Jan 18, 2013
The first in a series of podcasts introducing The Voluntary
Life, both as a concept and as a podcast. This episode
explains the concept of living a 'voluntary life', which is a life
lived according to the principle of free choice. The extent to
which we have the freedom to make our own choices about our lives
(and to respect the free choices of others) is the extent to which
we are leading the voluntary life. This concept applies across
aspects of life, as diverse as freedom at work, financial freedom,
freedom in personal relationships and psychological freedom.
The following principles underpin the concept of living a voluntary
- Voluntary living is the highest expression of individuation
possible. The deepest experience of being alive comes from our
ability to express our personality and individuality in our free
choices. The more free you are, the more alive you are.
- Voluntary living is the only truly moral way to live. A
voluntary life is one lived in accordance with the Non-Agression
Principle, which is the fundamental moral framework from which all
valid morality is derived.
- Voluntary interaction is responsible for all the
greatest achievements of humanity. Peaceful co-operation of
individuals through trade and entrepreneurship has given us all the
enlightenment, technological progress, economic development and
civilisation (in the best sense of the word) that we now
- The voluntary life must start from the individual and his or
her own choices. You have to be the change you want to see in the
world. This is why the show is called "the voluntary
life" and not "the voluntary society".