Hello everyone, and welcome to the Peace, Freedom & Prosperity website.
We are an Educational Movement!
The purpose of the movement is to form a World Wide Educational Movement that will Educate on:
The Philosophy of Liberty – Self-Ownership.
By using the power of the internet we will educate on: – Self-Ownership which will also include: Peace, Freedom, Prosperity, Individualism, Voluntary Interactions, Austrian Economics, Freedom, Liberty, as well as the non-aggression principle.
Growth of a civilization depends on the individual taking ownership of his/her own life and not depending on the collective state.
The individuals of this movement will create a world of liberty; a world in which we are sovereign over our own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. Respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world. Force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity actually be realized. It is every person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and the diversity that freedom brings should be welcome by all. The world the movement seeks to encourage is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own way, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.
With your help we can and will develop this movement and try to awaken the people around the globe about the Philosophy of Liberty & Self-Ownership. True Peace, Freedom & Prosperity is available to those that choose to accept it. Join us ~ JC
James Cox – David Shirk – Valerie – Clayton Gee – Peter Emborsky – Bill Wurst – Anok Kropotkin – James Oliver Deckard – Jaime Sherman – Chris Freeman – Niki Staehle – Kiska Zilla – Raina Lorring – Victor Pross – Paul Zimmerman
Father, Entrepreneur, Researcher & Activist.
At the age of 14 I knew that something was wrong with the system, but just could not put my finger on it. After doing a multitude of jobs, I finally found my passion with computers. In the 90’s I built a thriving computer company, worked so hard to make it work, then lost it overnight. At this point in life I finally figured out what was wrong with the system. It was the government, the educational indoctrination system. At this point I lost all hope in the system and decided to look for other options. This is when I found Libertarianism, but even that I saw it as a loss. I had read Rand and I was half way there, but things were still not right. I looked into anarchism and realized that all my life I had been lied to and philosophically this is where I belonged. I had finally found freedom, that freedom is in self-ownership and anarchy!
Anarchy: Absence of government; a state of lawlessness due to the absence or inefficiency of the supreme power; political disorder A theoretical social state in which there is no governing person or body of persons, but each individual has absolute liberty (without implication of disorder).
I grew up all over the world – was an army brat. Dad had me working when I was 15 to pay for things I wanted, teaching me a good work ethic early on. When I turned 18 I joined the army in an effort to follow in my fathers footsteps and under the belief that I was serving my country. After four years of active duty ending in 2002, I had four years left to serve in the guard as per my contract. Realizing that the army was not what I thought it was, I decided not to re-enlist for active duty and just finish my time in the guard.
As soon as I was released from active duty, I went to tech school, and started trying to make my career in the IT field. Times were very hard though and I found myself doing whatever work I could get to pay the bills while going to night school. From concrete work to even a position as a licensed stock broker, I did what I could to make ends meet. This was quite a challenge considering the only thing I knew when I got out of active duty was how to sneak around and blow stuff up.
In 2004 my guard unit was re-activated and I was sent to Germany, effectively ending my time as a stock broker. I was actually relieved at first as I found Wall Street to be a very corrupt place, relying on hype as opposed to solid financials, and often meddled with due to government intervention where it was neither needed nor welcomed. All too often I would watch government take a bad situation, make it worse, and then claim that justice was served.
I never held any affiliation to any political party. The only thing I knew at the time in 2004 was that politics only served to make a bad situation worse. Once my deployment to Germany had ended in 2006, I returned to the states where I was able to find IT work for a myriad of government contracts. The more I worked in these positions the more my disgust for the system grew. It is one thing to look at government agencies from the outside and see its damage; it is quite another thing entirely to see it from the inside. I could never help but notice that the majority of those working in government positions were nothing more than windbags in power, and that I was actually contributing to it even on the IT side. Even worse was the fact that many government employee’s I encountered held to the fanatical belief that without their meddling, chaos would fall and destroy the country.
