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Portuguese Media Coordinator Update, January 2016

These are our numbers for January:

We also published two translations: Kevin Carson’s “Inequality Isn’t Something That Just ‘Happens’” and “Mobility, Meritocracy and Other Myths“.

The C4SS Portuguese social media operation had been my baby since I took over the duties of Media Coordinator in 2014. In a little over a year, our Facebook presence grew tremendously, we started doing Twitter, set up shop on Tumblr and we published dozens of articles each month. Brazilian visitors have come to represent a large chunk of C4SS’s readership, behind only the United States.

Unfortunately, my taking over other duties on C4SS (notably being the English Media Coordinator) and other responsibilities led me to neglect the work I had built in Portuguese. In January I set out to remedy that by bringing in Diogo Ladeira Sales to be our new Portuguese Social Media Analyst!

Diogo is a longtime supporter of C4SS and I couldn’t be happier that we were able to bring him into the fold. His duties will involve posting to our social media accounts, engaging with our fans, and sharing translation and writing duties with myself. Also, he should be giving us a more detailed insight of what’s going on social media and how we can increase our reach.

In the next few months, we should be hearing a lot more from him.

You can support our worldwide efforts to spread the word of anarchy! You can make a donation via PayPal and several other options.

Erick Vasconcelos
Media Coordinator

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Relatório da coordenação de mídias em português, janeiro de 2016

Esses são os nossos números referentes a janeiro:

Também publicamos duas traduções: os artigos de Kevin Carson “A desigualdade não é algo que simplesmente ‘acontece’” e “Mobilidade, meritocracia e outros mitos“.

O trabalho em mídias sociais no C4SS era o meu xodó desde que eu havia começado a ser coordenador de mídias em 2014. Em pouco mais de um ano, nossa presença no Facebook cresceu muito, entramos no Twitter, fizemos uma página no Tumblr e passamos a publicar dezenas de artigos por mês. Os visitantes brasileiros passaram a representar uma grande fatia dos leitores do C4SS, atrás apenas dos americanos.

Infelizmente, o fato de eu ter assumido outros trabalhos no C4SS (como ter me tornado o coordenador de mídias em inglës) e outras responsabilidades me levaram a negligenciar o nosso trabalho em português. Por isso, em janeiro eu me propus a remediar essa situação, trazendo Diogo Ladeira Salles para ser o nosso novo analista de mídias sociais em português!

Diogo é um apoiador de longa data do C4SS e eu não poderia estar mais feliz em tê-lo com a gente. Suas tarefas serão postar nas nossas redes sociais, se envolver com nossos fãs e dividir as responsabilidades de tradução e escrita comigo. Além disso, ele também poderá sugerir novas formas de aumentar o nosso alcance nas plataformas online.

Você pode apoiar os nossos esforços mundiais para divulgar as ideias anarquistas! Faça uma doação pelo PayPal ou pelas nossas várias outras opções.

Erick Vasconcelos
Coordenador de mídias

Media Coordinator Report, December 2015 and January 2016

Since I skipped last month’s report, here are our numbers and a few comments for both December and January.

December

January

Some general comments:

  • It’s worth noticing we’ve maintained a steady output. Over the last two months, we had an op-ed for almost every week day of the month!
  • Also, thankfully, we’ve been able to tackle subjects that are being picked up by several publications. A goal I had set myself when I started as Media Coordinator was to get an average of 3 pickups per article at least. I’ve been able to do it by expanding the pool of publications we send our work to. At the moment, we send our op-eds to almost 3,400 publications worldwide. And I’m still working on getting more newspapers and websites on our list (as well as trimming the fat!).
  • Augusta Free Press has been a great partner of ours, republishing a lot of our work. In January, News LI has also started doing so. Thank you for getting our word out there!
  • Sheldon Richman has been our runaway champion in pickups. In his 10 articles published in December and January, he had an average of 5.8 pickups. Congrats and thanks for all the great work, Sheldon!

This is it! As you can see, we’ve been doing a lot, but we can do even more with your help.

Please donate and help us spread the word of anarchy and freedom! You can do it via Paypal below or various other methods!

