13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty

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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.

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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. [Read more…]

Ruben Loved Cows: A True Tale of Vigilante Justice

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The following is a true story. Names have been changed and details omitted to protect the privacy and safety of all parties involved

Ruben loved cows. In fact, he loved cows too much. In the end, it was his undoing.

What Ruben never did love much, however, was working hard. His wife earned most of what was needed to support the couple and their two preschool children living in the rural north of Mexico. Lack of work never kept Ruben from being busy, however.

Ruben had a reputation for stealing cows from the neighboring ranches, supplementing his lack of hard work with a side-stream of ill-gotten cow cash. He was charged many times with theft, but was always released for “lack of evidence.” After all, once a cow is turned into hamburger, who’s to say whose cow it was? [Read more…]

Another Cop Denied Service In Ongoing Pushback Against Police

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A uniformed police officer was denied service at an Alexandria, VA restaurant in yet another instance of retaliation to police abuse headlines.

A cook at Noodles & Company reportedly refused to serve an officer, discussing with a cashier: “I am not serving that.” The officer then left the premises, calling her supervisor. This prompted a visit from the Alexandria police chief to clear up the incident. The restaurant released a statement reaffirming its non-discrimination policy.

“Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”

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Do-Nothing Anarchists

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I love liberty. I hate government. Does that mean I want no government? Absolutely. Am I sympathetic to the anarchist cause? You bet. Do I see eye to eye with most fellow anarchists? Mostly no. This is because so many can tell you why government is awful. Many can even paint specific pictures of how they think a world without the state would look. Very few, though, have any actual clue on how to get from here to there.

The somber reality is that we live in a world dominated by nation-states. Governmental systems, from constitutional republics to democratic socialism, to outright monarchy or dictatorship, control, or claim to control, almost every inch of this planet. Government rules the world, and no amount of wishful thinking will make it go away or shrink in size and scope.

It annoys me to no end when I hear anarchists judging or ridiculing other libertarians for trying to “work within the system.” Sure, navigating through the difficult, painful process of either elections or legal battles is an uphill struggle, and can often lead to wasted effort and frustration. But it’s something that actually has the real potential to shrink government. Criticism of these efforts should only be accompanied by a more efficient solution for ending the state. And those proposed anarchist solutions are practically an endangered species, bordering on cryptozoology.

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The 5,000-Life Question

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the point of no return.

With horror stories about police misconduct abounding, law enforcement’s reputation is taking a mighty beating (pun absolutely intended). From the murder of Eric Garner and the targeting of the man who filmed the incident, to Walter Scott’s murder and attempted police coverup, to even petty incidents such as Philadelphia cops vindictively targeting college kids after losing a basketball game, the case against law enforcement is steadily growing. Add that to the more that 5,000 civilians killed by cops since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it’s easy to see why more and more people are viewing the police’s very existence as a net negative. [Read more…]