6 April 2021 #MAGAanalysis

Local Patriot’s Intense Studies

Yesterday, we completed introductions to all 12 books on the list. Today we're going to discuss intense studying, a type of extraordinary ownership.
2) As I read book 3, The Office of the Sheriff - A History, a vision struck me. I saw a civilian citizen of the county who dedicated himself to being a true friend to the sheriff, and thereby to the county itself. I know the power of just one friend.
3) If you were following along, you worked through various attacks on the challenge until the current reading list clarified itself. It kind of arose, if that makes sense. Now that we've completed the introductions, a new question arises.
4) What if you wanted to read all 12 books and had never read any of them before? How long would that take? Most of these books do not lend themselves to a masterful first reading. I've studied the Holy Bible since my first lessons in life as a toddler.
5) My studies in Master Sun Tzu commenced in 1987, after first hearing of it in the movie Wall Street. That's 34 years invested so far, and still a long way to go. It's obviously not easy to imagine I'd never read it before and was just getting started. How to tackle that?
6) There is a premise driving this mission. It is this. To be a friend takes work, and the harder the mission, the harder the work will be. To be a true friend to a sheriff, one who actually aids and assists him in his mission takes the challenge of friendship to a new place.
7) So as far as I'm able to imagine, here's what I believe I'd do. First thing, I'd buy both hard copies and the kindle version of each book. I have incorporated digital reading into my studies and have come to love its values. Hard copies remain fundamental for me still.
8) With that stack on my table, I'd then do two skims of each. The first is more random than the second. I do a lot of flipping about. The hard copy is far superior for this than the electronic. I'd try to get a sense of the flow though, even on the first skim.
9) Of the 12 books a few would start to speak to me more than the others. I don't pay too much attention to it, it just kind of happens. But I'd walk away from the first skim with the beginnings of a conversation with each author in my mind.
10) I have to guess that, with say about an hour a day, I'd get the first skim done in 5 days or less, likely 3 days. I get impatient and most likely would put in 2 hours at a stretch and maybe knock it out in just 2 days. Then I have to put all the books away and let it rest.
11) The second skim is far more pleasurable to me. Here I typically read the first paragraph of a section, random points in between and then the best part is reading the end, where the author brings it all home. Let me explain that just a bit more.
12) Do you have a favorite movie, one you've watched many times and even still, if you watch it again this weekend you'll get more out of it, or maybe even just more joy? You won't be surprised that mine is The Godfather, all 3 films.
13) @KateScopelliti has threatened that if she ever has to hear that trumpet playing in its minor key again I'll have to find new lodgings. That's how many times...

After the first viewing or two you completely know the plot. There are no surprises.

