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William Gillis Appointed Coordinating Director

The Center for a Stateless Society has appointed William Gillis as Coordinating Director effective May 1st, replacing James Tuttle.

William Gillis has previously served as designer, developer and sysadmin for the Center’s various web resources, and before that as editor and publisher of physical media.

Gillis was introduced to anarchism by his activist father as a child and has been organizing politically as an anarchist since 1999. He has consistently and diligently worked to highlight the necessity of markets to leftists and radicals since 2003. His conversion started while locking down the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon the day the US invaded Iraq, when he ended up spending a marathon 8 hours debating a right-libertarian counter-protester and then stayed up through the morning reading.

His writing has emphasized the boundless promethean aspirations of anarchism, highlighted the sometimes complex interpersonal and philosophical commitments entailed by liberty, and has sought to bridge the gaps between various discourses on anarchist economics. He has blogged at Human Iterations since 2003, authoring rants, articles, and monographs that have been republished in numerous collections, including Markets Not Capitalism.

As an anarchist he has organized, founded, led, and collaborated in countless struggles, projects, actions, spaces, and organizations. At the same time he is also the author of Organizations Versus Getting Shit Done.

Former Coordinating Director James Tuttle has stepped down, and will stay on as Financial Coordinator, a new position created to decentralize C4SS’s daily work. Tuttle has served as Director of the Center for over four years to wide and continued praise.

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Pratrap Chatterjee discusses the drone war.

Jason Kuznicki discusses the reasonableness of radicalism.

David Swanson discusses the war against ISIS and public opinion.

Kevin Carson discusses the Honduran charter cities proposal.

Paul R. Pillar discusses Hilary the hawk.

Laurence M. Vance discusses your home as a safe zone.

Lawrence Davidson discusses the mind of the Israeli prime minister.

Richard Hardigan discusses Israeli demolition of homes in occuipied territory.

Justin Raimondo discusses the Iraq War.

George H. Smith discusses Kant on individual rights and justice.

Michael F. Glennon discusses a book on Obama and the national security state.

Charles Glass discusses a new book on the U.S. war for the Middle East.

Rebecca Gordon discusses torture and those responsible for it.

Dan Sanchez discusses Samantha Power.

Ivan Eland discusses why coddling the Saudi royal family is the wrong approach.

Nicolas J.S. Davies discusses the civilians killed by U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq.

Trevor Timm discusses boots on the ground in Syria.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the teetering of the War on Drugs.

Gareth Porter discusses real Saudi-U.S. issues.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses lazy war and drones.

James Peron discusses the regulatory state as an upward redistributor of wealth.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses unnecessary alliances with autocratic govts.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses why we need to dump the draft rather than expand it to women.

Nathan Goodman discusses how politics empowers remoreless killers.

George H. Smith discusses Kant on the social contract.

David S. D’Amato discusses a book on eminent domain.

Jordan Michael Smith discusses a new book on the war for the Middle East.

Trevor Timm discusses why Trump will not be good on foreign policy.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the America First movement and interventionism.

Nick Ford discusses Obama’s renewed war in Iraq.

Ringling Bros. Not Welcome

For Rhode Islanders who value the lives and well-being of animals, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus should never be welcome in Providence. Don’t let Ringling fool you with its newfound compassion for elephants — it remains an enemy of animals.

Although it may be ending the elephant performances, plenty of other confined and tortured animals will remain as unwilling participants in its shows. Don’t think for a second that the elephants’ retirement has to do with anything other than Ringling’s bottom line. Elephants have been dismissed because they happen to be among the most high-profile circus victims.

This is a convenient public relations move, as disingenuous as SeaWorld’s end to captive whale breeding. There are still so many more Ringling victims in need of liberation.

A Couple of Questions for Dr. Richard Ebeling

From C4SS Sr. Fellow Thomas Knapp’s blog, Kn@ppster,

In an essay on “the bathroom wars” published yesterday at Epic Times, Dr. Richard Ebeling writes:

In government accommodations in such places as, say, courthouses, and in spite of the additional taxpayers’ expense, matching toilet facilities for men and women, there also should be “transgender” facilities of some sort. There must be accommodations for taxpaying citizens who would feel uncomfortable in satisfying biological functions in the same limited space with those they define as members of the opposite sex, and at the same time for there to be facilities for those who are indifferent or who consider it “right” for transgender individuals to share such facilities with them.

