I Must Speak Out

by Carl Watner Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntaryists seek instead […]

Without Firing A Single Shot

Voluntaryist Resistance and Societal Defense by Carl Watner In his book review, “Security Without a State,” David Gordon concluded that “The notion that only the [S]tate can provide an adequate defense is but one more statist myth – maybe the most dangerous one of all.” While I heartily endorse this statement, neither its author, nor […]

The Territorial Assumption: Rationale for Conquest

THE TERRITORIAL ASSUMPTION: RATIONALE FOR CONQUEST CARL WATNER Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? —St. Augustine, The City of God, Book IV, Chapter IV THE CLASSIC DEFINITION OF the State involves two elements: a coercive monopolization of defense services over a given geographic area, and the imposition of coercive revenue […]

The Wisdom of Bob LeFevre

[Author’s Note: The following article was written in September 2012 as an Introduction to the e-book version of Robert LeFevre’s THE NATURE OF MAN AND HIS GOVERNMENT.] by Carl Watner At the outset, I must admit some personal bias. My intellectual acquaintance with Bob LeFevre goes back at least as far as January 1972, when I first […]