April 24, 2014

What is Voluntarism? How would a Voluntary Society Function?

 

What is Voluntarism?

Voluntarism is a philosophy who’s foundation is based on voluntary association in human interactions. In a society with such foundations, the individual human free will is accorded the highest respect. As such, a voluntary society allows for the highest levels of liberty when compared to any other political arrangement.

What is the Non-Aggression Principle?

The moral foundation of this freest of societies is known as the non-aggression principle, which asserts that aggression is inherently illegitimate. Voluntarists tend to view aggression as a crude method which does not prove the validity of the ideas of those who engage in it. Voluntarists believe that ideas should stand on their merits, and not on the willingness of the ideas backers to engage in physical violence to prove their points.

The State of Private Property in a Voluntarist Society

In a voluntarist society, the rights to life and property are upheld as the highest ideals. Private property rights are to be enshrined as untouchable, unless that property was gained by theft (a violation of the Non-Aggression Principle), in which case the stolen property should be returned to its rightful owner.

How is a Voluntary Society Superior?

Voluntarism represents the advancement of individual human liberty to its utmost extreme. It allows for the complete liberation of human productive energies towards their furthest conceivable potential. A person in a voluntary society will find that no other man or institution will be entitled to their rightfully gained property; therefore people living in such a society will keep more of their hard-earned wealth than in any other political/economic alignment. And even better than that, your individual human rights will be held in the highest esteem; voluntarist societies protect liberty to the fullest extent. A voluntary society is superior because it respects individual human liberty the most, and because of this fact, it is the most ethical.

What do you think?  Do you agree with these definitions?  Do you agree or disagree that voluntary societies are superior?  Please leave your comments below.

 

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