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  1. I have created a new web site that explores the ramifications to the country and its citizens resulting from the renewed calls for voluntary and mandatory National Service. I think the site is rather self-explanatory. Take a look and let me know (by email) your thoughts. The John Galt Pledge Initiative -- C. Jeffery Small
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    I just published a review of the book Old Nick's Guide to Happiness, written by Nicholas Dykes. This is a book that I believe any Objectivist, or person who enjoyed Atlas Shrugged, will find entertaining and informative. You can read the full review here.
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    Important! I would like to direct everyone to my most recent article, because it discusses some recent news that everyone should be aware of. Barack Obama's outfit, "Organizing for America", is using the government schools as a recruiting center in an effort to put together an army of youths to be trained to go out and push Obama's agenda for health care, energy and education reform. Pam Geller broke this story Saturday, on her website Atlas Shrugs, and I have provided an overview of the most important information along with an analysis of the meaning and implications. Please read this and then take appropriate countermeasures, including spreading the story as widely as possible. It is important that we generate a loud public outcry against this abomination. Obama Continues to Organize his Youth Army!
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    My call to action for all freedom-loving people. The Second American Revolution: It's Time To Make Your Stand
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    I just added the following article: Why The Republicans Are No Ally In The Fight Against Health Care Legislation
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    Listen to Robert Reich finally tell the truth about health care reform! You Can't Handle The Truth!
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    Many new articles on my blog including: Community Service's Split Personality
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    Recent articles: Hey Kids, I've Got A Message For You ... Running the Numbers: Over One Billion Served Community Service: It's Not Just For Your Community Any Longer! Half of Public Schools Require Community Service Volunteerism ... For Credit and Money!
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    To All Innocent Fifth Columnists I was recently introduced to an article written by Ayn Rand in 1941 which I had not read before. In it, she encourages intellectuals to organize in support of individualism as the only means of successfully fighting totalitarianism. This piece is fully applicable today, identifying the exact nature of our current battle for freedom. Read my piece which includes a link to the full article. And to PatriotResistance, thank you for your kind encouragement.
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    Oh Where, Oh Where, Did All The Doctors Go? My latest blog entry discusses the brain-drain that has been occurring in South Africa. It is also another parable of mandatory community service in action.
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    My latest piece titled It's Never Too Early To Indoctrinate, discusses how mandatory national service is being imposed, through the back door of our educational system. Soon, no child will be able to escape from the requirement.
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    In a recent blog entry titled My Response to Frank Rich's Article in the New York Times, I respond to Mr Rich's observation that heated disagreement with Barack Obama's policies is prima facia evidence of a manifestation of racism -- but since the dissenters are idiots, there is no point in trying to set them straight.
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    I just added a short article on my blog that discusses how your tax dollars have been going to ACORN to fund such activities as creating "Healthcare Activists" to rally support for Obamacare. And if that were not enough, these activities are promoted through the government's serve.gov website. Read more at Taxpayers Fund Activists for Obamacare at United We Serve.
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    Maximus, thank you for that. I truly appreciate it. Andrew, I appreciate your comment about the appearance of the site. I understand where you are coming from, but I guess I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to graphical design. I just prefer the simpler, hand crafted look where the message gets all of the attention. I personally find things like the animated emoticons I'm looking at to my left at the moment, to be a big distraction. If others think the appearance is a problem, send me a note and let me know your opinion and I'll take it into account for future projects. Now, on to other news: I just added a blog entry discussing the recently announced Mozilla Service Week project. The Obama administration is off and running with its plans to move the country to mandatory national service of some kind, and this is just the first salvo in their battle plan. Read more about this at my article: The Battle for National Service is Underway! Regards, -- C. Jeffery Small go-galt.org/Galt_Pledge/
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    The John Galt Pledge Initiative

    I have now added a blog section to the original website. This contains additional material about the purpose of this initiative along with additional comments. This section will be updated frequently, so check back occasionally for new information. I'm also interested in receiving comments from readers of the site. Use one of the buttons there to send me email with your thoughts. I hope each of you will give the project some careful consideration, add you name to the list, and then let others know about it so that they can participate as well. Your support is crucial in turning this site into an important tool in the fight for liberty. Regards. -- C. Jeffery Small
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    Atlas Shrugged Book Campaign

    Note: I saw the other AS book-bombing thread. This is an independent campaign that fits right in with the ideas being expressed there. If you have been buying extra copies of Atlas Shrugged, here is an idea for how to use them. And don't forget to register your purchases at the go-galt.org web site. Read more below. I am sponsoring an Atlas Shrugged Book Campaign event during the month of April to coordinate with the Tea Party tax protests scheduled across the country for April 15th, 2009. The idea is to extend the message of that protest beyond one focused exclusively on excessive taxation into the broader realms of freedom, the restoration of individual rights, the need to take personal responsibility for one's own life, and limiting the scope of government to its original constitutional mandates. The ides is to have people purchase one or more copies of Atlas Shrugged during the month of April and send it to various politicians with a letter expressing their personal concerns over current government policies and proposals and the direction in which the country is being steered. My expectation is that the huge spike in the sales of the book will lead to news coverage that will get our message of protest into the main stream media, and that the volume of books received by the politicians will send a clear message to them that they better wake up and pay attention to the growing body of dissidents who are rapidly coalescing into a an organized force. The long range goal of this and future campaigns is to redirect our culture back towards one of personal autonomy and individual responsibility. But the more immediate, short range goal of this action is to throw a wrench into the machinery of the Obama administration and halt the implementation of some of the draconian proposals being pushed through such as the further socialization of the medical, financial and automotive industries, among others. Go to http://go-galt.org/ for more details on this campaign, and information on how you can participate and be heard. Thanks for your support. Regards, -- Jeffery Small P.S.: I am not regularly monitoring this forum, so if you would like to communicate further regarding this action, please write to me at: [email protected]
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    Atlas Shrugged Book Campaign

