors, journalists, publicists, and world travelers to propagate the ideals expressed in The Creed of Freedom. Anyone can disseminate publications and audio-video programs. Providing financial support also is important. There are those who, because of infirmity or personal commitments, are unable to be activists, but their financial generosity helps to facilitate other members who are "in the trenches" of organizational work. Our team is large, there are many roles to play, and they are all important.
A simple test to see if you belong in Freedom Force:
Do you agree with The Creed of Freedom?
Do you want to make a difference in the world?
Are you willing to do more than just be informed and complain?
Do you have the courage to take a stand?
Then you belong in Freedom Force.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events, issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
William Hutchinson Murray
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)
Want to form a chapter of Freedom Force? Click here.
Inquiries should be directed to:
Freedom Force International
P.O. Box 4228, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359, U.S.A.
This page revised 2013 November 6