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Instead of a Book, by a Man Too Busy to Write One, by Benjamin Tucker, is now available in full online

Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 15 years ago, in 2007, on the World Wide Web.

Benjamin R. Tucker

Benjamin R. Tucker

Portrait from WikiPedia: Benjamin Tucker

I’m very pleased to announce that, except for a few finishing touches — internal links, minor points of formatting, and the like — the Fair Use Repository‘s online edition of Benjamin Tucker’s individualist anarchist classic, Instead of a Book, by a Man Too Busy to Write One is now available in full, with all 497 pages of content from the second edition (1897) now available for you to peruse and enjoy. For details on the three sections newly added — on Communism, Methods, and Miscellaneous — see the Fair Use Blog 2007-11-06.

Now, the next question is, what to do next? I have some standing projects that I will continue to work on apace — especially Bertrand Russell’s The Principles of Mathematics. But I’m also very interested to hear suggestions. What do you think would be good to tackle next? Ideally, it should be something that’s:

  1. Available in the public domain
  2. Valuable
  3. Not available online, hard to find online, or formatted inaccessibly (e.g. only in PDFs, only in scanned images, etc.)

Suggest away in the comments.

Also, if there are particular projects would be especially valuable to you — valuable enough that you would be interested in sponsoring the time needed to get them online — you might mention it to me, either in the comments or in an e-mail. I’m working freelance these days, so anything of the sort would get some very prompt and dedicated attention.

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  1. Dan Clore

    I suggest Fredy Perlman’s Manual for Revolutionary Leaders, which he published under the name Michael Velli (meaning to recall Machiavelli). In the guise of presenting revolutionary leaders with advice on gaining power, Perlman actually outlines strategies for preventing them from doing so in a revolutionary situation. It is a brilliantly-written satire for anti-authoritarians, heavily influenced by the Situationists.

    I’ve only read part of it, The Seizure of State Power, which has been published separately.

  2. Dave2

    How about some Thomas Reid? Inquiry, 1st and 2nd Essays?

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