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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Larry Correia’s Advice to Writers — It’s Also Valid for Liberty Activists

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:11 PM (15:11)

Fantasy writer Larry Correia offers some advice to other writers in a recent Facebook post

Here is a quick object lesson for writers about why you should never ever give a crap what perpetually offended social justice reviewers say about your stuff.

Back in 2011, Mike Kupari and I released a novel called Dead Six. It’s a great book. A thriller with two competing narrators, trying to kill each other.

Well, one of the main bad guys in D6 is this mysterious crime figure known only as Big Eddie. This dude is so dangerous, and involved in so much organized crime, that at the beginning my main character thinks Big Eddie is just a term for a cabal of powerful string pullers. Eddie is just that connected and terrifying.

Only later on, we actually meet Big Eddie. And it turns out that his public persona is as a spoiled rich guy, heir to a big family fortune, and I based him on Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Only deeply disturbed, incredibly violent, and a criminal genius mastermind.

He’s also gay. (In actuality, Eddie’s sexual orientation is Hurt People) but he hams it up in his public persona, as it helps hide his truly dangerous nature.

One of my favorite villains I ever created, really popular among readers, and he’s so over the top that when Bronson Pinchot narrated the audiobook, he told me it was one of the funnest roles he’d ever taken (keeping in mind, he was Serge in Beverly Hills Cop and stole the show from Eddie Murphy when he was at the top of his game). And it got nominated for the Audie for Best Thriller.

But angry Social Justice reviewers screamed at me anyway. Having a crazy bad guy be gay was deeply offensive. Homophobic. Triggered. Hatemongery. You know, all the usual stuff. HOW DARE YOU HAVE AN EVIL PSYCHO BE GAY! REEEEE!

So fast forward to this week, and there’s a petition floating around to force DC to make the Joker gay . . .

Yes . . . The Joker. So if they don’t make this charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind gay . . . Then they’re homophobic.

But when I wrote a charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind as gay, I was homophobic.

Basically, no matter what you do, they’re going to be pissed off. You will never ever make these people happy for long. If you comply with their demands, that’s just showing weakness, and the first time you cross one of their invisible lines, they’ll just start screaming at you again. So remember, just write whatever you want, and the critics can go back to eating Tide Pods.

I’ve experienced this sort of shrieking directed at myself in the libertarian movement, both inside the Libertarian Party and outside of it, as well.

I’ve witnessed this sort of hysteria levelled at others.

When people harangue me with this sort of nonsense, I find it difficult to stay pissed off at them. They’re mostly annoyances in the long run.

As Larry tells writers, don’t worry about your detractors. Any attempt on your part to appease them will fail in the long run — they’ll simply find another reason to stick knives in your back.

When they tell you “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT!” about something you’ve said verbally or written, reply with “What do you mean, I can’t say that? I just did say it.”

When they tell you what sort of rhetorical style to use, respond with “Don’t tell me how to do this — SHOW ME.”

In earlier days (1997-2011), I was producing and hosting a public-access TV show here in Albuquerque titled The Weekly Sedition. Someone told me you can’t be like that on the air.” I replied to that with “Anyone who doesn’t like how we run the show is free to sign up at Channel 27, put their own show on, and show us how it’s done.” I then provided the station’s phone number and physical address, so he would have less of an excuse for non-performance. My detractor backed off almost immediately, saying that he “didn’t intend to offend anyone.”

Ghods, I LOVED doing that show every week.

In short, don’t do a thing to appease the Socialist Just-Us Whiners, because you’ll never appease them for long, and you’ll end up tossing your own soul into the trash bin in the process.

It. Just. Is. Not. Worth. It.

Just do it YOUR WAY, and have fun in the process.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 958 – 28 January 2018
  2. Approximate reading level – 10.1
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Marilyn Steffen’s Radio Interview on the Internet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:17 AM (03:17)

Current mood: excited

The radio interview with Marilyn Steffen (see last month’s issue of New Mexico Liberty or the LPNM blog) has been posted to the LPNM’s YouTube account in three parts –

The interview has also been posted to lpnm.us as a single MP3 file –

lpnm.us/MediaFiles/MarilynSteffenInterview-KOOT.mp3

Thanks to Allen Cogbill for posting it to the net!


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media
    2. The Weekly Sedition
    3. Partisans of the American Southwest
    4. New Mexico Liberty / NMPolitics.org / Patriot Action Network


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Monday, 30 May 2011

Marilyn Steffen’s Radio Interview on the Internet

Filed under: Correspondence, Revolution — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:48 PM (22:48)

Current mood: excited

The radio interview with Marilyn Steffen (see last month’s issue of New Mexico Liberty or the LPNM blog) has been posted to the LPNM’s YouTube account in three parts –

 

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

 

The interview has also been posted to lpnm.us as a single MP3 file –

lpnm.us/MediaFiles/MarilynSteffenInterview-KOOT.mp3

Thanks to Allen Cogbill for posting it to the net!


