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2008

Issue 136
Smith, Introduction To The Lysander Spooner Reader
Anonymous, Letter to the Editor
Machan quote: What Individual Rights Mean
Sirico quote: What Voluntary Means
Spooner quote: There is no necessity for the government minting of money
Society vs. The State

Issue 137
Knaebel, How I Became A Voluntaryist: A Farewell to Tax-Financed Murder
French proverb: There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience
Chafuen quote: There is no country so comfortable as where there are no tax collectors
Jewish proverb: When one is on the right road, one is bound to meet other travelers
Russell quote: Taxation is the root cause of war because without taxes there could be no wars
Emerson quote: For every minute of anger, you lose sixty seconds of happiness
Shabbat quote: The law of two feet
FIJA quote: The greatest threat to your liberty comes from your own government
Shabbat quote: One is accountable if one does not protest or prevent the commission of a sin

Issue 138
Watner, A Moral Challenge
Harris quote: A necessary evil looks more and more necessary and less and less evil
Anti-Federalist quote: The experience of the ages teaches that men exercise all the power they can
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Watner, Every State a Police State
Trotsky quote: Though governments change, the police remain the same
Watner, A Letter to the Home School Legal Defense Association
Watner, Gradualism in Practice: The Danger of Compulsory National ID
Salatin quote: We need to examine what is right and then do it
Abbey quote: Anarchism is the realization that after five thousand years we cannot trust politicians
Jesus on Taxes
A Plea To Help Keep Us Alive (In Print And On The Web)

Issue 139
MacCallum, A Short Perspective on Land and Social Evolution
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
MacCallum, Features of Somali Law
The Man Who Saved 2.4 Million Eyes
Barclay, Comments on Anarchy and Modern Society

2009

Issue 140
Watner, Only Freedom Breeds Excellence
Watner, Look Around!
Hasnas, The Obviousness of Anarchy
McQuaid quote: The state school system is unadulterated communism
Gandhi quote: Government schooling has trained us to hug our chains
Adams quote: Government schooling gives us the illusion of freedom
Franklin quote: When religion and schools are good they require no compulsory support
Quote: I complained of no shoes until I met a man with no feet
Mon quote: Compulsory government schools teach us that it’s okay to use force to solve our problems
Baines quote: Liberty is the chief cause of excellence
Ostrowski, A Real Education

Issue 141
Watner, Voluntaryism (for wikipedia)
Watner: Moral Challenge II
Quote: Look at something and see what is there; not what you think is there
Quote: Those silent in the face of crime become accessories; those who do not condemn – approve
Davis quote: No human is saintly enough to be entrusted with total power over another
Abbey quote: Few men are wise enough to rule themselves; even fewer wise enough to rule others
Quote: If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be grateful for what you escape
Watner to Supreme Court Justice Thomas: Are Taxes Theft?
Marshall quote: For every benefit a freedom must be surrendered

Issue 142
Watner: An Open Letter: On Extraordinary Evil and the State
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Huber, Last Statement Before the Court
Sherrer, There Is No Private Property in the United States
Watner: An Open Letter to Rev. Robert Sirico
Hess, My Taxes
Higgs, The Siren Song of the State
Jennings Quote: Rulers assume great moral rectitude yet deceive themselves and the public

Issue 143
Crovelli, The Catholic Church’s Confused Ideas About Stealing
Solzhenitsyn quote: Once violence is chosen as a method, falsehood becomes principle
Watner: An Open Letter to Robert Ringer
Msgr. Fulton Sheen Quote: Right is right, wrong is wrong though everybody is wrong
Mathew 7:15-16 Quote: Guard against false prophets
McElroy quote: Never have so many Americans depended on government
J. B. Say quote: Taxes are a violation of property
Russell quote: Only the IRS could invent the oxymoron ‘voluntary compliance’
Watner: Spending Other People’s Money: A Simple Explanation
Lover of Liberty quote: The greatest bondage is handing any body of men the power to tax

2010

Issue 144
Watner, “Freedom an’ whiskey gang thegither”: The Problem of Governance in the Early American Republic
Watner, Spending Other People’s Money is Wrong – Some Observations on the Bailout of October 2008
Watner: “If It’s Right, Do It!”, Book Review of Joel Salatin’s EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL

