STIGMERGY: The C4SS Blog
Jason Lee Byas on The Curious Task: “How Should We Deal With Historic Injustice?”

C4SS fellow Jason Lee Byas recently joined Alex Aragona on “The Curious Task” to discuss the complexities of responding to questions of historic injustice, reparations, and compensation within a libertarian framework.

Cory Massimino on Non Serviam Podcast: “Do Presidents Read Books?”

C4SS fellow, Cory Massimino, was recently on the Non Serviam Podcast to cover the all important question: “Do Presidents Read Books?”

Summary from Non Serviam: 

Returning from hiatus, the Non Serviam Podcast is back for a 37th episode! Now with long-time friend of the collective Lucy Steigerwald in the hot seat. Lucy is an accomplished writer and a self-described market-anarchist, feminist, and history nerd. Lucy is Contributing Editor at AntiWar.com, and you may also know Lucy from her writings at FEE, Vice, Reason, or her blogs; www.thestagblog.com, and www.lucysteigerwald.com.

For our first episode back, Lucy forced previous guest and market-anarchist Cory Massimino back onto the show and into an interview about everything from American Politics, to Ukraine, to Batman. If you don’t know Cory yet, he is a student of Philosophy and Economics with a focus on Anarchism, Market Processes, and Virtue Ethics.

View the full, downloadable catalog online at https://nonserviam.media/

Coming Up: Anti-Nazi Gaming League with James Weeks

Join us this Friday for the third Anti-Nazi Gaming League stream with special guest James Weeks, host of Podcast Titles are a Spook. We’ll be playing a good old-fashioned classic, Rogue Squadron, and discussing the latest in comic, gaming, and otherwise geeky news. In particular, we’ll be discussing Star Wars, the changes to Disney’s status in Florida, and the Square Enix shift toward blockchain games.

Tune in next Friday, May 20th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST to catch the stream!

You can watch in these places:

The Enragés: Credit As an Enclosed Commons with Kevin Carson

For the 15th installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson (@NalevoA3) met once again with Kevin Carson (@CPostcapitalism) to discuss Kevin’s two-part article series titledCredit As an Enclosed Commons” (https://c4ss.org/content/52718) andCredit As an Enclosed Commons, Part II” (https://c4ss.org/content/53425).

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 Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, The Desktop Regulatory State, and Exodus: General Idea of the Revolution in the XXI Century, all of which are freely available online.

Please note the new release schedule!

The Enragés will now release new episodes on the first Friday of each month.

URGENT: Logan Glitterbomb Needs Your Help

Logan Marie Glitterbomb – a longtime IWW organizer, one of the Center’s most prolific writers, and a close friend of mine – is at risk of being unhoused. She needs $3000 by the end of the month, or she and her roommate will be homeless. Logan is a disabled trans woman whose access to medicine and treatment is as tenuous as it is necessary for her survival. If she gets kicked out, she might die.

If you’re able, please donate and share this post or the attached links wherever you can on whatever platforms you have access to. This is always a tough ask, especially considering not everyone has social media or an income to spare, but please give whatever you can to help keep this woman alive. Small donations add up, we’ve seen this in action before, and we genuinely need all the help we can get on this one. Anything and everything is sincerely appreciated.

Below is Logan’s paypal and the link to her legal fundraiser, funds donated to either will go directly to her.

Thank you so much for your continued support, what we do isn’t possible without you.

Paypal: http://paypal.me/glitterbombqueen

Legal fundraiser: https://gogetfunding.com/legal-defense-for-logan-glitterbomb/

Mutual Exchange Radio: Abigail Devereaux on Complexity Economics

Abigail Devereaux joins host Cory Massimino on Mutual Exchange Radio to discuss the connections between complexity economics, systems theory, emergent order, science fiction, and more.

Dr. Abigail Devereaux is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth and Assistant Professor of Economics at Wichita State University. She’s also affiliated with the Independent Institute, the American Institute of Economic Research, and NYU’s Classical Liberal Institute. Abigail holds degrees in math in physics, both from Boston University, and had a career in high-tech focusing on complex systems science before getting her economics PhD from George Mason University. She fielded in complexity economics and Austrian economics. Her work these days is interdisciplinary and focused on two research programs: the mathematical and social implications of accelerating technological innovation, and the emergence of spontaneous orders.

We’re hoping to get back on the regular schedule this month! So, look out for our May episode on the last Friday of the month.

And as always, please consider supporting C4SS and our podcast project on Patreon.

