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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir discusses how to end the Afghan war.

Paul Pillar discusses whether Donald Trump can be trusted to be a peacenik or not.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the Democratic Party tactic of accusing people of having sympathies for Russia or Putin.

Anthony Walker discusses what the drone playbook really says about U.S. counter-terrorism policy.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics and the relatively recent shooting of a wounded Palestinian.

Marwan Bishara discusses a book on the war for the Greater Middle East.

Jared Labell discusses the dropping of the atomic bomb.

JP Sottile discusses the neocon shift to Hilary Clinto

John LaForge discusses myths behind the dropping of the atomic bombs.

Andrew Stewart discusses the book Markets, Not Capitalism.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the border police state.

Joseph R. Stromberg discusses Machiavelli.

James Carden discusses the tempations of militartism and the DNC.

David D. S’Amato discusses why the gun control debate needs public choice theory.

Daniel Larison discusses the temper trantrums over the Iran nuclear deal.

Chris Matthew Sciabarra discusses a book on Donald Trump.

Isaac Chotiner discusses Hilary Clinton’s cozying up to Henry Kissinger.

Daniel Larison discusses the U.S. backed Saudi war on Yemen.

Daniel Larison discusses Tim Kaine’s foreign policy record.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses whether Kissinger will endorse Hilary or not.

Daniel L. Davis discusses the Obama admin’s refusal to obey the law when it comes to intervening in Libya.

William Astore discusses why we need more dissent in the military.

Ramzy Baroud discusses factionalism in Palestine.

Andrew Cockburn discusses the Saudi war on Yemen.

Stephen Kinzer discusses the failure of U.S. intervention in Sudan.

Ramzy Baroud discusses whether Palestine is still an issue for Arabs or not.

Robert Koehler discusses MAD and Trump.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the drug war in the Philipines.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics.

Ivan Eland discusses why Trump may have a point.

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Daniel Mccarthy discusses a book on war for the Greater Middle East.

Stephen Kinzer discusses two books critical of American foreign policy.

Sheldon Richman discusses Trump’s miconceptions about NATO.

Trevir Timm discusses the renewed U.S. bombing of Libya.

Alex Emmons discusses the new military campaign against ISIS in Libya.

Ted Rall discusses Khizr Khan and the triump of Democratic Party militartism.

Nick Turse discusses U.S. policy in Africa.

Charles Davis discusses why Donald Trump is no peacenik.

Anthony Gregory discusses the bipartisan surveilliance state.

Peter Certo discusses the sacrifice Khan shouldn’t have had to make.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the unconstitutionality of the 2003 war on Iraq.

Jacob G. Horneberger discusses how Capitan Khan died for theocracy in Iraq.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses how Captain Khan didn’t die for his country.

David D. S’Amato discusses a book on the bourgeious era.

Laurence M. Vance discusses prohibitionism as alive and well.

Matthew Harwood discusses a book on U.S. military bases.

Howard Lisnoff discusses the war that won’t go away.

Ramzy Baroud discusses the DNC’s attitude towards Muslims.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses nationalism and soldier worship as bipartisan.

Robert Hennelly discusses Obama, Clinton, and perpetual war.

Nick Ford discusses Chelsea Manning and the state.

Daniel Larison discusses the false view that the U.S. govt has withdrawn from the world.

George H. Smith discusses the is-ought distinction in ethics and David Hume.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the Afghan war and the presidential campaigns.

Diana Johnstone discusses the atomic bombings of Japan.

Radley Balko discusses U.S. aid to countries in the name of the War on Drugs.

Lawrence Davidson discusses the declassfied 28 pages on potential Saudi involvement in 9-11.

Yves Engler discusses the Jewish National Fund and Canadian politics.

Doug Bandow discusses the U.S. protection of Taiwan.

A. Barton Hinkle discusses licensure and the problems with it.

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Michael Swanson discusses a book on Allen Dulles ~ I don’t agree with the JFK conspiracy stuff in it.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the kill em all solution to terrorism.

Jonathan Marshall discusses Afghanistan as President Obama’s Vietnam.

Tom Engelhardt discusses the future.

Rhania Khalek discusses neocons for Hilary.

Thaddeus Russell discuses the dangerous and coherent foreign policy vision of Hilary Clinton.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses the terminal illness of the NATO alliance.

Marjorie Cohn discusses how killing with robots increases police militarization.

Robert Fisk discusses the hypocrisies of terror talk.

David Swanson discusses warmongering by both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Eugene Schulman discusses a book on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ivan Eland discusses why police and military shouldn’t trade roles in a republic.

Michael Smith discusses the secret U.S.-UK air war against Iraq.

David Bromwich discusses the pushing of a new Cold War by American hawks as an election strategy.

David S. D’Amato discusses corporate welfare and the mercantile system.

Conor Friedersdorf discusses the building up of the national security and the associated dangers.

Anthony Walker discusses the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

William D. Hartung discusses the arms industry and U.S. govt pushing of it.

Bonnie Kristian discusses ending giving presidents a blank check to go to war.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses a non-statist foreign policy approach.

Stephen Zunes discusses the hawkish character of the new Democratic Party platform.

James W. Carden discusses the fear of Hilary’s foreign policy.

Natasha Roth discusses the demolition of Palestinian homes.

Jonathan Marshall discusses the history of coups in Greece and Italy that may have involved U.S. support.

Charles Pena discusses radical Islam and U.S. foreign policy.

Gareth Porter discusses Hilary Clinton and hawkishness.

