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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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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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A Voluntaryist Bibliography, Annotated (1982)

by Carl Watner General Introduction And Purpose Of This Bibliography     The Voluntaryists are a newly formed group of libertarians who have organized to promote non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We have chosen to label ourselves Voluntaryists because the term “libertarian” has become too closely associated with the Libertarian Party. We believe …

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Slavery and National ID: A Portent of Things to Come?

  By Carl Watner   Jim Fussell, in a review of “group classification on National ID cards” observed that in the pre-Civil War United States “‘Free Passes’, Freedom papers, and Deeds of manumission” functioned as ID’s for the freed Negro. [1] This observation sparked my interest in the relationship between national ID and the history …

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A Monopoly on the Means of Identification: The Evolution of the Compulsory State Birth and Death Certificate

  by Carl Watner Number 118   Introduction When the Constitution of the United States was finally adopted by the thirteen states of the Articles of Confederation, the new federal government had no power to collect direct personal income taxes from each citizen or to record their births and deaths except once every ten years …

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NONVIOLENCE: A REVIEW OF MARK KURLANSKY’S 2006 BOOK BY THAT NAME

By Ned Netterville I seldom come across a book by an Earthling (voluntaryists and Austrian economists are from Mars or Venus, depending on their gender) that sends me to my feet pumping my fist like Tiger Woods when with talent and force of will he sends a forty-foot put curling into the cup. But that’s …

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Meeting the State Head-On

  by Anonymous [Author’s Note: This article was sparked by recently reading two older voluntaryist essays by Carl Watner: “Highway Tax vs. Poll Tax: Some Thoreau Tax Trivia” (Issue 71), and “Charles Lane: Voluntaryist”, the Introduction to A VOLUNTARY POLITICAL GOVERNMENT: LETTERS FROM CHARLES LANE.] In Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay “Civil Disobedience” (which was …

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My Taxes

  by Karl Hess On April 15 [1969], I sent the following letter, accompanying my filled-out 1040 Form to the Tax Collector: The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America establishes a bill of particulars in regard to intolerable infringements. abuses, and denials of political power which belongs to the people. The Federal …

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Jesus on Taxes

Excerpted from www.jesus-on-taxes.com (website no longer available) (pages 8-9). This essay contains three hypotheses. The primary thesis is that, contrary to what most people have been led to believe by their church and government leaders, Jesus did not condone taxation nor endorse the concept of the nation-state when he said ‘render unto Caesar therefore the …

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Is Taxation Theft?: An Exchange of Letters

  [Editor’s Note: I wrote the following letters to J. Budziszewski, who is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. Professor Budziszewski did not give permission to reprint his replies.] October 30, 1999 Dear Dr. Budziszewski:I first learned of your new book, The Revenge of the …

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National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition – TOC

The long awaited book! “This is more than a book about national ID. It is about all forms of government enumeration, from the census of antiquity, to government naming practices, fingerprinting, social security numbers, and drivers licenses, to cutting-edge biometric technologies such as DNA, iris scans, or subcutaneous microchips capable of allowing those in charge …

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An Open Letter on Taxation to the Global Ethic Foundation

from Carl Watner January 18, 2009 Doctor Hans Kung Global Ethic Foundation Waldhauser Strasse 23 72076 Tubingen Germany (email: office@weltethos.org) Dear Doctor Hans Kung: Re: Hans Kung and Karl-Josef Kuschel (eds.), A GLOBAL ETHIC: The Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, New York: Continuum, 1993. I recently read your book and was glad …

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Copyright Before (Statutory) Copyright: A Voluntaryist Perspective on a Statist Development

  by Carl Watner Would there be the equivalent of statutory copyright protection in a voluntaryist society? Would copyright as we know it today in 21st Century United States have developed in the absence of coercive government? While it is impossible to categorically answer “Yes” or “No” to such hypothetical questions, a study of history …

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On Andrew Galambos and His Primary Property Ideas

  by Alvin Lowi, Jr. (Original version: March 31, 1998)   “Alvin Lowi first met Andrew J. Galambos in 1958 when he joined the technical Staff of Ramo-Wooldridge Corp. where Galambos was a principal astrophysicist for that company, which became TRW Space Technology Laboratories shortly thereafter. At the time, Lowi was a Ph.D. candidate in …

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For Intellectual Property The Property Ideas of Andrew J. Galambos (2015)

  [First posted June 2015] by Richard Boren   [A note from the webmaster: To preserve the value added by those who discussed (and may continue to discuss) this early version, we will retain this page indefinitely. We’ve released the new Revision as a PDF with a separate public discussion page.] INTRODUCTION  I am in favor …

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If You Have A Tool, You’ll Probably Use it: On the Evolution of Tax-Supported Schools in Certain Parts of the United States

  By Carl Watner   In 2008, I discovered a two-volume set of books entitled UNIVERSAL EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH (1936) by Charles Dabney. The author was the son of Reverend Robert Lewis Dabney (1820- 1898), who had been a professor at the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and was especially well-known for his attacks …

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Schools For All

By Oscar B. Johannsen Each individual is responsible for his own well-being. He feeds and clothes himself. Some do it better than others, but with the exception of the physically and mentally handicapped, there is no question of the individual’s obligation. Even in the case of the handicapped, he must care for himself to the …

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Voluntaryism in the European Anarchist Tradition

Carl Watner Introduction Voluntaryism, the doctrine that the State should be abolished through peaceful, non-electoral means, has been advocated by anarchists both in Europe and America. My earlier pamphlets, Voluntaryism in the Libertarian Tradition and A Voluntaryist Bibliography, Annotated generally dealt with the roots of the anti-electoral, voluntaryist tradition and its manifestations in the United …

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A Voluntaryist Bibliography, Annotated (1982)

by Carl Watner General Introduction And Purpose Of This Bibliography     The Voluntaryists are a newly formed group of libertarians who have organized to promote non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We have chosen to label ourselves Voluntaryists because the term “libertarian” has become too closely associated with the Libertarian Party. We believe …

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Voluntaryism in the Libertarian Tradition

by Carl Watner     Voluntaryism figures prominently in the libertarian tradition in three distinct ways. First, voluntaryism represents the final goal of all libertarians. After all, libertarianism is the doctrine that all the affairs of people, both public and private, should be carried out by individuals or their voluntary associations. Second-ly, voluntaryism is a …

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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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