The Enragés: Psychopathic Dumbfuckery with Andrew Kemle

For the 15th episode/14th installment of The Enragés, host Eric Fleischmann met with Andrew Kemle (@SadKemle) to discuss Andrew’s article titled Libertarianism vs Psychopathic Dumbfuckery or The Difference between Libertarianism and Psychopathic Dumbfuckery (https://c4ss.org/content/54821). 

Andrew is a master’s student in Political Science at the University of Calgary, specializing in Political Theory, Political Economy, and Comparative Politics. His major focus right now is on Jurgen Habermas’s conceptualization of the “public sphere” and the ways in which it does and does not intersect with anarchist political philosophy.

To get early access to episodes like this one, bonus content, and more, support C4SS on Patreon today!

Coming Up: Anti-Nazi Gaming League with St. Andrewism

Join us this Friday for the second Anti-Nazi Gaming League stream with special guest Saint Andrewism (Andrew Sage). Andrew is an Afro-Trinidadian solarpunk anarchist and YouTuber, and we’re excited to have him on the stream to chat about anarchism, Mardi Gras, Carnival, and more. In particular, we’ll take a look at the recent Batman movie The Batman and discuss anarchist perspectives on the franchise, along with boycotts in gaming, new releases, and other news.

We’ll be playing DC Universe Online and exploring all the different ways to be The Batman.

If you missed it, check out first stream, the Coup de Gras kickoff event here.

Then, tune in this Friday, April 15th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST to catch our second stream! 

You can find the stream in these places:

Call For Help For Elizabeth Sciabarra (Ms. Ski)

This is the kind of appeal that the family of Elizabeth Sciabarra (Ms. Ski to her students) never wanted to post. But we are facing some very difficult realities. My sister became seriously ill and nearly died in November 2020, which was followed by extensive spinal surgery in mid-March 2021. We nearly lost her again in mid-October 2021. Since that time, she has been receiving in-home hospice. As her devoted brother, I have been her primary caregiver—despite dealing with my own lifelong medical issues. As my own health has been compromised over these many months, we have been compelled to turn to health aides to assist with my sister’s in-home care.

My sister brings in a pension from her many years of service as an educator in the New York City public school system. She also brings in a Social Security retirement check. Given the state of American healthcare, she is in the unenviable position of being in that great “middle” ground where so many others find themselves—not “wealthy” enough to cover all her medical expenses; too “wealthy” to qualify for Medicaid. As a woman who has worked for over fifty years, and paid millions of dollars in taxes to local, state, and federal governments, she qualifies for a single Medicare home health aide, 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, though she needs 24/7 care.

Having maxed-out some assistance from the Council of Supervisors and Administrators for both the 2021 and 2022 calendar years, she is spending, on average, approximately $15,000 a month on aides and other non-insured medical supplies—more than she earns with her pension and Social Security combined. She has sold her car, exhausted her savings, and cashed-in retirement accounts—paying taxes on that too. Complete financial collapse can be avoided if my sister is placed in a Medicare-insured inpatient hospice, which would constitute a dramatic change to her quality of life. She wanted to remain at home, but without the financial capacity to do so, she will be compelled to make a decision that will break all our hearts. And hers most of all. Out of personal embarrassment and a sense of pride, she never wanted to make an appeal such as this. But after being in-and-out of hospitals and medical facilities for 17 months, even she realizes that this situation is financially unsustainable, threatening her ability to pay for even the basic necessities of life … food, clothing, and shelter.

We appreciate anything anyone can offer; we have no hope of paying anyone back. We only hope that a woman who, as an educator, devoted her life to helping thousands upon thousands of children and young adults, can raise enough funds that would allow her a level of dignity moving forward—despite the serious health challenges she continues to face every hour of every day.

Sincerely,

Chris Matthew Sciabarra (on behalf of my sister)

DONATE HERE

Anarchist Black Cross Musical Solidarity

One way that you can support anarchists in Ukraine is by purchasing Mother Anarchy:

A benefit album to raise money for anarchist and anti-authoritarians defending their communities against invasion in Ukraine, specifically the Committee of Defense affiliated to the Black Headquarters. All proceeds of this compilation will go to the Dresden Anarchist Black Cross, which is coordinating aid to these comrades.

Even if you can’t afford the $8 price tag right now, the music is still worth checking out. Defiant, somber, irreverent, and radical, Mother Anarchy spans borders, languages, and genres alike.

Mutual Exchange Radio: Special Cast – Inside Operation Solidarity

Host Alex McHugh interviews Salem, one of the founders of the radical humanitarian project Operation Solidarity, which is helping to organize anarchist resistance to the invasion as well as humanitarian support networks.

