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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!

Virtual Molinari Society Panel on Rights: The Reboot

This coming Monday, April 5th, the Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Pacific Symposium in conjunction with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (5-10 April) via Zoom.

This panel has some overlap, both in personnel and in content, with the one we did in January for the Eastern APA, but it’s not identical.

Only those who cough up the hefty registration fee will be able to access the session, so no chance of free-riding this time around (the APA’s decision, definitely not ours; the APA is both pragmatically and morally confused about the costs and benefits of allowing free-riding at its conferences, but that’s another story). But there’s a substantial student discount, verb. sap. Anyway, here’s the schedule info:

Molinari Society symposium:
Radical Rights Theory

G2A. Monday, 5 April 2021, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pacific time

chair:
     Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

presenters:

  • Jesse Spafford (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “You Own Yourself and Nothing Else: A Radical Left-Libertarian Solution to the Self-Ownership Thesis’ Pollution Problem
  • Jason Lee Byas (University of Michigan), “Stolen Bikes & Broken Bones: Restitution as Defense
  • Zachary Woodman (Western Michigan University), “Extended Cognition as Property Acquisition”
  • Gary Chartier (La Sierra University), “Natural Law and Socioeconomic Rights”
  • Cory Massimino (Center for a Stateless Society), “Two Cheers for Rothbardianism
  • Roderick T. Long (Auburn University), “How to Have Your No-Proviso Lockeanism and Eat It Too

See the full schedule here.

I’ll be chairing the panel from the road, so let’s hope my motel’s wifi is up to the challenge. Still, can’t be worse than the Eastern session, when my power actually went out in the middle of it.

The Outgroup: Live Episode at Coup de Gras

Here’s The Outgroup with a special live episode freely available for everyone to watch here on YouTube. We recorded this back in February at the Coup de Gras virtual festival.

The two primary topics our lovely team focuses on discussing here, are the Trump impeachment and the events surrounding it, as well as economic action Biden has taken in order to alleviate living and working conditions.

Come join us for some coffee and political commentary from a market and individualist anarchist perspective.
If you’re interested, you can also check out some of the other podcasts C4SS hosts, such as Logan Marie Glitterbomb’s Green Market Agorist podcast, Mutual Exchange Radio, and The Enragés.

We thank all our supporters! If you want to become one, and access more episodes of The Outgroup, we would greatly appreciate it if you’d support us on Patreon for as little as just 2$ a month.

Nathan Goodman on the IHS Podcast: Border Militarization as an Entrepreneurial Process

GMU Economics PhD candidate, and former Lysander Spooner Scholar at the Center for a Stateless Society, Nathan Goodman, joins historian Dr. Anthony Comegna at the The Institute for Humane Studies’ podcast, Ideas in Progress, to discuss

“[…] some of the events of this past year, the rise in militarization of the police, the protests in Portland, unwieldy powers, and political entrepreneurship.”

The discussion unfolds around several kinds of entrepreneurship, beyond what the term is often understood to mean, and develops into a discussion on the topic of border policing and the seeking of opportunity in political contexts political entrepreneurship.

You can listen to the full episode on Soundcloud here or below:

Letter of Disassociation from Michel Bauwens (Repost)

The following is a letter of dissociation originally posted here which declares the creation of the P2P Left community and announces the undersigned’s dissociation from Michael Bauwens and the P2P Foundation.

For evidence and history of Bauwens’ reactionary turn, please see the Appendix here.

 

In recent years the P2P Foundation has become the dominion of a single man: its founder Michel Bauwens. Despite its stated commitment to the “commons”, under Bauwens’ direction the P2P Foundation has increasingly come to represent an understanding of the commons as a place of white privilege and punitive male fragility.

Over the last few years, despite concern from long-standing members and close associates, Bauwens has transformed the P2P Facebook and P2P Foundation Wiki pages into what many of us perceive to be a pulpit for reactionary and conservative politics. This is done to the extent that members who identify as and with women, people of colour and the LGBT community have felt unheard, demeaned, disparaged and unsafe.

