Planting the Voluntaryist Seed

A short conversation between my 6-year-old son and I before reading our bedtime story went as follows:

Son: Dad, what is that second word on your book in the bathroom?
Dad: “Defined”, the title is “Liberty Defined” (Ron Paul).
Son: What is liberty?
Dad: Liberty is when nobody else is trying to control you.
Son: Do we have liberty here (where we live, America)?
Dad: We have a significant amount of liberty in America, but we are still controlled in many ways.
Son: Who controls us?
Dad: The government controls us in many ways, bad guys sometimes try to control us.
Son: Oh.

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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.