Carl Watner

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Portrait of Carl Watner

Carl Watner (born 1948) is an American author and historian of libertarian studies, and a voluntaryist. He has written articles for Reason magazine, The Libertarian Forum, and The Journal of Libertarian Studies.

He publishes and edits The Voluntaryist newsletter since 1982. The Voluntaryist promotes libertarian economics, abstention from voting, nonviolence, and abolition of the state through conscious non-cooperation. The libertarian philosophy of the late Robert LeFevre, of whom he was a student, was influential in Watner's intellectual development. In addition to writing articles for The Voluntaryist, Watner researches and writes about historical libertarian texts. Murray Rothbard credited Watner for "uncovering an unknown work by the great Lysander Spooner, one that managed to escape the editor of Spooner's Collected Works" entitled "Vices are not Crimes."[1] His work has been discussed and cited by Roderick Long,[2] David Gordon of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,[3] and other scholars.


  • Editor. I Must Speak Out: The Best of the Voluntaryist 1982-1999. Fox & Wilkes, 1999.
  • Businessmen Versus Neocheaters. Neo-Tech Publishing, 1986.
  • Your Document for the Use of Silence as the Ultimate Protector of Individual Rights. The Zon Association., 1984
  • with McElroy, W. Dissenting Electorate: Those Who Refuse to Vote and the Legitimacy of Their Opposition. McFarland & Company, 2004.
  • with McElroy, W. National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition. McFarland & Company, 2004.
  • Robert LeFevre: "Truth Is Not a Half-way Place". The Voluntaryists, 1988.
  • Toward a Proprietary Theory of Justice'. Watner, 1976.
  • Neither Bullets Nor Ballots. The Voluntaryists, 1983.

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  1. ^ Murray Rothbard, Introduction to "Vices are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty" by Lysander Spooner (Cupertino, CA: Tanstaafl, 1977; published first in 1875
  2. ^ Long, Roderick. "Dismantling Leviathan from Within." Formulations. Summer 1995. [1]
  3. ^ Gordon, David (2006-04-24) A Man, a Plan, a Flop,

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