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What Have I Noticed Inspires Cooperation Instead of Coercion?

by Gretchen Kemman As recent world events demonstrate, relying upon coercion to achieve goals inhibits cooperation, undermines goodwill, and harms far more people than it helps. Coercion drains lifeblood. In contrast, ancient principles of inalienable human rights provide a sound guide for achieving the greatest good for everyone. Respecting inalienable human rights inspires cooperation. Most of …

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Get A Grip Volume 2, 12-2021

By Larry Woods   War is the evil opposite of voluntaryism. Coercion, destruction, and hatred vs. mutual respect, productive exchange, and toleration. Lying is the foundation of war, alignment with reality is the foundation of Voluntaryism. Often overlooked is the internal damage to warfighters. Daniel Hale’s letter illustrates this better than anything I could compose …

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Autarchy or Voluntaryism?: Abandoning the exclusive disjunction

By Diego Julien The roots of Voluntaryist thought lie in antiquity, when Stoic thinkers realized that character building, the development of self-controlled and responsible individuals, was the essential basis of human happiness, as well as the prerequisite for a better society. On this fundamental point it does not seem too difficult to draw a parallel …

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Get A Grip volume 1, 08-2021

By Larry Woods Carl and his work bettered my life with history and analysis of evolving human culture. That work is timely to offset “woke” corrosion of so-called educational institutions and its spread to politics and commerce. Most “woke intellectuals” go ballistic in creationism vs. evolution discussions.  They want to abandon verified data from generations …

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Quod Omnes Tangit: Consent Theory in the Radical Libertarian Tradition: Part II—The Middle Ages

By Carl Watner Have you ever written an article, and then nearly twenty years later discovered that you came across some vital information that you should have included? That is why this article is designated Part II. In “‘Oh, Ye Are for Anarchy!’: Consent Theory in the Radical Libertarian Tradition” that I published in the …

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How I Became an Autarchist … and Why I Am Now a Voluntaryist

By Diego Julien September 14, 2020 I was born in Montevideo Uruguay, in 1981. I came from a humble, working-class family. For historical reasons, everything related to politics had been very present in my house since childhood. Like almost all of Latin America in the 70s and 80s, Uruguay also had a dictatorial government and …

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A Vault Full of Gold: Bernard Baruch and FDR’s Gold Confiscation

By Carl Watner (July-August 2020) I have had a long-standing interest in the national bank holiday of 1933, and the Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations which mandated the surrender of gold and gold coinage held by American citizens. Over the years I have read of numerous court cases challenging the Treasury’s abrogations of the government’s …

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No Indians in Heaven: Bartolome de las Casas and the Question of Indian Sacrifice

By Carl Watner This article can trace its roots back to a two-book review by Barton Swaim in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on April 13-14, 2019, titled “Render Unto Caesar.” What really caught my eye, was the banner quote across the top of the page, that read: “You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because …

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“Call the COPS – But Not the Police:” Voluntaryism and Protective Agencies in Historical Perspective

By Carl Watner “[T]he question arose of how to handle aggressors within the community…. [W]hat about robbers, rapists, or murderers … ? … To deal with violent aggression within the city, associations sprang up in each place. Ours is named the Committee for Peace and Safety, but everyone calls it by its initials, COPS…. “COPS …

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ANDREW J. GALAMBOS: HISTORY OF ORIGINS OF THE V-50 AND V-201 LECTURES

By Fred G. Marks and Allison J. Marks [Editor’s Note: Andrew J. Galambos (1924-1997) was one of the pivotal figures in developing the ramifications of a stateless society. The original version of this article (complete with footnotes) appeared at capitalismtheliberalrevlution.com/people-ideas/. This essay is based principally on telephone and email conversations between Alvin Lowi and Frederic …

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The Insane Manias: Medical Pandemonium, Political Idiocy and Economic Lunacy

By Carl Watner (Written March 15, 2020) Many people the world over, including politicians, scientists, and economists, have panicked because they are unsure of the future and because their day-to-day lives have changed. Government health regulators have imposed quarantines; financial values in the stock market have disappeared; oil prices have dropped; and government economists have …

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Seeking and Sifting for Truth: Navigating Through a World of Misinformation

By Shepard The Voluntaryist (March 25, 2020) Earlier this month I visited a voluntaryist pal in Nevada. He is an older fellow and has had an interesting life, including mining the claim he inherited from his grandfather near Cherry Creek. We chatted about dowsing, alternative medicine, sifting rocks through a mesh to only let the …

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From Navy-wife to Nurse to House-flipper to Voluntaryism: How I Got There

By Lynn Born in the suburban foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1972, I was raised by my mom and grandparents. I took advanced placement courses in private and government schools and ended up at the University of New Mexico, as expected by my family. Tuition was handed to me on a silver platter, but …

