Is The State needed to provide governmental services?

Voluntary Order

The State’s cultural dominance has left us largely blind to institutions of NON-STATE Governance and order. These institutions are completely voluntary. They don’t initiate force or use criminal means. They serve rather than rule. These forms include . . .

  • Self-governance
  • The family
  • Churches
  • Contractual covenants
  • Professional societies that set standards
  • Testing agencies like Underwriter’s Laboratory that provide industry regulation
  • Security firms
  • Arbitrators
  • Review systems such as AAA, Yelp, Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and on and on and on.

Society is rich in non-state institutions of governance and order. And if we expand the idea of order to include social services or charities, then institutions of non-state governance becomes truly vast. These kinds of institutions — legitimate governments — will be the foundation of a ZAP-based society.

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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 is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of, 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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  1. A little too vague. What about water, garbage, energy, and any service restricted by monopoly? I consider a monopoly service a government service. Where unrestricted competition is present, value is restored. The missing value is unseen and therefore hard to show. This is important because it is an unrecognized burden that touches everyone everyday.

    1. Hi Don. We plan to add Mental Lever articles about all the specifics you list, and many more besides.

  2. Churches are a source of coercion; witness the Crusades, the Salem witch trials, the Mormons.

    Professional societies set standards, AND then use those standards to create exclusivity. That becomes a barrier to professional labor freely entering a marketplace.

    Having the UL review a product for safety is fine. But if the product fails the UL’s standards, so what? Letting the buyer/user be aware is fine, but do not exclude the product from the marketplace. That is coercion. Let the end-user determine the product’s use, not the UL. That is too much governance, too much interference in individual choice.

    The other bullet points seem benign on a spur of the moment review.

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