Patrick Smith, identified on his website as “Non-Aggression Principle compliant human. Current and Future Not-Governor of Texas”
Andre Gabriel Esparza at dontcomply.com (H/T TE Finnegan):
What a treat it would be to live in your home and engage in voluntary transactions without being monitored or stolen from. Being in charge of your own methods of self-defense without anyone’s permission. Sustaining you and your family in any form or fashion of your choosing without harming anyone. Well, that is what the Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Texas, Patrick Smith, covets. The available tools of Tyranny are being used as a counter strike. Spreading the message of Voluntaryism and the non-aggression principle is essential.
I had an opportunity to ask a local jury nullification activist, Eric Haley, about Patrick.
“Patrick Smith is one of the most morally and philosophically consistent ancaps that I know. I admire the work that he has done over the past few years with his YouTube channels and voluntaryist meetups to try to expand minds and deepen people’s understanding of the voluntaryist philosophy and self-ownership. He’s not only well spoken, and very intelligent, he is also great at debating and finding logical fallacies. He’s a family man and all around great guy, who strives to live 100% by the non-aggression principle. He is one of my role models and I believe he is the best candidate that I know to take on the role of spreading the ideas of liberty to the masses, which is why I decided to support him in his campaign for ‘not-governor’ and why I became a ‘not-delegate’.”
I contacted Patrick for an interview.
First, we got to know him a little more when he shared this brief history about himself with us. Patrick is an unschooling dad of three and a husband to his wife, Breanna. He is currently a technology entrepreneur with a history in the Powersports, automotive, and cryptocurrency spaces. He lives for the competition and freedom of capitalism. He is also a philosopher, which he would tell you is just a fancy word for someone that is annoyed by inconsistency and loves a good debate seeking the truth. Patrick is also an activist seeking to spread the ideas of freedom, consent, and the non-aggression principle around the world through his youtube channel, Disenthrall, and locally, by organizing the 2nd largest Voluntaryist meet-up group in the world where he lives in Dallas.
His belief in the rightful authority of government began to weaken when he went on ride-alongs with Fort Worth police and saw the things they actually do to people in the name of their authority. His trust in the competence of government was destroyed by his time as a contractor for a few federal government agencies. Various other abuses lead him to question what the actual source of their authority was. First, he thought it was god, then the constitution, then natural law. Finally, the discovery of the ideals of the Non-Aggression Principle through people such as Napolitano, Stephan Molyneux (classic), Lysander Spooner, and Walter Block lead him to the consistent positions he lives by and promotes today.
Nowadays, he is testing if it’s possible to be a 100% Non-Aggression Principle compliant candidate in the Texas gubernatorial race for 2018. He’s created quite a stir by being the first candidate to run for Not-Governor and he is seeking Not-Delegates at NotGovernor.com/Join for the libertarian convention in Texas in order to free Texans from the control of the government that claims to derive powers from our consent.
I asked him a few questions to see what his stance was: