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The Voluntaryists are libertarians who have organized to promote non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice as incompatible with libertarian goals. 

Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntarists seek instead to delegitimize the state through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which state power ultimately depends.

©1983 Carl Watner (P)2018 Rodger Paxton

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Quintessential Treatise for Voluntaryism

Neither Bullets Nor Ballots could be considered a collection of the founding documents of Voluntaryism. Or, at least, some of the most important documents to describe what Voluntaryism is and how it differs from Minarchy, which most people associate with Libertarianism. Most Libertarians start as Republicans or Democrats who have finally opened their eyes to the violent, corrupt Statist nature of the two major parties. Along the path to seeking Liberty most will end up at the Libertarian Party and Minarchy, but the ultimate destination should be true Liberty, which is the absence of any government force in their lives, or Voluntaryism. This book is illumination along that path. Listening to Rodger Paxton's smooth read is as sweet as listening to Bill Withers sing.

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If non violent, non political activism had a manifesto this is it.

This book takes the idea of non violent and non political action and presents logical arguments and historical perspectives. Beginning Wendy McElroy intro defining the movement “The Voluntaryist seeks to reclaim the anti-political heritage of libertarianism.”.

From here a hypothetical and witty dialogue between one for political action and the voluntaryist disputes efficacy of such activity written by George H Smith takes place. Almost every cliché in the affirmative is used and the voluntaryist response unwinds the flaw in each.

The case solidifying the origins and success of non political action and consequences of mixing into politics is presented in the following sections written by Carl Watner and Wendy McElroy.

The Narration by Rodger Paxton is crisp,strong and articulate. Pronunciation is always perfect and volume and tone of the recording is excellent even for listening with the noise from driving or busy environments.