Monthly Archives: June 2013

Concurrent Voluntaryism via Direct Citizen Action

Our goal with A Truly Human Society is to explore and share opportunities to create a voluntary society now, without waiting for the demise of the State. Three years ago, libertarian writer and activist Jim Ostrowski wrote an excellent book providing ideas and resources for individuals and communities to increase the freedom in their lives without having to ‘use government’ to accomplish their goals.

Here is a segment of Mark Stoval’s review of Direct Citizen Action:

Ostrowski starts his book with a review of the sorry state of the nation at this time and then gives a good common sense platform to pursue and then he gives an excellent set of tactics on how to achieve it. Instead of trying to get certain politicians elected, Ostrowski argues for what he calls “Direct Citizen Action”. In Direct Citizen Action Ostrowski offers tactics which consist of influencing the State and its politicians without having to use government to do it. Instead of direct political participation, which has failed us time and time again, he argues you can help create a freer society by becoming self-sufficient and minimizing your contacts with government. Very rarely should we resort to voting or campaigning as this is a losing proposition.

Read the complete book review at On The Mark.

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The Revolution For Liberty: Will It Be A Violent One?

The recent calls, by libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, for armed marches on Washington and on the fifty State Capitals elicited multiple responses from Shawn on his WeebulTree Blog.

I was particularly struck by the closing words of his most recent post. He essentially wrote the best description yet of what this Truly Human Society blog is all about:

In other words, what the liberty movement needs right now are practical solutions that the average person can immediately use and understand.  We are living at a time when the technology is available for us to create a complete set of alternatives to what the State provides people now.  It’s up to us to build it, and to invite our neighbors and friends to join us in using it.  That’s something that we must do regardless of how the State eventually falls, so we might as well use it as our primary means for challenging the State.  In this way, the State will eventually seem like a useless dinosaur, and no one will have to fire a shot to destroy it.  It will simply fade away into history.  That doesn’t mean that the State won’t put up a fight, but unlike a shooting match for which the State is well prepared, the free market is far too nimble for the State to outrun the death by a thousand cuts that it is on the brink of facing.

Get on the front lines and create or support a market alternative to the State today.

Read the full version of The Revolution For Liberty: Will It Be A Violent One?

Practicing Political Pacifism

To vote or not to vote, that is the question – that brought Will Shanahan to a conclusion very similar to our ongoing discussion here about ‘Concurrent Voluntaryism’:

This just leaves one question to answer; how should one go about changing the current state of affairs if not through voting?  The answer is through voluntary interactions among those whom are needed to change the world in the way that you see fit.  Don’t attempt to change the world through voting or through the use of government.  After all, government is force and brute force is the lazy way to solve any problem.  Regardless of the immorality involved, an idea that requires forced cooperation of the people involved is probably not that great of an idea.  What would you prefer? A world you changed dramatically through the instruments of coercion or a world you changed minutely through voluntary interactions? 

Read Will’s original post from the Humane Condition.

Truly Human Is Truly Humane

I would like to thank Adam Alcorn,  the Founder and Editor of the Humane Condition, and himself a freedom writer who has been published on LewRockwell.com, for reading through the initial posts on this blog and sharing his thoughts about ‘Concurrent Voluntaryism’ in this review on his site:

A Truly Human Society

Voluntary Social Organization

Voluntary Social Organization

Friend and fellow Freedom Writer from A Veresapien’s Blog has started another blog based around the possibility of a ‘truly human’ or truly voluntary society existing right under the nose of the State. In his introduction and justification for this theory, he first provides standard definitions of Society and of government. This is what he notes:

“Notice that the definition of ‘society’ uses words like ‘voluntary association’, ‘working together’, ‘cooperating’.

Compare that to the key words used to define ‘government’ – ‘authority’, ‘rule’, ‘power’.

A society is, by definition, a collection of voluntary ways that people organize. People can choose to participate according to agreed upon rules, or not.

A government, on the other hand, uses power to exercise authority over people’s activities and relationships, backed by force.

Our Truly Human Society, being a voluntary society, does not want to have, or be, a government. We are not competing for the right to govern.

Since government is not the space our Truly Human Society wants to occupy, it is not a prerequisite for that space to be vacant.”

While it is likely that the gang of thieves known as government could actively oppress such an arrangement, he also argues that Voluntaryists have never assumed a world without hostile forces of oppression attempting to enslave a population. We dispel attacks that we are naïve to the dangers of the real world through our demonstrations of the market for defense, law, and arbitration.1

In our daily lives we all support the idea of establishing communities, lifestyles, and relationships of a voluntary nature because that is what the average person does every day. Organizing these into spheres of voluntaryism to combat the spheres of coercion that will not die with the State could serve a useful purpose. With the loosening grip of control that the State will most certainly face in the coming decades voluntary communities need to lead by example and that cannot happen too soon.

This is a refreshing agorist approach to a libertarian anarchy and one that I look forward to reading more about, and hopefully participating in my own ways.

To see for yourself click here and read more about a Truly Human Society.

by Adam Alcorn,  Founder/Editor the Humane Condition

NOTES:

  1. “Market for Security” – Dr. Robert P. Murphy

You can read Adam’s original article here.

Concurrent Voluntaryism Hits The Blogosphere

Even though Voluntaryism theory starts with the sovereignty of the individual, from there it builds into social philosophy. Voluntaryists tend to be independent, but not anti-social. So, the (current) small number of voluntaryists may lead them to feel somewhat isolated. A major goal of the Truly Human Society blog is to help create a greater sense of community.

The THS concept of Concurrent Voluntaryism, voluntary society in parallel with the existing State, is already spreading via social media like twitter. And now some of my favorite freedom writers have blogged about it. One of the earliest blogs to mention THS was WeebulTree Blog. In this post, Shawn used a long quote from THS in his concluding paragraphs…

To put it bluntly, we need to stop wasting time trying to engage the State in some kind of liberty death match.  James Howe put it this way:

But what hope is there for ever achieving a voluntary society if it can’t operate in the presence of bad things or bad people?

Under the best of conditions, there will still be criminal gangs, demagogic and violent dictator wannabes, and lots of people who just don’t have the self-discipline to be voluntaryists. Under any realistic conditions, a voluntaryist society will be composed of only those who voluntarily participate, and a voluntaryist community will be faced with many external challenges.

We have those conditions today.

Now, the Government will violently interfere with voluntary interactions within our society. And, the Government will require, at gunpoint, that people in our voluntary society do things that they do not want to do. But why should that stop us from conducting ourselves, in all other ways, in a completely voluntary manner?

If those of us who have the desire and will to form a voluntary society begin to build up the basic structures and mechanisms of a voluntary, free-market society today, we will be, at the same time, creating a better world for ourselves and demonstrating to the non-believing masses that our ‘utopian’ ideas actually do have real-world value.

As Gary North likes to say, you can’t beat something with nothing.  It is true that we can’t sit around and theorize about what a voluntary society might look like forever.  At some point, we need to put it in practice.  To that end, the greatest need right now in the liberty movement is for people to start building alternatives to the State.  To some degree, this has already started with services like Bitcoin, Silk Road, and even a private police company, but we need lots more of it.  We need liberty-minded entrepreneurs, inventors, developers, investors, consumers in a wide variety of areas, and we need to build up these products and services to the point where they are robust enough to withstand attacks from the State.  If we are able to do that, then defeating the State won’t be a matter of trying to convince people intellectually.  The benefits of voluntaryism will be evident, and the State will become more and more irrelevant.

You can read the rest of Shawn’s post here.