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Solidarity with Afghan Refugees

Update (9/6/21) from IWA-AIT:

From the CNT-AIT France:

English

Companions of the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF-AIT) of Pakistan have established a fund for the purpose of assisting the passage to safety of refugees from Afghanistan. The funds raised will finance the cost of food, clothing, medicine and toiletries. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. This is an emergency matter.

Paypal account : https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8CzA1fkCiD

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French

Les compagnons de la Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF-AIT) du Pakistan a créé un fonds dans le but d’aider le passage en lieu sûr des réfugiés afghans. Les fonds récoltés financeront le coût de la nourriture, des vêtements, des médicaments et des articles d’hygiène. Tout don, même minime, sera grandement apprécié. C’est une question d’urgence.

Spanish

Compañeros de la Federación de Trabajadores Solidarios (WSF-AIT) de Pakistán han establecido un fondo con el propósito de ayudar a paso a la seguridad de los refugiados de Afganistán. Los fondos recaudados financiarán el costo de alimentos, ropa, medicinas y artículos de hygiena. Cualquier donación, por pequeña que sea, será muy apreciada. La solicitud es urgente.

Urdu

ورکرز سولڈرٹی فیڈریشن پاکستان کے دوست افغانستان میں رہنے والے انارکسٹوں کی مدد اور انہیں وہاں سے نکالنے کے لئے دنیا بھر کے ساتھیوں سے مالی مدد کی اپیل کرتی ہیں. پاکستان میں اس طرح کے مالی معاونت کرنی والے ویب سائٹ نا ہونے کی وجہ سے ہم اپنے پاکستانی کامریڈز کی درخواست پر ان کی مدد کر رہے ہیں. تمام ساتھیوں سے جتنا بھی ہوسکتا ہے وہ ہماری مدد کریں

Pashto

د کارګرانو د پيوستون فدراسیون د پاکستان دہ ملګرو څخه غوښتنه کويی چې په افغانستان کې د انارشیسٹانو او ګډوالو سره مرسته وکړي او د نړۍ له ګوټ ګوټ څخه د دوی مالي ملاتړ وکړي. څرنګه چې په پاکستان کې دا ډول ویب پاه شتون نلري ، موږ د خپلو پاکستاني ملګرو سره د هغوی په غوښتنه مرسته کوو. ټول همکاران باید زموږ سره څومره چې امکان ولري مرسته وکړي

Farsi

فدراسیون همبستگی کارگران از متحدان پاکستان می خواهد تا به آنارشیست ها و پناهندگان در افغانستان کمک کرده و از سراسر جهان به آنها کمک مالی کنند. از آنجا که چنین وب سایتی در پاکستان وجود ندارد ، ما به درخواست آنها از دوستان پاکستانی خود کمک می کنیم. همه شرکا باید تا آنجا که ممکن است به ما کمک کنند

Green Market Agorist Episode 15: Economic Calculation in the Spooky Commonwealth (feat. James Weeks)

Do we still need bosses? What would a real free-market look like? Can egoists work a day job? Dig into these questions and more with the always-amusing James Weeks and your host Logan Marie Glitterbomb.

Running show notes for Green Market Agorist:

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  • Intro song: Greenwashing by Appalachian Terror Unit

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The Enragés: Libertarians for Redistribution with Gary Chartier

For the eighth installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson met with Gary Chartier to discuss Gary’s left-libertarian classic, “Libertarians for Redistribution.

Gary Chartier is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics at La Sierra University, a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society, and is the author, editor, or co-editor of fourteen current or forthcoming books, over forty scholarly articles, as well as a couple of self-published books of poetry and homilies.

Visit Gary’s website – http://www.garychartier.net/

Author Spotlight: Bent Delbeke

C4SS would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest author, Bent Delbeke! Their first piece is The Concentration of Capital, and expounds on some of the possibilities and benefits of non-capitalist markets.

As part of our vetting process, we ask several questions in an attempt to understand where an author stands on certain key issues. Below are Bent’s responses to a couple of those questions:

National anarchism, for me, is an oxymoron. My view on the matter is that hierarchies are necessary if one wants to limit who gets into a community, and so a world with borders, even if they are heavily localised, is inherently in conflict with anarchist and libertarian-socialist ideals. We must base our communities on affinity and affinity alone. If one wants to do the work a community demands of its members, then one should be able to join this community, and so there is no place for reactionary politics regulating who gets to join a community based on ethnicity. Any form of nationalism is contradictory to anarchism as the nation is a societal construct that has to be held up by force, and so requires violence and hierarchies.