Sarah Lazare discusses the DNC and Muslim-Americans.

Vijay Prashad discusses the Iraq War.

Uri Avnery discusses Donald Trump and the Middle East.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the upcoming aid package for Israel.

Media Coordinator Report, June 2016

This is the last of the late media coordinator reports. Now you can enjoy C4SS knowing with certainty that we are chipping away at the state pickup by pickup. These are June’s numbers and comments:

OK, this brings us up to date with the media reports. Please support us in our worldwide efforts to put anarchy and the center of the political conversation. You can do that through these channels and also via PayPal, which you can click on right below:

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Media Coordinator Report, May 2016

I’m back for more updates in the world of C4SS media coordinating. What follows are numbers and comments for our May 2016 media presence:

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Media Coordinator Report, April 2016

I have been late on my reporting duties and I shall remedy that. These are the numbers and a few comments on our April 2016 media presence (I know, it feels like a century ago):

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Trita Parsi discusses the results of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses supporters of the recent coup attempt in Turkey and compares them to backers of the 1973 Chilean coup.

Murtaza Hussain discusses not giving ISIS what it wants after the recent terror attack in Nice, France.

Alex Emmons discusses why the ACLU is gearing up to fight Donald Trump’s unconstitutional proposals should he be elected.

Darryl Lorenzo Washington discusses the granting of even broader powers to cops by the Supreme Court.

Stephen Zunes discusses the good and bad news about the recent attempted military coup in Turkey.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses blowback and the recent terror attack in Nice, France.

Marcy Wheeler discusses disputes over the drone strike civilian dead numbers released by the Obama admin.

Jonathan Cook discusses how money talks when it comes to Israel in the U.S.

Ishann Tharoor discusses the lack of an investigation analogous to the recently concluded British one over the Iraq War.

Ramzy Baroud discusses how to defeat ISIS.

Vijay Prashad discusses the post-coup attempt situation in Turkey.

Dave Lindorff discusses Obama’s hypocrisy on counseling against violence.

Chris Floyd discusses a turn towards warmongering in the thinking of a former national security state critic.

Anhvinh Doanvo discusses civilian deaths, Iraq, Syria, and drones.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses Turkey and the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Bonnie Kristian discusses the questionable value of U.S. nuke placement.

John Feffer discusses whether a military coup could happen in the U.S.

Uri Avnery discusses the rifts in present day Israel.

George H. Smith discusses moral obligation and personal commitment.

David Swanson discusses satirical reasons for why the bombing of Syrian civilians is “OK”.

Matt Purple discusses foreign policy night at the recent RNC.

Sandy Ikeda discusses tolerance, criticism, and humility as core principles of freedom.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses a book by a former Bush admin. guy.

Jonathan Blanks discusses how the War on Drugs has made policing more violent.

Kevin L. Schwartz discusses the Saudi regime.

Franklin Lamb discusses the rights of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.

Anhvinh Doanvo discusses Shia militia atrocities in Iraq.

Paul Pillar discusses more proof on why the U.S. drone war doesn’t work.

Phillip Weiss discusses an ex-neocon’s recent collection of essays.

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Jeremy Hammond discusses the no state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Eric Margolis discusses sending war criminals to the Hague.

Steve Chapman discusses the question of why Hilary Clinton is still a hawk.

Sharon Presley discusses Wendy McElroy’s book on rape culture.

Joseph R. Stromberg discusses republicanism and liberalism in political thought.

Glenn Greenwald discusses Clinton led Democrats being to the right of Dubya on Israel-Palestine.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the consequences of ISIS winning.

Ramzy Baroud discusses solidarity among African-Americans and people living in Palestine.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the Chilcot report.

Allen Mendenhall discusses a new book of antiwar writing.

David Vine discusses allowing the former inhabitants of Diego Garcia to return to their home.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the murder of the Dallas cop killer.

Kelly Beaucar Vlahos discusses Fallujah in ruins.

Eli Massey discusses the war in Afghanistan.

Steven Mihailovich discusses Thomas Paine on perpetual war.

Norman Solomon discusses the U.S. military base in Germany.

Stanley L. Cohen discusses why BDS is a war Israel can’t win.

Rebecca Gordon discusses extrajudicial killings and American drone warfare.

Doug Bandow discusses the recent military coup in Turkey.

Glenn Greenwald discusses whether the Turkish govt has a right to kill via drone or abduct a cleric in Pennsylvania.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses regime change in Turkey.

Douglas Gillison, Nick Turse, and Moiz Syed discuss how little oversight there is in global U.S. training programs.

Marc Lewis discusses why there are “good” or “bad” drugs per se.

Trevor Timm discusses NYC police reform and crime statistics.

Laurence M. Vance discusses why Americans should vote to exist NATO.

Binoy Kampmark discusses military coups, Turkey, and democracy.

Barry Brownstein discusses whether tribalism is the worst idea in history or not.

Ivan Eland discusses the use of a robot with a bomb to kill a shooter in Dallas, Texas.

Charles V. Pena discusses the unintended consequences of U.S. killings abroad.

George H. Smith discusses the question of why someone should be moral.

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Maia Szalavitz discusses why all drugs should be decriminalized.

Bruce Fein discusses lies about war.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the original foreign policy of the U.S.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses 9 points related to the 4th of July.

Ben Terrall discusses the War on Drugs in Mexico and U.S. govt complicity.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses what we celebrate every 4th of July.

Tom Engelhardt discusses the American Century.

Daniel Larison discusses some truths about the Iraq War worth remembering.

