Is working voluntary?
Generally speaking, we don’t consider consent to be meaningful if it is forced. If by threat (holding a gun to your head) or by physical force (someone kidnaps you, or otherwise prevents you from doing something with your body), you’re not responsible for what happens because of that.
If nobody else was around, and you were alone on this earth, you’d have the opportunity to work the land. You could farm, hunt, or gather for food. If you don’t work, you starve to death, and would have nobody to blame but yourself. That seems fair to me.
If there were others around, but you still have access to your own land to claim, you’d have even more opportunity–you can still work the land, but now you can trade for food, or choose to work for someone else, giving you more opportunity and leaving you free-er than you were before.
But lets suppose that all the land was taken by other people. Suppose you were willing work for your living in the original ways, but all the natural resources are now occupied, and now you must work for them, else you starve to death.
That doesn’t seem like a voluntary choice anymore. In virtue of having taken all the land, you now no longer have the opportunity to work for yourself, now you must work for other people. Not because anybody intentionally went and took your freedom, but by the bare logical fact of everyone claiming all the natural resources.
If so, the ‘choice’ to work for other people isn’t much of a choice at all. Sometimes libertarians will mock lefties for comparing voluntary employment to slavery, but as I just pointed out, its not entirely voluntary.
I suppose someone could respond by saying ‘you still have the choice of who to work for’. And undoubtedly, that’s better than not having a choice of who to work for. But that same logic could be used about the country you reside in–there’s other countries to go to, so does that mean that choosing to stay in this one makes participation in its laws ‘voluntary’? If options are insufficient to make consent to a country voluntary, then why should options make consent to a job voluntary?
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society