What a great time to be an anarchist. 

Indeed, our philosophy is thriving, and never before has humanity been closer to liberty. This is true in spite of the seemingly endless wars that are being fought all over the world, regardless of Europe’s ever more likely federalisation and against all the governmental encroachments that can be observed globally.

But pervasive governments are not enough to stop the snowball of our inevitable freedom, or rather, they don’t have to be. Today there are far more libertarians than ever envisioned by any State apparatus. Geoffrey Neale of the US Libertarian party estimated at a conference in Madrid earlier this year that about a third of the American electorate is now at least Libertarian-leaning, and this spells trouble for the otherwise unchallenged bureaucracies who currently control almost every aspect of our social and economic lives.

You don’t even have to take my word for it. Year after year, the initially silent yet constant breakthroughs in the Liberty movement have grown increasingly audacious and worthy of attention; such bold acts as mass immigration, stateless currency and decentralization of firearms have all been the product of 21st century libertarianism.

 

Old politicians — and old voters collecting Social Security — may never change their minds. But libertarianism is growing fastest among the young, and groups like Students for Liberty give me hope. These young people certainly know more about liberty than I did at their age.

John Stossel

 

What Stossel describes is what has also been referred to by others as “The golden age of Libertarianism”; a technology-driven race to peacefully (as is the nature of liberty) circumvent the slow, inefficient and violent State as it enters an era of uncertain adaptation into worlds that are more difficult than ever to regulate (that doesn’t mean they aren’t tryingthough).

Whether statism will succumb to Moore’s law (and its reflection on consumer products) heavily depends on how well we use the present momentum to spread the ideas of people like Menger, Mises and Rothbard, all of whom were unfortunately well ahead of their time, but whose influence will prove pivotal in the coming years.

Ensuring this lasting impact is precisely one of Liberty.me’s main objectives, and I plan (to the best of my ability) to document this and other worldwide efforts on this subsite; anarchy.liberty.me. While Students for Liberty may have renewed Stossel’s hope, I am convinced that an even larger bulk of organizations and individuals will ultimately be to thank for achieving anarchy in our lifetime, and that each and every one of them at least deserves our attention, if not our utmost support for standing on the only side of the fight which actually bets for humanity’s success instead of against it. This month, I will focus on the spearheaders of libertarianism in Europe, both inside and outside the European Union, covering Spain’s Partido de la Libertad Individual‘s candidacy in the 2014 European Parliament elections; the recent foundation of the European Party for Individual Liberty, and the rise of Austrian Economics in the principality of Liechtenstein owing to the backing of its sovereign family.

 

Many libertarians are highly pessimistic about the prospects for liberty. And if we focus on the growth of statism in the twentieth century, and on the decline of classical liberalism, it is easy to fall prey to a pessimistic prognosis. This pessimism may deepen further if we survey the history of man and see the black record of despotism, tyranny, and exploitation in civilization after civilization. We could be pardoned for thinking that the classical liberal upsurge of the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries in the West would prove to be an atypical burst of glory in the grim annals of past and future history. But this would be succumbing to the fallacy of what the Marxists call “impressionism”: a superficial focus on the historical events themselves without a deeper analysis of the causal laws and trends at work.

The case for libertarian optimism can be made in a series of what might be called concentric circles, beginning with the broadest and longest-run considerations and moving to the sharpest focus on short-run trends. In the broadest and longest-run sense, libertarianism will win eventually because it and only it is compatible with the nature of man and of the world. Only liberty can achieve man’s prosperity, fulfillment, and happiness.

-Murray N Rothbard, “For a New Liberty”