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I strongly feel that the chief task of the economic theorist or political philosopher should be to operate on public opinion to make politically possible what today may be politically impossible, and that in consequence the objection that my proposals are at present impracticable does not in the least deter me from developing them.

– Friedrich A. Hayek, 1978
On general principles, when we are looking for a solution of a social problem, we must expect to reach conclusions quite opposed to the usual opinions on the subject; otherwise it would be no problem. We must expect to have to attack, not what is commonly regarded as objectionable, but what is commonly regarded as entirely proper and normal.

– John Beverley Robinson, 1897

One day societies will be established to agitate for the freedom of government, as they have already been established on behalf of the freedom of commerce.

– Gustave de Molinari, 1849


THAT DAY IS TODAY.



4 October 2013

Updated info on the Molinari Society meeting at the Eastern APA.


22 August 2013

Help fund Molinari/C4SS/ALL travel to Libertopia and elsewhere! Details here and here.


9 July 2013

Added to our online library: Sophie Raffalovich’s The Boston Anarchists (1888), Benjamin Tucker’s A French View of Boston Anarchists (1888), and Paul Ghio’s An American Anarchist (1902). For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


9 June 2013

The Liberty Fund exchange on Molinari and his legacy is now completed.


12 May 2013

The Molinari Institute is having a fundraiser to pay for literature, speaker travel, and student scholarships for Libertopia 2013; details here.


2 May 2013

Liberty Fund is hosting an online exchange on Gustave de Molinari’s legacy for liberty. Participants include David Hart, David Friedman, and our own Gary Chartier and Roderick Long. Roderick’s opening essay has been posted.


1 May 2013

In honour of May Day, the website of the Center for a Stateless Society has just undergone a massive and beautiful redesign.

Here’s how the site looked when C4SS first launched in 2006.

Here’s how it looked last month.

And here’s the C4SS website today. Shiny!

The chief architect of the new site redesign is William Gillis, to whom shukrani sana.

If anyone feels moved to help C4SS out with donations, translations, or our new Into Libraries program, don’t be shy!


12 April 2013

Law professor joins anarchist think tank
April 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anarchist think tank adds professor of law and business ethics to its board of directors.

AUBURN, ALABAMA — April 12, 2013 — Molinari Institute —

The Molinari Institute, a left-wing market anarchist think tank based in Auburn, Alabama, announced today the addition of Gary Chartier to its board of directors. Chartier is Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California; author of Economic Justice and Natural Law, The Conscience of an Anarchist, and Anarchy and Legal Order: Law and Politics for a Stateless Society; co-editor with Charles W. Johnson of Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty; and a blogger at Bleeding Heart Libertarians. He already serves as Senior Fellow and Trustee of the Center for a Stateless Society, a media center that serves as an autonomous extension of the Molinari Institute.

“It’s a distinct honor to be associated with the Molinari Institute,” said Chartier. “I welcome this exciting opportunity to join a team of capable philosophers committed to highlighting the liberatory potential of bottom-up social organization and market freedom!”

Molinari Institute president Roderick T. Long added, “Gary Chartier is one of the best libertarian thinkers working today, and one of the foremost defenders of the liberatory potential of radically freed markets as a humane alternative to both hierarchical capitalism and the monopoly state. We’re absolutely delighted to have him on board.”

Chartier joins philosophers Roderick T. Long (Auburn University), Charles W. Johnson (Alliance of the Libertarian Left), and Jennifer McKitrick (University of Nebraska – Lincoln) on the Molinari Institute board.

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism.

CONTACT
Roderick T. Long
Molinari Institute
molinari.co
longrob@auburn.edu


9 April 2013

Added to our online library: Charles de Brouckère’s review of De Puydt’s Panarchy. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


18 March 2013

The second issue (Winter 2013) of The Industrial Radical goes to the printer today, featuring articles by B-psycho, Kevin Carson, Gary Chartier, William Gillis, Anthony Gregory, Thomas L. Knapp, Roderick T. Long, Anna Morgenstern, and Darian Worden, on topics ranging from police brutality, gun control, immigration policy, and left-libertarianism to Hugo Chávez’s mixed legacy, Noam Chomsky’s inconsistencies, Rand Paul’s anti-drone filibuster, the intersection between anarcho-syndicalism and agorism, and of course Star Wars. Subscribe here.

A pdf file of the first issue (Autumn 2012) is now available online.

More details here.


25 February 2013

Here are some pics from the Liberty Fund conference on Molinari in La Jolla (November 2012) and the Molinari Society panel in Atlanta (December 2012):

Molinari/C4SS folk in La Jolla:  Sheldon Richman, Gary Chartier, Charles Johnson, Roderick Long, Jennifer McKitrick

Again in La Jolla: Shawn Wilbur, Charles Johnson, David Hart

After the Eastern APA Molinari Society:  Nina Brewer-Davis, Matthew Quest, Laura Breitenbeck, Charles Johnson
More photos here.


27 December 2012

Updated info on the Molinari Society meeting at the Eastern APA.


2 November 2012

The Industrial Radical hits the newsstands! Details here.


18 October 2012

Gary Chartier interviewed on Anarchast:



16 October 2012

C4SS speakers at Students for Liberty:



15 October 2012

There was a strong Molinari/C4SS turnout at Libertopia 2012, with presentations by Gary Chartier, Charles Johnson, Stephan Kinsella, Roderick Long, Stephanie Murphy, and Sheldon Richman; plus Less Antman and Ross Kenyon were around though not presenting. See the schedule. We also had a Molinari/C4SS booth with literature and buttons; and several of us were interviewed. More info here.


27 September 2012

And now, a C4SS button; check it out here.


25 September 2012

Our long-awaited periodical, The Industrial Radical, is available at last! Details here.


24 September 2012

Want to support our presence at Libertopia? Chip in to help pay for travel expenses and an exhibitor’s booth.


19 September 2012

And now the Molinari Institute offers a new anticapitalist button; check it out here.


18 September 2012

The Molinari Institute offers a new antivoting button; check it out here.


11 September 2012

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2012 symposium.


