“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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Happiness and Desires
“If you have enough money to satisfy your desires ... you are rich. But there are two ways to be rich: You can earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet expensive desires; or, you can cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have more than enough money. ... The secret of happiness ... is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
- Dan Millman, WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR (1984), pp 167-168.
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.
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