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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Good Stuff at Libertarian Labyrinth

Shawn Wilbur has a great post up at Libertarian Labyrinth blog on the various editions of William Greene's monumental Mutual Banking, along with his other writings on the subject. He's updated the William Greene page at his main Libertarian Labyrinth site, an amazing reference source on the history of American individualist anarchism.

He also describes a local "decentralized alternative education project" he's involved in:

And i've been dusting off the notes for a short course on Midwest Radicalism (New Harmony to Lawsonomy, more or less) that i've promised to teach in some informal setting this fall. Currently, i'm a teacher without a classroom, doing a lot of very informal educational work in front of coffee shops, on streetcorners, on the back steps at 3am with a half-rack of Natty Light, etc. And, honestly, that stuff is often as good as what goes on in university classrooms, but that's not saying all that much. So. . .

I did some solitary brainstorming yesterday, over a nice Grounds for Thought dark roast, and then ran what i came up with past as many of the usual sympathetic suspects as i could find on short notice. The response was positive, so here's something like a proposal:

This MUTUAL SKUAL (yeah, forgive me, ok?) will present short courses (1-5 weekly meetings of 2-3 hourse each) on a variety of topics.

My favorite part:

Instructor/facilitators will be encouraged to make an argument, be specific, even or especially where it generates controversy.

Aha! Actual learning through dialectic, as opposed to imparting the conventional wisdom under a pose of "objectivity." When you get this project well underway, Shawn, how about starting a cable news network?

There's a lot of other detail on various categories of course outlines, all of which are expected to be "heavy on sources for additional reading." Joe Bob says check it out.

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