The Voluntaryist

“If one takes care of the means, the end will take care of itself.”

Statement of Purpose: Voluntaryists are advocRender Notates 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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It is impossible for government to establish State education in Britain [circa 1843] without committing something worse than highway robbery This is a bold assertion; yet there is nothing more true. We have seen how utterly impracticable it is for the State, by its unitive scheme, to impart anything like education to the children of men who differ so widely in their religious, moral, historical, and political opinions. If the State intends to do any good, it must therefore either make a choice of one of the existing religions, or invent one of its own. Let us suppose the choice made, and for the sake of illustration let the Roman Catholic be the favored religion. Of course, no Independent, Churchman, Jew, or Unitarian would in this case consent to send his children to the government school, which nevertheless he would be obliged to support through the national funds, although receiving no benefit from them. Now, would this not be using the property of some for the benefit of others? Would not this be robbery? Yet this is not all. The dissenters, whoever they may be, would be compelled to pay for the education, therefore, the government would really do something worse than the highway robber, for the latter takes your purse only, whereas the former would not only rob you, but actually use your money to propagate tenets and ideas which you might detest and abhor, and which might tend to undermine the sect or party to which you belong.
- Anonymous, REASONS AGAINST GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN EDUCATION (1843), reprinted in George H. Smith and Marilyn Moore (eds.), CRITICS OF STATE EDUCATION (2017), pp. 299-300.



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