Public schools in western democracies teachÂ that the main way we can cause social change is by voting. What schools don't tell you is that
there's more than one way to vote. Every economic action you take is another form of voting—and in the long run, those votes are probably more
important than the ones you cast at the ballot box.
For example, if you're against corruption, but work for a person or company that's known to be corrupt, then you are actually "voting" to support corruption
through your efforts. This concept can be applied deeply in your life. The idea is that if everyone acted according to their morals,
true desires and best interests, that the world would be a much better place.
Another way to think of it is to imagine everyone in the world making the same decision as you. If everyone worked worked for immoral people,
would the world be a better or a worse place?
With this idea in mind, I would like to propose the concept of something that might be called "Deep Liberty." Here are a few ideas for changes you can make:
Make sure your job reflects your morals and core values. Not just what you do on a day-to-day basis, but how the fruits of
your labor are applied in society.
- If you don't support the corrupt banking system, minimize your debt, and thereby minimize interest paid to banks
- If you don't support government schools, educate your kids at home
If you live in a city full of corruption, like New York or Chicago, consider moving to someplace honest, where your tax dollars
and the other fruits of your labor support a healthy system, rather than a corrupt one
If you don't support taxation, minimize your taxes within legal limits, and consider moving to a state that doesn't have a state income tax
- If you support freedom of association and trade, barter for things when you can
Be conscious of the companies you buy products from. How will they use the money you give them? Who do they buy from?
Where do their profits go?
- If you ever serve on a jury, apply your values to the case and consider using jury nullification
Academia is the source of many of today's "diseases" of the mind, including new flavors of socialism, distorted
models of the economy, etc. When choosing a college for yourself or your child, be careful that its values reflect your values
If you have additional ideas along these lines, or if you're able to apply this concept successfully, please let me know in the comments below.