Every old school Libertarian activist that has done any outreach to the public knows there’s at least 1/3 of the population that scores in the Libertarian quadrant of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. We know people are receptive to pro-Liberty ideas. The biggest problem the Liberty movement has had until now has been spreading our ideas to the masses. We’ve relied on word of mouth, books, and sporadic old media coverage to get us as far as we’ve gotten.
What we should do as a movement is create demand for pro-Liberty media!
We are in the midst of an information age. Information is being decentralized and made more easily accessible by anyone who wants it. Old Media is scrambling to stay alive. They’re losing listeners and viewers to the information age’s new media competition.
Is all Old Media bad? Of course not! In fact, we can use the tools of the information age to leverage Old Media to be more pro-Liberty.
In fact, this is the easiest, most effective activism you can engage in.
We’ve always patted ourselves on the back whenever the movement gets a new “Libertarian” media personality. Most of these on-air “Libertarians” are at best somewhat Libertarian, but not truly for real Liberty.
Recently, that has begun to shift. Now people that really understand Liberty are making their way to Old Media:
Former consumer reporter John Stossel is now the anchor for 20/20, and is still producing fantastic 1 hour specials, virtually all with pro-Liberty themes and ideas at the forefront.
Magicians/Comedians/Jugglers Penn Jillette and Teller have found tremendous success on Showtime with their show Bullshit!, which has just been renewed for a fourth season. Penn has also recently been given a one hour a day weekday show on the new Free FM talk radio format on major CBS Radio transmitters in major markets around the country. I listened to his first two shows, and he’s doing great!
Finally, there’s my talk show, Free Talk Live. We’re the number one Podcast in the world, and are on over a nationwide after only our first year of syndication! For the moment Penn is locked into Free FM stations. Free Talk Live, however can be on Free FM and any other AM or FM talk station, not to mention XM or Sirius. We can literally take on Rush, and we can be the number one show in America.
Why shouldn’t we be? Why shouldn’t John Stossel be the number one news personality? Why shouldn’t Bullshit! be the most popular show on cable?
It can happen if you help create demand for Libertarian media. Books are still good for some people, but this is a popular media culture. We need to stop screwing around and grow our dominance in wide distribution media content — NOW. Here’s what you can do, it takes very little time, and is so simple and powerful! If you’ve done these things, you’re a true Liberty Media Activist!
- Email email@example.com and tell them thank you for the great John Stossel specials that they air, and tell them you’d like to see more of Stossel’s work.
- Contact Showtime and tell them thank you for renewing Bullshit for a fourth season, and let them know you want more seasons to follow. You may contact them at Showtime Networks Inc., 1633 Broadway, NY 10019, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact your local talk stations, ask for the Program Director, and tell them you want to listen to Free Talk Live on their station. For more detail on this, please visit http://local.freetalklive.com and we’ll help you find your local stations.
- If you have a local radio talk show you know of that is run by true pro-Liberty personality, like New Hampshire’s Gardner Goldsmith, call the station’s Program Director and thank them for airing the show!
The final thing you should do is tell your friends and family to watch and listen to these pro-Liberty programs. Encourage other lovers of Liberty to follow these steps, and we’ll demand our way to a Pro-Liberty Media Revolution!