From The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook, by Claire Wolfe, p. v in the Forward:
The DisOrder of the Ghost
The Ghost haunts the system, quietly defying, disobeying, planting doubt, monkeywrenching, and otherwise non-cooperating.
The Ghost rejects government numbering and tracking, and quietly subverts or circumvents laws and regulations. The Ghost "don' need no steenkin' badges," or licenses, paperwork, or permits to live his life as he sees fit. If he has documentation at all, it may be in two or three different names. He resists the income tax. She often practices an underground profession, barters or trades in cash, gold, or silver. He homeschools his children, who are unnumbered and may be unregistered with the state. His location and activities are hard to trace. He deliberately obscures the record of his life. She practices as much self-sufficiency as possible. He doesn't use credit cards and may not have a bank account. He owns very little and much of what he does own is under some name other than his own. A Ghost is a kind of guerrilla fighter, but who "contends without contending" and attacks tyranny at its roots without necessarily picking up a weapon.
The Ghost's most valuable trait: Independence from the system. To the greatest extent possible he neither supports nor relies on government for his survival. He lives more closely to his ideal than either the Agitator or the Mole. The Ghost is the conscience of freedom, reminding others that freedom is to be lived, rather than merely fought for.
The greatest dangers to the Ghost: Marginalization. Alienation. Poverty. By refusing to cooperate with the numbering and tracking systems that ordinary citizens accept as a matter of routine, the Ghost becomes unable to do the simplest things -- apply for a job, get insurance, open a back account -- without enormous stress and difficulty. As with Agitators, some Ghosts can also become arrogant, insisting that everybody should quit paying taxes or give up their drivers licenses (or whatever their particular "thing" might be). They may damn others for their perceived lack of conviction. Finally, burning out and "dropping back in" is common among weary Ghosts. If this applies to you, don't worry too much about it. "To everything there is a season." It's possible to be a Ghost for a while, drop back in, and re-emerge as an Agitator, Mole -- or future (and much refreshed) Ghost.