If you’re able to support this vital project with funding or material aid, please click through the linktree below.

CALL TO ACTION: Stop Upcoming “Patriotic Socialist Rally” in Austin, Texas

Tomorrow, March 12th, a group of self-proclaimed “patriotic socialists” (i.e. reactionaries) are gathering at the Austin Southpark Hotel. The event, “Free America from Neo-Liberalism,” will be hosted by Russia Today reporter and r/okaybuddytankie favorite Caleb Maupin, joined by Jackson Hinkle, Sameera Khan, Peter Coffin & Ms ACD, and Haz From “Infrared.” The rap sheet for all of these individuals is long, exhausting, and, for our present purposes, pointless. This is a deliberate attempt to radicalize white southerners with a surface-level emphasis on anti-imperialism and resisting neoliberal sorry, “neo-liberalism.”

The venue, as of right now, has no idea who these people are. One phone call can change that.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Call the Austin Southpark Hotel at (512) 448-2222
  2. Tell them you’re making an inquiry about an event on March 12th titled “Free America from Neo-liberalism”
  3. Ask the clerk to take a message for the manager (if the manager is on the line, all the better)
    • Make sure you state Caleb Maupin’s full name and his direct ties to Russia Today
    • Express your concern that “heavy security” will be provided by Maupin/The Center for Political Innovation
    • Emphasize first and foremost that these people (and of course Caleb himself) are spreading Russian propaganda in the explicit interest of spreading disinformation and radicalizing locals to side with Russia
  4. Remind them that you are a concerned caller who is worried about the kind of crowd (i.e. violent and disruptive folks) this will attract and the reputation of the hotel. You’re doing this for the hotel, not yourself.

This is only a rough outline of what, in my own experience, led the person on the other line to follow through. Feel free to add or omit whatever details you see fit.

Obviously there are many, many other more important issues with these folks than their ties to Russia, ranging from vehement antisemitism to genocide denial — and you’re absolutely free to recount these issues. I offer these points of emphasis mainly in the interest of your (and the hotel staff’s) time and to ensure this message is focused on issues that directly concern hotel management. As receptive as these folks seem to be, they probably don’t care about politics as much as we do, so I suggest emphasizing these core talking points instead. Remember, you’re trying to influence management at a private business, they don’t have time for a rant about the messy details of Maupin’s poor excuse for “journalism” (no matter how warranted it may be).

We will always stand against the tanks no matter where they roll up. Will you stand with us?

Mutual Exchange Radio: Special Cast – Inside the Russian Resistance

MER host Alex McHugh interviews C4SS Russian translator Citizen Ilya on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, anarchist resistance to war, and what things look like on the ground in Russia. 

We intend this to be a two-part series. An interview with some of the folks behind the anarchist humanitarian project for Ukraine, Operation Solidarity, is forthcoming in the next week or so.

Links:

Mutual Exchange Radio: Sarah Skwire on What We Can Learn from Literature

In this month’s episode, Alex McHugh interviews Sarah Skwire, Senior Fellow and Director of Communications at Liberty Fund about the importance of studying literature and language, and why social scientists should pay attention to works of fiction and literary history.

We got into quite a few interesting topics, including Shakespeare, early modern debates on economics, and how literature can be an excellent site for studying social debates from multiple sides and perspectives.

Sarah’s work can be found most often in the following places:


Next month, look out for Cory Massimino’s episode with Abigail Devereaux to discuss her work on complexity economics. We’ll also hopefully be publishing several bonus episodes about Ukraine in the coming month or so. It’s currently uncertain when those interviews will be done, but we’re in contact with anarchists in both Ukraine and Russia and working on getting a few dispatches together.

The Enragés: Boycotting Bad People with William Gillis

For the 13th installment of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson met with William Gillis to discuss Will’s article titled “Bad People: Irredeemable Individuals & Structural Incentives.”

William Gillis is a second-generation anarchist, lapsed physicist, and transhumanist, who has been interested in the egalitarian potential of markets since 2003. Will is the former Lead coordinator at C4SS whose writing can be found at the Center as well as humaniterations.net.

To get early access to episodes like this one, bonus content, and more, support C4SS on Patreon today!

Meet the Hosts: Cory Massimino & Alex McHugh

This year, C4SS Fellow Cory Massimino joins Alex McHugh as a host for Mutual Exchange Radio. For this first episode of the season, we sat down together to talk about intellectual influences, the upcoming podcast season, and C4SS’s forthcoming Mutual Exchange Symposium on Egoism and Anarchism.

See the Mutual Exchange Symposium here starting Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.

