Slaves to Duty by John Badcock, Jr.

John Badcock, Jr was a British individualist anarchist who was actively involved in the "Free Currency" and Free love movements of the 1890s and who set himself against the prevailing altruistic and leftist currents of his time to proclaim the sovereinty of the individual. Acknowledging Nietzsche and Stirner as his inspiration, Badcock regularly contributed articles and letters to Benjamin Tucker's Liberty. Surprisingly, it was not his egoistic critiques that caused the most controversy amongst Liberty's readers, but his 1896 article called "The Money Famine", which opposed the State's monopolization of money issuance! What he'll be most remembered for, however, is this devastating essay where he mounts a sustained attack on the spook of duty, not only as a word without a referent, but also as a disguise for the domination of some people by others, and as an obstacle to the individual's self-determination. Duty, to Badcock, boils down to imposed obligation, self-sacrifice, the waste of living powers, and the thralldom of the individual to authority-and only when this superstition is abandoned is the mind really emancipated and the individual free to rise to the highest experience of which his or her nature is capable. Self-styled revolutionaries will find Badcock's arguments mortifying, if they can even bring themselves to read them at all.

Contents:
Introduction by S. E. Parker
Slaves to Duty by John Badcock, Jr.
Egoism by John Beverley Robinson

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