Issue 145
Watner, “There Is a Tide in the Affairs of Men”: Robert Prechter, Elliott Wave Theory and Voluntaryism
Culp Quote: The Money Was Really Gone!
Hulsmann quote: How Would Money Be Produced in a Free Society?
Myers quote: There are two ways that credit can be liquidated
Russell quote: How Governments Create Money
Temple quote: Counterfeiting is not fabricating a substance but impersonating the issuing authority
Temple quote: Flying money was the original name for paper money in China
FIJA quote: The greatest and closest threat to one’s liberty is usually one’s own government
Anonymous, A Declaration of Separation

Issue 146
Watner, If You Have a Tool You’ll Use It: On the Evolution of Tax-Supported Schools in Certain Parts of the United States
Mon quote: Government schools teach the use of coercion.
Chute quote: Public school is the enemy of the family.
Gardner quote: A state school is like a state church.
R.C. Hoiles Revisited
Ruffner, State Education Radically Wrong

Issue 147
Knaebel, Declaration of Renunciation and Severance of U.S. Citizenship
Rosenberg, Why the West?
Berrigan quote: There is no real difference between those in power and those seeking power.
Quote: The U.S. government has a history of attacking those who pose a threat.
Abbey quote: Governments are like giant bulldozers: obedient to the whim of any fools who takes the controls.
Books Received
Watner: An Open Letter on Global Ethics

2011

Issue 148
Watner, Liberty, the Mother of Order – Book Review of BOUNDARIES OF ORDER
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Quote: “The second mouse gets the cheese.”
Walkey, Your Writing Has Brought Comfort and Inspiration
Coughlin, Government Help: A Civic Cancer
Kenyon, Why Voluntaryism Is the Best and Only Legitimate Moral Philosophy
Quote: A. J. Nock, “The practical reason for freedom is to develop substantial moral fibre.”
Quote: Pawelczynska, ” Do not harm your neighbor; if possible, save him.”
Watner, In Defense of Our Own Freedoms

Issue 149
Watner, K.I.S.S. A Pig! – Anarchist or Minarchist?
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Crovelli quote: Look at how an organization obtains its funding
Books Received
Watner, From Slingshots to Nukes
Langbein quote: Coercion is incompatible with truth
Simpson quote: There is no peace or justice with governments
Wall quote: When crooks win, they write crooked history
Netterville, Book review of Kurlansky, NONVIOLENCE
Maybury quote: War is the most expensive things humans do

Issue 150
Watner, On Power and Trust
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Quote: Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harbeson, A Self-Educated Chicken
Quote: The happiest people make the most of everything they have.
Watner, An Open Letter to Jacob Hornberger
Harper, To Steal or not to Steal?

Issue 151
Watner, Which Came First – The Chicken or the State?
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
North, Jeremiah’s Job
Book Received: THE ART OF NOT BEING GOVERNED
Watner, Can the Whole World Be Wrong and We Be Right?

2012

Issue 152
Watner, Taxation No Better Than Slavery
Bush, Slavery the Worst Form of Stealing
Ruwart, If people need help, help but don’t coerce others.
Rothbard, The power of the State is wrapped up in the question of taxation.
Kornfield, Vinoba Bhave and the Genesis of the Indian Land Reform Movement
Kaufman, When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible.
Rose, The Good Funding the Evil
Anonymous, You must cheat on your taxes to survive.
Rose, My Deprogramming

Issue 153
McElroy, Auberon Herbert
Tame, Taxation Is Theft
Foley, Man cannot escape choice, no matter what he does.
Schoon, In the long run, there is no short run.
Chesterton, The home is an anarchist institution, older than law and stands outside the State.
Sennholz, You Cannot Get Even

Issue 154
Watner, What Might Have Been – What Might Be
Johannsen, Schools for All
Brand, My Journey to Voluntaryism
LeFevre, How to Advance the Cause of Liberty
Stevens quote: One good idea is worth any number of guns.
Advertisement: RENDER NOT: THE CASE AGAINST TAXATION

Issue 155
Watner, Are Voluntaryist Hypocrites for Using the Roads?
Watner, Something to Do with the Search for Truth
Quote: Tell the truth and people will bash in your head.
Tolstoy quote: Everyone wants to change the world, but not himself.
Chief Joseph quote: It does not require many words to tell the truth.
Read, If I Were King
Colton quote: No man is wise enough to be entrusted with unlimited powers.
Books Received
Knaebel, Open Letter to the President of the USA and Prime Minister of India
Advertisement: RENDER NOT: THE CASE AGAINST TAXATION

