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We can all participate in acts of liberation, every day of our lives, says John Vinson. This article was published in the October 2005 issue of Sovereignty and was reprinted with permission from Right Now! April/June 1999.

Traditionalists and patriots throughout the Western world watch in nearly impotent dismay as the globalist elites destroy our heritage, leaving us without memory of our past and with little hope for our children's future.

Our self-styled 'betters' subvert every tradition and ethic that elevates men above beasts. They express concern for 'the children' even as they sentence unborn innocents to slaughter and assail the kind of normal family life which alone can nurture and sustain the young.

They hail education, and teach illiteracy. They express 'compassion' for the poor, while keeping them dependent and impoverished. They cheer democracy and silence dissent. They praise 'diversity' and itch to erase all the distinctions of mankind. Their 'good intentions' aside, the outcome of all their projects can only be a faceless, raceless, debased humanity.

All who stand against this dark power must suffer the defamation of its media which portray evil as good and good as evil. This is the root of our frustration.

Yet the evil we face may also serve to inspire and motivate us. Its oppressive enormity should leave us no doubt that our cause is right, and that should give us courage. The cause is Western civilisation and its survival.

A key tenet of our Western heritage is the significance of the individual. From this principle, we may deduce ideas to fight frustration and effectively challenge the powers-that-be.

Our situation recalls the account of Xenophon's march in Edith Hamilton's 1942, The Greek Way.

She relates how the Persians slaughtered the officers of a Greek mercenary force serving in Asia. Being despotic in outlook, the Persians believed that the force would fall apart without officially designated leaders. What they did not count on, Hamilton noted, was the Western spirit. Instead of becoming prey, the men of the force, inspired by their impromptu commander Xenophon, reorganised and heroically fought their way home across hundreds of miles of deserts and mountains. Each man became a leader, drawing on his inner resources and exercising initiative. At one point the Greeks ran out of arrows. Facing an enemy force, they taunted their foes and then ran back. A shower of arrows fell where they stood, and it resupplied their archers.

What if individuals, millions of them, decided to rebel? With this thought before us, let us consider in brief how we 'Greeks' might begin our march to freedom.

The goal is thinking which seeks reality and truth. Strong minds are hard to control.

To fight back, we should eliminate the powers' influence as much as possible from our private lives.

We should turn off the television and throw it out the window -- or be extremely selective in what we watch.

We should focus on practical matters such as how to deal with people and how to make a living. A very worthwhile pursuit is plotting a means to be self-employed. It allows one to think and act freely without worrying what a boss or some High Pooh Bah of political correctness might think.

On the cultural side, it is important to learn as much as possible about one's national heritage -- including the arts and music -- and then pass that knowledge on to others.

A free mind demands free expression. We must be as outspoken as possible to encourage freedom of speech.

A healthy mind requires a healthy body. Modern society subverts health and fitness with sedentary living and junk food. One remedy is regular exercise.

Good health also requires good food, and seldom do Westerners get it from the processed food provided by agribusiness and its accessories. Good food is grown organically and altered as little as possible from its natural state. Paying extra for this nutrition is well worth the price.

Strong individuals are crucial to national renewal, but without the connections of society, even the strongest individuals will wither. Radical libertarians may dispute this point, but isolated individuals can be picked off one-by-one. As Benjamin Franklin observed on the eve of the American Revolution, "Either we hang together, or we shall hang separately".

The fount of all society is the family. It is crucial for heritage-minded men and women to marry and have children. Their goal should be to create households which are havens of love, honour, and beauty in a world growing ever more corrupt and ugly. Parents and grandparents should assume the tasks of teaching children values and culture.

To illustrate the possibilities, after Lithuania regained its independence from Soviet rule, a reporter asked a Lithuanian woman what kept patriotism alive during the long night of occupation. She replied, "We grandmothers took the children in the evenings and taught them the glories of Lithuania". History shows that peoples can endure seemingly hopeless oppression for generations if they have faith and purpose.

If at all possible, families should aim to create some kind of family business, even if it is only a small one on the side. Such enterprises can help train children about making a living, pull the family together in a common task, and provide supplemental income. Also, if possible, families should cultivate family gardens in order to work together and enjoy healthy food.

Peoples rooted in family, nation, and faith can create their own commerce and institutions and, with this counter-cultural strength, challenge the powers-that-be.

The establishment has physical might and cunning, but no sustaining faith or love. One day, like its Soviet predecessor, it will collapse under the weight of its own corruption.

This thought should ease our frustration as we work, one task at a time, to hasten that demise and seize our freedom.

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