Carl Watner, Rest in Peace (1948-2020)

Carl Watner, founding member of The Voluntaryist academic journal/newsletter (along with Wendy McElroy and George H. Smith, in 1982) passed away yesterday after a long fight with cancer. Carl convinced me to call myself a voluntaryist and inspired me to create this website and everything else I’ve done under the voluntaryist label. He was also the first to introduce me to Stoicism, which I talk about in tomorrow’s episode of “Thinking & Doing” (Episode 048). His work can be found at, but here’s an essay on how he became a voluntaryist. A fun fact: he had me send a large print edition of his book I Must Speak Out to Irwin Schiff (father of Peter Schiff), a tax protestor and political prisoner in Federal prison at the time (now deceased). Here is Wendy McElroy on his passing.

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Skyler J. Collins (Editor)

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.

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Alex Knight
Alex Knight
4 months ago

This is SO sad. 🙁 I had no idea about Carl having you send that book to Irwin Schiff (another friend and colleague of mine now gone). 2020, so far, has SUCKED.

H Rearden
H Rearden
4 months ago

I was sad to hear about his passing. Btw, there is nothing at the website other than a page with a banner that reads The link to the essay in your article thus shows nothing but a blank page except for the banner that reads

Last edited 4 months ago by H Rearden
H Rearden
H Rearden
4 months ago

I used Firefox. Thanks for your response, it caused me to try a different browser and I was able to access the essay using Microsoft Edge.


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