2013

Issue 156
Watner, Freedom to Choose Your Own Money
Ruwart, How We Violate the Principle of Non-Aggression Daily
Rothbard and Mises quote: Every single transaction benefits both parties.
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Hazlitt quote: Diluting the money supply is equivalent to diluting the milk supply with water.
Casey quote: I am not in favor of any particular monetary standard.
Voltarire quote: Paper money eventually reaches its intrinsic value – zero.
Patrick, How to Live Well
Netterville, My Winding Road to Voluntaryism

Issue 157
Watner, The Noose Continues to Tighten But No Government Lasts Forever
Watner, Am I An American Citizen and What Might It Mean?
Quote: Governments have transformed the world into a vast prison
Some Gems from THE FREEMAN
Higgs, What Is the Point of My Libertarian Anarchism?
de Vencentiis quote, Citizenship would not exist without governments
Grove, Who Owns the Job?

Issue 158
Watner, The Wisdom of Bob LeFevre
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Watner, Voluntaryism and THE ART OF BEING FREE
Ragnar quote: It takes strength of character to speak only the best of others.
Cherngs quote: Focus on doing the right thing; the results will take care of themselves.
Knight, From Vagueness to Voluntaryism
Bhave quote: Involvement in politics, even to destroy it, is bound to fail.
Rose quote: Politicians cannot imagine people running their own lives.
Rose, The Gospel According to Government

Issue 159
Anonymous, Do You Really “Owe” Those Taxes?
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Ingram quote: Government is the power to kill. Paying taxes is a way to avoid being killed.
Palmer, The Origins of State and Government
Barden and Murphy quote: Theft is wrong. The question is what is considered to be theft.
A Voluntaryist Contest

2014

Issue 160
Watner, Voluntaryism and Extreme Necessity
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Netterville quote, Am I my brother’s keeper?
Saturos quote: Is it proper to shoot the man if he refuses to help?
Reinikanen, The Golden Rule and the Requirement of Universalizability
Milam, Personal Sovereignty

Issue 161
Watner, Voluntaryism, Integrity and the Question of the Oath
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Stockman quote: “The Federal Reserve is the Politburo of the West”
Scotese, The Problem with Trading
Mill, An Excerpt on the State of the Nation
Butler, What I Believe
Ver, Roger Ver’s Journey to Anarchism

Issue 162
Watner, Voluntaryism and the Story of Absolutist Objectors
Washington quote: The Quakers would rather be whipped to death than bear arms
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Steyn quote: Government health care can be used to justify any restraint on freedom
Brock quote: Tolstoy viewed every state as a slave institution
Paterson quote: Free government education is a contradiction in terms
Chodorov quote: There cannot be a good society until there are good men
Ward poem: “To Risk”
Eyre: My Journey to Voluntaryism

Issue 163
Watner, Soul Rape
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
LeGente quote, Nothing useful but what is just
Marshall, A Voluntaryist Before Age Fifteen
Sharp, Whatcha Gonna Do?
Warren quote, Governments commit more crimes than criminals
Galles quote, Governments pretend infallibility and then impose it
den Ouden, Sophisticated Slavery

2015

Issue 164
Watner, Lay the Axe to the Root to the Tree: Strategies to End Human Slavery
Watner, The Buck Stops Here: Voluntaryism and Counterfeit Money
Curtin quote: Watch your pennies to spend your dollars where they count
Leo Tolstoy On the Circle of Violence

Issue 165
Anonymous, Meeting the State Head-On
Spencer, The Right to Ignore the State
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Thoreau quote: The state has robbed and imprisoned me
Maybury quote: If progressive taxation is good, why not progressive pricing?
Armstrong, Individual Conscience: The Moral Challenge
MacCallum, Taxation Is Theft: A Constructive Explanation
Nozick quote: Taxation of earnings is on par with forced labor
Engelhardt, States and Their Authority
Giambruno, Property Rights and Property Taxes
Liggio quote: Where governments exist, private property rights are negated

Issue 166
Watner, Copyright Before (Statutory) Copyright
Potpourri From the Editor’s Desk
Williams quote: Don’t think you know what is right for the other person
Salinas quote: Good ideas don’t require force
Havel quote: It is better not to live at all than to live without honor
Breggin quote: You own yourself. Other people own themselves
Watner, What Voluntaryism Means To Me

Issue 167
Lowi: Voluntary Government as a Marketable Service: Reminiscences on the History of an Idea
Boren: Insurance Companies as Competing Governments: Whose Idea Was It?
Rand quote: When trade is free, the very best wins
Berwick quote: Anything that starts with force is bound to fail
Neff quote: Putting up with an evil does not endow it with moral standing
Childs quote: People in government have no special means of knowing
Galambos quote: A politician is a person who wields coercion
LeFevre: Let Us Imagine “Perfect” Protection
LeFevre quote: Setting the government to catch a thief doubles the amount stolen

