What does it mean to be a voluntaryist? How does voluntaryism differ from little ‘l’ libertarianism and the big ‘L’ Libertarian Party? You will find the answer to these and many other questions in Carl Watner’s anthology of essays comprising The Essential Voluntaryist. Taken from the Voluntaryist newsletter, which he has published for over thirty years, Watner discusses everything from “the major crimes of the United States government” to “marriage, and the family.” Other topics include money, treason, taxes, education, prison slavery, government identification, medicine, American history, and societal defense, all viewed from a unique and consistent voluntaryist perspective. Voluntaryist‘s statement of purpose: Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political, non-violent strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntaryists seek instead to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends.
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