25 August 2012

Added to our online library: Lysander Spooner’s 1854 Letter to The Commonwealth, William Lloyd Garrison’s 1856 Voting – Government – Slavery and War, and an 1858 report in The Liberator on the Rutland Reform Convention.


10 August 2012

Added to our online library: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1856 Speech on Affairs in Kansas.


26 May 2012

A preliminary draft of Liberty Fund’s new translation of Molinari’s 1849 Soirées on the Rue Saint-Lazare is now online.


19 May 2012

Added to our online library: Charles Gide’s 1899 review of Molinari’s Society of the Future. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


18 May 2012

Added to our online library: Thomas Hodgskin’s 1849 review of Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


5 May 2012

New from David Hart and Robert Leroux: an anthology of French Liberalism in the 19th Century, including works by C. Comte, Dunoyer, Thierry, Say, Destutt de Tracy, Constant, Staël, Bastiat, Wolowski, Tocqueville, and Molinari. Details here.


30 April 2012

Check out two recent interviews, one with our own Charles Johnson and Gary Chartier and one just with Charles.


10 April 2012

The Molinari Society has posted a call for papers for December 2012.


10 April 2012

Check out these pics from the Molinari Society panel in Seattle (7 April 2012). Left to right at the table: Roderick Long, David Hart, Daniel Silvermint. Click for enhanced magnitude.





Photo credit: Norbert Chen.


27 March 2012

Check out the schedules for our Molinari/C4SS/ALL panels at APEE (Las Vegas, 1-3 April) and the Pacific APA (Seattle, 4-7 April).


13 February 2012

Check out our own Gary Chartier talking about Markets Not Capitalism:



8 January 2012

Added to our online library: Charles Coquelin’s 1849 review of Molinari’s Soirées. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


6 January 2012

Added to our online library: Question of the Limits of State Action and Individual Action
 Discussed at the Society of Political Economy (1849), a discussion of Molinari’s views on the competitive provision of security. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


23 December 2011

Added to our online library: an extract from Gustave de Molinari’s 1888 Political Evolution and the Revolution. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


19 December 2011

Added to our online library: Gustave de Molinari’s 1893 Labour-Exchanges, Chapter 8.


15 October 2011

We’re happy to announce the publication of Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty, edited by our own Gary Chartier and Charles Johnson, and featuring contributions by a number of Molinari/C4SS/ALL regulars. Details here.


21 August 2011

For links to recent research on Gustave de Molinari and Charles Dunoyer, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


8 June 2011

David Hart’s theses on Comte and Dunoyer and on Molinari have new links.


1 June 2011

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2011 symposium.


29 April 2011

We’re happy to announce (somewhat belatedly) the publication of our own Gary Chartier’s Conscience of an Anarchist. Some endorsements:

“I’m absolutely giddy about The Conscience of an Anarchist; this book could electrify a generation!” – Brad Spangler (Center for a Stateless Society)

“Given the popular myth that anarchists are masked kids in Circle-A T-shirts smashing windows, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. Clear and easy to understand, it’s the best basic explication of anarchist ideas since Alexander Berkman’s The ABC of Anarchism.” – Kevin A. Carson (author, The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand)

“The best of the political ‘conscience’ books.” – Stephan Kinsella (Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom)

“Anarchism, it has been said, is the radical notion that other people are not your property. Gary Chartier eloquently demonstrates that, far from being a recipe for disorder – as the centers of power self-servingly wish us to believe – anarchism is rather the surest foundation for social cooperation, freedom, prosperity, and peace.” – Sheldon Richman (author, Tethered Citizens)


6 March 2011

The Molinari Society symposia originally scheduled for the Eastern APA (27-30 December 2010, in Boston) but cancelled owing to inclement blitzcraft and blizzardry have been rescheduled, with one moving to the Austrian Scholars Conference (10-12 March 2011, in Auburn) and the other to the Pacific APA (20-23 April 2011, in San Diego). Details here.


1 December 2010

Our own Gil Guillory has been awarded the Alford Prize for his co-authored article “The Role of Subscription-Based Patrol and Restitution in the Future of Liberty”; details here.


28 June 2010

News from C4SS: our latest media outreach update, and the opening of enrollment for Stateless U.


22 June 2010

Good news for market anarchists: David Friedman’s The Machinery of Freedom, one of the most influential free-market anarchist works of the last 100 years, is now available online (in PDF format); and our own Kevin Carson’s latest book, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, is now in print.


19 June 2010

Another media outreach update, plus our Motorhome Diaries connection.


7 June 2010

Check out the latest on our media outreach plans.


6 June 2010

Check out the new C4SS widget:



More info here.


4 June 2010

The Center for a Stateless Society is developing some exciting new academic programs; details here.


Gary Chartier 1 March 2010

Our own Gary Chartier is offering an introductory online course on anarchism under the auspices of the C4SS.


1 January 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

C4SS announces additional staff member and a promotion.

Darian Worden and Tom Knapp AUBURN, ALABAMA – January 1, 2010 – Center for a Stateless Society – The Center for a Stateless Society announced personnel changes today, with the addition of Darian Worden as the third C4SS News Analyst and promotion of Thomas L. Knapp to Senior News Analyst.

Worden becomes the Center’s sixth paid part-time staff member. C4SS Director Brad Spangler said “Darian is a rising young talent among anarchist writers and activists. When some angel donors came to us with a proposal to make earmarked contributions to pay for his first quarter of work with the Center, we pounced on it immediately.”

Darian Worden is an individualist anarchist writer with experience in libertarian activism. His fiction includes Bring a Gun To School Day and the forthcoming Trade War. His essays and other works can be viewed at his personal website. He also hosts an internet radio show, Thinking Liberty, on PatriotRadio.com.

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism. The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute’s media center.

CONTACT
Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society
media@c4ss.org
http://www.c4ss.org


25 December 2009

The papers, and one of the commentaries, for the upcoming Molinari Society session in New York this coming week are now online.


19 August 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Market anarchist media center names advisory panel.

AUBURN, ALABAMA – August 19, 2009 – Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) – Center for a Stateless Society Director Brad Spangler today announced formation of an advisory panel for the market anarchist media center.

