Is it voluntary? This is rarely a question we ask of ourselves these days. It’s more common to ask, “Do I have to?” But it’s a question we need to ask ourselves more often, not just in political contexts but also in our personal lives.
I got discouraged with the whole liberty community thing last fall. So I took an 8-month break. You probably didn’t notice and don’t care. That’s quite alright! Why did I get discouraged? Sometimes I feel like I’m doing my thing all by myself over here. It gets lonely and frustrating. I was being ridiculed by […]
In the Albany Times Union, columnist Mark Dalton argues that libertarian control of the government would result in chaos. As right-wing libertarians rolled back state regulation agencies, no one would be left to protect the consumer. Individuals’ only recourse would be to sue. Sue they would, resulting in overflowing courts. Although Dalton doesn’t mention it, […]
I found this video, and some further thoughts, over at The Peaceable Kingdom. Libertarians expend a lot of energy hating the state and its aggressive agents, but how often do we try to love them? Remember, we’re not going to win this with violence. We’ll win this with self-improvement, education, empathy and counter-economics, among other […]
Over at C4SS’ Stateless U in ATP 102, I watched and critiqued Roderick Long’s talk “Foundations of Libertarian Ethics.” [See above.] In “Foundations of Libertarian Ethics,” Roderick Long deftly refutes Lockean and Randian critiques of anarchy, using these same critiques against themselves in support of market anarchy. Long also evaluates strategies for achieving the stateless […]
I‘m a guest this week on Movement Radio’s Anarchy Time show, tonight at 9PM EST. Anarchy Time is an entertaining and informative show hosted by James Cox, Mandie Cunningham and Tom Ender. You can listen online for free every Sunday evening from 9-11PM EST. Almost 140 people have RSVP’d on Facebook for the show, so […]
An inspirational manifesto for those brought low by the state.
Yes, Virginia, there is a coherent market anarchist strategy for achieving liberty. Since we’re programmed to accept only state-run elections as a valid change vector, this can be hard to accept – but it’s true. If you dismiss it out of hand, you’re letting a great opportunity pass you by, so please give this your […]
Minarchists need to expand their repertoire of tactics. Some ideas.
Why I am Specifically a Voluntaryist
Voluntaryism is easy to grasp. It says that all interactions among people must be voluntary, i.e., without aggression. This is Ayn Rand without the psychological repression, the judgmentalism and the fake statism weakly glued on. This is anarcho-capitalism, without any hint of state capitalism. This is free market anarchism. This is left libertarianism. This is […]