Lengthy Kevin Carson quote in The Economist

C4SS Research Associate Kevin Carson was recently quoted at length in a somewhat prestigious publication, The Economist. One can hope that with time he will come to be regarded as a major public intellectual. This seems to be consistent with that.

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The Philosophy of Liberty in Arabic

An Arabic language translation of “The Philosophy of Liberty” is now available and a link to it has been posted on BlackCrescent.info with an Arabic translation of the following text produced with Google Translate:

The Philosophy of Liberty

The presentation called “The Philosophy of Liberty” is a simple introduction to individualist ethics or the non-aggression principle. The non-aggression principle would be the basis of a truly free society, which is to say a stateless society. Any state violates the non-aggression principle after the manner of criminals. This is another way of saying that any state is only a criminal gang accorded false glory.

Watch: The Philosophy of Liberty

Social Network Surveillance and Anarchist Activism

FOX News reports:

“A privacy watchdog’s freedom of information request has revealed a government memo encouraging agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share — and spy on them.

While many have reacted with understandable outrage, pause to consider that federal agents, in particular, need to be exposed to as much anarchist propaganda as can be arranged. If we’re all doing our jobs as activists, they’ll be drinking from the propaganda firehose. Social networks are not for distribution of operationally sensitive information. Putting our message in their face can only work to our advantage, though — particularly as increasing paranoia makes the hierarchical organization progressively more dysfunctional.

On Facebook, Victor Milan elaborated. His lightly edited remarks follow:

In any police state, those who come in contact with “enemy” or “subversive” doctrine are considered not just tainted, but infectious. They’re generally liquidated on orders of their own superiors, sooner or later — sometimes along with their families and close associates.

Meanwhile most State enforcers are like all the other employees locked in the State/Corporate Complex: they hate their jobs and hate their bosses. In addition, many of them realize their superiors are functional sociopaths who regard them as mere expendable rounds, to be burned up to pad one’s efficiency report.

The ones who don’t already know their pensions are (for the most part) already gone, and their salaries are being inflated to the point of worthlessness along with everybody else’s … well, they’ve just been exposed to that concept, haven’t they?

Finally, there’s the inevitability – sooner rather than later – of armed conflict among rival agencies and levels of government, including not just military and police but literally hundreds of heavily-armed official paramilitaries.

So, welcome, boys and girls! If you’re not one of us now, you most likely will be.

And remember: if you’re reading this — perhaps especially if doing so under orders — your bosses already consider you a suspect…

Fundraiser Notes

Some quick things about the Q1 Fundraiser…

All October 2010 pay has now been paid and exactly half of November 2010 pay has now been paid. We were able to do this because the amount raised that shows in the fundraising widget doesn’t show all of the donations we receive. Some payments are made directly via Paypal rather than going through our web-based contribution software — so we had a little over $600 more available than the $900+ shown.

As a result of the above, the fundraising goal has been revised downwards by $600 to $7,400 (from $8,000) to reflect the amount left to go and progress so far in terms of percent of goal (so we’ve raised 12% rather than 11%).

Fundraiser widget code: If you want to add our fundraising widget to your own web site, here’s the code you can copy and paste into your own web page.

http://www.blackvanguard.net/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/Widget/widget.swf

The Conscience of an Anarchist

The Conscience of an Anarchist
Available soon. Pre-publication orders being taken.
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A compelling case for a stateless society.

Anarchy happens when people organize their lives peacefully and voluntarily— without the aggressive violence of the state. This simple but powerful book explains why the state is illegitimate, unnecessary, and dangerous, and what we can do to begin achieving real freedom. Paperback, 129 pages.

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An Open Letter To The People Of Egypt

The following was published in Arabic on BlackCrescent.info, the Center’s new Arabic language web site, on February 12th, 2011. It’s a rough start because we’re just using Google Translate and trying to use plain language in hopes of minimizing translation issues. It IS a start, though, and we’ll get better. The Center could not leave the historic events in Egypt and elsewhere unaddressed or not specifically make some sort of outreach effort to the Arab world in the context of those events.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT

February 11th, 2011

Greetings and Respect to you, the People of Egypt.

During the past several days, your heroic revolutionary struggle to free yourselves from the dictator Mubarak and his regime has been a source of joy, hope and inspiration for all good people throughout the world. On this, the day of the departure of Mubarak, please accept our congratulations and our admiration.

The signers of this letter are anarchists. Anarchists are people who believe that it is possible to have a peaceful, free and orderly society without any state.

We understand that many of you look forward to a secular democratic state. We suggest that Egypt would be better with no state.

Instead of police, have only security guards.

Instead of statutory law, have only contracts.

Instead of state monopolies to provide services, let many enterprises openly compete.

Instead of collecting taxes, let each person choose which services they want to pay for and whom to purchase those services from.

In summary, be aware that a world of only voluntary interaction without statist coercion is possible. Knowing that such a better world is possible, your creativity and courage can build it.

Today we’re starting a new web site to provide anarchist writings in the Arabic language. Please tell your friends and neighbors about http://www.blackcrescent.info and know that we look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you.

Thank you.

Translations for this article:

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Brad Spangler, Thomas L. Knapp, Mike Gogulski, David S. D’Amato, Josh Latimer, Bretigne Shaffer, Josh Carter, George Donnelly, Miss Darryl Grieve, Jill Pyeatt, James Cox, Nick Ford, Joshia Bush, Brandon Durham, Emberlea McCulligh, Kyle Bush, Darrel Drumwright, Gene Trosper, Darren Wolfe, Bob Wammy, Tom Kilmon, Robert Steel, Tom Denk, David Derby, Lance Weber, Benjamin Nichols, Roderick Long, Stephan Kinsella, Gary Chartier, Sheldon Richman, Stacy Litz, Kevin Carson, James Tuttle

Hillary’s Let Them Eat Cake Moment

Hillary Clinton recently said that drugs can’t be legalized because “there is just too much money in it” — in the midst of the worst economy since the Great Depression. One is reminded of the legend of Marie Antoinette supposedly saying, on the brink of the French Revolution, when told the people of France had no bread “Let them eat cake”.

Anarchist Talking Point: What might seemingly make sense in terms of what a reasonable person might think is “good policy” or “sensible reform” will always take a back seat to the demands of maintaining political power. Reform efforts are a losing proposition compared to abolition of the state.

C4SS 1st Quarter 2011 Fundraiser

Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,

I hope everybody had a happy holiday season and has been staying warm so far this Winter. Now it’s time to pay some bills…

Between now and March 31st, we hope to raise $8,000. That goal covers an unpaid balance of roughly $500 remaining for October of 2010 as well as $2500 in monthly expenses for November 2010, December 2010 and January 2011. Nearly all of our expenses are for our labor. The matter of whether or not to support us really boils down to a simple question: Do you think our folks deserve to get paid for what they do?

To donate, just click on the “Contribute!” button on the fundraising widget you’ll find on the right side of any page of our web site.

http://c4ss.org/

Please support our work. Tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day and we have people who haven’t been paid yet for work they did before Halloween of last year.

Brad Spangler,
Director, Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)