I, along with Bella Gerens and John Demetriou, have a challenge to blog about whether it's better to get a Libertarian society through democracy or through revolution.
Both of these strategies have advantages and disadvantages. However, I'd be inclined to discount the strategy of a a revolution, because libertarians are disinclined to use force which may harm other people. Although bloodless revolutions are not unheard of, I can't see any way in which a sufficiently large number of libertarian-inclined people would rise up and depose a government.
Co-opting the military into such an exercise is complete anathema to a libertarian, so maintaining "bloodlessness" would be extremely unlikely, as the state would have the weapons and would have a huge motivation to use them.
On the other hand, it would be quicker, whether bloodless or not. But I'm not sure that such a revolution would be permanent. People are generally of a statist mindset and they need to not only be educated about the benefits of liberty, but they actually have to see them and live them.
So I guess we do need a kind of revolution, but it's a revolution in our political class: we need to infiltrate libertarian ideals into the bigger parties, to make them debate whether the default answer to every question is "the state". Once people start to question that, and vote accordingly, we can use democracy to achieve a smaller and smaller level of state interference.
The downside of this approach is that it's going to take a long, long time, and the current "direction of travel" is not in our favour.
However, I've found (anecdotally, I haven't exactly done a scientific survey or anything!) that most people who "aren't interested in politics" are actually quite receptive to the ideas of libertarian politics. These are people who generally have little interaction with the state and have little "skin in the political game". These are often people who don't vote or vote by flipping a coin. They don't question the state's interventions because they don't think about politics much. But they often have grumbles about government incompetence and the cost of taxation.
Most normal people, in fact.
The most general group who have an active support for the state are those who call themselves "political", people whose parties require a state: Labour, Lib Dem, Tory, Green, BNP, UKIP, etc. Political animals who support parties that require a state will inevitably argue that the state is a necessary and benevolent thing.
But I believe that if we can acquire a critical mass to turn the behemoth of state provision around and start on the road of reducing the state's involvement in everything, with every regained freedom, every newly unfettered industry and business, people will gradually acquiesce to the new model and over time demand that the government continues to strive to do less and less until it becomes demonstrably unnecessary.
So, in summary, a revolution would be quick and easy but I really can't see how it would be achieved in a libertarian ethos and I also don't think it would "take." Democracy will be extremely difficult and take a long time, but if it can be achieved in this way, it would definitely last right up until the point where people felt they didn't even need democracy any more.
Update: Rather inevitably, my effort is much more prosaic than, although more or less in line with, Bella's. Demetriou, as usual, has not fucking bothered yet.
Update 2: Guthrum over at the LPUK blog has his say. Still no fucking sign of Demetriou.
The useless cunt.