The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Voluntaryism: The Political Thought of Auberon Herbert
Auberon Herbert (1838- 1906) was one of the distinctive figures in the profound and wide ranging intellectual debate which took place during the late Victorian age. It was during this period, in the intellectual and social ferment of the 1880s and 1890s, that Herbert formulated and expounded voluntaryism, his system of "thorough" individualism. Carrying natural rights theory to its logical limits, Herbert demanded complete social and economic freedom for all non-coercive individuals and the radical restriction of the use of force to the role of protecting those freedoms — including the freedom of peaceful persons to withhold support from any or all state activities. All cooperative activity must be founded upon the free agreement of all those parties whose rightful possessions are involved.
Volume 2, Number 4 (1978)
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Mack, Eric. "Voluntaryism: The Political Thought of Auberon Herbert." Journal of Libertarian Studies 2, No.4 (1978): 299-309.