A How-To Guide for "Dropping Out" (YMMV Internationally) Don Lobo Tiggre Part One Many people wish they could declare their personal independence from Uncle Sam (and his ilk in other lands), but few people take any actions to bring this about in their lives. It's easy to understand why. Most people who want to change the world in which they live believe that they must do so through participation in the electoral political process. This is a daunting and rather grizzly process, one few people have the stomach for, rightly (in my opinion) fearing that their efforts will be wasted. Of the tiny fraction who encounter the notion of living in greater freedom without waiting for all of society to become more free, most are scared off by the realization that those in power take a rather dim view of unilateral unsubscription from their protection services. There are thousands of people, wearing hundreds of uniforms, carrying lots of guns, who will come and make life unpleasant for anyone who doesn't go along with the charade of modern American "freedom". Of the even tinier fraction of people who actually try to unsubscribe from society's most powerful coercive institutions, many are beaten into submission by the difficulties they encounter, though, it's interesting to note, few of them are actually caught. It's a lack of good information and preparation that ends most people's attempts to achieve greater freedom in misery. But it can be done. I have done it, and I know others who are doing it happily now-have been for years. So, how? How do you get the govgoons and other ruler wannabes to leave you alone? Well, it ain't easy. And it sure as hell isn't foolproof, but it can be done. I'll give you some specifics in a moment, but first, we need to cover some basics: How important is this to you? Do you really mean it when you say you want to live freer now, or is that just a whim? I'm not trying to be insulting, but you have to understand that statists and other coercivists have worked for centuries to make things difficult for anyone who won't go along with them. Of course, I think enduring "discomfort" isn't even in the same league of values as being free, but bucking the system can be pretty darned uncomfortable. It can kill you, if you get careless. But the same can be said for crossing the street--and is it really all that fun to run yourself ragged on the Golden Treadmill like a good citizen/subject? Your own efforts on that rack are used to make the chains that hold you there. At any rate, if you want more freedom, but want to continue living in a nice suburban house, with two cars in the garage, and no trouble from the IRS, you're not ready for what I have to say. It's your life, so I won't criticize you, but if you're going to wait for freedom to be legal, you're going to have to wait until all of society changes. On the other hand, if you are serious about wanting to unsubscribe from coercive institutions now, I'm telling you that it can be done, and I'll write more, as time allows, about how you can do it.