13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Learn to Defend Yourself


Barely over a week left in this election season madness. The foolish among us are dedicated to seeing one of the two historically-repulsive major party candidates win a decisive victory. Many of the rest are hiding at home, depressed and terrified, waiting for it all to be over. Those of us who have been reading this ongoing list of 13 nonpolitical ways to fight for liberty, however, have it much better. By now you all are buried deep in Bitcoin and encryption while going black-market agorist with some of your money, giving to the needy with what remains. But you still get ready to dial 911 every time you think you might be in danger. It’s time to change that last part.

Learn to defend yourself

Any spirited defense of government will invariably include “keep us safe” somewhere in there. And it’s true that, for most of us, the thought of being confronted by an armed assailant immediately leads to wishes for protection by someone who works for the government. “You need us” doesn’t get any stronger than “you’d be killed without us.” In order to move beyond reliance on a corrupt and oppressive government, we have to learn how to protect ourselves, and our community, from physical harm.

Get a weapon (or few) for self-defense. Learn how to use it, both in ideal and stressful circumstances. Practice carrying everyday whenever possible. Get together with friends at least once per month to hone your skills together and keep them fresh. Learn unarmed self-defense and practice regularly (several times a week if you can). Then, start using a community alert tool like Cell 411 so you can use those skills to defend other people as well. Grow a healthy and large enough trained self-defense community and demand for government safety-providing services starts to evaporate.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.