In one week, millions of Americans will go to the polls, holding their nose, to stop Donald Trump from getting elected. Millions more are heading out to support someone they don’t believe in just to fight Hillary Clinton. But not you. You’re just hiding under a blanket. Or, if you’ve had the good fortune to start reading my list of 13 ways to advance liberty before the election, you’re much less sad, and are busy with Bitcoin, encryption, and guns. You’ll be spending your money on agorist business and throwing a couple bucks to private charity. But the cops can still haul you away for any number of nonsense reasons and ruin your life. Let’s do something about that now.
Victimless crimes are when someone can go to jail, be fined, or otherwise have their life ruined over something that hurts no one. There are thousands of such laws on the books in the US, from smoking marijuana to simply not cutting your lawn fast enough. Rolling back these senseless laws requires an uphill battle against vested interests, and in the meantime law enforcement can always interpret relatively reasonable laws in a way that can criminalize nearly anyone. Thankfully, the jury system exists, and jurors have the ability to vote no and nullify a bad law or application of a law that would yield an unjust effect.
This one’s a little trickier to get involved in, but still very doable. At a minimum, talk to friends and neighbors about jury nullification, especially ones who have recently been selected for jury duty. If you can, get involved in jury outreach directly. Get some materials from the Fully Informed Jury Association, look up your local jury selection dates, and hand out literature outside the courthouse. If you’re blessed enough to live in New Hampshire, contact the Rights Brigade, which is already conducting jury outreach across the state, and get involved.