Dave is a libertarian commentator, covering the globe. Libertarians believe in limited­­ — or no — government. Dave now favors anarchy (“no ruler”) as the ideal. His many other interests include leadership, entrepreneurship, and animal welfare.

Come Over to the Bright Side

by David E. Shellenberger on March 17, 2015

Wake up. Sleepwalk no longer.

Come over to the bright side. Seek a world with liberty, a world without rulers.

It takes courage to acknowledge truth. It takes strength to reject conformity. And it takes toughness to decline surrender.

But we live fully when our eyes are open. We live honestly when we are true to ourselves. And we live with dignity when we resist evil.

Living the truth requires sacrifice. Sacrifice comes with compassion, and compassion calls for liberty.


The state is a criminal organization. Its origin is criminal and its nature is criminal.

It is not radical to seek the end of the state. It is radical to endorse its existence. To oppose the state is simply to oppose crime.

Advocating liberty means rejecting the legitimacy of rulers. It means  standing for the rights of individuals.


Liberty is its own virtue. It needs no justification.

But freedom will allow us to flourish. The state promotes dependency, poverty, and strife. Freedom fosters independence, prosperity, and peace.

We need not know just how the world will look when it is free. We can offer ideas, but a world defined is not a world that is free.

Just as we cannot know all the loss that we suffer from suffocation by the state, we cannot know all the good that will come when we are free.

Have faith that a free world will be a better world.


With eyes open, we see the truth. We share a vision of a free world, a better world.

Come over to the bright side. Sleepwalk no longer, and awaken those who still sleep.

Please Remember Not to Vote

by David E. Shellenberger on November 4, 2014

The United States holds midterm elections today, November 4th; hence the mania of the media and the frenzy of fools. As I wrote two years ago, in “If You Need Me On Election Day…,” “The best vote is the one uncast.”

Refusing to vote is an exercise of intelligence and conscience. It means recognizing that the state is a criminal organization. It means rejecting the state’s rituals.

Voting only encourages the false legitimacy of the state. The problem is the existence of the state, not its particular personnel. Politics is a symptom of the state, not a cure. As Lysander Spooner famously warned in 1870, “A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” [click to continue…]

Open the Borders Pending the End of Borders

July 21, 2014

Free immigration, like free trade, is a moral issue. Government’s restriction of immigration violates natural rights, creates immoral results, and deprives us of morally positive benefits. States draw borders to define the territory they claim to control. Since states are criminal enterprises, the lines they draw, and the restrictions on immigration they impose, are illegitimate. […]

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The Absurdity of Tolerating the State

May 18, 2014

Advocates for liberty confront issue after issue, day after day. This is like shooing angry wasps. The problem is the nest. We can tolerate the nest and continue to be stung, or we can solve the problem. It is necessary to deal with the problem of the state, and not merely the endless symptoms of […]

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Appearance on Libertas Media, April 18, 2014

April 22, 2014

I enjoyed being a guest on Brian Wilson’s Libertas Media Project podcast. We discussed anarchism, the nature of government, the economy, thriving in a dangerous world, investing, the state’s theft of our dignity, and security as liberty. My related articles include: “Financial Reform Bill: Don’t Bank on Government Regulation” “Invitation to Liberty“ “The Gift of Truth” […]

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Only When We Are Free of Rulers Will We Live with Dignity

April 15, 2014

Dignity requires liberty. Only when we are truly free — free of rulers — will we live with dignity. The state steals our dignity. It imposes authority, exploits fear, compels collectivism, enforces conformity, and demands capitulation. It denies respect for individual rights and responsibilities, the essence of human dignity. A victim might have to obey […]

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Security Means Liberty: Why You Cannot Trade One for the Other

April 11, 2014

Security means being free from danger, threat, or harm. It is a state that cannot fully exist, and one that would make our lives sterile if it did exist. Helen Keller cautioned, Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger […]

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Tear Down Trade Walls, Unilaterally

March 21, 2014

Free trade is a moral issue. When government stands between buyers and sellers and imposes tariffs, quotas, or other barriers, it interferes with the right of people to engage in exchange. It also impedes all the morally positive effects of trade. Trade between people in different countries is no different from trade between people in different […]

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March 2014: Fighting Neofascism in Hungary

March 16, 2014

A year ago, in “Hungary, March 2013, Part II: Emerging Neofascism,” we discussed the problem of neofascism in Hungary — represented by bigotry and extreme nationalism —and the efforts of the Hungarian Free Market Foundation to counter this plague. The problem continues to draw international media attention. Three examples follow. First, on May 18, 2013, the […]

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The Gift of Truth

March 2, 2014

If your eyes have opened, and you see the truth, then you know that liberty means no ruler. You know that democracy is not the goal, since it is just a form of government. You understand that a constitutional government is still a government, and that a constitution does not really constrain. You recognize that […]

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