I am quite supportive of LGBT+ issues. I think both capitalism and statism have oppressed people with different sexualities and different gender identities, and ignorance is still rampant in our society when it comes to these issues, and certainly trans issues. From an anarchist perspective, I would argue that the greatest argument against homophobia and transphobia (and all other forms of bigotry) is the argument of the individual as being only subject to himself. One should be able to do anything one pleases with oneself, and any other consenting adult, it is no matter of the state, nor of “society.” And I think we should be defending LGBT+ and especially trans people against attacks on their identity and autonomy.

Our Twin Lineage: New Agoric Cafe Episodes!

If you haven’t subscribed to Roderick Long’s Agoric Cafe YouTube channel yet, you’re really missing out! On the Agoric Cafe channel, you can find videos and interviews “devoted to philosophy, politics, history, literature, and whatever else [Roderick feels] like sounding off on.” The interview episodes have been interesting and explorative and the most recent two will be of particular interest to C4SS readers.

First, for more classic libertarian fare check out this interview about polycentric mercantile law with Bruce Benson:

Episode description: Roderick Long chats with economist Bruce L. Benson about polycentric mercantile law in medieval Europe and among the Plains Indians; whether private law can work outside of small homogeneous communities; causation vs. correlation in the gun control debate; the perils of scissors-and-paste history; the abolition of criminal law; the incentival perversities of the reservation system; the inevitability of the state; and what intellectual debt he owes to the u.s. military.

 

Then, for a look at the other side of C4SS, watch this one on worker co-ops and wildcat strikes with Jack Ran of the Groundwork Book Collective:

Episode description: Continuing the San Diego bookstores series, Roderick Long chats with Jack Ran of the Groundwork Book Collective, a radical left-wing bookstore on the campus of UCSD. Topics include running a bookstore as an egalitarian collective; participating in wildcat strikes; surviving arson attacks; the dynamics of anarchist/Marxist cooperation; conflicts with the university administration; what campus leftists owe to Donald Trump; and the joys of reading Proudhon, Kevin Carson, and Shawn Wilbur.

 

Hope you enjoyed this update on Agoric Cafe!

The Outgroup: Industry Baby, Climate Change, & The Space Race

We’ve released this episode of The Outgroup publicly both as a way to announce our new Patreon levels and as a sort of apology for the recent gap in MER episodes. Thanks for your patience while we sorted things out! Mutual Exchange Radio will be back at the end of the month.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this episode of The Outgroup, featuring Alex McHugh, Logan Marie Glitterbomb, Evan Pierce, and Joel Williamson. This one’s a little explicit, but it’s a lot of fun. We talked reactions to Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby,” analyzed the billionaire space race, and stick around until the end for a quick round of the “Ideologue Game.”

If this preview isn’t enough to convince you, check out the recently upgraded support tiers over at the C4SS Patreon. We’ve added a new zine, and up to FIVE books for high-level sponsors. So if you’ve been trying to fill out your left-libertarian library, consider becoming a supporter today. Now, you can be part of the…

  • Benjamin Tucker Brigade ($2)
  • Lysander Spooner Gang ($5)
  • Karl Hess Corps ($10)
  • Elinor Ostrom Crew ($15)
  • PJ Proudhon League ($20)
  • De Cleyre Club (Assoc. Producer – $25)
  • Peter Kropotkin Union (Co-Producer – $30)
  • Gustave de Molinari Circle (Producers – $50)
Thanks so much to our Patreons for your continued support! 
The Enragés: The Pursuit of Abolition with Nathan Goodman

For the seventh installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson met with Nathan Goodman to discuss their article titled Abolition: An Economist’s Perspective. This article is a contribution to an upcoming C4SS anthology called Total Abolition: Police, Prisons, Borders, Empire.

Tune in to learn how economics can contribute to the pursuit of abolition, and how self-governance is best realized through polycentricity and the market process.

This fall, Nathan will become a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at New York University, where he will be affiliated with the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University, where he was a Ph.D. fellow with the Mercatus Center and a Graduate Fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Nathan’s research broadly focuses on political economy, applied microeconomics, market process economics, New Institutional Economics, and defense economics. He analyzes how alternative institutional arrangements shape the provision of security. Nathan is also the former Lysander Spooner Research Scholar in Abolitionist Studies at C4SS.

