This guide is partly inspired by Jeffrey Tucker’s excellent ‘Fifty Things Liberty People Do’, but is specifically aimed at young people and student activists. If you need inspiration, this list of microactions should hopefully help you out!
- Start a blog. Writing down your thoughts can help clarify your own beliefs, and sharing blog posts amongst friends can also introduce you to alternative perspectives. You might also persuade some people along the way! WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger are all easy-to-use, powerful and free platforms.
- Join related Facebook groups. If you’re studying at university, there may well be a Liberty League-affiliated society that you can join or like on Facebook. There are also many national Facebook groups for young libertarians and classical liberals (such as the Adam Smith Institute’s TNG), as well as single-issue campaign groups.
- Hold a pub discussion. Got a few friends who are into politics? Know anyone on campus or in the local community who advocate economic and social freedom? Invite them down to the pub for a chat, and set a specific area for discussion if you like. The informal, relaxed atmosphere fosters healthy debate and a generally fun evening.
- Invest in cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, Litecoin, or even the much-loved Dogecoin – the possibilities of stateless digital currency are endless. It pays to support the latest technological innovations, and freedom-fighters should be the first to support such developments.
- Watch some videos.
There are some brilliant libertarian programmes like ‘Penn & Teller’s Bullshit’, ‘The Wire’ and ‘House of Cards’. LearnLiberty has some awesome (and accessible) short videos on various topics. Watching TV shows like Question Time and Free Speech can also help you to hone your views (and see other activists destroy big government arguments if you’re lucky!).
- Practice tolerance towards other people’s lifestyle choices. The state loves nothing better than to meddle in individuals’ personal choices. Whether it’s plain packaging, fat taxes or minimum alcohol pricing, you can always find an example of government getting in the way. An important element of freedom is accepting that people make choices about their own lives that we may not agree with. Embrace difference.
- Stand up to oppression. At the heart of classical liberal and libertarian activism is hostility to oppression. Don’t be afraid to call out sexism, racism, abuses of corporate power and the iron fist of state intervention in your daily life.
- Broaden your experience of the world. The more you experience different lifestyles and cultures first-hand, the less you’ll view them as hostile or alien. Couchsurf, travel and perhaps even try sleeping rough for a night with a homeless charity to better understand people from all walks of life.
- Free your personal finances. Be an agent of chance and undermine the bloated, state-subsidised financial sector by participating in crowdfunding. Support competition in banking by supporting start-ups and newer firms like Metro Bank.
- Take steps to improve your online privacy. We live in an age of state-snooping that has become completely out of control. Browse the web anonymously with open-source software like Tor, learn how to encrypt your emails and carefully read the privacy conditions when signing up for websites.
- Emphasise that libertarianism is not a defence of the rich. If you’ve been an activist for a reasonable length of time, you may well have come across people who think you’re defending the interests of the rich and powerful. We know that this criticism couldn’t be further from the truth, and it’s worth emphasising that freedom helps the least well-off in this country and around the world.
- Read a book. Nothing expands your knowledge and provokes new ideas better than a book. There are some great free-market readings lists online if you’re stuck, and also try to read books you think you’re going to disagree with! They’ll help you to better understand arguments against liberty, as well prompting critical reflection.
- Embrace the sharing economy. Encourage competition and circumvent harmful state regulations – get a cab with Uber. Undermine the corporate privileges of hotels and book a room using Airbnb. Challenge the state’s love of intellectual property by downloading freeware. The sharing economy is growing, and it’s here to stay.
- Volunteer in your local community. Volunteering is a great way of demonstrating libertarians’ commitment to a flourishing civil society, despite government’s attempts to crowd it out of existence. It’s also really fun!
- Attend Liberty League Freedom Forum! Our annual conference in London is largest of its kind in the UK for pro-liberty students and young people. Debating politics by day, partying by night. What could be better?