Welcome to My Libertarian Lifestyle!
One Individualist’s Take On Life
This is where I share my take on life, especially on things like holistic health and wellness, peaceful parenting, ethical consumerism, urban gardening, sustainable living, working from home, self-defense, and self-reliance, all from my own unconventional voluntaryist point of view.
I’ve compiled some of my favorite resources here as well, so you can delve in and learn more about these things, if you like.
What Exactly is a Libertarian?
I am a libertarian, an individualist, a voluntaryist. I believe in freedom, peace, self-ownership, non-initiation of force, spontaneous order, and voluntary exchange. I’m all about the effective, practical application of libertarian principles to daily life, including self-reliance and sustainability at home, as well as gentle parenting methods, ethical shopping, using food as medicine, self-maintenance, and curating holistic evidence-based wellness solutions for myself and my family. Libertarianism is not just a theory, it’s a practice.
A libertarian is not a conservative or a liberal. According to The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University (IHS), Libertarianism is not a single viewpoint, but includes a wide variety of perspectives, all united by a belief in personal liberty, economic freedom, and a skepticism of government power.
“The central idea of libertarianism is that people should be permitted to run their own lives as they wish.”
Libertarians believe that peace, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by “as much liberty as possible” and “as little government as necessary.”
“Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.”
Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgment. This is a practical ideal, and a realistic approach to living freely, both individually and within society.
“To claim his birthright of freedom, every man must respect the equal freedom of others.”
According to Stephan Kinsella, “libertarianism may be said to be the political philosophy that consistently favors social rules aimed at promoting peace, prosperity, and cooperation.”
What Does a Libertarian Lifestyle Look Like?
It is peaceful and self-determined. For example, I live my own life consistent with my own values and beliefs—in a peaceful, voluntary way—that’s my libertarian lifestyle. Every day, I strive to live out and promote the principles of libertarianism in all aspects of my life. In this way, I am doing my best to be the change I want to see in the world by demonstrating what life in a free society looks like—to my children, my extended family and friends, and to others.
The core principles of libertarianism are individualism, individual rights, spontaneous order, natural law, natural harmony of interests, and peace. As a libertarian, I try to apply these foundational principles fully and consistently in all areas of my life.
For myself, I focus on holistic self-maintenance and self-empowerment, taking responsibility for my life and my choices, my peaceful and natural parenting style, being self-employed, optimizing my health and fitness, continuously reading, researching, and improving my education, finding trustworthy independent sources of information and being truly informed, and most importantly I accept responsibility for providing for myself—including providing for my own personal safety.
Liberty in the Home
At home, I concentrate on modeling libertarianism and The Non-Aggression Principle for my children. I use the Peaceful Parenting method in dealing with my three teenage daughters. I do not use coercion to try to force them to do what I want. Instead, I focus on modeling peaceful, reasonable behavior, leading by example, and using the power of persuasion help influence them make more informed positive choices.
Liberty in the Workplace
At work (in my own virtual work environment), I deal with everyone with honesty, cooperation, free information sharing, voluntary exchange, and respect.
Liberty out in the World
With extended family and friends, and in dealings with others, I try to be a positive example of what a libertarian looks like so that others can see first-hand how peaceful interaction, individual liberty, actual free markets (not cronyism), and voluntary social arrangements can be the basis of a peaceful and prosperous world.
Libertarianism in Practice
“A revolution on a world scale will take a very long time. But it is also possible to recognize that it is already starting to happen. The easiest way to get our minds around it is to stop thinking about revolution as a thing—‘the’ revolution, the great cataclysmic break—and instead ask ‘what is revolutionary action?’ … Attempts to create autonomous communities in the face of power … would, for instance, be almost by definition revolutionary acts. And history shows us that the continual accumulation of such acts can change (almost) everything.”
Here are just a few ways to implement a libertarian lifestyle. I realize that not all of these may be feasible in your own personal circumstances, and that no one but you can decide what’s best for you and your family. But all of us can play a role in a bottom-up peaceful revolution by doing everything in our power to maximize personal liberty—in our lifetime.
