The Mount Rushmore of Voluntaryism

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I recently read a fascinating article, listing the Mount Rushmore for each MLB franchise.  For examples, the Bosox had Williams, Yastrzemski, Martinez, and Ortiz; the Cincinnati Reds had Rose, Bench, Larkin, and Votto; the Giants had Mathewson, Mays, McCovey, and Bonds.

The article inspired me to design my versions of two monuments elemental to Voluntaryism.

Mount Classical Liberalism:

  • John Locke
  • Frederic Bastiat
  • Lysander Spooner
  • Thomas Paine

Mount Modern Voluntaryism

  • Ludwig von Mises
  • H. L. Mencken
  • Murray Rothbard
  • Robert Higgs

Enjoy.

— Kilgore Forelle

 

 

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The Vote

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I got a little depressed yesterday — I was at Walmart, in a county that went overwhelmingly for The Big Orange in the 2016 POTUS election.  And I was listening to an audio of Albert Jay Nock’s Our Enemy, The State.  He writes,

It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn. Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power; there is never, nor can there be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power.

Using the Pareto Principle, I would estimate that 80% of any group of people are statists (unquestioning statists).  Of the remainder, 80% 0f the 20% are vaguely uncomfortable with the state but have no idea how to achieve self-ownership.  Of the next remainder, 80% of the 4% still think that it is their duty to vote (an example, The Big L, LP minarchists).  And so forth.

Both Albert Jay Nock and Frank Chodorov, in my view, had the idea that mass conversion of society to voluntaryism was impossible, since the state always rigs the game so that the majority of the people are being fooled.  It is “the vote” itself which snookers them.

— Kilgore Forelle

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EVC Podcast Network & The Voluntaryist Premise (19m) – Episode 274

Episode 274 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the launch of the Everything-Voluntary.com podcast network; his forthcoming podcasts on logic, stoicism, personal belief, and unschooling; an article he wrote in August 2018 explaining the premises and hypotheses of voluntaryism; and more.

Listen to Episode 274 (19m, mp3, 64kbps)

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Gillette Social Justice & An Attack on Voluntaryism Rebutted (40m) – Episode 269

Episode 269 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the new Gillette commercial admonishing men to be better men, in part by keeping other men under control; the patriarchal undertones of the Gillette commercial; the unfortunate oversights of not including women (mothers) in their admonishment in how boys are raised and the absence of striking the root issue of violent and coercive parenting practices; the claim that voluntaryism is “exploitation pretending to be anarchism”; where left anarchists make major mistakes in their critique of voluntaryist and anarcho-capitalist theory; and more.

Listen to Episode 269 (40m, mp3, 64kbps)

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Voluntaryists are Good Folk

I just got the chance to meet another of my readers (along with his lovely partner). I’m always impressed with the quality of people I meet through this blog when we meet in person.

Impressed, but not surprised.

I know that those who live Voluntaryism are likely to be people who are just good folk. How could it be otherwise? And this has always been my experience so far.

By my count, this is only the fourth time I’ve had this opportunity. Quality over quantity, I suppose. I am somewhat out-of-the-way; far from the interstates. Not exactly in the bustling center of … anything. Crops, dairies, and feedlots aren’t that thrilling and don’t draw crowds. That can be good and bad.

I’m glad I got to meet another couple of good people.

I look forward to the next time I get this chance.

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Jobs

Nobody asked but …

Sooner or later, the know-nothings are going to bite off more than they can chew.  POTUS is now threatening General Motors about plant closures.  The sad truth is, however, that when a business overproduces, it must cut back.

Voluntaryism holds that freedom necessarily involves individual responsibility for each individual act.  General Motors should have accepted responsibility, in advance, for manipulating the labor market.  The idea people at GM should know that start ups entail consequences.  They should be compensating Lordsville and their laid off workers for the shutdown.

But be that as it may, no politician has a right to exploit the situation further, promising, riding in with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, to put humpty dumpty together again.

— Kilgore Forelle

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