NOTES

  1. Original article


Copyright © 2011 Libertarian Party of New Mexico. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises. Webmaster Mike Blessing.
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Thursday, 12 May 2011

Hats Off to Marilyn Steffen!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:17 AM (03:17)


——– Original Message ——–
Subject: county chair
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 14:46:54
From: M. Steffen

I do the best I can here. I’m not an organizer, but I do hand out DVD’s of Freedom to Fascism and the Citizens Rule book by the hundreds and did a radio interview last year at a Silver City radio station and have a 23 minute copy of the show if you would like to have a copy. I talked about the Constitution, Fully Informed Jury and Freedom Fest.
——– Original Message Ends ——–

I’d like to put this interview on the LPNM site.

I’ve passed this on via email, as well as included in the next New Mexico Liberty, and sent it on to the National Chair, Mark Hinkle.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. Partisans of the American Southwest – WordPress / Yahoo!
    4. Yahoo! group – [lpnm-discuss]


Copyright © 2011 Libertarian Party of New Mexico. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises. Webmaster Mike Blessing
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Hats Off to Marilyn Steffen!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:57 PM (20:57)

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: county chair
Date:    Wed, 11 May 2011 14:46:54
From:    M. Steffen

I do the best I can here. I’m not an organizer, but I do hand out DVD’s of Freedom to Fascism and the Citizens Rule book by the hundreds and did a radio interview last year at a Silver City radio station and have a 23 minute copy of the show if you would like to have a copy. I talked about the Constitution, Fully Informed Jury and Freedom Fest.
——– Original Message Ends ——–

I’d like to put this interview on the LPNM site.

I’ve passed this on via email, as well as included in the next New Mexico Liberty, and sent it on to the National Chair, Mark Hinkle.


NOTES

  1. Original article

  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. Partisans of the American Southwest – WordPress / Yahoo!
    4. Yahoo! group – [lpnm-discuss]


Copyright © 2011 Libertarian Party of New Mexico. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises. Webmaster Mike Blessing
This blog entry created with Notepad++

Hats Off to Marilyn Steffen!

Filed under: Correspondence, Organizing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:22 PM (15:22)


——– Original Message ——–
Subject: county chair
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 14:46:54
From: M. Steffen

I do the best I can here. I’m not an organizer, but I do hand out DVD’s of Freedom to Fascism and the Citizens Rule book by the hundreds and did a radio interview last year at a Silver City radio station and have a 23 minute copy of the show if you would like to have a copy. I talked about the Constitution, Fully Informed Jury and Freedom Fest.
——– Original Message Ends ——–

I’d like to put this interview on the LPNM site.

I’ve passed this on via email, as well as included in the next New Mexico Liberty, and sent it on to the National Chair, Mark Hinkle.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. Partisans of the American Southwest – Yahoo!
    4. Yahoo! group – [lpnm-discuss]


Copyright © 2011 Libertarian Party of New Mexico. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises. Webmaster Mike Blessing
This blog entry created with Notepad++

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tom Knapp on DIY Think Tanks

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:09 AM (09:09)


Tom Knapp always has interesting things to say. In this case, it’s do-it-yourself professional issue advocacy:

Project Outline: Think Tank / Policy Institute in a Box

In this article, Tom lays out a plan for someone wanting to set up a think tank or policy institute for peanuts. Well, not literally peanuts, but you get the idea.

One of the plans he lays out totals up to Ø10,000, while the other adds up to Ø2,500.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media / New Mexico Liberty / Southwest Partisans

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Partisans of the American Southwest v.2 (A Thought Experiment)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:36 PM (16:36)

Partisans of the American Southwest

Internet Resources

  1. Blogs – Blogger / WordPress
  2. Email groups – Google / Yahoo!
  3. Email
  4. Newsletter template – The Partisan – already on flash drive
    1. Newsletter should be available at no cost to readers in electronic format – also released for recopying and distribution by readers

Mission

  • Networking and training – be for NM Patriots, Constitutionalists, etc., what al-Qaeda is for Islamic terrorism
  • Politics, training, networking, etc., should be FUN, too

Committees

  • Correspondence – communications / networking
  • Revolution – activism: electioneering, public speaking, rallies, street theater
  • Safety – preparedness, resistance
  • Vigilance – oversight of government activity
  1. Activities / functions of committees will probably overlap with each other
  2. Committees to consist of chair and vice-chair
  3. Put out lists of tasks that need doing

Two types of unity –

  1. Common purpose and principles – ideal path
  2. Leader tells dissenters “shut up and do as you’re told” – comes up all too often

Leadership style –

  • Lead by example is the ideal way.
  • Don’t be stupid – use common sense, rational thought.
  • Don’t ask others to do things that you’re not willing to do yourself.
  • Check your facts and premises.
  • Don’t take the rank and file for granted.

Invitation-only events do NOT get broadcast to the general public or membership – Send ONLY to those on the invite list.

Keep speakers local when possible – focus on developing speakers in the state. Speakers from out-of-state cost more, plus travel time makes scheduling more difficult.

Keep meals at events as no-host when possible – Saves headaches with planning

  • No worries about preferences, dietary requirements, shortages / leftovers
  • Can lessen the price of tickets at the door

Fundraising

  • Non-profit organizations can hold up to two (2) raffles per year, per New Mexico State Law
  • Raffle off a rifle, pistol, etc.

How to get volunteers motivated?

  • Contests?
  • Challenges?
  • Avoid fear-mongering!

How to recruit?

  1. Invite selected members from LPNM, BTPNM, RGF, AC4L, TRT-NM, NM Linux / open-source groups, Friends of Capitalism, Tea Parties, RLCNM, etc.
  2. Mass appeal (warm bodies) vs snob appeal (Ex: USMC – “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.”)
    1. Mass appeal – more people will join and get things done (hopefully)
    2. Snob appeal – “do you have what it takes . . .” – better quality people?
  3. Both approaches needed somewhat
    1. Create larger group for the strap-hangers and camp followers
    2. Create “elite” group for the people who get things done
    3. Selection process / standards?
      1. Screen for racialists, religious wackos (sp?), those obsessed w/conspiracy fantasies, gangstas, con artists, etc.
      2. Ask prospects for resumé, DD-214(s), cirriculum vitae, transcript(s), letter(s) of recommendation . . . ?
      3. Ask prospects how much time, money, effort they can devote to the cause

Internal affairs – Allow as much transparency as possible

  • Easier to avoid “conspiracy” charges from government, media, etc.
  • Lets the membership know what’s going on
  • How can we call for openness from government if we’re not open ourselves?

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Monday, 6 September 2010

Partisans of the American Southwest v.1 (A Thought Experiment)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:25 PM (17:25)

Partisans of the American Southwest

Blogs – Blogger / WordPress
Email groups – Google / Yahoo!
Email

Mission

  • Networking and training – be for NM Patriots, Constitutionalists, etc., what al-Qaeda is for Islamic terrorism
  • Politics should be FUN, too

Invite selected members from LPNM, BTPNM, RGF, AC4L, TRT-NM, NM Linux / open-source groups, Friends of Capitalism, Tea Parties, RLCNM, etc.

Committees

  • Correspondence – communications / networking
  • Revolution – activism: electioneering, public speaking, rallies, street theater
  • Safety – preparedness, resistance
  • Vigilance – oversight of government activity
  1. Activities / functions of committees will probably overlap with each other
  2. Committees to consist of chair and vice-chair
  3. Put out lists of tasks that need doing

Two types of unity –

  1. Common purpose and principles – ideal path
  2. Leader tells dissenters “shut up and do as you’re told” – comes up all too often

Leadership style –

  • Lead by example is the ideal way
  • Don’t be stupid – use common sense, rational thought
  • Check your facts and premises
  • Don’t take the rank and file for granted

Invitation-only events do NOT get broadcast to the general public or membership – Send ONLY to those on the invite list.

Keep speakers local when possible – focus on developing speakers in the state. Speakers from out-of-state cost more, plus travel time makes scheduling more difficult.

Keep meals at events as no-host when possible – Saves headaches with planning

  • No worries about preferences, dietary requirements, shortages / leftovers
  • Can lessen the price of tickets at the door

Fundraising

  • Non-profit organizations can hold up to two (2) raffles per year, per New Mexico State Law
  • Raffle off a rifle, pistol, etc.


How to get volunteers motivated?

How to recruit?

  1. Mass appeal (warm bodies) vs snob appeal (Ex: USMC – “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.”)
    1. Mass appeal – more people will join and get things done (hopefully)
    2. Snob appeal – “do you have what it takes . . .” – better quality people?

  2. Both approaches needed somewhat
    1. Create larger group for the strap-hangers and camp followers
    2. Create “elite” group for the people who get things done
    3. Selection process / standards?

Internal affairs – Allow as much transparency as possible

  • Easier to avoid “conspiracy” charges from government, media, etc.
  • Lets the membership know what’s going on
  • How can we call for openness from government if we’re not open ourselves?

Newsletter template – The Partisan – already on flash drive


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