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December Book Giveaway from Parent at the Helm!

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The editor of this month’s giveaway, Carl Watner, is an independent scholar and currently operates a feed mill and tire store in upstate South Carolina. He has authored or edited seven books, and has edited and published The Voluntaryist newsletter since 1982. Carl and his wife, Julie, have homeschooled (and continue to homeschool) their four children. The Voluntaryist website with back issues of The Voluntaryist and information about Mr. Watner’s books is at

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Homeschooling: A Hope for America

By Carl Watner

HOMESCHOOLING A HOPE FOR AMERICA is a collection of articles taken
from The Voluntaryist, a newsletter with a libertarian outlook which
has been published since 1982. The anthology has been assembled by
Carl Watner (from many of his past articles, as well as those of
others), and contains an original Foreword by John Taylor Gatto.

This anthology argues against government education in a unique way.
One who advocates voluntaryism opposes government schools, not because
he opposes schooling but, because he opposes coercion, which is to be
found in government taxation, compulsory attendance laws, and in the
monopolization of public services. Most of us would agree that there
should not be any state religion; that religion should not be
supported by taxation; and that people should not be compelled to
attend religious services. Why shouldn’t the principles of
voluntaryism in religion apply to education?

All government depends on the cooperation and/or tacit consent of the
majority of its citizens. When the state could no longer use
government churches to legitimize its rule of the divine right of
kings, some other institution had to be found that would induce
consent among the masses. Government schools became the chosen
instrument to produce good citizens for the state. Indoctrinate the
young: then they will support the state for the rest of their lives.

America is at a cross roads of cultural and economic disintegration,
yet voluntaryists believe that there is hope. It is to be found in
home schooling. Rather than cursing the darkness, parents can light
one small candle of wisdom and learning and pass it along to the next
generation. “Ages of experience testify that the only way society can
be improved is by the individualist method; … that is, the method of
each one doing his best to improve one.” This is the quiet or patient
way of changing society because it concentrates upon bettering the
character of men and women as individuals. As the individual units
change, the improvement in society will take care of itself. In other
words, if one takes care of the means, the end will take care of

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: December 31, 2010; 11:59PM (EDT)


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM December Book Giveaway blog article.

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work!

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WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on the morning of January 1, 2011.

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CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know who won on this blog after the January 1, 2011, drawing. (Alright, this is New Year’s Day. If I have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, this may run a day or two late. Alright, if I have a great New Year’s Eve we’re probably looking at a week late. [Wish me luck!])

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12 Responses to “December Book Giveaway from Parent at the Helm!”

  1. Crystal Hallem says:

    I would love this, will probably have to buy it if I don't win it 😉

  2. I wanna win I wanna win! (again!)pick me pick me!! 🙂

    Yall are great to give these books away. Juliana

  3. Dana Wood says:

    This book sounds so interesting, I would love to have it. 🙂

  4. diana jenner says:

    Thanks for all you do Linda 🙂 I'll share the book when it lands in my lap <3

  5. Jamie says:

    Thanks for entering me!

  6. Debbie H. says:

    Hey, I am very glad to see this as one of the book giveaways. The Voluntaryist is a very thought-provoking publication so I know this book will be awesome.

  7. Chris Lincoln says:

    What a great opportunity for someone, hopefully me : )

  8. Dawn says:

    I would be very interested in reading this book.

  9. Mara says:

    Sounds like a great book. Nice website too 🙂

  10. Holly says:

    Would love to read this book!

  11. Suzy says:

    Thanks for the offer, Linda.

  12. I am going to check out that website. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. You have such a great site!

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