The first three Republican primaries have passed and Ron Paul has not fared well. He will not be the Republican candidate.

Don’t get me wrong. I think Ron Paul is a great man for standing up for his principles for so long. And I owe him a great debt of gratitude. It was Dr. Paul who led me to read Nock’s Our Enemy, The State, and led me to read Mises, which led me to Rothbard, which led me to Konkin. I would not have the intellectual armaments I need in this battle for liberty if it were not for him. However, Ron Paul is not our savior. He is, at best, a kind of John the Baptist.

His quest to obtain the reigns of power, if only to not use them, is over. And if you are waiting for the next generation of libertarian-ish politicians to save you, such as Rand Paul, then you are only fooling yourself. You must know that by now.

The political establishment will simply not tolerate a challenger to the power-game. They hold the reigns on the media, as evidenced by how often Paul was maligned by all the networks, and how few times he was ever given air-time in the debates. The voting populace has been so conditioned by our atrocious public school system and by the media that they no longer respond to well-thought out arguments, or principles, or challenges to our most deeply-held (but never really deeply-considered) beliefs. Instead, they respond to sports metaphors, catchy sound-bites, and “tough talk”. We vote for politicians the way we vote for American-Idol contestants: by slickness, by bravado, and by punchy rhetoric. Witness, how self-identified Christian Conservatives in South Carolina expressed their desire for a “values candidate” by voting for Gingrich (a man with over-lapping marriages) against Paul (a man who has been happily married to the same woman for over half a century). Or how that same electorate booed Dr. Paul’s suggestion that we live by the “Golden Rule” in regards to foreign policy.

It is time to give up on gradualism—that absurd notion that we can change the system from within, through the democratic process, and gradually move toward a freer society. Gradualism cannot work. A system based on a monopoly of force cannot be begged and pleaded into limiting itself. We know “Why the Worst Get on Top“, as Hayek wrote. We know that Democracy (the political organization in which people may plead their irrational whims, fears, or prejudices in hopes of obtaining a statistical majority so that they may impose, by force, their will on the minority) is not only immoral, but also, a ruse. Democracy, policy debates, voting, law-making, the whole political process is theater designed to divide us against one another, as opposed to uniting against the political system itself. It also provides a catharsis, so that the slaves think they are the masters (or at least 1/300,000,000 master) and do not revolt. We sit patiently awaiting the next election-cycle, because then we might win. We might get to impose OUR views, our rules, our way of living on others by force of law! What a disgusting illusion. To win or lose, is to lose. The only way to win the democratic game is not to play.

“Louis XIV was very frank and sincere when he said: I am the State. The modern statist is modest. He says: I am the servant of the State; but, he implies, the State is God.” — Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy

Marx called religion the “opiate of the masses”. That may have been true once, but even in his day things were changing. The State is God now; and Democracy, the people’s religion. I say it’s time to lose faith.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

It is time to let go of gradualism.
It is time to embrace Agorism.

“The revolution occurs when the victims cease to cooperate.” — Karl Hess

“But how do I do that?”, you ask. Many are overwhelmed at first, thinking they need to jump right into Agorist entrepreneurship and start their own counter-economic business. However, there is a lot you can do to get started.

1. Liberate your Mind – Educate Yourself

Read as much as you can on the philosophy of liberty: on libertarianism (small-“l”), market anarchy, the non-agression principle, property in/as social order, spontaneous order, Agorism, Austrian economics, stateless-alternatives for law, justice, etc. Join discussion groups. Learn, debate and strengthen your arguments until you understand what you “know”.

2. Liberate your Life – Practice Agorism

a. Cease participation in the political proccess. Living by the economic means, rather than the political means, necessarily requires that you terminate your support for the state and it’s entire apparatus. It is evil at worst—a distraction at best.
b. Minimize or eliminate your use of Federal Reserve Notes through use of alternative currencies (e.g. bitcoin), real money (e.g. gold, silver, nickel, etc.), or direct barter and trade. This reduces the effect of the government’s constant abuse of the money supply on your purchasing power. It also means that most of your transactions cannot be tracked or taxed.
c. Fund the state as little as possible. Minimize or eliminate the amount of taxes you pay. As noted above, barter and trade, or use real money, whenever possible. Patronize Agorist businesses whenever possible. Work under-the-table/off-the-books for employers who are willing to do so.

3. Liberate Others – Educate Others

Be vocal. Write. Speak. Protest. Whatever you are comfortable with. Educating others is also a part of educating yourself. It helps you strengthen some beliefs and arguments and pare away weaker ones.

When you are ready, you can try starting your own Agorist business and/or taking other forms of direct action. However, I recommend getting comfortable with #2 above, first. Good luck!

“So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.” — Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly: Serenity