Gary Chartier, Stephan Kinsella, Wendy McElroy, Sheldon Richman, Shawn Wilbur“As we gradually build our base of supporters and step up the operations their dedicated support enables, we want to ensure that first rate ideological and operational oversight is in place from prominent fellow advocates of market anarchism who are not otherwise affiliated with us organizationally,” remarked Spangler.

Named to the C4SS Advisory Panel were Stephan Kinsella, Wendy McElroy, Shawn Wilbur, Sheldon Richman and Gary Chartier.

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute’s media center. The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism.

CONTACT
Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society
media@c4ss.org
http://www.c4ss.org


8 August 2009

Several Molinari/C4SS-affiliated people are tentatively scheduled to speak at a forum on free-market anti-capitalism at the 2010 APEE meetings in las Vegas; details here.


7 August 2009

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2009 symposium.


4 June 2009

See Charles in the news again.


17 May 2009

Check out our own Charles Johnson talking about agorism:



27 April 2009

Gil Guillory named Research Associate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Libertarian writer and entrepreneur Gil Guillory has been named Research Associate.

AUBURN, ALABAMA – April 27, 2009 – Libertarian writer and entrepreneur Gil Guillory has been named Research Associate of the Molinari Institute. In his role, Guillory will continue his research programme on a business model for private security, Subscription Patrol and Restitution.

Guillory has authored, co-authored, and presented papers on Subscription Patrol and Restitution since 2006. All of the work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, and is available on a web archive. Guillory has written for strike-the-root.com, anti-state.com, lewrockwell.com, and mises.org. His most recent publication was “The Role of Subscription Patrol and Restitution in the Future of Liberty,” co-authored with Patrick Tinsley, and published in Libertarian Papers.

Molinari Institute President Roderick Long said of the move “Gil has demonstrated a commanding knowledge of private security, taking a hard-nosed business approach to market anarchism. We’re very pleased to announce Gil is joining the Institute.”

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism.

CONTACT
Roderick T. Long
Molinari Institute
BerserkRL@yahoo.com
http://praxeology.net/molinari.htm


28 March 2009

Thomas Knapp named News Analyst at C4SS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Veteran libertarian activist and internet news publisher becomes second C4SS paid staff member.

AUBURN, ALABAMA – March 20, 2009 – Center for a Stateless Society – Prominent libertarian activist and news publisher Thomas Knapp has joined the Center for a Stateless Society as the Center’s second paid part-time staff member. In his role as News Analyst beginning April 1st, 2009, Knapp will be producing one or more op-ed pieces per week as well as mentoring volunteer contributing writers.

Tom KnappKnapp has long been associated with “the libertarian wing of the Libertarian Party” and is the founder of its breakaway ultra-faction, the Boston Tea Party. As well as being a prolific blogger on the side, Knapp brings over a decades experience with online news writing, editing, publishing and team leadership; first for the former Free-Market.Net and later for his own publication, Rational Review. He is author of the e-book “Writing the Libertarian Op-Ed,” among other works.

C4SS Director Brad Spangler said of the move “Knapp was the logical choice for the position. His continuing editorship of Rational Review News Digest immerses him in the news cycle so thoroughly that it can only be likened to a fish in water. This is the man who produces the daily crib notes for an entire eco-system of libertarian online content producers. His wealth of experience means he is uniquely suited to explain to the general public how libertarian principles, consistently applied, reach beyond the inconsistent market liberalism of figures like U.S. Congressman Ron Paul into full-blown market anarchism. We’re very pleased to announce Tom is joining the Center.”

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism. The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute’s media center.

CONTACT
Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society
media@c4ss.org
http://www.c4ss.org


27 January 2009

More comments from the Molinari Society’s 2008 symposium are online: Morris on Sartwell, Johnson on Narveson and Morris, Long on McKitrick and Morris, and Thomas on Hassoun.

A call for papers for the 2009 symposium is also online. Topic: intellectual property.


24 January 2009

Added to our online library: Wilson Follett’s 1916 review of Isabel Paterson’s novel The Shadow Riders. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


Jan Narveson 26 December 2008

The Molinari Society’ls fifth annual symposium is coming up on the 29th. Read Jan Narveson’s comments on Crispin Sartwell, Jan Narveson’s comments on Nicole Hassoun, Roderick Long’s comments on Nicole Hassoun, and Jennifer McKitrick’s comments on Roderick Long.


7 December 2008

Added to our online library: Voltairine de Cleyre’s 1901 Anarchism, 1907 A Correction , and 1908 Our Present Attitude. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


Nicole Hassoun 17 November 2008

Nicole Hassoun’s comments for the upcoming 2008 Molinari Symposium are now online.


15 November 2008

Kevin Carson Named Research Associate at C4SS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Celebrated yet controversial left-libertarian author becomes first C4SS paid staff member.

Studies in Mutualist Political Economy AUBURN, ALABAMA – November 15, 2008 – Center for a Stateless Society – Kevin Carson, author of Studies in Mutualist Political Economy and a forthcoming major work on anarchist organizational theory has joined the Center for a Stateless Society as the Center’s first paid staff member. In his role as Research Associate beginning January 1st of 2009, Carson will be producing quarterly short research studies for the Center to publish as well as writing news commentary.

C4SS director Brad Spangler said of the move, “We’re developing a new fundraising initiative and early on in that process an anonymous donor stepped up to fund the first quarter of Kevin’s research work and the first month of his news analysis for us. We’re very pleased to announce this, as Carson has been a key figure on the radical end of the libertarian movement. Supporting his work means he’ll be able to do more and better of what he already does amazingly well.”

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism. The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute’s media center.

CONTACT
Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society
media@c4ss.org
http://www.c4ss.org


19 August 2008

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2008 symposium.


