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By Ian Tartt


What would a free/libertarian society look like? I got a little glimpse of how it might look last week when I traveled from Florida to Peculiar, Missouri to see the official announcement of Austin Petersen’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Over the course of a week, I got to hang out with a lot of cool libertarians, both in Missouri as well as during my travels to and from. Not once on the trip did I have to pay for a hotel, motel, or even an Airbnb. Every night I had a safe place to stay, as well as food and a shower if I needed it. Each person I stayed with, some of whom I had already met and others I met for the first time, graciously opened up their homes and rolled out the welcome wagon.

Two nights of my trip were spent camping out in a tent. Another friend who was already planning to camp graciously shared the tent with me. And, as mentioned above, I had plenty of good home-cooked meals that week. If I remember correctly, I only ate food from a restaurant for six meals. The people I stayed with were very generous in preparing and serving great food.

In addition to shelter and amenities, I was treated very well at each stop of my trip. I enjoyed talking to friends, both old and new, about a myriad of topics. The amount of love and friendliness I experienced was overwhelming. I didn’t have a lot of money for the trip, so several people donated to me to help cover some of the expenses. That was awesome, as was getting to see some of the donors on the trip. Further, nobody I hung around tried to push me around, hurt me, or take my stuff. With the exception of some things I had brought for a couple of friends, I left with exactly the same stuff I had when I first arrived.

The entire trip, from the event itself to staying with friends all along the way, was voluntary. Nobody forced anybody else to do anything, which meant everybody who got involved did so because they wanted to be part of it. Everything that I enjoyed last week came from a place of compassion and generosity. What an amazing thing to experience! I’m sure not all libertarians are as nice as the ones I hung around on the trip, but there are plenty of kind libertarians out there. And when they come together around a common goal, amazing things can happen. I feel blessed to have lived in a mini libertarian society for a week, and I hope I live long enough to be able to do that all the time.