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The Rule of Freedom: The Manifesto of the Sovereign Community

The Rule of Freedom: The Manifesto of the Sovereign Community

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Published by Christopher Haynes
From the perspective of a longtime student of political science, economics and the world of possibilities, the Rule of Freedom is about why we do not need government, why we do not want government, and why government is in fact immoral and irrational. This book explains the roots of war, police abuse, terrorism and poverty with clear evidence and examples. Its final section gives practical steps on how to move from a society based on power and hierarchy to one of peace, freedom and prosperity.
Christopher Haynes delivers a clear, concise explanation of what government and the state are and why they should be eliminated, without the rhetorical flourishes of many of his predecessors.
Want to make the world a better place? Start here.
From the perspective of a longtime student of political science, economics and the world of possibilities, the Rule of Freedom is about why we do not need government, why we do not want government, and why government is in fact immoral and irrational. This book explains the roots of war, police abuse, terrorism and poverty with clear evidence and examples. Its final section gives practical steps on how to move from a society based on power and hierarchy to one of peace, freedom and prosperity.
Christopher Haynes delivers a clear, concise explanation of what government and the state are and why they should be eliminated, without the rhetorical flourishes of many of his predecessors.
Want to make the world a better place? Start here.

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Acknowledgements
Truth springs from argument among friends.
– David Hume
Much of this book stems from the conversations I have had with everyone who hasmade me think over the past couple of years, in particular Jason, Steve,Shirley, Mani, Kevin, Johnny, Zsofia, Ayana, Mathieu,
Franç
ois, Andrew, andespecially my dad. I have also learned so much from all those I havediscussed these issues with on the Rule of Freedom blog and Facebook page,along with many anarchist thinkers, some of whom are referenced in thisbook. Thank you all for what you have taught me.Dedication This book goes out with with love and respect to all those working and living insovereign communities and other agorists, and all those fighting an oppressivestate.
 
Preface to second editionI wrote the first edition of this book over a year and a half while also doing mymaster’s at the American University in Cairo and working. Since that time, I havecontinually questioned and revised my beliefs. One might call it open mindedness orlack of conviction; at any rate, it is both a blessing and a curse. This book and blog’sFacebook page has been instrumental in the evolution of my thinking, as peoplewhom I will never meet and whose real names I do not even know have influencedmy thinking in ways they do not realise. I am very grateful to all of them.One result of that questioning is to think perhaps I am not actually an anarchist. Iuse the word because I like all or most branches of anarchist philosophy, though Ido not agree fully with any of them. The closest I come to any strain of anarchism isvoluntaryism. Many anarchists do not consider voluntaryism anarchism because itconsiders business, profit and property legitimate. I believe it is because I believethe non-aggression principle is the ideal philosophy of freedom, and, fullyimplemented across the world, enables all other types of anarchism. A free societywould inevitably see various forms of social organisation, few of which quite attainthe ideals of the ideologues. I have also come to believe even more strongly inagorism as a means of revolution, which is much misunderstood and malignedamong anarchists. I encourage anarchists of all kinds to consider my arguments andtell me where they think I go wrong.I was almost embarrassed to name Stefan Molyneux as my ideological father, so tospeak, because of how others like to beat up on him. He is a father only in the sensethat he introduced me to a world (philosophies of freedom and morality) that Iproceeded to explore for myself. We place too much emphasis on names (because Ilove this writer and hate that one) and labels (because I’m this and I oppose that).While I employ labels liberally in this book, I know anyone who has read and thoughtenough about a given subject has nuanced views on it, and keeps adding to thoseviews. This edition reflects the changes in my thinking after a year of questioning. I stillhave not read anywhere near as much as I would like to have read, but that justmeans learning is ongoing. The purposes of this book, outlined in chapter 1, remainunchanged.

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