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A PLEA TO HELP KEEP US ALIVE (IN PRINT AND ON THE WEB)

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     I think it safe to say that THE VOLUNTARYIST is one of the longest lived libertarian publications in the world. It has been published since October 1982, and first appeared on the worldwideweb courtesy of one of our subscribers, David Dreas, in late 1996. In early January 2003, Charles Gutierrez, another subscriber, acquired the domain name Voluntaryist.com. Since that time, it has served as our primary presence on the web. David, Charles, and I have all contributed large amounts of our time, money, and/or energies toward promoting voluntaryism.

      The subscription base for THE VOLUNTAYRIST newsletter has always hovered somewhere between 180 and 225 paid subscribers. While the revenue generated from these snail-mailed copies has always sufficed to pay expenses, it has not made it possible to widely promote voluntaryism via advertisements, conferences, or book publications. In an informal survey conducted during the first half of 2006, at least half of those subscribers receiving THE VOLUNTARYIST wanted to continue their hard copy subscription, in preference to receiving their issue via e-mail or the web.

      Over the years there have been a few generous donors to the cause. Their contributions have helped make possible and sustained some of the research that goes into the historical articles that I publish in THE VOLUNTARYIST, as well as having made possible the publication of some of my books.

So, if you want to keep voluntaryism alive via hard copy and the web, here is my pitch to you.

Anyone sending $ 20 or more will receive one complimentary subscription to THE VOLUNTARYIST. Anyone sending $ 100 or more will receive an autographed copy of THE VOLUNTARYIST anthology, I MUST SPEAK OUT.

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The Voluntaryist supports monetary freedom, and has always advocated the use of hard monies (especially gold and silver). For example see the article, "Hard Money, Soft Money, and Government Money!", in Issue 38, and "Freedom to Choose Your Own Money," in Issue 156.

Although Bitcoin cannot be classified as a true commodity money, it does have many features that voluntaryists applaud. As mentioned in the Bitcoin Primer, it cannot be forged, or double-spent; it cannot be controlled or inflated by any government; nor is it impeded by any political boundaries. It is a voluntary digital medium of exchange which is completely transparent to all interested parties.

We consider bitcoin a hard digital currency because the algorithm for its creation is intrinsically tied to the maintenance of a transaction record that grows exponentially more permanent, but one which is accessible to anyone who understands how to read it.

If you would like to purchase bitcoin or learn more about it, please consult the following:
  • For general information, see the Bitcoin Primer
  • For description of the software and options you'll need to use bitcoin see Bitcoin Clients.
  • For the purchase of bitcoin, along with a wonderful caveat emptor see Buying bitcoins
  • For a list of businesses that currently accept bitcoin see Trade.
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