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What Is Abolitionism?
From Etymology: "belief in the principle of abolishing (something)", originally purely in an anti-slavery sense (sourced 1790)
From abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison:
"the denial of the right to make man the property of man"
From an 1846 alphabet book: "A is for Abolitionist, A man who wants to free the wretched slave and give to all an equal liberty"
Abolitionist: From Etymology: "person who favors doing away with some law, custom, or institution" or originally in reference to abolishing the institution of chattel slavery (sourced 1792-1825)
What Is Modern Abolitionism?
Merely the revival and continuance of the original abolitionism,
in ending all forms of slavery, particularly political slavery.
The first abolitionism was focused on ending chattel slavery, noting the problems with the closely associated political slavery. Our work, as modern abolitionists, is bringing their influential and powerful voices back to life. The American abolitionists were considered among the first voluntaryists in helping the world in it's evolution toward freedom. Living shortly thereafter the foundation of America, they noticed many problems concerning the government and it's false claims of liberty, equality, peace or security. Their cause for freedom from slavery, constantly disregards political action (voting, elections, law-changing), instead emphasizing the constant need for moral education. They were successful in shifting the moral conscience of the nation, having a ripple effect onto the rest of the world, after being attacked relentlessly by the media. We intend to further the moral education of slavery, in finishing the work they have started, for ending political slavery with voluntaryism.
William Lloyd Garrison states, "The Abolitionism which I advocate is as absolute as the law of God, and as unyielding as His throne. It admits of no compromise. Every slave is a stolen man; every slaveholder is a man stealer. By no precedent, no example, no law, no compact, no purchase, no bequest, no inheritance, no combination of circumstances, is slave holding right or justifiable. While a slave remains in his fetters, the land must have no rest."
"'That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' Hence, I am an Abolitionist. Hence, I cannot but regard oppression in every form—and most of all, that which turns a man into a thing—with indignation and abhorrence. Not to cherish these feelings would be recreancy to principle. They who desire me to be dumb on the subject of Slavery, unless I will open my mouth in its defence, ask me to give the lie to my professions, to degrade my manhood, and to stain my soul. I will not be a liar, a poltroon, or a hypocrite, to accommodate any party, to gratify any sect, to escape any odium or peril, to save any interest, to preserve any institution, or to promote any object.”
What Is Voluntaryism?
From Etymology: "principal of using voluntary action rather than coercion (in politics, religion, etc.)" (sourced 1838)
Voluntary: from Latin voluntarius "willing, of one's free will"
Related to: Consent: "agree, give assent; yield when one has the right, power, or will to oppose" (sourced 1300)
From Voluntaryist.com: "Voluntaryism is the doctrine that relations among people should be by mutual consent, or not at all."
Voluntaryist: From Voluntaryist.com: "Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political, non-violent strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice," as incompatible with moral principles. "Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy."
From The Liberator (Original): “The triumphant progress of the cause of Temperance and Abolition in our land, through the instrumentality of benevolent and voluntary associations, encourages us to combine our own means and efforts for the promotion of a still greater cause.”
William Lloyd Garrison states: “As every human government is upheld by physical strength, and its laws are enforced virtually at the point of the bayonet, we cannot hold any office which imposes upon its incumbent the obligation to compel men to do right, on pain of imprisonment or death. We therefore voluntarily exclude ourselves from every legislative and judicial body, and repudiate all human politics, worldly honors, and stations of authority.”
Lawyer and Abolitionist Lysander Spooner states “Government is in reality established by the few; and these few assume the consent of all the rest, without any such consent being actually given.”
“The number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave.”
Notable Outspoken 19th Century Voluntaryist-Abolitionists:
William Lloyd Garrison, Lysander Spooner, Adin Ballou, Henry Clarke Wright, Ezra Heywood, Josiah Warren, Charles Lane, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jeremiah Hacker, William Batchelder Greene, Stephen Pearl Andrews.
Into the 20th century, abolitionist works were being revisited by many individuals, including Leo Tolstoy and Benjamin Tucker, with the introduction of the term "anarchism" (Greek an-archon: no rulers,
not no rules) otherwise known as voluntaryism.
We at the Liberator 2 News, have many resources concerning abolitionism and voluntaryism, including historical records, religious texts, philosophy and educative material.
What Action Do I Take?
Encourage moral education otherwise known as voluntaryism
or modern abolitionism for the end of political slavery;
particularly the end of statism or mental slavery to the state.
Originally, The Liberator, was created to help end chattel slavery.
The Liberator 2 is created to help end political slavery.
Talking with others and sharing that which goes against an individual's current belief system, may take care, patience, willpower and practice. It is merely the recognition that we are born free by nature and of a shared humanity, that sovereignty (moral rules, internal ruler) is required for freedom (no external rulers). We shall assist each other in this work.
20th Century Abolitionist Leo Tolstoy states "The answer is very definite, applicable, and practicable, for it demands the activity of that one person over whom each of us has real, rightful, and unquestionable power, namely, oneself; and it consists in this, that if a man -- whether slave or slave owner -- really wishes to better not his position alone, but the position of people in general, he must not himself do those wrong things which enslave him and his brothers. And in order not to do the evil which produces misery for himself and for his brothers, he should, first of all, neither willingly nor under compulsion take any part in Governmental activity, and should, therefore, be neither a soldier, nor a Field-Marshal, nor a Minister-of-State, nor a tax-collector, nor a witness, nor an alderman, nor a juryman, nor a governor, nor a Member of Parliament, nor, in fact, hold any office connected with violence."
"The only means to destroy Governments is not force,
but it is the exposure of this fraud."
"The age of veneration for governments, notwithstanding all the hypnotic influence they employ to maintain their position, is more and more passing away. And it is time for people to understand that Governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting, honest man cannot and must not take part, and the advantages of which he cannot and should not enjoy. And as soon as people clearly understand that, they will naturally cease to take part in such deeds, i.e. cease to give the Governments soldiers and money. And as soon as a majority of people ceases to do this, the fraud which enslaves people will be abolished. Only in this way can people be freed from slavery."
Modern Abolitionist Larken Rose states "If you love death and destruction, oppression and suffering, injustice and violence, repression and torture, helplessness and despair, perpetual conflict and bloodshed, then teach your children to respect ‘authority:’ and teach them that obedience is a virtue. If, on the other hand, you value peaceful coexistence, compassion and cooperation, freedom and justice, then teach your children the principles of self-ownership, teach them to respect the rights of every human being, and teach them to recognize and reject the belief in ‘authority’ for what it is: the most irrational, self contradictory, anti-human, evil, destructive and dangerous superstition the world has ever known."
Modern Abolitionist Jeremey Locke states "Personal sovereignty is the end of evil. When every person on earth will defend themselves and those they love. When evil cannot gain even a foothold because all people are watching for it, and recognize that it seeks to destroy their value. This is the exact opposite of perfect evil, in which every person is a slave and a master of slaves. Perfect liberty is life, and in it there are no slaves and no masters of slaves. Perfect liberty is life."
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