William Blum discusses why Obama is similar to Trump.

Patrick Cockburn discusses the U.S.-British failure in Iraq and inability to learn from it.

Binoy Kampmark discusses the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair, and Iraq.

John Stauber discusses how Obama refuses to investigate Bush admin officials for their actions related to Iraq.

Sheldon Richman discusses Trump, Saddam, and the presumption of innocence.

Dan Sanchez discusses how impunity for people with power corrupts.

Trevor Timm discusses why the U.S. needs its own Chilcot report.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the connection between the invasion of Iraq and a past terror attack in London.

Garikai Chengu discusses the history of British interventionism in Iraq.

Uri Avnery discusses the hatred on both sides of the Israel=-Palestine conflict.

George H. Smith discusses Neo-Thomism and the virtue of reasonableness.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the drug war philosophy of the new Filipino president.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses an American exit from NATO.

Ramzy Baroud discusses the recent Israel-Turkey deal and its implications for people living in Palestine.

Charles V. Pena discusses the problem with regime change.

Patrick Cockburn discusses repression in Bahrain.

Michael Lind discusses a book written by a neoconservative.

Peter Van Buren discusses the Baghdad bombings, the Islamic State, and what America still hasn’t learned.

Brian Cloughley discusses the NATO preparation for war.

Binoy Kampmark discusses Australia, Iraq, and the Chilcot inquiry.

Annie Bird discusses the “new” police in Honduras.

David Kreiger discusses the anniversary of the World Court advisory opinion on nuclear weapons.

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Ramzy Baroud discusses the U.K. leaving the EU and the impact on Israel.

Aniqa Raihan discusses Senator Jack Reed and cluster bomb related legislation.

Doug Bandow discusses why the U.S. should stay out of Syria’s conflict.

Reed Peeples discusses a book on Obama and drones.

Phyllis Bennis discusses why war is failing to deal with ISIS.

Nancy Kricorian discusses life in Gaza under the watch of Israeli drones.

William D. Hartung discusses U.S. backing for the Saudi war in Yemen.

David Bromwich discusses Hilary Clinton’s love of war.

David S. D’Amato discusses Trump and libertarian principle.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses the U.S. intervention in Libya.

Jesse Hathaway discusses sports stadium corporate welfare.

Rob Prince discusses Libya’s downward spiral.

Jeffrey Kahn discusses why a no buy list based on govt watchlists is a bad idea.

Andrew Syrios discusses the bipartisan case for legalizing drugs.

George H. Smith discusses some basic problems in ethics.

Ryan Devereaux discusses the Obama admin’s civilian dead from drones report.

Medea Benjamin, Sam Richti, and Jules Struck discuss U.S. sales of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses America’s obsession with Islam.

Mohammad Ayoob discusses why the U.S. should disengage from the Middle East.

Jeremy Hammond discusses the recent Israel-Turkey agreement.

Naureen Shah discusses the recent report on civilian dead from drone killings that was released by the Obama admin.

Ivan Eland discusses American ignorance of history.

Chris Woods discusses the new Obama admin report on civilian dead from drone strikes.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses when Hilary’s hawkishness began.

Nick Turse discusses the post-military life of generals.

John LaForge discusses the hopelessness of occupation.

Cesar Chelala discusses Donald Trump’s view of waterboarding and torture.

Glenn Greenwald discusses how Hilary is being treated differently than other whistleblowers.

Stephen Kinzer discusses whether NATO is necessary or not.

Marjorie Cohn discusses the Obama admin’s recent release of a report documenting civilian dead from drone strikes.

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Glenn Greenwald discusses the hawkishness of Hilary Clinton.

Peter Van Buren discusses the destruction of Iraqi cities in order to “save” them.

Ramzy Baroud discusses water being used as a weapon by Israel against the inhabitants of Palestine.

Ben Ehrenreich discusses the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Jonathan Cook discusses Jewish Israeli Arabs and Israeli politics.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses govt watchlists and gun control.

Nick Turse discusses Africom and lies.

Daniel Larison discusses endangered hawks in Congress.

George H. Smith discusses belief and moral judgment.

Dan Sanchez discusses the U.K. leaving the EU as a positive thing.

Uri Avnery discusses the return of Ehud Barak to the limelight.

Elizabeth Kucinich discusses the plight of Gaza.

Jacob Helibrunn discusses neocons and Hilary.

Paul Bentley discusses the use of mercenary soldiers in Afghanistan by the Canadian government.

Brian Cloughley discusses the murder of a taxi driver via a U.S. drone strike.

David Henderson discusses how John Brennan admitted unintended consequences have occurred as a result of U.S. intervention.

Laurence M. Vance discusses whether Christians should support laws against prostitution ~ I don’t endorse his Christian view of sex work, but I appreciate his opposition to the laws against it.

Laurence M. Vance discusses tax deductions and statist welfare programs ~ his view is more right-libertarian than mine, but it is an article of potential interest to libertarians.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses the rise of Trump.

Jeremy Shapiro discusses the recent State Department dissent on U.S. policy towards Syria.

James Bradley discusses the motive of the Orlando shooter.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why America should exit from NATO and the national security state.

James A. Warren discusses a new book on America’s war for the Greater Middle East.

Muhammad Sahimi discusses Hilary Clinton’s hawkish record.

Ivan Eland discusses an American exit from NATO.

Thomas Knapp discusses how a recent Supreme Court decision on the 4th Amendment serves the govt’s interests rather than society’s.

Celestino Gusmao discusses ending immunity for Indonesian killers.