Erick Vasconcelos
Media Coordinator

Editor’s Report, January 2016

C4SS kicked off 2016 with a bang.

In January, Gary Chartier produced several op-eds, including the left-libertarian masterpiece What’s Wrong With Inequality? It reached the front page of Real Clear Markets. Kevin Carson looked at the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, ripping into vulgar libertarian calls for more water “privatization” as the remedy. Sheldon Richman exposed Hillary Clinton’s long history of warmongering, concluding: “No one is fit to exercise power, but Hillary Clinton is the least fit of all.” In Lego and the Building Blocks of Patriarchy, Roderick Long examined the complex web of factors that shape modern day gender roles in light of Lego’s attempts to market products to girls.

C4SS added yet another gem to its Left-Libertarian Classic catalog with a reprint of Voltairine de Cleyre’s The Past and Future of the Ladies’ Liberal League. Nick Ford introduced the essay.

Kevin Carson reviewed Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.

Last but not least, we’re in the process of deciding on the next Mutual Exchange topic. We hope to have an announcement in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to all of our readers and generous financial supporters. We wouldn’t be able to do this without your help. Please consider making a donation to C4SS via Paypal, Patreon, or any of our other countless giving platforms.

Chad

Austro-Libertarianism and Application Thickness

I recently wrote an article, available here, on the idea of thick libertarianism. Below I outline the core of the argument.

Starting from Austro-libertarian premises, thick libertarianism is unavoidable. Austro-libertarians are committed to the non-aggression principle (NAP) and in order to identify acts of aggression in the real world, in some cases, have to make judgements which necessarily call upon moral and political considerations outside of the NAP itself. It seems that some of these considerations are going to be more in keeping with the reasons a libertarian has for endorsing the NAP than others. In Charles Johnson’s taxonomy, this is application thickness: The idea that there are moral and political reasons for interpreting certain acts as aggression rather than others that are more coherent with thin libertarian commitments.

From an Austro-libertarian perspective, aggression is a praxeological type. That is to say it’s a category of action that has certain logical structure that can be grasped a priori. We do not need to observe aggressive acts a certain number of times, and see that they all constitute the non-consensual crossing of a property boundary in order to induce that non-consensual boundary crossings all seem to be aggressive. Rather, non-consensual boundary crossings are necessarily aggressive. Therefore, without any empirical observation, we know that if a non-consensual boundary crossing occurred, the NAP was violated. There was a victim of this aggression, and there was a perpetrator, and some sort of redress is due. Praxeological reasoning can therefore be done from the armchair. If x was a non-consensual boundary crossing, x violated the NAP. Identifying x as a boundary-crossing however cannot be done from the armchair. One must look at the actual incident in question, and interpret it as such. Physical movements of human bodies in the world do not come ready-tagged as whatever praxeolgical types they are; they must be interpreted as such by real persons.

Two praxeological types which are centrally important for the sake of identifying NAP violations in the world are consent and the initiation of aggression. When consent is given to a boundary crossing, the NAP is not violated, and if A initiated aggression against B before B used force against A, then B’s boundary crossing against A is justifiable as self-defense. Therefore, when and where we identify human behaviour as constituting these praxeological types has profound moral and political implications.

In the paper, I discuss two cases. The first is a boss who takes his secretary to have consented to having sex with him whenever he wants by her signing of her employment contract. The second is a white man who takes a black man’s behaviour to be a threat, and shoots him in purported self-defense. These cases illustrate that the interpretation one takes of the action of others means one can believe oneself to be respecting the NAP, but under a different interpretation of those actions, one violated it.

The two different interpretations, moreover, might be perfectly reasonable given the agent in question’s background. Which interpretation we take as the one that bears legal consequence has enormous moral and political implications, and as such is subject to moral and political evaluation. One ought, therefore, have the best moral and political reasons for taking whatever interpretation one does. These reasons might be consistent with the reasons one has for endorsing the NAP, or they may be inconsistent. Either way, thick libertarianism is possible if we can find the reasons to guide how we interpret other people’s actions which best fit with our reasons for being libertarians. Application thickness is thus unavoidable for an Austro-libertarian.

