13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Solve a Problem Without Government

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You’re a hardcore libertarian. While the rest of the world is panicking about the election, you’re hoarding guns and Bitcoin while encrypting everything and doing your best to keep your earnings out of the government‘s greedy mitts. You build a private social safety net in your off time while filming police misconduct and informing juries about nullification. You even talk to your neighbors about how awesome it would be if government didn’t exist. Unfortunately, you still remain helplessly reliant on the state when things get rough.

Solve a problem without government

A critical weakness for the libertarian position, especially for anarchists, is offering theoretical free market solutions to compete with real-world government services. The harsh reality: when you talk about how private arbitration courts could potentially replace the judicial system, you’re advocating, in the short-term, for nothing to replace something. When “the market will provide” is your answer, you will invariably lose to what’s already in place, no matter how bad. Even worse, you yourself will find out quickly that calling the cops will save your anarchist behind better than a vision of a world where security contractors help you. You need to start solving problems without government in the real world, and you need to do it now.

This one requires some creativity, but basically boils down to this: whenever you think the government-provided solution is the only way, stop and try to come up with an alternative. Some of these might be easy, like using FedEx instead of the post office or filling in some potholes in the road yourself. Others can be a really tough call, like choosing to deal with a theft yourself instead of going to police, using community pressure instead of the law to deal with an assault, or even choosing to walk away from an abusive relationship without using courts to pursue child support or alimony. These can be hard decisions where sometimes you have to prioritize your own safety over your principles, but at some point we as a people will have to deal with living without government, and that will mean an overlap period where you’re having to eschew state services before there’s anything better to replace them. Start getting creative now, before you end up in a world without government and don’t know what to do.

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.