This should also be our last late release for a while (huge thanks to Cory here!) and we’ll be getting back on schedule in February. So, look out for episodes to post publicly on the last Friday of each month, and about a week early for our supporters on Patreon.

———————————————————————————-

Here’s what’s coming up soon: 

New Year, New Focus

As my listeners may have noticed, there has not been a new episode of the Green Market Agorist podcast this month. This is because Green Market Agorist will be taking a backseat for the time being as I focus on other projects. Dont worry! The podcast isn’t over! It’s not even officially on hiatus so much as it will be switching to a much more sporadic schedule.

There are many reasons for this. Things have become a lot busier in my personal life and trying to schedule guest interviews for each month is a lot of work to keep up with right now. I am so behind that I have not even made the switch from Anchor to Libsyn like I promised months ago. Switching to a more sporadic schedule allows me to schedule cool interviews that I think are relevant to the podcast while making sure that those individual interviews are of a higher quality. This also allows me the time to finally switch things over to being hosted on Libsyn alongside the rest of the C4SS podcasting network and add transcriptions for each episode to make them more accessible.

Switching to a more sporadic schedule also allows me to put more focus back into my writing and prepare for the 3rd year of Coup de Gras, our yearly anarchist Mardi Gras festival in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Be sure to keep an eye out on here for more upcoming writing of mine and be sure to check out https://coupdegras.wtf/ to buy your tickets to Coup de Gras 3: Tammany Drift today!

LIVE on Thursday: Coup de Gras Carnival Kickoff Livestream

As some may have heard, the Center for a Stateless Society has joined Krewe de Main as a co-host of this year’s upcoming Coup de Gras festival. Coup de Gras is an annual radical Mardi Gras festival launched in 2020 by Krewe de Main, an anarchist Carnival krewe based around the former Coup de Main land project in Southern Louisiana.

We also have a few exciting virtual and local events leading up to the festival, which takes place from February 25th to March 3rd. First, to get some hype going, and raise some funds for the event, we’ll be putting on our first ever Anti-Nazi Gaming League livestream this Thursday, starting at 4:00 PM CST. Some of our writers, scholars, and friends will be on the stream to game, chat, and hype up the festival. I hope many of you will tune in and consider supporting the stream. All funding will go towards Coup de Gras event expenses, with any extra funds raised going to our ongoing writer fundraisers for Logan Marie Glitterbomb and Anna Morgenstern. We’ll stream until we hit $1,000!

We hope to see you at this premiere livestream for the benefit of Coup de Gras!

Major guests on the stream include:

Where to watch:

Director’s Report: C4SS in 2021

Breathe in…. Breathe out… 

Wow what a year. After everything that 2020 brought, I think we were all expecting 2021 to feel like a bit of a break. Boy, were we wrong. Much like the rest of the world, we’ve had a tumultuous time here at the Center for a Stateless Society. 

While it’s easy to focus on the struggles, we’ve had some immense successes this year as well. It feels like the world is ready to give our particular flavor of anarchism a chance. People are continuing to leave party politics in droves, worker power is reaching a high-water mark, and the continued compression of everyday people between COVID and the slow collapse of global capitalism is leaving us with few alternatives to radical solidarity.

So let me start by thanking all of you for your radical solidarity in supporting C4SS throughout this crucial and difficult time. 

When we were kicked off of PayPal just a week before the NYC Anarchist Bookfair, it was easy to feel like all was lost. We’re still not exactly sure what triggered the move, but it seems likely the financial powers-that-be are realizing how much of a threat our work could pose. We know, for one thing, that other anarchist organizations were kicked off around the same time. 

While we’re still working out some of the kinks, your quick responses to our call for support allowed us to keep kicking. And not only that: but, for the first time in a few years, all of our projects are fully funded for the immediate future. As supporters and friends of the Center, I’m sure you know how much we’re able to do with very little. I’m extremely excited to see what’s possible with the kind of support we’re receiving now. 

We’ve also had some growth on the Coordinator team, with Enrico Sanna joining the crew as Translations Coordinator this year. It’s been a while since we’ve had a dedicated translations coordinator and it’s allowed us to do some really amazing things. In particular, Enrico has been working with our translators to expand our Stateless Embassies program and to re-invigorate our translations program. One goal that unites us at C4SS is the desire to see human beings freed from the bonds of national borders. So, Enrico’s work and the work of our many translators is central to our mission. 

