Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who or what is a voluntaryist?
- Why might I want to be one?
- Do you favor capitalism? Socialism? Something Else?
- Where in the world are the Ozarks?
Voluntaryism is the doctrine that relations among people should be by mutual consent, or not at all. It represents a means, an end, and an insight. Voluntaryism does not argue for the specific form that voluntary arrangements will take; only that force be abandoned so that individuals in society may flourish.
People could prefer or practice a voluntaryist or libertarian philosophy for a lot of reasons, and we probably all have our own unique motivations. An aversion to the use of force and/or violence, particularly offensive force or initiatory force, as contrasted with defensive force, probably factors into it in some way. Or, more positively, we value peace, consent, reciprocity, and things like that.
A poll of members of our facebook group seemed to indicate that many of us, perhaps most, identify as “anarcho-capitalists”, while a minority identified as neither “capitalists” nor “socialists”. So, our group does have a pro-“capitalist” bent. We’re open, however, to any peace and liberty loving people who want to join in with our discussions, and we welcome allies of different persuasions, including self-identified “socialists” or “mutualists”.
If you identify as an anarchist, but consider anarchism to be inherently anticapitalistic, and you feel you would do better as part of some other group, we understand. You may want to check out the AnarchismOnline and Mutualism communities on reddit. Either way, we wish you well!
Crazy ol’ Northwest Arkansas, presently under the unfortunate dominion of the United States government. But we’ll keep the fire of freedom going for those who need it.