Advance both your personal liberty and the cause of individual liberty by being a person of character. In order to be a person of character, you must live by certain human values. Without these human values, individual liberty doesn’t work.
The first step towards a series of actions that will bring you greater liberty is to actually believe that you can do it. You have to find the confidence inside of you, the faith, to set goals and make a consistent effort towards them, no matter what discouragements may come your way. That’s what this episode is about.
Genius on Hold (2012) is a libertarian-friendly documentary on the life of Walter Shaw, a gifted telecommunications inventor with a ninth grade education. Genius on Hold makes a clear-cut case for how government regulation hurts people. It’s a great libertarian documentary with, sadly, an incongruent progressive puff piece tacked onto the end.
I’m writing science fiction. I’ve been working on it steadily for a few years now. Here are a couple of new works I’d like to share with you.
It’s likely that at least a small amount of targeted violence will be required to take down governments, so that a more liberty-centric order can supplant them. If we accept that, as distasteful as it is, then assassination marketplaces become attractive. Unlike a traditional war, assassination marketplaces don’t require that you kill tens of thousands of cops, politicians and soldiers. In order for assassination marketplaces to end the age of the state, only a few targeted individuals need be killed. For the rest, active and well-funded threats are sufficient to intimidate aggressors into remaining peaceful.
Soliciting donations is absolutely essential in order to sustain activism, be it the on-the-street type or the digital kind. And make no mistake that activism, especially through community building, is essential to build a more libertarian future. We build better libertarian communities not by vilifying market exchange but by offering better products.
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?
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.
Is it voluntary? This is rarely a question we ask of ourselves these days. It’s more common to ask, “Do I have to?” But it’s a question we need to ask ourselves more often, not just in political contexts but also in our personal lives.