 

The Hadal Quadrants, Episode 2: Trans Youth Bills

In this episode of The Hadal Quadrants, host Leslee Petersen speaks to activists Ashley Shade and Logan Marie Glitterbomb about queer liberation, Pride, and the recent rash of trans youth bills.

Intro music by Joel Williamson

Be sure to follow The Hadal Quadrants on Facebook and Twitter.

And if you want early access to C4SS podcasts, free swag, and episodes of The Outgroupbecome a supporter on Patreon today!

Watch: Roderick Long on Liberty Webinars “How (and Why) to Be a Free-Market Radical Leftist”

Click below to watch C4SS senior fellow Roderick Long’s lecture on “How (and Why) to Be a Free-Market Radical Leftist.” This lecutre was originally presented as part of the Liberty Webinars, a format of online lectures with a subsequent discussion, organized by Students for Liberty CZ together with Slovak Students For Liberty.

How do free markets go together with leftism, and what is left-libertarianism? Are the markets in fact the best methods for addressing conventional leftist values, like concerns for discrimination, exclusion and hierarchy? Why might a libertarian reject capitalism? 

Roderick is a professor of philosophy at Auburn University, editor of The Industrial Radical and Molinari Review, and co-editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. He is also a founding member of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left and senior fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, and president of Molinari Institute and Molinari Society. You can read his blogs at https://praxeology.net and https://aaeblog.com, or watch his youtube channel Agoric Cafe.

The Enragés: The Monster That Exists with Jaimine

For the sixth installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson met with Jaimine to discuss his piece “Social Statism called Caste.

Without fearing the consequences, Jaimine writes boldly on a variety of topics including culture, hindutva, and economics. Jaimine made a political splash after spray painting “Taxation is Theft” on public walls in Mumbai, India, and was even interviewed by mainstream media in regards to the spectacle. He is currently in the process of completing his PhD in politics.

Show Notes:

Green Market Agorist Episode 13: Exploring the Hadal Quadrants (feat. Leslee Petersen)

In this episode of Green Market Agorist, Logan Glitterbomb interviews recent addition to the C4SS podcast team, Leslee Petersen. Leslee joined the team to host The Hadal Quadrants, a new show on the C4SS podcast network. You can find the first episode here.

We’ll also soon be migrating Green Market Agorist to the same hosting platform as the rest of our shows! This means you’ll be able to find GMA on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and more. Plus, we’ll try to maintain service to some of the alternative media hosting platforms where many of GMA’s followers listen right now. Look out for more info soon!

Running show notes for Green Market Agorist:

Credits:
  • Intro song: Greenwashing by Appalachian Terror Unit
  • Outro song: Bash Back by Night Witch 
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The Hadal Quadrants, Episode 1: Sex Work is Work

In this episode of The Hadal Quadrants, host Leslee Petersen speaks to activists Kitty Stryker and Cathy Reisenwitz about sex work, decriminalization, and the bills FOSTA/SESTA and its impact on sex work and internet culture.

Kitty Stryker has been working on defining and creating consent culture for over 10 years through her writing, workshops, and website consentculture.com. She’s the editor of “Ask: Building Consent Culture,” and is especially interested in bringing conversations about consent out of the bedroom into everyday life. Kitty also enjoys working as a street medic for direct actions, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and caring for her two cats. She identifies as a sex worker, queer, asexual, sober, anarchist and femme. You can find her at http://kittystryker.com/

Cathy Reisenwitz is a writer with bylines in The Week, Newsweek, Forbes, the Daily Beast, VICE Motherboard, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo, Ravishly, Kink and Code and other publications. Her newsletter is Sex and the State. She is the Head of Content at a tech startup and VP of Comms for San Francisco Sex-Positive Democratic Club. She is also a regular contributor to Exponents Magazine. You can find her at https://www.cathyreisenwitz.com/

The organizations mentioned in the podcast to support sex workers are listed here:
https://www.swarmcollective.org/
https://bayareaworkerssupport.org/
https://swopusa.org/

Intro music by Joel Williamson.

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And if you want early access to C4SS podcasts, free swag, and episodes of The Outgroup, become a supporter on Patreon today!

Mutual Exchange Radio: Jesse Spafford on the Libertarian Case Against Property Rights

In this episode of Mutual Exchange Radio, host Zachary Woodman interviews Jesse Spafford. Jesse is a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin working on the project REAL – Rights and Egalitarianism.

