- The government can no longer ignore the financial will of people.
- Programs which receive little support will go defunct by virtue of not being funded.
- Private alternatives will be given the chance to arise (such as private education, postage, security, etc.)
- The government will be unable to do more than what the people are voluntarily funding it for.
The forefathers of modern Voluntaryist thought, from Lysander Spooner to Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, have set forth excellent principles on which to found an individualist code of ethics. Liberty and Voluntaryism have begun to take roots in mainstream academia. Scholarship at Mises.org and LewRockwell.com provide great resources on philosophy and economics, and liberty-oriented think-tanks like The Independent Institute and Reason Magazine help emphasize Voluntaryist pursuits in our current time. The common motif in the movement is getting government out of our lives and wallets. However, the means to the end differ across a spectrum – some advocate for government policy change; some advocate for grassroots movements; others, like the Seasteading Institute, suggest that we create new experimental islands; and even some suggest the black market will overshadow the government’s control. These suggestions/theories all have their merits, but few can articulate a practical policy which can shift the government expediently into a fully voluntary society. To fill the gap, I would ask for the Voluntaryist movement to get behind the “not-for-profit” government model as a transition argument. What does that mean? Well, it means that, like any not-for-profit corporation, the United States government will no longer maintain a monopoly on anything, but will instead compete with the private market for revenue and services. In order to survive, the U.S. government will have to rely on voluntary contributions from individuals who will have the ability to make specific or general gifts to the government. The underlying principle is this: When the government no longer has the ability to collect money with the threat of force, only that which people truly value will be funded. So, for example, if people no longer want a massive department of defense bombing every country possible, the people will simply no longer fund the military and will drain it of its resources. Likewise, if the people are tired of the BATF or the Department of Education, the people can choose to specify where their money will go, if at all. The benefits are numerous: