Where Can You Go Now… Freest Countries

What if libertarians were labeled terrorists and you decided to get outa Dodge… an extended vacation? According to Kayak there are 77 countries open to travel now. I could only find 56 of them. On the right I added the Human Freedom Index ranking.

Ireland 7

United Kingdom 17

Puerto Rico 17 (US)

Chile 30

Martinique 33 (France)

Panama 40

Costa Rica 42

Albania 43

Bahamas 45

Armenia 47

Jamaica 53

North Macedonia 55

South Africa 68

Dominican Republic 57

Botswana 58

Bosnia and Hersegovina 59

Serbia 59

Paraguay 64

Ecuador 66

Ghana 72

El Salvador 73

Honduras 79

Belize 80

Namibia 80

Colombia 86

Mexico 86

Brazil 88

Bolivia 91

Kenya 93

Zambia 96

Lebanon 97

Haiti 98

Belarus 99

Burkino Faso 102

Uganda 104

Nicaragua 106

Liberia 112

Kuwait 113

Tanzania 117

Sierra Leone 122

Guinea-Bissau 126

Gabon 127

Togo 128

Nigeria 131

Tunisia 132

Mali 137

Pakistan 140

Chad 141

Zimbabwe 141

Republic of the Congo 143

Mauritania 150

The Democratic Republic of the Congo 151

The Central African Republic 153

Egypt 157

Sudan 161




Sailing the Farm

Used to be you could hide from coercion in the mountains and wetlands. That has become harder recently. So, some agorists have started a mobile nautical existence. The easiest place to do that is the American Great Loop.

The Great Loop is a continuous waterway that recreational mariners can travel that includes part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland.

The next place that is easy to explore is the Caribbean. You can Island hop the Caribean only spending one night out to sea. Then there are the European Rivers and Canal System, the Aegean islands, and the greater Mediterranean. 

Don’t forget the Scandanavian countries and Islands. In Asia, Malaysia has 878 islands, The Philipines 7640, Indonesia 17,508. Often the outlying islands have much more freedom than the main islands.

Here are two books to get you started: “Sailing the Farm” and “The Nautical Prepper.”

Freedom in Cheap countries

Numbeo just came out with their “Cost of Living Index by Country 2021.” Below you find the 30 cheapest “Cost of Living + Rent” countries in the world according to Numbeo. Let’s look at the first one on the list, “Georgia.”

Georgia is the 13th cheapest COL+Rent Country. If it costs 100 to live in New York City it costs 19.15 to live in Georgia according to Numbeo. The last number is where the country ranks on the 2020 Human Freedom Index. The last three aren’t ranked by HFI.

According to HFI Georgia is the 40th freest country of the 162 that HFI ranks. About as free as Panama, and a little freer than Costa Rica. Honestly, though if you are living a “PT” lifestyle how much difference would that make?

13 Georgia 19.15 40

28 Armenia 21.50 47

26 Macedonia 21.04 55

24 Paraguay 20.71 64

27 Moldova 21.20 65

3 Kyrgyzstan 15.55 70

18 Kazakhstan 19.99 75

25 Colombia 20.94 86

23 Brazil 20.50 88

7 Nepal 17.24 92

20 Sri Lanka 20.42 94

9 Zambia 17.88 96

21 Belarus 20.42 99

19 Uganda 20.29 104

15 Ukraine 19.43 110

5 India 15.90 111

30 Russia 21.99 115

22 Azerbaijan 20.45 116

14 Turkey 19.35 119

11 Tunisia 18.16 132

17 Bangladesh 19.74 139

1 Pakistan 13.36 140

6 Algeria 17.18 154

29 Iraq 21.75 155

2 Libya 14.37 156

12 Egypt 18.57 157

8 Syria 17.87 162

4 Afghanistan 15.59

10 Uzbekistan 18.01

16 Kosovo 19.56

Freedom/Cost of living

Where can you go and get the biggest bang for your buck in terms of human freedom? It’s weird; I would think that the freest places in the world would also have the cheapest cost of living, but that is not the case. 

