Coercion vs. voluntarism

[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state — what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations — what we can call civil society … In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does … Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.

Author: Greg Raven

Free minds and free markets.