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Is a violent revolution a violation of Libertarian principles?

The concept of violently overthrowing a government is received very differently among libertarians than it is among left-wing philosophies like communism who seem to except it without controversy as part of their often ends justify the means mentality. It is a controversy among libertarians and none of them seem to really want to touch the issue, most likely due to fear that the government will use it as an excuse to oppress them. The few libertarians who choose to discuss it tend to focus on particularly aggressive and bloody revolutions like the Bolshevik one. They seem to assume all violent revolutions like that and of coarse attack them for violating libertarian principles. When they do this they are irrationally attacking a straw man. A violent revolution is simply using force directly to dispose of a state. The state is an aggressive criminal institution, it funds itself through extorting money from productive individuals through taxation and oppresses those individuals through vice laws, regulations, surveillance, and police harassment.

To understand whether or not it would be legitimate to use violence against such an organization you have to think if it would be OK to use violence against an organization that did all these things but did not call itself the state. Most people would say it would be so that answers that question, it is OK under libertarian principles to use force against an organization that is aggressing against you, that is a basic part of the nonaggression principle. For a violent revolution then to remain within the bounds of the nonaggression principle it must be very specific, the force can only be used against state actors, specifically ones like cops, soldiers, and IRS agents. It cannot be funded with stolen money and it cannot be used to set up another repressive society. Now that it is established to be within Libertarian principles, it must also be asked whether such a strategy would be a good idea or would work out successfully in bringing a Libertarian society. The problem with it is we are still a democracy, while the deck is stacked we still have free elections, and any violent revolutionaries have to deal with the perception of forcing their views on the public who did not want it because they did not vote on it. This can be used to turn the public against the revolutionaries and then used to turn people against libertarianism.

It is also important to keep in mind that most governments are very powerful organizations with big militaries. Revolutionaries would have the full might of that brought down on it. This would be incredibly dangerous if the violent revolutionaries failed because the state would use it as an excuse to grow larger and more intrusive and would be used to demonize libertarians. The only way a violent revolution could be successful is if its a very large scale populist revolt, because no state could survive the vast majority of the population turning against it, or a colony revolting against its home country like the American revolution, only because it makes the home country an invading force, which severely disadvantages them. So in conclusion to the NSA agents reading this, I feel a violent revolution would not violate Libertarian Principles but I do not find it to be a good idea and would not participate in one if it were tried in our current society.

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