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M@MM for July 2011 — Coming attractions; a real announcement to arrive soon.

Hey y’ALL,

So, this is just a brief note — a sort of placeholder — to mention that July 2011’s new Market Anarchy and Anarchist Classics Series booklets (No. 21 and No. 9, respectively) were finished on time and mailed out to subscribers on July 27. The official announcement has been delayed because the end of July also happened to be the exact time at which I, and with me the Alliance of the Libertarian Left Distro, went on a cross-country move from Las Vegas, Nevada to Auburn, Alabama. L. and I arrived safely in Alabama and we are in the process of getting settled in, but my print shop, the advance copies I’d already prepared, and all the rest of my office are not arriving for about a week. So, in the meantime, here’s a preview of what will soon be up for orders and available to the general public through the Distro website. Enjoy!

Coming Soon to an ALL Distro (Virtually) Near You…

Market Anarchy #21: Market Anarchy vs. Corporate Power

or: “The Attitude of Anarchism Toward Industrial Combinations,” by Benjamin Tucker (1899)

Anarchist Classics Series #9: Problems of Anarchism: Property, Labor & Competition

selected articles by William Bailie (1893)

See you all again when the dust settles….

An official announcement and links for non-subscribers to order the new booklets will be up in about a week.

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/03/lum-tucker-and-spooner-on-mormonism.html">Lum, Tucker and Spooner on Mormonism. Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>Two-Gun Mutualism &amp; the Golden Rule</cite> (2011-03-11)</a>. <q>The first mutual aid project with Kate Sharpley Library dragged out considerably longer than I had intended, but they've had their copy of Dyer D. Lum's Utah and its People for several weeks now, and I've finally put together a volume collecting that volume, Lum's follow-up, Social Problems of Today,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-03-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2011/03/11/ambition-should-be-made-of-stirner-stuff/">Ambition Should Be Made of Stirner Stuff. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-03-11)</a>. <q>A new individualist magazine, titled i, has a first issue devoted to egoist anarchist Max Stirner – including an article on Stirner by science-fiction writer Ken MacLeod (whose work I’ve discussed here and here). Ken comments on his blog here and here.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-03-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://catandgirl.com/?p=2865">Haunted. Dorothy, <cite>Cat and Girl</cite> (2011-03-10)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-03-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1915">okay how does one level up to "100% super homosexual" because i am trying EVERYTHING over here. <cite>Dinosaur Comics</cite> (2011-03-09)</a>. <q>archive - contact - sexy exciting merchandise - cute - search - about← previousMarch 9th, 2011nextMarch 9th, 2011: If you're working on a secret project where you're going to surprise me by translating all my comics into French, feel free to make this one about dogs or something! It seems...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-03-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2011/03/continuing-on-witherrol-morris-the-actual-quotation-is-from-paragraph-241-of-philosophical-investigations-so.html">continuing on with errol morris: The actual quotation is from. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2011-03-10)</a>. <q>continuing on with errol morris:  The actual quotation is from paragraph 241 of “Philosophical Investigations”: “So you are saying that human agreement decides what is true and what is false?” –– It is what human beings say that is true and false; and they agree in the language they use. That is not agreement in...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-03-13.)</em></p></li>

Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/10/11/whats-wrong-with-woodrow-wilso">What&#39;s Wrong With Woodrow Wilson? <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-10-11)</a>. A: He was a fucking fascist, that's what's wrong. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-10-11.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&amp;friendId=38511064&amp;blogId=539662894">Modesto Police Shoot Francisco Moran and Rita Elias. <cite>Modesto Anarcho!&#39;s MySpace Blog</cite> (2010-10-04)</a>. <q>On Friday night, Rita Elias, 31, died after off-duty sheriff's detective Kari Abbey, shot and killed her after an hour long argument. Kari Abbey, a 6 year veteran to the force, and a detective of four...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-10-11.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/NvhxfFEUEWg/4022">Under Surveillance America. Darian Worden, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-09-16)</a>. <q>Federal Bureau of Investigation files indicate that Ernest Withers, prominent photographer of 1960s Civil Rights activism, was also a federal informant. According to the Washington Post, he provided photographs, scheduling information and biographical sketches on Civil Rights leaders to the FBI. Whether Withers was trying to cash in on information...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thesuperfluousman/~3/9hVIPLqKQ7o/nothing-new-under-sun.html">Nothing new under the sun. John Markley, <cite>The Superfluous Man</cite> (2010-10-06)</a>. <q>Contemporary American politics makes a great deal more sense in light of the realization that Barack Obama's most devoted fans and fiercest critics are united by a shared delusion: the belief that Obama is really, really interesting.How this manifests among his supporters is apparent enough in the starry-eyed adulation he...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/10/12/homesteading-in-haiti-very-adv">Homesteading in Haiti: Very Adverse Possession. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-10-12)</a>. <q>Emily Troutman reports from the hills near Port-au-Prince: Six months ago, this land was nothing but crickets in the grass. Now, it&#39;s Haiti&#39;s new frontier, a landscape of squatters whose greatest hope is a home of their own. Gray and blue shacks and shanties extend for miles. Small gardens and...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://dallas.libertarianleft.org/blog/2010/09/event-the-prospects-and-ethics-of-political-reform">Event: The Prospects and Ethics of Political Reform. justino, <cite>DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left</cite> (2010-09-27)</a>. <q>What: As we near election time, candidates for office will inevitably present themselves as an alternative to the status quo that plagues us. But what types of reform in practice, if any, are consistent with a libertarian political philosophy? The first article we will study is Ron Paul’s “My Plan...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://dallas.libertarianleft.org/blog/2010/09/event-for-the-bible-tells-me-so-movie">Event: ‘For the Bible Tells Me So’ Movie. justino, <cite>DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left</cite> (2010-09-22)</a>. <q>What: 1919 Hemphill, a local DIY collective, is hosting a screening of the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) as part of its long-time movie series Conscientious Projector. A recipient of numerous international awards, the film documents the turmoil Christian families with a gay child face and “sometimes...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://dallas.libertarianleft.org/blog/2010/09/grieving-student-suspected-of-using-marijuana-reinstated">Grieving Student Suspected of Using Marijuana Reinstated. <cite>DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left</cite> (2010-10-12)</a>. Narco-Statism Vs. Compassion and Human Decency (Cont'd) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/F44pcFHc-3c/4099">Getting Away With Murder. <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-10-12)</a>. Cops are here to keep us safe. (Cont'd) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-10-12.)</em></p></li>

Barack Obama: Deep cover Anarchist?

Has the current occupant of the White House been sneaking reads of Equality: The Unknown Ideal, and, convinced by Roderick’s argument, spent the last few years quietly advocating the Anarchistic doctrine that principles of individual freedom, carried to their fullest extent, logically entail freedom from any and all forms of government? Selective quotation and convenient ellipses would seem to indicate that he has!

We consider these rights to be universal, a codification of liberty’s meaning, constraining all levels of government …. Moreover, we recognize that the very idea of these universal rights presupposes the equal worth of every individual. … We also understand that a declaration is not a government; … [T]here [are] seeds of anarchy in the idea of individual freedom, an intoxicating danger in the idea of equality… [F]or if everyone is truly free, without the constraints of birth or rank and an inherited social order, how can we ever hope to form a society that coheres?

–Barack Obama (2006), The Audacity of Hope, 86-87.

Well, we can’t. Which is fine. Of course, you’re free to go around cohering as much as you want on your own time; but what I want is a peaceful, consensual society. One where people come together where they want to, and aren’t forced into lockstep where they don’t want to be. Obama is of course right that the principles of individual liberty and equality produce declarations, not governments, and that that soil is sown with the seeds of Anarchy. He’s right to see that when you let those seeds grow and come into bloom, it means that everybody is truly free, and that they overwhelm any political scheme of rigid rows, of constraints of birth and rank, of social orders imposed from above (whether by the self-selected, or the majority-elected). Which is exactly why Anarchy is something to be desired and cultivated. The solution to the problem of incipient Anarchy is to realize that there isn’t a problem. Political coherence is not required. Freedom, peace and equality are more than enough.

(Via Francois Tremblay 2008-12-03, via Noor Mehta, via Facebook.)

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