Based on feedback from supporters, the Center is considering development of a formal editorial policy — both in order to guide our writers and to inform potential supporters. Below is the draft that’s currently being kicked around. It reflects prior and ongoing discussion, incorporating input from a variety of people. Comments are welcome.
The Center for a Stateless Society commissions and distributes media content designed to challenge the state: to undermine its legitimacy, demonstrate its irrelevance, and chart a course toward its abolition. At no time will any Center publication implicitly or explicitly support the state’s continuation or augmentation.
The Center’s publications will convey a positive vision of voluntary, peaceful cooperation as the basis for flourishing life in society: they will seek to foster not only the free exchange of goods and services but also the many other kinds of voluntary interaction that help to make social existence viable and attractive. Thus, they will urge the abolition of all those privileges—including tariffs, subsidies, patents, copyrights, politically rooted land titles, and the currency monopoly—that impede peaceful cooperation, while unequivocally rejecting the privilege-riddled capitalism so frequently mistaken for, and misrepresented as, a genuinely freed market.
The Center’s publications are designed to help realize a culture free from exclusion, subordination, deprivation, and aggressive violence. Thus, they will oppose not only statism but also militarism, imperialism, workplace hierarchy, and cultural intolerance (including sexism, racism, and homophobia).
The Center’s publications will emphasize education, direct action, and the construction of alternative institutions, rather than electoral politics, as strategies for achieving liberation.
While these basic commitments will be consistently embodied in the Center’s publications, not every Center author will embrace all of them, and the Center’s core values are reflected in part in its willingness to publish the work of a broad range of thinkers who oppose the state and who value economic and cultural freedom.