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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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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sundry Items

1. Director Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance recommends this review of Richard Blake's Conspiracies of Rome, which he describes as the "first libertarian novel of 2009." Just from reading the synopsis, it looks like a good specimen of the "rogue private dick against a corrupt system" genre: e.g., Shaft, Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park, Robert Harris's Fatherland, etc.

2. Christopher Lempa of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left announces a new journal: ALLiance: A Journal of Theory and Strategy.

3. Brian Anhalt brought my attention to some libertarian-friendly T-shirt designs, some of them quite striking and imaginative, at his Waking Ewe site.

4. Michel Bauwens, whose vitally important P2P Foundation I've discussed frequently here, is falling through the cracks between jobs. He begins a teaching job at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok next month, but until his pay kicks in at the end of February he and his wife are reduced to such expedients as pawning the cell phone and borrowing grocery money from her parents.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read Conspiracies of Rome. It's an excellent book. The version I read was the self-published version. It had a different name (The Column of Phocus) and the author was a certain Sean Gabb...

I think the sequel is out soon, I look forward to reading it.

January 15, 2009 4:47 PM  
Blogger Gary Chartier said...

I make no representations regarding their politics, but anyone whose appetite for historical mysteries set in Rome is whetted by Conspiracies of Rome may relish, as I do, Lindsey Davis's Falco novels (narrated by a young man on the make in Vespasian's Rome--toward the end of the first century--who offers what amount to PI services). Very engagingly written, smart, and informative.

January 16, 2009 8:33 AM  

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