Patrick Cockburn discusses the fragmentation of the world and a series of wars.

Sheldon Richman discusses Brexit and voting with your feet.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses DEA tyranny.

Editor’s Report, June 2016

There’s been a continuation of interesting and original content throughout June. Whether talking about the inability of vulgar libertarians to comprehend corporate power, or looking at poor defenses for the existence of the state. The content has been diverse and fascinating.

Here’s a few of the publications seen in the last month:

Kevin Carson has criticised another bad defense of the corporate state, this one coming from the Cato Institute. Within it, this particular vulgar libertarian makes the claim that corporations fail to realise that subsidies hurt their competitiveness. Carson rightly excoriates this, showing that corporations gladly partake of subsidies as it aids their economic position of monopoly power and cronyism.

Nick Ford explains that women being placed on the US military draft is equality that is not worth having. It fundamentally impedes freedom and does not in any way increase gender equality.

Billy Christmas looks at the naturalness of prosperity and its place within a society of freedom. He explains that a lack of prosperity is a deviation from the normal actions of a society, as is evidenced particularly by Venezuela.

Tommy Raskin critiques the main defenses of government that statist’s regularly present. Arguments ranging from the social contract to implicit acceptance of state action are intelligently rebutted by Raskin who shows that these arguments are lacking in logic and coherence.

Finally, I have critiqued a particularly poor attack on the idea of a basic income that comes from the Foundation for Economic Education. The author, Michael Gibson, fails to adequately understand the dynamics of a basic income, relying instead on non-definitive, irrelevant examples. In its stead, I present an argument for the need of a basic income in developing a truly free society and economy.

Thanks again to all of our readers and generous financial supporters. We rely on you to keep us going. If you’re new to C4SS and enjoy our work, please consider making a donation to C4SS via Paypal, Patreon, or any of our other countless giving platforms.


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Glenn Greenwald discusses the demonizing of Muslims and LGBT issues.

Robert Fantina discusses BDS and Israel.

Brian Cloughley discusses the dictatorial tendencies of Turkey’s current leader.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the recent Orlando killing and U.S. foreign policy.

Stephen Kinzer discusses Muhammad Ali as a controversial figure.

Ivan Eland discusses whether the U.S. govt is protecting us adequately in light of the recent Orlando shooting.

Laurence M. Vance discusses why draft dodgers are the real heroes.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses America’s alliance system.

Roderick Tracy Long discusses Socrates.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the Orlando killings, gun control, and thanking the troops.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why interventionism the problem rather than Islam.

Andrew Cockburn discusses military funding strategies.

Binoy Kampmark discusses the U.N., Saudi Arabia, and the blacklist.

Daniel Kovalik discusses Samantha Power, U.S. power, and Henry Kissinger.

Barry Lando discusses Winston Churchill

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the rotten fruits of interventionism.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist.

Dan Sanchez discusses hate, terror, and collectivism in Orlando.

Stephen Zunes discusses Trump vs Hilary on foreign policy.

Uri Avnery discusses Bibi and corruption.

John Feffer discusses Orlando and the use of the term terrorism.

Charles Glass discusses a book on Palestine.

Matt Peppe discusses U.S. foreign policy as the motivator for the Orlando shooting.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses U.S. foreign policy and blowback.

James Bovard discusses fearmongering and threats to liberty.

George H. Smith discusses Kant on war and peace.

Ivan Eland discusses why intervenining in Syria would be a bad idea.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the post-Orlando shooting drive for due process free watchlist based gun buying bans.

Doug Bandow discusses why declaring war on Islamist extremism is wrong headed.

Eric Draitser discusses Orlando as pretext for authoritarianism.

I’m not hysterical. I’m livid. And you should be too.

Today in, “Um, what?” Six Women Claim a Seattle Man Posed as a Female Porn Recruiter in Order to Have Sex With Them. I don’t want to borrow trouble here, but I can just see it now. “What did these women expect? Porn is a dirty business filled with scumbags.” Or, “Of course these women got duped. Only stupid women go into porn.”

Both Shearer and Bishop have gone to the police, filing reports with police who they feel aren’t taking the alleged crime seriously — basically because police don’t consider it a crime.

So, let me get this straight. Smoking weed = crime. Not telling the government about buying more than $10k in bitcoin = crime. Buying the wrong kind of orchid = crime. But assuming someone else’s identity in order to rape women = no crime.

But there’s no rape culture here.

Speaking of, a few days ago I got an email from Wendy McElroy about her new book, “Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women.” Print; E-book

Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women offers a comprehensive overview and debunking of the “rape culture” myth that has devastated campuses and is spilling into Main Street America. An ideological madness is grotesquely distorting North America’s view of sexuality. The book applies sanity to the claims that men are natural rapists and our culture encourages sexual violence.

Written by a libertarian feminist and rape survivor, Rape Culture Hysteria opens with a highly personal appeal to depoliticize rape and treat it instead as a crime. Victims need to heal. Politicizing their pain and rage is a callous political maneuver that harms victims, women and men.

I haven’t read the book, and perhaps I should. But I can’t help but see going out of your way to deny that our culture encourages sexual violence as incredibly tone-deaf. How could you? Brock Turner got three months in jail for doing this to a human being:

Then, I felt pine needles scratching the back of my neck and started pulling them out my hair. I thought maybe, the pine needles had fallen from a tree onto my head. My brain was talking my gut into not collapsing. Because my gut was saying, help me, help me.