It seems that the cost of living goes up with personal freedom. I am using Numbeo’s Cost of Living Plus Rent Index.

It uses New York City as 100. A single person’s estimated monthly costs are $1,316.50 without rent in NYC. Add a 1 bedroom apartment outside of city center at $2,006.66 and it will cost you $3,323.16 to live in NYC.

The freest country according to Cato’s Human Freedom Index is New Zealand with a cost of living of 52.31. In Christchurch, New Zealand (COL+R 57.43) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $942.67 (1,328.81NZ$) without rent. Add an apartment (1 bedroom) outside of city center for $811.38 and it come’s out to $1,754.05.

If we go down the Human Freedom ranking 5 places to Canada. It has a COL+R of 48.21. In Quebec City (COL+R 44.51) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $816.55 (1,047.56C$) without rent. Add a 1 bedroom apartment (506.66) and it comes to $1,323.21.

Down 2 more places, we come to Estonia at #8, with a COL+R of 34.26. In Tartu, Estonia (COL+R 36.83) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $754.65 (616.72€) without rent. Add an apartment (1 bedroom) for $368.54 and you get $1,123.19.

The US is tied with the UK on the Human Freedom Index at 17th place, with a cost of living of 56.69 (US).  El Paso has a COL+R of 39.77, A single person’s estimated monthly costs there are $730.52 without rent. An apartment costs $612.14 for total expenses of $1342.66.

Down 3 more places we come to number 21, Lithuania, (COL 29.56). In Kaunas, Lithuania (31.81) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $638.14 (521.50€) without rent. An apartment outside of city center costs $331.86 for a tidy sum of $970.

Next #37, down 16 places is Bulgaria. (COL+R of 24.32). In Burgas, Bulgaria (COL+R 25.01) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $534.02 (855.44лв) without rent. An apartment costs $218.49 for a total of $752.51.

Down 3 more #40, Georgia. (COL+R 20.28) In Batumi, Ajara, Georgia (18.15) a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $375.83 (1,232.73GEL) without rent. An apartment (1 bedroom) outside of city center costs $186.74 for a total of $562.57.

To get cheaper than that we have to go down 15 places to #55, North Macedonia. (COL 19.98) In Skopje where a single person estimated monthly costs are $503.51 without rent, an apartment (1 bedroom) costs $216.38= $719.89.

Next, down 15 places we have Argentina, COL 19.55, and Kyrgystan, COL 16.46. They are tied for #70 in the HFI. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina (22.38) is where a single person’s estimated monthly costs are $426.84 (35,489.57ARS) without rent. Plus an apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $199.41= $626.25.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (16.07) single person estimated monthly costs are $345.81 (27,905.51лв) without rent. Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $160.63= $506.44.

If you can’t afford Kyrgyzstan you would have to try #111, India at COL 15.05. Thiruvananthapuram, India (12.38) single person estimated monthly costs are $267.59 (19,824.30₹) without rent. Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $77.65 = $345.24.

There are countries cheaper than India, like Pakistan….. But at a COL+R of 12.38 Thiruvananthapuram, India is the cheapest city to live in, in the world according to Numbeo.

Why does the FBI arrest people in the early morning?

During early morning hours, most people are in bed, and not anticipating a visit from the police. To oppose the officers or agents sent to arrest them, they have to overcome the cobwebs that sleep brings, and that gives the cops a reaction time advantage.

The objective in serving an arrest warrant is to get the named person in custody with as little fuss as possible. If the person is someone who might try to resist arrest, flee the scene, or oppose the cops with force, it’s best for everyone that the cops come when their guard is down.

They’re going to be arrested eventually, and it’s better to do it without anyone being hurt. Unless the person to be arrested is a fugitive, actively hiding or running from the cops, service of an arrest warrant can be done in a much more civilized manner.

The investigator holding the warrant calls the person to be arrested, or, preferably, their attorney. They arrange a time and place for the person to surrender themselves to the police.

