the voluntary state
A New Political Concept
 
 


THIS is a little book.  But it presents the ultimate revolution for man _ giving him, finally,  dominion  over  his  own  life.


No one knows man’s potential, because he has never been given the means to seek it.  He has  been  brutalized  by  endless  wars,  and  had the rewards of his work drained from him unendingly  by  taxes  and  inflation  _  since  history  began,  to  our  sure  knowledge,  and  probably  before. 


This might lead some to ask if human nature was the cause of these endless disasters for man.


To that question, there is an answer in the form of another question : Whose human nature?  And to that question there is an answer : The human nature of those who ruled over  him.

To those interested in seeking the answer to man’s  greatest  need,  the  means  to  dominion over his own life, the most seminal insight that philosophy offers is that of the English Lord Acton, that “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts  absolutely.”    


If this insight is studied, it leads us to the conclusion that it is the arbitrary power of some over others that is involved in political corruption,  and  that  is  the  kind  of  power  this  book  is  meant  to  destroy. 


The idea that some man has the right to decide if another man shall be forced to give his life in war, or shall be forced to give over what he  has  earned  to  support  ideas  that  he  thinks  are  wrong,  is  a  direct  denial  of  that  which  makes  him  a  man  and  not  an  animal,  his  free  will.


Any idea which denies a man’s right, as long  as  he  harms  no-one,  to  use  his  own   free  will to guide his own life, results in a displacement of power from the individual,  who has that right,  to those denying him his right.  Such displaced power is,  then,  arbitrary  power  of  some  over  others.


This form of power evolved from man’s need    and     desire    to    live    in   a   society    with    other  men,   and  to   share  in  the   control  of  actions   that harm the society.  But this solution to life in a political society need not include the granting of arbitrary  power  over  other  men. 


Each man has a moral right to make his own choice  between  good  and  evil,  and  to  abide  by  the  consequences  expressed  in  the  saying, “Be careful what you set your heart on, for surely it  shall  be  yours.”


Once a society founds its decisions on each man’s right to decide if he will shoulder his share of the consequences, we will finally have destroyed arbitrary political power, and the wars and theft that  the  resulting  political  corruption  brings.


That is the purpose of  this little book.


The book has no known author.  The source of an idea is irrelevant _ the identity of any who support  an  idea  is  irrelevant.  Surely,  the  only  thing  about  an  idea  that  matters   is: 


Is it valid?   Is it true?


If an idea is valid it will take legs.  It must stand  the  test alone.



 

Chapter 2

THE PURPOSE of THIS BOOK