“The one basic rule of a civilized society is that no man or group of men is morally entitled to initiate (to start) the use of physical force, the threat of force, or any substitute for force (such as taking some- thing from another person by stealth) against any other man or group of men…

… As long as a man doesn’t initiate force, the actual goals and interests which he chooses to pursue don’t control the free choice or threaten the goals of anyone else. It doesn’t matter whether a man goes to church every day or advocates atheism, whether he wears his hair long or short, whether he gets drunk every night or uses drugs or stays cold sober, whether he believes in capitalism or voluntary communalism—so long as he doesn’t reach for a gun . . . or a politician .. . to compel others to live as he thinks they should. As long as men mind their own business and don’t initiate force against their fellow men, no one’s life-style is a threat to anyone else.

Without government, no one would need to fear that someone else’s group would gain the upper hand and use the power of law to force its will on him. People of vastly different occupations, interests, and life-styles could live peace- fully together, because none would be capable of using a politician to threaten the others. It is the power of government which causes most of the strife between various groups in our society.”

– “The market for liberty“, by Morris and Linda Tannehill

Bearded Heretic

Outspoken advocate for individual freedom, self-ownership, personal responsibility and self-defense.
I’m an individualist Anarchist Voluntaryist, a defender of freedom attempting to expose the illegitimacy of government, the corresponding underlying concept of authority & the supposed moral obligation to obey just because someone’s labeled a thing.
Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political, non-violent 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 to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends.

The Market for Liberty: Man & Society