Shield Mutual is a solution in search of a need and frankly that need has either disappeared or never really existed.
That’s the bottom line.
Signups and participation in 2015 were nowhere near the levels I need to reach in order to give the business enough of my time to make it a success. I took a risk, I put my neck out there and invested time and money but you, the community, did not support my attempt to support you.
So be it.
The website will stay up indefinitely but the service will definitively be discontinued. Current contracts will be honored of course.
By no means am I abandoning the dream of a market anarchist society. I’m just looking at different vectors for achieving it. Here are some recent thoughts of mine on that:
- Libertarians Really Should Go Back to Somalia
- A Voluntary World by 2064
- Nothing Left to Say, Only Do Now
If you would like to work together towards this dream, let’s talk. I can find plenty of people to debate the abstractions of liberty or the practical misdeeds of the state any day. What I can’t find is people who are committed to taking practical steps towards realizing a market anarchist vision in the here and now.