Interesting perspective. Let me see if I’m understanding him correctly.

I take it Dr. Ebeling supported the “public” (i.e. government-run, although through a contractor) bus line in New York City that made “accommodations” for taxpaying male Orthodox Jews who “would feel uncomfortable” having women ride in the front of the bus with them, by requiring women to board through the back door and remain in the back of the bus, right?

Breathing and drinking water are “biological functions.” Am I entitled to have, just for example, the public courthouse segregated by race if I “would feel uncomfortable” breathing the same air or drinking from the same fountain as African-Americans, Dr. Ebeling?

Just wondering.

[hat tip: Nick Manley]
Read more at http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-couple-of-questions-for-dr-richard.html#IREFhlk6MyI51DJb.99

Support C4SS with a Copy of “The Desktop Regulatory State”

C4SS has teamed up with the Distro of the Libertarian Left. The Distro produces and distribute zines and booklets on anarchism, market anarchist theory, counter-economics, and other movements for liberation. For every copy of Kevin Carson’s “The Desktop Regulatory State” that you purchase through the Distro, C4SS will receive a percentage. Support C4SS with Kevin Carson’s “The Desktop Regulatory State“.

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$15.00 for the first copy. $13.00 for every additional copy.

Defenders of the modern state often claim that it’s needed to protect us — from terrorists, invaders, bullies, and rapacious corporations. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, for instance, famously argued that the state was a source of “countervailing power” that kept other social institutions in check. But what if those “countervailing” institution — corporations, government agencies and domesticated labor unions — in practice collude more than they “countervail” each other? And what if network communications technology and digital platforms now enable us to take on all those dinosaur hierarchies as equals — and more than equals. In The Desktop Regulatory State, Kevin Carson shows how the power of self-regulation, which people engaged in social cooperation have always possessed, has been amplified and intensifed by changes in consciousness — as people have become aware of their own power and of their ability to care for themselves without the state — and in technology — especially information technology. Drawing as usual on a wide array of insights from diverse disciplines, Carson paints an inspiring, challenging, and optimistic portrait of a humane future without the state, and points provocatively toward the steps we need to take in order to achieve it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE–THE STIGMERGIC REVOLUTION

  • Reduced Capital Outlays
  • Distributed Infrastructure
  • Network Culture
  • Stigmergy

CHAPTER TWO–NETWORKS VS. HIERARCHIES

  • The Systematic Stupidity of Hierarchies
  • Hierarchies vs. Networks
  • Networks vs. Hierarchies
  • Systems Disruption

CHAPTER THREE–NETWORKS VS. HIERARCHIES: END GAME

  • Transition from Hierarchies to Networks
  • The Question of Repression
  • The Question of Collapse
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER FOUR–THE DESKTOP REVOLUTION IN REGULATION

  • The Regulatory State: Myth and Reality
  • Individual Super-empowerment
  • The “Long Tail” in Regulation
  • Networked Resistance as an Example of Distributed Infrastructure
  • Informational Warfare (or Open-Mouth Sabotage)
  • A Narrowcast Model of Open Mouth Sabotage
  • Attempts to Suppress or Counter Open Mouth Sabotage
  • Who Regulates the Regulators?
  • Networked, Distributed Successors to the State: Saint-Simon, Proudhon and “the Administration of Things”
  • Monitory Democracy
  • “Open Everything”
  • Panarchy
  • Collective Contracts
  • Heather Marsh’s “Proposal for Governance
  • Michel Bauwens’ Partner State

CHAPTER FIVE–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: NETWORKED SUPPORT PLATFORMS

  • Bruce Sterling: Islands in the Net
  • Phyles: Neal Stephenson
  • Phyles: Las Indias and David de Ugarte
  • Bruce Sterling: The Caryatids
  • Daniel Suarez
  • John Robb: Economies as a Social Software Service
  • File Aesir
  • Venture Communism
  • Medieval Guilds as Predecessors of the Phyle
  • Transition Towns and Global Villages
  • Modern Networked Labor Unions and Guilds as Examples of Phyles
  • Virtual States as Phyles: Hamas, Etc.
  • Eugene Holland: Nomad Citizenship
  • Producism/Producia
  • Emergent Cities
  • The Incubator Function
  • Mix & Match