    It is now April, so I will make one final request that you all participate in the book campaign and record your books on the go-galt.org web site. Some of you may think that this action is not the most effective type of protest, but even if you send only a single book, adding your entry to the site will help swell the ranks of those registering their protest against the current government policies and will provide a further benefit by helping to persuade others to also get involved. There are many people who will be convinced to contribute to the campaign once they see that it is gaining traction. If there are a couple hundred people participating, or a few hundred books committed to go to the politicians, then the action will have more credibility. These are the types of numbers I would like to achieve prior to the announcements at the April 15th Tea Parties, which I believe will result in a huge flood of participants. So I am asking for you to help in the most effective way, by being one of the early backers. Your involvement now can have a huge multiplying effect in the days to come. I appreciate your future participation, and a big thank you to those who have already signed up! -- C. Jeffery Small
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    Atlas Shrugged Book Campaign

    Some people have wonder about whether I expect the books sent to politicians to actually be read by them and change their minds. Of course I do not. They don't even read their own legislation so they certainly are not going to follow our suggestion regarding this book. The majority of politicians hold their office because they enjoy the power it affords them, and most are interested in expanding, not relinquishing that power. So the ultimate message of Atlas Shrugged is lost on them. In terms of direct impact on the politicians, the only thing that they respond to is the shifting tide of their voter base. If enough of their constituents write in regarding an issue, then they sit up and take notice - not because they actually care about the issue (and that appears to be especially so when the issue is centered around liberty or individual rights) - but because it just might affect their reelection. The physical presence of the book is concrete and caries an emotional impact to complement the abstract intellectual ideas contained in the accompanying messages and letters. Multiply the impact of one book by turning it into a pile, and you have something that I believe can penetrate those concrete-bound mentalities. As I say on my web site, "Let each politician take measure of the weight of our displeasure made manifest in the weight of the books received!" In this way, I hope to put the "fear of Galt" into them by letting them see that there are many like-minded people who seriously disapprove of their tactics, and more importantly, that they are becoming organized and united, as witnessed by the Tea Party protests and this book campaign. This is the language of the politician and if we are going to challenge them on their own turf, we need to learn how to speak it. Having said that, the real purpose of this book campaign is not directed at influencing the politicians, but in sending a message to the public that there are many people who oppose the current administration and its policies, and explain the reasons for that opposition. In order to get that message out, you need a channel to the media, and to get that, you need a newsworthy event. The Tea Parties, scheduled for April 15th are one great opportunity for generating coverage. I would hope that everyone reading this would attend a protest in their region and make an effort to seek out the media and express a cogent message that could be aired or published. You might even prepare, in advance, a short statement in case you are interviewed, and have a typewritten page you could hand out to press members at the rally with a few quotable statements that could be used in an article. As Objectivists, and advocates for liberty, you have the opportunity to expand the message at these rallies beyond one of simple tax protest to one of moral outrage at the erosion of our rights by the previous and current administrations. I see the book campaign as another opportunity to get press coverage. It will hopefully be announced at the Tea Party rallies, so the press might follow up on it from that lead. It would also be a good idea to send copies of the book to the editors of newspapers at both the national and local levels so that they are directly notified of this action and take an interest in covering it. As Atlas Shrugged book sales climb, there should be more and more coverage of that event in the press. But what I really hope to accomplish is to get the press to start asking all the politicians about the books they are receiving. I want them to ask how many copies arrived; what impact it is having upon them; whether they have read the book and learned anything in the process; what, if any, influence it is having on their approach towards current issues. Politicians hate to be scrutinized at this level. If we can entice the press to probe them a bit, I hope it will make them uncomfortable and get them to start considering what they will have to do to "spin" the issue. Regardless or their responses, this should result in more media coverage which will bring the issues to the attention of a wider audience. That's all I can expect from a single action like this, but it is a start. I have many more ideas to follow. This campaign was quickly put together to take advantage of the upcoming Tea Party protests. The effectiveness of all this rests upon getting enough people to participate to make the campaign meaningful. If you want to help, then make your own purchases and send them in, but even more importantly, do what you can to drive a wider audience to the go-galt.org web site so that we increase the pool of potential participants. It's easy to sit back and be cynical, but nothing gets accomplished through inaction. I hope this better explains my intentions, and I will be gratefully for any help you can contribute to the cause. Regards, -- C. Jeffery Small
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