So what did you do this weekend?
Well I lived free.
For four days I honestly felt free. I was in a peaceful community filled with loving people who made the conscious decision to live a life of non-coercion against other people. It was also a weekend filled with firearms, alcohol, debates, campfires, a tattoo artist, and drugs. There were Christians and atheists, anarchists and politicians, people of every conceivable background, but there was no violence. Everyone got along just fine without the state.
Imagine that… hundreds of armed people in an area and the government was not needed. Not only was it not needed, it was not wanted. Whenever a police officer did arrive (which only overtly happened three times that I recall), people immediately used radios and voice to alert that “5-0”was on scene. This notification of an agent of violence was not to hide victimless, consensual acts illegal activity but served as a reminder that while we were free for now we must remain vigilant.
It can become difficult to remember what we are actually fighting for. A free society can sometimes feel like such an abstract concept that we forget that part of libertarianism is actually living our ideals. That means proving to people that the state is not necessary for consensual adults to engage in trade. That means proving to people that the state does not have authority over what we ingest into our own bodies. That means proving to people that every operation of the government would be handled more efficiently, more fairly and more ethically without the coercion of the state. But mostly, that means proving to people that libertarians are happy, loving, peaceful people.
This weekend I did those things. I got married without the states permission and not on the states terms. I walked around with a pistol on my hip and a beer in my hand, this was not an irresponsible act because I know my own limits and when I reach that point I put my weapon away. Amazingly, everyone else at PorcFest also knew there own limits. Literally hundreds of armed men and women walking around with copious amounts of drugs and nobody was hurt, nobody was threatened and nobody was afraid.
I would encourage everyone to live their lives as a libertarian, and that means doing a cost-benefit analysis and breaking bad laws when you can. Some people are more risk adverse than others but we should all work to sell and buy without paying taxes (agorism, craigslist), meet our neighbors, volunteer to work with local charities, and do what makes us happy. Whenever you do violate the law in a way that harms nobody or help a neighbor make sure people know who you are and why you do it, take a principled stand. Fighting for freedom loses its appeal if all we notice in life is the encroachment of the state, but we are still sovereign individuals and we must live our lives as such every moment we can… plus, the state is a self-defeating institution. Princess Leia is right, the more they tighten their grip, the more people will slip through their fingers. It may be a rough road ahead and there will be many casualties but tyranny will fall as long as we continue to live free.