Bauwens’ posts and curation in the P2P Foundation’s Facebook group have increasingly promoted anti-left, anti-feminist, anti-justice “Intellectual Dark Web” and even alt-right videos and talk pieces.* This has been extended to include offshoots like the P2P Research Clusters and P2P Politics and Policy groups. Right-wing tropes are commonly found in the posts Bauwens curated in recent years, including: the claim that anti-racists and feminists promote “reverse racism” and “misandry”, that Black Lives Matter is a “neo racialist” movement seeking societal domination, that white privilege theory oppresses whites because of innate characteristics, that the transgender rights movement is “anti-woman”, and that social justice movements seek “inverse status hierarchies” or “reverse hierarchies of domination” in which white males are permanently at the bottom.

To many, Bauwens’ posts and curation regurgitate, in various different forms, the general reactionary trope that “those people don’t just want to be equal, they want to be superior.” Members of the community have repeatedly expressed dismay at this content which promotes many of the same dangerous tropes about “SJWs”, “cancel culture”, “snowflakes” and being “woke” that emerged from post-2014 GamerGate and Channer culture.* As the screenshots of his activity in the Appendix demonstrate, this is neither infrequent nor done in the spirit of advancing discussion of P2P ideas. In fact his constant focus on fighting “identity politics” is pursued to the near total exclusion of advancing the commons.

Bauwens claims the promotion of this content as “open curation” and “promoting discussion”. We believe such rationale is entirely disingenuous. The relevant articles and videos he posts are only from the alt right and “Intellectual Dark Web”, and are published without any critical contextualizing. On the contrary, while people are free to say hateful things like “trans women are men”, anyone who challenges the alt right material he presents or defends intersectional analysis, is denounced for apparent “racialism” and banned from the group. The curation is not “open”, but very much closed.

From our consistent observations over several years, we are concerned that Bauwens has turned the P2P Foundation’s Facebook groups and discourse on P2P into a reactionary and racist echo chamber. Perhaps most alarmingly, he recently announced that he would surrender leadership of the Facebook groups only to a leadership group that embraced the same —explicitly “anti-woke”— ideology, whose tenets are now being added to the P2P Foundation Wiki pages as guiding dogma.

As a result, P2P Foundation’s Facebook groups now exhibit characteristics and promote ideas that look towards right wing, reactionary views. We are concerned that this could potentially serve as a radicalization group, drawing people into far right recruitment.

We are compelled to take this action and produce a public letter now out of concern for the people who come to the P2P Foundation with a sincere interest in alternative production and distribution models and find themselves embroiled in what some have characterized as Michel Bauwens’ personal culture war. Furthermore, we are extremely worried that interested and passionate people may also be subjected to alt-right talking points which are carefully honed to sow division among people who could otherwise more easily combine forces towards commons based production.

As a result of this shift, Bauwens has been disinvited from high-profile events that would otherwise have benefited both the P2P Foundation and P2P or commons-based thought more generally. Rumours of his alt right radicalization are spreading rapidly and have caused concern among other organizations, Bauwens has publicly complained about being deplatformed, his “free speech” curbed, and has encouraged his followers to swarm those who disinvited him with mob criticism.

Michel Bauwens has done a great service to commons scholarship as an aggregator of prevailing tendencies—but he has overstepped his role as curator of the community. Historically, the commons always required the magnanimity of a sovereign whose authority presided over and protected the territory of the commons. This is perhaps the secret hegemony and patriarchal model in Bauwens’ Commons.

We, on the P2P left, want a commons scholarship which is radically intersectional and heterodox. Our “Left” commons is built on the principle of commoner’s control and a comprehensive understanding — which is race-conscious, feminist and socialist — of how power is produced and distributed.

P2P Left members are committed to exploring a more egalitarian P2P mode of exchange. This egalitarian approach understands that historical forces have shaped us powerfully and created many systemic differences that cannot be overlooked nor wished away by imagining some even playing field that is yet to be brought into existence. The very violent forces that have created inequity have shaped how we think and how we experience the world; any movement that does not attend to this and reflect the shifts required will sadly only end up replicating the very same violence and uneven distribution of power that we are fighting to transform.

