I think we libertarians frequently get in our own individual way more often than we realize. It’s hard enough for us to struggle against governments and society at large, do we have to fight ourselves and amongst ourselves, as well?
We libertarians want to live in a fully libertarian society, where non-aggression is the rule, we can trade freely and get the most out of our lives. That sometimes seems far away so how can we get that feeling of liberty now, in our own lives? How can we make it reality, too? And, can we advance the evolution to a libertarian society by living a more libertarian life today?
We need governments in order to create opportunity so that everyone can prosper.
People repeat this key justification for government power ad nauseum. We gotta create opportunities for kids to learn. We gotta create opportunities for adults to work. Government bureaucrats and politicians at all levels of government can blabber on about creating opportunity through bills, reforms, packages, new projects, campaigns and whatever. (more…)
Critics of libertarianism frequently complain about a libertarian position on X or Y issue. But their criticisms frequently fall flat on their faces because they don’t understand libertarianism.
Republicans have, or used to have, a generally reliable and uniform position on any given issue: more slices of the pie for the big corporations, more law and order for the poor. And the Democrats can be counted on to always be for more laws and more government control of just about everything. (more…)
Ukraine is in civil war. Russia is supporting the rebels with arms and troops. Some say that the United States government should send arms and troops to support the Ukrainian government against the Russian-backed rebels.
Agorism is a libertarian strategy for achieving freed societies where we can each live our lives as we see fit. Agorism leverages the libertarian emphasis on free trade to encourage us to build businesses where we trade outside the bounds of the government-controlled marketplace.
Deutsche Welle ran an article this week about some guys who dressed up as Sharia police in the German city of Wuppertal and encouraged fellow Germans to abide by orthodox Islamic law. They told people not to gamble or consume alcohol.
This piqued my curiosity on several levels. First, I had no idea there were ethnic Germans who were converting to Islam. Can you imagine a future, Muslim, Germany that has returned to Nazi expansionism, but now it’s Muslim and Jihadist, too? (more…)