Am I the only to have considered this matter, or have others too? And if
others have, what is preventing them from engaging our youth – the future
workers and leaders of tomorrow? Our youth today is it seems, already quite
disenfranchised with that reality which we have created for them, or legated
to them, and they are indeed, as mad as Hell, and rightfully so. If we
are greatly disturbed by a societal reality that encourages the state,
and authorizes the state to meddle in our affairs and dictate our lives
– then you can be sure that they are even more greatly disturbed.
Just my thoughts on the matter. I feel very strongly about this, and about
our youth – the workers and leaders of tomorrow. Should you wish to consider
this feedback in your editorial planning efforts – God bless. If I can
help you at all, I would be more than pleased to try.
Please keep up your excellent and honourable good work – all of you.
I hope is that there are among our readers
people who are slowly
being convinced that things
need to change in Quebec
and who will
eventually decide to
get more involved. »
Martin Masse answers:
Thanks a lot for your thoughtful
letter. I agree with you that there is not much attention being paid to
the youth in the publications and activities of the libertarian movement.
The Institute for Humane Studies
in the USA has been doing a great job offering scholarships and seminars
to college and university students – including Canadian – who want to deepen
their understanding of libertarianism. For younger kids, I don't know that
anything is being done, although in this case I would consider parental
involvement the most crucial factor.
In our case, it is rather
easy to explain why. People who believe in individual freedom and free-market
economics are few and far between in Quebec. Although some courageous individuals
like our collaborators Pierre Lemieux and Jean-Luc Migué held the
fort during the last decades, it is only now that we can say some sort
of organized movement is really emerging, thanks in part to the internet.
But it will take a lot more people, organisation, writing, publishing,
and fund-raising, before we can devote resources to more specialized goals
like focusing on the youth.
For now, our aim (the QL
group at any rate) is first of all to provide an alternative viewpoint
on current affairs, so that interested readers can see that libertarian
ideas exist, make sense, and maybe reflect what they had always thought.
Bringing together hundreds of isolated individuals and providing a forum
where these ideas can be debated is already a huge breakthrough. There
are hundreds of thousands of people in Quebec who share at least some of
our ideas, but they never hear them defended anywhere and don't really
know how to identify them precisely. We need to reach as many as possible.
Beyond that, a more long-term
goal is to influence the general « climate of ideas
» in our society. If people in political circles, in academia
and the media see that we exist, that what we say and write is shared by
a significant percentage of the population, and that it offers a reasonable
alternative to the nationalist and left-wing gobbledygook that we hear
all the time, they will have no choice but pay attention to it. Already,
le QL and activities by the Montreal Economic Institute have been
reported on in the mainstream press. This is a crucial stage. If we can
break through the wall of ignorance and disdain that exists today and help
make libertarian ideas acceptable among intellectuals and opinion-makers,
then they will potentially reach even more people.
All of this will not happen,
or will be of little consequence, if there are not more freedom fighters
around to spread the message. Such an important shift in ideology, politics
and economics cannot happen with only a little band of dedicated people
doing all the work. What I hope is that there are among our readers people
who are slowly being convinced that things need to change in Quebec and
who will eventually decide to get more involved: people who will start
writing to us; students who will change the focus of their studies and
will become the libertarian thinkers of tomorrow; parents like you who
will want to transmit different values to their children; entrepreneurs
who will reject the state's involvement in their business; other people
who will want to set up associations or get involved in one way or another.
Only then will we be able
to divide the work among ourselves and be able to compete on various issues
with the statist politicians, the lobby groups, the union mafias, the socialist
intellectuals and other parasites. I can only hope that this will happen
soon and that more efforts will then be focused on educating and helping
young people to fight the Leviathan and create a better world for themselves.