This work represents the manifestation of Free Socialist ideals. It is little more than a set of beliefs held by myself and my colleagues, and I share it now with the world, piece by piece, as I write each word with honesty at heart, so that others may rejoice in the opportunities offered by our great hopes for the future.
Take what you read with a grain of salt. We are human. We are not perfect. We are inherently ignorant and flawed. Despite this, I hope sincerely that you may find value in an alternative set of ideals.
To those like-minded friends who have supported me and continue to support me to this day still:
I thank you kindly, brothers, for your words of motivation, for your endless masses of unwavering support. You have held my hand through many dangers, through many days where I myself had doubted the great future we so firmly believe in. Your faith is, to me, utterly invaluable, and were it not for your wisdom, I would not stand where I stand today.
I thank you kindly, brothers, for your firmness and for your guidance alike. You have taught me everything I know – to analyze, to doubt, to criticize, to empathize, and to repair with critical thought that which is in essence lacking and in quality ailing. Your knowledge has led me far on this path of reform and revolution. May it lead us onward still.
I thank you kindly, brothers, for your consolation, which has delivered me from personal toils and painful hours in which I could not rest. In those fleeting moments, which now seem so very distant, it was your council that has liberated me from my own inner sanctum. We shall forever stand on the peaks of freedom, halting chaos, together.
To those who would oppose us in our pursuit of better days:
I challenge you, fair opponents, to discuss our differences on neutral ground. May we meet and speak, for that is the foundation of human civilization. Do not fall victim to the false worship of conflict and dramatic retorts. It is a civilized world we live in and civilized it shall remain. Come to us, question us, doubt us and analyze us. We welcome you with open arms.
I challenge you, fair opponents, to think freely, without the words of those proponents of violent debate, or the lack of debate thereof. I ask you not from a position of authority, but from a position of equal ground, to question your own rationalizations of your actions, and the rationalizations of the idols you hold dear, if such idols exist in your minds.
I challenge you, fair opponents, to call foul on my mistakes, for there are undoubtedly many to be found and picked apart. Do so, and you will have my respect. Fail to do so, remain silent in fear of conflict, and ask yourself; what have you done to change the outcome? Challenge us. Debate with us. Fight us. But do so in a manner befitting the world we occupy.
Existence For Whose Sake?
The Free Socialist Manifesto shall stand to be called upon as undesirable and unneeded in the modern world by many of those who are satisfied with current affairs. I do not fall into that group of those happily occupied men and women, and so the duty has fallen upon me to strive for change, for change is life, and it has its charm and place.
In a world of extremes and dramatic attacks of political leaders upon one another, and in a world where political discourse has become little more than a popularized, media-driven affair, resembling, perhaps, a battleground for wretched vultures to prey upon the purposeful ignorance of our world's masses, one might find the need for an ideological revolution quite pressing and actual. I myself, as a citizen of both the Czech Republic and the United States of America, am inclined to agree.
Revolutions are often regarded as being bloodbaths driven by powerful men, serving only to create gaps and opportunities for stragglers among their ranks. One might, for instance, mention the conquest of the Bastille, or perhaps the Austrian revolution – better yet, the fight against unequal bourgeoisie wealth far to the East, orchestrated by a rising tide of proletarians. I would rather call them revolts. While it is true that each had its necessary triggers and goals, and each served a purpose essential to the forming of our current-day world, I would seldom come to calling such chaotic affairs as truly reasonable revolutions. In later parts of the Free Socialist manifesto, you will find our personal definition of a true revolution, and you will see how precisely it differs from those aforementioned displays of brute force.
It is a privilege that in our age of free expression without violent repercussions, we may freely state our claims and openly discuss them with those who would be willing. For that reason, I have come to you with open arms and words to share, as it is my belief that this utopia of free thought and speech has come under fire in these years gone by.
I speak to you not as an expert in the field. I speak to you not as a man educated tirelessly and unwaveringly in every imaginable political matter. I come to you as a concerned citizen, afraid for his nation, and afraid for the rights of his people. You may call me ignorant, you may call me blind, and you would be correct. My words are no more than the ideals of myself and my colleagues, and as truth is objectively subjective, I cannot doubt your assessment, for I am not so qualified.
Part 1 – Misconceptions and Frequent Questions
Before I continue to delve deeper into the intricacies and petty details of the ideals of Free Socialists, it would be appropriate to first thoroughly liquidate any incorrect views one might hold in regards to our view of an ideal future. To continue:
These are but a few of the most common misconceptions and frequently asked questions about Free Socialism. We are not communists. We are not regressive. We occupy neither the left, nor the right. We are here to fill the gap, to sate the hunger of you unheard moderate citizens, who agree with neither extreme.
We are here not to rule, we are here to create opportunity. That is our view of the future – a future where each citizen may trust his leaders, a future where he may rely on himself, and yet a future where help from his governing force he shall receive.
A future of true equal opportunity, and still individual result!