We left to generate a group closer to the original aspirations of a P2P movement informed by a critical consciousness, sensitivity and the knowledge and practices of intersectional thinking forged in the struggle by those at the front lines. We welcome heterodox perspectives that may be less addressed in other forums including Marxist, Communist, Anarchist, Feminist, Postcolonial, Indigenous, Abolitionist, Racial Justice Positive, Queer, Hacker and Pirate.

This is not about Michel Bauwens being wrong, this is about safety for people of colour, LGBT and women in the community. We emphasize that all efforts (including personal, offline appeals) to bring Michel to a place where reasonable, responsible discussion on these issues can safely be had, have failed.

Therefore we the undersigned in the P2P community disassociate ourselves from Michel Bauwens, and we ask others to consider doing the same.

  • Kevin Barron, ICT Director (retired) Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Joanna Boehnert, lecturer, designer, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
  • adam burns, founder free2air.org & internet commons forum, freifunk; member, thinker & doer @ dyne.org Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
  • Kevin Carson, researcher of postcapitalist transition, northwest Arkansas.
  • Ruth Catlow, Co-founder & Artistic director of Furtherfield, UK.
  • Karolien Chromiak, artist, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Gabriella Coleman, anthropologist, academic, author, Wolfe Chair in Scientific & Technological Literacy at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Rebecca Conroy, artist and independent scholar, Sydney, Australia.
  • Josef Davies-Coates, United Diversity.
  • Kevin Flanagan, Anthropologist, P2PF contributor from 2008 and core team 2013-2015, Ireland.
  • Gisle Frøysland, artist, curator and director of Piksel – festival for electronic art and free technologies, Bergen, Norway.
  • Dr Marc Garrett, Co-founder of Furtherfield. London, UK.
  • Baruch Gottlieb, artist, curator and writer, Berlin, Germany.
  • Ela Kagel, Co-founder & Managing Partner SUPERMARKT Berlin.
  • Maxim Khailo, programmer, Firestr p2p communication platform, Seattle.
  • Dmytri Kleiner, software developer, Berlin, Germany.
  • Cindy Kohtala, researcher of peer production, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Elisabeth De Laet, artist, CHT/Totalism.org hackbase, Canary Islands.
  • Elsie L’Huillier, Commoners Co-op, Australia.
  • Adrià Garcia i Mateu, designer at holon and researcher at dimmons.net in Barcelona.
  • Dr. Nicolas Mendoza, P2P Foundation collaborator & co-author circa 2012-2015; School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
  • Alekos Pantazis, researcher, Tallinn University of Technology & core member, P2P Lab.
  • Alex Pazaitis, researcher & core member of the P2P Lab, Greece.
  • Rok Plavčak, writer, editor, Slovenia.
  • David Potočnik, CHT/Totalism.org hackbase, Canary Islands.
  • Sharon Prendeville, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University and Co-Founder of OSCEdays.
  • Christina Priavolou, Researcher & core member of the P2P Lab, Greece.
  • Ben Robra, researcher of CBPP and Degrowth, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Poor Richard, creator and first admin of P2P Facebook group.
  • Penny Travlou, lecturer and Co-Director Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research, Athens, Greece.
  • Jayu U, translator, Brazil.
  • Simon Yuill, artist, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Dr. Jedediah Walls, former research practicum intern with the P2P Foundation.
  • McKenzie Wark, Professor, New York, NY.
  • Simon Worthington, Editor – Generation Research

To add your name to this letter of disassociation in solidarity, please email p2pleft [at] protonmail.com.


* The discourse mentioned includes articles from conservative media celebrities, particularly from the US; non-academic, non-journalistic, at times explicitly racist, videos on YouTube that researchers have classified as belonging to or adjacent to the ‘alt right’; conservative mass media tabloids; articles from Quillette and Areo online magazines; and “Intellectual Dark Web” commentary videos. Figures as authors and speakers include Bari Weiss, Jesse Singal, Lindsay and Pluckrose, Andy Ngo, and the Rubin Report. Quillette and Areo are conservative magazines for editorials, opinions and non-peer reviewed articles marked by anti-feminism and concern with “anti-whiteness” and Quillette particularly publishing on eugenics and ‘race realism’. (For more on the IDW, see e.g. this Vox article; this Data and Society report; and Lewis (2020).)
An excessive immersion into this online reading and video material, which stimulates anger against women and BIPOC as “causes” of economic deprivation, is known as being “redpilled”. (See this NYT articleZuckerberg (2018).)