So in 2008 I was offered a position in the private sector, and jumped ship the first chance I got. The work itself was not really that different outside of the technicalities involved, and I found that the private sector in fact (due to its lack of regulation in the tech sector), had much better methods and means of operation.
I am now a network engineer, an author, a historian, and a father. However above all else, I am a voluntarist – and proud of it.
Location: Breckenridge, TX (Middle of nowhere.)
I’m a hermit. Over the years I have become a sort of hobbyist, picking up hobbies here and there. I dropped out of college in 2008 and became an apprentice welder, not my choice of career but it pays the bills. There is one thing about me that you won’t find in most people. Instead of complaining about what is wrong, I do something about it. Tendency is for me to have a lot of free time on my hands and I do not like to sit around in boredom and wish for something to come by to entertain me.
I became involved in the liberty movement in 2009. I was your average fat guy playing video games while sitting on the couch eating potato chips. I first heard the word “libertarian” on the television in November of 2009. Being the curious sort I decided to explore the word. I became involved in the Libertarian Party in June of 2010. Since then have continued my education of the philosophy of liberty and come to define myself as a nonaggressionist.
I volunteer my time to create media projects for many freedom oriented groups. My largest influence is Professor Walter Block.
Nonaggressionist: It is immoral to initiate force upon another. (Note the word “initiate”, self defense is not the initiation of force.)
Location: North Carolina
I am the guy your government warned you about. I am the man who thinks for himself. Indoctrinated by government schools and fed supplementary helpings of Rush Limbaugh each day of my young life, I somehow emerged a thinking individual. I ask, first and foremost, the questions posed by Rand and Goldwater. The former: “What for?” The latter: “Are we maximizing freedom?”
I believe that you have been lied to. Ironically, most believe that they are lied to every day, but dismiss the most fundamental of lies. The fundamental lie is the case for the existence of the state. The accepted lie grants men in costumes the power to rob you of your efficacy. The accepted lie tells you what valid information may or may not be accepted in a court of law. The accepted lie tells you that you are a servant of your brethren, fit to be tied for the betterment of their circumstance.
I am an anarchist without hyphens. In the words of Karl Hess, I am one who believes that, “We can be free. After that it’s all choice and chance.”
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
I’m a security researcher/analyst and Liberty activist from Scottsdale, Arizona (US) and have consulted for several high level officers of Fortune 500 companies, among them are Chase JP Morgan’s Vice President of Cyber Crimes and the Global Fraud director of AT&T.
I have designed custom telephony platforms for government agencies along side with AT&T for purpose of aiding in tracking malicious telephone users and have consulted for other high profile security firms such as Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, directly for Kevin Mitnick.
I was lead engineer for the Open Source PBX trixbox ce project from 2006 through to the beginning of 2009. I’ve been mentioned in Wired magazine, published several security vulnerabilities in “2600 magazine The Hacker Quarterly” among other publications and also had the opportunity to speak at the annual computer security conference (DEFCON) held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2008 I was duly elected Precinct Committeeman for the Republican Party in my district. An action inspired by the influence of Congressman Ron Paul (TX). Though I voted for ‘autonomy’ in the 2008 presidential election. (The right to self-government)
I have since left the political spectrum to promote the principals of Liberty and mutual respect among individuals.
Location: Buies Creek, NC
Niki is a senior business major at Campbell University and is currently completing her third social media internship. Within these internships, she has consulted with businesses in the retail, higher education, and non-profit sectors. Niki currently runs the blog Stateless Social, which provides a Voluntaryist perspective on social media’s uses in advancing the causes of liberty, freedom and social justice around the world.
Artist, Free Market Anarchist, Voluntaryist, Musician, Comic book nerd/panel artist, Rothbard lover, Graffiti writer & Entrepreneur.
Kiska is a self employed artist, teacher, and creator. With art and music becoming less predominant with todays youth and faulty educational systems, she devotes a majority of her time teaching free community art classes: the main focus- street art [aerosol art]- with lessons in beginning to advanced drawing technique.
