The Philosophy of Vonu (TVP Season 1 Overview)

“The ethical principal of non-coercion can be stated: One should not initiate the use of physical force against a volitional being or against property created or acquired through voluntary consent. Many people espouse this principle.”

Rayo

 

 

For this first season of The Vonu Podcast, Shane Radliff and I focused on the ideological pillars of vonu. The list of articles covering topics mentioned during season one of TVP are as follows:

Philosophically, vonu is inherently anti-political. Much like agorism, vonu outright rejects political crusading and collective-movementism, as well as the controlled schizophrenia underpinning both of them. The servile society incorporates all three of these phenomena so as to keep individuals trapped into being vulnerable to coercion, especially by the State. Continue reading

A Rebuttal to Troy Southgate’s Response to Shane Radliff’s Critique of the National-Anarchist Manifesto

“The foundation of this country, then, rests upon an understanding that the purpose of the Constitution, and the country, is to provide a home for those of the class, ‘We the People.’ That others who choose to assimilate into the American Culture do so with that understanding, and the understanding that they are the beneficiaries of all privileges and immunities, though only those rights specifically granted. It can also be concluded that any who have designs contrary to the support and continuation of the United States, as intended by the Framers, and described herein, are inconsistent with the purpose of the country, and, as such, are against the Constitution and should be deemed unacceptable and unwanted visitors.”

– Gary Hunt, from “We the People,” But, Who Are We?

 

 

Troy Southgate began a relatively newer anarchic school of thought, dubbed “National-Anarchism,” with the publication of the National-Anarchist Manifesto (N-AM). Always interested in what other kinds of anarchists believe, Shane Radliff decided to do a two part Liberty Under Attack (LUA) broadcast covering the highlights of the N-AM with his co-host, Jason Paradise, and I must say, having listened to both of them, I thought Shane and Jason did a superb job giving him a fair shake. That being said, their critique of Southgate’s manifesto garnered a response from the man himself, so in the interest of jumping into the fray late in the game, I’d like to rebut Southgate’s response to the LUA critique of the N-AM. Continue reading

Libertarians & Authoritarians: Defined & Explained

Today’s article is a redux of Rayo’s Libertarians & Coercivists,” which was originally published in the third issue of Eleutherian Forum on January 16th of 1967. It has been mirrored since then, but upon re-reading it for an upcoming episode of The Vonu Podcast, I realized that it really should’ve been rewritten (and it now makes sense to me as to why Jon Fisher did not include it in Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom).

 


A libertarian is one who advocates for a general exemption from coercion. Such an individual enjoys an anti-political philosophy whereby he adheres himself to the non-aggression principle and the self-ownership axiom. The non-aggression principle (NAP) absolutely forbids all coercion and initiatory force; yet, self-defense, including the defense of innocent third parties, is in accordance with the NAP. Self-ownership justifies the existence of the free market by upholding the private property ethic. Continue reading

Mean Time to Harassment: Gauging the Vonu/Activity Tradeoff

“Know thyself. Know thy adversary. Adopt and adapt their strategies – not to dominate them, but to keep yourself free. Do everything possible to postpone any sweeping countermoves your adversary may attempt and keep on buying time – perhaps enough time for them to start killing each other off. And, why not? They’ve been using that particular tactic on us for millennia.”

The Anti-Terrorist

 

 

The accompanying chart was published by Rayo in 1973 so as to illustrate what he thought was a way to measure the efficacy of vonu itself. He wrote:

 

“Occasionally, especially when some project isn’t going too well, I ask myself: Can G and I achieve enough vonu for vonu to be attractive on more than an experimental basis? Or have we reached a point of diminishing returns beyond which a vast effort will yield only a small improvement? To conceptualize this better I made the following graph. The vertical axis represents vonu expressed in terms of mean time to harassment (MTH). Each vertical unit is approximately a ten-times increase in MTH. The horizontal axis represents amount of activity; also difficulty of concealment.”

 

Mean time to harassment, then, can be defined as the strength of vonu, which is expressed in years. Continue reading

A Servile Society: The Value of Import-Export

“The spectacle is the ruling order’s nonstop discourse about itself, its never-ending monologue of self-praise, its self-portrait at the stage of totalitarian domination of all aspects of life…[t]he spectacle is totally dogmatic, yet it is incapable of arriving at any really solid dogma. Nothing stands still for it. This instability is the spectacle’s natural condition, but it is completely contrary to its natural inclination…[t]he dominion of the concentrated spectacle is a police state.”

Guy Debord (1967)

 

 

A servile society could be defined as one that does not respect self-ownership or individual liberty, but rather heralds the supremacy of government and authority; in other words, it upholds the collective as superior to the individual. Every aspect of the servile society is oriented towards unmitigated subservience towards those malfunctioning individuals who falsely imagine themselves to be our rulers. Regardless of the specific flavor of authoritarianism, a key recurring theme of the servile society is that blind obedience to the State is considered to be a virtue. Continue reading

Collective-Movementism: The Fallacy of the Mass “Awakening”

“Do you think I’m a hypocrite? Well, you should; I wouldn’t disagree with you. The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and causalities. Never regret.”