CHAPTER SIX–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: MONEY

  • What Money’s For and What it Isn’t
  • The Adoption of Networked Money Systems
  • Examples of Networked Money Systems

CHAPTER SEVEN–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALING

  • Introduction: Whom Do Present-Day Schools Really Serve
  • Alternative Models
  • Potential Building Blocks for an Open Alternative
  • Open Course Materials
  • Open Textbooks
  • Open Learning Platforms
  • Credentialing

CHAPTER EIGHT–THE ASSURANCE COMMONS

  • Introduction
  • Legibility: Vertical and Horizontal. Graeber, Scott, etc.
  • Networked Certification, Reputational and Verification Mechanisms
  • Ostrom, Commons Governance and Vernacular Law

CHAPTER NINE–THE OPEN SOURCE LABOR BOARD

  • Historic Models
  • Networked Labor Struggle
  • Open-Mouth Sabotage

CHAPTER TEN–OPEN SOURCE CIVIL LIBERTIES ENFORCEMENT

  • Protection Against Non-State Civil Rights Violations
  • When the State is the Civil Liberties Violator
  • Circumventing the Law
  • Circumvention: Privacy vs. Surveillance
  • Seeing Like a State, and the Art of Not Being Governed
  • Exposure and Embarrassment
  • Networked Activism and the Growth of Civil Society

CHAPTER ELEVEN–THE OPEN SOURCE FOURTH ESTATE

  • The Industrial Model
  • Open Source Journalism

CHAPTER TWELVE–OPEN SOURCE NATIONAL SECURITY

  • The State as Cause of the Problem: Blowback
  • Meta-Organization
  • Active Defense, Counter-Terrorism, and Other Security Measures
  • Passive Defense
  • The Stateless Society as the Ultimate in Passive Defense
  • Disaster Relief

Kevin A. Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and a prolific writer on subjects including free-market anti-cap­it­al­ism, the in­div­idualist anarchist tradition, grassroots technology and radical unionism. He is the author of ”The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand”, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, and The Desktop Regulatory State. He keeps a blog at mutualist.blogspot.com and frequently publishes short columns and longer research reports for the Center for a Stateless Society (c4ss.org).

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Joseph R. Stromberg discusses war and just defense.

Yves Engler discusses Canada’s version of Blackwater.

Uri Avnery discusses soldier A.

Carlos Latuff and Max Blumenthal discusses Bernie Sander’s recent comment on the last Israeli war in Gaza.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why libertarians can win.

Jack Hunter discusses why Black Lives Matter doesn’t like Bill Clinton.

Paul R. Pillar discusses a book on humantarian intervention.

Ivan Eland discusses U.S. alliances.

Trevor Timm discusses why Bernie should bring up the Iraq War when discussing Hilary Clinton.

David S. D’Amato discusses a book on the Lochner court decison.

Matt Welch discusses why Trump is not a peacenik.

Jacob Sullum discusses sexual assault done in the name of the War on Drugs.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses John Kerry’s recent comments on Hiroshima.

George H. Smith discusses Kant and the natural law tradition.

Dan Sanchez discusses how to oppose the empire.

William J. Astore discusses words about war.

Uri Avnery discusses a possible way of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Bonnie Kristian discusses why more troops to fight ISIS is a bad idea.

William Norman Grigg discusses police statism.

David S. D’Amato discusses the birth of the state.

Dan Sanchez discusses the knowledge problem faced by imperialists.

Ivan Eland discusses Ted Cruz on foreign policy.

Michael Brendan Doughtery discusses a new book about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Sheldon Richman discusses the fallacy of buy American.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses ending government run schooling.

Celeste Ward Gventer discusses a book on the war for the Greater Middle East.

Peter Van Buren discusses Afghanistan.

Sheldon Richman discusses a book on the rationalist and pluralist liberal traditions.