Send Libertarians to Prison!

The C4SS prison abolition panel, originally scheduled for last year’s APEE but sadly cancelled, is being revived for this year. The panelists will be Dan D’Amico, Gary Chartier, Jason Byas, Nathan Goodman, and myself. Jason and Nathan need some financial assistance getting to the conference; if you’d like to help, please check out our GoFundMe page.

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Glenn Greenwald discusses the debate over what causes anti-American terrorism.

Sheldon Richman discusses the Oregon standoff.

Justin Raimondo discusses why we need a return to normalcy.

Ben Norton discusses a Saudi war crime in Yemen.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the U.S. as the world’s top arms dealer.

Matthew Harwood reviews a book on privacy and data.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses why society can’t be planned.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the recapture of El Chapo and the War on Drugs.

Rick Shenkman discusses empathy and the victims of war.

Matt Peppe discusses the foreign policy legacy of Jimmey Carter.

Ivan Eland discusses how U.S. foreign policy helps spawn terrorists.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses Cold War fearmongering on Korea and Cuba.

David S. D’Amato discusses Italian fascism.

Uri Avnery discusses assimilation and Israel.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the recent incident with Iran.

David Vine discusses U.S. basing efforts.

James Bovard discusses the victims of the state under Obama.

Jonathan Cook discusses Israel and apartheid.

Kathy Kelly discusses Afghanistan.

C4SS Now Available Directly as a Tor Onion Service

The Center for a Stateless Society is pleased to announce that we now support access to this site directly through the Tor network as an Onion Service. Practically, this means that if you visit the address vhgli4v7feaaz7ka.onion through the Tor Browser you will see the content of c4ss.org, but without your request to our server ever leaving the onion encryption of the Tor network.

When you browse normal websites via the Tor Browser your request is encrypted under several layers and then shuffled around in the Tor network with each forwarding node decrypting the instructions for the next node to forward it to. This provides some relatively strong anonymity guarantees against any observer or node in the network being able to tell both your location and the ultimate destination of your traffic (the website you’re accessing). But ultimately when browsing normal websites your request leaves the Tor network at an exit node and travels through the regular internet to the website’s server.

In contrast Onion Services directly establish a connection into the Tor network, allowing visitors to make connections to such servers without ever making requests on the normal (and relatively transparent) web. In many cases this is useful in that it provides some anonymity guarantees not just for the visitor, but also for the website itself! The Silk Road and its many descendants utilized this function to only serve their website over an Onion Service, and thus hide the location and other critical information about the server itself.

Our servers are not hidden, c4ss.org is happily and openly hosted in Reykjavík, Iceland by 1984 Hosting, a provider committed to resisting state power and that runs on geothermal and hydroelectric energy. So why provide an Onion Service in addition to our normal domain? Several reasons:

1.) We like Tor. We’ve consistently maintained a Tor node since very early on when the network was small, we count many Tor developers as personal friends & comrades, and we host guides to Tor & other security tools. By serving our site as an Onion Service we join a fledgling but growing number of other normal websites (including even Facebook thanks to one heroic engineer) who are in effect standing in solidarity with Tor and the precious anonymity it provides. Tor is not a silver bullet, but it provides a significant increase in anonymity and security. We know from the Snowden documents and other sources that while state agencies are sometimes able to successfully exploit a few users (due to things like using outdated versions of the Tor Browser), they are actually quite maddened by their inability to decloak all users, or even most specific users. Today millions of people use Tor and countless lives have been saved as a result. It is not an understatement to say that many anarchist projects and entire resistance movements would be direly crippled without Tor.

2.) Security for our users. Accessing our site through vhgli4v7feaaz7ka.onion provides automatic self-authentication. You don’t have to trust some intermediary Certificate Authority to tell you that you’re really reaching us directly and that no one is intercepting your connection, pretending to be us. Because the address itself is a hash of the unique secret key that identifies us, you can save it and be assured from then on whenever accessing our site through that address that you’re getting the real thing, with end-to-end encryption. Additionally the Tor Browser provides a number of other security benefits to users out of box and we hope to encourage more people to use it daily.

