Editor’s Report, April-May 2016

We’ve been extremely busy here the last two months and I wanted to give you, the readers, some highlights of what we’ve been up to.

C4SS has been continuing to produce some extremely interesting and hard-hitting content that questions the economic and political orthodoxy being witnessed currently.

Here’s a few of the publications seen in the past two months:

Kevin Carson has continued his assault against intellectual property, showing how it is threatening human health and safety in the most atrocious of manners, and becoming much more deadly in its monopolistic tendencies.

Logan Glitterbomb has penned an excellent overview of the developing Kurdish anarchist societies in Syria which have taken on Bookchin’s model of democratic confederalism to great success, creating a society of equality between men and women while surrounded by reactionary forces in the forms of ISIS and al-Nusra.

Grant A. Mincy shows that the declining coal industry in Kentucky need not be the disaster that some have painted it as. Rather, the burgeoning alternative economy that already exists in the region is showing a way of transitioning the economy not just away from coal, but also from wage labour, pushing it toward a small-scale, decentralised economy of craft production and niche market activity.

Roderick Long provides an interesting overview of the Paris Commune, showing how it did not fit the model of pure communism but was actually much closer to market anarchism. Long also translates a piece by Jules Vallès who wrote of a “cosmopolitan secessionism” being present in the Commune.

Finally, I have written about the advertising industry and its twin, big data, as products of state privilege and subsidy. However, there is a glimmer of hope, as the decentralising tendencies in big data and advertising technologies gives the potential for more power being given to the consumer and away oligopoly interests.

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