My Reaction to Voluntaria
By Charles Gutierrez
From Issue 122
Sometimes I am asked, "... but if we didn't have government, who would
provide defense and police services and the utilities and the roads...and early
childhood education?" My questioners usually conclude, " If everyone
believed like you we'd have ANARCHY!" I usually answer by referring
to some of Carl Watner's articles in his anthology, I Must Speak Out.
Carl's book is filled with real life stories of how man in this world has provided
for himself without the "charitable" help of coercive government; but it is long and
takes careful reading. What is available for a child or for those
grownups whose interest in liberty is still young and timid? Princess
Navina Visits Voluntaryia is perfect. It is an entertaining and effective
story that makes one wonder if a voluntary society without government is
possible. My children sat enthralled as they listened to their daily chapter; and
my wife and I were engrossed as well. It is easy and attractive reading.
Princess Navina, in her exploration of world cultures, discovers Voluntaria. She
searches high and low for any traces of government, but all she finds is a
people who mind their own affairs, who meet the common needs of life,
including justice and utilities and public order, by creative free enterprise in a
fertile free market. This little book has renewed my belief that a just
society is possible, and is a lot easier than reading than Ayn Rand or Carl
Watner. Is it as big or filled with educational details as these other books? No.
Is it as inspiring as Atlas Shrugged? Yes, in its own simple way.
Will this book garner a Caldecott Medal? Is it great literature by New
York or Parisian or Cuban standards? Probably not: but it is great
storytelling, and a delightful read for lovers of liberty. It is my new
answer to those who say "If everyone believed like you we'd have ANARCHY!"
I say, "No, if everyone believed like I do we'd have VOLUNTARIA!"
Princess Navina Visits Voluntaryia comes off as a "harmless" little book
which could begin a beautiful revolution in the hearts of all, both young and old.
I highly recommend it.