New C4SS Podcast: The Enragés

Center for a Stateless Society is proud to announce the beginning of a brand new podcast christened The Enragés, which will feature questions and casual conversations with authors about recent pieces they’ve published on the C4SS site. In comparison to Mutual Exchange Radio, this podcast will focus exclusively on the specific works of authors on the C4SS website and try to more regularly take listener questions. And we are excited to announce that Joel Williamson of Non Serviam Media will be joining the C4SS team as the host!

The name of the podcast comes from the loosely affiliated anarchistic and proto-socialist group known in English as the “Enraged Ones,” who split from the Jacobin Club during the French Revolution in their radical demands against monopolists and support for the French lower class. To give a glimpse into their still-relevant views, Jacques Roux—in his 1793 Manifesto of the Enragés—states:

Freedom is nothing but a vain phantom when one class of men can starve another with impunity. Equality is nothing but a vain phantom when the rich, through monopoly, exercise the right of life or death over their like. The republic is nothing but a vain phantom when the counter-revolution can operate every day through the price of commodities, which three quarters of all citizens cannot afford without shedding tears.

The first episode “No Bosses, No Landlords, No Bureaucrats!” features a conversation with Senior Fellow and Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory at C4SS Kevin Carson on his article “The Myth of the Private Sector, Part I: Why Big-Small and Vertical-Horizontal Trumps ‘Public-Private’.Give it a listen when it comes out this Friday!

Virtual Molinari Society Panel on Rights

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association via Zoom (7-9 and 14-16 January). Only those who cough up the hefty registration fee will be able to access the session, so no chance of free-riding this time around (the APA’s decision, definitely not ours; the APA is both pragmatically and morally confused about the costs and benefits of allowing free-riding at its conferences, but that’s another story). But there’s a substantial student discount, verb. sap. Anyway, here’s the schedule info:

Molinari Society symposium:
Radical Rights Theory

[Two timeslots back to back; we havent yet sorted the order of speakers or who’ll be in which timeslot – it depends on some logistical details that remain to be worked out (check back here for updates).]

12K. Thursday, 14 January 2021, 9:00-10:50 a.m. E
13K. Thursday, 14 January 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. E

Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

Jesse Spafford (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “When ‘Enough and as Good’ Is Not Good Enough

Daniel Layman (Davidson College), “Keeping the Proviso in Its Place

Roderick T. Long (Auburn University), “How to Have Your No-Proviso Lockeanism and Eat It Too

Jason Lee Byas (University of Michigan), “Alienation, Forfeiture, and Two Concepts of Natural Rights

Cory Massimino (Center for a Stateless Society), “Two Cheers for Rothbardianism

See the full schedule here.

Were it not for the pandemic, I’d be heading to Manhattan for this event, preparing to dine with my co-panelists, to see friends in the NYC area, to catch up with colleagues in the profession, to visit some new museums, etc. But alas!

Mutual Exchange Radio: Yusuf Mahmood on the Capitol Coup Attempt

To kick off Season 3, we brought on YouTuber Yusuf Mahmood for a timely interview on the events in the capital on January 6th. Yusuf grew up in the Baltimore area and recently graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with two degrees in economics and philosophy. He has long been an activist in the libertarian movement, working on issues of systemic racism, civil liberties, and economic justice. He has worked and interned at organizations such as the Cato Institute, the Niskanen Center, and Students For Liberty. He is a writer and video essayist who publishes videos on his YouTube channel, YusufTakes.

Yusuf has done work on the relative importance of often unjust liberal institutions and democratic norms in the face of fascist autocrats, even from a more radical perspective, and so is a perfect person to talk to given the relevance of those insights to what we saw this week. In this conversation, we discuss how we got here, the facts surrounding the event, where this might be going, and what we can learn from it. It is a bit of an unusual conversation, but one I think a lot of people are having given how exceptional and disturbing these events are.

You’ll also notice we have finally updated the MER logo! We’re ready for Season 3 to be our best one yet — so look forward to a jam-packed year, exciting and timely guests, and more Patreon bonus content than ever before. Of interest to our current supporters: with the new logo done, we’re getting that podcast swag together soon, and will be sending out coffee mugs to patrons on a rolling basis!

