Nothing Wrong with ‘Preaching to the Choir’
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.: Why
Everything Should Be Abolished
On my Facebook
page, someone complained that the great
event being planned for this Friday, May 11, in Oklahoma City,
is just preaching to the choir. Now even granting that
this particular person only ever criticizes and as far as I can
see has never had a kind word to say, the objection is a common
(1) No pastor
I know of tells his choir, Im about to preach, so why
dont all of you go have a cigarette in the vestibule?
The choir needs to be preached to just as much as anyone else, for
reasons Ill explain below.
(2) The choir
can always stand to have its knowledge level boosted. Unlike the
clergy, they dont devote 24 hours a day to theology. Likewise
for people interested in the Fed, government policy, etc. The more
they are preached to, so to speak, the more effective they become
in defending their views outside the choir.
rally-style events helps buck up peoples courage. It shows
them that although they may be in the minority, they are far from
alone. Other people think as they do.
events allow like-minded people to meet each other and coordinate
efforts, thus making them more effective ambassadors of their ideas.
(5) Just as
people occasionally bring friends to church (if I may continue to
borrow the choir analogy), people bring friends to events aimed
at liberty activists. These events can open the minds of these friends.
every liberty event becomes another YouTube to (a) inform other
liberty activists, making them more effective still, and (b) reach
people on the fence who may thereby be converted to our point of
So by all means
spread the ideas wherever you can get an audience. I myself have
spoken to all sorts of audiences, many of them not sympathetic to
our views. But by no means should you let yourself be hectored out
of holding events aimed at people already committed to these ideas.
They can bear much fruit.
with permission from TomWoods.com.
E. Woods, Jr. [send him
his website], a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises
Institute, is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback:
Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and
How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, as well
as the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown:
A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy
Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. He is
also the editor of five other books, including the just-released
on the Road to Serfdom.
© 2012 Thomas
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