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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, June 01, 2009

Sundry Items

Steve Herrick, former editor of Just Things: The Fair Trade Journal of Applied Counter-Economics, is translator of the English version of The Silent Change: Recovered Businesses in Argentina, by Esteban Magnani. He's also starting an interpreters' cooperative (the site is here, but so far they haven't gone registering the domain name--keep an eye on it over the next few weeks).

John Medaille of Distributist Review is editing a book on distributism (broadly defined) for publication in Romania. It includes, among others, work by Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation, Race Matthews (author of Jobs of Our Own), and my own paper on industrial policy.

Belated kudos (I've got to learn to switch gears faster instead of letting stuff accumulate in my inbox) to Shawn Wilbur of In the Libertarian Labyrinth, for his painstaking work on the first issue of LeftLiberty. It includes a thoughtful introduction on mutualism as "a kind of complicated middle ground between the mainstream of 'social anarchism' and the various forms of 'market anarchism' and radical libertarianism." Mutualism has been, he says, a "red-headed stepchild" of the anarchist movement, because it incorporates markets to a degree that raises eyebrows among social anarchists (while developing markets in a way that leave far less room for corporate organization than conventional market anarchists are used to). Wilbur also presents an interesting array of newly transcribed primary sources of nineteenth century anarchism by Tucker, Proudhon and Greene.


Blogger Steve said...

Thanks for the shoutout, Kevin!

At this point, the interpreters' co-op is a labor of love, but we intend to make it a labor that pays the mortgage. This blog has been one of my major inspirations to fire the boss.

June 04, 2009 9:43 AM  

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