His research is focused on social and political philosophy with particular attention paid to debates between libertarians, socialists, and anarchists over the moral status of the market and the state.

Jesse espouses a version of left-libertarianism that’s quite different from what you’ll hear promoted by many here at the Center—a philosophical position that holds that certain moral principles traditionally associated with libertarianism are compatible with egalitarian views about the distribution of resources.

It’s a great episode for libertarians and anarchists alike. As Zach and Jesse dig into these differences and discuss what a stateless society should look like, you’ll find yourself questioning all kinds of prior assumptions. 

Further Reading:

And of course a huge thanks to everyone who’s been supporting us on Patreon!

If you haven’t signed up yet, now is a great time — we’ll be including a sneak preview of our upcoming new show on the Patron-only roundtable show The Outgroup this Sunday. So, if you want access to that sneak preview, all the episodes of The Outgroup, and more, become a supporter of C4SS on Patreon today.

Podcast Update: New Episodes, New Schedule, and a Brand New Show!

Hello podcast fans!

I’m excited to share that our podcast network continues to grow. This is largely thanks to the loyalty and support of our listeners, supporters on Patreon, and friends of the Center. So thanks!!

This support not only allows us to keep making great programs like Mutual Exchange Radio and The Enrages, but it also allows us to continue improving our craft. So, look out for higher audio quality, tighter edits, and a more organized approach to the C4SS podcast network in the coming months.

To start, take note of this newly-official schedule for show release dates:


We’ll also have a new show joining the lineup in June!

It will release every other Monday, starting on June 7th, 2021. 

Look out for a sneak preview of the new show on the upcoming episode of The Outgroup, which will release on Patreon on Sunday, May 30th.

Become a Patron!

Plus, if you missed the most episodes to come out, check those out below!


The Enragés: Embracing the Implications of Statelessness

Or, click here for the blog post and show notes.


Green Market Agorist Episode 13: Privatizing Investigative Services (feat. Ann Skelerton)

Or, click here for the blog post and show notes.

The Enragés: Next Time the Pendulum Swings

For the fourth installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson met with the Tech Learning Collective to talk about their article “Imagining an Optimistic Cyber-Future,” which is a creative exploration of radical strategies for a liberatory techno future. They also explore the impetus behind Tech Learning Collective and even offer some practical advice for those interested in carving paths toward a free digital world.

This episode was released in two parts. Here’s Part I: 

And Part II: 

Patrons got early access to both, and you can too by supporting our work on Patreon! Plus, you’ll get access to our upcoming episode of the C4SS roundtable show, The Outgroup, as well as three years of past Outgroup episodes, and swag from the C4SS store.

DJC x UMAW Instruments Into Prisons

Incarcerated people are still people. I am appalled that this is not common sense to everyone. Yet the opposite attitude constantly appears both implicitly and explicitly among a disturbing number of both members of the populace and U.S. government policies. From being denied certain kinds of reading materials all the way to being denied genuine human contact through solitary confinement, incarcerated individuals are treated as if they are not entitled to the essential forms of expression and connection that people need. One of these is music, but it has a long history of defiantly persisting despite the inhumane environments of bondage and incarceration. This can be traced back to the field hollers and spirituals of Black slaves to—post-emancipation onward—the prison work songs of forced laborers such as those recorded at state penitentiaries in Louisiana by ethnomusicologist Dr. Harry Oster in the 1950s. And this defiance persists to the modern day where, as Vernon Cook—who was sentenced in 2008 to 22 years in prison—describes, “Music is needed when you have 22 years hanging over your head. It was a godsend for me. In the band room, we became like brothers.”

This is why it is essential that as we continue our struggle to abolish the prison-industrial complex and the very institution of prisons entirely, we must support the expression of incarcerated people through music. Therefore, the Police Abolition (PoAb) Committee of the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers—the musicians union I am a part of and you may have heard of through our “Justice at Spotify” campaign—has partnered with Die Jim Crow Records—a record label run for and by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks and their allies—to help meet supply of music equipment (used and new) with demand from musicians within prisons through our DJC x UMAW Instruments Into Prisons campaign. If you have music equipment—including but not limited to microphones, midi cables, keyboards, drum kits, an alto saxophone, guitars (acoustic or electric), 4- to 8-track recorders, and teenage engineering pocket samplers—you would be willing to donate, please fill out the form HERE. You can also make monetary donations to support the shipping of donated gear and the purchase of additional gear through the donation page HERE. Also, check out the general website HERE.

