On Anarchism

In my opinion, anarchism is the philosophy of non-aggression. Aggression is an uninvited boundary crossing, a trespass. Rulers, by definition, are initiators of aggression. They trespass on the bodies and property of those they rule. Hence, anarchism, as the philosophy of “without rulers”, is the philosophy of non-aggression. The initiation of aggression is incompatible with certain values, such as peace, integrity, ethics, love, respect and free inquiry. If you value any or all of these things, perhaps you should consider identifying as an anarchist, or less controversially, a voluntaryist. I certainly do. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, 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.