SWAT Raids Gone Wrong -- Paramilitary Policing Is Out of Control. Phillip S. Smith, Drug War Chronicle, AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed (2010-06-01).
In 1980, 2,884 SWAT deployments were recorded nationwide; the number today is estimated by experts at 50,000 annually or more.(Linked Wednesday 2010-06-02.)
C4SS May Fund Drive. Mariana Evica, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-05-30).
NEWS Here’s where we are, who’s moving us forward, and what our personnel are doing. Starting June 1st, Thomas L. Knapp will become the C4SS Media Coordinator. His pay will change to $640 monthly for 20 hours weekly labor in that role. He will also retain the title of Senior News...(Linked Wednesday 2010-06-02.)
You Can Get 15 Years in Jail For Recording an On-Duty Cop in Illinois. AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed (2010-05-20).
Wow… Last week, an Illinois judge rejected Chicago artist Christopher Drew’s motion to dismiss the Class I felony charge against him. Drew is charged with violating the state’s eavesdropping statute when he recorded his encounter with a police officer last December on the streets of Chicago. A Class I felony...(Linked Wednesday 2010-06-02.)
Freedom Blogs will mirror censored websites. Mike Gogulski - nostate.com, Anarchoblogs (2010-05-26).
I am pleased to announce, after reading Global Voices Advocacy’s Guide: Mirroring a Censored WordPress Blog, that I am willing to mirror blogs or other websites at Freedom Blogs which: are worthy, in my view, of being defended against censorship; don’t cause me to lose my paid hosting accounts or...(Linked Wednesday 2010-06-02.)
Calling all ALLies in the vicinity of New Jersey and the greater megalopolis: there’ll be an ALL picnic meeting in Passaic, New Jersey this Saturday, May 15, from 1-3pm. From NJ ALLy Darian Worden:
There’s also going to be an Alliance of the Libertarian Left picnic meeting in Passaic, NJ at 1-3pm on May 15. Anyone reading this who would like to come should email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. It’s easy to get to using public transit or driving.
The Revolution Will Be On YouTube (Cont’d): Darian Worden, “Libertarians Are Left” at Alternatives Expo
The Alternatives Expo is an agorist confab, marketplace, and series of workshops that’s held in parallel to Liberty Forum. (It’s actually where I spent the majority of time while I was in New Hampshire.) Here’s one of the talks I had the pleasure to attend, from New Jersey ALLy (and all-around rad dude) Darian Worden, talking about libertarianism as a form of radical Leftism:
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 1)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 2)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 3)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 4)
Libertarians Are Left! (Part 5)
- The Breaking Windows Fallacy. Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-03-24). The only thing I'd differ from Jesse on is that I'm not actually sure that Democratic Party offices count as "private property" in the sense that individualists are out to defend it. But I am pretty sure that this is a stupid way to try and handle political controversies. And I'll second the recommendation for Gene Sharp's "198 Methods." (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- The U.S. Patent System vs. Innovation. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2010-03-03).
Eric Von Hippel, professor of technological innovation at MIT, in an interview with The New York Times: “It’s a bad scene right now. The social value of patents was supposed to be to encourage innovation — that’s what society gets out of it. The net effect is that they decrease...(Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- ‘No Dashes or Spaces’ Hall of Shame. Daring Fireball (2010-03-24). There is no reason ever to force your user to remove spaces or dashes from a credit card number or a phone number. Not being able to s/[^0-9]+// is sheer barbarism. (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- Darian Worden speaks about left libertarianism @ 2010/03 Alt Expo. bile, blog of bile (2010-03-22).
Speaker: Darian Worden Speech: Libertarians are Left Affiliations: Alliance of the Libertarian Left, Center for a Stateless Society, Thinking Liberty Website: http://darianworden.com Event: AltExpo #5 Date: 2010/03/19 No related posts.(Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- Domestic Abuse. Daily Brickbats (2010-03-24). You got served and protected. (Cont'd.) (Linked Wednesday 2010-03-24.)
- gruber: .@ceolaf Why not movie plots too? Should Hitchcock have been awarded patent for "Innocent Protagonist Accused of Crime He Didn't Commit"? Twitter / gruber (2010-03-25). View tweets tagged "Don't Give Them Any Ideas" ... (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- shelleypowers: Happy Ada Lovelace Day to the women who kick butt in technology AND to the men who respect and appreciate us. Twitter / shelleypowers (2010-03-25). (Observed 24 March 2010.) (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- the contrast devloped by david brooks, among others, between. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-03-20).