The increasing frequency of events such as GamerGate (which involved death threats to the women involved) and mass killings by radicalized white nationalists, indicates that what appear to some to be mere “online interactions” on social media have very real world consequences. Moreover, given the reputation of Facebook as actively facilitating election manipulation, dissemination of hate groups and unethical practices related to citizens’ personal data, the sheer amount of time spent on keeping P2P commons practitioners beholden to a surveillance capitalist platform without careful moderation to protect its own members is highly questionable. (See e.g. DiResta (2018).)

The Enragés: Infinite Possible Vectors of Progress

For the third installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson interviews Rai Ling, an Anarchist Without Adjectives interested in economics and markets.

This episode explores their article, “Scarcity and Abundance Under Anarchism” which was originally published at the Center for a Stateless Society on May 24th, 2020. The piece is an exploration of how anarchic, post-capitalist organizing might affect production and consumption trends, without making any explicit prescriptions on the content of anarchy.

We’re also excited to announce that you can now follow The Enragés (along with Mutual Exchange Radio) on the recently-revived C4SS YouTube channel, Feed 44

Non Serviam Podcast Featuring Alex McHugh: Egoism, Mysticism & Anarchist Tactics

C4SS Coordinating Director Alex McHugh, rightfully named a “passionate thinker and activist”, was recently featured on Non Serviam, a podcast “exploring the world of anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideas“. Alex joined host Joel Williamson to discuss his “unique perspective on egoism, spirituality, anarchist tactics, and more”.

[Alex is] an anarchist and activist based in Philadelphia, who’s interested in community building, mutual aid, the importance of civic institutions, and mysticism.

You can listen to the podcast either on YouTube or SoundCloud, as well as on major streaming Platforms.

Help Save SEK III’s Agorist Archive!

There’s an effort underway to digitize and catalog the writings of Samuel Edward Konkin III, founder of the Agorist movement. While some of his work is preserved in publications, there’s a lot that hasn’t been digitized or even organized yet and Victor Korman has taken on the project. Here’s a bit on what’s in the archive from the GoFundMe description:

I came into possession of much of Sam’s letters and records when he moved out of the AnarchoVillage in the mid-1980s. I had a garage there storing a lot of his stuff, which he said I could keep. Then once more — when he moved out of another apartment building in Culver City (which he dubbed The AnarchoVilla) — I was given leave to take more personal papers as well as his geriatric Macs (a PowerBook 150 and Powerbook 1400c) and a spindle of his backup data DVDs.

In addition, I possess the original videotapes and audiotapes that I recorded for courses he taught at The Agorist Institute and speeches he gave elsewhere in the late 1980s, which need to be converted from VHS and audiocassette to digital video and lossless digital audio formats.

We support this preservation effort for its value as a resource, while recognizing the problematic nature of some of Konkin’s ties and their contributions to the archive (i.e. Lew Rockwell and J.J. Martin).

Click here or below to donate now.

Green Market Agorist Episode 11: From Police Officer to Police Abolitionist (feat. That Dang Dad)

We’re excited to have Logan Glitterbomb’s Green Market Agorist podcast on the C4SS line-up this year! Check out the most recent episode — released in conjunction with the Coup de Gras festival earlier this month — below. You can subscribe to the Green Market Agorist podcast on Anchor or Spotify,  but we’ll be also be sharing episodes here and on the C4SS Patreon!


In this episode, Logan interviews That Dang Dad, a former cop turned radical leftist breadtuber.

Show notes for this episode of Green Market Agorist:

Credits:

  • Intro song: Greenwashing by Appalachian Terror Unit
  • Outro song: Here Comes Mardi Gras by GGA-Music

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The Enragés: Dragons to Slay

In the second episode of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson discusses with Eric Fleischmann their recent piece for C4SS “The End Is the Beginning: Abolition as Communicative Creation.” The conversation spans from the juxtaposition of violence and communication to the influence of violent institutions upon people to the importance of the dialectical method to the existing and potential alternatives to statism and capitalism and more.

