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Carl Watner

The Voluntaryist
February 1983


Carl Watner is one of the cofounders of the Voluntaryists, an organization of libertarians who are developing and implementing non-electoral, nonviolent strategies for the realization of liberty.

Carl, a thirty-four year old native of Baltimore, Maryland was, like many other libertarians, introduced to the movement when he was still in high school, through Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and the economic writings of Ludwig von Mises.

Many of his articles have appeared in such publications as Reason, Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Dandelion and Libertarian Forum. Most of them have dealt with historical themes. Carl has done a great deal of research into the life and works of the great nineteenth-century libertarian Lysander Spooner. In the course of this inquiry, he discovered a series of letters entitled A Voluntary Political Government, which were written by Charles Lane in 1843 and published in William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator. He has written an introduction to these letters and they are to be published in book form sometime this year.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Carl has been employed for the past fifteen years in family businesses: first with their trucking company and presently I n their memorial park.

Along with Los Angeles-based authors George H. Smith and Wendy MacElroy, Carl and the Voluntaryists have been adding new and vital insights which are moving libertarianism toward its goal.

Meet Carl Watner at the next Supper Club meeting, March 5, 1983.


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