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Are the wildfires that have been devastating California a gift from government?  So argues William Finnegan in a recent article, “California Burning.” According to Finnegan, the seeds of disaster were planted when the mission of the U.S. Forest Service was expanded in the early decades of the 20th century: The Forest Service, no longer just…
How the Bootleggers & Baptists Tale Shows TERFs’ True Colors
The Bootleggers & Baptists allegory is a helpful illustration for understanding the motivations of actors within a regulated industry. Popularized by economist Bruce Yandel, it helps to explain how two seemingly unaligned groups can come together to support the same policy prescription — when they both stand to benefit from the outcomes. It goes like…
Abolish ICE! End the Wars!: 9/11 17 Years Later
Quaker Guilt & Unintended Consequences
Murray Rothbard’s Black Nationalism
Looking for Daylight: Minarchist Strategy’s Missteps
Reason magazine editors Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward have recently debated the question of minarchism (i.e., minimal government) vs. free-market anarchism. As an anarchist, I’m obviously on Mangu-Ward’s side of the debate. But both writers make some assumptions about strategy that I find problematic. I’ll start with Gillespie, who expresses impatience with “boring, tedious, and…
A Simple Reform
The Discourse Is Not the Territory
Defying Power: Different Views on How Best to Understand the Evolution of the State (Part II)
Avoiding the Blame — What a Focus on Grain Obscures
James C. Scott (2017). Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. New Haven: Yale University Press. James C. Scott’s latest book, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, is sure to become a classic and a brick in the wall of core anarchist theory. It covers somewhat different but complementary…
Review: Walkaway
Review: Liberty in the Age of Terror
Review: “Rise of the Warrior Cop”
Killing 8chan: The Heart of Modern Nazi Terrorism [CW]
In addition to all kinds of scariness, it’s important also to mention exactly how mediocre 8ch is. It’s the human equivalent of the magazines in your dentist’s but– if it’s even possible– more tryhard. That they consider themselves to be an intellectual vanguard is on par with a grown adult self-identifying as Rick from Rick and Morty. It’s laughably pathetic and sad.
Libertarian Municipalism: Networked Cities as Resilient Platforms for Post-Capitalist Transition
Agency and Other Anarchist Themes In Paul Goodman’s Work
Deleuze, Guattari and Market Anarchism