- Build a strong family structure.
- Cultivate relationships and build alliances with friends, family, coworkers, and with other like-minded individuals.
- Social networking, blogging. Make an account on Liberty.me: The Global Liberty Community.
- Check out Cell 411, a decentralized platform and social network with real-time alerts and GPS updates, perfect for responding to family members and friends in emergencies.
- Become as self-sufficient as you possibly can with regard to food, water, fuel, cash, and self-defense.
- Teach your children to be self-sufficient, not dependent.
Own Your Health
- Take control of your health. Eat real food. Get fit. Question conventional medicine, and look into holistic medicine.
- Check out sites like GreenMedInfo and EarthClinic. Learn more about evidence-based natural medicine and functional medicine approaches to health and wellness.
- Grow healthy organic food, and medicinal plants at home.
- Read as much as you can. Look for original source documents, and always check sources and links.
- Consider obtaining technical credentials.
- Check out all the free Massive Open Online Courses offered by Khan Academy (no registration needed), MIT’s OpenCourseWare, HarvardX, Stanford Online, Coursera, OpenClassroom, and others.
- Also, check out CodeAcademy to learn to code, interactively, for free.
- While you’re at it, head over to Learn Liberty to learn about the ideas of a free society and how to improve the world we live in.
- Consider homeschooling or unschooling your kids.
Unplug from Mainstream Media
- Get rid of cable, and forget 24-hour cable news.
- Find new independent sources for information on the internet.
Support Open Source Initiatives
- Choose free and open source initiatives whenever possible, tell your friends about them, and consider financially supporting them if you’re able.
Get Out of Debt
- Reclaim your financial freedom by getting out of debt as soon as possible. There are lots of great ways to do this. Find the one that works for you.
Vote With Your Dollars
- Become an ethical shopper. Support the products and companies you agree with ethically. Buy local. Shop farmer’s markets.
- Check out LIBERTY.menu, a free crowd sourced site to help you patronize and support like-minded individuals within the liberty community. Help build the liberty economy.
- Support the sharing economy (think Uber, Lyft, Airbnb).
- If you have the means, support liberty-minded start-ups.
Vote With Your Feet
- Consider relocating to a new state or even a new country—one that supports the principles and lifestyle that matter most to you.
These kinds of simple revolutionary acts can have a huge impact!
“How do you throw off the chains and live the birthright of freedom? For many the path is… the profound understanding that you were born free, you are free. Your natural state is freedom, and no one can chain your mind.”
Through direct action—by making effective incremental changes in the way we live our own lives and in how we deal with others—autonomous individuals can liberate ourselves and our families from today’s broken systems.
I can’t change the world on my own, but I know that just by making incremental positive changes in my own life, I can carve out a life of freedom for myself. My goal is to empower myself, my family, and other free-thinking individuals to live free and live well. Like Wendy McElroy says, freedom “may be difficult to achieve, but just like the ideal of perfect health, it is worth moving as close to as possible.”
Individuals can and should take it upon themselves to live as free as possible in as many ways as possible, so that together, we can create a more empowered, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous society. So, be free with me! A group of determined, empowered, free-thinking individuals can change the world for the better—in this lifetime.
“Unless we can make liberty real, it just doesn’t have a future. But when we do make liberty real, and begin to kind of look at our own lives and figure out how it matters to us as individuals in terms of our daily choices… there’s several things that happen: We become happier. We become more successful. We become smarter, more discerning. We recapture a sense of personal power, which is… essential to our humanity. But there’s something else, when we all do this together and the idea spreads, so evermore people living free, you actually build a new kind of social order. You’re actually building out the structures of a realized liberty, despite the tyrannies that happen in our time, and you begin to outpace the capacity of government to manage human life. That’s a beautiful thing.”
I hope to inspire you and empower you, because together, we can do more than just talk about freedom; we can live it fully in this lifetime!