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The Mos Maioram and the Barbarians

from The Freeman’s Perspective The mos maioram, or “way of the old ones” were the traditional principles and practices of public life in ancient Rome. These customs included: Good faith Respectfulness Self-discipline Virtue Dignity I won’t go through a history lesson, but Rome, which had no written constitution, began to degrade as the mos maioram, …

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Germans 13:1-7

by Ned Netterville [Editor’s Note: Christian patriots often offer up Romans 13:1-7 (Render unto Caesar – in other words, the Roman authorities – what Caesar is due) as a biblical reason for paying taxes to their federal and state governments (reproduced at the end). Rarely do they realize that their argument applies equally to democratic …

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The Creed of All Freedom-Loving Men: The Voluntaryist Spirit & Stoicism [1]

By Carl Watner As readers of THE VOLUNTARYIST know, I have helped popularize the word “voluntaryist” among libertarians. But what they probably don’t know is that, if there is one other label that I would identify with my philosophy, it would be the term “stoic.” Now, why would that be? What is the relationship between …

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The Rescue Project: “We Coerce You in the Name of Preventing Injustice to Others”

By Carl Watner with Excerpts from Craig Duncan Craig Duncan is an associate professor of philosophy at Ithaca College (New York). He and Tibor Machan authored a book titled LIBERTARI­ANISM (2005): Tibor arguing for, and Craig against. I first became acquainted with the book in late September 2017, after Gerard Casey called my attention to …

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From Conservative to Libertarian: Some Memories of Robert D. Kephart.

By His Widow, Janet Kephart [Editor’s Note: Robert Kephart was instrumental in providing the seed money in 1981 to begin The Voluntaryists.] When I met Robert Kephart in 1968, he was and had been for most of his life, a conservative. His “dream job” came to him in 1964 when he became publisher of HUMAN …

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Test Money Chart

by Carl Watner and Dave Scotese1 From Issue 174 – 3rd Quarter, 2017, and revised March, 2020   Real Money Counterfeit Note2 Federal Reserve Note Bitcoin What is it? Coins of gold or silver Piece of paper Piece of paper Generated by computer software What is its essence? A specific weight and purity of precious …

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Life, Liberty, and Quackery From A Voluntaryist Perspective

By Carl Watner In January 2018, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Even before my biopsy I had already decided I would have no part of the traditionally recommended cut, burn, or poison (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) treatments. So I was highly motivated to discover what other alternative therapies were available. What I found was a …

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GENE SHARP 1928-2018

By Will Travers [Editor’s Note: In early 1983, The Voluntaryists (with the Center for Libertarian Studies) sponsored a one-day conference in New York City on “The Politics of Nonviolent Action.” Gene Sharp presented the keynote address. Also, I wrote two reviews of his books in early issues of this newsletter. As this article concludes, Gene …

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Without Firing A Single Shot: Voluntaryist Resistance and Societal Defense Part II

By Carl Watner From Number 128 (Continued from Part I) Whipple was the first of many observers who noted that nonviolence might be used as a means of national defense. Indeed, some of the most notable cases of nonviolent resistance were carried out against foreign powers (Hungary against the rule of the Austrian Empire, Indian …

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“Vices Are Not Crimes”: Defending the Undefendable

by Carl Watner (from No. 77, December 1995) When I first read Walter Block’s “Libertarianism and Libertinism,” reprinted in this issue of The Voluntaryist, I was inclined to agree with his “Mea Culpa,” in which he expressed second thoughts about having published certain sections of Defending the Undefendable ( 1976). Walter expressed regret for being …

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The Author’s Story Behind LOOKING BACKWARD: 2162-2012

By Beth Cody In 2012, when I published “LOOKING BACKWARD: 2162-2012: A View from a Future Libertarian Republic,” I had been interested in small-government libertarian ideas for nearly a decade, but was only just beginning to understand that we might not really need any government at all. My changing views, and the story of how …

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Poisoning the Public Mind: Why Real Dissent Must Be Silenced

by Carl Watner Murray Rothbard (and others) have identified two crucial features of the state. It possesses a monopoly on protection services within a given geographic area, and it collects its revenues by threat of and use of violence against the people living in the region it controls. It cannot tolerate any serious question regarding …

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On Bankruptcy and Voluntaryism: “The Wicked Borrow But Do Not Pay Back”

By Carl Watner I honestly cannot remember what sparked my recent interest in bankruptcy, but as I began researching the topic from a voluntaryist perspective I realized that bankruptcy, at least as we know it today, would not exist in a state-free world. “Why not?” you might ask. Because bankruptcy, as Lawrence White described it, …

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Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, Etienne De La Boetie

The Discours sur la servitude volontaire of ÉTIENNE DE LA BOÉTIE, 1548 There are many editions of this classic work. In addition to La Boetie’s book, here is Murray Rothbard’s long article, “The Political Thought of Etienne de La Boetie.” The version below was rendered into English by HARRY KURZ [Published under the title ANTI-DICTATOR] …