Franklin Spinney discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Marjorie Cohn discusses Hilary vs Bernie on Israel-Palestine.

Richman Discusses New Book on Free Association

C4SS Senior Fellow and Trustee Chair Sheldon Richman recently spent some time on Free Association talking with Lucy Steigerwald about his newest book, America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Some of the topics discussed include the Federal Convention, the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists.

The talk is about an hour in length.

Media Coordinator Report, February and March 2016

These are the numbers and a few interesting bits on our work in February and March:

February

March

General comments:

  • We had a slight drop in pickups these last two months, dipping below the 3 pickups average I set out to maintain. Mea culpa. I’ve already added 100 new outlets to our list of recipients so I can balance that out!
  • We’ve kept with our theme of publishing 20 or more of articles in a month, and that’s awesome!
  • Augusta Free Press and NewsLI are still our most consistent partners, picking up most of our content.

This is just a little bit of what we’ve been doing. With your help, we can do even more to spread the word of markets and anarchism. Please donate via PayPal or our several other methods!

Erick Vasconcelos
Media Coordinator

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Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the blindness of conservatives.

Doug Bandow discusses Donald Trump and the neoconservatives.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses the folly of war.

Micah Zenko discusses the Libyan war.

Glenn Greenwald discusses double standards on victims of violence.

Barret Brown discusses the authorized biography of Henry Kissinger.

Sheldon Richman discusses what terrorists want.

Dan Sanchez discusses how Muslims are standing up to extremism.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses third way politics.

Stephen Kinzer discusses the situation in Honduras.

Laurence M. Vance discusses whether joining the military is the right thing to do or not.

Lew Rockwell discusses why Bill Buckley conservatism is dead.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses what progressives don’t get about liberty.

Dan Sanchez discusses imperial sacrifice in Yemen.

Jonathan Cook discusses Israeli military culture.

Ivan Eland discusses why more Western meddling in Libya is a bad idea.

Doug Bandow discusses why the U.S. can’t be the world’s nuclear police.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the evil of sanctions.

Jacob Sullum discusses the federal ban on pot ads.

Andrew J. Baevich discusses Ted Cruz, foreign policy, and conservatism.

George H. Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s intellectual influence on him.

Roderick T. Long discusses Aristophanes’s comedy.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli relations with the Arab states.

Laurie Calhoun discusses the Canadian govt acquiring military grade drones.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses presdential power and war.

Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the unwinnable war for the Middle East.

Dan De Luce and Paul Mcleary discuss Obama’s drone strike policies.

Ramzy Baroud discusses BDS.

Justyn Dillingham discusses a book on Allen Dulles.

America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited

America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited

Authored by Sheldon Richman
Foreword by Jeffrey A. Tucker

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

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About the author:
Sheldon Richman is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society (c4ss.org), chair of the Center’s trustees, and a contributing editor at Antiwar.com. He is the author of three other books:Separating School and State: How to Liberate America’s Families (1994); Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax (1999); and Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State (2001), published by the Future of Freedom Foundation (fff.org). From 1997 to 2012 he was the editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education (fee.org), following which he edited Future of Freedom for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Previously he was an editor at the Cato Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, and Inquiry magazine. Richman’s articles on foreign and economic policy, civil liberties, and American and Middle East history have appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, theChicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Reason, Forbes, The Independent Review,The American Scholar, The American Conservative, Cato Policy Report, Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Palestine Studies, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty, and other publications. He is a contributor to the The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He blogs at Free Association (sheldonrichman.com).

Instead of a Book, by a Man too Lazy to Write One

I’ve been writing at my site Abolish Work for a few years now and I’m really encouraged by all of the support that’s come in so many different shapes in sizes. That support has given me the confidence to reach out to Little Black Cart, an anarchist publisher whose books C4SS has reviewed many times, regarding a proposal for an anti-work anthology.

I’m happy to report not only that Little Black Cart accepted my proposal, but also that my book is fully underway and will likely be published in 2016. Its title, Instead of a Book, by a Man too Lazy to Write One, is inspired by Benjamin Tucker.

I have many articles, blog posts and essays designated for the book, but I’m always interested in more.

