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BOOK RELEASE: Unschooling Dads

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I am proud to announce the release of my latest book, Unschooling Dads: Twenty-two Testimonials on Their Unconventional Approach to Education! Found here.
“This is an important book. I'm glad you have it and are about to read more. It will help make many children's lives wonderful. When the parents relax enough to see the wonder in their children, then their own lives will improve. As each life is made richer and more peaceful, the family grows lighter, and happier.” – Sandra Dodd, from the Foreword.

By current standards the world over, unschooling is a radical educational practice based on radical philosophical concepts. Should children really be given the freedom to pursue their own academic interests? The unschooling dads who have written for this book answer that question with a concerted “YES!” Discover their reasons for choosing this most unconventional of approaches to education for their children. $14 Paperback, FREE for Kindle, ePUB, MOBI, and PDF!


Skyler.

The Voluntaryist Vision

What does the voluntaryist see when his values and principles have been realized in larger society? What does the voluntaryist paradise look like? Here is my version of the voluntaryist vision, beginning in the home with the family.Read the rest at EVC.

Might Makes Rights

All rights are property rights, so says libertarian philosopher Murray Rothbard. But property rights are the result of the use of either force or reason eventually leading to the emergence of customary law (norms and conventions), so says amateur voluntaryist philosopher me. In other words, might makes rights. Let me explain.Read the rest at EVC.

Persuasion, Reason, and Markets

Those who desire to see the grip of statism released from our world, the abolition of coercive monopoly government, to be replaced by a peaceful and rulerless social and legal order, must decide for themselves how best to achieve it. Unless we are to be discovered as hypocrites, it is my opinion that we anarchists must embrace tools and strategies consistent with our ends, a peaceful and rulerless social and legal order. That is, we must embrace persuasion over force, reason over aggression, and free markets over control.Read the rest at EVC.

The Monopoly on Crime

The difference between the state and an owner of private property is often made fuzzy by anarchists of the collectivist tradition. They see those who claim private property beyond what they personally occupy and use as a form of statism, and on that ground incompatible with anarchism. I think the difference can be explained as the state claiming and enforcing a monopoly on the provision of law and order, and by extension, a monopoly on crime. Let me explain.Read the rest at EVC.

Monopoly and the Free Society

One of the criticisms that voluntaryists receive is that in a free society, what's to stop someone from obtaining a monopoly on the provision of a good or service? If there's no central anti-trust regulator, a business could use all sorts of tactics and schemes to secure for themselves a monopoly in the market. Is this a valid criticism? Not really.Read the rest at EVC.

What are Principles For?

So much has changed in my life since I became an adult all those many years ago, I've had a lot of experience with the concept of "principles." I thought I'd put down my thoughts on what principles are and what they're for. Here goes.Read the rest at EVC.

LPL - June 2015 Update

In June 2015, LPL sold 408 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5:
139 copies, Profit and Loss - Ludwig von Mises29 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray Rothbard15 copies, Boundaries of Order - Butler Shaffer13 copies, Principles of Economics - Carl Menger14 copies, Our Enemy, the State- Albert Jay Nock LPL's all-time top 10 bestsellers are:
For a New Liberty - Murray RothbardOur Enemy, the State - Albert Jay NockPrinciples of Economics - Carl MengerEconomics for Real People - Gene CallahanThe Mystery of Banking - Murray RothbardFascism vs. Capitalism - Lew RockwellThe Politics of Obedience - Etienne de la BoetieProfit and Loss - Ludwig von MisesGreat Wars and Great Leaders - Ralph RaicoBourbon for Breakfast - Jeffrey Tucker

Justice under Voluntaryism

People care about justice. Even criminals care about justice when they find themselves the victim. When people feel that they've been wronged, they desire to be made right, which can take the form of revenge, or getting even, or making their wrongdoer pay. What does justice look like under voluntaryism? Let's have a look.Read the rest at EVC.

Whites are Racist, Blacks are Violent

Race has not only been a topic of discussion around the nation lately; it has also been a topic of discussion within my home. My children have become acutely aware of race and where they fall on the spectrum of "color." Technically, they are half Caucasian and half Hispanic of Mexican descent, but visually, they are whiter than I. The only clue of their Hispanicness is their dark brown eyes and fluent Spanish. Seeing and hearing them speak fluent English, one would not guess that their mother is Mexican. In any event, race and racism have been topics in my house. My children are trying to make sense of these things. My fear, however, is that they may be getting at least two messages that I wish they rather not get. Those are that whites are racists, and that blacks are violent.Read the rest at EVC.