3.) Redundancy. The internet has been one of the greatest advances towards liberty in human history, in part because it developed so fast and so inauspiciously that the governments and private powers of the world were unable to quickly react. As the ramifications became clear, of course, they have responded with massive many-pronged attacks. Many countries have effected aggressive censorship regimes and major politicians in the global north are now openly calling for the outlawing of encryption and even the internet wholesale. We regularly face attacks and years ago were famously shut down by a DMCA served by neonazis. It is quite plausible that western governments will attempt broader censorship regimes targeting political dissidents and anarchists are always among the first. Today’s internet architecture has been warped in a drastically hierarchical direction that is hugely liable to state coercion. The Domain Name System and Certificate Authority infrastructures are horribly broken by design and it is probably only a matter of time before they are directly used as hands of the state. Providing an Onion Service enables us to continue serving content securely even in a relatively catastrophic situation where our domain and/or certificate are revoked or openly man-in-the-middle’d by state powers. Even if they take our server in Reykjavík we can simply move to a different server at a hidden location and continue to stay online at the same address.

Of course our canonical Onion Service address may change address in the future (the Tor Project is looking to extend the address size), but you can check back here for any updates.

We heartily encourage other anarchists, radicals and activists to do the same. Setting up an Onion Service on an already running server is painless. The Tor Project hosts good documentation and Riseup.net provides an excellent guide to best practices.

For a while the United States’ labyrinthine internal power structures worked at odds with one another — the State Department giving some grant money that ended up with the Tor Project while the Pentagon dedicated far more resources to fight it — since Snowden the US is finally getting its act together in recognizing that anonymity and a free internet ultimately poses an existential threat to state power. The Tor Project is thus desperately looking for new sources of funding. You can donate here, but even better than pouring funds into a single financial pool that is vulnerable to state sanction or attack is helping further decentralize the function of the Tor Project. If you have programming, translating, artistic, or organizing skills there are many ways to help directly by joining a legion of volunteers and contributors, formally or informally.

Make no mistake, the internet is not invulnerable; it is presently under siege on every front. They will escalate in their attacks upon its basic infrastructure, and we — as anarchists committed to a freer world — have an obligation to support resistance, to empower our readers, and to be ready for future developments.

December 2015 C4SS Audio/Visual Coordinator Report

Article Uploads

In December, I uploaded the following four readings from myself and John Moore to the YouTube and the Jellycast feeds:

Aylan’s Shoes by Grant Mincy

Cut Out the State, Free Entrepreneurship by Nick Ford

Limiting Conditions and Local Desires by Shawn P. Wilbur

Are We All Mutualists? by Kevin Carson

Currently, I am prioritizing the recording of Mutual Exchange articles. I am still churning through the November/December Mutual Exchange symposium: Property: Occupancy and Use.  I hope to have the most read ones recorded within the next couple of months.

Other Projects

The intern interviews are still pending. However, with the holiday season finally being over, I anticipate scheduling will be much easier.

Nick has been diligently uploading Christopher King’s excellent reading of Gary Chartier’s Conscience of an Anarchist. Here is the most recent upload.

I am still planning to begin a weekly or monthly news commentary podcast within the next few months. The exact timing of this project will depend on how many volunteers are available to help with it.

Social Media Figures

Facebook: net +7 Likes

YouTube: 2305 views in December 2962 views in November, 82,790 total

+21 net subscriptions in December, +10 net subscriptions in November, 1229 total Subscribers

Earnings Estimates: $5.62 in December, $4.36 in November, $36.02 Lifetime Earnings

Please Volunteer

A meaningful audio-visual media presence takes a lot of effort. In November, I spent 20 hours doing everything from writing this monthly report to editing other readers’ audio to planning future interviews. This amount of time likely needs to double in order to ensure consistent improvements in the quality of our output and growth of our subscriber base.  Bottom line, Feed44 needs readers, editors, and content creators!

Do you have a recording setup that you’ve been letting go to waste by not recording C4SS articles? Drop us a line and we can help you fix that.

Are you bursting with ideas for visual accompaniment to all your favorite C4SS articles? Message me and we can help you bring those ideas to life.

