Voter-Information Meetings: Knowledge Is Power
Voters should inform one another in local meetings that are organized following the proven guidelines of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Traditions.
September 9, 2022
Both major parties’ swing votes are Progressive . To break up the stranglehold that this party system has on our governments, we need to have at least one major party that’s constitutionalist.
Being constitutionalist has a specific meaning that’s made firm by Randy Barnett’s nomenclature in Our Republican Constitution . It means following the genuine, republican Constitution (also called rConstitution below). The republican Constitution holds that we the people are each individuals who are sovereign, and that our rights as individuals are secured by a republican form of government .
One way to build a party that’s constitutionalist  would be for grassroots activists to start hosting voter-information meetings. These would develop into a good party’s caucuses, which will be small neighborhood groups of about 25 people. Each of the similar-sized voter-information meetings would break into small working groups of about 5 people to share information and then would reconvene as the larger group to share the best of that information .
A good party’s caucuses and the party’s other protections  would keep the party’s grassroots in charge. The precursor voter-information meetings would also keep the grassroots in charge.
A good major party’s caucuses would eventually total around 2.7 million groups of around 25 people each, so the precursor voter-information groups could become a massive organization . Suitable governance for such an organization could be adapted from the governance of Alcoholics Anonymous, which has around 0.1 million groups of around 16 people each .
Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Traditions  could be customized into the following twelve principles:
rConstitution voter-information groups would fill a void created by modern life and Progressive parties.
The American Colonies were small. The colonists lived in what today would be small towns, and pursued similar livelihoods. In their communities, colonists knew one another, cultivated individual faith in God , and congregated in churches, civic organizations, and taverns .
Today, we are isolated from each other by our urbanization and suburbs, our highly-individuated livelihoods, our Progressive tech, and our less-pivotal churches, organizations, and meeting places. It’s harder for our good ideas to diffuse, and to be refined by others as the ideas spread person-to-person.
Common sense  is misnamed anymore, because modern life has transformed what’s called common sense into something that’s far harder to acquire now than it once was. Common sense is really a kind of collective intelligence. Some common sense is always gained by making mistakes and living through the natural consequences. But much-more common sense can be gained, much faster, by also learning well from others—especially through in-the-flesh social interactions, which were once so-much-more common.
Nowadays we collaborate in our work but not in our politics. In our politics, we spend far-less time than our predecessors did learning from the most-informed and most-intuitive people among us, and far-too-much time being manipulated by crony media , deceptive policy messaging (Republican politicians work to sound conservative at election time), and crony-funded attack ads. In our politics especially, these manipulations leave far-too many of us painfully wanting for common sense.
Sometimes the time is ripe for innovation, but what’s also needed is a suitable organizational approach that can be the catalyst . The twelve principles above, like most innovations that work, take existing components that have been well-proven in practical use and adapt them for a new application .
Lots of people are concerned about the covid tyrannies , about the schools and organizations and governments that work to tear up the fabric of our civilization , and about the deep destruction being wrought by our effectively-unlimited governments . People have been uniting around local but limited efforts, for example to replace school boards.
To unite around local but comprehensive, well-targeted efforts to overthrow the control of the Progressives —control that we’ve labored under since 1894 —all the organizational structure we need is crystallized into the above twelve principles.
James Anthony is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, publishes rConstitution.us, and has written in The Federalist, American Thinker, Foundation for Economic Education, American Greatness, and Mises Institute. Mr. Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer with a master’s in mechanical engineering.