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Join The LIBERTY.ME Community

As I described in early posts, such as Concurrent Voluntaryism – The Plan, my goal for this site was to encourage a greater sense of community among the growing, but still widely scattered, advocates for the freedom and dignity of voluntary social organization.

I am very encouraged by everything I have seen about Jeffrey Tucker’s new liberty.me community. It looks like it will encourage exactly the same goals – only amplified to 1000 times what I would be able to accomplish here.

I have joined liberty.me, and will soon have a veresapiens.liberty.me url to communicate from. And since Jeffrey will be more effectively leading the community initiative, I will most likely go back to exploring the spiritual aspects of voluntaryism, as I have in my veresapiens.org blog.

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Stealing From You is One Way of Taking Your Life

Why is “Thou Shalt Not Steal” (TSNS) a primary commandment in so many religions, including…

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Shinto
  • Sikhism
  • Jainism
  • Bahá’í Faith
  • Cao Dai
  • Veresapiens

What causes “Thou Shalt Not Steal” to be right up there with “Thou Shalt Not Kill”?

Is it possible that they are two different ways of saying essentially the same thing?

(read more on a Veresapiens blog)

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.

Could There Be A Truly Human Society?

To live by the simple principle “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is what allows an individual Man to become truly wise, truly Human.

What, then, would a Truly Human Society look like?

If the guiding principle shaping the society was TSNS, “Thou Shalt Not Steal”, what kind of government, legal, and social systems would the society have?

Before we begin to answer that question, we need to review one important aspect of TSNS.  If you ‘own’ something, it means that you have total control over it. If someone takes away some or all of your control, then because they are taking away your ownership, they are stealing from you.

That means that if someone takes any control over your life, they are taking ownership of your life. Taking ownership without permission is stealing.

Members of a Truly Human Society, then, would not make rules, or laws, to control others’ behavior. That would be stealing.

Members of a Truly Human Society would make rules as to the acceptable use of their own property and the acceptable behavior of visitors on their property. Members of a Truly Human Society may also legitimately defend their property from unacceptable aggression by others. None of those things would take away others’ full ownership of their own lives and property.

If a society based on TSNS would make no laws to control, mandate, or prohibit anyone’s non-aggressive actions, then it would have no need for a government. In fact, any form of government, including democracy, would be incompatible with a TSNS-based society.

For a whole society to live by “Thou Shalt Not Steal” as a guiding principle requires a totally voluntaryist social structure – one with no government at all.

Is it possible to have a society with no government?

UPDATE: The answer to that question starts here.