Andrew Jewell (The Badger)

Secretary at Libertarian Party of Dallas County

So my political involvement started with the “Tea Party” movement and a focus on 2a rights. But I gradually realized the GOP would never actually stand for individual freedom, only class preference. 

I voted Libertarian first in 2016, got involved with the Libertarian Party in 2019, ran as a Libertarian for Dallas County Commissioner District 3 in 2020, pulling 5.47% in a three-way race.

I used to describe myself as an Anarchocapitalist. But so many people have used that term to hide hateful and even bigoted behavior. I now use the term Free Market Anarchist.

I believe that unfettered by any governmental favoritism and restraint, people and communities will take care of their own, and the market provides for what needs arise.

What I want to see is the deregulation of anything that doesn’t harm others. The most immediate steps are; ending the War on Drugs in America, the control and attack on individual arms ownership (a free man’s last defense), and removing the system of taxation that results in over 50% of income being stolen by the government, before all is said and done.

A one-world government is the antithesis of human advancement. The greatest minority is the individual, and the right to self-determination must start there or it matters not.

Texas secession could be a great step. Catalonia’s ongoing dissatisfaction with Spanish oppression is another sign. Parts of Italy and Brazil have been seething under their voices being stolen for decades.

And that says nothing over the American and UN empires meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations the world over. We have to leave everyone else alone.

“Help” is only help, if asked. Consent matters. The only way this will come to be is via resistance. Peaceful, as much as possible. But as the American Declaration of Independence says, “But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Peace is always preferred. But if oppression will not back down for reason, then free men the world over need to support each other in united voices. Educating the general public the world round on all the groups being silenced, and the peoples being oppressed, is a noble cause. 

What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help? I don’t know if it is permitted by its charter, but any support of those advocating self-determination and individual freedom is great. Getting our voices heard is the biggest struggle. 

Interviewing those fighting for freedom, for themselves or for others, and spreading their words can hopefully inspire more to speak up. Catalonia’s struggle is a large part of what inspired me to be more involved locally. 

Maybe my words could inspire others. We don’t have to accept the silence. We all deserve to speak and be heard. We all have a responsibility to humankind to unite with others and help them be heard as well.

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