Vice, “Libertarians Are Done with Politics,” October 15, 2014

Libertarians Are Done with Politics
Cecelia D’Anastasio, Vice, October 15, 2014

This Saturday, Derrick Broze, a dreadlocked anarchist from Texas, was sitting alone reading in the VIP room of New York City’s LibertyFest while preparing to give a speech on how to dismantle the government. As the room filled with what Broze referred to as “celebretarians,” he sat absorbed in his book, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia.

Among the anarcho-libertarians who turn out for this annual convention for the various sects of the freedom-loving fringe, Broze’s résumé is impressive and includes such items as selling non-GMO seeds and hosting an anarchist talk show. Earlier this month, he was arrested outside Houston City Council for “disorderly conduct” and “abusive language” during a demonstration against water fluoridation. He’s what he calls an “agorist,” or an anarchist-leaning libertarian, which, according to the New Libertarian Manifesto, means he’s more focused on direct action than politics.

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