“If one takes care of the means, the end will take care of itself.” -Gandhi
Statement of Purpose: Voluntaryists are
advocates of non-political, non-violent strategies to achieve a free society.
We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy.
Voluntaryists seek instead to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends.
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Negative rights are independent of time, space, location, and condition. They apply right now, but they were just as appropriate and pertinent ten thousand years ago. They are completely independent of circumstances. It was a rights violation for one caveman to club another over the head in prehistoric times; this will hold true for spacemen ten thousand years in the future.
- Walter Block, “Neglect of the Marketplace,” 2 JOURNAL OF LAW, ETHICS & PUBLIC POLICY (1985), p. 144.
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A CALL TO READERS AND WRITERS !
WE ARE NOT TAX EXEMPT
Many of you reading this webpage would probably describe yourselves as voluntaryists, i.e., people who believe that the initiation of force is wrong; that the institution of government relies on initiatory violence against peaceful people; and that taxation is stealing.
Has someone ever asked you “why you are the way you are”? Wouldn’t it be great to have an explanation at the ready the next time family, friends, or co-workers asked? Is it nature or nurture or both? Were you born of parents that had a dislike of government? Did government agents step on your toes? Was it a teacher that presented you with tough questions that the rote answers of political science couldn’t answer?
Is it possible that, with the way the world is going, one day voluntaryists will be an endangered species? Actually, we already are! It is entirely possible to imagine that one day in the dark future government propagandists will try to make out that voluntaryists never existed.
We have to prove them wrong! Our stories and histories must be told and preserved.
To this purpose, we have created a section on our voluntaryist.com website titled “How I Became A Voluntaryist.” Already a number of autobiographies have been posted, but we would like more.
Please submit your articles in any format you wish (preferably in an email or as an email attachment). Essays will be screened for editorial purposes, and the most interesting of them will be published, as well, in our newsletter.
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