Non Serviam Podcast Featuring Logan Marie Glitterbomb: Agorism & the Injustice System

Prolific C4SS writer Logan Marie Glitterbomb was recently featured on Non Serviam, a podcast “exploring the world of anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideas.” Logan joined host Joel Williamson to discuss:

Agorism, Environmentalism, problems with the ”justice system”, and how we might go about building a better one. We also talk about the intentional queer community she’s building, the exciting event she’s planning, and the unfortunate legal situation she currently finds herself in.

Logan Marie Glitterbomb is a writer, Breadtuber, and podcaster under the branding of Green Market Agorist. She’s a Fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, an agorist, and an anarchist-without-adjectives. She’s also a gun rights activist, a hardcore police and prison abolitionist, a longtime member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a dues paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a co-founder of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the Libertarian Party. She has lived collectively for a number of years, making a living as an agorist and freelancer, while dedicating her free time towards community organizing.

You can listen to the podcast here: Non Serviam Podcast Episode 25: Logan Marie Glitterbomb on Agorism and the Injustice System.

You can also follow Logan on Twitter, check out her Green Market Agorist Podcast, and contribute to her legal defense fund.

DOOMED Podcast Featuring Emmi Bevensee: Decentralized Web of Hate: Peer-to-Peer & White Supremacy

Emmi Bevensee, writer and editor at C4SS, and data scientist and misinformation researcher at Rebellious Data, was interviewed recently on the DOOMED podcast, “a leftist politics and culture show for our terrible times.”

Emmi joined host Matt Binder to discuss:

how white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and misinformation peddlers are using peer-to-peer technology to continue spreading their hateful beliefs even after being deplatformed from the big tech companies. We breakdown what P2P is, the various tech being used, is BitChute really peer-to-peer?, and much more!

They talk about some of the challenges involved in monitoring and investigating fascists as they are forced off of mainstream platforms, how anti-fascists can and are adapting as technology evolves, and how we will need to increasingly take responsibility into our own hands instead of outsourcing moderation to unaccountable tech companies.

You can listen to the podcast here: DOOMED Episode 145: Decentralized Web of Hate: Peer-to-Peer & White Supremacy (w/ Emmi Bevensee)

You can also learn more about Emmi’s research at Rebellious Data, check out their website, and follow them on Twitter.

Green Market Agorist Episode 9: C4SS Holiday Special (feat. Alex McHugh)

In case you haven’t already heard, I have been hosting the Green Market Agorist podcast and YouTube/Bitchute channel in addition to my writings here at C4SS. My solo video output is sporadic at best but I keep a steady schedule with podcasts being released on the 15th of every month.

This month I was joined by our new C4SS coordinating director, Alex McHugh, to talk about his new role and plans for the Center moving forward, as well as fun stuff like egoism, mysticism, and religion. Previous episodes explore topics such as systematic racism, community defense, electoral politics, and more through a series of interviews with anarchists and other radicals who have inspired myself and other community organizers that I work with.

It is my joy to share these interviews and hope you enjoy listening to them. You can listen to the Green Market Agorist podcast on Anchor or Spotify and be sure to check out my YouTube and Bitchute channels while you’re at it. If you wish to support this project further and allow me more time and material resources to focus on it, you can do so by subscribing to the Green Market Agorist Patreon or SubscribeStar or by making a one time donation via PayPal or CoinPayments.

How Roderick Long Helped You; How You Can Help Roderick Long

Philosopher, writer, C4SS Senior Fellow, and longtime anarchist theorist Roderick T. Long is facing steep medical costs and needs our help paying his bills.

I’ve known Roderick Long for the better part of a decade and few people have had a bigger impact on my life. Roderick is my biggest intellectual inspiration. Not just because he’s usually right but because he’s overflowing with intellectual charity, curiosity, rigor, nuance, clarity, and wit. He’s never dismissive, hostile, or cryptic. I aspire to cultivate his discursive virtue. His writing also has something of a revelatory feel to it. Not in the shallow way that conspiracy theorists usually aim for, but in the rich way that people who think sincerely and deeply about many interrelated issues aim for.

