Are you really a Libertarian? Your answer to the following question can help you decide.
Question: I believe the following should be prohibited on public and undeveloped property:
Giving birth, raising children, eating, cooking, sleeping, living, repairing cars, creating junkyards, building a shelter, panhandling, holding meetings, storing weapons, defecating, urinating, hiding from the law, evading creditors, abandoning your family to live elsewhere, having extramarital families, partying, doing drugs, being drunk, having sex, making noise, building a business, holding carnivals, offering services, hunting, farming, trapping, raising livestock, having pets, housing runaway children, selling your body, living under alternate identities, living without identification, being mentally ill, being sick, having a contagious disease, dying, burying friends and family.
With planning and mitigation strategies, none of the items mention need be prohibited. There are 830 million people worldwide mostly in major cities who live in this manner and have these freedoms to some degree. They are allowed to build shelters, construct utilities, barter and trade goods and services, and live their entire lives entirely off the national grid if they so choose. Freedom from the ruling state’s unnecessary interference is the cornerstone of all other freedoms.
Currently Western nations are the greatest threat to this liberty. The freedom Western Libertarians claim to value so highly is only a favela away. Making existing favelas permanent and better, and standing up to prevent the state from prohibiting independent living is the most important action a libertarian activist can take. Raging against the grid, or working to weaken and destroy it becomes unnecessary, if enough permanent liberty sanctuaries are built and defended.
All human accomplishments arise not from individual intelligence, but from the social networking of our minds into a collective brain. The key feature of trade is that it enables us to work for each other, not just for ourselves. An overbearing government results in attempts at self-sufficiency which are the fastest road to poverty. Total authoritarian top-down rule of everyone at all times is not the source of order or progress, but rather of decay, civil unrest, and extinction.
There have been four ages of man. The age of Hunting, The age of Shepherding, The age of Agriculture, and the Age of Commerce. A new age is emerging. It will be either the age of Heroic Favelas where we can live as highly or lowly as we are able thanks to the advancements our greatest minds, or an age of Controlled Grid Certainty, where we will have no real individual choice at all, and no greatness whatsoever.