“Brad” at WendyMcElroy.com talks about voluntary simplicity as a way of building freedom. Excerpts:
Are you tired of feeding the State your tax dollars? Tired of contributing to the War in Iraq, or the War on Drugs, or welfare, or earmarks, or stupid laws, or fat Congressional paychecks? I can tell you a simple and totally legal way to reduce the amount of tax you pay.
Earn, and spend, less money.
Having to earn more money than you really need enslaves you in two ways. First, your most precious and irreplaceable asset — your time — is diverted, not to achieve your goals, but to achieve someone else’s goals. (This may be the case either if you’re a “wage slave,” or if you’re self-employed.) Second, a huge slice of your earned income is taxed away from you, and goes to fuel the State.
So if you want more freedom in your life, start by asking: what things that you spend money on are essential to your happiness, or to achieve your personal goals; and what things are not? The process of reducing your life to the essentials has been called “voluntary simplicity.”