From time to time some political organization decides to try to conquer the nearly insurmountable task of motivating a million activists to march on Washington DC under a single unified banner, but I have a better idea.
The original “Million Man March” was a demonstration of African-American men who gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC on October 16, 1995. The coalition of organizations included the National African American Leadership Summit, the Nation of Islam, many local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and many others. The National Park Service estimated there were actually 400,000 attendees. Researches at Boston University estimated there were more like 837,000 attendees. Either way, the goal of one million attendees was never been reached.
Two years later the “Million Woman March” was held in response to concerns that the Million Man March had focused only on black men to the exclusion of black women. A study provided by the University of Pennsylvania indicates that this march drew at least 500,000 attendees.
On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2000 gun grabbers marched on Washington DC as the “The Million Mom March” to demand stricter gun regulations. Organizers of the march estimated attendance at 750,000 people, although this wasn’t verified by any third party, and likely some of those in attendance were there from a counter-march organized by the Second Amendment Sisters on the same day.
In January Muslims threw their prayer caps in the ring by announcing a “Million Muslim March” on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The event was initially organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), which outraged quite a few patriot types, especially when they found out that the group’s director, M.D. Rabbi Alam is a 9/11 Truther.
Well, the idea met with lukewarm enthusiasm from mainstream American Muslim organizations, but plenty of nonMuslims were interested in standing up against the government’s use of tragedy and trauma to squeeze liberty out of American society. The event was renamed “The Million American March Against Fear,” and it should be kicking off tomorrow.
Dr Kevin Barrett from the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance for 9/11 Truth said:
“We will not be brainwashed into fearing Muslims or anybody else. We know there is nothing to fear. We know that you are 40 times more likely to be hit by lighting than to die from a terrorist attack. There is no statistically significant terrorist threat. The whole thing is an Orwellian hoax. There is nothing to fear. Let’s get out and march together. That’s the message here.”
Will Coley from Muslims 4 Liberty said:
“This event is an opportunity for Americans to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 by looking at the government and saying ‘You’ve used this day to justify and excuse every single erosion and encroachment upon on our liberty that’s happened in the last 12 years. We’ve had enough. It’s time to stop. It’s a tragedy. It’s a day to mourn. It’s not an excuse for you to indefinitely detain American citizens. It’s not an excuse for you indiscriminately kill civilians in other countries with drone strikes. It’s not an excuse for you to spy on Americans.’ As a Voluntaryist, personally, asking the State stop something is kind of pointless, but the symbolism of people standing together en masse, and saying ‘We’re fed up’ really says something.”
I applaud the effort. I wish I could go. But let me ask you something? Do you think they’re going to get a million people? If they do get a million people, do you think the State will stop? I seriously doubt it.
It’s hard for me to get excited about marches. If I went I would view it more as a festival. A day of recreation, and socializing, not activism. In my experience marches, demonstrations, rallies, protests and even voting are just ways of blowing off steam. They are pressure valves on society to keep it from boiling over. But I had had an idea for a march on Washington DC that does excite me, and I believe it could potentially spark real radical change. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it in time to organize this idea in time for The Million American March. But it won’t be long before some other well meaning organization will try its luck at a “Million X March,” and when they do I’ll be ready.
Next time someone tries to gather a million people on the National Mall, let’s organize Lemonade Freedom activists, Raw Milk activists, Bitcoin enthusiasts, Silver bugs, Gold bugs and Agorist of all sorts to go to Washington DC and sell stuff to them. I’m talking about the most massive free market flash mob we’ve ever seen. Let’s feed the march. Lets sell them t-shirts, and buttons, and ice cream, and stickers, and whatever else anybody thinks will be a hot selling item. Let’s set up 10,000 new Bitcoin wallets. Let’s set up a whole guerrilla counter-economic conference, and let’s profit doing it. The political organizations will provide the customers. Let the Agorists provide everything else.
While we’re at it, let’s set a realistic goal. There probably aren’t a million real Agorists in the whole country. But we could probably get a million dollars to change hands, no problem? How hard would it be to conduct a million black market transactions on the National Mall? If you really want to send a message to the sociocrats, don’t just stand around with signs. Show them that we don’t need them.
The best part is, all we have to do is wait. It won’t be long before someone else gets pissed off enough to march on DC.