Two New Publications
Topics to be explored include: radical libertarian alternatives to statism, militarism, and intellectual property; the social and cultural requirements of a free and flourishing society; the structure of work, family, and property relationships in such a society; strategies for getting from here to there; and the possibility of “gains from trade” between the left/socialist and right/capitalist traditions within libertarianism.
The title “Industrial Radical” honors the libertarian and individualist anarchist thinkers and activists of the 19th century, who were “industrial” in the sense of championing what they called the industrial mode of social organization, based on voluntary cooperation and mutual benefit, over the militant mode, based on hierarchy, regimentation, and violence; and who were “radical” in the sense of recognizing that social problems are embedded in sustaining networks of institutions and practices, and so can be addressed only via thoroughgoing social change. Their approach informs our vision.
Check out the planned themes of the forthcoming issues, and I think you'll agree it's something to look forward to.
Just Things: The Fair Trade Journal of Applied Counter-Economics has just put out its first issue. It's edited by Steve Herrick (aka esteban), frequent Mutualist Blog commenter and owner of chlorophyll blog.
The purpose of both the magazine and the site is to explore how the fair-trade model, which is currently focused heavily on coffee, can be extrapolated out to the wider economy. At its core, the fair-trade model isn't about commodities at all, but an equitable, egalitarian and empowering way of dealing with each other as people. Economic transactions are secondary - they deal with mere things. On the other hand, we need things to live, and we have trade them back and forth. The trick is to trade things justly.