I shuffled from room to room with a blanket wrapped around me, pine needles trailing behind me, I left a little pile in every room I sat in. I was asked to sign papers that said “Rape Victim” and I thought something has really happened.

What do you call a culture in which a man gets three months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in the dirt behind a dumpster, by all accounts on his way to raping her if he hadn’t been physically prevented from doing so? What do you call a culture in which the punishment for failing to report a purchase is orders of magnitude greater than sexually violating a woman who is physically incapable of protecting herself? How could you deny that if our culture doesn’t encourage sexual violence, it at least tacitly condones it as less of a big deal than breaking some administrative rule?

I’m not saying there aren’t people who are currently working to undermine due process. I would never deny that there are people who are working to paint all men as rapists or potential rapists.

But working on fixing those problems does not require that we downplay or deny the very real problem of the way the criminal justice system violates rape victims and refuses to allow them to seek justice. Literally last week a dear friend of mine received news that our prosecutor has decided to refuse to proceed with her case. She was violently anally raped, infected with an STI, her knees and elbows were torn up. This is the clearest, most obvious case of violent rape you can imagine. Yet, after being called a liar by the cops, after a brutal physical examination. After having to disclose personal information to strangers, and after having to badger the detective for a year to get any progress on her case, she’s left with no way to get this guy off the streets.

So, fuck you, rape culture deniers. I wish I had the luxury of believing that anger of the way our culture treats rape victims is “hysteria.” I wish I didn’t know what victims have to go through just try (and usually fail) to do the right thing. I wish I hadn’t heard story after story of cops calling women liars, refusing to help them, refusing to administer rape kits, and refusing to prosecute their cases. I wish I didn’t know that on average people assume 30% of victims are lying, when less than 10% are. I wish I didn’t know that at least 90% of rapes are never reported, because women know what will happen to them. Their friends will turn on them. The cops will call them liars. The prosecutors won’t prosecute. And they’re left raped, alone, with nothing to show for their attempts to protect other women.

I wish I didn’t know. But I do. So I resent being told my anger is “hysteria” (a gendered term, don’t forget.)

I’m not hysterical. I’m livid. And you should be too.

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Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why open borders is the only moral and practical solution.

A. Barton Hinkle discusses whether we are experiencing a new libertarian moment or not.

Thomas L. Knapp discusses the courage of Muhammad Ali.

Kevin Gosztlda discusses the hypocrisy of Hilary Clinton.

Alastair Sloan discusses repression in Bahrain.

Rich Gibson discusses Bob Kerrey and the Vietnam War.

David S D’Amato discusses a book on the Constitution and liberty.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses Muhammad Ali vs the national security state.

Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman discuss a new New York law targeting BDS.

Ivan Eland discusses Muhammad Ali and patriotism.

Ben Norton discusses the killing of civilians by U.S. drone strikes.

Charles V. Pena discusses whether perpetual U.S. intervention in the Middle East will stop terror.

Phyllis Bennis discusses Hilary Clinton on foreign policy.

Jonathan Cook discusses peace plans and the present Israeli govt.

Grant Babcock discusses whether rights are a religious concept or not.

Roderick T. Long discusses Ancient Greek philosophy and liberty.

Rebecca Gordon discusses American torturer.s

Daniel Larison discusses the U.N.’s approach to the Saudi war on Yemen.

Bryan Caplan discusses how the exclusion of foreigners is worse than censorship or other illiberal measures.

Jeffrey A. Tucker discusses libertarianism as a third political option.

Kevin Carson discusses a very bad criticism of corporate welfare.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses leaving North Korea alone.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses liberty vs paternalism in America.

Doug Bandow discusses how sanctions on North Korea hurt ordinary people.

Laurie Calhoun discusses drone strikes.

Phyllis Bennis discusses Muhammad Ali, racism, and anti-war politics.

Dennis J. Bernstein discusses calling out drone war as a war crime.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics and peace efforts.

Jim Miles reviews a book on the war for the Greater Middle East.

George H. Smith discusses Kant on spontaneous order.

The Sun, March 04, 1894 – An Interview with Voltairine de Cleyre



Offspring of a French communist and a New England Puritan Woman, She Was Born to Enthusiasm and Hobbies-Rabid in her Anarchism, and Believes in Unhappiness as Part of the Highest Ideal Life

Picture to yourself a tall woman – her age may be 26 years-with an oval face, pale as a student’s deep-set blue eyes, teeth white and even, a countenance grave far beyond her years save when a slow smile brightens it: picture this woman sitting opposite you, expounding calmly and clearly the doctrine of anarchy, and you are in the presence of Voltairine de Cleyre.

To the readers of newspapers the name is not a familiar one. Even among the Anarchists-that is, among the rank and file of those who attend the Anarchist meetings and listen in open-mouthed admiration to what the leaders have to say-it is not widely known. It is the name, however, of a young woman who is probably the cleverest Anarchist in this country, who, were she to work in that ostentatious fashion which seems to take well with Anarchists, might some day become their recognized leader.

A few months ago there was a meeting of Anarchists in this city to denounce the arrest and conviction of Emma Goldman, and among the speakers was Miss Voltairine de Cleyre. So eloquent a plea and so clever a speech as hers was had never been heard at a New York Anarchist meeting before.

“I have not a tongue of fire as Emma Goldman has,” she said. “I cannot stir the people. I must speak in my own cold way otherwise I would not be allowed to speak at all. But if I had the power,

Were I Brutus
And Brutus Anthony, there were an Antony
Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue
In every wound of Caesar’s that should move
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.

