Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How do You Spread Liberty?

I meant what I said in the title of this post. This blog post is just a question. And I want answers. I have many ideas for future blog posts but nothing was ready for this week. So I decided to do something a little different.

There are many ways to spread the message of liberty. Some ways are more effective while other ways are less effective. I want to hear your thoughts on the matter. What ways do you advocate? What ways do you NOT advocate? I want as many comments as possible but even just one will still be helpful. So, don't be shy! Comment!


  1. Learning about my liberty first helps me to have knowledge so I can share with others. Lately, I have been focused on acting more with an attitude of liberty I know I have but which is not necessarily recognized by a government or by others. I still think of the consequences which I may be subject to -- particularly by a government -- but I let go of small things and act in small ways, especially when I can exude confidence.

    For example, I have let myself listen to music with explicit lyrics. I used to let others tell me that I would be damned if I did. Now I have a better appreciation for the messages in the music which are often very supportive of the ideas of liberty. Now that I have experimented on my faith I can feel God talking to me through the music and teaching me his truths. In turn, I can share principles of liberty with others who listen to such music rather than mentally condemning them.

    Steve Reid

  2. I look for ways to bring free market solutions into casual conversations. Free market roads are tough for some people to understand at first, but most people I've talked to can get on board with free market restaurant cleanliness inspections. Let restaurants compete on cleanliness and proper food preparation procedures just like they do on location, food quality, price, etc. They can absorb the cost of whatever accreditation or cleanliness certificate they would like as a cost of doing business, just like many other industries have to do. People can get that, and then you can go on to point out that that same logic can be applied to a whole host of instances of the government "protecting" us.

    Although practical examples are helpful, I do not advocate avoiding the philosophical background of libertarianism as some people like to do. Libertarianism is not a random collection of political opinions that sometimes aligns with the right and sometimes with the left. We are not moderates. Our opinions are derived from rigorously applying the non-aggression principle to every forceful act in society and refusing to make exceptions for people merely because they are in the employ of the government. Making the moral argument early is also important because it's extremely difficult to have a well-researched answer for every what-if or historical anecdote that can be thrown at us. If you start out making the economic argument but have to fall back to the moral argument because you don't have a good answer to a question, it will surely appear like you are ceding the economic argument. By making the moral argument early, you can emphasize that we may not know exactly how such and such would work in a free market, but that you believe that non-aggression is morally correct and that you have faith in the free market to figure everything else out.

    Oh, and even if a person is not a libertarian and is not going to become one, try to convince them of the benefits of using bitcoin. Then they can be working to defeat the state even if they don't know it.

  3. I have been learning about libertarianism and am still a "newbie." I think some of the concepts were hard to grasp/agree with but when I really break it down to their roots, its easier to see why it makes sense. As far as I know, everything "liberty" is rooted in the non-agression principle. Some ideas sound crazy but when the ultimate goal boils down to eliminating force and compulsion it seems like a great idea.

    I'm learning to be more compassionate and open-minded. People are free to make their own choices even if I don't agree with them.

    As far as sharing ideas, I just throw in little pieces of it when it comes up in a conversation. I'm not super political but you'd be surprised how often it fits into normal conversation. Use bitcoin, be an informed voter, listen to all points of view, etc.

    What not to do? Bash others or be offensive. We all have different feelings. They might not agree with you and you don't agree with them. See the best in everyone and know that they are trying their very best to do what they believe to be right. I, myself, have changed my opinion on issues but was always doing what I thought was best.

    1. Liz, stories like yours are what prevent me from throwing my hands up and calling it quits on our species. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Appreciating libertarianism, and not fully accepting the premise is possible, I do have some ideas.
    Education: No I don't necessarily mean more public school or government funded institutions of learning. I mean fostering curiosity and critical thinking in our young and not so young. This could also involve creative ways of skill development. This can only increase higher thought, and higher pay to those who are increasingly expanding their skills. If we can do this, the middle class won't be so accepting of artificial barriers to success. We won't need to be managed, occupied, kept under control. We will be able to thrive self sufficiently without the power brokers. Indeed, there will be less power brokers in general.

  5. I spread liberty by expressing gratitude that I live in a country that has a greater combination of freedom and opportunity than any other on earth.
    As one who would like to limit government, I advocate for liberty when I vote for candidates with like views. Although my vote doesn’t seem like it counts, I think that the people can still make a difference without a coup.
    I exercise my liberty when I celebrate the 4th of July and remember those who have given their lives to maintain our liberty in the face of the Hitlers of the world that would take it away from us. I recognize that liberty cannot exist in a vacuum—it requires the coordinated exercise of force to protect it.
    I exercise my liberty to choose an employer and to participate in a “free enterprise” system that can only exist within laws that enable it. No, it is not completely free. Yes, I want lower taxes. No, I don’t think the government should tax successes and reward laziness.
    I exercise my liberty by writing these comments and am glad that others can openly disagree with me.

  6. Honestly, I don't feel like I do much of anything to help spread liberty. I enjoy a remarkable amount of freedom compared to most people in the world because of this country I live in, but I feel like my hands are tied when it comes to making any meaningful contribution to the preservation of freedom. When an election comes around, I always vote - but I don't think it really makes a difference. I pay attention to local and national news in an effort to stay informed of current trends related to the freedom I enjoy. And if I ever felt that I had somehow been denied a freedom that is rightfully mine, I suppose I would make it known and fight for it, if necessary. For the most part however, I really feel like the government is so big and the structures and procedures so complicated that what I think and I what I want and what I believe to be right is inevitably inconsequential. I love this country and I'm grateful everyday for the freedoms that exist in it for me and my family and I hope that those in positions of influence - who really can make a difference - believe they are worth preserving.