9 July 2008

Added to our online library: Thomas Hodgskin’s 1842 “Peace, Law, and Order”, Dyer Lum’s 1887 On Anarchy, and Chapters 6-11 of Lum’s 1890 Economics of Anarchy. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


6 July 2008

Added to our online library: Chapters 9-14 (plus appendix) of Francis Tandy’s 1896 Voluntary Socialism, along with K. C. Felton’s review. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


11 June 2008

Molinari gets a mention in two recent issues of The Economist:

Visiting the city of Colón in 1886, Gustave de Molinari, a liberal Dutch economist, noted that in comparison the worst parts of Genoa and Istanbul deserved a prize for good maintenance.
      – Panama: The Poor Relation (The Economist, 15 May 2008)

SIR – You describe Gustave de Molinari as a “liberal Dutch economist” (“The poor relation”, May 17th). Even though Molinari was born in what was at the time the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, he became a Belgian at the age of 11 at the time of Belgium’s independence. His most important essays were written in French and he spent most of his life in France and Belgium. So he hardly qualifies as a Dutchman.
QUENTIN MICHON
Paris
      – Questionable Cit[i]zenship (The Economist, 29 May 2008)


Proudhon 12 March 2008

Added to our online library: The 1849-50 Bastiat-Proudhon Debate and the first five chapters of Dyer Lum’s 1890 Economics of Anarchy. For commentary see here. here, and here.


4 February 2008

The anthology Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country?, edited by Roderick Long and Tibor Machan, was published this month by Ashgate. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


19 January 2008

Our own Charles Johnson has an article on Scratching By: How Government Creates Poverty as We Know It in the December 2007 Freeman. Isabel Paterson’s 1916 novel The Shadow Riders is available online via Google Books. For commentary on both items, see Roderick Long’s blog posts here and here.


 Voltairine de Cleyre 26 December 2007

Added to our online library: Voltairine de Cleyre’s 1907 The Chain Gang, Gertrude Nafe’s 1913 The Law and the Man Who Laughed, and Rose Wilder Lane’s 1919 A Bit of Gray in a Blue Sky. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


15 November 2007

Added to our online library: Lawrence Phillips’ 1900 review of Edmond Villey’s book on Charles Dunoyer, and Isabel Paterson’s Monkey-gland Economics.


8 November 2007

Added to our online library: Edmund Burke’s 1748 Editorial on Irish Poverty. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


30 August 2007

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2007 symposium.

Molinarians Charles Johnson and Roderick Long will also be presenting papers at the Alabama Philosophical Society’s September 2007 meeting; see abstracts here and here.


28 July 2007

Added to our online library: F. J. Stimson’s 1888 article Ruskin as a Political Economist and 27 chapters (Preface, I., II.1, II.2, II.3, II.4, II.5, II.6, II.7, II.8, II.9, II.10, III.1, III.2, III.3, III.4, III.5, III.6, III.7, III.8, III.9, III.10, III.11, IV.1, IV.2, IV.3, and VIII.9) of Benjamin Tucker’s 1893 Instead of A Book.


22 July 2007

Shawn Wilbur has gloriously posted the entire run of Benjamin Tucker’s Liberty here; details here.


27 June 2007

Added to our online library: A 1917 discussion of Icelandic anarchy by Thorstein Veblen. For background, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


24 June 2007

Added to our online library: Lysander Spooner’s 1884 Second Letter to Thomas F. Bayard. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


20 June 2007

Roderick Long, Brad Spangler, Shawn Wilbur, and Wally Conger are scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow; details on Conger’s blog
here.


3 March 2007

Happy birthday, Gustave!


21 February 2007

Our own Roderick Long has been elected to the board of Movement for a Democratic Society, Inc.; details
here and here.


Anarchy and the Law 30 January 2007

We hail the publication of Anarchy and the Law, Ed Stringham’s 700-page anthology of classic Market Anarchist writings. See more information here.


15 January 2007

Charles Johnson’s comments on Matt MacKenzie and Geoff Plauché, from last month’s Molinari Society symposium, are online here and here.

The Molinari Institute offers a new anarchy button; check it out here.


10 December 2006

Added to our online library: Benjamin Tucker’s 1899 speech The Attitude of Anarchism Toward Industrial Combinations.


30 November 2006

Added to our online library: Florence Finch Kelly’s 1916 review of Isabel Paterson’s novel The Shadow Riders. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


10 October 2006

Anarchists launch major media offensive
October 10, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A tiny think tank has set out on a project to provide ongoing news commentary in order to promote their set of views, known as market anarchism.

AUBURN, ALABAMA – October 10, 2006 – Center for a Stateless Society – The Molinari Institute, a market anarchist think tank, today launched a new media effort aiming to put their agenda to abolish government front and center in US political discourse. Dubbing their project the Center for a Stateless Society (www.c4ss.org), institute officials laid out plans to publish and distribute news commentary written by anarchists with radically free-market oriented views on economics – taking market anarchism out of the realm of academia and obscure internet blogs in order to put it in the public eye.

Center for a Stateless Society Molinari Institute President Roderick Long explained “For too long libertarians, and I mean anarchist libertarians, have treated market anarchism almost as an esoteric doctrine. It’s time to put market anarchism front and center in our educational efforts, time to start making it a familiar and recognizable position. The Center for a Stateless Society aims to bring a market anarchist perspective to the popular press, rather than leaving it confined to scholarly studies and movement periodicals.”

Naming longtime radical libertarian activist and freelance web developer Brad Spangler as the first Director of the Center, Long unveiled the Center’s new web site at www.c4ss.org for Molinari Institute supporters and the public.

Said Spangler “I’m honored to accept the post. In anticipation of this moment, we’ve developed a database of thousands of US media outlets for email distribution of content which these publishers will be able to use free of charge. Additionally, the c4ss.org web site makes use of stable, reliable and ‘free as in freedom’ open source web technologies. We’ve developed the site in such a way as to make maximum possible use of social bookmarking services, web syndication feeds and search engine optimization techniques. With this site, we aim to awaken more Americans than ever before to the brutal reality that all governments everywhere are essentially nothing more than murderous bandit gangs – and show them the shining light of hope for a world without the State.”

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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism. The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute�s new media center.

CONTACT
Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society
media@c4ss.org
http://www.c4ss.org/


1 October 2006

Added to our online library: three more chapters of Francis Tandy’s 1896 Voluntary Socialism. Chapter 6 attempts to reconcile the labour theory of value with the principle of marginal utility. (Followers of the Mutualist/Austrian debate, take note.) Chapters 7 and 8 defend a mutualist approach to money, credit, and banking along the lines of Proudhon, Greene, and Tucker.


