Akiva Malamet is completing his BA in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) in Israel. He is an incoming MA student in Philosophy and a member of the interdisciplinary program in Political and Legal Thought (PLT) at Queen’s University, Kingston, and Frédéric Bastiat Fellow in political economy and public policy with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He has written for Liberal Currents, Libertarianism.org, and other publications. He was a winner of the 2018 ‘Carl Menger Undergraduate Essay Contest’ for his paper “Spontaneous Order as Social Construction”, from the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics (SDAE).
You can find the essays mentioned here:
Additional Programming Notes:
First, I want to apologize for the slow production schedule these past few months. We’ve of course been dealing with pandemic-related chaos, followed by Zach’s house flooding, and now many of us are involved in organizing in our cities as accomplices to the movement for black lives. We’re trying to get back onto a regular production schedule, but we appreciate your patience in the meantime.
Secondly, at the beginning of this interview, we talk a bit about the movement for black lives, racialization, and white supremacy. It’s directly relevant to Akiva’s work on nationalism and identity formation, but I want to note that Akiva and I are both white and encourage listeners to seek out the voices and writings of black anarchists and radicals in this time. There are a few essays and manuscripts below that I would recommend, including the work of William C. Anderson and Mariame Kaba, who are both black radicals worth reading.
Finally, an update on podcast merch! We’re planning on releasing new Mutual Exchange Radio merchandise in the fall. Thanks to everyone who responded to our poll on Patreon, it was helpful in deciding what items to stock. All patreon supporters will get one piece of merch for free when we release the line up, and it looks like coffee cups were the most in demand. Before the merch is finalized, we’re also updating the MER logo, so look out for a newer, slicker logo towards the end of the summer, and a whole line of new swag shortly after that.