14) What I've found with the most important books is that I'm not able to take in what the author is giving until I have some idea where he's going and how he's going to get there. A true reading, for me, is like watching the movie a 3rd, 4th time, etc., or more.
15) It's during the deep skim that selections get made. I am able to read several books at once, and their relationship to each other can be very powerful. We've talked about that before, extensively. But even I can't read 12 books like these all at once, no way.
16) Let's talk about the selection itself. For this project, everyone needs to read Vance's history. There's no other source I've found that lays out the map of the territory as his does. That book has to be one of the books kept close at hand. It's an easy read, but critical.
17) I read for power. I know that may seem strange, but it's true. As I didn't finish college and obviously have no degree, I'm not formally qualified to do any sort of professional work in this world, that way. So I'm the guy who reads and then implements.
18) Strangely enough, I became a business consultant at age 27. I had some skills - I'm not only a good salesman, I teach, coach, and inspire others in the art also - and that actually was enough to get started with. But I rapidly realized I knew very little about business.
19) So I scoured every used book store in driving distance until I had every book that Peter Drucker ever wrote. I read them all, and I collected all his Harvard Business Review articles that I could find as well.
20) I'm not sure if Peter Drucker invented MBOs - management by objectives - or not, but I still coach their use with my clients to this day. Drucker gave them to me in his books, and they instantly became part of how I earn my living.
21) Of all those books and articles there were two books and 3, maybe 4 articles that rose to the surface. I ended up studying those sources over and over again and return to them even still. They became a type of bible for me. I have come to know them well.
22) Older now, and a good deal more experienced in these things, I know I could get my full deep skim of all 12 books done in a month or less. I have to pound on this point. You'll be amazed how much you get out of this 2-skim method if you try it.
23) Pauses for refreshment and settling are very important. I love driving all over with my family. We're restaurant people and love whining to each other over every slightest imperfection in service or quality. I love negotiating with waiters or management at opportunity.
24) In this time away from the books, their messages still reverberate inside my mind and heart. Something will jump right up out at me. A key point. An important connection, and I'll instantly know I have to go deeper with this or that book. It has announced itself.
25) My great friend @CatotheCensor2 has executed a similar strategy. He has either completed, or soon will, recording his extraordinary readings out loud for the entire book The Doctrine Of The Lesser Magistrates.
26) Forgive the redundancy, but I must state again, as forcefully as you'll let me, whatever book or books you chose, they MUST be read with YOUR OWN county in mind and heart. Allow me to offer a specific example of what that means.
27) Before the election was stolen, I had blundered into the Constitutional powers of the sheriff, and the critical fact of being elected NOT appointed, not owing allegiance to a political boss but rather to the people who elect him.
28) I'd made a mental note to return to that topic at some point and put it away. Then, after I came to believe that Trump was - at least for the time being - allowing the stolen election to emplace Biden as resident in the White House, I felt it was time to return to sheriffs.
29) I can't recall the exact sequence from then forward, but it was @CatotheCensor2 who introduced me to the CSPOA.org. I immediately joined, which is something I have never done before in my life.
30) As I read Bowker on the history, a memory intruded. My previous small hunt had uncovered a surprisingly large number of local Offices of the Sheriff that shared their county history at the basic websites. I found that very interesting.
31) Low and behold, my own county provides this and it's quite a story. Do you see? Reading about the history of the Office led me to my own county's history. From there, a few phone calls and I made my first friendship - just a beginning one - with my local sheriff's office.
32) That brings us back to selection. For my county, the single most important book on the list is #4 From Dictatorship To Democracy. My county is very far down the road to being an unconstitutional county. If I am to help, it will absolutely have to be an insurgency operation.
33) Sharp discusses strategic and tactical analysis a great deal. He points freedom movements to complete rigorous surveys of strengths and weaknesses and to make extensive if not exhaustive plans to address these on both sides of the equation.
34) Some of you will recall work we did attempting to find a spray-paintable symbol for our insurgency. It fun, difficult work here at Twitter. The passions were so high, so fast. The design process wasn't hard, many helped. It was the negotiation of meaning that was so hard.
35) We didn't succeed, yet. We have some fantastic symbols, beautiful created and really wonderful. But none of them was able to find that perfect sweet spot where recognition and meaning are instantaneous and utterly motivating. The hunt will continue.
36) Let me tie those connections down. Sharp's book walks through the successful process of taking a dictator down and building up a free government of the people. There's much of his work I truly disagree with. But it's practical force cannot be questioned.
37) But if I'm going to help my county, I must study, learn, practice, experiment, and eventually build the skills to support such a transformation. By the way, the University of Virginia runs this county. It is their power that is the equal of a dictatorship.
38) One way you can ascertain that - and there are many and it's not a difficult call to make - is this. When you start studying the police forces here, many of the leaders were high up in the UVA security operation. The campus police become the local powers. A clear path.
39) Tomorrow we're going to talk about joining forces. You've likely seen that we take our conversation over to Telegram. It's essentially the equal of the DM rooms here at Twitter, and the conversation is simply wonderful. I'll post its link again below.
40) I truly hope you'll join us. We will help you tackle your reading and studies, and as we blunder forward learning how to take back our nation, county by county, we'll be there to support you in application to your home. See you there!
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