Eric Fleischmann (he/they), is a left-libertarian anarchist pursuing an undergrad double major in anthropology & philosophy and is currently working around cooperative food systems. He is a close affiliate of the Center for a Stateless Society, the self-described “logistics gremlin” for The Enragés, and a co-organizer of & contributor to upcoming books such as Defiant Insistence: David Graeber, Anarchist, Anthropologist, Fellow Worker (1961-2020) & TOTAL ABOLITION: Police, Prisons, Borders, Empire. In addition, he is a founding member of the leftist student activism group at his college, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, and a member of the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers. He has also played in and currently plays in several punk, hardcore, and alternative bands/projects such as ConsumeristSoy.Manbitesdog, and NOPE.

(Note: Eric meant to say “positive theories of power” not “positive theories of value” during his discussion of political nihilism and during his recommendation of Michel Foucault’s works.)

You can now submit questions for our next guest, Rai Ling, on Patreon!

Announcing: The Northeastern Young Anarchists Network (NYAN)

It is with great excitement that I announce the formation of the Northeastern Young Anarchists Network. Formed by libertarian socialist members of several broadly leftist student activism groups on college campuses in the American northeast, NYAN (yes, like that nyan) seeks to be a lateral connecting point between anti-authoritarian leftists to discuss the finer points of anarchist theory and debate without the feeling that we must necessarily band together homogeneously to debate or counter authoritarian leftist views within activism groups. We represent a broad range of ideologies ranging from anarcho-communism to communalism to left-libertarianism to what Nathan Schneider identifies as “anarcho-curiosity” and beyond.

We are beginning as a reading/discussion group—starting with Emma Goldman’s “A New Declaration of Independence” and then, in our second meeting, a combination of Roger White’s “Post Colonial Anarchism” and a section of Twin Rabbit’s video “Stolen Anarchy”—but hope this will also become a communal space in which to share our various ideas and projects, enjoy ourselves, as well possibly transition into an action-oriented network at some point. If you are a young—define that as you will—anarchist based in the northeast as your permanent base of operations, here for school, originally from here, or even just have connections—strong or loose—to the region, consider joining our network by filling out the form HERE.

New Podcasts at C4SS: The Outgroup and Green Market Agorist

Big things are happening in the world of C4SS audio content!

We’ve got a new show joining the lineup — Logan Glitterbomb’s Green Market Agorist podcast, previously unaffiliated, will now be supported by the C4SS podcast team, and available here on the site and on Patreon. 

And we’ve updated our Patron-only round table show with a new name: The Outgroup. While this show is generally only available to our supporters on Patreon, we’ve made a few episodes public, including our 2020 round-up episode

You’ll also be able to catch both of these shows at the upcoming Coup de Gras virtual fair!

The Outgroup team will be recording live for the combination Mardi Gras ball and anarchist bookfair at 9:00 pm CST on Friday, February 12th.

Logan will be recording an episode of Green Market Agorist with “That Dang Dad” to be released Friday, February 12th as part of the festival.

You can catch C4SS folks on a few other CdG panels as well! There will be a general C4SS panel on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 pm CST featuring Kevin Carson, Nathan Goodman, Logan Marie Glitterbomb, Eric Fleischmann, and “Spooky.” Spooky will be hosting a panel around their pieceQueerness Is Not Collectivist, Reactionaries Are Not Individualists” at 3:00 pm CST on Saturday, February 13th and Alex McHugh will be appearing on the Egoism panel on Sunday, February 14th at 12:00 pm CST.

Register now to hear The Outgroup live, and to catch presentations from a wide variety of anarchist and anarchy-adjacent speakers, musicians, and activists! 

Here’s Logan with more on what The Green Market Agorist is all about:

In case you haven’t already heard, I have been hosting the Green Market Agorist podcast and YouTube/Bitchute channel in addition to my writings here at C4SS. My solo video output is sporadic at best but I keep a steady schedule with podcasts being released on the 15th of every month.

