If you're a libertarian, Gary North has some news for you:
Free markets are never eliminated, only suppressed. In every system of state controls, there are smugglers...
The key product to be smuggled in every era is ideas. As my friend Percy Greaves used to say, the state cannot shoot ideas.
The World Wide Web is the greatest idea-smuggling network in history.You, Mr. & Ms. libertarian, are of the same pedigree as John Hancock!
It's true that you're not smuggling a physical good (as Hancock did) but if you're absorbing the ideas of liberty and then sharing those ideas with others, you're still a smuggler.
You see (ironically) in the "land of the free," the ideas of liberty are not supposed to be pondered or contemplated at all. You won't find them discussed on the evening news, or in a sitcom, or even a "reality" TV show. You won't find them mentioned in Hollywood movies either.
What about government schools? Surely you jest!
Well, then you'll certainly hear about them in political debates, right? Actually, find someone who remembers how Ron Paul was marginalized and literally blacked out during his campaigns. There are countless stories to be told. Better yet, if you're the visual type, search Google Images for "Ron Paul Blackout". There are plenty of photos of TV stations that completely omitted Dr. Paul's name and likeness.
Even with the limited exposure that Dr. Paul received on FCC TV, the ideas of liberty are so powerful that millions and millions of libertarians sprouted up across the globe. By now, with the magnificent Internet, there are untold numbers of people who have a new appreciation for freedom.
If you're one of the millions who are spreading the ideas via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or through your website...you're an idea smuggler! Even if you spread the ideas vocally to your neighbor, or book club, or family members in your living room, you're spreading ideas that are not acceptable to the Keynesian and Neocon herd.
John Hancock would surely be proud.
Now get to work on a really cool signature.
Chris Rossini is author of Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal Reserve. Follow @chrisrossini on Twitter.