Saturday, July 28, 2012

Everything-Voluntary Videos

I've added a Videos tag to video-only posts, and also a Youtube link on the right to the Everything-Voluntary.com playlist. The Videos link at the top will show the Videos-tagged posts. Enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Next Project: Everywhere Stateless

Writes Skyler Collins:
I've finalized my list of essays for my next book project. It will be titled Everywhere Stateless - Imagining a Free Society. It will mimic the style and formatting of my first book, Everything Voluntary. I consider it a second volume in the Everything-Voluntary.com series. I've begun putting it all into book form, and the editing process.

Everywhere Stateless - Imagining a Free Society will introduce and make the argument for a completely free society, a stateless society. It will examine the private provision of law and order, municipal services, and the marketplace. Each chapter will be followed by a "Further Reading" page that will introduce the reader to the available literature on the topic. Scholarship in statelessness is vast, growing, intellectually compelling, and very exciting. Once again I will standing on the shoulders of giants and giant ideas and help to shine a light on their logically sound arguments.

You Didn't Build That Bureaucracy!

Guest post by Nima.

If you’re a successful bureaucrat, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I lied better than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of lying politicians out there.

A Mexican Cultural Perspective on Families

I've been introduced to a new culture the last 7 years. Mexican families don't push their kids out (emotionally when young, nor physically when older), and their families are very tight-knit, a foreign experience to me. I've learned the benefits of this, and have yet to discern any costs.

Freedom or Control

Guest post by Wendy Priesnitz.

Life learners trust kids to learn. We believe that learning is innate and doesn’t require teaching, texts or tests. We know that children are not blank slates or raw clay, to be written on or molded into shape by adults. We allow kids to learn by living. And our trust is well placed, as they grow into responsible, well-educated, sociable adults.

However, those of us who are dedicated to the philosophy of self-initiated learning do not always trust our children to make all their learning and other life decisions for themselves. It is easy to agree with our kids’ choices when they make the ones we want them to make. But is it really freedom to be allowed only to make choices about things for which an adult is confident the decisions will be “correct”?
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Understanding and Empathy

Guest post by Larry Cohen.

When our children have been "bad," it's hard for us to remember that they need comfort rather than punishment. After all, when you have made a mistake, would you rather get understanding or criticism?

The best way to cultivate empathy is to focus on children's underlying needs and feelings, instead of reacting to the behavior. If we tune in to what they need - including the need to be understood - then children will be more cooperative and happier.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Everything Voluntary (Large Print) at Amazon

The Large Print Edition of Everything Voluntary is now available at Amazon here.

(Links to UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy)

A Human Becoming

Guest post by Scott Noelle.

In a product-oriented culture, there's a tendency to "productize" and "package" people. We often forget that a human being is a living process — a "human becoming."

Can Hemp Save the World?

Guest post by nutiva.


What is Unschooling?

Guest post by Nicole Olson.

Asking, “What is unschooling?” is a little bit like asking, “What is love?” or “What is happiness?”. It means different things to different people. But within its broad framework, there are some fairly consistent themes and basic beliefs that most unschoolers embrace.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Four-Step Health-Care Solution

Guest post by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

It's true that the U.S. health care system is a mess, but this demonstrates not market but government failure. To cure the problem requires not different or more government regulations and bureaucracies, as self-serving politicians want us to believe, but the elimination of all existing government controls.

Everything Voluntary - Large Print Edition

Everything Voluntary - From Politics to Parenting is now available in a Large Print Edition at CreateSpace.com! It will be a few days before it's available at Amazon, but don't wait, get it now for yourself or someone you know with a visual impairment.

You Are an Individual

Guest post by Jesse Mathewson.

The act of voting is a simple one, you make your way to the nearest voting booth, and after being barraged by endless television promotions and signage, you choose the one you believe is most likely to do what you want, and the least likely to do what your neighbors want. You know that government is necessary; after all, look around you, there are far too many people who obviously cannot care for themselves. You believe that being born places you in a contractual relationship with the State, and that voting and otherwise supporting what your government does are important.

Parenting Beyond Boundaries

Guest post by Dawn.

To a Christian radical unschooler, our bottom line is that our children, regardless of their age, size, gender, birth order, giftings, issues, etc, are our fellow human beings and should be treated with the exact same dignity, respect, and consideration as any of the other seven billion people on this planet. The only difference between our children and the dude down the street is that we have been given special spiritual and physical responsibility for them as their coverings.

So what it really boils down to is: “How do you disciple your neighbors – when you are directly responsible for them and they live in your home?”
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Security and Self-Governance

Guest post by Ron Paul.

The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Button Pushing and the Radical Libertarian

Post by Skyler J. Collins. Originally written August 2011.

Since I once claimed to be a radical libertarian, the question presents itself, "What is a radical libertarian?" Though I'll give my own thoughts on the question, I could not answer this any better than one of the greatest of radical libertarians, Murray Rothbard:
The true test...of the radical spirit, is the button-pushing test: if we could push the button for instantaneous abolition of unjust invasions of liberty, would we do it? If we would not do it, we could scarcely call ourselves libertarians, and most of us would only do it if primarily guided by a passion for justice.

The genuine libertarian, then, is, in all senses of the word, an "abolitionist"; he would, if he could, abolish instantaneously all invasions of liberty, whether it be, in the original coining of the term, slavery, or whether it be the manifold other instances of State oppression. He would, in the words of another libertarian in a similar connection, "blister my thumb pushing that button!"

Might is Spite

Guest post by Ted Olson.

I saw a mom pull a 3-year-old out of a shopping carriage by her tiny little biceps. As the toddler hung there, feet dangling, her mom murmured with rage and hatred, “If you ever do that again, you’re going to get it.” Mom plopped a teary-eyed child back into the shopping cart.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Didn't Vote? No Right to Complain!

If you have ever expressed disappointment or frustration with the electoral process, you have probably had this condemnation thrown at you at some point: "Well, if you don't vote, then you have no right to complain!"

Those who have said this to me have probably taken my dumbfounded silence as a sign of my awed respect for the light they brought into my life. The truth is that I am dumbfounded by what an absurdly and patently idiotic statement it is, and there isn't much I would be able to tell a person who believes it.
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The Mystification of State Power

Guest post by Roderick Long.

When invisible-hand or spontaneous-order mechanisms are invoked in libertarian social theory, it is customarily as a benign alternative to state power. Yet there are reasons for thinking that state power itself likewise depends for its maintenance on spontaneous-order mechanisms.
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