It is my joy to share these interviews and hope you enjoy listening to them. You can listen to the Green Market Agorist podcast on Anchor or Spotify and be sure to check out my YouTube and Bitchute channels while you’re at it. If you wish to support this project further and allow me more time and material resources to focus on it, you can do so by subscribing to the Green Market Agorist Patreon or SubscribeStar or by making a one time donation via PayPal or CoinPayments.

To learn more about The Outgroup, check out this post of our first-ever episode, which covers quite a lot of ground: 

On this episode… We discuss rising tensions between the US and Iran, as well as a number of controversies surrounding pride month from Taylor Swift, to companies and police at pride parades. Finally, we have a fun discussion about the ethics of throwing milkshakes at fascists.

To get access to every episode of The Outgroup, you can become a Patron of C4SS for just $2 per month on Patreon! We release a round table episode approximately every month, and Patrons get access to other kinds of bonus content, great C4SS merch, and now C4SS podcast mugs.

If you’re already a supporter, look out for a message soon so we can get these mugs to you. We’re excited to share them with you!

Statement on #YALtoo Campaign

While many in our network have likely already heard the news, in the interest of notifying those who haven’t, we’ve decided to share the following information on the ongoing #YALtoo campaign against sexual assault and misogyny in the libertarian movement. 

So far, most of the recent revelations have centered on Young Americans for Liberty staff, but YAL is far from the only organization (ours included) with these problems and we should all be vigilant against sexual assault and misogyny in our communities. 

In particular, We’d like to draw your attention to a survey being distributed by the Ladies of Liberty Alliance. Here’s LOLA’s announcement of the survey: 

It’s good to see people in the liberty movement finally speaking out about these longstanding issues. The C4SS team offers our support to the victims and to the folks at LOLA in their fight to reveal abuse wherever it exists and to hold responsible both abusers and those covering for them.

Green Market Agorist Podcast With George Donnelly

This month on the Green Market Agorist podcast, I interviewed cryptocurrency legend George Donnelly about bitcoin, bitcoin cash, agorism, privacy, and his upcoming appearance at Coup de Gras, which he recently ended up sponsoring.

So be sure to check out the Green Market Agorist podcast on Anchor or Spotify and check out the trailer for the Coup de Gras anarchist Mardi Gras festival on YouTube, Bitchute, and LBRY. More info can also be found on our website at coupdegras.wtf or on our social media, including Twitter, Flote, MeWeMinds, and Mastodon. So visit our website, snag your tickets, and come watch George Donnelly and our many other guest speakers talk on a variety of subjects.

Next month, I interview That Dang Dad, a former cop turned radical leftist breadtuber, with the episode launching a day early on February 14th as part of our Coup de Gras panel.

The #RedPearl of Africa is a Bleeding City

Youth from Uganda and across the diaspora have united forces to help build Global solidarity with the Youth in Uganda fighting to remove their dictator. Whether possible or not, global solidarity is needed as they continue to be under surveillance with the implementation of social media tax and social media blockages. Ugandan social media activists have been been tortured, kidnapped and murdered in the past – with most recently including journalists. They are reaching out and asking for social media users that are outside of Uganda and the African continent to change their display pictures to the colour red for the entire month of January, or the redpearl logo, while sharing with friends why; to stand in solidarity with Ugandan youth. The campaign is called redpearl because Uganda is the pearl of Africa, with red symbolizing the blood that has been shed in the hands of the government. They are also encouraging as many journalists from abroad to pick up on the story, to support the journalists who have lost their lives attempting to document to release what is happening. Journalism is not a crime, and neither is fighting for freedom. Uganda has had the same president since the 80’s, who has caused immense trauma to millions. The youth are fighting for their future generations, their country and their continent and have hope in Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to be the new face of Uganda. However, youth pose a threat to to the Ugandan government because they make up 80% of voters. This will be Uganda’s first digital election, already ensuring a lack of access from votes that matter most. They want to ensure that social media access as well as internet is not blocked off during January, as it has in past elections. The current opposition, Bobi Wine, has had his supporters, campaign members, family, friends, drivers and security murdered. This is their only chance. Lets stand in solidarity with the youth of Uganda.

