We want to be free of government coercion because we don’t want to be slaves to others.

But the only way not to be a slave is to be entirely self-sufficient.

The moment we make an agreement with another person, we are a slave to that person (and they to us) for the duration of that agreement. If we don’t honor our agreements willingly, most agreements have recourse provisions that kick in to make us wish we had. Without teeth, agreements are mostly idle talk.

So, we are NOT really opposed to enslaving ourselves. We support and willingly submit ourselves to reciprocal ad hoc enslavement every time we trade voluntarily with others.

We oppose only top-down, lopsided, involuntary enslavement — for the most part, that’s the state and state-privileged organizations.

Our world is full of loud condemnation of slavery! Those same people will pile up credit card debt voluntarily and obligate themselves to work and pay it off.

Slavery (a personal obligation) per se is not a bad thing. Our survival largely depends on it.


Self-government or anarchy?

Attention libertarians: Would you prefer to live under self-government or anarchy? Anarchy means no government at all, not even over oneself. I see that as reckless abandon, squandering resources, living only for the moment, and I believe that very few people see that as a desirable condition. Calling for anarchy is often confused with the collectivist goals of Antifa and other authoritarian causes. Instead, I recommend that we libertarians should drop the call for anarchy and start championing *self-government* as real government. Having a monopolistic gang (the state) is mob rule – and that is clearly not governance over one’s own life and property. Let’s stop referring to the state as governance or government. Mob rule is not real government. The state is not real government. Only self-government, government over one’s own life and property, is the rightful use of the term government. We are pro-government!