25 September 2006

Added to our online library: Benjamin Tucker’s 1892 Why I Am An Anarchist and Voltairine de Cleyre’s 1897 Why I Am An Anarchist. For (minimal) commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


6 September 2006

Added to our online library: Ezra Heywood’s 1863 The War Method of Peace and Voltairine de Cleyre’s 1891 The Philosophy of Selfishness and Metaphysical Ethics. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


1 September 2006

Update your social calendars! The address of Roderick T. Long’s personal blog, Austro-Athenian Empire, is changing from praxeology.net/unblog.htm to praxeology.net/blog; and his blog’s RSS feed is likewise changing from praxeology.net/rssfeed.xml to praxeology.net/blog/feed. The new version will be commentable.


3 August 2006

The Molinari Society has posted information about its December 2006 symposium.


21 July 2006

The current version of the Wikipedia entry for Left-libertarianism contains several references to Molinarians Roderick Long and Charles Johnson.


18 July 2006

Jeremy Weiland gave us a nice plug yesterday on his blog Social Memory Complex.


12 July 2006

Added to our online library: James Redford’s essay Jesus Is An Anarchist.


3 July 2006

Added to our online library: Rose Wilder Lane’s 1961 letter to Jasper Crane On Patriotism.


8 June 2006

Added to our online library: Joseph Stromberg’s article English Enclosures and Soviet Collectivization: Two Instances of an Anti-Peasant Mode of Development from the 1995 Agorist Quarterly. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


16 May 2006

Added to our online library: the first five chapters of Francis Tandy’s Voluntary Socialism (1896). For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


25 March 2006

Added to our online library: Chapters 1, 15, and 19 of Victor Yarros’s 1947 Adventures in the Realm of Ideas, in which Yarros critiques the ideas of his former associate Benjamin Tucker. For commentary, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.

In other news, Roderick’s translation of Molinari’s Utopia of Liberty is currently featured on the website of Auburn’s other libertarian institute.


28 February 2006

Added to our online library: Edwin C. Walker’s Communism and Conscience (1904), as well as the remainder of Stephen Pearl Andrews’ Love, Marriage, and Divorce. For commentary see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


24 February 2006

Added to our online library: Friedrich von Wieser’s 1889 Natural Value and William Smart’s 1891 Introduction to the Theory of Value.

For more information on these two founding classics of the Austrian School, see Roderick Long’s blog entry for today.


20 January 2006

Added to our online library: Robert Collyer’s poem Saxon Grit – not so much for its intrinsic merit, which is not enormous, but because it’s hard to find, and is referred to in another text we’ll be posting soon.


10 January 2006

The Molinari Institute is pleased to announce that later this year we will begin publishing a magazine of radical libertarian political and social analysis titled The Industrial Radical. (“Industrial” in Herbert Spencer’s sense, “Radical” in Chris Sciabarra’s sense.) We hereby invite submissions. (See our submissions guidelines and copyright policy. Also note that The Industrial Radical is a popular magazine, not an academic journal; formal, scholarly articles might be more appropriately submitted to, oh, um, say, the Journal of Libertarian Studies.)

Submissions may be of any length, from a brief paragraph to a lengthy essay; we also welcome a diversity of perspectives, whether you dance to the music of F. A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Benjamin Tucker, Henry George, or Emma Goldman. Previously published pieces are fine so long as they meet our copyright requirements. We plan to publish themed issues (see theme topics and submission deadlines here), but please don’t refrain from sending us an article just because it doesn’t fit an upcoming theme; the themes are designed to inspire submissions, not discourage them.

Please pass the word, by blogpost or email, to anyone you think might be interested in contributing. (Advance subscriptions are available too!)


7 January 2006

Check out Ben Kilpatrick’s Katrina and Class: A (Missed) Wake-up Call.


2 January 2006

Added to our online library: an anonymous 1887 critique of Molinari’s labour-exchange project, from the anarcho-communist journal Freedom founded by Charlotte M. Wilson and Peter Kropotkin.

In other news, the Molinari Society’s symposium on thick and thin libertarianism last week was a success; see Charles Johnson’s report here.

We are also pleased to see that the anthology Benjamin R. Tucker and the Champions of Liberty has been made available online, with articles by Paul Avrich, Kenneth Gregg, Wendy McElroy, S. E. Parker, Sharon Presley, Charles Shively, Carl Watner, and several others.

Happy New Year to all!


3 December 2005

Added to our online library: Johan Ridenfeldt has kindly sent us some early Swedish encyclopedia entries on Molinari, along with his translations. Check them out here. (We love the description of Molinari as “the law of supply and demand made into man.”)


2 November 2005

Today the Molinari Institute remembers Rosa Parks; see Charles Johnson�s notice here.

In Gustav Landauer�s words, �The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently.� Rosa Parks was a priceless pioneer of behaving differently.


1 October 2005

Hear the Molinari Institute President being interviewed by a Molinari Institute Research Fellow!


11 September 2005

Today marks the third anniversary of the Molinari Institute; see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today.


1 September 2005

Added to our online library: Herbert Spencer�s 1892 Three Letters to Kaneko Kentaro. For discussion see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today.


16 August 2005

Precise date and time information are now available for the Molinari Symposium in December.


21 July 2005

Added to our online library are three newly translated items: Gustave de Molinari�s The Utopia of Liberty (1848), an early attempt at �libertarian outreach to the left�; the same author�s The Feeding of Paris During the Siege (1871), describing the (predictable, to a libertarian) effects of emergency rationing and price controls; and Yves Guyot�s biographical sketch of Molinari (1912).

For discussion of these three articles see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today.


11 July 2005

The very first item to be posted in our online library, back in late 2003, was Chapter 20: Patriotism of Herbert Spencer�s 1902 Facts and Comments. Now we�ve posted the Preface and three more chapters: Chapter 24: Imperialism and Slavery, Chapter 25: Re-barbarization, and Chapter 26: Regimentation. For more about these essays, never before available online, see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today.


