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Avoiding government entanglements in our personal lives is all well and good, but doesn’t do much to “spread the word” about the true freedom that anarchy brings. Talking to your friends and family about the fallacy of government often leads to derision (at best). So what, you may wonder, can you do as an individual to help bring the world we live in closer to the free world we, as anarchists, envision? By supporting our fellow anarchists and believers in freedom whenever possible. Here’s a few tips to get you started-

  • Join the Free State Project – I’ve said it before and I’ll surely say it again, but the Free State Project is clearly the best chance Americans have of achieving Liberty In our Lifetime. Although not an anarchist organization, it is a practical one and has already made an impact for freedom.
  • Read Anarchist Authors – As a result of coming to anarchy ‘naturally’ from a basic logical standpoint I’ve never been one to read a lot of anarchist texts (though that’s starting to change) and that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about making note of what products or services your fellow freedom lovers provide and supporting them with your hard-earned dollars. For example, I first heard about author F. Paul Wilson and his Repairman Jack character on Free Talk Live. Since then I’ve been devouring his mainstream novels about a very non-mainstream hero. And these are the only books that I insist on buying new copies of instead of going to the used book store. We need these types of books to climb the charts and end up in more people’s hands.
  • Support Anarchist Media – Nationally Syndicated radio shows like Free Talk Live are few and far between. Freedom oriented media of this quality is even more rare. If you don’t already listen to FTL then I couldn’t recommend them more highly. If they aren’t on your local talk station then give the local program manager a call and ask them to carry it. If you already have a local affiliate call and thank them. Again, FTL isn’t, technically, an anarchist show, but Ian is clearly an anarchist (despite his eschewing the term in favor of Free Marketeer).
  • Avoid Corporate Welfare Recipients – Y’all should be familiar with my anti-corporate shopping stance by now, but that’s truly just a matter of personal choice. As an anarchist (free marketeer, libertarian, whatever), one of the best things you can do to slow the $150 Billion corporate subsidies handed out each year is to stop supporting the companies that suck off this government teat. They’re already benefiting directly from the theft of your labor, why would you want to give them even more of your cash? If you spotted your car on the street a week after it was stolen from you would you use your spare keys to reclaim it or to fill the tank with gas?

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  3 Responses to “Money Makes The World Go Round”

  1. Nice articles, eventually I will get around to reading them. I too believe anarchists should vote as a means of self defense, the system is initiating aggression.

    I myself am not an anarchist, yet, but the non-aggression axiom points me in that direction.

    I essentially fear that without property rights, individuals will be sacrificed to grease the market.
    Case: if you are a victim of malpractice, sure, the doctor/hospital loses money, but this only focuses on the punishment aspect of justice. What of the victim, they have no means of recovering thier losses if there are no courts to enforce and force the doctor to compensate the victim.

    if you want to address that dillemma, email me:

    PS: I want to enter law as a career, so I feel I need to find a way to substantiate government and courts and laws and all.

  2. Sorry for the delayed response, Will. I’ve been meaning to write a post covering exactly what you ask (how to make a victim whole without the force of government), but simply haven’t had time to get it all done.

    It’s still on my list of things to do. However, until then you might want to check out my series of Somalia Case Studies, particularly the section on Insurance in Part 3.

  3. Indeed, Interesting post. I really enjoy reading. Thanks.

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