Austro-Libertarianism as a Honey Badger

As I head home from the YAL National Convention, I want to reshare an older blog post of mine in which I make the case that the liberty movement must emulate the fearless African Honey Badger.

Indeed, honey badgers are the Chuck Norris of the animal kingdom.  But how can we hope to achieve what the honey badger has achieved? Well, like the honey badger, we must never give in.  When statism stares us in the eye and says, “Come now be reasonable, you don’t want to cause a scene. Submit and go along with our plan,” we must as libertarians say, “I don’t care, I’ll rip apart your lies like a honey badger on a black mamba. I’ll tear up your nest of deceit and eat your honey, I don’t care how many times you sting me with words. I’m a libertarian honey badger, don’t tread on me!”  Of course, we should always be polite about it.

Socialists and statists will insist loudly that cutting spending from here and there and eliminating this and that department will result in disaster. We can’t fall for this sophistry, or even be slowed down for a moment. We must press forward with what must be done.

Besides being indefatigable, and always going after seemingly impossible goals, the honey badger is absolutely fearless. It fights and eats poisonous bees and snakes and has even been known to maim and kill fully grown lions that double-crossed them. I have been in many debates with socialists and statists, sometimes as many as 9 of them at once. Without flinching I refute each of their falsehoods one by one. People can often be intimidated by confrontational situations and “not want to make a scene.” But don’t be afraid to eloquently counter big-government “solutions;” don’t be afraid to take on lions.

As the honey badger is nearly continuously hunting and eating snakes, rats and bees, we must continually advance liberty with equal tenacity. Whether it is writing an article like this one, volunteering for a campaign, planning and executing activism, or giving a friend a copy of What Has Government Done to Our Money, we must all advance the cause of freedom every single day.

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