First public presentation of Freedom Force – 2006 June 11. History in the making. Visitors should start here.
There have been many proposals for ways to reverse the global tide of collectivism, but none have worked. In this address, G. Edward Griffin, explains why. The reason is so simple, it will astound you. Once we clear away that single barrier, the plan for a counter-force falls quickly into place. 67 minutes that will reveal ... An Idea Whose Time has Come.
Now. let’s go deeper. The following presentation was delivered on December 13, 2016, (ten years after the one above) at the 3rd Freedom Force Congress in Phoenix, Arizona. It is an extension of the topic of political power that was touched upon in the 2016 presentation but here it is more fully developed. It is called This Thing Called Power and it is essential for understanding the Freedom Force motto: Impotentes defendere libertatum non possunt (Those without power cannot defend freedom).
From the Epicenter
by G. Edward Griffin
Today I am celebrating the completion of my 87th trip around the sun, but I also am celebrating another milestone that is far more important than that. My major focus during the last 58 of those trips has been a crusade for liberty and human dignity against the forces of collectivism. For most of that time, it was a losing battle. I watched what once was the land of the freedom and prosperity gradually morph into a dystopian police state. For 58 years, I watched the water level of collectivism rise. Although I refused to give up hope, deep in my heart, I had resigned myself to the belief that there was no way to stop the flood. I was Noah without a boat. All that changed in 2002. That was the year the idea found its way into my mind that the leaders of collectivism had conceived a brilliant strategy whereby less than three percent of the population could effectively influence the other ninety-seven percent to do exactly what…Read More
Unity without conformity
Diversity without conflict
Power without coercion
Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world and all walks of life who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and growth of government power. We are not mere complainers but have a plan to do something about it.
In spite of differences in culture, nationality, race, religion, life style, education, and economic status, we are in solidarity with The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide us in our mission. That mission is threefold:
1. To be keeper-of-the-flame for the ideals expressed in The Creed of Freedom.
2. To bring unity to the global freedom movement.
3. Using parliamentary action, to remove collectivists from control of the power centers of society and replace them with individualists.
In short, the mission of Freedom Force is nothing less than to be the Guardians of liberty.
Totalitarianism is on the rise because advocates of all-powerful government have taken control of the power centers in every society.
Power centers are organizations – such as political parties, labor unions, church groups, media centers, and professional societies – that hold political power based on their claim to represent their members and on their ability to lead public opinion.
It has taken many years for them to achieve that dominance over society, but they have succeeded. It does no good to complain or to theorize about what should be done. As long as big-government advocates hold power, nothing will change.
We must not be like cats. One of the differences between dogs and cats is that cats focus on effects but dogs focus on causes. If you toss a pebble at a cat, it will look at the pebble. If you toss it at a dog, it will look at you.
Too many people are like cats. They are rightly concerned about their loss of security, freedom, and privacy, but they do little more than hiss and wail without knowing why these things are happening. In Freedom Force,
however, we focus on the cause and then work to eliminate it.
The decline of civilization is not the result of blind forces of history operating beyond compre-hension or control. It is caused by a small but well defined group of people who believe this decline is necessary for what they fondly call The New World Order but which we recognize as modern, high-tech feudalism.
The identities of these elitists are known. They have names. They belong to organizations. They meet together to create strategies and they work jointly to implement them. Since they now dominate the power centers of society, our response is clear. They must be removed from their positions of power. Any other plan is doomed to failure.
That, however, is not enough. If we focus solely on the identities and personalities of those who are promoting the decline of liberty, we will be stumped by the fact that, even if we should succeed in removing them from office, there are many more just like them waiting to take their places.
It’s not the identities or party affiliations of these people that matters. It’s what they believe, what ideology they hold.
Their ideology has a name. It’s called collectivism, a concept that government is master and people must obey because it’s for their own good. It’s pointless to get rid of one collectivist only to be replaced by another.
It is time to stop acting like cats, stop being fascinated by the personalities and deeds of our leaders. We must be like dogs and focus on their ideology, because that is the cause of their deeds.
The solution is simple. It is to reclaim control of the power centers of society, one-by-one, just the way collectivists captured them in the first place. Replace them with individualists, people who have no personal agendas except to defend freedom.
This will unleash the vast human potential for prosperity and
happiness that can be realized only in the absence of coercion and oppression by the state.
To reach that goal, however, those who cherish freedom must do more than complain. They must reach for power. That is the meaning of the Freedom Force motto: Impotentes defendere libertatem non possunt, which is Latin for:
Those without power
cannot defend freedom.
The strategy can be further summarized as:
Don’t fight city hall when you can BE city hall.
An idea whose time has come.