Howdy, folks! Another Sunday has arrived, which means it’s time to talk about what C4SS is doing, where we’ve been and what we’ve got coming down the pike. It’s your Media Coordinator Weekly Update.
An Agora Around Agorism
God, I love alliterative puns.
Anyway, every month C4SS picks a theme, and a selection of our Fellows square off against thinkers from other organizations and fields in a friendly debate/symposium on that theme. We call this program Mutual Exchange.
This month, we’ve centered the discussion around the countereconomic theory of agorism. Here’s a very brief rundown of what we’ve published so far in the series:
- C4SS Senior Fellow Nick Ford set the stage with an essay discussing what, exactly, agorism and countereconomics are.
- C4SS Fellow Jason Lee Byas contends that agorism is a way to bring libertarian politics out of the realm of electoral politics or state policy.
- C4SS contributor H.B. Dillon Williams IV (dang, what a name) brings both historical context and an argument that agorism and illegalism go hand in hand.
- C4SS Senior Editor Chris Shaw conceptualizes how new technologies can help further agorist goals.
- Nick Ford is back with a piece on combining countereconomics with classic anarchist/syndicalist tactics like the General Strike.
- Freelance journalist Derrick Broze assesses where the agorist movement is at in the project of moving from statism to freedom.
- C4SS Fellow Logan Glitterbomb calls for an agorist-syndicalist alliance.
- C4SS Lysander Spooner Research Scholar Nathan Goodman discusses the promising synthesis between agorism and feminism.
- Logan Glitterbomb comes back with a one-two punch on the similarities between agorism and illegalism, and how agorism is different from ethical consumerism.
We’ve got plenty more coming down the pike, so keep your eye on the Feature Articles section for daily updates to the series.
The Week In Commentary
We had a bit of a busy week this week on the commentary front.
First, major shoutouts must go to the Augusta, GA Free Press – y’all publish so much of our stuff it’s crazy. Kevin Carson got both of his op-eds from this week posted there. So did Meg Arnold with their piece on safe spaces. Thanks y’all!
Last week’s late submissions were Kevin Carson’s piece on capitalism not making us richer, and my piece on Colin Kaepernick. Kevin’s piece was picked up by the Augusta, GA Free Press. My piece was picked up by Antiwar.com, the Augusta, GA Free Press and the Michigan Standard.
All in all, everyone had a pretty good week when it came to pickups.
Steal This Review
James C. Wilson has a great review of Abbie Hoffman’s seminal rebel’s cookbook, Steal This Book, up in our review section now. Steal This Book holds a lot of significance for me, since once upon a time I was a member of a forum dedicated to bringing it to the internet in a wiki format. Here are some choice excerpts for the review:
If you are looking for an in-depth collection of arguments about the evils of the current system, this is not the book you are looking for. In fact it assumes in the intro that readers have already reached their ideological conclusions and are prepared to act on them.
This book is a fun read, and provides a heavy dose of late 1960’s radicalism. While many of the tips and tricks it offers are obsolete, it remains an entertaining work that boldly displays the spirit of the era that created it. In the years following its release, the US government discontinued drafting people to fight in Vietnam, taking away one of the New Left’s unifying issues. Also, a series of financial downturns took a heavy toll on much of the free-wheeling spirit of the sixties. Despite this, the influence of anti-authoritarianism, as well as its opposition to racism, sexism and imperialist adventurism are still strongly felt today. It is quite a book, and I’m glad I stole it.
Honestly, this week at C4SS was a really good one. Everyone has been bringing their A-games lately, and while we’re not churning out op-eds daily the ones that are coming out are golden. And there’s a way you can help. Want to know how?
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