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Friday Lazy Linking

The Revolution Will Be On YouTube

As you may know, I gave a talk on March 20th at the Free State Project’s 2010 Liberty Forum in Nashua, New Hampshire:

The Revolution Will Be Made Of People: Anarchy, Direct Action, and Free-Market Social Justice

Freedom is not a conservative idea. It is not a prop for corporate power and the political-economic statist quo. Libertarianism is, in fact, a revolutionary doctrine, which would undermine and overthrow every form of state coercion and authoritarian control. If we want liberty in our lifetimes, the realities of our politics need to live up to the promise our principles — we should be radicals, not reformists; anarchists, not smaller-governmentalists; defenders of real freed markets and private property, not apologists for corporate capitalism, halfway privatization or existing concentrations of wealth. Libertarianism should be a people’s movement and a liberation movement, and we should take our cues not from what’s politically polite, but from what works for a revolutionary people-power movement. Here’s how.

With many thanks to Antonio from blog of bile, here is a recording of the talk and the Q&A session that followed. (Split into 10 minute segments, as per YouTube constraints.) A couple of quick notes before we begin:

  1. Props where props are due. I intended to mention this in the talk, but barrelled through without remembering to. The story that I told at the beginning, about the Spokane Free Speech Fight of 1909-1910 is a story that I first heard through the late, great Utah Phillips, and he got it from FW Herb Edwards, who was there in Spokane working in logging at the time. I told the story just about the way Utah told it (and he says he was telling it just about the way he heard it from Herb Edwards, minus the Norwegian accent). If you want to hear Utah’s version of it, it’s Track 5, Direct Action, on Fellow Workers, the second album he put out in collaboration with Ani DiFranco.

  2. Time constraints forced me to skip over a substantial portion towards the end of the talk, which was largely concerned with methods. If I had it to do over again, I would have spent less time on opening matters and the case against minarchism, and spent more time (as I originally hoped to) talking about why libertarians should not waste time or energy on voting, parties, paper constitutions, nationalist politics, or conservative mythology about Founding Fathers or the stupid slave empire so often passed off as a Republic; and would also have talked about how partisan politics punishes radicalism and rewards compromise (hence, effectively, locking us into the statist quo), whereas direct action politics rewards principle, radicalism, and political courage. Ah well; next time, next time.

Now, on with the show:

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 1 of 9.

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 2 of 9.

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 3

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 4

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 5

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 6

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 7 — Q&A

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 8 — Q&A

The Revolution Will Be Made of People (2010-03-20), Part 9 — Q&A

More left-libertarian material from the Liberty Forum coming soon as I collect it. Expect to hear a bit more from me, and to see and hear from Darian Worden and other ALLies and agorists gathering in the Shire.

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2009/10/11/hugo-mexicano/">Hugo Mexicano. <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2009-10-11)</a>. in which Roderick reviews Juarez -- one of my stronger memories from high-school Spanish. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-11.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2009/10/dyer-lum-on-mutualism-and-note-on.html">Dyer Lum on Mutualism, and a note on Proudhon. Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>In the Libertarian Labyrinth</cite> (2009-10-02)</a>. <q>I'm working on gathering the pieces for a series of pamphlets documenting the mutualist tradition, and ran across this rather strange, but very interesting piece, but the frequently strange, but always interesting Dyer D. Lum. Tucker's translation of the first volume of The System of Economical Contradictions was published in...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-11.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://twitter.com/diveintomark/statuses/4701803934">diveintomark: &quot;Dive Into Python&quot; has now earned me over $10,000 in  royalties, despite being Free and online for 8 years. <cite>Twitter / diveintomark</cite> (2009-10-11)</a>. But without Intellectual Protectionism laws, how would anyone ever make a living writing books? <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-11.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.fr33agents.com/1059/keene-the-peaceful-civil-disobedience-apex/">Keene, the Peaceful Civil-Disobedience Apex. James B Schlessinger Jr, <cite>Fr33 Agents</cite> (2009-10-08)</a>. <q>Activists light up a marijuana cigarette in the Keene Police Station James B Schlessinger Jr. October 5th, 2009 Words on paper are not stopping activists and locals from living like free people in Keene, New Hampshire.  Whether it is marijuana consumption on the Commons or a young woman going topless...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-11.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2009/10/11/the-good-old-days-2/">The Good Old Days. Jill, <cite>Feministe</cite> (2009-10-11)</a>. <q>This article will make you lose your lunch. The idea is that sex with children is more taboo today than it was in Roman Polanski’s era — thanks to victims’ rights groups and a family values revival. The evidence? Well, Polanski himself, and this one Woody Allen movie. The article...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-11.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.blagnet.net/2009/10/06/anarchist-elliot-madison-wrongfully-arrested-robbed/">Anarchist Elliot Madison wrongfully arrested, robbed. John, <cite>Blagnet.net</cite> (2009-10-06)</a>. <q>In a continuation of law-enforcement agencies’ general disdain for and dismissal of our civil liberties, Elliot Madison, a self-described anarchist, was arrested for using Twitter and a police scanner to help G20 protesters coordinate their efforts and avoid police officers. The charges on which he was held don’t indicate any...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2009-10-12.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/NblNFvl5YTc/136005.html">A Shocking Development. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2009-09-14)</a>. <q>Two Gwinnett County police sergeants have resigned and Cpl. Gary Miles has been arrested after Miles allegedly used a Taser on a Waffle House waiter as a joke. The sergeants reportedly saw the incident and did not report it. The department is investigating claims a fourth officer pointed a Taser...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2009-10-12.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/RVdV_EdGN8w/136118.html">Ending the Cycle. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2009-10-12)</a>. Green Government in a nutshell. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2009-10-12.)</em></li>