Do you want to rant about market anarchist philosophy and the abolition of the state, discuss great works of left-libertarian authors with like minded individuals, and interview the leading lights of the left-libertarian movement? Let us know.

The C4SS Q1 Tor Node Fundraiser

Essentially, the tragedy of past revolutions has been that, sooner or later, their doors closed, “at ten in the evening.” The most critical function of modern technology must be to keep the doors of the revolution open forever! –Murray Bookchin

Part of the dissolutionary strategy advocated by C4SS is called Open Source Insurgency or embracing institutional, organizational or technological innovations — low-tech or high-tech — that render centralized or authoritarian governance impossible (or so damn costly as to be regarded impossible). One of these innovations is Tor. And, so, C4SS maintains an always-on Tor Node. But we need your help.

C4SS has maintained a Tor relay node for going-on 5 years. This is our first quarter fundraiser for this project. Every contribution will help us maintain the node until April 2016.

We encourage everyone to consider operating a Tor relay node yourself. If this, for whatever reason, is not an option, you can still support the Tor project and online anonymity with a $5 donation to the C4SS Tor relay node.

C4SS maintains a Tor relay node with a freedom friendly data center in the Netherlands. The relay is part of a global network dedicated to the idea that a free society requires freedom of information. Since June 2011 C4SS has continuously added nearly 10 Mbps of bandwidth to the network (statistics). Although we can’t know, by design, what passes through the relay, it’s entirely likely that it has facilitated communications by revolutionaries, agorists, whistleblowers, journalists working under censorious regimes and many more striving to advance the cause of liberty and the dissolution of authority.

If you believe, as we do, that Tor is one of the technologies that makes both state and corporate oppression not only obsolete, but impossible, please consider operating as a Tor relay or donating to support the C4SS node.

The State is damage, we will find a route around!

If you are interested in learning more about Tor and how to become a relay node yourself, then check out our write up on the project: Stateless Tor.

Please donate today!

Bitcoin is also welcome:

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Editor’s Report, December 2015

Happy 2016 from C4SS! 2015 was a productive year for us, thanks not only to our incredible contributors, but also our dedicated readers.

In December, Grant Mincy examined the systematic depletion of Earth’s species and natural resources by the state and its powerful economic allies. The article was picked up by Truthout. Christmas season also brought out some beautiful antiwar writing from Mincy, Kevin Carson, Nick Ford and Sheldon Richman.

C4SS’s November Mutual Exchange, Property: Occupancy and Use, turned into a two-month symposium. Among December’s contributors were Jason Byas, Robert Kirchner, Fred Foldvary, and William Gillis, with a set of concluding rejoinders to all from Kevin Carson. Shawn Wilbur added a postscript to the series dissecting Proudhon’s proposal for land value taxation.

December saw some intriguing book reviews as well. Nathan Goodman offered up a review of Victoria Law’s Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. James Wilson reviewed David Beito’s From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967, and Nick Ford reviewed the Karl Hess classic Community Technology.

C4SS also added to its Left-Libertarian Classic catalog with a reprint of one of my personal favorites: Robert Anton Wilson’s The Semantics of “Good” and “Evil”.

Thank you once again for your invaluable support. We aim to continue on our upward trajectory in 2016. But we can’t do it without your continued help. Please consider making a donation to C4SS via Paypal, Patreon, or any of our other countless giving platforms.

Chad

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Sheldon Richman discusses what the season of peace requires.

Dan Sanchez discusses Antiwar.com’s 20th anniversary.

Ivan Eland discusses bad government decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Mel Gurtov discusses the waging of endless unauthorized war.

Jim Lobe discusses the continued neocon push for regime change in Iran.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses how the fear of terrorism is destroying liberty in America.

Uri Avnery discusses imagined nations.

Glenn Greenwald discusses the desire of some to restrict free speech rights in the name of fighting terrorism.

Paul R. Pillar discusses liberal interventionism.

David S. D’Amato discusses Leo Tolstoy’s worldview.

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Chase Madar discusses clemency.

Ivan Eland discusses Trump’s Muslim ban proposal.

Doug Bandow discusses U.S. relations with North Korea.