the contrast devloped by david brooks, among others, between communitarianism and libertarianism, is tendentious. unless you're intention is to build a community through coercion - which is indeed the secret center of communitarianism - they are perfectly compatible. and if you think you can build a community through coercion, i...(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- Google Alleges That Viacom ‘Secretly Uploaded Its Content to YouTube, Even While Publicly Complaining About Its Presence There’ Daring Fireball (2010-03-25). "For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its contentto YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site." You could read this as a story about the hypocrisy and unmitigated gall of the copyright monopolists. I prefer to read it as a story about how a flourishing countereconomy gives even the aggressive sort of ideological statists a positive incentive to work towards promoting the free world in practice. Not even a massive copyright monopolist like Viacom can afford to abstain from the anti-copyright countereconomy. Not because they agree with it politically, but for reasons of business, pure and simple. (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- ‘They’re Cops; They’re Going to Beat You’ LewRockwell.com Blog (2010-03-25). You got served and protected. (Cont'd.) Keep in mind that when a gang of blue-bangers starts beating on you in a public place in front of God and everyone, you're still better off not calling 911: if you do, they'll only send reinforcements. (Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- Consistency. John Markley, The Superfluous Man (2010-03-10).
One of the stories that been in the news is the DUI arrest of California State Senator Roy Ashburn, a consistent opponent of gay marriage, as he departed a gay bar with a male companion. Ashburn has subsequently acknowledged in the media that he's gay, saying that he votes as...(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
- I Survived a Free Market Meal. Ryan W. McMaken, LewRockwell.com Blog (2010-03-23).
There’s a Hispanic person who comes around my building during the day and sells burritos out of a cooler for $2.50. I’m pretty sure they’re made by his wife (or other relative) in his kitchen. It’s an all cash business. So, I can only guess that this food is prepared...(Linked Thursday 2010-03-25.)
… but the streets belong to the people! Jesse Walker, Hit & Run (2009-06-10): The People’s Stop Sign. In which people in an Ottawa neighborhood take nonviolent direct action to slow down the traffic flying down their neighborhood streets — by putting up their own stop signs at a key intersection. The city government, of course, is now busy with a Criminal Investigation of the public’s heinous contribution to public safety.
Abolitionism is the radical notion that other people are not your property. Darian Worden (2009-06-09): The New Abolitionists
The point is that the principles of abolitionism, which held that regardless of popular justifications no human is worthy to be master and no human can be owned by another, when carried to their logical conclusion require this: that no human is worthy of authority over another, and that no person is owed allegiance simply because of political status. When reason disassembles the popular justifications of statism, as advances in political philosophy since the 1850’s have assisted in doing, the consistent abolitionist cannot oppose the voluntaryist principles of the Keene radicals.
Mr. Obama, Speak For Yourself. Thomas L. Knapp, Center for a Stateless Society (2009-09-09): Speaking of the State
A campaign of isolated incidents. Ellen Goodman, Houston Chronicle (2009-06-08): Sorry, but the doctor’s killer did not act alone
Let’s screw all the little guys. Just to be fair. (Or, pay me to advertise my product on your station.) Jesse Walker, Reason (2009-06-09): The Man Can’t Tax Our Music: The music industry wants to impose an onerous new fee on broadcasters.
Some dare call it
torture.Just not the cops. Or the judges. Wendy McElroy, WendyMcElroy.com (2009-06-08): N.Y. Judge Rules that Police Can
Taser Torturein order to coerce compliance with any arbitrary court order. I think that Wendy is right to call
pain compliancefor what it is — torture (as I have called it here before) — and that it is important to insist on this point as much as possible whenever the topic comes up.
On criminalizing compassion. Macon D., stuff white people do (2009-06-05), on the conviction of Walt Staton for
knowingly litteringwater jugs in a wildlife refuge, in order to keep undocumented immigrants from dying in the desert.
Freed markets vs. deforesters. Keith Goetzman, Utne Reader Environment (2009-06-04): Do You Know Where Your Shoes Have Been?, on the leather industry and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Utne does a good job of pointing out (by quoting Grist’s Tom Philpott) that the problem is deeply rooted in multi-statist neoliberalism: because of the way in which the Brazilian government and the World Bank act together to subsidize the cattle barons and ‘roid up Brazilian cattle ranching, the report
is really about the perils of using state policy to prop up global, corporate-dominated trade.
Well, Thank God. (Cont’d.) Thanks to the Lord Justice, we now know that Pringles are, in fact, officially potato chips, not mere
savory snacks, in spite of the fact that only about 40% of a Pringles crisp is actually potato flour. Language Log takes this case to demonstrate the quasi-Wittgensteinian point that, fundamentalist legal philosophy to one side, there’s actually no such thing as a self-applying law. (Quoting Adam Cohen’s New York Times Op-Ed,
Conservatives like to insist that their judges are strict constructionists, giving the Constitution and statutes their precise meaning and no more [linguists groan here], while judges like [Sonia] Sotermayor are activists. But there is no magic way to interpret terms like) I think the main moral of the story has to do with the absurdity of a political system in which whether or not you can keep $160,000,000 of your own damn money rides on whether or not you can prove to a judge that your
due process— or potato chip.
savory snackhasn’t got the requisite
potatonessto count as a
potato crispfor the purposes of law and justice.
