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 the three percent wanted. The more I thought about that, the more I began to wonder if that same strategy could be used by those of us who are champions of individualism, which is the opposite of collectivism. The big question was whether the strategy depended on unethical principles, which would put the plan off limits for us.
After studying this strategy at length, I was surprised to find that it was not unethical at all. The objectives of the strategy – such as depriving humans of free will, freedom of choice, privacy, dignity, independence, and all other benefits of a free society – are, to individualists, totally unethical. However, the strategy, itself, by which collectivists gain influence over the population is not unethical. In fact, it is merely based on observations of human nature and, in particular, the observation that people tend to follow leaders.
The tactics that arise from this knowledge have been used in free societies for centuries. The primary difference is that, now, they are professionalized by well-funded organizations who use this knowledge to deceive people into accepting policies that diminish their wealth, health, privacy, and freedom.
If we look strictly at the strategy and not at the objectives of the strategy, we see that the element of deception is the only part that is off limits to us. In fact, rejecting deception is no serious handicap for us, because our end game is freedom, not slavery. Therefore, we have nothing to gain by pretending it is something else.
What has all this to do with the milestone I mentioned at the beginning of this report? Well, it has everything to do with it, because it was in 2002 that this idea of adopting a strategy whereby our three percent of the population could influence the political and social policies of the majority. This idea was formalized by the creation of Freedom Force International.
That was the starting point. The first milestone occurred in December 2014, when the 1st Freedom Force Congress was held in Paso Robles. It was at that meeting that the organization took on real form with a board of directors and an election of officers. Finally, we were no longer just a web site and a mailing list. We were laying the foundation for structures that would allow us to reach far beyond Freedom Force members so we could build a coalition of other organizations and leaders.
In the four years that followed, we produced two Red Pill Expos – one in Bozeman, Montana, and the other in Spokane, Washington. We held two more Congresses and, with the 3rd Congress, held in Phoenix, Arizona, began the practice of tying those meetings to specific themes of current interest. The theme of the 3rd Congress was Global Warming, An Inconvenient Lie. All of these ventures were successful – some of them wildly so – proving that, at last, we were on the right track. Freedom Force really is becoming the epicenter of a global freedom movement.
The most obvious element of this growth is that Red Pill University now is a reality and is the embodiment of what we used to call Project Outreach. The whole purpose of RPU and Red Pill Expo is to reach out to a much larger population than would be possible if we attended only our own organizational and educational needs. Now we are reaching out to others who, although they may not be interested in assuming a leadership role in society or seeking scholarship in the ideology of liberty, still can find common cause with our endeavors and become active participants in the movement.
From now on, most people will discover Freedom Force, not directly, but indirectly after they first become aware of the themes and projects of Red Pill Expos and Red Pill University.
To me, this report is a symbol of passing a second milestone in the development of Freedom Force. It has taken quite a few years for us to travel from the point of despair to the point of hopeful anticipation. We are moving forward, getting better organized, preparing a great 4th Congress next month, and expanding student enrollments. If we can just continue doing what we now are doing, we can – and we will – drain the bathtub and allow that symbolic wash cloth on which we live to recover its beautiful hills and .
G. Edward Griffin
2018 November 7
Epicenter Report #1