Uri Avnery discusses an Israeli lawyer.

Dan Sanchez discusses the Israelization of the world.

Scott Beauchamp discusses Bowe Bergdhal.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses technology and politicians.

Matthew Harwood discusses policing in America.

Vijay Prashad discusses the damage inflicted on the Gaza Strip.

Medea Benjamin discusses the war in Yemen and U.S. complicity.

Paul Street discusses why they hate us.

Andrew Levine discusses moral monsters.

Ann Wright discusses challenging U.S. military bases abroad.

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An interview with Noam Chomsky on the War on Terror.

Samuel Bieler discusses the myth of black hypercriminality.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses pre-crime and the Patriot Act.

Dan Sanchez discusses how to rid the world of ISIS.

Lauren Jappe discusses the victims of Israeli torture.

David Williams discusses how Democrats and Republicans aim to revive the Import-Export Bank.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the prospect of World War 4.

Stephen Kinzer discusses Woodrow Wilson.

Trevor Timm discusses Obama’s recent speech on ISIS.

Garikai Chengu discusses police statism directed at Muslims.

Harvey Wasserman discusses Woodrow Wilson.

Sheldon Richman discusses violence, radicalism, and Islam.

Sheldon Richman discusses U.S. foreign policy and the engendering of hatred.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses uncompromising libertarianism.

Joe Carton discusses the targeting of pro-Palestine activists.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why Venezuela is none of the U.S. government’s business.

Roderick T. Long discusses Euripides on war.

Sheldon Richman discusses fearmongering and terrorism.

Joseph G. Ramsey discusses cops for Trump.

Adil E. Shamoo discusses how U.S. interventionism tore apart the Middle East.

Stephen Kinzer discusses conservative foreign policy.

Dan Sanchez discusses the political lessons of Star Wars.

Jacob Sullum discusses the War on Drugs.

Bobby London discusses self-liberation.

Andrew Kahn discusses Donald Trump as reflecting Americanism.

Ivan Eland discusses Obama’s recent speech on terrorism.

Steve Martinot discusses victimless crime laws.

Rob Urie discusses Donald Trump.

Robert Fantina discusses Donald Trump, the GOP, and the politics of hate.

Medea Benjamin discusses the recent Saudi women vote.

C4SS Audio/Visual Coordinator Report – November 2015

Article Uploads

In November, I uploaded the following 6 readings from myself, John Moore, and Moses Sayre Sukin to the YouTube and the Jellycast feeds.

Black Jurors Need Not Apply by Roderick Long

Charter Schools, and Other Right-Libertarian False Gods by Kevin Carson

The Campaign Needs a Radical, But Sanders Isn’t It by Sheldon Richman

Will Truly Free Markets be Truly Different by Steve Horwitz

Corporate Capitalism, Not Simply a Product of the State by Derek Wall

Reason’s Misplaced Condescension by Kevin Carson

Currently, I am prioritizing recording the Mutual Exchange articles. Kevin Carson’s “Are We All Mutualists?” will be published in the first week of December and one of the response articles should be published each week thereafter. Additional articles will be posted as volunteers submit them.

Other Projects

Unfortunately, some scheduling difficulty has slowed progress on the intern interviews. However, the interview with TJ Scholl is tentatively planned to take place in person in the middle of December. Benjamin Blowe’s interview will likely have to wait until January.

Nick and I began organizing Feed 44’s videos into playlists. You can check out what we have so far.

I started collecting clips from podcasts and YouTube for the purpose of starting a week-in-review style podcast. Recommendations for clips are welcome.

Facebook: net +7 Likes.

YouTube: 2962 views in November, 2808 views in October, 80,723 total.

+10 net subscriptions in November, +43 net subscriptions in October, 1223 total Subscribers.

$4.36, $5.42 in October, $31.04 Lifetime Earnings.

Please Volunteer

A meaningful audio-visual media presence takes a lot of effort. In November, I spent 30 hours doing everything from writing this monthly report to editing other reader’s audio to planning future interviews. This amount of time likely needs to double in order to ensure consistent improvements in the quality of our output and growth of our subscriber base. Bottom line, Feed 44 needs readers and content creators!