If you’d like to contribute to the book, the deadline for submissions is May 1st with a 1000-2000 suggested word-limit. Some categories that’ll be covered include the relationship between individualist anarchism and work, reviews of anti-work media such as books or movies and commentaries on news stories from an anti-work perspective.

For those confused, anti-work doesn’t mean “anti-effort.” By work, all I mean is a type of constrained labor that individuals engage in, not for their own sense of self, but because of some sort of external reward, usually money. Much of work in the current economy is made up of individuals who feel underappreciated, uninvolved and generally uninterested in whatever they’re doing. They do what they do because they need the money but once they get the paycheck they couldn’t be happier to be as far away from whatever they were just doing for most of their day.

These are the sorts of relationships I think should be abolished. Instead, I think we should move towards a world where play is more central and people are better able to express their individuality and do what makes them feel fulfilled.

If these ideas appeal to you then please feel free to reach out to me with submission ideas.

Happy slacking!

Editor’s Report, March 2016

C4SS produced some hard-hitting material in March. But then again, that’s nothing new. We always aim to bring you the most radical commentary on world headlines.

Here are just a few of last month’s publications:

Nathan Goodman remarked on the cold-blooded manner in which Washington’s Killing Machine carries out its mayhem. James Wilson and Sheldon Richman both weighed in on the destructive Trump-Sanders bipartisan brand of protectionism.

Hugh Crane opted not to mourn the passing of Nancy Reagan and got some push-back for his “incivility.”

Ryan Calhoun reported from the International Students for Liberty conference, where Ross & Lyn Ulbricht were snubbed by a whole lot of ungrateful “libertarians.”

I celebrated Open Borders Day by echoing a common C4SS theme — calling for the dissolution of all state borders. Kevin Carson opined on the Supreme Court appointment of Merrick Garland, ultimately coming down in favor of permanent Washington gridlock. Nick Ford’s onslaught against America’s heinous prison system continued, with Ford penning several op-eds on the subject in March.

…and speaking of Nick Ford, expect some exciting news about a forthcoming book project that you will read about here in the coming days. Stay tuned.

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.

Chad

America’s Counter-Revolution

C4SS Trustee Chair and Senior Fellow Sheldon Richman has some very exciting news regarding his forthcoming book, America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Stay tuned to this space in the coming days for more info.

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From the book’s description:

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire.

Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Upcoming Panels on International Law and Prison Reform

Two panels organised by the Center for a Stateless Society are coming up at two different conferences next week, bringing a left-libertarian market-anarchist perspective to international relations and prison reform.

1. The Molinari Society will be holding its annual Pacific Symposium in conjunction with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco, March 30-April 3, 2016. Here’s the schedule info:

Molinari Society symposium:
Author Meets Critics: Gary Chartier’s Radicalizing Rawls: Global Justice and the Foundations of International Law

G6D. Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (or so), Westin St. Francis 335 Powell St., San Francisco CA, Elizabethan C, 2nd floor.

chair:
Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

critics:
David Reidy (University of Tennessee)
Zooey Sophia Pook (New Mexico State University)

author:
Gary Chartier (La Sierra University)

2. We’ve also organised a panel at the Association of Private Enterprise Education conference in Las Vegas, April 3-5, 2016. Here’s the schedule info:

Prisons: Reform or Abolition?

2.G.8. Monday, 4 April 2016, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Bally’s Hotel and Casino, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas NV, room TBA.

chair:
Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

panelists:
Daniel J. D’Amico (Brown University)
Gary Chartier (La Sierra University)
Jason Lee Byas (Georgia State University)
Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

Another C4SS writer, Billy Christmas, will also be speaking at APEE on “Toward Methodological Anarchism,” on Tuesday, 5 April, in a session at at (horribile dictu) 8:00 a.m.

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Conor Friedersdorf discusses civilain dead from drone strikes.

Dan Sanchez discusses peace and liberty.

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

Sheldon Richman discusses Trump’s nationalism.

Ted Galen Carptenter discusses civil liberties and liberty during wartime.

Yves Engeler discusses the myth of Canadian govt opposition to the Vietnam War.