His book Wittgenstein, Austrian Economics, and the Logic of Action: Praxeological Investigations contains some of the most important contributions to metaphysics, philosophy of (social) science, and economic theory in recent memory.

His book Rituals of Freedom: Austro-Libertarian Themes in Early Confucianism is a fascinating exploration into Ancient Chinese ideas and builds thought-provoking bridges between Eastern and Western philosophy.

His monograph Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand offers profound insights into epistemology, ethics, and the relationship between the two.

His 10-part lecture series Foundations of Libertarian Ethics provides deeply compelling, yet nuanced, solutions to vital issues surrounding human flourishing, morality, and social order.

He’s written dozens of essays thoughtfully exploring complex topics in philosophy, politics, and economics:

Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections
Liberty: The Other Equality
Corporations versus the Market
Libertarian Feminism: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?
Economics and its Ethical Assumptions
A Plea For Public Property
Market Anarchism as Constitutionalism

He’s also launched his own series of video essays and interviews this year called the Agoric Cafe.

Roderick has spent much of his life thinking very hard about the most fundamental issues of the human condition: the nature of reality and knowledge; action and cooperation; social institutions and freedom.

His work will be making an impact on the world for a long time to come.

And (perhaps more importantly) so will his always-sincere, yet-never-too-serious, attitude toward that work.

After years teaching philosophy in Auburn, taking care of his mother, and promoting the ideas of left-market anarchism whenever he had the chance, Roderick Long is now facing serious financial struggles due to medical expenses (for both his mother and himself) and the high-interest loans he took out to pay them.

Roderick has been a teacher, mentor, and friend to so, so many.

Now, we pay him back.

Donate Here

Agoric Cafe: Interview With Sheldon Richman (Part 2)

In episode no. 14 of Agoric Cafe and in Part 2 of this 2-part interview, Roderick Long chats with Sheldon Richman about the Israeli occupation of Palestine; u.s. intervention in the Middle East; the meaning of Jewish identity; the relation between libertarian individualism and social cooperation; the communistic theories of Frédéric Bastiat; the theologico-political merits of Spinoza; Nathaniel Branden and George H. Smith on atheism; Thomas Paine and Lysander Spooner on deism; the philosophical failings of the New Atheists; rehabilitating the cost-of-production theory of value; the uses of coherentist epistemology for both theists and atheists; reading Wittgenstein for relaxation; the advantages and disadvantages of Randian approaches to knowledge and concepts; the sordid truth behind the special effects in Roderick’s videos (and in particular, what the deal is with Roderick’s hair); Sheldon’s case against open Borders; and the shocking misuse of libertarian think tank resources to photocopy body parts (but who did it, Sheldon or Roderick? and which body parts? watch and learn!). Watch here or below.

C4SS Writer Kelly Wright Needs Our Support!

Hey everyone, thanks for all the ways in which you’ve supported our team and our writers over the years. Mutual aid is the foundational principle behind much of what we do, and it’s encouraging to see how far such a simple concept can take us.

Supporting each other through good or ill, we’re stronger together than we are on our own. Even in my own life, this community has helped me through a good few tough spots. One of the people who was always there to help was C4SS writer Kelly Wright.

Now, Kelly needs us to pay it back! She’s pursuing gender-affirming surgery that, as most probably know, tends to be prohibitively expensive and a difficult process to navigate. Click here or below to donate!

Kelly has long been a part of our network and she’s a powerful writer on transgender rights, police brutality, and militarism. You can see her work for C4SS, including a recent piece on Facebook’s ban of anarchist users and groups, here.

Here’s Kelly’s call for support:

Creating this fundraiser was probably inevitable, though I put it off as long as I could in the hopes of self-funding this major life milestone. Unfortunately navigating the bureaucracy of my insurance company is time-consuming and soul-deadening, and so I humbly turn to the philanthropic impulses of my social network.

Ideally my insurance company will eventually reimburse me for some of the costs associated with bottom surgery, but in the meantime I am on the hook for a considerable portion of the cost, including a $2,000 deductible.