Frank Underwood (from House of Cards)

 

 

Modification by author; original background photo description & attribution is as follows: “Thousands of protestors gather in London’s Hyde Park to demonstrate against a possible military strike on Iraq, September 28, 2002. Joint rally organisers Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain estimated at least 100,000 participated in the march through London on Saturday in opposition to military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid PKM/ASA/CLH/ – RTRB8SV”

 

Individuality is not only argumentatively justifiable (a priori), but also empirically provable (a posteriori). Just as a “society” cannot argue with another “society,” the very existentiality of “society” itself is falsifiable. At best, “society” is nothing more than a convenient linguistic descriptor for a collective aggregate of individual units; missing the trees for the forest, as it were (to invert the original adage).

That being said, what does this imply for popular “movements?” As I’ve mentioned before, the reason sociopolitical movements rarely achieve their stated goals is, more often than not, due to the simple fact that with the greater adoption of their professed values, their principles become diluted as the sheer number of self-identified adherents grow, hence the derisive phrase, “cultural bowel movement.” What is this suggests is that all “movements” are doomed to failure because collectives do not exist. Continue reading

Extraconstitutional #7: Do You Have the Right to Travel?

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“A typical ‘traffic stop’ involves a man dressed up like a ‘cop’ committing numerous crimes against his victim. I mean crimes in the lay or laymen’s sense of the words, not in the so-called ‘legal’ sense. These are not considered to be crimes because, in ‘Legal Land,’ it’s not false imprisonment, it’s called an ‘investigative detention’ or some equally inane political label. Nothing has changed except the label or opinion that’s been added to it. The political or statist ‘Legal Land’ words cover up the real issue and distort reality. That reality is someone is taking my property through physical violence, threats, and organized coercion.”

Marc Stevens

 

 

Introduction: Overview of the Extraconstitutional Series

Constitutionality is that which is authorized by a constitution. Whatever is unconstitutional breaks or violates the letter of the law. When the government operates under color of law, they violate the spirit of the law; this is known as being extraconstitutional. Regarding constitutional interpretation, it is most accurate and simplest to go with an originalist view, and original intent, in particular. Continue reading

The Real George Washington

“The army became distrustful of the efficacy of Congress and looked more and more to Washington as the one man who, if all civilian and military power were concentrated in his hands, could assure the army the efficiency, support, and centralization necessary for the prosecution of the war to its end…that thoughts of both dictatorship and monarchy – with Washington as the king – were present in the army in considerable strength as late as 1783 as indicated by two entries in the diary of Adjutant General Bauermeister, a Hessian attached to the British forces, which still occupied parts of New York and New Jersey.”

William Moody

 

 

Land surveyor, general, President – these were but just some of the roles that George Washington was known for; yet, who was he, really? Many historians have tried to crack the nut of this particular Founding Father, usually either praising him for being the father of his country or damning him for inheriting slaves. The fairest way to judge any historical figure, I think, is by what they themselves actually said, not what others said about them. Continue reading

Against the Alt-Right: The Beginning of the End for the Alternative Media?

“I personally had become so consumed by my quarrels with the State, that I had allowed my hatred of that institution to bleed into my feeling about my fellow man, and civilization in general. I’d have to watch the world burn, if only to see the State burn with it. In short, I was part of the problem…[b]ut Donald Trump did more than stir up a nativist or nationalist sentiment in me. I identified with his boldness, his willingness to stand in the face of immense criticism and say what needed to be said, his unorthodox style of dealing with people, and the success that it brought…I hope Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States. I expect that he will. But even if he doesn’t, he’s changed America and the course of history forever. He has inspired me and countless others to strive for greatness in our own lives and for our civilizations. He has shattered the rules of politics, shown that boldness is a path to victory…”

Chris Cantwell

 

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Donald Trump has now become the new Barack Obama, given his cult of personality. Despite the fact that the Electoral College hasn’t even voted for him to become the next U.S. President yet, Trump’s sycophants are ecstatic he won the non-binding popular vote. More important than reformism flexing its tantalizing power, is, where does this leave the future of the alternative media? Continue reading

Electoral PSYOP: Why Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump are Both “Equally” Disgusting

“We are not incorruptible; on the contrary, corruption is making a sensible tho’ silent progress. Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and when once a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”

Thomas Jefferson to Tench Coxe, May 21st of 1799

 
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Election season is upon American voters, who falsely believe that they will elect the next President of the United States, mainly because they are suffering from electoral psychological operations (PSYOP). Despite all the evidence to the contrary, political crusaders have faith that voters will rationally choose who ought to seize the Ring of Mordor…*ahem*…I meant, the White House. Given that the left-right paradigm has reasserted itself with a vengeance, it would seem more than accurate to say that the cause for American liberty has devolved quite a bit from Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy for “reform,” from just four short years ago. Continue reading