Fighting for the liberation of all humans isn’t easy. Whether you’re waging war in comments sections or trying to create a real-world libertopian refuge from the state, this quest can seem like an uphill battle.
“It’s a long game, it’s not overnight,” said Matt Philips, an integral member of New Hampshire’s Free State Project, in our recent Anarchast interview, “…it’s gonna take a long time and there’s a lot of internal freedom stuff that we all have to deal with as well… what’s going on up here [in your head] is at least half the battle.”
With the selection of reality TV star Don the Con (aka Orangebama), and the overall political circus in the US, staying principled and committed to liberty can be difficult for some these days. Statism has seemingly entrenched nearly every aspect of modern society, and now even a few self-professed libertarians have changed their tune and are trying to make “nationalism” cool again.
It’s the best of times and the worst of times. Perhaps that’s how it always has been and will be. Yet Philips emphasized optimism, especially when it comes to the victories achieved in ‘the Free State’ recently:
“We got constitutional carry a couple of years ago, that was a long fight, it took years. The school choice stuff, people here have been working on that for a decade, so some of these things take a long time, but that’s with only a couple of thousand people on the ground, you start to look at 4, 6, 8 thousand people, I think we’re going to start seeing some more movement and momentum.”
Matt and I also discussed Porcfest and how it’s evolved over the years, as well as everything from conflict resolution to Burning Man culture and Anarchapulco.
Fostering community and inspiring self-ownership in others can be challenging at times, but the common desire for peace and cooperation unites us all in spirit. Still, as much as one might think it should just be a natural inclination, some people need to be shown the path before embarking on the journey.
Anarchapulco 2019 was an incredible success, despite mainstream media hitpieces a couple weeks before the event. Even in this reality show of left vs right outrage mobs and false solutions, the future of Life Unchained is within our grasp, and I will remain committed to this narrow path.
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