Libertarians have long been accused of not being real “revolutionaries,” of not wanting to stand and fight to effect real political change.

And to this I say, exactly so, we are not revolutionaries in that sense; we do not pursue the overthrow of the existing order by violent and forceful means, we will not pickup arms to fight the state–for that is exactly what they would wish us to do, to give them pretext to destroy us outright. We see quite clearly that the state’s larceny has made it more powerful than any military force in history, more pervasive than any secret police ever were.

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“When these revolts succeed, they are called revolutions. But they are revolutions only in the sense that a wheelโ€™s turning is a revolution. An Old World revolution is only a movement around a motionless center; it never breaks out of the circle. Firm in the center is belief in Authority.” – Rose Wilder Lane

And we are voluntarists–even should we win such a war, we could not force our political norms on the population at large.

For this reason we are pursuing a means of change that they cannot object to, a means I call involution, not revolution.

Involution is a rare word with several connotations, meaning mainly, “the shrinkage of an organ in old age or when inactive”–I can hardly think of a better metaphor for what the state has become, an outdated, senescent organ of society, once relied upon, now riddled with cancer, holding back society, draining its health, and our strategy is to shrink it through disuse, to vacate the state, to route around the state and leave it to die without direct political confrontation.

In mathematics the term means an inverse function that cancels out a function, so too do we want to pursue means that cancel out the influence of the state and allow humankind to return to a laissez faire condition, deprive the state of customers by offering competing voluntarist services that are more effectual and cheaper.

Lastly it means, “the process of involving or complicating, or the state of being involved or complicated”–which calls up pleasant images of the organically-complicated processes of decentralized market transactions, with which we will replace the state.

Some of us have despaired from time to time of ever making a real impact on the world with our ideas. How can we ever convince and convict enough people to see real political change even in our own lives and lifetimes?

There is a way, a very good way, both to change the minds of masses of people and to live the change we want to see in the world and help change the entire world. We must recognize the one simple truth about politics and the people that live in this world.

And that truth is that most people simply absorb the cultural and political norms of the society they live in, by osmosis.

We have to realize that the vast majority of people are not going to become libertarians the way most people reading this did. They are not going to read Rothbard, Huemer, and Hoppe. And we do not need them to.

I have a question for you: today, most people are statists, how did they become statists? Was it not by osmosis as well? Is it not because they grew up in a statist system and simply accepted as normal the life and beliefs and expectations society around them presented them with? They did, the vast majority of people simply live out the life they are given without much philosophical questioning of their place in the world.

The good news is that we can take advantage of that same phenomena to change the entire world, and the statists have left us a massive opening to fill by exploiting the world economically and causing people to live poorer than they could otherwise.

In the same way that the Soviet Union was completely demoralized by the time it ended with its failure to produce anywhere near as much economic abundance and prosperity as the United States was producing, despite its former belief that it would “bury you” economically (sorry Khrushchev), we can produce a similar delegitimization of statism on a world-wide basis by showing the world the economic results of an open and consistent ancap society.

It’s easy for us to point to Hong Kong and say here is an example of what happens when you give a people good property rights and a good legal system and a free hand to follow self-interest, this is a libertarian success story, even though it was only marginally libertarian. It’s one of the great success stories in world history and a story that we can repeat world-wide. But how?

Political systems around the world want what happened to Hong Kong and China in the last 20 years to happen to them and their people.

In South America today there is the ZEDE movement, creating semi-autonomous zones designed to attract foreign investment and create jobs, exactly as Hong Kong and Dubai had done for their host nations.

We must begin building ancap enclaves in such places and export this model around the world. And the best way for us to do that is undoubtedly via seasteading. Seasteading allows you to build without being pinned down to a single place and jurisdiction, allows you permanent access to world markets and cheap shipping lanes and avoids messy power struggles with local powers on land.

With seasteading we can create a welcoming immigration policy. Want to join a seastead? Buy a boat and show up. No need for statist passports, TWIC cards, or anything of the sort.

I believe that if we spend a decade investing in seasteading economies at sea that we will be able to attract much of the frustrated 3rd world to seasteads globally. All those people that want to escape their land, to build a better life for themselves, people that would normally wish to emigrate into America–we can bring American-level prosperity and norms to them through seasteading. Wither the American dream? Let us bring forth the earthian dream.

We will brain-drain, talent-drain, youth-drain, and investment-drain the entire world.

And when these people enter our seasteads they will find a condition of decentralized law making things work. We will have long since built voluntarist replacement services of governance that replace what people used government for in the past and make actual government entirely unnecessary.

Amazingly, many people won’t even realize there’s a significant difference. They will still see law, police, and courts, but these will not be monopolized. The biggest difference will be how law works, decentralized law places law in the hands of people, not of politicians and legislatures. We will begin using law to serve people instead of exploiting them.

This will involutionize government control of law.

In the process people will absorb the norms of a libertarian society through use, in other words, by osmosis.

This same process that the statists use today to grand effect to brain wash people into voting for things and doing things against their interest, we can make work for people instead of work against them out of self-interest, by offering simply an option. An option to statism.

The 20th century believed it had discovered how to make societies prosper–by controlling them.

The truth is we know how to make societies prosper, not by controlling them but by setting them free, by involution, not revolution.

Involutionize your life, then help involutionize the world.