13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Practice Voluntary Relationships


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.

Practice voluntary relationships

Force is a great damper on human creativity and achievement, and we see this at work when the state uses the threat of violence to solve every problem. The missing link, though, is the fact that this principle applies to private life as well. Anyone seeking freedom from government while still continuing to act with authority is missing the entire point of liberty. Since we’ve been living under a government-ruled, force-filled world since forever, that reality has affected us on every level of human relations. That’s why we need a change.

In short, rid the concept of authority from your life, and instead see all relationships as voluntary agreements between parties who all seek to benefit. You aren’t the boss of your employee, you’re buying labor services from an equal. The customer isn’t always right, the business chose to offer you the service, making you both equally dependent on each other. Your spouse doesn’t owe attention, affection, or fidelity, but rather gives them willingly because they want the same from you. And, possibly hardest of all, you don’t own your children, but instead chose to shelter and guide them until they can make it on their own. When you force yourself to see the world in this way, your relationships will change and your life will become more peaceful and fulfilled.

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.