 Joseph Salerno 14 June 2005

Joseph Salerno�s excellent lecture on the French Liberal School (to which Molinari belonged) is now available online, in both audio and video form.

Salerno discusses the School�s history, influence, strategies, successes, and mistakes. Enjoy!


13 June 2005

We observe with pleasure that Liberty Fund continues placing classic libertarian works online, including Jane Marcet�s Notions of Political Economy (1833), Herbert Spencer�s Study of Sociology (1873) and Political Institutions (1882); and William Graham Sumner�s War and Other Essays (1919).


 P�re Lachaise cemetery 5 June 2005

Roderick Long recently visited Molinari�s grave in Paris; details here.


21 May 2005

The Molinari Society has posted preliminary information about its December 2005 symposium.


18 April 2005

The Molinari Society has posted a call for abstracts for 2005.


16 March 2005

Roderick Long and Charles Johnson�s Molinari Society essay Libertarian Feminism: Can This Marriage Be Saved? is now online.

Some recent online essays have celebrated the birthdays of important libertarian thinkers; see Gary Galles on Gustave de Molinari and Roderick Long on Ayn Rand.

Roderick Long will be speaking at the Austrian Scholars Conference this week.


25 December 2004

Merry Christmas to all! And if you�re in the Boston area this coming Tuesday, don�t miss our symposium on putting the feminism back in libertarian feminism.


24 December 2004

Things have been so hectic lately that we neglected to announce this earlier � but our own Roderick Long is the new editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies, founded by Murray Rothbard in 1977. See the announcement here.

Of course this is just another step on our path to World Domination.


10 October 2004

 Stephen Pearl Andrews Added to our online library: the introduction and first seven chapters of Love, Marriage, and Divorce, an 1853 debate among Henry James, Sr. (father of the novelist), Horace Greeley (of �go west, young man� fame), and Stephen Pearl Andrews (anarchist, abolitionist, feminist, and free-love advocate). Andrews� arguments are strikingly relevant to the dispute over same-sex marriage today. More chapters to follow!

Also added: commentary by economist Fr�d�ric Passy (the first libertarian Nobel laureate) and labour activist Hodgson Pratt on Molinari�s 1899 Society of the Future.


2 October 2004

Added to our online library: Roy Childs� classic 1971 essay Big Business and the Rise of American Statism. Drawing on Austro-Randian methodology and New Left historiography, Childs develops a libertarian interpretation of the Progressive Era, showing that government regulations supposedly designed to curb the power of the big corporations were actually introduced at the instigation and for the benefit of those corporations. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first time this excellent specimen of radical libertarian social analysis has been made available online; thanks to Reason magazine for permission to post it!


27 September 2004

We�ve managed to track down a number of contemporary reviews of Molinari�s books. The following book reviews have been added to our online library: J. B. Clark on Natural Laws of Political Economy; J. B. Clark on Economic Morality; J. B. Clark on Fundamental Notions of Political Economy; E. Castelot on Fundamental Notions of Political Economy; E. Castelot on Religion; F. C. Montague on How the Social Question Is to Be Resolved; Thorstein Veblen on Viriculture; Edward Van Dyke Robinson on Greatness and Decline of War; George H. Baker on In Panama; the Political Science Quarterly on Economic Questions on the Agenda; the Political Science Quarterly on Society of the Future; Liberty�s �S. R.� on Society of the Future; David Kinley on Labour-Exchanges; H. C. Emery on Labour-Exchanges; L. L. Price on Labour-Exchanges; L. L. Price on Pr�cis of Political Economy and of Morals; L. L. Price on Economics of History: A Theory of Evolution; and L. L. Price on Ultima Verba.

From these reviews we learn that Molinari was a hard-headed realist, and that he was a utopian idealist; that he was pessimistic about the past but optimistic about the future, and that he was optimistic about the past but pessimistic about the future; that he favoured regulation of marriage in the interest of eugenics, and that he wanted government out of people�s private lives; that he supported trade unions, and that he opposed them; that he was an orthodox conservative, and that he was an anarchistic radical; that he embraced a purely economic approach with no admixture of moral concern, and that he regarded economic analysis as barren unless supplemented by ethical considerations. Go figure. (As we slowly but surely get Molinari�s works translated and posted, you�ll be able to judge for yourself.)


25 September 2004

Added to our online library: the preface and first chapter, newly translated by Roderick Long, of Molinari�s 1898 book The Greatness and Decline of War. In these earliest sections Molinari traces the institution of war to its origin in primitive cannibalism. More to follow!


24 September 2004

Added to our online library: Grant Allen�s 1894 Reminiscences of Herbert Spencer (Allen�s claim that posterity will rank Spencer �high above� Aristotle, Newton, and Kant raises even our eyebrows � but the billiards story is classic!) and Lj�v Tolstoj�s 1900 antiwar broadside Thou Shalt Not Kill (Tolstoj�s portrait of warmongering heads of state so �perverted and stupefied� by the �servility and flattery of those who surround them� that �without ceasing to do evil, they feel quite assured that they are benefactors to the human race� is all too timely).


11 September 2004

Today marks the second anniversary of the Molinari Institute; see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today. Long�s anarchy lecture is now available in HTML and PDF. Percy Bysshe Shelley�s 1818 poem Ozymandias and Ralph Waldo Emerson�s 1844 essay Politics have been added to our online library.


12 August 2004

The Molinari Institute is pleased to announce the addition of a new Research Fellow, Daniel D�Amico. Check out his bio page here.

Roderick Long�s August 6th Mises Institute lecture on anarchism is now online.


11 August 2004

The Molinari Society�s first symposium has been scheduled for December 28th, at the Eastern APA in Boston. The topic is �Libertarianism and Feminism.� Details here.


4 August 2004

Good news! The Library of Economics and Liberty has just placed online the entire contents of Joseph Lalor�s massive 1881 Cyclop�dia of Political Science, containing (mainly abridged) entries by many 19th-century libertarian writers, particularly the French �conomistes of the Say school � including Bastiat, Dunoyer, and Molinari. (For more information on the Cyclop�dia see Roderick Long�s February 1st blog entry.) It�s a delight to have this libertarian classic available online at last.


