In this previous post ‘Replacing the word ‘Prepper’: CrowdSourcing‘ I introduced the term RATIONALIST as a replacement for some of the other words out there, such as prepper. There is a lively discussion in comments on that blog post.
I think it is important to understand what is meant by the term RATIONALIST.
It is about taking ownership of the dialogue and shaping the battle space. Guide the narrative. That is what radical leftists have done with the other descriptive terms.
“Are you some sort of crazy doomsday prepper?”
“No, I’m just a rationalist.”
How to argue with that?
Below, I give a mnemonic for what RATIONALIST may stand for, but before the bickering starts, the bane of the liberty community, it’s not that that is important – it is the use of a descriptive term that has not been seized by the radical left and turned into negative. It is the word rationalist that is important. Getting a psyop like that out there is more important than the usual bickering about all the specifics.
How do you turn RATIONALIST into a negative? “These rationalists are a little crazy.” Er….it’s not logical captain.
Which stands for:
Because remember: It’s not about who is reasonable or normal or right or whatever, it’s about who controls the narrative. Remember Alinsky? Yeah, now you are on the right track. The radical left control the narrative. Stop describing yourselves as preppers or whatever. That makes you a nut job. Don’t like it? You’re a fucking doomsday prepper wing nut! Get used to it. Me, I’m just a rationalist. Do I store a bit of food for potential emergencies? Yep. Do I do a bit of weapons training to keep my family safe? Yep, and its a lot of fun as well, playing soldiers in the woods. Its like camping, but with guns!
Remember also that this term RATIONALIST is not designed to be exclusive or ‘othering’ – it is designed to be inclusive. If anyone asks why you do what you do, you explain you are a rationalist. They also consider themselves rationalists, so you are now both included with each other.
Q: Why do you store food? A: It’s an uncertain world, and I’m a rationalist.
Q: Are you one of those crazy preppers? A: No, I’m just a rationalist, I like to be ready for uncertain times. Seen the news lately?
Q: Are you a gun nut? A: No, I like to be able to defend my family. Tactical training is also fun and challenging – you should try it.
Q: Are you some kind of wing nut conspiracy theorist? A: not at all, I’m a rationalist. I don’t go in for crazy theories, but have you seen the news lately?
So really, its about moving away from identifying with a group, at least to the general public. It’s about time that liberty minded folks took a leaf out of the playbook of the radical left: get on message and stop the bickering.
Now, Back to writing the sequel to Patriot Dawn…..
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