Thomas Harrington discusses Zionism and delegitimization.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses FBI attempts to spy on kids to prevent terrorism.

Christopher Preble discusses the possibility of another Libyan intervention.

Ramzy Baroud discusses the BDS movement.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses why the national security state has got to go.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses liberty and the next presidential election.

Uri Avnery discusses whether Hezbollah is a terrorist organization or not.

Graham E. Fuller reviews a book on humanitarian intervention.

Derek Davison discusses Ted Cruz’s national security team.

Roderick Tracy Long discusses feminist themes in ancient Greek plays.

Laurence M. Vance discusses the welfare-warfare state and the Hertiage Foundation.

Patrick Cockburn discusses Obama and the House of Saud.

Jane Stillwater discusses who AIPAC will suppport for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Nile Bowie discusses U.S.- North Korean relations.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses whether the U.S. should go to war with North Korea over the imprisonment of an American college student.

Dan Sanchez discusses Iran, Cuba, and U.S. imperialism.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses the prospects for liberty in the upcoming presidential election.

Trevor Timm discusses the renewed war in Iraq.

Gareth Porter discusses Obama’s break with the foreign policy establishment.

Kelly Vee discusses why open borders and feminism go together.

Kelly Vee discusses sexual liberation.

Kevin Carson discusses Bernie Sanders and so called free trade agreements.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses conservative outrage over Obama being photographed in front of a Che picture.

Andrew Levine discusses whether Hilary will be worse than Trump.

Calling All Rocky Mountain Anarchists!

Save the Kids, a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and youth incarceration more broadly, is hosting its first annual Anarchism, Crime, and Justice Conference.

From the event’s description:

Activists and scholars working within the realm of challenging the current punitive criminal justice system are welcome to submit for the 1st Annual Anarchism, Crime, and Justice Conference, an anarchist criminology conference. This conference is structured around challenging and abolishing punitive justice, while promoting community-based alternatives such as restorative justice, transformative justice and Hip Hop battling. This conference welcomes all those interested in providing performances, workshops, lecturers, teach-ins, roundtables, and film screenings. Topics of interest include prison abolition, prisoner support, critiques of political repression, police abolition, de-colonialism, abolition of zero tolerance policies and the school to prison pipeline, all forms of academic repression, corporate repression, state terrorism, all things pertaining to youth justice, total liberation, intersectionality, horizontalism, LGBTTQQIA, mutual aid, disability liberation, Black liberation, indigenous sovereignty, racial justice, animal liberation, environmental justice, green anarchism, anarchism, and justice. This conference also welcomes all forms of art and music for social justice such as Hip Hop activism.

The conference will take place this month, March 26th & 27th, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. More details on the location and scheduling can be found at the event’s website.

For more information contact:
Dr. Anthony Nocella
Department of Sociology, Fort Lewis College
nocellat@yahoo.com or 315-657-2911

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Dan Sanchez discusses two books on the Dulles brothers.

Ivan Eland discusses the follies of American foreign policy.

Gary Reed discusses libertarian women.

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

Doug Bandow discusses Rubio vs Trump.

Yossi Gurvitz discusses Israeli policy in the West Bank.

Jesse Franzblau discusses Hilary Clinton and the drug war in Mexico.

Thomas Nagel discusses drone warfare under Obama.

Medea Benjamin discusses Hilary Clinton and the Iraq War.

Medea Benjamin and Rebecca Green discuss arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen.

Kelly Vlahos discusses Bowie Bergdahl.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses killer bipartisanship.

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

Neve Gordon discusses Israeli politics and liberal democracy.

Uri Avnery discusses Israeli politics.

Jon Schwartz discusses the signers of an anti-Trump letter on foreign policy.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses how big government worsens income inequality.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses an economist who stood up to Hitler.

Roderick Tracy Long discusses Ancient Greece and liberty.

Tom Engelhardt discusses the repititive character of American warmaking.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the Middle East killing racket.

Sheldon Richman discusses Shay’s rebellion and the Constitution.

Sheldon Richman discusses Sanders and Trump on trade.

Laurence M. Vance discusses lawas banning pumping your own gas.

