Social Media Advice
Many of you see that my articles about shutting down public schools, ending welfare, or pulling out of NATO get plenty of negative comments. You may think, “Hell, if Arvin’s getting that kind of blowback, there is no way I’m going to speak the truth. I’ll just focus on ending the drug war, or eminent domain, or the other easy areas. Or maybe I’ll focus on policy ideas so obscure that no one has an opinion on
But here’s what you don’t see. First, those posts that get 20 negative comments get 40 friend requests. Many people agree with the real Libertarian positions. Right now, my friend request list is hundreds of people past Facebook’s max limit.
The negative comments mostly come from the same few people, and I could block them. However, their comments drive up the visibility of the post. The more comments a post gets, even negative ones, the more the post is seen. And the negative comments show the post to the friends of the commenter, which allows the ideas to spread into groups of people not normally exposed to them. When I see a negative comment, I just think, “Thanks for the share”, since negative commenting has basically the same effect as sharing or liking.
My advice: don’t look for common ground with loud statists. They aren’t your allies. Those people are in a culture where they feel totally fine mouthing off oppressive nonsense.
Instead, strike at the heart of statism. Find messages that do not fit inside the cult of the omnipotent state. Look for uncommon ground. Your real allies are the silent Libertarians, the ones who do not feel comfortable speaking out yet.
Remember: the single largest voting block is nonvoters. Many nonvoters (including myself in the past) don’t vote because they don’t like anything the government does, and see no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Show them something different. Show them there are people who are willing to say what they already think.
When Democrats are #LiterallyCrying at you or old Republicans tell you your views aren’t #RespectableEnough, ignore them. You don’t need to play along in the fantasy world in which teachers’ unions are “heroic”, signing up to fight an idiotic war is considered clever, taxation isn’t theft, speeding tickets are legitimate, or vice is an actual crime. Break out of that mental prison. Reject the cult of statism. Speak out against public schools, NATO, policing the world, victimless crimes, needless military budgets, the FDA. You’ll have a lot more allies than you’d expect.
In Liberty, Respectfully, Arvin Vohra