The money generated through this fundraiser will go toward paying for my deductible, as well as other ancillary costs that my insurance company won’t pay for, like hygiene products and other costs associated with my recovery. I am already in the hole ~$800 as I am forced to pay out of pocket for electrolysis hair removal in advance of bottom surgery which is the primary roadblock standing between me and a surgery date. My insurance company is doing everything in its power to slow walk the reimbursement process and it will likely be months before I see that money.

Should I eventually get reimbursed by my insurance company, the funds will be reallocated toward other transition related costs, such as prescriptions, compensating various caretakers for their time and energy, copays, and therapy, among other costs.

I am anticipating actually having bottom surgery at some point in 2021, likely in the summer or early fall. I won’t have a definite surgery date on the schedule for a few more weeks, but will update this fundraiser as the timeline develops.

Any amount helps, and if you can’t contribute sharing on your social networks is greatly appreciated!

Major thanks to @AllyMenthol for help with the thumbnail 🙂

Agoric Cafe: Interview With Sheldon Richman (Part 1)

In episode no. 13 of Agoric Cafe and in Part 1 of this 2-part interview, Roderick Long chats with Sheldon Richman about his youthful enthusiasm for the Swamp Fox and his guerilla fighters; the Constitution as a betrayal of the American Revolution and the Articles of Confederation; defying YAF with Karl Hess at the March to the Arch; the positive externalities achievable by sitting next to Dave Barry; using Koch money to fight big business; Robert Bidinotto’s dark anarchist past; the perils of publishing Kevin Carson; going crazy for Thomas Szasz; the identity of Filthy Pierre; how to smoke like Gandalf; an atheist’s favourite Bishop; and which prominent Austrian economist experimented on Sheldon’s newborn infant. Watch here or below.

Mutual Exchange Radio: Aurora Apolito and William Gillis, Part I

This episode is Part I of a two-part interview with Aurora Apolito and William Gillis, two of the lead contributors to our summer symposium on Decentralization and Economic Coordination.

Listen to Part II here. 

Aurora Apolito is a mathematician and theoretical physicist. She studied physics in Italy and mathematics in Chicago, and later worked for various scientific institutions in the US, Canada, and Germany. She also works on mathematical linguistics, and on mathematical models for neuroscience and has authored six books on various aspects of this work. I should also note that Aurora Apolito is a pen name meant to differentiate this research from her work in other fields.

Our other guest is someone most listeners will be familiar with, William Gillis. Will currently acts as technology coordinator at C4SS and was formerly our coordinating director. Will is a second-generation anarchist who’s worked as an activist in countless projects and capacities since getting involved in the lead-up to N30 (also known as the “Battle in Seattle”). Gillis studies high energy physics and has held a deep fascination with the egalitarian potential of markets since 2003. Their writing can be found at and

Here are both Will & Aurora’s essays in the summer Symposium: 

Virtual Reading Group: Individualist Anarchism in 19th Century America

Tuckered Out? Feeling Greene? Get a Spoonerful of de Cleyrification here!

So says Roderick T. Long! Coming up in January, he’ll be hosting a virtual reading group together with Cory Massimino on individualist anarchism in 19th-century America.

As you might guess from the tagline, they’ll be covering the big names in the American individualist tradition, folks like Benjamin Tucker, Lysander Spooner, and Voltairine de Cleyre. Here’s the full intro video from the Agoric Cafe YouTube channel: 

The application deadline is January 12th, and sessions are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings, starting January 19th. You can find more details and the application form here.

Agoric Cafe: Interview With James Bradley

In episode no. 12 of Agoric Cafe, Roderick Long chats with biologist James T. Bradley about the future of, and ethical issues surrounding, biotechnology and nanotechnology; global and civic responsibilities of scientists and of laypeople; intimations of immortality from William Godwin to Ray Kurzweil; the importance of interdisciplinary education, and of instruction in evolutionary biology; the 15th-century (trans)humanism of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and the perils of invoking the Pope; Bradley’s three-week plan for solving a pandemic; the potential parallels between central planning for sociopolitical systems and central planning for ecosystems; the cosmological theories of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; that time the National Science Foundation awarded Bradley and Long a $200,000 grant (but they had to spend it all on, like, course stuff); how the universe uses stardust to become self-conscious; and the waning allure of cricket ovaries. Watch here or below.

