Should political activists work within corrupt institutions in order to reform them, or should they try to affect social change only by working outside “the system”? Nineteenth century individualist Benjamin Tucker advocated the latter strategy, insisting that social harmony could not be achieved by cooperating with coercers.

Wendy McElroy is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Other Independent Review articles by Wendy McElroy
Winter 2011/12 The Freedom to Cross a Border
Winter 1997/98 Benjamin Tucker, Liberty, and Individualist Anarchism