the voluntary state
A New Political Concept

HAVING  looked  at  what  a  disaster  world government,  as  administered  by  the  banks   and enforced with United Nations troops, would be,  let  us  take  a  candid  look  at   our  system.

The  free  market  needs  government laws  to protect people against theft and fraud.  How close  to  such  a  market  are  we?

Not  very  close.

That without which no market can function, an enduring medium of exchange, has increasingly been  stolen  from  us  since  1913,  when  the  establishment  of  the  income  tax  and  of  the  Federal  Reserve  Bank  took  place.

Of the two, as destructive as an income tax is,  it tends over the long run to breed revolt, as it is not hidden from view.  The Federal Reserve Bank has  operated  in  almost  total  secrecy,  and  the damage done to the value of our money has been almost totally concealed from the voters _ not only the damage, but the responsibility of the Federal  Reserve  for  the  damage.

The Federal Reserve as a central bank has enabled  the  government  to  abandon  the  gold standard, which was honest money, and caused the dollar to lose nearly all of its value.  The result is that saving has almost stopped _ and the moral base of our society been destroyed by the theft of our  capital  saved  over  centuries,  killing  the  incentive  to  work  and  save.

Without  honest  money,  the  market  is gradually  corrupted,  just  as  is  the  political establishment.  Our standard of living stops increasing  and  begins  to  decrease  for  the  many.  When there is no secure place to put savings,  they   cease   to   accumulate.

The lifeblood of a market economy is savings.  Without  savings  there  can  be  no  production  of goods and no market to trade goods.

False growth produced through inflation leads inevitably  to  crashes  in  our  bond  and  stock  markets,  and  resulting  depressions  in  our  economy.

But  honest  money  brings  about  steady  growth  from  savings,   without  booms  and  busts   in   our   markets.

So, let us go back to honest money.  There is  no  substitute  for  honesty.

There is a way for us to go back to honesty again   _  it  is  through  The Voluntary State.

Lastly, throughout history the matter of what a government should do, or be allowed to do, has  been  the  unresolved  issue.

Efforts to solve it evolved into a system of laws.  This came to be called a Government of Law,  in  contrast  to  a  government  of  men.

The law _ it was understood _ would prevent officials from acting to do what they wanted  without  consequences  to  themselves.

The history of popular governments, with their laws, has now, to our disillusionment, proved that laws are not sufficient.  Once elected to power, those in power arrogate to themselves the right to interpret  the  laws  to  mean  whatever  suits  their  purpose.

They  accomplish  this  most  frequently  by invoking  the  security  of  the  nation  to  justify whatever false reasoning enables them to do what  they  want.

This  turns  a  government  of  laws  back into  a  government  of  men  (those  in  power).

There is, at present, no way to limit power.  Once  in  office,  men  can  use  their  power  to stay  in  office.

The  public,  the  voters,  are  helpless.  They  are  called  unintelligent,  disinterested,   unworthy.   But  they  are  simply  helpless  _ they  cannot  control  those  whom  they  elect.

If  laws  do  not  solve  man’s  problem  _ will  anything?   It  is  as  simple  as  that  he  who  pays  the  piper  calls  the  tune.

The Voluntary State would put the voters themselves _ instead of those whom they have  elected  _  in  control  of  the  money.

Control of the money means control of all functions  of  government,  including  the interpretation of the laws and the power to appoint  those  who  interpret  the  laws.

Control of the money would, finally, enable  man  to  limit  his  government,  in  a  way that would carry through to its intended conclusion the purpose  inherent  in  our  Declaration  of Independence  _  the individual  as  the  source  of  political  power.   This  would  allow  man,  at  last,  to  seek  the  fulfillment  of  his  potential  in  peace.

We have presented The Voluntary State as  the  means  to  this  end.


Chapter 13