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Mental Levers are mini-articles. They answer key questions and present important libertarian and voluntaryist ideas in bite-size chunks that are easy to share. They are grouped in the following Collections:

Isn’t voluntaryism just another ideology?

Voluntaryism is not an ideology; that is, it’s not a political agenda. It’s a critique of political action as a method for solving any social problem.
An ideology is a political plan for the betterment of society. Do you…

  • think politicians can create productive jobs?
  • believe politicians can protect traditional values?
  • endorse the notion that laws teach morality?
  • assume that laws and regulations make people safer?

If you hold to any of these perspectives, then you have an ideology. You are an ideologue.
Ideologies are VERY popular. Most people believe in political solutions. They favor a policy and choose a partisan side. By comparison…
The voluntaryist has no grand plan for how society should be “managed.” Your voluntaryist friend has no design for how you must live your life. Thus…

Voluntaryism is NOT an ideological position.

Ideologues have a plan for the lives of others; voluntaryists believe you should live your life by your values. Therefore, voluntaryism is not merely just another ideology.

Perry Willis

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Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

Jim Babka

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

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