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Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks

By: Broadside EditorsJune 29, 2011

Freedom Is Our Strategy

How is it that millions of people located in disparate places — each individual with unique knowledge of their community and circumstances — can voluntarily cooperate and coordinate plans to create something far greater and more valued than any one individual could have done alone?  The answer is freedom.   I am describing the miracle of the market, what Nobel Laureate economist F.A. Hayek called the spontaneous order.  The basis of Hayek’s critique of central government planning and Keynesian attempts to “stimulate” the economy through new spending is this understanding of the market process of discovery.  Even the most benevolent Czar or the smartest bureaucrat sitting on the IPAB rationing board in the bowels of HHS could not possibly know better than free people acting to better themselves and their communities. 

 “Spontaneous order” equally describes the emergence and power of the citizen protest against big government we now commonly refer to as the Tea Party.  Tea Party values are based on a fundamental belief in freedom, but so is our strategy.  There is no leader, no one is in charge.  Our movement is fueled by the decentralization of information on the internet and the ease of connecting with like-minded citizens through social networking.  We have evolved from a protest movement to a GOTV machine to what is now one of the most important nonviolent social movements in American history.  

 Too many worry about the limits of decentralization, but I say that the best way to beat the left is by fully embracing the beautiful chaos of this citizen revolt against big government.  That’s how we have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, and it is the only conceivable way that we will ever beat the well-financed special interests that comprise the big government coalition.   If we try to match them toe to toe, dollar for dollar, we will lose.  But the left intrinsically believes in order from the top down.  Someone needs to be in charge: a Czar, a better benevolent bureaucrat that knows better than you do.  They can’t help but build hierarchical structures because that’s what they believe in.  This is our strategic window.  Embrace the beautiful chaos of citizen action, because freedom works.

Matt Kibbe is the President of FreedomWorks and the coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto

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10 Responses to Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks

  1. Laura Van Overschelde says:

    Matt, explaining this in your words make “grassroots efforts” such great sense. It makes it virtually impossible for the leftists to target us, because they can’t name us!

  2. Veronica says:

    Perfect description of We The People! And very nicely written, I might add.

  3. Dragonaught says:

    I was trying to explain one aspect of this to someone who belives in Big Government, the following is my comment: It is stupid for Businesses to pay ANY taxes because any taxes & regulatory fees just gets passed on to the Consumer and when said fees get out of hand the Business has no choice but find a way around those fees or go bankrupt because his p…roduct is no longer Cost Competititive. If a Government creates an environment that stifles business they will ether fold or leave; if the environment is friendly there is no reason to fold or leave. By the same token some businesses will behave badly and push the envelope to present a product at a lower price because the Consumers Demand it. The US Labor Force has priced itself out of the World Market we are no longer competitive with the rest of the world. Well you can try and compensate for that by imposing Higher Import Taxes but once again that only punishes the Consumer; they wind up paying the Import Taxes TOO. It all boils down to SURVIVAL and the Human Animal is good at Survival; sometimes that Survival takes the form of Innovation; sometimes cunning and sometimes Cut-throat tactics and all of the above is regulated by the rules that are imposed on the Working Environment. No one can guarantee that Life will be Fair but we can certainly try to create a fair environment without trodding on the rights of all who inhabit that environment.

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  6. Miriam says:

    I most say that Freedom and the Truth have NO agenda!

  7. Doug says:

    The questions concerning import duties is interesting, however they can be used very effectively….more so when we actually had manufacturing here in the USA. It actually did serve to level the competitive consumer market at one time…say around 1900-1970! Now, however, it isn’t so simple. Let’s look at most so considered under developed nations..Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, all of south America, etc. First, Labor is the highest cost associated with any product! Raw materials require high labor cost here in the USA, compared to all other above mentioned under-developed nations, so from start to finish “high labor cost has an impact on a consumer product made in the USA. Import duty at one time served to off-set American higher labor cost as a method of controlling products offered by so claimed Under-developed nations. Considering that most businesses know you can’t pass on all your cost to the consumers…as much as some folks assume! The United States had experience, and generally a better product in days gone by…so they could compete fairly well with a fair share duty fee at the borders! Then when you factor in the high cost of meeting so called environmental regulations, and Government taxes, fees, and anything else Government at all levels could throw at businesses…well, we now have Chinese products flooding our consumer markets….and well it may be interesting too see all the new toys Americans can now product…most are so than later shipped over seas to mass produce…because the economics hold true, even with all your High technology!!

  8. Washington76 says:

    The tenth amendment movement : Unlike the reformist strategy which seeks to mobilize power within Washington, DC in order to reform and redirect that power, nullification seeks to diminish and redistribute that power through relentless, decentralized, but ideally coordinated, acts of state level, constitutional resistance.
    http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/tag/10th-amen…

    “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington

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  10. Dianne Reilly says:

    Aloha Matt,
    Thank you for the summation. That article wraps it up nicely!

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