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What is Secession?

by Donald W. Livingstone Reprinted with permission of Rob Williams. Appeared November 2005 in Vermont Commons   Talk about secession makes Americans nervous. For many it evokes images of the Civil War, and is emotionally (if not logically) tied to slavery, war, and anarchy. That the word “secession” is laden with these negative connotations should …

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

By Alvin Lowi [1] 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 …

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Two Kinds of Protection by Robert Lefevre

[Editor’s Note: The following two editorials ( Two Kinds of Protection by Robert Lefevre ) appeared in the Colorado Springs GAZETTE-TELEGRAPH, page 11, on September 6, 1957. They were penned by Robert Lefevre. Although Gustave de Molinari’s article in 1849, “The Production of Security,” is probably the earliest description of competing defense agencies providing protective services, …

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Insurance Companies as Competing Governments: Whose Idea Was It?

By Richard Boren The article ( Insurance Companies as Competing Governments: Whose Idea Was It? ) below was first published in Issue 167, 4th Quarter, 2015. [Editor’s Note: As some of you may know, I operate a small retail tire store and auto service center. Several problems in the store involve questions regarding the sale …

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“The Illusion Is Liberty – The Reality Is Leviathan”: A Voluntaryist Perspective on the Bill of Rights

  by Carl Watner Number 101 – Dec 1999 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began their deliberations on May 25, 1787. During the hot summer months when their arguments seemed to extend interminably, Benjamin Franklin observed that life went on around them despite their debates. At one point, he “is said to have …

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Early Government Legislation in the United States

The Constitution, Direct Taxation, and Seamen by David McKells From Number 71 – December 1994 Editor’s Note: The following excerpts are taken from pages 232-234 of Chapter XVIII, “The Insurance of Seamen Against Illness,” appearing in Henry W. Farnam, CHAPTERS IN THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES TO 1860 (Washington: Carnegie Institution …

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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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