Basic Rules of Ideological Warfare

    The following are meant only as general guidelines and suggestions, and are not intended as any "last word" on ideological tactics and strategy.

    1. Know your own side.  Obtain a grasp of the basic principles of freedom (self-ownership, individual rights, private property, the difference between what is voluntary and what is coercive in human relations, constitutionalism, the difference between a republic and a democracy, the meaning of laissez faire, etc.).

    2. Know the other side's basic arguments -- at least some of the key fallacies and false premises behind socialism and "liberalism" and their typical clichés of the advocates of Big Government, higher taxes, more political regulations over the private lives and businesses of American citizens.

    3.  In explaining your position, try to balance abstractions with concretes.  If possible, the assertion of an abstract principle or concept should be immediately followed by one or more concrete (particular) examples to illustrate it.  This will help to drive your point home and be more convincing.  For example, in explaining what you mean by "coercion" or "violent force" to others, and how it is different from a voluntary human transaction, you could follow a definition or description of those terms by listing murder, assault, burglary, robbery, rape, and kidnapping to illustrate the former and the act of buying a loaf of bread in a supermarket for the latter.

    4.  Be consistent to principles.  In any conflict between two groups or parties which share the same basic principles, it is the more consistent side that wins.  Consistency has a powerful appeal, especially to young people.

    5.  Avoid any partnership or collaboration with groups whose basic ideology is opposite to yours (e.g., Lyndon LaRouche front groups, Earth First, the National Socialist White Peoples Party, or the national Democrat Party).  In any collaboration between two groups who hold different principles, it is generally the more evil or irrational side that benefits at the expense of the more rational side.

    6.  Define your position in your own terms.  Don't let your opponent define the issues and the debate in misleading terms.  When opposite basic principles are clearly and openly defined explicitly, it works to the advantage of the rational side; when they are not clearly defined, but instead are hidden or evaded or camouflaged with code words, it works to the advantage of the more irrational or dishonest side.  Remember:  words can be weapons used to mislead and confuse -- or as tools for clear thinking and persuasive communication.