2016

Issue 168
Watner, On the Ownership of Ideas
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Spooner, If two men invent the same thing, then both own it.
Watner, An Open Letter to David Goldhill on Government Health Care

Issue 169
MacCallum, A Skeptic’s View of One’s Right to Defensive Force
Watner, Was Lysander Spooner Mistaken?
Furness, Put Up Thy Sword into The Sheath

Issue 170
Watner, Chaos in the Air?: Voluntaryism and the Airplane
Crovitz quote: The Internet is a rare place of permissionless innovation
Robie quote: How one man learned to fly in 1923

Issue 171
MacCallum, Looking Back and Forward
Watner, A Basic Primer on Using Gold and Silver
Byington quote: Legal tender laws only force men to take bad money.
Washington quote: Success is measured by the obstacles one has overcome in life
Kukathas quote: A central authority may produce results worse than the free market
Friedman: Both parties to an exchange benefit; otherwise it wouldn’t occur
LeFevre: Free Market Money

2017

Issue 172
Watner, Poisoning the Public Mind
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Watner, Bankruptcy and Voluntaryism
Mencken, On the Public Schools
Galbraith quote: When people vote they accept the government as their own
Books Received
Unknown quote: It is never too late for an honest person to pay a debt

Issue 173
Watner, Slavery, One Day at a Time: Jury Duty and Voluntaryism
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Watner, Non-Voting
Unknown Quote: All laws are enforced at the point of a gun
Watner, My Day As A Juror

Issue 174
Watner, What Are We Using for Money?
Potpourri From the Editor’s Desk
Watner and Scotese, A Comparison of Monies
Kupiec Quote: Ultralow interest rates are toxic
Hulsmann Quote: Credit expansion does not increase the real factors of production
Roscoe, How and Why I Became a Libertarian
Sinek Quote: Responsibility is doing what is right
Freeman, “The 5,000-Year Government Debt Bubble”
Sandfort, Golden Disobedience

Issue 175
LeFevre, Protection
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Morley quote: Liberty is the object of a favourable presumption
Patterson, From Conservative to [Free-Market] Anarchist
Skoble quote: Opposition to political authority is not opposition to social order
Excerpt on the Law Merchant as an example of non-state order
Casey quote: The idea of that the state is necessary is the world’s biggest scam
Watner, A Companion Volume to I MUST SPEAK OUT: Stringham, PRIVATE GOVERNANCE
Loan quote, Social order requires norms of reciprocity, honesty, and trust

Issue 176 (to be archived)
Watner, Why I Oppose Government Enumeration
Potpourri from the Editor’s Desk
Smith, Abolitionism: Wendell Phillips on Voting and Political Action
Mencken, H. L. Mencken
Quote: It don’t take a big person to carry a grudge
Gibbons quote: Reform comes from within. You cannot legislate virtue
Great Depression Quote: Use it up – wear it out – or do without
Casey quote: Power not only corrupts, it draws the corrupt
Smith quote: Coercion is only necessary when persuasion fails
Stevenson quote: Judge each day, not by the harvest, but by the seeds you plant
Watner, Ludwig von Mises’ Blindspot

Issue 177 (to be archived)
Watner, The Veneer of Legality
Gheorghiu quote: My life is my own
Watner, Book Review of LOOKING BACKWARD
Phocylides quote: Both the receiver and stealer are thieves
Casey quote: Only a state can kill large numbers of people
Nock quote: There is no human right not nullified by the US government
Hess, Anarchism Without Hyphens
Spencer quote: Property was well recognized before there was state law
Watner, You Don’t Own It or The Government as Landlord

Issue 178 (to be archived)
Watner, Oh, The Joy(s) of Slavery!
Alexander and Watner, Would You Agree to This?
Sommmerville quote: To take property without consent was to steal
Casey, Bandit Gangs, All of Them
Higgs quote: Freedom is essential to the generation of truth
Nock quote: State power diminishes social power
Casey quote: You have to produce more than you consume to save
Chubb and Moe quote: Democracy is essentially coercive
Cody, The Author’s Story Behind LOOKING BACKWARD
Casey quote: Being alive doesn’t give you the right to demand things from other people
Price quote: Governments become oppressive when they see the people as their property and their possessions as a common stock
Solterdijk, The Grasping Hand – The Modern State Pillages Its Citizens

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