Originally published on IPR:
2020 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Adam Kokesh sent out the following e-mail to readers about his recent appearance on Chris Cantwell‘s “Radical Agenda”, which is embedded in the text below:
Last week I went on Christopher Cantwell’s show, ‘Radical Agenda’, to speak with the crying Nazi himself!
As soon as I announced my appearance on his show the peanut gallery was inflamed! “Adam, why would you associate with a Nazi?” “I didn’t know you were a Nazi!”… etc.
Ya’ know – the same old hyper critical heckling that’s become so popular in libertarian circles.
As much as I laugh at the idea of being a Jewish Nazi, it can be frustrating when I see fellow activists so unwilling to engage in discussion with people they disagree with.
As my guru Yoda said, “fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.” The only way to break that cycle is with love!
Over the last few years, Cantwell has built up quite a following. Many of whom probably aren’t card carrying members of the SS.
Would you rather these people stew in an echo chamber of hate, or would it be better if liberty minded people were able to break through those cultural boundaries with a resounding message of love?
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Worst case scenario: A great many people’s minds were stretched by the ideas of liberty and the love found at the core of that message… Oh yeah, and a couple people “roasted” me in the comments section.
I am proud to have looked hate in the face and said, “No, you’re wrong, there’s a better way.”
Watch it for yourself!
So now I’m challenging you!
… No, not to go on Chris Cantwell’s show. I’m challenging you to step out of your comfort zone and challenge ideas that you may not agree with. If you want to #DebateANazi, more power to you.
I’m asking for something more comprehensive. I’m challenging you to break down these cultural barriers that preserve the status quo. I’m challenging you to be bold and risk a few judgemental stares/comments so that your voice may be heard in a way it never has been.
If you’re reading this email, it means that you already have the revolutionary ideas that can and will make the world a better place.
Get out there and stretch some people’s minds with ideas they might not have ever heard before. Plant the seeds of freedom and love that will grow into tomorrow’s revolution.