Below, please find the second draft of a proposed C4SS Editorial Policy for your consideration and comment. The first draft is here.
The Center for a Stateless Society commissions and distributes media content designed to challenge the state: to undermine its legitimacy, demonstrate its irrelevance to truly solving social and economic problems, and encourage 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 that impede peaceful cooperation, while unequivocally rejecting the privilege-riddled capitalism so frequently mistaken for a genuinely freed market. And they will help to realize a culture free from authoritarianism, exclusion, and deprivation—whether effected and sustained violently or non-violently—as well as aggressive violence.
The Center will emphasize education, direct action, and the construction of alternative institutions, rather than electoral politics, as strategies for achieving liberation.
While its 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.