On MLK and Private Action

Martin Luther King, Jr. acted as a private individual with a personal agenda. He was not a state employee implementing the state’s agenda. Whatever political beliefs the man held, one thing is clear: he saw injustice and didn’t wait for permission from anybody else before combating it. That he acted according to his own conscience, without permission, and nonviolently shows in at least three ways his actions were antithetical to statism. I’m sure some dirt can be dug up showing that he was a fallible, flawed human being; all the more reason to realize the irrationality in worshiping such an individual. His legacy may inspire and it may confuse, but for me its an example of doing what you think is right, the “Government” be damned. 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.