“If therefore, I do not give you the advice which Emma Goldman gave you, let not the authorities supposed it is because I have any more respect for their Constitution and their law than she had or that I regard them as being right in the matter.”

The influence which such a speaker could have upon an inflammable-minded audience can easily be imagined. THE SUN sent a reporter to find this young woman and learn something of her history, but she had disappeared as suddenly and seemingly, as mysteriously as she had turned up. And although, as it now appears, she made no attempt to conceal herself, yet no one to whom THE SUN reporter applied during those two months could tell where she lived.

The other day, however, one of the Assistance District Attorneys of this county received a pamphlet, of which the title page read as follows “In Defence of Emma Goldman and the Right of Expropriation. By Voltairine de Cleyre. 3,515 Wallace street. Philadelphia.” The next day THE SUN representative called upon Miss de Cleyre.

A little room on the second floor of a typical Philadelphia cottage, filled with books and the odor of books, and ornamented with many strange shells and dried starfishes, is Miss de Cleyre’s study. “Tell me what books you read and I will tell you what you are,” some sage one said. A glance at Miss de Cleyre’s library tells more eloquently than an elaborate essay could what Miss de Cleyre is.

Proudhon, Karl Marx, Ferdinand Lassalle, Adam Smith, Aristotle, Spinoza, and Conte stand shoulder to shoulder upon the shelves of her study, a silent index to her character.

At a writing table, upon which stood a portrait of Victor Hugo facing a glass globe full of water, in which little goldfishes were swimming, sat Miss de Cleyre.

“So you have come all the way from New York to interview me,” she said. “Now what can I say to you?”

Indeed, when he sat face to face with this young woman, and saw that she had bright eyes and that she was comely and young and very womanly in her appearance and her manner, the reporter found it difficult to concentrate his mind upon the fact that here was an Anarchist of the most radical type.

“Supposing you begin with yourself.”

She smiled-the slow, calm smile of a woman who does not smile often.

“Born in the year so-and-so, which of course you do not want to know-Voltairine de Cleyre is one of the most rabid Anarchists of this country.” That’s the way your story will begin. I’ll probably start off like that too, if you like, is that what you want? I see by your face that you are disgusted. Don’t mind telling me if you are, I like people who are outspoken, even if what they say is not flattering.”

“How did you ever take to anarchism?”

“Well, I supposed it was born in me, although I did not know of it until certain circumstances brought it out.”

She spoke very slowly, selecting each word with care, and concentrating her attention upon her answer as though she feared to make a misstatement.

“My father was a French Communist and my mother a New England Puritan, and you might know that the offspring of such a union was sure to become enthusiastic over something or other. I was born in Michigan, where I went to school. Even as a schoolgirl I devoted considerable attention to some of the subjects which interest me now, and although I had but ill-defined ideas, they were the foundation for my subsequent studies.

“When I left college I was a free thinker, and I delivered a series of lectures upon free thought. I had always been interested in the relation of the sexes, and after leaving college I devoted a great deal of thought to the subject. About six years ago, while I was delivering a lecture on free thought in Linesville, Pa., I met a Chicago lawyer whose name was C.S. Darrow. He attended one of my lectures and I became acquainted with him. A short time after that I heard him lecture on socialism, and in fifteen minutes I was a socialist.

“I remained a Socialist for about six weeks, and then I found the true solution of the social problem. I became an Anarchist. It was customary at our meetings to have short discussions in which anyone in the audience could join if he wanted. Among the regular visitors there was a jeweler named Morzersky, who was a communistic Anarchist. He frequently spoke at these meetings in favor of anarchism, using the Socratic method in his reasoning.

He took advantage of my own arguments to push me into a corner and make me admit that I was all wrong. I had many long talks with him, in which I stood up for socialism and he for anarchism-authority versus individual liberty. He could never convince me of the truth of communism, but what he told me induced me to study anarchism as a science. I read Stephen Pearl Andrew’s ‘Science of Society,” Lysander Spooner’s letter to Grover Cleveland, and Proudhon’s, “What is Property?” and gradually I became an Anarchist.”

“When did you begin to lecture?”

“I have never been what is commonly called an agitator, not that I have not been wiling to become one, but because I have not the ability. To become an agitator one must be able to speak without much preparation. My speeches must always be prepared, and it takes me quite a long while to prepare them. I don’t care much for extemporaneous speakers. Their speeches are disconnected and badly arranged as a rule.

“I have not lectured often on anarchism although my anarchist ideas have influenced my views on every other subject. I look at everything through anarchistic spectacles.”

“Upon what other subjects do you lecture?”

“I have lectured on ethics, although of course my anarchism is as much a system of ethics as it is a system of economy; on religion, in which I am a free thinker, on the race question in relation to the development of society and on the woman question. I have delivered more lectures on the woman question than anything else.”

“And what are your ideas on that question?”

Miss de Cleyre smoothed her dress, placed her hands on her hips and answered with considerable animation:

“I believe that woman is the equal of man and should have all of the privileges which he receives. I do not stop to fuss with the question of franchise. I do not believe in the ballot either for men or for women. I believe in the equality of woman as a worker, a thinker, and as an individual. She should have the right to own property and not be interfered with by her own husband.”

She hesitated for a moment and then, leaning slightly forward with her hands-clasped in her lap, her face animated she went on speaking quickly and with considerable fire:

“Yes, the earth is a prison, the marriage bed is a cell, women are the prisoners and you men are the keepers. A man’s wife is his property. His will is her law. She has no rights. Her mind must be subservient to his, her body is his, her soul, if she has a soul, is his. The wedding ceremony makes her his slave. A prostitute is better off than she. She must submit to her husband whether or no.