Small riots will get small attention, no riots get no attention, make a big riot, and it will be handled immediately.Loretta Chao, Wall Street Journal (2009-05-30): In China, a New Breed of Dissidents. The story makes it seem as though the most remarkable thing about the emerging dissident movement is that they are
safeenough for the State to
toleratethem, rather than launching all out assaults as they did against the Tienanmen dissidents in 1989. Actually, I think that that misses the point entirely; and that the most interesting thing is that they have adopted such flexible and adaptive networking, both tactically and strategically, and that they now so often rise up from the very social classes that the Chinese Communist Party claims to speak for (not just easily-demonized students and intelligentsia, but ordinary farmers, factory workers, and retirees) — that the regime isn’t
toleratingthem; it just no longer knows what to do with them.
Counter-Cooking and Mutual Meals. Julia Levitt, Worldchanging: Bright Green (2009-06-03): Community Kitchens (Via Kevin Carson’s Shared Items.) If I may recommend, if you’re going to work on any kind of community cooking like this, particularly if you’re interested in it partly for reasons of
resiliencyand building community alternatives, you should do what you can to make sure that it is strongly connected with the local grey-market solidarity economy, through close cooperation with your local Food Not Bombs (as both a source and a destination for food) and other local alternatives to the state-subsidized corporate-consumer model for food distribution.
Looking Forward. Shawn Wilbur, In the Libertarian Labyrinth (009-06-06): Clement M. Hammond on
Police Insurance. An excerpt on policing in a freed society, from individualist anarchist Clement M. Hammond’s futurist utopian novel, Then and Now which originally appeared in serialized form in Tucker’s Liberty in 1884 and 1885. (Thus predating Bellamy’s dreary Nationalist potboiler by 4 years.) Hammond’s novel is now available in print through Shawn’s Corvus Distribution. The good news is that, while Bellamy’s date of 2000 has already mercifully passed us by without any such society emerging, we still have almost 80 years to get it together in time for Hammond’s future.
Here at Reason we never pass up a chance to have some fun at the expense of Pete Seeger.Jesse Walker, Hit & Run (2009-06-09): They Wanna Hear Some American Music. On brilliant fakery, the invention of Country and Western music, the cult of authenticity, and the manufacture of
Americana.For the long, full treatment see Barry Mazor, No Depression (2009-02-23): Americana, by any other name…
Anarchy on the Big Screen. Colin Firth and Kevin Spacey have signed on for a big-screen film adaptation of Homage to Catalonia. The film is supposed to enter production during the first half of 2010.
Technological civilization is awesome. (Cont’d.)
Freezers are awesome. J.D., Get Rich Slowly (2009-06-06): 3 Easy and Delicious Ways to Preserve Your Berry Harvest. My plan is to make some freezer jam.
Toward usable e-mail. Leah Chaney, OtherInbox (2009-06-05): Organizer By OtherInbox now available with Yahoo! Mail apps!. Even where technological civilization is not yet awesome enough, it soon will be.
IMPACT! Strategies for Social Change Forum, Thursday, June 18, Sonoma County, California. Infoshop News (2009-06-08):
Strategies for Social ChangeForum on June 18th in Sonoma County
IMPACT!, an independent and radical youth organization in Petaluma is turning one year old this month. Part 1 of the celebration is a forum, entitled
Strategies for Social Change,where organizers from labor, immigrants’ rights, and anti-police brutality groups will be discussing their projects and strategies for achieving radical social change locally. This event will be bilingual and free. … As one part of the celebration of IMPACT!’s one-year anniversary, we are excited to announce a forum on Thursday, June 18th at 7pm at the Peace and Justice Center in Santa Rosa (467 Sebastopol Ave) … After hearing from all the different organizations, we hope to have an open dialogue about how we can build real people power in our communities and what methods, strategies, tactics, we can implement to achieve long-lasting and radical social change.
Anarchist Movement 09, East London, England. Anarchist Movement Conference 09 was held last Saturday at Queen Mary, University of London. About 300 attended. Some reportbacks from Anonymous @ Infoshop News (2009-06-09),
Nestor Makhno@ indymedia london (2009-06-07), Paul Stott (2009-06-08), and No Pretence (2009-06-07). One of the major events at the conference was anarcha-feminist group No Pretence’s appearance at the closing plenary to deliver a statement and project a video presentation calling out sexism in the U.K. movement:
SPEAK! Listening Party. Sunday, June 14th, 2-5pm. Long Beach, California. Julie, feministe (2009-06-05): SPEAK! Listening Party in Long Beach, CA!
Remember that awesome CD that’s out right now? The spoken word collection that features the work of BFP, Black Amazon, Little Light, and so many others? The one that combines personal history and movement making in truly inspiring ways? If you live in or around Long Beach, CA and haven’t heard it yet, now’s your chance!(Via bfp, flip flopping joy 2009-06-05.)