I don’t often talk about the heroes I’ve encountered in my life, but I feel compelled at this time to tell you how I count Robert Landen as such a remarkable individual. Like many heroes, he has paid a severe price for his heroism.
As recently as 4 years ago, Robert was a highly successful businessman, with a female partner, a beautiful house, a garage full of toys, a cadre of fair-weather friends and a lifestyle of fun-loving recreational pursuits. And he had achieved this outcome after a really difficult childhood. Wow!
Then, out of sheer curiosity, he began studying a series of different political outlooks, and to his enthusiastic surprise discovered, through exposure to libertarian ideology, that the one that best fitted his world-view was anarchy – the absence of rulers. In a sense that was his undoing.
A Painful Surprise
His enthusiasm motivated him to share his anarchic awakening with his friends and family; and, to his astonishment, they turned on him viciously. His older brother, who had become a policeman as a young man, reported him to the local police, claiming Robert had threatened him with a knife. Although the story was entirely false, it precipitated Robert into a 3-year chain of police-involved events in which he lost everything – his home, his partner, his livelihood, his friends, and his entire lifestyle…. Gone.
In spite of these losses, which would have crushed the spirit of most of us, Robert made a discovery that may yet change the course of history. In the course of defending himself against two dozen encounters with cops, jailers, prosecutors, bailiffs, and judges, he discovered a method by which he can, some 91% of the time, persuade such “authorities” to let him go unharmed, except for the ordeal of repeatedly having his life threatened. Given the existing incentives for police to be violent and courts to condone police perjury and murder, Robert’s success at combating these behaviors peacefully represents a stroke of genius – as it all hinges on challenging, not the legality, but the morality of treating peaceful people as if they were violent criminals. Based on this extraordinary insight and the courage of his convictions, Robert is making a comeback from his spitefully-induced downfall.
What he discovered is, at its core, the fact that most authoritarian officials – except for the psychopaths and hardened sociopaths – still retain enough morality to understand the value, virtue, and importance of leaving peaceful
people alone when reminded of the fact in a non-threatening way. While Robert refers to this as his “Moral Approach”, I prefer to call it “Moral Kung-Fu” because it has proven amazingly effective by using the law-enforcer’s own morality as the lynch-pin for stimulating peaceful resolution in place of violence.
Admittedly, his moral approach to authoritarian encounters doesn’t always work. On two occasions, when Robert was peacefully minding his own business, police arrived and attacked him without any probable cause whatsoever. The result was that he was chained, gassed, beaten, caged, abused, and almost killed. The cops that violated him thusly were clearly psychopathic in their demonstrated unwillingness to engage in conversation with him at all. They might as well have been mechanical automatons. Charges brought against him were entirely bogus – like “resisting arrest” with four large thugs kneeling on his back and no cause for arrest in the first place.
Despite these egregious attacks on him, and suffering the disrepute of having been impoverished, and while still suffering the painful effects of multiple police-inflicted injuries, Robert has continued to preach his gospel of peaceful resolution, de-escalation, and police discretion to everyone he meets – be they law-enforcers or casual acquaintances. In my opinion this lesson is the near-perfect solution to the current widespread problem of police brutality – just what is most needed in today’s divisive world.
The Reward We All Need
If the world’s law-enforcers were persuaded that they could be better paid, more respected, and enjoy more satisfying family lives by ignoring people who create neither victims nor injured parties, the politicians would cease to be a serious threat to the average citizen. While this wouldn’t solve all of our social problems, it could open the door to a future of peace, prosperity, and freedom thus far unseen in world history.
While Robert frequently appears on Facebook soliciting small donations for the support of his work, I think he deserves a much better outcome. Here’s what I would do if I could afford a mere $50,000 to support his cause:
- I would provide him a stable living working environment, where he could relax for a few weeks while receiving the medical treatments he needs to recover from his injuries and loss of health induced by police brutality. While there, he would be able to organize and pre-edit some terabytes of video “footage” that he has accumulated demonstrating his successful confrontations with armed authoritarians. He has already made good connections with people who will see that those recordings become widely available to the public.
- I would buy him a vehicle capable of transporting him and a couple of videographers cross country for the creation of a “reality road-show”.
- I would arrange for him to visit as many as 100 county sheriffs who have identified themselves as embracing the slogan “No victim = No crime” (I have access to the list). In his visits with them he would teach them to use their own moral principles as a basis for moral policing, and how they can transform their organizations into highly respected community service companies. This step alone would dramatically reduce the incidence of police suicides, alcoholism, drug addictions, and domestic violence. Once a few counties adopted this method, it is likely many others would see the advantages and benefits of following suit.
- The video-documentary that would be produced from that tour would highlight the method by which this historical turning-point is being created, and detailed training events would be promoted to make the method widely known. It would be hosted on the website moralkungfu.com along with a number of related resources that could be used to amplify the effectiveness of the transformation.
I know that the funding of this effort will benefit from the establishment of a so-called crowd-funding or crowd-sourcing campaign. It takes resources of time and money to make this happen and the development of this capability is on my list of high-priority tasks to be undertaken as soon as possible,
However, for that plan to be manifested a more urgent problem has to be resolved – that of restoring Robert’s health sufficiently for him to mount the campaign. Given his cop-inflicted injuries and resulting state of ill health, I’m asking everyone I know to chip in now to get him back on his feet and out of harm’s way, while we create the infrastructure to propagate his potentially historic discovery on a worldwide basis. Meanwhile, I am actively assembling a team of videographers, online marketers, webmasters, and other key personnel who are ready to conduct this effort under the banner, “Civilization Done Right – at Last”
If we can’t get law enforcers to recognize the rights of peaceful people, there is little hope for the future of our species. I suspect we will become extinct within a generation. On the other hand, if even a few people of means respond to the need, there is a very real possibility that the apparent death-wish of today’s humanity can be reversed.
This memo is not addressed to those who are barely getting by financially. If you are homeless or on welfare or unemployment, please ignore this final section. It is instead addressed to those of you who have been earning more than you spend – who have been accumulating cash, stocks, bonds, crypto-currencies, real estate or other assets. It is to you I am appealing for your support.
I know how comforting it can seem to accumulate such wealth… AND… I have to ask, Where do you think you are going to spend or utilize all those resources? Are you satisfied to be living in a free-range insane asylum? Do you think your children and grandchildren are going to thrive in the emerging world? I’ll be blunt about it. If you yourself don’t do something about it, your progeny are very likely to be either slaughtered or enslaved. If that isn’t what you want, you can make a choice right now that could provide your kids and their kids with a great legacy. Free up a few thousand dollars to support Moral Kung-Fu and donate it today. Send it directly to Robert via PayPal, or, if you prefer, you can send it to me here, with a Landen tag, and I’ll see that it gets where it is needed.
If you do this, I promise to keep you in the loop – to keep you apprised of our progress in freeing the world from legalized banditry. If you have questions, you can reach me by email via firstname.lastname@example.org or you can friend me on Facebook and contact me via Messenger. Either way, you have my undying gratitude for availing yourself of this spectacular but short-lived opportunity.