In her free time, Kiska is involved with Mises West, a group in California dedicated to Misesian and austro-libertarian thought and the development of these philosophies and ideals. As of currently, she is working with Libertopia– an annual festival of freedom, community and art for sovereign individuals.
I am a writer, a single-mom, a Christian and an Anarchist.
I’ve never been normal and conformity scares me more than spiders (Trust me, those scare me a whole lot). For years I rejected the term Anarchist because of the negative connotation associated with the word. I prided myself with being unclassifiable but the world keeps pushing, so I let myself be labeled.
I think what pushed me the most was getting a job at a law office. Being a legal assistant opened my eyes to just how tangled a web we are caught in. I quit that job by posting a note to my computer and then I danced in the street while it rained. It was one of those moments of pure freedom.
I’m a freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Both can be found various places. Recently I made the jump back into college to finish my communications degree. It might one day be a worthless piece of paper but it’ll be my worthless piece of paper. I watch the news nightly but for the most part I find the news media distasteful.
I’ve been told that being a Christian-Anarchist is a contradiction. I think they go together just fine and I’ll happily explain to anyone that wants to hear about it. However, I’ve always felt all spiritual paths are sacred to those who walk them. I even respect the choice of those who choose no spiritual path and feel this world is all there is. I take it as a slap in the face when people use their spiritual beliefs as a platform to judge others.
To get rid of an enemy, one must love him. – Leo Tolstoy
I can’t say that I have ever operated within mainstream thinking. I am one of those rare, lucky people born to parents that encouraged and fostered individualism and thinking. I have a very clear memory of realizing society didn’t make a whole lot of sense, however, that was put on the back burner for a little while as it was interfering with my second grade school work. As I have progressed in my journey I started to see things more and more broadly and began to realize regulation was probably not the solution.
I believe change really does start at home and it has to be rooted in love, respect and understanding or it will not stick. I have gone to a few colleges and universities, I’ve gone through a few degree programs… none of them are really relevant or important and they certainly didn’t make my thoughts any “better” than anyone else’s. Our system is obsolete; our society is failing due to fear. I want to see that fear let go and people realize the answer is simple – Live by your own conscience, do what is right every minute of each day and give others freedom from coercion and judgment so that they may also be free and happy. I am an anarchist and anarchy is love.
Location: Voluntown, CT (what an awesome name, right?)
I’m a Voluntaryist life hacker and a born-again code monkey. I was brought up with open source technologies such as Linux, which instilled in me early on a profound appreciation for freedom of speech, information, and expression. Like most people, I didn’t realize the effects of statism until I started working and acquiring property of my own. Just as sure the sun sets, the federal, state, and even local governments started dipping their dirty fingers into my pockets to fund their violent programs. I knew if I was going to change anything, I’d have to become informed.
My research led me to the Austrian School of Economics and Murray Rothbard. It was there that I realized we didn’t have to re-invent the wheel, but rather cruise a different avenue. I learned that Market Anarchism and its system of incentivized cooperation was a far better solution to socio-economic conflict than any authoritarian entity or man-made law. I’ve since dedicated my time to promoting peace, individualism, and fruitful voluntary interactions between persons and institutions in an effort to create a free society.
I am a mother, a writer, an artist, teacher, student, activist and humanitarian. I began my political activism by helping my parents campaign(s) during my childhood. I was a republican and fiscal conservative for many years, into college, until life experiences forced me to see the world in a different way. The experiences I had not only changed my viewpoint but also forced me to accept that indoctrination into any ideology is harmful to the inherent creativity humans possess when solution seeking and problem solving. Stagnant societies lead to stale ideology, and stale ideology leads to the complacency that allows the roots of bigotry, fascism, and atrocities that we see manifesting everyday.
My core beliefs are relative and include the best ideas of multiple ideologies spread across a large demographic to achieve the best possible results in the most efficient manner. However I tend to identify with unhyphenated “Anarchism” most often.
