My recent reading project (thanks Amazon), is Adam Kokesh’s 100 page manifesto on Freedom. The title? “Freedom!” Subtle, don’t you think?
Kokesh pulls no punches from the very first page, denouncing government as systemically oppressive, and extolling the virtues of voluntarism. The eloquence, I have to admit, is surprising and it is self-evident that there is a great amount of passion for the topic emanating from the pages, but are his ideas feasible?
As someone who has been indoctrinated from a young age on the “merits of society”, I must admit that Kokesh manages to dismantle many major illusions I’ve kept with startling efficacy. True, I’ve been raised with a foundation of skepticism toward government, and an emphasis on the superiority of the individual coupled with the necessity of limited government. I’m by nature conservative if I had to picture a label.
But the concept of no government?
A society predicated on mutually beneficial exchanges?
That is entirely out of the realm of my traditional school of thought. A friend of mine had flirted with these concepts within the previous couple years, and I remember being incredibly skeptical. It isn’t that I don’t believe that maximum freedom for the individual is a good thing. To an extent I do. I am, however, skeptical of how such a concept would play into our present society. I believe that we have a good deal of educating to undertake before such a premise could be successful.
The reason I believe this is simple; the vast majority of Americans are not interested in creating a free society. The propagandists in the government have done their job well since the inception of public education and other state run enterprises.
It is my personal belief that a society predicated on voluntarism would take a society of educated individuals.
Not educated in the traditional, brick and mortar building sense of the word, but educated in the sense of being aware. Individuals who actively exercise their minds and are capable of exercising their industry as well. Self-sufficient individuals have no need of governing authority because they can rely on themselves. In our present society, we have cultivated a nation of dependents who are far more ripe for the picking by the totalitarian ideologies, than the freedom-loving ideologies.
The only way we can achieve a voluntary society is by waking individuals up through persuasion, and urging a love of learning, freedom and personal industry.
I do believe it’s possible, and I believe that the ideology behind it would be effective, but the way in which it must be achieved is incremental. If we can’t even eliminate one major bureaucratic department in Washington D.C., then what does that say about the desire for complete autonomy of the individual by the average citizen? It doesn’t create a sense of optimism in me, personally.
Creating a culture of true freedom will take time, and I do believe that it will eventually be the next tier of human evolution, but for now the revolution must be built on a solid foundation. One great way to begin is by purchasing Adam’s book and sharing it with a friend or five, and challenging them through conversation.
That is the crucial, imperative first frontier, which must be won, to catalyze the realization of voluntarist ideology.