Our Identities are anonymous for our safety.

The Enragés: No Bosses, No Landlords, No Bureaucrats!

In this first episode of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson sits down with Kevin Carson to discuss Kevin’s recent piece on the Center for a Stateless Society website “The Myth of the Private Sector, Part I: Why Big-Small and Vertical-Horizontal Trumps ‘Public-Private’”—a conversion that spans from the role of government interference in the scale and structure of economic institutions to the definitions of “large” and “small” to possible right-libertarian objections to Kevin’s argument and beyond.

Kevin Carson is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society (c4ss.org) and holds the Center’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory. He is an anarchist without adjectives, heavily influenced by autonomism and the new municipalist movements. His written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political EconomyOrganization Theory: A Libertarian PerspectiveThe Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, and The Desktop Regulatory State all of which are freely available online. His book Exodus: General Idea of the Revolution in the XXI Century is forthcoming. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just Things and The Art of the Possible, as well as his own blogs, Mutualist Blog and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.

You can now submit questions for our next guest, Eric Fleischmann, on Patreon!

Announcing Coup de Gras 2: Electric Luau!

Carnival season is upon us and Mardi Gras Day is fast approaching! How are you celebrating this year? Hopefully you’ll choose to celebrate with us at Coup de Gras 2: Electric Luau!

Coup de Gras is an annual Mardi Gras festival thrown by Krewe de Main, the krewe behind the Coup de Main land project. The festival was started in 2020 to encourage people to come out and check out the project. The first Coup de Gras was completely word-of-mouth and hosted on the former homestead owned by a number of Krewe de Main members and consisted of camping, community meals, radical discussions, parties, and parades. We were even joined on Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras Days in New Orleans by the one and only Vermin Supreme, immediately following his 2020 presidential campaign stop at the Libertarian Party of Florida State Convention that weekend.

This year will be a little different due to the pandemic, legal restrictions, and the fact that we no longer have the homestead to host on but we are spinning that to our favor. Sponsored by the Vermin Supreme Institute, Beyond the Ballot, and the Green Market Agorist, we are hosting something far bigger in scope than last year and we are hosting it digitally. The plan is to hold a five day Mardi Gras festival starting the Friday before, February 12th, and continuing through Mardi Gras Day that following Tuesday, February 16th. It’s part anarchist bookfair, part Mardi Gras blow out.

The first three days will be your typical anarchist bookfair setup with panels ranging from presentations to discussions to skillshares to workshop to podcasts to film screenings and everything in between. If you have a panel idea and wish to host it at the event, feel free to apply here. Don’t be shy. Topics can be anything relevant to anarchist politics and/or Mardi Gras.

We have several guest speakers and panelists throughout the weekend including Carne Ross, Evan Greer, Justin “Beau” King, Ford Fischer, James Weeks, Mike Shipley, Jae Em Carico, the Solarpunk Farmer, and Aron from Re Education. Podcast Titles Are A Spook, Non Serviam, The Serfs, Green Market Agorist, and C4SS’ very own Mutual Exchange Radio will be hosting special episodes at the event, including a special Non Serviam interview with none other than scott scrow. If you’re an activist, organizer, writer, breadtuber, podcaster, content creator, or artist of any sort, feel free to share your projects with us by hosting a panel.

Lundi Gras Day (Monday, February 15th) will be an open mic art day where anyone can share art in any medium they wish. Mardi Gras is a creative time, with live music, dancing, people wearing costumes, and decorating floats and “throws” for krewes to toss to attendees while parading, and we wish to embody that spirit as best we can by allowing people to show off their costuming, writing, music, drawings, painting, sculpting, comedy, theatre, or whatever other forms of art they wish to share. So be sure to sign up ahead of time to secure a spot or check us out day of and see where we can fit you in.

And finally, the climax of the event is Mardi Gras Day. Whereas most krewes will throw parades and/or balls, we can do neither this year so we’re doing the next best thing:

We’re hosting a cabaret!

