Like many before it, this election season has underscored the futility of American politics. Never before in recent memory have we been presented with choices so hostile to liberty. Politically speaking, we’re in for a rough, divisive next four years, with plenty of government expansion of power.
Thankfully, we have alternatives to politics. There are much better ways of effecting change for good than through voting. So don’t despair: get to work. Here are 13 of the best ways to advance the cause of human liberty outside of the political system.
A friend of the Free State Project was shot in Manchester over a dispute regarding the Project’s flag, and NH Democratic Party leadership capitalized on the incident for political gain.
Jarrod Ean-Dixon, longtime New Hampshire resident and a supporter of the Free State Project, was shot in an altercation over the Free State Project’s flag. The flag (pictured left), which is a play off of the Gadsden Flag, features a porcupine instead of a snake, along with the famous motto: “Don’t tread on me.” The porcupine is the symbol of the Free State Project due to its docile and defensive nature paired with its willingness to defend against aggressors when cornered. Ean-Dixon was at a social gathering where the flag was prominently displayed, and two guests engaged in a dispute with him, considering the altered porcupine version of the flag to be disrespectful. An altercation ensued and Ean-Dixon was shot multiple times.
At time of writing, Ean-Dixon remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. The two assailants are in police custody. [Read more…]
The hour of darkness approaches. Millions head to the polls, desperately seeking to find a new ruler who will make their lives better off. The liberty faithful, if they’re smart, have gone rogue, focusing on Bitcoin, encryption, guns, jury nullification, and filming cops, all the while fueling the black market economy and community social safety net. And while they spread the word of liberty, practice less authoritarian relationships and solve everything they can without government, there’s still that nagging fear that the government can just shut down the supermarkets and we’d all be screwed. Want some peace of mind?
The horrifying presidential election is over. The outcome, same as if it had been different, spells four years of dark days for liberty, at least on the governmental front. The hardcore liberty activists, however, are gearing up for a long battle, stocking up on Bitcoin, guns, and sustainable supplies, all the while encrypting their communications, buying and selling off the grid, taking care of their own, solving their own problems, and treating each other with respect for their autonomy. They’re picking away at the system by encouraging jury nullification and filming cops, and making sure liberty’s ideas are well-represented in the court of public opinion. The elite, though, still want to engage in a more direct role. Here’s how you do that. Here’s how you push the advancement of freedom to the next level. [Read more…]
The terrible political slugfest between two of the worst people to ever run for public office has ended, and America has proceeded through one of the two large dark doors presented, both leading to disaster. Instead of despairing, though, libertarians, already having written this election off as a loss, are preparing for a long winter. The casual supporters of liberty are stockpiling defensive weapons, practicing encryption, donating to private charity, and spreading liberty’s message in regular conversations. The more adventurous are using Bitcoin whenever possible, participating in the black market, actively seeking nongovernmental solutions to their problems, and even changing the way they conduct personal relationships. If this isn’t enough action for you, you can grow your own food, inform juries about nullification, and film police. You can even start your own independent media outlet if you want to be one of the most hardcore out there. Still want to do more? There’s one thing left to do.
Like wildlife fleeing a forest fire, you’ve done just about everything possible to escape from government in the face of this horrible presidential election year. Use Bitcoin? Check. Encrypt? Check. Support black markets, private charity, and nongovernmental solutions? Check, check, and check. You even practice self-defense and the fine art of the keyboard warrior while holding cops and courts accountable. But despite all that, you’re still victim to one of the most insidious ways government still holds sway over your actions: how you conduct your relationships.