Are you familiar with the term Voluntaryism, or its Christian roots? Let’s dive into some history, and resources to discover a philosophy that Christians should be more aware of.

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Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, the founder of PaxLibertas Productions, host of The LAVA Flow podcast, Vice Chairman of the NHLP, Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee.


  • I would like to start a dialogue on this topic within the libertarian christian community. Do you believe that the government has a role to play in marriage? i.e. Legalizing same sex marriage or keeping it off the books, or should marriage be between the parties involved and the state has no role to play?

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  • I would argue decentralized direct democracy with administrators of public will (as opposed to politicians) who would outsource the various public projects to the best providers from the free market.

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  • Sometimes when I’m discussing big-picture ideas (e.g. why taxation is theft, or why aggression is wrong even if done by government, or why democracy is mob rule)… a statist will see my point, but then come back with an objection: “How will x,y,z function without government?” In the past I’ve made the mistake of trying to explain too much, then the statist will tend to nitpick on the little details, and the discussion gets derailed (we end up debating about branches and leaves, instead of the roots). So here’s a different approach that I’m seeing some initial success with: Instead of making them envision a world without government (which sounds like a big change with too many unknowns, so it’s scary to most people)… just introduce the idea of letting people opt-out of government. The idea is that those who want government to handle certain things, can still do so voluntarily. E.g. want government to handle your healthcare? Just pay a compartmentalized & voluntary “healthcare tax”. Those who don’t pay the voluntary “healthcare tax” will have to find (and pay for) private alternatives for their healthcare. Likewise for government education, police, even roads 🙂 This only gives people more options, while taking away none. So it’s harder for statists to object to, and we don’t get sidetracked on the nitty gritty details of possible alternatives. Then I can focus the conversation back on “striking the roots” (the problems with coercive taxation, government aggression, democracy, etc). Try it out… might work for you too!

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  • If not. What word would you use instead?

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  • Can men ever achieve a laissez-faire society? (Or are we chasing the unicorn?) Your thoughts welcomed…!!

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