One of my top 100 books is the book “Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb. I think libertarians and ancaps like myself have a lot to learn from him.

One of the many things I got from this book and videos he’s got on YouTube (I like his book better), is that you can have a look at your life and see what would happen in different areas if you introduce volatility and time. Below are a few of the questions I’ve asked myself.

What happens to my life if:
– I lose my job?
– There’s a market crash?
– I keep doing what I’m doing now for 10 years?
– Society keeps moving the direction it’s moving now for another 10 years?
– My car crashes?
– A hacker breaks my computer?
– I lose my phone?
– The banking system collapses?
– Interest rates skyrocket to 30%?
– There’s hyperinflation?
– There’s food shortage?
– There’s electricity outage?
– There’s a curfew?

At first these questions can be very uncomfortable, I know it was for me. But just because it’s uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile thinking about.
What I realized was that many of these risks I had already hedged, and in other areas I was still vulnerable.

One action I took was to lock in interest rates for a long time. If there’s volatility in interest rates, it can hardly move any lower. There’s no limit on the upside. It can move to 300% per year and even a lot more.

By doing this, I now have limited my fragility, and actually, the bank takes a loss if rates go up and I make a win if the rates go up. Now I can gain from volatility.

For computer security I’ve set up a system so that my important files are encrypted and shuffled to another continent. If I lose my computer, that’s no fun, but I will be able to buy a new one and get most of the information back. And a disaster will probably help me invent a even better system in the next round.

By studying previous hyperinflation scenarios, I’ve been able to spot opportunities for making my life antifragile in this area; there are very many of them. Although I hope it won’t happen, I think it’s very likely at this point.

I’ve found that I cannot control what politicians are doing. They are going to play their role, buying votes by giving people empty promises. The voters on their part are going to play their role and vote for these empty suits and empty promises. There’s not much I can do about that. I could become angry, but that’s just going to put bad stress into my body and shorten my life expectancy, producing no increased happiness for me, my family or my friends.

What I can do, is that I can set my life up in such a way that I can work with reality instead of against it. Instead of swimming upstream, I can float with the river. I can gain from disorder and volatility instead of being hurt by it. I can reduce my financial leverage when appropriate or raise it when that becomes beneficial, lock down rates and become friend with farmers. I can study agriculture and combine it with understanding of other fields like engineering and experiment and tinker to find new solutions. I can have assets, however small, in other countries, have friends in other countries who I can trust to hold my assets far more safely than any bank can do for me.

The most valuable thing I gain by doing this is experience. When the government bubble pops I will be miles ahead (literally, physically) of people who spent their time voting and criticizing the political system.

You can scream, you can vote, you can write articles about how bad the state is, you can dedicate your life to filming police violence; it won’t change a thing, your life will still be controlled by the political system. It happens because you give up the power over your life. You still play their game. You’re still acting your role inside of the game, you’re just playing the martyr role. And somebody have to play that role, right?

I have taken myself out of that game.

Instead, I play the game of increasing the amount of control I have over my own life, and increasing the robustness and anti-fragility of my life.

Happiness is very possible in this world, but it comes at a cost. The cost is that you have to be brave.

You are more than welcome to join and design your own happiness the way you want it. Until then, I’ll be smiling to you from a land far, far away, where the fragility of the political system of my country of origin have minimal influence.