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Voluntaryism And The Free State Project

Updated on December 9, 2011

The porcupine is a symbol on the Free State Project flag

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Voluntaryism, Voluntarism, Voluntarist and You

Voluntaryism is such a straightforward philosophy that it can be summed up in 7 words: "all forms of human association should be voluntary." This simple phrase encompasses the intent of the voluntaryism philosophy but it has impact stretching into all areas of human life and thought. Voluntaryism can be seen as an offshoot of the extreme right in the political spectrum. It is a sort of extreme Libertarianism that takes many different forms depending on the practicioner and for that reason those who wish to undermine the basic tenet and push their form of democracy and human control will often associate it with anarchism and social disorder as propaganda to the masses by demonizing the enemy. But I urge you to look further into the principles and truly understand what the movement stands for. With seasteading initiatives that might embrace such philosophy seeming to never quite get off the ground (although the Blueseed seasteading project looks promising with a goal to be floating in the ocean by 2013), other Libertarians have been looking elsewhere for a place to affect change in the ruling government that has continuously shown its failings in actually defending and fostering Liberty in the citizens of the state. The Free State Project is one such campaign for cause pushing to bring Libertarians together in the state of New Hampshire who's motto is "Live Free or Die." The Free State Project's goal is to achieve "liberty in our lifetime" by having all pledged participants move to New Hampshire once the goal of 20,000 participants is reached. Right now the count is at over 11 thousand with nearly 1000 already resident Granite Staters.

The radical stateless pluralism that Voluntarists affiliate with has become a platform from which has sprung a lot of support for presidential candidate Ron Paul looking to unseat Obama in 2012. Within voluntarism there is support for such issues as drug reform and legalization of marijuana, civil and social disobedience as protest to authoritative decrees, and tax reform. It seems that things in government are getting even more out of control everyday and not a day passes by without one being able to tune into news stories of money disappearing into the hands of lobbyists or companies which turn around and go bankrupt at the tax payers expense, police pepper spraying peaceful protesters or right out beating "suspects," TSA strip searches and the list could go on forever. Things are reaching a tipping point that will be even harder to reverse if citizens do not wake up quickly.

The upcoming presidential election of 2012 is a perfect time to put all of our energy into efforts to overcome such assaults on liberty. The world leaders know that when people awaken to the fact that we are all one energy and that all is an illusion then there really is no way for them to create the discord they so wish and harmony will once again return. In this harmony they would not have the control over the population. It is true that one of the premises of Voluntarism is to use alternate means such as succession in order to achieve the goal of limiting government control but I prescribe to the school of thought that voting can be a powerful tool even if the media and polls and voting machines are rigged it still serves a purpose to some extent. Libertarians in New Hampshire have already begun to make their way into various congressional positions within the state and push for more liberty-embracing measures of legislation. The presidential election of 2012 will allow us to do this on the national level with Ron Paul the only candidate who will attempt to disassemble the status-quo and fight for the people. It is Ron Paul's Libertarian-leaning stance which caused him to express support for the New Hampshire FreeStateProject and likewise for the people to express their support for him.

Getting back to the FreeStateProject and why the state of New Hampshire was chosen. It was picked from a list of finalists (Wyoming being coming in at a close 2nd) for the fact that it has a population of less than 1.5 million and a combined political spending of less thatn $5.2 million which is less than the total national spending of the Libertarian Party. The state also has no sales tax or personal income tax. For would-be future New Hampshirites there are two main Liberty events to get a feel for the community and the state in general before making the decision to move. The first is the NH Liberty Forum which will take place February 23-26 which will be in Nashua, NH. Interested participants can register now in order to get an LF2012 vip or 3-day pass and enjoy everything from a State House field trip, indoor pistol range, buffet lunches and dinners, and of course liberty forum speakers. Peter Schiff is an investment broker, financial analyzer, and author who embraces the Austrian School of economic thought and the free market system who will be the keynote speaker at LF2012. The other event being held is the Porcupine Freedom Festival or Porcfest 2012. The porcupine is the Free State Project's mascot with the motto "don't tread on me." Porcfest 2012 is being held June 18-24 at Roger's Campground in Lancaster, NH. I urge you to take a look at these viewpoints and explore the issues for yourself.

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      James Smith 5 years ago from UK

      It doesn't sound like a bad idea. Unfortunately, most people misunderstand the concept of liberty so misunderstand where volantaryism comes in. They ask: "but people won't be good unless the government forces them to!".

      Utter nonsense. In fact, philanthropy is not so if it is enforced. I believe that philanthropy is inevitable if liberty is allowed. One must wonder at what has made these people so cynical about humanity.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Yes you are right innersmiff, This is precisely why the Free State Project looks to relocate so many libertarians into one area that will be large enough to affect the government.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up. The animal on the original 18th Century "Don't tread on me" flag was a rattlesnake. Is the porcupine too cute and cuddly?

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Yeah the rattlesnake on the Gadsden flag is a similar symbol as that of the FreeStateProject flag. You might be right that it is too cuddly but then many Libertarians follow the non-aggression principle.

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      Grey 5 years ago

      @Larry Fields, The porcupine is cute and cuddly but not something you would want to step on.

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