A Farewell to Tax-Financed Murder

The excerpt below was written by Jeff Knaebel and included in #137 of the newsletter, The Voluntaryist, edited by Carl Watner, in 2008 under the title: How I Became a Voluntaryist: A Farewell to Tax-Financed Murder.

It is included here as it’s thought that readers of this site will find it thought-provoking, and because it points to some actionable steps that a person can take to align their actions with their thoughts.

If you are not supportive of militarized police, stop seeing the world through their paradigm and stop funding them with your wealth.


by Jeff Knaebel

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
-Stephen Biko

My purpose on this earth is not to finance destruction and murder, but to learn the practice of gratitude and reverence for all life. I seek a life of love and reason.

I have no loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. My loyalty to humanity supersedes any loyalty to a State or any other “constituted authority” founded upon and maintained by violence and coercion. How can a rationale man be loyal to a frozen-in-time document which had been drawn in secrecy for their own self-interest by a few rich and powerful men long since dead? What can be a man’s “loyalty” to a document which his so-called “representatives” and “leaders” have for generations abused, distorted and bent to their own evil purposes? Who did I appoint to commit murder in my name because of “loyalty” to the politically shrewd and cunning words of self-proclaimed “representatives” of people who nee knew them? I disown all of this.

Acquiescence to this charade masks us sheep, corralled behind a fence of words, herded by rapacious lawmakers, marched to slaughter under the delusion that we voted for it.

What do we think we are are doing? How can the dead bind the living? How can the words of dead men – no ink stains upon old parchment – render current justice among the living? Life is lived by the lifting…

We make a mistake to plead and litigate with our masters using only the tools they have provided us. We cannot prevail within a frame of the same rules by which we are enslaved. By this pleading, we only feed the monster with our energy and one. We must take back personal responsibility for our independence and for our survival. One way is to exercise our natural right to ignore the State, to renounce it, and to work at building an independent life, accept neither the State’s “benefits” nor its costs, to the extent we are able to avoid them.


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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability.

Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.

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  • t

    What’s that smell? Oh….it’s the BS article

  • tz1

    Any document ought to be evaluated in and of itself – whether it promotes truth and justice, or if it promotes the opposite, not who wrote it.
    What do I know of Jeff Knabel? Nothing, yet what he reveals shows himself to be much of a fool, so should I reject voluntarism because it is being promoted by the writings of a fool, or perhaps even a knave?
    There is ancient wisdom, and modern wisdom. It requires discernment.
    I’m reasonably sure the current state of things would be abhorrent to those who wrote the original constitution – who were even pained that they had to compromise to get cooperation. Will the voluntarists similarly say no rules, no reason, no human decency matters, and every individual can make it up for themselves? What if they don’t volunteer? Is it not tyranny to impose voluntarism? If you don’t impose it, what gives you the right to be judge, jury, and executioner under voluntarism any more than the constitution?

    The dead cannot bind the living, but Chesterton called Tradition “the democracy of the dead”. They found what worked. We ignore them at our peril.

    Humans have both will and intellect. The will cannot bind anyone – that is tyranny. But the intellect is that which perceives reason and reality.

    Reason is the only thing that can bind another person, whether they will it or not. If my will says 2+2=5, so I insist on paying $4 for two items that are priced $2.50, will you complain that I did not “volunteer” to accept those old mathematics set forth by persons two dozen centuries dead? Or will you say “I must be reasonable”.

    Morality is objective. That is, it is within the realm of reason.

    “Thou shall not Steal” and “Thou shall not kill” are no weaker in that they were written in stone 4000 years ago. They are written in every human heart. But also “Thou shall not commit Adultery”.

    And with that I leave a question. The poster says “My purpose on this earth is not to finance destruction and murder, but to learn the practice of gratitude and reverence for all life. I seek a life of love and reason.” Does “murder” and the “reverence for all life” include the million unborn babies murdered each year in abortion clinics under the constitution? If so we are far closer than apart. Seeking a life of love and reason is very noble, but most leave the path when reason shows them something uncomfortable or inconvenient, or even unpopular.

  • JC

    Sovereign nation BS at it’s finest. Activists only recognize the constitution when it works for them. Otherwise they call it “just a piece of paper”.

  • Ghost

    The above poster, or poser, is Paul Wayne Bowman formally from Keene NH. His current residence is 4417 Strathmore Dr. Lake Wales, FL 33859 where he runs an outfit called No Excuses Ladies Boot Camp in Winter Haven FL. He has been a troll over 15 years going by the names JC, Jason Free123, Slappy, runningwolfkenpo and Jake C to name a few. Fucking moron.

    Web addresses associated with Bowman:

    This first link gives you an up close and personal view of a professional troll and scumbag. Hear the voice and see the face behind slappy, JC, jasonfree123, etc.







    Addresses associated with Bowman:

    Paul Bowman Personal Training & Boot Camp Instructor
    4417 Strathmore Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33859 CURRENT

    MartialArts Principles, Inc.
    233 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431 DEFUNCT

    Emails associated with Bowman:


    Phone numbers associated with Bowman:

    (863) 651-3385

    (863) 978-8941


  • RadicalAwesomeDude

    A document should be evaluated in and of itself? You don’t think it should be evaluated in terms of whether there are any actual facts that support what is written on it? Like if we read a book on dinosaurs, should we evaluate the book in and of itself as to whether it is correct or not, or do we evaluate it in terms of whether the EVIDENCE actually supports it (fossil record)? Why should the constitution be any different? Should we accept it on blind faith as religious scripture and disregard whether it is actually founded on facts? Why or why not?