the principle of relying on voluntary action (used especially with reference to the involvement of voluntary organizations in social welfare).
the doctrine that the will is a fundamental or dominant factor in the individual or the universe.
Here is an ideology to run through the CACA tester, but first let’s admit what is good about it. The idea that humans have a will, that they make choices and that this is a very important part of what it means to be a human being…
Agreed. It is also a Human Universal, according to anthropologist Donald Brown. While some suggest that humans have no free will, that they just react to stimuli like paramecium (some scientists) and one cleric said humans have no free will but are manipulated by God like puppets on a string (John Calvin) I say these folks are full of crap.
How about relying on voluntary human action in social settings? That sounds good, especially as opposed to the alternative: relying on force in social settings. Relying on force has been tried over and over-and quite frankly, we humans hate it. We all do. So there are two good things about voluntarism.
In fact, I was once a volunteer coordinator for a whole region and am a big fan of volunteers. So voluntarism passes the first stage of the CACA tester: Is it moral? Sure, it is moral to volunteer and to exercise your power to choose.
The second stage of the CACA tester is more problematic: Does it work? Well, volunteers do a tremendous of work around the world. Go volunteers! But there is a fly buzzing around here: the idea that only volunteers should fulfill the requirements of “social welfare.” Now we get to the political part.
Does it work? Have volunteers, ever, anywhere been able to solve life-threatening poverty? Famine? Mass unemployment due to political policies? Plagues? NO. Many noble volunteers have given much, some their very lives, fighting these systemic death-dealers, but they have failed. Then why would anyone suggest volunteers should be responsible for what they cannot accomplish?
Why? Because elites want to keep all their money and resent doing anything that benefits The Poors. To hell with the Poors-if they were not moral degenerates they would not BE poor. If you think I am exaggerating, you haven’t studied enough history.
Check out the Irish Potato Famine, for just for one example:
“The new Whig administration, influenced by the doctrine of Free Markets, believed that the market would provide the food needed and refused to intervene against food exports to England, then halted the previous government’s food and relief works, leaving many hundreds of thousands of people without any work, money or food…. Charles Trevelyan, who was in charge of the administration of government relief, limited the Government’s food aid programme because of a firm belief in laissez-faire. He thought “the judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson”.
Once again, the elite are using “the angels of our better nature” to keep all their money deep in their own pockets. And they promote “voluntarism” and “free markets” as a political ideology to do so.
So volunteer-it is very gratifying and very helpful. But do not fall for the elite lie that it can fix all social ills-it cannot. If you think it can-then go do it! Do it right now and social welfare programs will wither away from lack of need.
Go do it! No? Why not? Because it doesn’t work, that’s why, and so it fails #2 on the CACA test. It does not work. Throw it on the compost pile with the other manure.
But do volunteer. 🙂