Hi, my name is Mike. And I am a recovering statist. Through the redeeming power of anarchocapitalism, I’ve gone two years without advocating a single drop of state intervention. You see, I came to admit that I was powerless over the state — that my addiction to it had rendered my life unmanageable. And I came to believe that an idea greater than statism could restore me to sanity.
My addiction to the state started in high school. I saw that all the coolest people — Naomi Klein, Tom Morello — wanted me to drop out of free society and free exchange. They always seemed to know what was best for everybody else, and I wanted to be smart like them. So, I started experimenting with statism.
In university, I got into the hard-core stuff: socialism and communism. All of my friends were doing it. I thought we were so revolutionary with our union buttons and our “Free Tuition Now” banners. Calling for state intervention to solve every social problem let me avoid thinking about my own problems.
In 2007 and 2008, I got hooked on the hypnotism of state theater. I gobbled up every YouTube clip of the US Democratic nomination fight I could get my eyeballs on. Everyone I knew thought Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would save the world. And when that nomination bottle was empty of all surprise, I couldn’t stop; I just starting using the Republican nomination to get high.
But somebody had mixed some crazy stuff into that contest, as I bet you know. The clean stuff hit me hard, and I hit rock bottom.
I woke up under my state-funded grad-student desk, heaped high with the papers for my state-policy-recommendation thesis, knowing that my black hole of student debt was papered over only by state scholarships, and I saw what I had become.
All of my friends were still users. So, it was hard, but on the Internet I found other people who were clean. I started volunteering and getting involved.
In 2009, I got hired as a copyeditor for the Mises Institute. At first it was just something to keep my browser busy, so that I wouldn’t drift back into statism. But then I found out I could read and talk with great anarchists all the time, people who helped me see the source of my problems and stay on the wagon. The Mises Daily was fun and challenging and uplifting every day.
My life has started to come back together. I can spend time with my family now without even getting that itch to regulate something. I feel free again.
And today, I get to start work as the editor of the Daily Anarchist. I’m here to share the road with people who’ve already got the message, and I can’t wait to share the cure with those still doing tricks for a fix. I want to help the whole human race remember what it means to be free from addiction to the state.
So, send me your stories, your experiences, your take on the world. This is the Daily Anarchist, and this my rehab.