“And I am opposed to this. I do not think it is right. I believe the wife should have exactly the same rights as her husband. Women should enjoy themselves in life as men do. A woman should be as free to dispose of her property and her children as her husband is.

“But oh! they are ignorant. They are all ignorant, ignorant, ignorant. they have not the intelligence to be unhappy. They do not feel their own misery.”

“And do you think that people who have sense are unhappy.”

“Yes. The more sense they have the unhappier they are. But then I do not think that happiness is the object of life. I do not think that we should devote ourselves to being happy.”

“What do you think is the object of life?”

“Progress. The development of the human race. I want people to know more. If in their search for knowledge they meet with unhappiness, it is a good thing. If they meet with unhappiness, it is their fate. They cannot escape it. It is true I am a pessimist, but I do not think we were meant to be happy. We are merely the cogs in the wheel of a mighty evolution, which moves around slowly and steadily until its work is over.”

“And what will happen then?”

“Ah, that is the great goal of the race. What it will be, no one can tell. As the human race progresses and becomes perfect I think it susceptibility to unhappiness will become keener. Conditions that do not exist to-day, or, if they did exist, we would look upon the indifference, will add to the unhappiness of the race in the future. As I said before, the progress that I believe in, is not toward a happier life. It it is towards a perfect, an ideal life, in which men and women will be as gods, with a gods power to enjoy and to suffer.

It may be that this progress will merely be a race for unhappiness and the sufferings of one generation may increase the sufferings of the next. But they will make it easier for those that come after them to strive for that goal to which, even without their cooperation, the great, unconscious forces impelling human kind. Here, I will show you a little poem I once wrote in which I expressed my idea better than I can do it now.”

The poem which she produced read as follows:

A Soul, half through the Gate, said unto Life:
“What dos thou offer me?” And Life replied:
“Sorrow, unceasing struggle, disappointment;
after these
Darkness and silence.” The Soul said unto Death:
“What dos thou offer me?” And Death replied:
“In the beginning what Life gives at last.”
Turning to Life: “And if I live and struggle?”
“Others shall live and struggle after thee
Counting it easier where thou hast passed.”
“And by their struggles?” “Easier place shall be
For others, still to rise to keener pain
Of conquering Agony!” “and what have I
To do with all these others? Who are they?”
“Yourself!” “And all who went before?” “Yourself.”
“The darkness and the silence, too, have end?”
“They end in light and sound; peace ends in pain,
Death ends in Me, and thou must glide from
To Self, as light to shade and shade to light again.
Choose!” The Soul, sighing, answered: “I will live.”

“Sometimes I think,” she went on, that it will all end in a great cataclysm of nature. At other times, when I am in one of my rare, optimistic moods, I have faith, just like a Christian, and believe that there will be a better and a nobler life for the generations that are to come long after we have returned to dust.

“Let me say here in fairness that these are only my own views. They are not the principles of anarchism. Most of the Anarchists are egoists, believing that happiness is the main object of life. In that I differ with them. I also believe in property, not as a theory or a principle, but as an established fact. There must be property. The world cannot exist a day without it.

“Another point on which I disagree with my fellow-Anarchists is in the theory of the administration of justice. They believe that justice should be administered by societies organized for that purpose. My theory is that of Jesus Christ: If a man smite you upon the right cheek, turn him the left. I do not believe in the administration of justice. I think that when we realize the ideal state there will be no need to administer justice. It will administer itself. When a man cannot profit by stolen goods, he will not steal.”

“Do you write much poetry?”

“Yes, I have written considerable verse. I will give you, if you like, a copy of some of the things I have written.”

That ended the interview. Miss de Cleyre gave the reporter some specimens of her poetry and prose writings, some of which had appeared in the periodicals, but most of which she had published herself. the style of her poetry reminds one strongly of that of a well-known “poetess of passion.” One of her poems, entitled “His Confession,” describes a man telling his sweetheart how he succumbed to temptation, after he parted with her one the previous night. The climax runs as follows:

Just as I reached the open, where the moon light fell broad and wide,
A woman’s figure in rustling robes floated out from the other side.
A woman-you do not know her-have probably never seen –
She was I;as a forest panther, stately and tall as a queen;
And her dress, a shimmering golden gauze, fell round her figure slim
Like a tissue of woven moonlight, revealing each sculptured limb;
And her eyes were like light beyond a light, dim ‘neath
a drooping lid,
Fiery and humid and soft and fierce, bidding what they
they forbid;
And her mouth was red, where a wondrous smile lay
on it like a wreath
Hinting the kisses that in it lay, and the passion of
strong, white teeth.
She held out a warm small hand to me, with a little
silvery laugh
Like bacchanal belie that scattered my dreams of you
like chaff.
A maddening, sweet aroma stole over my senses then
And I kissed her, kissed her, kissed her, over and
What did I think or remember, what did I know or
As I panted, trembling, tangled in with the tawn of
her tig’rish hair;
I was drun with the wine of her lingering hips, with
the fume of her burning sighs.
I was drowning in the luminous languer that lay in her
leonine eyes.
And the world was forgot, and heaven forgot, and God
was forgot, and you-
Passion was a master, and I its slave-the False set its
heel on the True
I had fallen, without a struggle, at the first touch of
Lust’s red brands
Had flund the years to the winds, and took this Dead-
Sea fruit in my hands.
For the kiss of a beautiful animal I had bartered a
noble love.
For the hand of a saint had taken the scene of a leman’s love:

Her other poems on love run in the same strain. She has also written a pamphlet on “Sex Slavery” and a sonnet to Gov. Altgeldt for having pardoned the Anarchists.