This year, we’ve added new languages to our list, including Tagalog and Catalan. You can see the full list of Stateless Embassies here. Enrico has also worked with some of our star translators to produce translations of larger studies, such as Kevin Carson’s Libertarian Municipalism, or Municipalismo Libertario. We’re excited to continue the growth of the translations program, as well as the “Around the World” interview series on Mutual Exchange Radio

This is one area in which the recent wave of support has been especially impactful. Ethereum and other funding options are allowing us to continue paying translators despite losing access to PayPal. 

Another big announcement is that we’ll be co-hosting a radical, outdoor Mardi Gras festival in February 2022! 

Coup de Gras is an annual radical Mardi Gras festival launched in 2020 by Krewe de Main, an anarchist Carnival krewe based around the former Coup de Main land project in Southern Louisiana. This year, we’ve joined on as co-hosts to plan a five-day camping festival filled with panels, speakers, workshops, skillshares, vendors, cookouts, and parties, all culminating in the Coup de Gras Ball on Mardi Gras Day. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you there!

If you want a sneak-peek, join us on Thursday, 1/6 for a gaming livestream with some appearances from C4SS scholars

A major goal we had going into this year was to focus on increased outreach. Despite the challenges of doing outreach during a pandemic, we found a few ways to get our name and ideas out there. We had many speakers attend the virtual version of Coup de Gras this past February. And we’ve been encouraging writers to tackle basic questions around market anarchism and LWMA politics in the hopes of bringing new people in. 

This fall, though, we were able to finally table in person again. I personally visited the NYC Annual Anarchist Bookfair with Center fellows Nathan Goodman and Kelly Wright. We were blown away by the reception we received there. Maybe it’s just that everyone was excited to finally be at an in-person event again, but almost no one flinched at a table with the word “markets” all over it, and we got rid of just about everything!

Then, a week later, we sent Tony Dreher and Christopher Hudson Jr. down to Nashville for the annual Students For Liberty conference, now called Freer Future Fest. We got a few more confused faces there, but it was great to reach more students and to steer them towards fuller and fairer expressions of individualist anarchism. Chris and Tony both talked to quite a few curious college students. 

Huge thanks to those of you who made both of these trips possible by funding book shipments so we could be there, despite all our funding being tied up in PayPal at the time. 

Some of this success in tabling is attributable to the absolutely beautiful books we’ve been able to put out this year. With cover art designed by renowned anarchist artist N.O. Bonzo, we have two new books out this year. Liberatory Technology is our “homebrew edition” of Pyotr Kropotkin’s Fields, Factories and Workshops, together with Murray Bookchin’s essay “Towards a Liberatory Technology,” a Comprehensive Introduction, and the C4SS Studies “The Anarchist Thought of Colin Ward” & “The Homebrew Industrial Revolution” by Kevin Carson.

Defiant Insistence: Anarchist, Anthropologist, Fellow Worker is our way of remembering and honoring the late David Graeber. It features essays from C4SS in conversation with Graeber, or which build on his path-breaking work. Our fellow worker will be dearly missed, and we hope this publication stands as a fitting memorial. 

Next year, look out for even more from C4SS’s ever-growing publishing project, including a collection called TOTAL ABOLITION.

Finally, look out for some changes to the C4SS Masthead soon! Some of these are changes we just haven’t announced yet, such as Eric Fleischmann coming on as assistant editing coordinator, Can Standke taking over more and more as assistant audio coordinator, and a few other younger folks getting more involved with our work. But we’re also in the process of re-working how our masthead is organized. If you’re a former fellow, chair, coordinator, or regular writer, and you haven’t heard from us yet, please do reach out to discuss how we should list you on the new masthead in 2022. 

We greatly appreciate everything you do and are looking forward to building a better world together. Please tell all your friends about us and keep in mind that the best way to support C4SS moving forward is by funding us on Patreon! And if you’re looking for other ways to give, or more information about crypto donations, just give us a shout at editor@c4ss.org

Onward to greater heights!

 

 

Alex McHugh
Coordinating Director, Center for a Stateless Society

Mutual Exchange Radio: Nathan Goodman on Border Militarization and Foreign Policy

In our final episode for the year, Alex McHugh interviews a return guest to the show Nathan Goodman. We focus on Nathan’s recent paper, published with Chris Coyne, “U.S. Border Militarization and Foreign Policy: A Symbiotic Relationship.”

Nathan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at New York University, 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. 


Some notes about next season:

  • The bonus MER episode is still coming!
  • Another C4SS show, The Enragés, will be taking a break for the month of January. New Enragés episodes will start up again in Febraury.
Anarchy and Democracy
Fighting Fascism
Markets Not Capitalism
The Anatomy of Escape
Organization Theory