We Are Nonviolent
We do not believe, or endorse, violent acts of aggression. There's no
excuse to hurt someone who isn't directly, physically hurting you.
Words have power, ideas have power, and that is how we intend to change
government: by refusing to be silent.
We Are Not National
We intend to change our system from a top-down focus to bottom-up. The
Volunteer Movement is dedicated to starting political change from its
source: the people. This can't happen if we focus on national, top-down
policy. That's why we are Missouri-based, and focused on local and
state communities. Although federal policies can affect us, local and
state politicians are the ones who choose (or don't choose) to carry
Every year, our government puts up more barriers to real, meaningful
participation. Politicians insulate themselves with regulations, legal
jargon and staff bureaucrats. Political parties dominate elections to
the point that the outcome is often known before any votes are cast!
people have little time and even less chance of getting past
these obstacles. The Volunteer Movement exists to bring people back
into the political process. We support large-scale, radical reform that
will allow people to express their true wishes. Democracy lives or
dies in the heart of the individual, not in the supposed will of the
The Greater Good Does Not Justify the Lesser Evil
It's easy to talk about policies in broad, sweeping terms, but it's the
individual people who have to live with them. We do not believe in the
logic of the "greater good" where a minority of individuals may be
impoverished, jailed or otherwise wronged in order to make the
majority comfortable. Wrong is wrong, no matter how few, or who, gets
mistreated, or how many people benefit
from it. Therefore the Volunteer Movement stands behind the sanctity of
the individual - their life and their liberty - over
any supposed "greater good".
A Code of Honor
Character is important. Our leaders should be honest.
They should display humility and true moral courage, not
posture with arrogance in order to excite public anger, jealousy and
fear. They should be willing to take risks, but also willing
to admit their mistakes.
We can't expect our leaders to value these things, however, if we don't
value them in ourselves. That's why it's important that Volunteers do
their best to be people of principle. This applies not just to our
political candidates, but to everyone who takes part.
Volunteers won't share all, or perhaps even most, of the same
ideals. We do, however, have this in common - a respect for
each other's freedom. Our unifying principle is that our government
has no right to coerce a person in moral matters or civic affairs,
except to prevent harm to another.
Beyond this, Volunteers would also ideally:
- Share a reverence for life, responsibility and the pursuit
- Respect different ideas and cultures, in the same way they
would want their own to be respected.
- Believe that people are entitled to the fruits of their own
labor for which they have a personal use.