Why So Many Re-posts?

You might have noticed a series of re-posts going up in the Commentary section over the past few weeks. No, we didn’t run out of content! Rather, with the Students For Liberty blog no longer archiving old posts, we got permission to republish here a handful of pieces by C4SS writers and fellows. 

So, in this collection you’ll find the work of Nathan Goodman, Jason Lee Byas, and Cory Massimino. While was originally published elsewhere, the pieces we’ve chosen to preserve are exemplary of the ideas, values, and debates at work in left wing market anarchist thinking. That’s why we’ve decided to republish them on a rolling basis rather than just adding them to the C4SS site archive. Those who prefer the more radical liberal end of the LWMA spectrum will find this series especially rewarding and I’m excited these pieces are getting a second life. 

And we’ve still got quite a few coming out soon. Enjoy!

Agoric Cafe: Interview With Kelly Dean Jolley

In episode no. 11 of Agoric Cafe, Roderick Long chats with philosopher Kelly Jolley about Jane Austen and J. L. Austin, the veil of perception, Ohio land swindles, the tyranny of nouns, screwball comedies, anti-psychologism, apophatic theology, the arctic perils of SUNY Oswego, the philosophic uses of poetry, Wittgenstein vs. Augustine, 18th-century literary nanotechnology, real love in the spy life, Howard Hawks as an Aristotelean ethicist, the problem of other minds, the Typic of practical reason, Frege’s three principles, religious language and the ineffability of logic, feeling William James’s ‘but’, and Lewis White Beck philosophising with a hammer. Watch it here or below.

Interview with Kevin Carson on Hermitix Podcast

Kevin Carson was recently featured on the Hermitix podcast to discuss anarchism, post-capitalism, and organization.

Hermitix is a podcast focusing on one-on-one interviews relating to fringe philosophy, obscure theory, weird lit, underappreciated thinkers and movements, and that which historically finds itself ‘outside’ the academic canon.

The aim of the podcast is to allow autodidactic thinkers, amateur philosophers and the generally curious an insight into the work of thinkers who are often impenetrable to those outside of the academy.

Some of the topics covered in the interview included: Carson’s book, The Desktop Regulatory State; the already-existing seeds of post-capitalist transition; the history of technological pathways and potential alternatives; and some of the thinkers who have influenced Carson’s anarchism-without-adjectives.

You can listen to the podcast on podiant or on youtube.

(UPDATED 12/18) Legal Help for Logan! C4SS Commentator Faces Charges

UPDATE 12/18/2020 —

Hey everyone, thanks again for all the support and well wishes! I spoke with Logan on Monday (look out for an episode of her Green Market Agorist podcast with that conversation soon). She’s in high spirits despite facing so much and we’re all ready to fight this for as long as it takes.

With the updated cost estimate, we’re getting close to halfway. This is great because the first $7,500 payment is for the lawyer’s initial retainer. Paying that will allow Logan to turn herself in and start the defense process with legal representation in hand. It is crucial that we hit this amount as soon as possible!

But we’re getting close! And with the holidays and end-of-the-year charity, I’m hoping we can get that last bit covered in the next week or so. I know we can do it! The key is going to be sharing, sharing, sharing. Tell your neighbors. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Share to networks even if you don’t think anyone will give. You never know and every little bit helps s get closer to $7,500.

Finally, I want to give a big shout out to It’s Going Down, the anarchist news network, for signal boosting our fundraiser. You can read their call for solidarity here. Thank you everyone <33

UPDATE 12/7/2020 — 

So this is a good news, bad news update. To start with some positive developments, now almost halfway to our original goal and it’s been amazing to see the community come together so quickly and help us raise almost $5k in a few days. This is incredible and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has given or shared the fundraiser so far. From encouraging notes, to truly generous gifts, you’ve all shown up in such an impressive way.

