The Third Leaflet of the Original White Rose

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After this article we’ll be halfway through the original leaflets published by the White Rose.  The more I read their works the more… disturbed I am by the parallels.  Let’s take a look at leaflet number three.  The complete text is available here.

All ideal forms of government are utopias. A state cannot be constructed on a purely theoretical basis; rather, it must grow and ripen in the way an individual human being matures. But we must not forget that at the starting point of every civilization the state was already there in rudimentary form. The family is as old as man himself, and out of this initial bond man, endowed with reason, created for himself a state founded on justice, whose highest law was the common good. The state should exist as a parallel to the divine order, and the highest of all utopias, *the civitas dei*, is the model which in the end it should approximate.

Here we will not pass judgment on the many possible forms of the state – democracy, constitutional monarchy, and so on. But one matter needs to be brought out clearly and unambiguously. Every individual human being has a claim to a useful and just state, a state which secures the freedom of the individual as well as the good of the whole. For, according to God’s will, man is intended to pursue his natural goal, his earthly happiness, in self-reliance and self-chosen activity, freely and independently within the community of life and work of the nation.

But our present “state” is the dictatorship of evil. “Oh, we’ve known that for a long time,” I hear you object, “and it isn’t necessary to bring that to our attention again.” But, I ask you, if you know that, why do you not bestir yourselves, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right – or rather, your *moral duty* – to eliminate this system?

I had to resist the urge to quote this leaflet wholesale before commenting – it is just that good.  They start out by acknowledging that every government is, in its theory, ideal – a utopia.  Government, however, being made of humans, is as flawed as the humans that make it up.  As you read on, it doesn’t take too much imagination to recognize that by today’s standards they would be considered libertarians – pursuing happiness, self-reliance, and self-determination.

The challenge in the last paragraph cited above is the same as we face today.  We all know what evil is perpetuated in the name of our government.  We know of the families destroyed, wealth and life stolen, and freedom denied.  Yet, we “allow these men who are in power to rob you”.  Are our spirits already crushed?

But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his right, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish. We would deserve to be dispersed through the earth like dust before the wind if we do not muster our powers at this late hour and finally find the courage which up to now we have lacked. Do not hide your cowardice behind a cloak of expediency, for with every new day that you hesitate, failing to oppose this offspring of Hell, your guilt, as in a parabolic curve, grows higher and higher.

Many, perhaps most, of the readers of these leaflets do not see clearly how they can practice an effective opposition. They do not see any avenues open to them. We want to try to show them that everyone is in a position to contribute to the overthrow of this system. It is not possible through solitary withdrawal, in the manner of embittered hermits, to prepare the ground for the overturn of this “government” or bring about the revolution at the earliest possible moment. No, it can be done only by the cooperation of many convinced, energetic people – people who are agreed as to the means they must use to attain their goal.

In their closing, the White Rose told their readers that they could not provide a blueprint for how their resistance would look, only that they must resist and provided some suggestions.

Like the original readers, I believe that many patriots today do not see clearly how they can practice an effective opposition.  Sure, we may bloviate endlessly on Facebook about the newest outrage and insult to our rights.  We see the tyrant grow every day and many feel helpless.  Some I know plan on loading up a backpack and hiking into the wilderness, never to return.  Some I know will grab their AR-15 and plan on going out in a blaze of glory.  Some will likely fade away, since they have no plan and no will to face what they must do.

I exhort you – do not be these people.  We must do better.  We must be better.  TOWR is about creating well rounded patriots who can fight, communicate, philosophize, teach, heal, and grow.

Educate. Empower. Resist.

Long Live Freedom!

Author: Steve

Steve is a father of two, husband of one, devoted follower of Christ, IT guy, and jack of all trades. He's a liberty activist, blogger, gun lover, and general class radio operator. He read entirely too much Heinlein as a child and routinely fails at his attempts to become the "competent man".

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