Book on Confucian Libertarianism Published

I’m pleased to announce the publication of the second item from the Molinari Institute’s new POD publishing program. This one is my own Rituals of Freedom: Libertarian Themes in Early Confucianism, a book-length expansion of a much shorter article I wrote in 2003.

Here’s the summary:

When scholars look for anticipations of libertarian ideas in early Chinese thought, attention usually focuses not on the Confucians, but on the Taoists. But in their account of spontaneously evolving social norms, their understanding of the price system, their penchant for public-choice analysis, their enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, their preference for noncoercive interpersonal relations, their call for a laissez-faire economic policy, and their rejection of Taoist primitivism, the Confucians show themselves to be the true precursors of modern libertarianism.

Rituals of Freedom (cover)

The book will also be available in Kindle format in due course; keep an eye out for the announcement.

Also, look for more Molinari Institute books over the next few months, including:

  • a collection of my academic articles, to be titled Austro-Athenian Essays
  • a collection of my blog posts and op-eds, to be titled Other People Are Not Your Property
  • a transcription of my 2006 philosophy seminar, to be titled Austro-Athenian Foundations of Libertarian Ethics

But, happily, it’s not all me. There will also be a collection of Free Nation Foundation essays (hey, only some of those are by me!), as well as a series of Libertarian Classics, including new translations of works by Gustave de Molinari and the Censeur group. And of course the second issue of the Molinari Review will be coming out in the fall.

Incidentally, the “Look Inside” feature on the Amazon page (US, UK) for the Molinari Review’s first issue has now been activated; check it out!

Want to support these projects financially? Check out either my Patreon page or the Molinari Institute General Fund (see icon below).

The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 124

Doug Bandow discusses whether China is really a threat to the U.S.

Paul Street discusses the atomic bombings of Japan.

Gloria Jimenez discusses USAID complicity in a Honduran assassination.

Laurence M. Vance discusses why he doesn’t appreciate the military.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses open borders and libertarianism.

Dan Sanchez discusses the sociology of war.

Ivan Eland discusses what we can learn from Memorial Day.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why we shouldn’t thank the troops for our freedom.

Ramzy Baroud discusses Israeli politics.

Uri Avnery discusses Netanyahu.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics and centrism.

Kathy Kelly discusses building trust in Afghanistan.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the war in the Middle East.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses Doug French and soldiers.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the Scholl siblings and patriotism.

Roderick Track Long discusses the arguments of the Sophists in Ancient Greece.

Sumantra Maitra discusses the Libyan intervention.

Jeremy Scahill discusses a U.S. investigation into a raid in Afghanistan.

Gary G. Kohls and S Brian Wilson discuss Memorial Day.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses NATO as a Cold War dinosaur.

Justin Yun discusses U.S. imperialism and expansion into Africa.

Philip Giraldi discusses the American drone war.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics.

Diana Johnstone discusses Hilary Clinton as the candidate of the war party.

Joshua Frank discusses the crisis in Syria.

Andrew Levine discusses the Israel lobby and damage to it.

Robert Fantina discusses gorillas and Palestine.

Jeffrey Tucker discusses the GOP implosion and rebirth of classical liberalism.

Kevin Carson discusses why soldiers don’t give us freedom.

Tom Mullen discusses Muhammad Ali’s stance on the draft.

The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 123

David S. D’Amato discusses Joshua King Ingalls.

Laurence M. Vance discusses whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Jacob G. Hornberger responds to a critique of his article favoring open borders.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses Maduro and the national security state.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the welfare state and open borders.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses how govt interventionism created both Hilary and Trump.

Aaron Ross Powell discusses how libertarianism is not the same as the GOP.

Jim Naureckas discusses NPR’s portrayal of Obama on foreign policy.

John Feffer discusses the drone strikes.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the cowardice of the Clinton campaign and the NYT on the subject of Israeli occupation.

Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo discuss immigration and self-determination.

Ramzy Baroud discusses the prospects for a coherent Palestinian narrative.

Peter Lee discusses a book on the aftermath of the atomic bombings in Japan.

Daniel Kovalik discusses NPR’s subpar coverage of Yemen.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses Obama’s recent Hiroshima speech.

Stephen Zunes discusses Hilary Clinton’s defense of the IDF and the Israeli govt.

Jim Lobe discusses the neocon-liberal interventionist convergence on foreign policy.

Peter Van Buren discusses Hiroshima.

Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff discuss revoking Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Brian Cloughley discusses American menacing of China.

Jeffrey Tucker discusses the great men theory of history and fascism.

Kevin Currie-Knight discusses why you shouldn’t have to get a govt license for anything.

Christopher A. Preble discusses Trump’s brand of authoritarianism.

Daniel R. DePetris discusses ISIS’s failure in Fallujah.

Ben Norton discusses U.S. nukes.

Abigall R. Hall Blanco discusses NSA spying.

Robert Higgs discusses requirements to declare cash at U.S. customs.

Steven Horowtiz discusses articles an aspiring economist should read.

John Mueller and Mark Stewart discuss why ISIS isn’t an existential threat to America.

Bill Kauffman discusses third parties.

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.

Thanks again to all of our readers and generous financial supporters. We rely on you to keep us going. If you’re new to C4SS and enjoy our work, please consider making a donation to C4SS via Paypal, Patreon, or any of our other countless giving platforms.


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