Author Topic: How to handle division in the ranks?  (Read 1935 times)

Offline John Corry

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How to handle division in the ranks?
« on: February 20, 2006, 04:29:43 PM »
I encountered an interesting question about the FSW (and FS projects in general):

What happens when whatever electoral body (groupd of voters at county, district, state, etc level) that is comitted to the FSW movement/project...but who don't agree on the individual candidate or referendum measure?

We had the federalists and anti-federalists oh so long ago and are reaping now the fruit of that division in a lot of ways...what's to keep the same division from creeping into Wyoming and introducing friction for the project as a whole (at best) or disenfranchisement/bitterness by whatever overwhelmed group (whoever is disenfranchised according to whatever issue is being considered)?

How to maintain unity and cohesion in the long term?

Offline Boston

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Re: How to handle division in the ranks?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2006, 05:27:03 PM »
A perfectly valid concern which will have to be addressed by somebody
in the future, but it's not the FSW's concern since we are not a political
group (regardless of the political opinions of its founder and members).

All the FSW is for is to get a broadly similar class of people to move to
Wyoming.  What they do individually and collectively once they're there
is their business.  (3 homonyms w/i 4 words--a personal best!)

Let's not bother with it here, please.
At least not until we've had 100+ actually move to Wyoming...


Offline John

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Re: How to handle division in the ranks?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006, 11:19:39 AM »
The Statement of Intent. 

"I solemnly pledge that I am able and willing to join the Free State Wyoming and its effort to populate
Wyoming with individuals of demonstrably ethical character who ? forsaking fraud, theft, and
aggression
? desire to peaceably co-exist as reasonable neighbors for the goals of political liberty, free
trade, and voluntary cooperation."

In other words, you've got to be a libertarian to join.  Or at least you have to pledge to behave like one.

Offline Boston

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Re: How to handle division in the ranks?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006, 11:43:39 AM »
Yes, behave like libertarians, hence the phrase "desire to peaceably co-exist as reasonable neighbors."

peaceable
co-existence
with reasonableness

Tough to do, but that's what humanity (including us) needs to focus on.