26 July 2004

Added to our online library: James Russell Lowell�s antiwar poem Hosea Biglow Conscientiously Objects (1859); Henry Bool�s Apology for His Jeffersonian Anarchism (1901); and the infamous 1904 Supreme Court case U.S. ex rel. Turner v. Williams. With regard to these last two items, see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today, concerning the persecution of anarchists in the wake of the McKinley assassination.

Roderick continues his campaign against the defamers of Herbert Spencer; see his critiques of recent misrepresentations by Spencer-bashers Glen Gibbons and Susan Jacoby.


23 July 2004

Elibron reprints two of Max Stirner�s works (in German): Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (1844) and the harder-to-find Kleinere Schriften und Entgegnungen auf die Kritik (1848).


17 July 2004

The marvelous Elibron now offers facsimile reprints of still more libertarian classics, including William Lloyd Garrison�s Thoughts on African Colonization (1832), Henry Dunning Macleod�s Elements of Political Economy (1858), William Thompson�s Inquiry into the Principles of the Distribution of Wealth Most Conducive to Human Happiness (1869), Richard Cobden�s Political Writings (1867, Volumes One and Two), John Bright�s Speeches (1869) and Public Addresses (1879), Voltairine de Cleyre�s Selected Works (1914), Dyer Lum�s Concise History of the Great Trial of the Chicago Anarchists (1887), William Graham Sumner�s What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1883) and Earth-Hunger and Other Essays (1913), Robert Flint�s Socialism (1894), Friedrich Wieser�s Natural Value (1893), William Smart�s Introduction to the Theory of Value on the Lines of Menger, Wieser, and B�hm-Bawerk (1891), and David Duncan�s Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer (1908) � as well as (in French) Destutt de Tracy�s Commentaire sur L�esprit des Lois (1817), Louis Auguste Say�s Consid�rations sur l�industrie et la l�gislation (1822), L�on Faucher�s �tudes sur l�Angleterre (1845), Adolphe Thiers�s De la Propri�t� (1848), Charles Coquelin�s Du cr�dit et des banques (1848), the Coquelin-Guillaumin Dictionnaire de l'�conomie politique (1853, Volumes One and Two), Fr�d�ric Passy�s Le�ons d��conomie politique (1861), Edmond About�s ABC du travailleur (1868), and numerous works by Fr�d�ric Bastiat, Adolphe-J�r�me Blanqui, Maurice Block, Michel Chevalier, Benjamin Constant, �mile Faguet, Joseph Garnier, Fran�ois Guizot, Yves Guyot, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Louis Reybaud, Jean-Baptiste Say, L�on Say, Augustin Thierry, Alexis de Tocqueville, A. R. J. Turgot, and Louis Wolowski. (And see below for mentions of Elibron reprints of works by Molinari, Comte, Dunoyer, Spencer, and Tucker.)

This is a great service that Elibron provides � though it�s a pity their books don�t have ISBN numbers.


10 July 2004

Reprints of Charles Dunoyer�s books La R�volution du 24 f�vrier and Le Second Empire et une nouvelle restauration � his analyses of France�s turbulent constitutional history from 1848 to 1862 � are available (in French) from Elibron. Dunoyer, a contemporary witness of the events he describes, delineates the effects of collectivist statism with a combination of libertarian logic and righteous wrath.


17 June 2004

C�cile Philippe, Director and founder of our sister organisation, the Institut �conomique Molinari in Brussels, recently gave an interesting interview to the Swiss Liberales Institut.

Check it out!


8 June 2004

The eVentura edition of Molinari�s Soir�es � �in French ... with index, bibliography, and an introduction by Molinari�s contemporary Yves Guyot,� as mentioned in our 16 September 2003 entry � is now available for online purchase. The Soir�es, written in 1849, was the first book to defend Market Anarchism.

Philosophy professor and Molinari Institute director Jennifer McKitrick has just moved from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Congratulations to Jennifer on her new job!



4 May 2004

The German website www.mises.de has posted German-language translations of Molinari�s Production of Security and portions of the Soir�es.


2 April 2004

Added to our online library: Victoria Woodhull�s famously controversial 1871 address And the Truth Shall Make You Free: A Speech on the Principles of Social Freedom, largely ghost-written by individualist anarchist Stephen Pearl Andrews.


30 March 2004

Added to our online library: Clara Dixon Davidson�s 1892 article Relations Between Parents and Children (praised by Murray Rothbard in Power and Market for its �cogent� but �neglected� reformulation of Herbert Spencer�s Law of Equal Freedom).


28 March 2004

 Voltairine de Cleyre Added to our online library: two pieces by Voltairine de Cleyre � her 1902 Letter to Senator Hawley (inviting him to shoot her) and her 1912 (?) Direct Action (an essay on strategy which has been read both as a call for violent revolution and as a call for pacifistic non-resistance) � and the Preface and Introduction (with more to follow) to Francis D. Tandy�s 1896 anarchist manifesto Voluntary Socialism: A Sketch, a synthesis of Proudhon, Mill, Spencer, Stirner, Spooner, Tucker, and even (strangely enough for a work that condemns lending at interest) B�hm-Bawerk.

You�ll notice some new photos of de Cleyre. (She described herself as ugly. Go figure.) We�ve also managed to track down photos of Liberty authors Victor Yarros and Sarah E. Holmes.


26 March 2004

 David M. Hart The Molinari Institute is, thankfully, not the only organisation working to provide online versions of libertarian classics. Several such works have recently been added to Liberty Fund�s Online Library of Liberty (not to be confused with their other equally marvelous online project, the Library of Economics and Liberty).

Among those of particular interest to students of the radical antistatist tradition are Gustave de Molinari�s 1863 Cours d��conomie Politique (in French), Herbert Spencer�s 1851 Social Statics and 1897 Principles of Ethics, and a collection of essays by Auberon Herbert titled The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State.

Kudos to David M. Hart, who�s in charge of the Online Library of Liberty project.


