I don't want to show up someplace and start to try and tell everyone (anyone) around me what to do (which is kind of the definition of being an activist, is it not?)
No, it is not.
Want to make a real difference, significant progress toward on liberty in your lifetime?
1. Volunteer in the community. Find something you can get behind, and do it. For me it was the recycling committee. For some people it's the food bank
, animal shelter, volunteering at the library, or the old folks' center, maybe even volunteer firefighter or EMT. Make sure you are there just to volunteer, just to help the community, and keep your personal politics the hell out of it.
2. Write letters to the editor
and/or get involved in community media (community TV, radio, etc). Here, put your politics front and center. Be courteous, NEVER confrontational or personal, but get those libertarian points out there.
3. Contact your
State Reps and Senator -- regularly! -- on bills they are voting on, that you care about. The NH Liberty Alliance has a page
that makes it easy to see what they'll be voting on. Call up yours and tell them your opinion.
4. Help out with local issues campaigns that you care about. Freedom to marry
, marijuana policy
, tax reduction
, etc, etc. All need help!
5. Help out with (re-)election campaigns of the people in NH that you like. You may find that 1 or 2 of your Reps are quite libertarian and worth your support. If not, there are FSPers in nearby districts that will need help!
6. Run for local office. This is actually not too different from volunteering. Trustee of the trust funds, selectman, alderman, many local offices go uncontested. The NHLA
can help guide you in how to run a campaign. Don't pull stupid stunts, just meet the neighbors and talk about the local issues. Once elected, keep focused on the specific duties of the role, be respectful, and put those libertarian ideas out calmly, clearly, and respectfully.
7. If you have the ability, run for state office (eg, State Rep). Same principles as #6, above, but more work, and generally more time investment.Very very important: it all starts with volunteering in the community.
Do that first, and put the Good Work front and center before your personal political preferences.