Do you have a recording setup that you’ve been letting go to waste by not recording C4SS articles? Drop us a line and we can help you fix that.

Are you bursting with ideas for visual accompaniment to all your favorite C4SS articles? Message me and we can help you bring those ideas to life.

Do you want to rant about market anarchist philosophy and the abolition of the state, discuss great works of left-libertarian authors with like minded individuals, and interview the leading lights of the left-libertarian movement? Let us know.

Zoning Doesn’t Help Lower Classes

Someone shared this on my FB. My desultory comment:

I first heard the argument for wholesale abolition of zoning from my first-year design lecturer.

Two observations, though. Firstly, the term “zoning” may be used in wider and narrower senses. In some contexts it refers only to what land is used for; in others, like Cape Town where I live and work, “zoning issues” comprise things like setbacks, height restrictions, etc. as well. It is hard to tell how broadly or narrowly the term is used in the article.

Secondly, it is clear that zoning is only part of the picture. That Houston should, in the absence of zoning, produce the same horrible urban form as most American cities, contrary to all economic logic, certainly suggests that there are other background conditions involved.

That is, though the relationship between urban form and economic model is reciprocal, the latter will dominate, ceteris paribus, where the urban form represents a trivial anomaly in terms of its wider context. Zoning is all about maintaining the conditions which best suit the dominant economic model. As the economic model concentrates all productive capital into a small number of privileged hands, just so the urban form is designed to concentrate all productive real estate into those same hands by rendering the vast majority of properties economically sterile through myriad measures. This is the single thread which runs through each and every zoning provision: your house shall not be productive capital.

I’ve said before, get the choice of technology right, and the architecture will pretty much design itself. At a larger scale, get the political economy right, and the city will pretty much design itself. In the case of Houston, simply subtracting zoning from everything else in which the surrounding political economy manifests was not enough to make a livable city design itself.

Conversely, however, the political economy cannot be got right while zoning remains in force.

Media Coordinator Report, November 2015

These are our numbers and some comments on November:

  • 17 op-eds published (+7 compared to October);
  • 32 pickups (average of 1.9 per article, a disappointing dip compared to the previous month, when we got a 3.7 average);
  • The Syrian refugee crisis has occupied the headlines in the last few months, and our most republished article reflects that. Sheldon Richman’s Let the Refugees In was picked up 8 times. Sheldon’s Why Assad Isn’t ‘Our Son of a Bitch’ came in second with five pickups.

We didn’t have time to celebrate last month, but Jason Farrell’s Why Libertarians are Failing at Politics was reprinted by USA Today! That was huge and a great feather in the cap of our media efforts! And congratulations to Jason!

If you want to support our work, please contribute. Your donation keeps C4SS running.

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Vijay Prashad discusses anti-immigrant hysteria.

A. Barton Hinkle discusses statist gambling monopolies.

Sheldon Richman discusses U.S. foreign policy.

David S. D’Amato discusses free speech.

Jason Kuznicki discusses a new libertarian book.

Katrina vanden Heuvel discusses U.S. policy on Syria.

Stephen Kinzer discusses how interventionism breeds terrorism.

Richard Ebeling discusses Thanksgiving as the birth of free enterprise.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses why bombing ISIS won’t solve the problem.

Tommy Raskin discusses the U.S. policy of endless war.

Sheldon Richman discusses why Assad isn’t our “son of a bitch”.

W.T. Whitney discusses Colombian mercs in Yemen.

Glenn Greenwald discusses foreign policy debate on Face the Nation.

David Rosen discusses Murray Bookchin.

Dan Glazebrook discusses Boko Haram.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses myths about the origin of the U.S.

Uri Avnery discusses international terrorism and the struggle for Palestine.

Belen Fernandez discusses Operation Condor.

Sharon Presley discusses free speech on college campuses.

Kelly Vlahos discusses Obama’s Gitmo challenge.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses a difference between conservatives and libertarians.

Roderick T. Long discusses ancient Greece and liberty.

Dan Sanchez discusses fear and terrorist attacks.

Thomas L. Knapp discusses gun control.