The arrested person can be accompanied by their attorney to ensure their rights are not violated, and bail (if permitted) can be arranged in advance. The arrested person can surrender, get booked, and be out the door in an hour or two with a court date to appear later.

Charter Cities and Rule of Law

Charter cities are a tool that can help countries improve governance, the key determinant of long-run economic outcomes. A charter city is a new city development granted special jurisdiction with the freedom to make deep reforms aimed at improving economic competitiveness in a country. 

Charter cities are built and largely financed by an in-country city developer on greenfield land and are administered through a public-private partnership between the developer and the government. 

Developers recoup their billions invested through rising land values as the city’s economy grows, so their incentives are aligned with the long-term success of the city.

Implementing innovative policies on previously unoccupied land frees city leaders from the difficulty of introducing substantive reforms in existing cities, where special interests and bureaucracies generally stifle reforms that can deliver broad-based growth. 

Take business regulation, for starters. Compared to high-income countries, developing countries tend to rank poorly on indices, like the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, that measure the ease of doing business. 

When it takes several months and a large share of an individual’s income just to register a business, only those already well-off can easily thrive. Starting from a blank slate, a charter city can develop a new regulatory framework, which is attractive to both local entrepreneurs and major investors.

Limiting the cost and time required to register a business and simplifying the tax system, which charter cities have the freedom to do, can make the formal economy accessible to ordinary people. 

Charter cities also establish independent arbitration and dedicated commercial courts, which can bolster investor confidence in developing markets by easing fears about arbitrary expropriation of their investments, leading to more growth-creating ventures in areas like manufacturing. 

And depending on the terms of the public-private partnership, charter cities would also possess the authority over areas like energy, health, education, and others. Reforms of this scale reach far beyond typical special economic zone reforms or what is possible in existing cities.

8.5 Countries Freer than the U.S. With a Cheaper Cost of Living!

According to the Human Freedom Index just out today. The US is now tied for the 17th freest country on this planet. I use Numbeo’s Cost of Living Plus Rent Index. It uses New York City as a benchmark at 100.

The United States has a  Cost of Living Plus Rent Index of 56.69. The Netherlands ranked the 14th freest country has a COL+R of 55.62. The freest country in the world currently is new Zealand with a COL+R of 52.31!

If you can’t afford the freest country in the world. Finland is the 11th freest with a COL+R of 49.91, Sweden the 9th freest country is even cheaper at 49.69. Austria the 15th freest is only 49.64.

Canada the sixth freest is even less at 48.21! The UK is a little cheaper at 47.48 but it is tied with the US for 17th place. Germany is tied with Sweden as the 9th freest country on the planet but is a little cheaper with a COL+R of 47.16

But, if you are going for value, I would go with Estonia the 8th freest country with a COL+R of only 34.26!

The Counter-Economy

The Counter-Economy is the sum of all non-aggressive Human Action which is forbidden by the State. Counter-economics is the study of the Counter-Economy and its practices.

The Counter-Economy includes the free market, the Black Market, the “underground economy,” all acts of civil and social disobedience, all acts of forbidden association (sexual, racial, cross-religious), and anything else the State, at any place or time, chooses to prohibit, control, regulate, tax, or tariff. 

The Counter-Economy excludes all State-approved action (the “White Market”) and the Red Market (violence and theft not approved by the State). As more people reject the State’s mystifications — nationalism, pseudo-Economics, false threats, and betrayed political promises — the Counter- Economy grows both vertically and horizontally. 

Horizontally, it involves more and more people who turn more and more of their activities toward the counter-economic; vertically, it means new structures (businesses and services) grown specifically to serve the Counter-Economy (safe communication links, arbitrators, insurance for specifically “illegal” activities, protection technology, and even guards and protectors).

Derrick Broze defines the concepts of horizontal and vertical agorism in more detail in his essay, aptly titled “Vertical and Horizontal Agorism.” In that essay, he explains that horizontal agorism, “is related to the bold choice to pursue action that the State considers to be illegal or immoral. 

