The always-provocative Tom Baugh, author of Starving The Monkeys, sends this guest post over the transom:
Lately there has been more than the usual background level of catfighting, even on CA’s recent post about tolerance of potential allies.
I have been the subject of this kind of nonsense, from all corners of the LibertySphere, and I’ve discovered that the best way to handle this kind of distraction is to simply file away the data point and then stick to the plan. If one can be deflected from one’s objectives by something so meaningless, in real terms, as blogger or commenter sniping, then a serious re-evaluation of priorities is in order. For those of you who allow yourselves to get sucked into this crap, stop being victims and start leading, if no one other than yourselves individually or those you can touch.
Speaking of victims, another aspect of this web intrigue is that creating division, or allowing oneself to enjoy the luxury of a sense of victimization, is a form of escape from the reality of the Big Suck in which we find ourselves. Yes, we have all been victimized, as I see it, by the closed dynasty of international bankster thugs, and their lapdog minions, who have, as a class, traditionally victimized the poor and the weak throughout modern history.
I use the energy of this fact to move forward daily. Each time I connect with a like mind, each time I help someone increase their self-sufficiency, each time I find a new resource or idea, or incrementally waken another to reality, to me this is a cosmic FU to those who would enslave us all and pit us against each other for their profit.
However, to use an ethic of victimization as a rallying point for one’s Great Cause is to not see the forest for the trees. One of the great successes of the Georgia PATCON was the explicit refusal to dwell on the suck, but instead to focus on forward progress along any axis in which such progress could be made, however trivial this axis may seem at the time. Contrariwise, those who consistently seek to leverage an incessant theme of victimization may simply be looking for an excuse to fail.
Accordingly, I have encouraged my minions (of which there are exactly none, if anyone is counting), to deny battle on certain Great Causes, if for no other reason than to deny those participants an excuse to fail. If these Great Causes do fail, I prefer that this failure result from some fundamental flaw which we can observe, and then account for during the next effort. And for those of you involved in a Great Cause, stop whining that some blogger somewhere is critical of you or your efforts, stop fantasizing that others will join you in a someday purge of malcontents, when in fact hardly anyone cares about anything but success, and instead use that otherwise wasted energy to move forward toward your objectives.
So, let’s start right here with a simple exercise, using myself as an example. I challenge any of you to vent your spleens in the comments to this thread, or on your own sites as you see fit, as vigorously as you can about anything involving me: my objectives, my techniques, my message, my integrity, my allies or any aspect you care to imagine, however trivial or significant it might be. It matters not whether this critique is valid or not; in this, as in many critiques among ourselves, truth is immaterial. I will not respond to any of these criticisms, bring them up for later digestion, or threaten to sue or shut down anyone, nor delight in fantasizing about how I might marshal my forces to destroy someone’s life or livelihood.
Instead, I will read these criticisms, learn what I can from them, and then continue to make progress toward my objectives unabated. And I will also consider ways in which I might join forces with any of you, even the naysayers, to accomplish objectives upon which we might individually agree. In this sense, then, diversity is an asset.
It’s that easy, folks.
It is really that easy.