The bad news is that we’re not there yet. Halfway is, well, halfway, and we have a long way to go to make sure Logan’s legal defense is taken care of and that she can safely continue her work as a writer and activist. You may also notice that our fundraising goal has increased today. After a few negotiations, the full expense we’re looking at is $15,000. But with the response we’ve seen so far, I know it’s not impossible.

If you’ve shared the fundraiser already, please do share it again. Tag a few people. Share in groups. It really does help remind people to give and spread the word around new networks. Thank you in advance for doing all you can to keep the momentum going on this important community effort.

The other good news is that she’s going to be able to pay in two parts, and so we’re looking to try and hit $7,500 first and then focus on raising the rest. So, we’re still pretty close, and I know there’s a lot of energy left in the community. Thanks again, and feel free to reach out to with any questions or offers of support.

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One of our most prolific writers, Logan Marie Glitterbomb, is currently facing charges in Florida for self-defense. We’re calling on you, our friends and supporters, to help us raise funds for Logan’s legal fees in order to keep her out of prison. We need to raise approximately $10,000 to cover legal defense and related expenses. While it’s a steep goal, I’m confident our network is capable of getting us close, and I’d like to thank you all in advance for engaging in such a powerful form of mutual aid. 

We’re asking folks to give through PayPal so the funds can go directly to Logan without a delay. You can still donate via card though, you’ll just need to check out as a guest in the PayPal checkout system.

Long-time readers will know Logan’s work well, as her writing has formed the backbone of our commentary section for quite a while. And Logan’s work as an activist in her own community has been influential as well, most notably through her Coup de Main project, an intentional community meant to serve as a safe haven for queer and houseless folks as well as a resource base for local activism. 

Now it’s our turn to return the favor and show her the support she’s shown her community for so long.

Logan is currently facing firearms charges in Florida, after an altercation where she and a friend were attacked by members and supporters of the St. Augustine Patriots over a Black Lives Matter facemask. Logan let them know she had a gun to discourage attack and this successfully prevented the situation from escalating. Logan was later pulled over and questioned and now warrants have been issued for several related charges. 

This was a clear-cut case of self defense, which resulted in no harm to anyone, and arguably prevented an assault. This is the textbook reason for the existence of gun rights.

So, we’ve taken up this fundraising effort not only because Logan is a deeply loved member of our team, but because the issues at play should be of great importance to anarchists generally. The right to defend oneself is perhaps the most basic measure of human freedom. Help us defend Logan’s right to self defense and support her through this by donating whatever you can. 

In particular, Logan is living with chronic health issues that, on top of being trans, would make a prison stay very dangerous for her. We all know how terrible prisons are at getting people the meds they need and Logan’s currently relying on quite a few medications as well as a specialized diet to survive. This is why it’s so imperative that she’s able to access competent legal support and successfully advocate for her right to self defense. 

Please share widely and give what you can

And remember, we keep us safe. 

Agoric Cafe: Interview With Gary Chartier

In episode no. 10 of Agoric Cafe, Roderick Long chats with philosopher Gary Chartier about Robin Hood, left-wing market anarchism, natural law, free speech and employer power, libertarian secularism, Seventh-day Adventism, religious epistemology, long-arc television, urban fantasy, Lawrence Durrell, Iris Murdoch, Whit Stillman, the evils of giving extra credit and taking attendance, and the attractions of being emperor. Watch it here or below.

Agoric Cafe: Addendum to Ep. 7, “Ayn Rand as a Writer”

In episode no. of Agoric Cafe, Roderick Long talks about what he forgot to mention back in Episode 7 (“Ayn Rand as a Writer”), namely how Ayn Rand’s fiction stands in the tradition of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Watch it here or below.

Agoric Cafe: Interview With Eric Mack

In episode no. 8 of Agoric Cafe, Roderick Long chats with philosopher Eric Mack about walking out on Ayn Rand, clashing with Nazi Sikhs in Seneca Falls, libertarian rights theory, Kantian vs. Aristotelean approaches to fixing Randian ethics, Nozickian polymathy, the unselfishness of Samuel Johnson, the ethics of COVID lockdowns, physical distancing in Durango, the CIA as an argument against anarchism, shoving someone in front of a bus as a form of restitution, and the edibility of matter. Watch it here or below.

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