Shield Mutual Evolution 4 is here and I am excited about it! Here are some of the new solutions we’re providing you, in addition to the old standby of paid protection memberships starting at $5 per month:
1. Mutual Aid
Mutual aid is hard to do with online communities. I’ve been thinking about it for years. People have approached me for advice and ideas about how to start an old-style mutual aid society online and I advised against it. In fact, I think there was one that silently failed.
The breakthrough idea came to me last summer: remove money from the equation. Don’t charge for mutual aid. Don’t offer benefits. Instead, make it completely free and super-simple to participate in. Then ask people to pay it forward. Ask people to just do something nice without any concrete promise of having their compassion repaid.
Thus was born the Shield Mutual Pay-it-Forward Society. Sign up here simply by entering your name and email address. Receive one email per week with a list of mutual aid requests. Act on them – or not – as you see fit. Help others and they will be more disposed to help you when you need it. Help others and you build social capital. You increase your visibility and become known as a person whom others can count on in their most difficult moments – or just for a bit of solidarity when they feel alone.
What kind of requests for help are suitable for the Pay-it-Forward Society? I don’t know yet so just give it a shot. Anything from health emergencies to needing reviews for your latest book and everything in between sound good to me.
2. Visibility Consulting
When bureaucrats attack, you could have ten Shield Mutuals working to get your back but if no one knows who you are, you won’t get the solidarity you need. People support people they know – and like. This I have seen confirmed again and again over the last 6 years.
So, now, Shield Mutual is also a machine to help you become well-known and liked! That’s right, we’re putting our public relations, web development, online marketing, copywriting and other media skills at your disposal. We’re helping our customers become better spokespeople for themselves and their causes by putting the most effective online marketing and communications technologies in your corner for the minimum amount of work.
And our visibility consulting is included with all of our paid memberships! Did I mention that it’s unlimited?
Need a website? We’ll teach you how to set it up. We can even host, maintain and keep it secure for you. Want to make videos? We’ll teach you how. Want to improve your writing? We’re on it.
Schedule a free call right now (free for paid members). We’ll have a friendly chat about your goals and how we can help you achieve them. Then we’ll work up an action plan and get to work!
3. Recurring Affiliate Program
Quite a few customers made money from our affiliate program in 2012 and 2013. Now you can make even more. We’ve automated the entire process. We’re still paying 10% but now we’re also paying that 10% on recurring credit card and PayPal payments. Plus, we’ve got free Shield Mutual banners in a range of sizes that you can use on your website. Oh and you get your own, unique affiliate code. Check your referrals and pending payments anytime by logging into the affiliate dashboard.
Shield Mutual is about enriching the community, not ourselves. We want to partner with you and grow together. Join the affiliate program automatically when you become a paid member of Shield Mutual.
4. Weekly Briefings
As a special perk for paid members, I’m recording a 15-20 minute audio message once per week for your ears only. I’ll provide expert advice as well as my own humbly-proffered deep thoughts on a range of subjects, from online marketing tactics to peaceful child-rearing, from activism strategies to inner peace.
You can find the weekly briefings on the blog every Wednesday. You’ll need to login to see them. If this becomes too inconvenient, say the word and I can release them as a publicly-available podcast stream that you can easily subscribe to.
You can now announce your public support for the Shield Mutual mission of defending those the government attacks using a nonviolent social defense strategy. Become an ally. Put the ally badge on your website.
Shield Mutual’s vision for an orderly transition to a decentralized libertarian world requires the use of collective bargaining. For collective bargaining to work, we must be many and we must identify ourselves. We can do that with our voices, with t-shirts, membership cards and also by publicly allying ourselves with Shield Mutual.
Shield Mutual defends our own customers from government aggression. And our new Pay-it-Forward Society offers protection against private adversity to its members. But what about those people out there struggling in the injustice system that haven’t heard of us or even of libertarianism at all? What about those black and gray market entrepreneurs who know nothing of agorism? What about the poor across the world whose governments keep them from liberty and prosperity?
We’re reaching out to them! We’re committed to growing the Shield Mutual community by reaching out directly to those people who need our services and insights the most. We’re currently launching two projects – the Jury Rights Project and Libertad Si! (in Spanish) – and we have more in the works.
7. Emergency Hire
Not a Shield Mutual customer but need our political pressure and public relations defense services in a jiffy? We now offer the emergency hire option.
Some other new features we’re working on include a forum, social defense training, a social defense book, ID cards, t-shirts and other merchandise to help you protect yourself.
Now Taking Paid Orders Again
You may remember that in a post late last year, I announced an end to paid memberships. Thanks to a few customers, both veteran and new, I have been set straight. You sent money in for your membership and you refused to take it back.
Orders are open again for Shield Mutual membership. Shield Mutual nonviolently defends you in case of arrest or other government attack using proactive public relations, crowdsourced political pressure, new and old media, digital fundraising, legal aid and the force of truth. Get protected today!
But that’s not all. Stay tuned for further new developments and thanks, as always, for your support. Shield Mutual is an idea – that we can defend ourselves from government aggression right now, not in some distant sci-fi future, using nonviolent political pressure, public relations and leadership all while building towards an orderly transition to the decentralized libertarian world we seek.
Welcome to Shield Mutual, evolution 4.