Reflecting on the diverse ways in which libertarians seek to reduce the states impact in our lives, a general theme emerges. When previous revolutions have been loud, confrontational and very often violent, the libertarian revolution in its myriad forms is all about evading, creating and finding more ways in which we can avoid conflict. It is not about resisting but simply not complying, which may make it the quietest, and best, revolution to date.

Take agorism, despite its flaws as a conclusive system of organisation, is fundamentally peaceful. It doesn’t seek to attack the institutions that are oppressing us but starve them; it finds ways of doing business that cuts off the state’s source of income. Agorists are entrepreneurs that actively look for ways to evade the state’s snare. They are not attacking anything, they are merely providing a public service that the state doesn’t approve of, or cannot profit by. If it weren’t for the SWAT teams, one wouldn’t even hear of this revolution.

Alternatively, traditional entrepreneurship can create ways to make the state obsolete. We’ve been seeing it more than ever in the cyber age. Bitcoin and the blockchain system have the potential to be the strongest revolutionary tool in our armoury. For all of human civilisation, trade has been assumed to be under the watchful eye, and thieving hand, of the state. Suddenly we have a means of destroying this age-old barrier to prosperity.

The app economy is increasingly usurping state privilege. It brings capital to the hands of the average man more than ever before, to the chagrin of entrenched special interests. I hate to be the hundredth person on this website to talk about Uber and Lyft, but come on, they have perhaps fatally wounded the hundred year old taxi monopoly. That’s pretty special. Another example: AirBnB makes travelling even easier, bringing people together in peaceful exchange. I feel we have to keep bringing these examples up so that we realise how this world is changing.

The exciting thing about the entrepreneurial revolution is that the instigators may well bring about a stateless society without ever having known anything about anarchism or liberty. They’re just doing what entrepreneurs do: creating value. Since the state provides no value, there is all the incentive to take advantage of that gap in the market.

Others are taking the route of simply getting together. Rather than wishing that the free society be brought upon us from above, let us start small and branch out. This can be seen in the free-state movement and others

Others still have made the step of creating their own society. Seasteading may be the ultimate expression of peaceful non-compliance. Oh you don’t approve of my lifestyle? That’s fine, I’ll just live on my own land and any like-minded folks are welcome to join me. It’s such a startlingly and beautifully simple solution that it can be hard to even argue for. Its appeal should be self-evident.

I’ve tried to make ‘Ignore The State’, instead of ‘Smash The State’, a catchphrase in honour of this particular aspect of the movement. Regrettably, it may not be catchy enough for it become a thing but I think it reflects the libertarian spirit quite nicely. Why give the state the satisfaction of feeling that it needs to be ‘smashed’? It’s not that the state takes away our liberty – we are free, and the only way to shake off the state is to just realise this and go about creating a better world.

All of this can be achieved without having to buy a single Guy Fawkes mask. If liberty is to win, it may well be the most unassuming revolution in history. It may do so without many people noticing.

People know what to look for in a revolution: great masses of people flooding the streets with flags and megaphones, demanding justice and democracy, key figures that deliver powerful idiomatic speeches that are later quoted to death. Libertarians, as a whole, just don’t do this. They understand that politicians will not be inclined to go against their own interests just because a bunch of people decided to shout at them.

Although there is ‘work to be done’ in the crudest sense, we are beginning to realise that liberty is not a utopian goal to be achieved in an unspecified time in the future, but to be exercised now. And by living it now we set the precedent for the future.

Through the work of the agorists, the entrepreneurs, the tenthers, the seasteaders and the free staters, the state will whither away. The intellectuals and historians will be mystified. They will brush it off as inevitable, yet somehow unpredictable. Meanwhile society will prosper and evolve, libertarians smiling to themselves.