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 […]

A Moral Challenge

A Moral Challenge By Carl Watner I have recently been having correspondence with my son about the morality of government taxation, and it prompted this “challenge.” I maintain that taxation is theft and contrary to the universally accepted moral principles: thou shall not steal and thou shall not murder. While these two principles are found in the […]

Taxes No Better Than Slavery

Introduction Taxes No Better Than Slavery by Carl Watner [The following is the Introduction to the book Render Not. More information can be found here. It is available for purchase here.] Slavery is wrong. Taxation is a form of slavery. Therefore taxation is wrong. The implications that follow from this syllogism are the subject of this book. Slavery […]

Vices Are Not Crimes

By Murray N. Rothbard This article is taken from Murray Rothbard’s introduction to Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty by Lysander Spooner. We are all indebted to Carl Watner for uncovering an unknown work by the great Lysander Spooner, one that managed to escape the editor of Spooner’s Collected Works. Both the […]