Sheldon Richman discusses competitive law.

George H. Smith discusses John Locke.

Glenn Greenwald discusses honoring war criminals and torturers.

Robert Fantina discusses the whitewashing of militarism.

Michael Brenner discusses the Islam equals terror thesis.

John Hanrahan discusses the media blackout on drones.

Bring C4SS to ISFLC 2015!

It’s the most wonderful time of year yet again. No, not because it’s Christmas season. Because it’s ISFLC season. The International Students For Liberty Conference is the Christmas of libertarianism and the Center for a Stateless Society is trying to bring libertarian students from around the world the gift of left wing market anarchism.

In order to fund an exhibitor table at the next ISFLC on February 27th in Washington D.C., C4SS has created a GoFundMe campaign. Left wing market anarchists, those sympathetic to left wing market anarchism, or just members of the ruling class with some spare change lying around, can now offer us their mutual aid.

As I wrote in the GoFundMe description,

The Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS), is a left wing market anarchist think tank. C4SS utilizes academic studies, book reviews, op-eds, and social media to put left market anarchist ideas at the forefront of libertarianism. We seek to bring about a world where individuals are liberated from oppressive states, structural poverty, and social injustice.

Simply put, our mission is to build a new world in the shell of the old.

The International Students For Liberty Conference is the year’s premier gathering of libertarian minds from all over the world — and C4SS is a mere $500 away from getting a table there. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote radical left anarchist ideas among young liberty lovers from around the globe.

Every penny counts and the Center appreciates any and all support you are willing to give. Let’s get C4SS to ISFLC 2016 and start building the new world!

If you’re a supporter of C4SS, support us this holiday season and help us to make it to ISFLC 2016, or just share our campaign. We hope to see you in D.C.!

P.S. — If you’re looking for a worthwhile non-profit organization to donate to this holiday season, I suggest the newly minted 501(c)(3) tax exempt Molinari Institute, the parent organization of C4SS and the Alliance of the Libertarian Left.

Editor’s Report, November 2015

November was business as usual for C4SS in the op-ed department. We’ve always got the world’s events covered from our distinct left market anarchist perspective. Nick Ford called into question the state’s protection racket, providing us with some staggering statistics surrounding civil asset forfeiture. Joel Schlosberg commemorated the centennial anniversary of the execution of radical labor activist Joe Hill. Ryan Calhoun called out the extreme hypocrisy of Nationalist-Christians in America and their hatred of the refugees.

C4SS also continued its exciting new program, Mutual Exchange. November’s topic, Property: Occupancy and Use, brought forth a lead essay from Kevin Carson, followed by responses from Shawn Wilbur, William Schnack, Robert Kirchner, Fred Folvardy, Jason Byas and William Gillis. As I write this, November’s participants are still producing content. It’s been a vibrant conversation and we thank all the writers for contributing to what’s been a really informative and high-level symposium.

A few other noteworthy items:

In addition to his participation in Mutual Exchange, Carson took a brief timeout to lambaste Lew Rockwell and Hans Hoppe over their odious, un-libertarian positions on immigration.

Sheldon Richman’s work, as usual, circulated far and wide, getting picked up by Newsweek as well as another unlikely source: John Kasich’s Presidential campaign advertising. I wonder if the Kasich people got the memo that Sheldon is an anarchist?

Nick Ford concluded his in-depth review of Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority. Part One of the review can be seen here.

November was a busy and productive month for C4SS. Between our sharp and incisive news commentary, Mutual Exchange, continued reprints of left-libertarian classics, book reviews, and blogging, we’ve got a lot of irons in the fire heading into December. But that’s what we do. And we couldn’t do it without you, our readers. Please help keep us going and growing by making a donation via Paypal, Patreon, or any of our other countless giving platforms:

Many thanks,
Chad

Richman in Newsweek

My post about Donald Trump’s immigrant-deportation proposal was picked up by Newsweek. This screen shot is featured in an anti-Trump ad produced by presidential contender John Kasich. The ad, suggesting a comparison between Trump and the Nazis, has been widely discussed by news outlets and other sites. (HT: Joel Schlosberg.)

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