Chris Floyd discusses Bernie Sanders and foreign policy.

James Bovard discusses sugar subsidies in the U.S.

Binoy Kampmark discusses torture and Donald Trump.

Kelly Vee discusses why mental illness is no laughing matter.

Daniel Larison discusses Hilary Clinton’s judgment on foreign policy.

Attack the Powerful

Some of the reactions to my recent piece on Nancy Reagan (“Nancy Reagan’s Dark Legacy” 7 Mar 2016) seem to lose the forest through the trees. After publishing the article at both C4SS and LewRockwell.com, I’ve received a few emails and comments which I believe misinterpret the intent of the article. Let me be clear, I’m not responding because I feel under attack, but rather because I’d like to double down on my assault on power.

The world today suffers from extreme deference to authority. There is a severe absence of challenges to power. That’s not to say that there aren’t lone wolves and small groups who succeed at holding the powerful accountable. But they’re few and far between. The media and others who have the platform to do so fail miserably. It’s as if they don’t view it as one of their central responsibilities. Essentially, the great majority of those tasked with attacking power do the exact opposite, and end up playing the role of P.R. for the elite.

Take Bill Maher for example. What a sad case of a comedian-turned-court jester. Maher’s good for an occasional diatribe on why pot should be legalized, or why Republicans are crazy, but leave him to his own devices and he’s soon begging for Barack Obama to come on his show, even going so far as advertising publicly how easy the interview will be. Marc Maron and Jimmy Fallon provide additional recent examples of pathetic Obama Court Jester-like interviews. This would’ve repulsed comedy’s renegade forefathers like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor.

The media is no different. Though there are notable exceptions, mostly gone are the days of counter-power journalists like Ida B. Wells, H.L. Mencken, and Garet Garrett, who slammed conventional wisdom, and had a generally adversarial relationship with the powerful. Those are the types of public figures we should be celebrating when they pass.

Most of us unwittingly play an enabling role in this unhealthy relationship with the elite. When a powerful figure like Nancy Reagan dies, our first instinct is to mourn her and celebrate her life and to blind ourselves to the conditions they created. It is the respectful and tactful thing to do, we’re told. I say take a sledgehammer to respect and tact.

Let their families and loved ones mourn them with opulent services and whitewashed retrospectives.

I wrote “Nancy Reagan’s Dark Legacy” because it needed saying amid the 24/7 hagiographic remembrances all over television and all throughout the news media. Those who lived under the Reagan regime need to hear an honest, clear-headed, biting critique of the effect Nancy Regan had on our lives. Anything less absolves Reagan of her role in the utterly horrific Drug War.

Behaving in such a sycophantic way when a member of the ruling class dies further entrenches the ruling class. Ignoring the profound harm the they cause the rest of us cultivates an atmosphere of obedience and empowers them to continue on their path of destruction. Not only will I not participate in it, I’ll attack it again and again, at every opportunity.

Kevin Carson on Robot Overlordz Podcast

On April 19, 2015, C4SS’s Kevin Carson appeared on the Robot Overlordz podcast. Carson holds the Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory at C4SS. Carson’s Desktop Regulatory State is now available for purchase at Amazon. Don’t forget to Fund the Revolution and contribute to C4SS’s bottom line when you purchase your copy.

From the Robot Overlordz descrption of the interview:

Are we living through the end of capitalism? What will replace what has been the dominant economic system of the planet for the last several hundred years? We’re joined this episode by Kevin Carson of the Center For a Stateless Society to talk about the future of economics, markets and work. What will the society of the future look like? Plus a little bonus discussion of one of the earliest Internet philosophers, Robert Anton Wilson.

The clip is about a half hour long.

Nick Ford Interviewed on Political Scams

C4SS Senior Fellow Nick Ford was recently interviewed by Hector Combo for the Political Scams podcast. A few of the topics discussed include the philosophy of individualism and the differences between anarcho-capitalism and anarcho-communism. As the conversation unfolds, Nick describes his “cynical optimism” on the current presidential election. According to Nick, the 2016 elections present a good opportunity for anarchists to educate the American public on the ideals of a voluntarist society.

The clip is 41 minutes long.

 

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