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Voluntaryist (libertarian) Writing Contest

Effective Outreach We would like to publish stories demonstrating outlooks, strategies, behaviors, and/or attitudes that YOU have noticed draw people toward the voluntaryist position.  In my experience, the most compelling articles on the site are the stories of how the authors became voluntaryists.  What’s missing are stories of how other people are becoming voluntaryists, or, …

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The Ethics of Voting – Part III

by George H. Smith   7. Recapitulation In Part Two of this article I sketched a theory of institutional analysis whereby individuals, filling institutional roles, contribute unintentionally to the goals of an association (i.e., a designed institution). Institutional analysis does not violate the principles of methodological individualism. On the contrary, anarchist theory relies on institutional …

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Harry Browne — Have You Forgotten?: “The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil”

by Carl Watner Number 85 – Apr 1997 Opening a recent Laissez Faire Book catalog, I found two diametrically opposed headlines on face-to-face book reviews: “Ridicules the mystique of government,” and “A libertarian manifesto for political action.” The first book surveyed was the revised, second edition of Sy Leon’s None of the Above, originally subtitled …

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Voluntary Government as a Marketable Service: Reminiscences on the History of an Idea

By Alvin Lowi Back in 1954, when he was at the Foundation for Economic Education at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, economist Baldy Harper called the idea of voluntary government a most radical one. [2] At that time, Harper said he could count on the fingers of one hand all the people he knew in the world …

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Something to do with the Search for Truth: How I Became a Libertarian

By Carl Watner [Not for publication or release without the author’s permission.] [Written May 2011] Walter Block has recently compiled a book of autobiographical essays by well-known limited government and free market libertarians, titled I Chose Liberty (2010). Mildly irked by the absence of any significant number of voluntaryists, and pleased by the opportunity to …

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Conscience of a “Former” Conservative

By Ben Speers A lot of people go through life without ever questioning things, but I’ve always identified with Socrates’ sentiment that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. In the realm of politics, I’ve always been driven by the question, “What are the proper limits on personal freedom?” When I was introduced to voluntaryism, I …

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“So, What Is It About ‘No’ That You Don’t Understand…?”

By Peter Ragnar [from Issue 125, 2nd Quarter, 2005] Of course, I didn’t know it at the time. Nor did I clearly understand the premise behind my behavior. Nevertheless my heart was ablaze and my bones were on fire. Even the icy wind was unnoticed as I entered the Federal courthouse that February morning in …

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From Conservative to [Free-Market] Anarchist (Voluntaryist)

By Steve Patterson [Editor’s Note: Although the author does not describe himself as a voluntaryist in this article, in latter correspondence with me he related that he was “equally comfortable identifying himself as a voluntaryist as I am a market anarchist.” His evolution from constitutional, limited government statist to free-market anarchist points to the many …

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From Vagueness to Voluntaryism: How I Got From There to Here

By Alex R. Knight III The first time I remember even seeing the word “libertarian,” was in 1994, when I was twenty-five. Years prior to that, like most kids, I had no real philosophical or political leanings. Government was just something that happened to be there, like the landscape, or the weather. As I grew …

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Against Woman Suffrage

Lysander Spooner   Benjamin Tucker (editor), Liberty (Boston: Vol. I, No. 22. June 10, 1882, p. 4). Reprinted in “Radical Periodicals in the United States,” Second Series 1881-1961 by Greenwood Reprint Corporation, Westport, Connecticut (1970). This article originally appeared February 24, 1877, in “New Age, J.M.L. Babcock’s journal.” Women are human beings, and consequently have …

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How I Became A Voluntaryist: A Farewell to Tax-Financed Murder (with Watner, Carl)

By Jeff Knaebel with Carl Watner [Editor’s Note: Jeff’s posthumous manuscript titled Message From a Moral Sovereign: The Life and Death Story of an American’s Journey from Warpath to Gandhi Path was published in India in Fall 2011. A 320 page paperback, it is now available from The Voluntaryist for $20.00 (Or Real Money…1.442 oz. …

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We Never Called Him “Andy” My Recollections of the Person and Philosophy of the Earlier Joseph A. Galambos Alias Andrew Joseph Galambos— The Liberal

by Charles R. Estes From Issue 78 – February, 1996   My first meeting with Joe Galambos hinted at, but did not foretell, the influence he would later have on me and on the libertarian movement. Galambos sought me out at a meeting held in Los Angeles as part of the early promotion of Barry Goldwater …

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Life Has Its Own Mysterious Ways of Getting You Somewhere Ⓥ

By Zeynep Gulin De Vincentiis [Editor’s Introduction: Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1969, the author of this piece first contacted me in early December 2011. Here are the bare bone facts of her life: graduate of the best high school (Robert College) in Istanbul – degree in Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici …

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Peacefully Rejecting the Accepted Rites of My Enslavement

Danilo Cuellar I am 31 years old with a wife, 3-year-old son, and 1-year-old daughter. I am a Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, and Chinese Herbalist. I write mostly on the topics of Voluntaryism, Agorism, Precious Metals, Anarcho-Capitalism, Austrian Macroeconomics, Statism, The Federal Reserve, Libertarianism etc. I never considered myself a true Anarcho-Capitalist or simply put, an …

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