“By venturing into this territory you are joining the ranks of the bootlegger, the moonshiner, the cannabis dealer, the guerilla gardener, the unlicensed lawn mower, food vendor, or barber, the weapons dealer, and the crypto-anarchists.” 

This is essentially agorism as Konkin defined it but since then it has become so much more. It is in vertical agorism that we discover a departure from the traditional agorist rejections of the white market. 

Vertical agorism is heavily inspired by the work of Karl Hess, such as his experiments in sustainability on the neighborhood level and his books summarizing those experiences, “Community Technology” and “Neighborhood Power.” 

As such, the focus is on sustainability and community self-reliance and is not restricted to only the black and grey markets. Vertical agorism would include participating in and creating community exchange networks, urban farming, backyard gardening, farmers markets, supporting alternatives to the police, and supporting peer to peer decentralized technologies. 

It includes many of the things Broze already listed when describing vertical agorism: community exchange networks, urban farming, backyard gardening, farmers markets, alternatives to the police, and p2p decentralized technologies. 

But it is so much more than that. Cryptocurrency is largely a white market venture and yet it is championed as a prime example of agorism. The Industrial Workers of the World is lauded by Konkin himself as a perfect example of an agorist labor union and yet they are legally registered with the state and more often than not organized within the law. 

Decentralized social networking sites such as Minds and Steemit, decentralized renewable energy sources, biohacking, permaculture, hacker/maker spaces, community sharing programs, alternative models of exchange including gift economies, local exchange trading systems (LETS), mutual banking, labor notes, and precious metals, alternative and complementary medicines, unschooling/homeschooling, Tor, free stores, alternative media, and worker-owned businesses are all examples of white market agorism.

In a technological landscape dominated by only a few tech businesses, free and open-source technology is counter-economic.


Stretching from the Vietnamese highlands and Tibetan plateau to Afghanistan, Zomia is a geographical region with a population of 100 million people whose name was coined by Willem van Schendel of the University of Amsterdam in 2002. 

Zomia is seen by some political scientists, such as Yale political scientist James Scott, as a rejection of the modern-day state and an example of an anarchist society in action.

In this region of the world, states such as China and Vietnam do not have control of these “out-of-reach” areas, and as a result, they are left to largely govern themselves. 

These cultures tend to be fiercely nonhierarchical with rules such as the Wa’s that limit the amount of wealth and power one can display. Scott also argues that this anarchist society was formed as a result of people fleeing from more traditional nation-state structures to gain more freedom. 

In one instance, he argues that the lack of written language within Zomia was a conscious choice by the natives because of the inherent bureaucracy that can arise from it.

Icelandic Commonwealth (930 to 1262)

Classical (“Thing system”) Iceland is an example of society where police and justice were guaranteed through a free market. Author Jared Diamond has written “Medieval Iceland had no bureaucrats, no taxes, no police, and no army. … 

“Of the normal functions of governments elsewhere, some did not exist in Iceland, and others were privatized, including fire-fighting, criminal prosecutions and executions, and care of the poor.”

Prominent anarcho-capitalist writer David D. Friedman featured classical Iceland in his book The Machinery of Freedom and has written other papers about it.

“Medieval Icelandic institutions have several peculiar and interesting characteristics; they might almost have been invented by a mad economist to test the lengths to which market systems could supplant government in its most fundamental functions. 

“Killing was a civil offense resulting in a fine paid to the survivors of the victim. Laws were made by a “parliament,” seats in which were a marketable commodity. Enforcement of law was entirely a private affair. 

“And yet these extraordinary institutions survived for over three hundred years, and the society in which they survived appears to have been in many ways an attractive one .

“Its citizens were, by medieval standards, free; differences in status based on rank or sex were relatively small; and its literary, output in relation to its size has been compared, with some justice, to that of Athens.”

This Icelandic “thing system” survived for several centuries. It was eventually destroyed by the Christian church, which bought up all the godards (defense agencies) creating a state monopoly. 

For market anarchist scholar Roderick Long, this illustrates a flaw in the thing system which differentiates it from pure anarcho-capitalism – new “startup” mutual defense units were not allowed.