Agora I/O: Day 1 Archives

Archives of the live talks given at the Agora I/O virtual conference yesterday are now available. C4SS speakers included Gary Chartier and Darian Worden. Also notable was the talk given by Gil Guillory of the Molinari Institute, our parent organization. The conference continues today and tomorrow.

Agora I/O plus C4SS fundraiser update

Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,

The upcoming agorist virtual conference, Agora I/O, features no less than five C4SS speakers. Between March 25th and March 27th, 2011, you’ll be able to see a wide variety of market anarchist or other radical libertarian speakers (including our own Gary Chartier, Stacy Litz, Darian Worden, James Tuttle and Brad Spangler) giving original presentations. Visit the conference web site for more details.

http://agora.io/

Will you please help us keep the Center going? With only a few days left to go in our first quarter 2011 fundraiser, we’re still coming up several hundred dollars short of our goal. This fundraiser is to cover the expense of paying staff for work performed before the end of December 2010. They ought to be able to get paid for it by the end of the first quarter of 2011. If we can’t do that, our operations are going to have to be cut back.

Please support our work. Donate today. Click on the “Contribute!” button in the fundraising widget you’ll find on any page of our web site.

http://c4ss.org/

Regards,

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

Oppose US and European Intervention in Libya

The right of all people to revolt, articulated in the Declaration of Independence among other works, should always be supported — but that by no means implies one ought to support military intervention on behalf of rebels by other states. Rather, opposing such intervention is the consistently anti-statist, pro-liberty position.

  • Military intervention by US and European governments in Libya will inevitably shape the political composition of the Libyan rebel groups, to the detriment of the Libyan people.
  • Authentic revolutionaries depend upon the support of the people they are attempting to liberate, but with tax-funded military intervention comes the economic incentive to win the support of state policymakers in Washington D.C. and European capitals instead.
  • Without state prohibitions on private military aid in the US and elsewhere, private fundraising could have brought timely private mutual aid to the Libyan rebels without the corrupting influence of state aid. The reason that would be the case is that broadly dispersing the decision of whether or not to support particular rebel groups among ordinary people globally would result in greater accountability than putting it in the exclusive control of a policymaking elite.

Japan’s Earthquake-Damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Facility

Concerns are mounting over happenings at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan. Anarchists, like the general public, have a variety of opinions on the topic of nuclear power, in and of itself. However, it’s a fact that the actually-existing nuclear power industry in Japan is state-supported, state-regulated and state-owned in various combinations — in a way that looks far in excess of even US subsidies. [Refer to the Wikipedia article “Nuclear power in Japan” for a relatively-detailed background summary.] That being the case, it would be correct to attribute to statism any damage resulting from a potential nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, in addition to the recent earthquake.