latest  boundaries  about

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.

James Anthony
September 9, 2022

Both major parties’ swing votes are Progressive [1]. 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 [2]. 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 [3].

One way to build a party that’s constitutionalist [4] 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 [5].

A good party’s caucuses and the party’s other protections [6] 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 [5]. 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 [7].

Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Traditions [8] could be customized into the following twelve principles:

  1. Our common interest should come first; personal freedom depends upon rConstitution voter-information group unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—the republican Constitution as we each faithfully interpret it. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for group membership is a desire to support the republican Constitution.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other rConstitution voting-information groups or the rConstitution voter-information groups as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry republican Constitution information to the voter who still is inadequately informed.
  6. An rConstitution voter-information group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the rConstitution voter-information group name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every rConstitution voter-information group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. rConstitution voter-information groups should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. rConstitution voter-information groups, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. rConstitution voter-information groups have no opinion on issues extraneous to the republican Constitution; hence the rConstitution voter-information group name ought never be drawn into extraneous controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
  12. The republican Constitution is the foundation of all our principles, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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 [9], and congregated in churches, civic organizations, and taverns [10].

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 [11] 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 [12], 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 [6]. 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 [13].

Lots of people are concerned about the covid tyrannies [14], about the schools and organizations and governments that work to tear up the fabric of our civilization [15], and about the deep destruction being wrought by our effectively-unlimited governments [16]. 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 [17]—control that we’ve labored under since 1894 [18]—all the organizational structure we need is crystallized into the above twelve principles.


  1. Anthony, James. “Votes Matter When a Party Requires Good Voting Scores.” rConstitution.us, 6 Nov. 2020, rconstitution.us/votes-matter-when-a-party-requires-good-voting-scores/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  2. Barnett, Randy E. Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People. Broadside Books, 2016.
  3. Anthony, James. “rSecession: County-Region Secessions to Form Small-r republican State Governments.” rConstitution.us, 9 Jul. 2021, rconstitution.us/rsecession-county-region-secessions-to-form-small-r-republican-state-governments/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  4. Anthony, James. “Starting a Party by Running as a Republican for Congress, Then as an Independent for President.” rConstitution.us, 25 Mar. 2022, rconstitution.us/starting-a-party-by-running-as-a-republican-for-congress-then-as-an-independent-for-president/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  5. Anthony, James. The Constitution Needs a Good Party: Good Government Comes from Good Boundaries. Neuwoehner Press, 2018, pp. 88-94.
  6. Anthony, James. The Constitution Needs a Good Party: Good Government Comes from Good Boundaries. Neuwoehner Press, 2018.
  7. “Estimated Worldwide A.A. Individual and Group Membership.” Alcoholics Anonymous, Dec. 2021, www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literature/smf-132_Estimated_Membership_EN_1221.pdf. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  8. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 2003.
  9. Anthony, James. “Economic Growth Is a Natural Effect of Christianity.” rConstitution.us, 3 Dec. 2021, rconstitution.us/economic-growth-is-a-natural-effect-of-christianity/. Accessed 26 Aug. 2022.
  10. Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.
  11. Curry, Robert. “The War on Common Sense.” American Greatness, 14 Sep. 2019, amgreatness.com/2019/09/14/the-war-on-common-sense/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  12. Wytmar, Rick. “Analysis: How Readers Rated the Media Bias of AP, BBC, The Epoch Times, and More.” The Epoch Times, 12 May 2021, www.theepochtimes.com/how-readers-rated-the-media-bias-of-ap-bbc-and-the-epoch-times-and-more_3805916.html. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  13. “Proven Components Are Ideal for Innovation.” WhatWorks.site, whatworks.site/proven-components/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  14. Anthony, James. “COVID Tyranny Should Be Overpowered Using Laws.” rConstitution.us, 15 Jan. 2021, rconstitution.us/covid-tyranny-should-be-overpowered-using-laws/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  15. Rufo, Christopher F. “Laying Siege to the Institutions.” Imprimis, vol. 51, no. 4/5, Apr./May 2022, pp. 1-5.
  16. Hulsmann, Jorg Guido. “The Cultural and Spiritual Legacy of Fiat Inflation.” Mises Daily Articles, 20 Feb. 2022, mises.org/library/cultural-and-spiritual-legacy-fiat-inflation. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  17. Anthony, James. “A New Major Party Is Forming Right before Our Eyes.” American Greatness, 5 Apr. 2021, amgreatness.com/2021/04/05/a-new-major-party-is-forming-right-before-our-eyes/. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.
  18. Rothbard, Murray N. The Progressive Era. Edited by Patrick Newman, Mises Institute, 2017, pp. 163-97.

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.


  1. Be respectful.
  2. Say what you mean. 
    Provide data. Don’t say something’s wrong without providing data. Do explain what’s right and provide data. It’s been said that often differences in opinion between smart people are differences in data, and the guy with the best data wins.  link  But when a writer provides data, the writer and the readers all win. Don’t leave readers guessing unless they go to links or references. 
  3. Credit sources
    Provide links or references to credit data sources and to offer leads.