Complete with music, comedy, burlesque, theatre, and the traditional crowning of the krewe’s Mardi Gras royalty (don’t worry, they’ll get what they deserve!), the cabaret will be one hell of a show. So far the lineup includes such talent as Evan Greer, Injekt, Gilt, Puddled, Jy Mack, Jake Flores, Joey Thibodeaux, Aron from Re Education, Vermin Supreme, Aqua Annette, Daquiri, Phoenix Midnight, and so many more.

Just as with the panels and the open mic art day, the cabaret is open for participation if you have anything you wish to submit. Performances can be done live or pre-taped. Apply here or contact us today to discuss details.

The event will be streamed from February 12th-16th with a social media component Matrix so that folks can connect, network, chat, and share knowledge, ideas, and resources. Details regarding the platforms and schedule will be released closer to the start of the event on our website at CoupdeGras.wtf so head there and pick up your tickets today!

Tickets are $10-50 sliding scale, with no one being turned away due to an inability to pay, and all profits will go towards our mutual aid causes which this year include the Logan Glitterbomb Freedom Fund and the Coup de Main land project.

Have a happy Carnival and can’t wait to see y’all there!

New C4SS Podcast: The Enragés

Center for a Stateless Society is proud to announce the beginning of a brand new podcast christened The Enragés, which will feature questions and casual conversations with authors about recent pieces they’ve published on the C4SS site. In comparison to Mutual Exchange Radio, this podcast will focus exclusively on the specific works of authors on the C4SS website and try to more regularly take listener questions. And we are excited to announce that Joel Williamson of Non Serviam Media will be joining the C4SS team as the host!

The name of the podcast comes from the loosely affiliated anarchistic and proto-socialist group known in English as the “Enraged Ones,” who split from the Jacobin Club during the French Revolution in their radical demands against monopolists and support for the French lower class. To give a glimpse into their still-relevant views, Jacques Roux—in his 1793 Manifesto of the Enragés—states:

Freedom is nothing but a vain phantom when one class of men can starve another with impunity. Equality is nothing but a vain phantom when the rich, through monopoly, exercise the right of life or death over their like. The republic is nothing but a vain phantom when the counter-revolution can operate every day through the price of commodities, which three quarters of all citizens cannot afford without shedding tears.

The first episode “No Bosses, No Landlords, No Bureaucrats!” features a conversation with Senior Fellow and Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory at C4SS Kevin Carson on his article “The Myth of the Private Sector, Part I: Why Big-Small and Vertical-Horizontal Trumps ‘Public-Private’.Give it a listen when it comes out this Friday!

Virtual Molinari Society Panel on Rights

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association via Zoom (7-9 and 14-16 January). Only those who cough up the hefty registration fee will be able to access the session, so no chance of free-riding this time around (the APA’s decision, definitely not ours; the APA is both pragmatically and morally confused about the costs and benefits of allowing free-riding at its conferences, but that’s another story). But there’s a substantial student discount, verb. sap. Anyway, here’s the schedule info:

Molinari Society symposium:
Radical Rights Theory

[Two timeslots back to back; we havent yet sorted the order of speakers or who’ll be in which timeslot – it depends on some logistical details that remain to be worked out (check back here for updates).]

12K. Thursday, 14 January 2021, 9:00-10:50 a.m. E
13K. Thursday, 14 January 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. E

chair:
Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

presenters:
Jesse Spafford (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “When ‘Enough and as Good’ Is Not Good Enough

Daniel Layman (Davidson College), “Keeping the Proviso in Its Place

Roderick T. Long (Auburn University), “How to Have Your No-Proviso Lockeanism and Eat It Too

Jason Lee Byas (University of Michigan), “Alienation, Forfeiture, and Two Concepts of Natural Rights

Cory Massimino (Center for a Stateless Society), “Two Cheers for Rothbardianism

See the full schedule here.

Were it not for the pandemic, I’d be heading to Manhattan for this event, preparing to dine with my co-panelists, to see friends in the NYC area, to catch up with colleagues in the profession, to visit some new museums, etc. But alas!

Anarchy and Democracy
Fighting Fascism
Markets Not Capitalism
The Anatomy of Escape
Organization Theory