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Flint and Steel: The Memoirs of a Superfluous Spark

by Kevin Cullinane From Number 59 – December 1992 The other day I received an intellectual newsletter, of the small “l” (i.e. traditional) libertarian persuasion, in which the publisher invited subscribers to submit occasional columns. The invitation pushed my vanity button; I began to daydream: “Yes they say that this year’s Nobel selection was first …

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Philosophy of Immunization

by Mark Moyers, D.C From Number 59 – December 1992 By the time that the year 1984 came and went, the powers that be had convinced the “masses” that George Orwell’s prediction of “Big Brother” had been nothing but fantasy. Orwell had said that the State would control people by controlling their thoughts-by way of …

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Drawing The Line

by Blair Adams From Number 59 – December 1992 (from Who Owns the Children? (1991) p. 292) It certainly appears, on the surface and in the short run, easier to come to some sort of compromise with the State and allow it to have some say in the education of our children. Yet such a …

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Persuasion versus Force

by Mark Skousen From Number 54 – February 1992 This essay originally from the September, 1991, issue of Liberty magazine. See Editor’s note below. Sometimes a single book or even a short cogent essay can change an individual’s entire outlook on life. For Christians, it is the New Testament. For radical socialists, Karl Marx’ and …

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Chaos In The Air: Voluntaryism or Statism in the Early Radio Industry?

by Carl Watner From Number 51 – August 1991 Historical Overview In the history of technology in the 20th Century, one of the most rapidly developed and marketed scientific advances was the radio, or the wireless, as it was originally called. Invented by Guglielmo Marconi in the late 1890s, the commercial value of wireless telegraphy …

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Personal Anarchy

by Michael Ziesing From Number 51 – August 1991 Tell people you’re an anarchist and you’ll probably get a reaction. Maybe they’ll back away and/or run in sheer terror. (You may have a bomb and know how to use it, after all!) Or maybe they’ll spit in your eye and/or try to lock you up. …

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Some FREE LIFE Sayings

by Auberon Herbert From Number 45 – August 1990 [The Free Life was an English journal edited by Auberon Herbert from the late 1880’s till the early 1900’s. This excerpt is from the issue of May, 1893.] Free Life has scanty reverence for Crowns, Governments, official departments, Members of Parliament, County councillors, Party caucuses, or …

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Freer is Safer

by John Semmens From Number 42 – February 1990 One of the most common delusions of our age is that government is enforcing regulations that will actually help improve safety. In the wave of deregulation that hit the economy in the last decade, many obsevers have found comfort in the knowledge that safety was not …

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Freedom Works Both Ways

by Dean Russell From Number 38 – June 1989 Everybody says he’s in favor of freedom. Even the Soviet leaders claim to be fighting for freedom. So did Hitler. Our own leaders are also for freedom. So was my slave-owning grandfather. But my grandfather failed to understand the fact that freedom is a mutual relationship; …

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Make Money, Not War!

by Lorne Strider From Number 32 – June 1988 I have argued that business people, those who create and produce wealth, are acting morally, and that people who pretend to act in the public interest, i.e., government people, are the bad guys whose actions not only create no wealth, but actually destroy wealth that others …

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What Is Our Plan?

At a recent one day seminar at Freedom Country, the question was asked: “What can a person do to make this world a better place?” Mo single answer was articulated, but two different conceptual approaches were apparent. The responses of the participants could be categorized according to whether or not they believed a. a better …

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Copywrongs

by Samuel Edward Konklin III From Volume 3 Number 20 – July 1986 Having done every step of production in the publishing industry, both for myself and others, I have one irrefutable empirical conclusion about the economic effect of copyrights on prices and wages: nada. Zero. Nihil. So negligible you’d need a geiger counter to …

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To Thine Own Self Be True

The Story of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles and his Freedom Newspapers by Carl Watner From Volume 3 Number 18 – May 1986 In 1964, an article appearing in The New York Times newspaper described Raymond Cyrus (R.C.) Hoiles as “slight of build, hawk-nosed toothy, bespectacled, with a fringe of still dark hair around his other-wise bald …

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The Ethics of Voting – Part II

by George H. Smith 3. Institutional Analysis I have argued that institutional analysis is essential not only to the voluntaryist critique of electoral voting, but to anarchist theory generally. Anarchism combines the nonaggression principle with an institutional view of the State, resulting in the principled rejection of the State on libertarian grounds. For the concept …

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Voluntaryist Resistance

 By Carl Watner [Author’s Introduction of February 2004: This hitherto unpublished essay was first written in January 1983, and then revised in May of that same year. It sat for two decades (receiving only limited private circulation) until it was read by Peter Ragnar of Avalon Mint and Roaring Lion Press. At Peter’s request it …

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Golden Disobedience

 By Sandy Sandfort Back on April 5, 1933, His Majesty, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), had a pen and a telephone. So he issued Executive Order 6102, which made it a federal crime for Americans to own or trade gold anywhere in the world. There were some minor exceptions for some jewelry, industrial uses, collectors’ coins, …

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