Location: Tallahassee, FL
My path toward voluntary living began while I was a sophomore at the University of Florida. In my modern American history class I learned about the Eugenics movement for the first time. While I had heard about Margaret Sanger from general history studies, I had no idea that the U.S. government fostered the sterilization and institutionalization of American citizens for things as mundane as low I.Q. and epilepsy. I learned about Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes emphatically stated, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough,” as he sentenced a young woman, Carrie Buck, to a compulsory salpingectomy (tube tying).
I was hit – hard. If the government, in all its modernity, having cars, planes and even electricity, could find reason to do this, what couldn’t they do? And, even worse, I discovered how little I knew about our government’s historical policies. This lead me on a two-year search where I used my university’s resources to understand what it is that government is capable of doing behind closed doors. I came to the conclusion that government serves only one purpose – to work for those in elite echelons while making sure that the general population is economically productive and intellectually blissful. In my research, I stumbled upon many organizations which uncovered this social manipulation, including groups like the Mises Institute and the Alex Jones radio show. I was encouraged to see that I was not the only one who felt like a newborn just awakened to reality.
With these facts in hand, I came to a natural belief in voluntaryism and a disgust for modern political systems. I finally understood the government tactics used to manipulate people into co-dependency. This was further unveiled by my studies in public relations, where I examined the works of Edward Bernays and Abraham Flexner during class, the men who built our modern system of mass public manipulation.
I wanted to use my training in mass media against the coercive forces of government politicians. I wanted to inspire people to live voluntarily and at peace with each other through open information. After I received my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from UF, I went to the heart of Florida’s political machine in Tallahassee to study the legal aspects of government at the Florida State University College of Law. I am working toward my J.D. so I can use the law and my understanding of its flaws to help my friends, family and surrounding community move toward true free living.
Artist and caricaturist, video blogger and activist.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Victor Pross is a professional Vancouver artist. He has many high profile commissions to his credit including painting Ron Howard’s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director. He has also rendered numerous other International celebrities and media personalities. He has worked on various posters, comic books, editorial cartoons and CD covers, etc, bringing to each work his own unique style. Victor has instructed art classes as well as offering his services as an editorial caricaturist.
Victor Pross has been interviewed on television and Radio shows such as: Canada AM, Breakfast Television, News at Noon and A book and a Chat– and has been pegged by Canadian Media as “Canada’s foremost caricature artist.”
Victor’s first book (soft cover edition) “Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture” features a collection of his paintings and drawings and is now available for ordering online world-wide.
Recently, Victor has adopted the beloved moniker of “anarchist artist” given his video blogs dealing with ethics, politics, anarchism and philosophy. The artist begins each video blog by introducing himself as “Victor Pross, anarchist artist” and concludes at the end of each video by proclaiming “pop goes the culture” (the sub-title of his book) as a punctuation mark at the end of the video.
For more information, please visit the artist’s website at: www.victorpross.com
I am a “baby boomer”, born in central Indiana. I am proud to admit that I am a Hoosier by birth and temperament.
I maintain that I was born libertarian, as I have been anti-authoritarian and skeptical, if not downright dismissive, of all rules and laws that are not grounded in the morality of the nonaggression Principle. I have an inborn affinity for the concepts of natural rights, natural law and negative liberty and have sought to live in accordance with these values, as best as I can. While not crazy about labels, I understand that they can be useful and I label myself, interchangeably, as either a libertarian anarchist or an individualist anarchist.
I am a graduate of David Letterman’s alma mater, Ball State University.
I am a claims professional with a large, international commercial property and casualty insurer and have worked for various insurance companies in claims for the past 23 years. I have worked as an employee and as an independent contractor and as a temp for various insurance companies. Currently I handle large, mostly litigated, liability claims. Insurance is how I make my money and support my family, but writing is my avocation.
Before I fully embraced my anarchism, I was a minarchist of the Libertarian Party (LP) persuasion. I was the LP’s candidate for Congress in 1996, but have given up any delusions of politics as a solution to anything, anywhere, at any time.
I love to shoot, hunt, fish, read, bicycle and spend time with my family.