Episode 024: Join your host as he swims in the cesspool of social media and discusses science deniers, armed protesters, and the difference between Libertarianism and Voluntaryism.Open This Content
Nobody asked but …
The upshot of the book is that you should only do so for that for which you are responsible. You are not responsible for Mark Manson. You are not responsible for Kilgore Forelle. The sine qua non of voluntaryism is that you only get to enjoy liberties if you are willing to accept, wholly, the consequences that arise from using those liberties. Some claim that there is an exception for practicing self-defense. Au contraire, you must try to foresee and you must, regardless, bear responsibility for those consequences as well. Getting a pass is not what this is; this is in the event of the collapse of voluntaryist principles. The moment you do something in self-defense, that something is according to the principles of self-defense, not the principles of voluntaryism.
— Kilfore ForelleOpen This Content
Nobody asked but …
We are desperate for labels and niches. In an ever-changing world, we humans want consistency, certainty, warmth, guarantee, comfort, predictability, safety, and assurances. We often partially calm the whirlwind by convincing ourselves that we are in a protected shelter, labelled “safe,” a niche we can call our own. When we find a shelter, we can become very chauvinistic about it.
Some of the labels, niches we strive for are those of political identity. Are we right, middle, or left? Are we religious, agnostic, or atheistic? Do we wear school colors, or those of a professional sports team? How many of us wear tee shirts and hoodies with the names of exotic places, where we have vacationed? Are our closets full of designer clothes with logos? Are those closets in homes that make statements about social status.
I must admit that I am a product of a culture that lets its freak flag fly, yet that culture makes such a fetish of it as to create normal appearing gangs. Almost any day, you may see me wearing the blue of the University of Kentucky or the green of Ireland or the black of the New Zealand All Blacks national rugby team. You may hear me claiming small-l libertarianism, or voluntaryism, non-partisanship, or even anarchism. I will readily confess to being a philosopher, a farmer, a software engineer, an educator, a bookworm, a railfan, a lighthouse aficianado, and a polymath. But I will reject being known as only one of any of these.
As you can see, no one person is captured by a single label or group. But politicians, news media, and the least secure among us find it a lazy shortcut to group and label individuals into collectives. This richly diverse country is now being riven by exploiters to destroy our heritage of individualism, to make us all toe the lines of various self-serving collectives. The current wave is to get everyone to think of themselves as rightwingers or radical lefties. If persons can be convinced of the urgency of this, over time we will become two armed camps, certain that there is no room for individuality. Some would have us believe that there are only republicans and democrats. All other distinctions are insubstantial and are only explained as gradations of democrats or republicans. The old saying goes, “there are two types of people in the world; those who divide people into two groups, and those who do not.”
I challenge anyone to find any human who fits only into one or the alternative oversimplified, misrepresented category.
— Kilgore ForelleOpen This Content
Episode 017: Jared recently had the opportunity to have an enjoyable conversation with Shepard from the “Shepard Thinks…” YouTube channel. On his channel, he shares the virtues of voluntaryism, life tips, business tips, and videos on his career in law enforcement. He delivers these messages in a well spoken, kind, and empathetic manner which we believe is vital in spreading voluntaryism to those whom have recently discovered the concept. Due to Shepard’s soft spoken, positive and peaceful delivery, Jared has suggested he be granted the honorary title of ‘Mister Rogers of Voluntaryism’. Enjoy the show!Open This Content
Episode 016: Join your host Jared as he shares a few his essays on the following topics: The Violence of Voting, Objective Morality, and In-Group Preference. Afterwards, sit a spell and join your host as we listen to a truck rant on the 2020 democratic presidential hopefuls, (and yes, he knows AOC isn’t really running, it’s all in fun). ‘Murica!Open This Content
This episode features an audio essay written by historian Carl Watner in 2006, co-founder of The Voluntaryist, and which comprises Chapter 3 of Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting, edited by Skyler J. Collins and published in 2012. Purchase books by Carl Watner on Amazon here.Open This Content