Meeting A Libertarian, Dave Reesor
Dave Reesor sits at Higher Ground coffee shop and greets me with a smile. He buys me a coffee and a muffin and I settle in for his pitch. He’s planning big things for the libertarian movement in Canada.
“I was inspired by reading Mark Steyn’s book After America.”
Mark Steyn is most likely a familiar name amongst Poletical readers. If you don’t know who he is you should browse his website. His biggest thesis revolves around 21st century Western Civilization becoming decadent and lazy and consequentially vulnerable to Islamic conquest. He’s basically Oswald Spengler by way of Dennis Miller. I highly recommend purchasing America Alone, as this book sets the stage for his later work.
So why did Mark Steyn resonate with Dave?
“The thing that made the most sense with Steyn was his description of politics versus culture. We have to get more involved in the culture or else our politics won’t resonate with an audience.”
This is central to Steyn’s work.
“If the culture’s liberal, if the schools are liberal, if the churches are liberal, if the hip, groovy business elite is liberal, if the guys who make the movies and the pop songs are liberal, then electing a guy with an “R” after his name isn’t going to make a lot of difference.
Nor should it. In free societies, politics is the art of the possible. In the 729 days between elections, the left is very good at making its causes so possible that in American politics almost anything of consequence is now impossible…” – Mark Steyn in the New York Post
Despite the specificity of “American” politics, Steyn is quite well versed in all the politics of the Western World. Canada does not escape the same condemnation when it comes to cultural acquiesce. Tasha Kheiriddin and Adam Daifallah outlined many of the same problems for Canada and the conservative movement back in 2003 with their book, Rescuing Canada's Right: Blueprint for a Conservative Revolution. Remarkably, so much of what they recommended has successfully come to pass over the last 12 years, that the political and cultural landscape of Canadian conservatism is hardly recognizable. Yet, Canadian conservatives realize that there is still much to be done. Real transformative change still hasn’t been achieved and the domination of culture by the left is a big part of the reason.
So back to the coffee shop. Dave and I discuss the history of Cultural Marxism and the indoctrination of young people in the public education system. Much of the social issues of the day are driven by herd mentality and political correctness. Dave finally outlines his idea for a public awareness campaign combined with a think tank structure called Let's Do It Ourselves.
The website is brashly libertarian and aims to bring back the old school messages of traditional conservatism. The most notable among these messages is self-sufficiency and liberty. The cultural standard of asking, “What’s the government going to doooo?” is anathema. Dave wants to reach out to young people and demonstrate, primarily through online video, that libertarian concepts are what’s best for everyone. He’s assembling a team and reaching out to those who can help.
If you want to learn more, visit his website Let's Do It Ourselves and buy a membership or contact Dave to see how you can contribute. The more projects and organizations like these there are, the better the chances of creating a culture of conservatism that will allow upcoming generations to flourish and achieve greatness in the future.