Some of the groups and projects we’re looking to support initially are The Masses—a hip hop group formed at Allendale Correctional Institution made up of members Carlos, PC, Mac, Silent Jungle, i-Self, Tú, Wan, Big Clay, Bob-O, and Kev—who are looking to release an album in 2021, and Michael Tenneson—one of the lead artists on the forthcoming project Territorial—as well as others at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. Folks at San Quentin State Prison have also expressed interest in receiving gear.

Mutual Exchange Radio: Dispatches from Russia (C4SS Around the World)

In this special edition of Mutual Exchange Radio, Alex McHugh interviews Ilya, a Russian social anarchist and anti-fascist. Ilya has written for C4SS a couple of times as well as translating some English articles into Russian. In this interview, part of our “Around the World” mini-series with C4SS contributors across the world, we dig into the current muted nature of Russian political activism, the Russian far-right and the dangers they pose, and antifascist hardcore and anarcho-chanson music.

Get the “Dispatches from Russia” Zine: https://store.c4ss.org/index.php/product/dispatches-from-russia-reports-from-citizen-ilya/

Additional Notes:

Thanks to everyone who has made this possible by supporting us on Patreon! We’re just a few dollars from our first Patreon fundraising goal of $300/ month.

Click here to see the update & our full April line-up of shows.

Green Market Agorist Episode 12: Lifesaving Drugs

In the 12th installment of the Green Market Agorist Podcast, Logan Marie Glitterbomb sits down with a special, anonymous guest to discuss their experiences with cannabis, LSD, kratom, and other drugs. They talk about medicinal and recreational use, explore some of the depictions of drug use in media, and touch on some of the risks and responsibilities.

Happy bicycle day!

You can support Logan’s legal fundraiser here: https://gogetfunding.com/legal-defense-for-logan-glitterbomb/

Credits

  • Intro song: Greenwashing by Appalachian Terror Unit
  • Outro song: Escape from Existence by Diplöcrats

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For more content, check out:  https://c4ss.org/content/author/logan-glitterbomb

Or visit: https://greenmarketagorist.wordpress.com/

Help Reprieve!

Human rights advocacy and legal support non-profit Reprieve is raising funds in order to, “help fund the work of […] investigators, lawyers and campaigners fighting for justice around the world.”

They offer legal support to inmates who are being held illegally and fight for the rights of victims of illegal drone strikes. We think they’re doing the world a service with their work, which is why we are recommending to support them.

Remember that you’re not expected to give anything you cannot afford, but any and all help will always be appreciated.

You can find their fundraiser here.

It’s Time to Help the Lucy Parsons Center

The Lucy Parsons Center—originally opened as the Red Book Store in 1969 in Central Square, Cambridge but later renamed after the famed anarcho-communist and labor-organizer—is a non-profit, independent, cooperative radical bookstore and activist community center located in Jamaica Plain, Boston. As they write on their website: for years, the Center…

has been truly a community project of Boston’s radicals. Dozens and dozens of people have worked in the store over the years, mostly as volunteers, but some for pay (low pay). Boston’s progressive community has rallied again and again to keep it in existence. It was never affiliated with any one party or group, but was an independent radical bookstore. Its bulletin boards and shelves were open to all the many groups in the radical movement, very broadly defined. It seriously tried to represent all tendencies on the left.

However, since the offset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been forced to substantially downscale their activities and focus their efforts on helping operate the Solidarity Supply Distro mutual aid project. As they account, “while we’ve been able to stay afloat thus far due to a few generous monthly donors, our ability to remain solvent long-term and continue to provide an organizing and educational space for the Boston activist community depends on being able to return to regular store hours, and expand our services to offer online sales.”

Therefore, they are asking for donations to help pay their part-time staff so that they can open for consistent hours, rebuild their website and develop an online store, and return to regular programming such as radical movie nights and study groups once the pandemic has subsided. Any donations not budgeted toward paying staff members will, as they say, “go directly to keeping the store open, including replenishing our stock of radical literature, replacing our door (and otherwise restoring the space), and helping to cover our other monthly costs.” Please consider donating through this link HERE. It’s time to help the Lucy Parsons Center!

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