How I Became a Voluntaryist

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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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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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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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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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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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H.L. Mencken

  By H.L. Mencken [Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from Volume 117, No. 3048 of THE NATION (Dec. 5, 1923, pp. 647-648). In it, Mencken examines his penchant for liberty and its relationship to his work as a literary critic.] I often marvel that the gentlemen who concern themselves with my own books, often …

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“How Murray Rothbard became an Anarchist” (not a voluntaryist)

by Murray Rothbard [Editor’s Note: The following transcription was taken from this youtube video: The transcription runs from 26:42 to 51:08, and was taken from a speech he delivered at the Libertarian Party Convention in Denver in 1981.]   I became an anarchist and I can remember exactly what happened. It was pure logic that …

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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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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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