22 March 2004

Our Belgian sister institute, the IEM, has posted Chris Tame�s new Molinari bibliography, in both English and French versions.

Benjamin Tucker�s anarchist classic Instead of a Book, a collection of articles from his periodical Liberty, is back in print, from Elibron.

On his weblog, recently renamed Austro-Athenian Empire, Roderick Long argues for a revival of the 19th-century individualist anarchist approach to feminism.

Lillian Harman�s 1896 report on an �Age of Consent� Symposium was added to our online library some time ago, but we forgot to report it here until now.


11 March 2004

Added to the online library: an anonymous review, from the April 1877 Atlantic Monthly, of Molinari�s Letters on the United States and Canada.


6 March 2004

Added to the online library: a short piece by Henry Appleton, Anarchism, True and False (1884).


23 February 2004

Because Lysander Spooner�s best-known work, No Treason, argues against the North�s right to prevent the South from seceding in the American Civil War, Spooner is sometimes mistaken for a Confederate apologist. That nothing could be farther from the truth is clear from the latest addition to our online library: Spooner�s 1858 Plan for the Abolition of Slavery, a spirited call for slaves and abolitionists to wage a guerilla war against Southern slaveholders.


16 February 2004

The latest installment of Roderick Long�s debate over Market Anarchism with Robert Bidinotto is available here.


14 February 2004

Added to the online library: Mark Twain�s War Prayer (1904-5), written in protest against the Spanish-American War.


9 February 2004

Added to the online library: Oscar Wilde�s The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891). Wilde wasn�t exactly a Market Anarchist; indeed he seems to have had no particularly clear conception of, or indeed interest in, how economies work. But the considerations his essay raises are ones that Market Anarchists need to take seriously � or so Roderick Long argues in today�s blog entry.


1 February 2004

Added to the online library: Lysander Spooner�s No Treason (1867-70), the classic anarchist deconstruction of social contract theory and state authority; Voltairine de Cleyre�s Sex Slavery (1890), an impassioned defense of free-love advocate Moses Harman; Ralph Waldo Emerson�s Self-Reliance (1841), a manifesto of individualism (more in the cultural than in the political sense); and Louis Wolowski and �mile Levasseur�s Property (1864?), a hard-to-find defense of property rights cited favourably by Rothbard. (For more information about the Wolowski-Levasseur piece, see Roderick T. Long�s blog entry for today.)


26 January 2004

Molinari Research Fellow Charles Johnson�s personal website has changed from www.eskimo.com/~cwj2 to www.radgeek.com.

Check it out!


25 January 2004

More libertarian classics in the online library: We�ve added Lysander Spooner�s Natural Law, or the Science of Justice (1882); Benjamin Tucker�s State Socialism and Anarchism: How Far They Agree, And Wherein They Differ (1886); and Gertrude B. Kelly�s State Aid to Science (1887). In addition, there�s an anarchist debate on marriage and �the woman question� between Victor Yarros and Sarah Elizabeth Holmes (1888); Voltairine de Cleyre also weighs in on marriage in They Who Marry Do Ill (1908), and offers a stirring defense of individualism in The Dominant Idea (1910). Finally, John C. Calhoun was no libertarian, let alone an anarchist, but his Disquisition on Government (1849) is a goldmine for libertarian anarchist theory.


22 January 2004

Latest additions to the online library: Thoreau�s classic anarchist essay Civil Disobedience (1849); Forced Consent (1873) and Letter to Thomas F. Bayard (1882) by anarchist legal theorist Lysander Spooner; The Economic Tendency of Freethought (1890) and Anarchism and American Traditions (1908) by anarchist feminist Voltairine de Cleyre; and The Conquest of the United States by Spain (1889) by Spencerian sociologist William Graham Sumner (not an anarchist, but he meant well). More to follow!


21 January 2004

Three short pieces have just been added to the online library: The Dinner-Party by American individualist anarchist Stephen Pearl Andrews (from his 1852 Science of Society), and two biographical sketches of French individualist anarchist Anselme Bellegarrigue, by Max Nettlau and George Woodcock.


13 January 2004

For some time we�ve been trying to discover the significance of the reference to Rue St.-Lazare (a street in Paris) in the title of Gustave de Molinari�s 1849 Les Soir�es de la Rue Saint-Lazare: Entretiens sur les lois �conomiques et d�fense de la propri�t� (the first book to defend Market Anarchism). Recently we�ve learned, with the gracious assistance of C�cile Philippe and Herv� de Quengo, that both the title and the three-person dialogue format of Molinari�s work were undoubtedly intended as a reference to a posthumously published (1821) work by the authoritarian conservative thinker Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821). The work in question is usually called the St. Petersburg Dialogues in English, but its French title is Les Soir�es de Saint-P�tersbourg, ou Entretiens sur le gouvernement temporel de la Providence. (For online versions see here and here.) De Maistre is sometimes called �the French Burke,� but in his enthusiasm for warfare and bloodshed he seems even more antiliberal, and certainly creepier, than Burke. Molinari�s own Soir�es, in which his Conservative antagonist is made to cite de Maistre several times, can be seen as in part a liberal response to de Maistre�s Soir�es. While there may be an as-yet-unidentified reference to some salon or club that really met on the Rue St.-Lazare, the name was most likely chosen mainly to echo de Maistre�s �Saint-P�tersbourg.�

Speaking of de Maistre, we recently came across a page of quotations by him. At the top of the page the website editors have written: �Great quotes to inspire, empower and motivate you to live the life of your dreams and become the person you�ve always wanted to be!� And then the first de Maistre quote is: �In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.� Um ... inspiring? empowering? If that were a fortune cookie we�d send it back.


5 January 2004

The Molinari Society, a �daughter organisation� of the Molinari Institute, has just been approved for affiliation with the American Philosophical Association. This means the Molinari Society will be able to sponsor symposia at the APA�s Eastern Division meetings. The Molinari Society seeks to promote �critical discussion and innovative research in radical libertarian theory,� in the tradition of Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912). While the Molinari Institute and the Molinari Society are distinct organisations, it is probable that they will work closely together.

Check out the Molinari Society�s webpage.


18 December 2003

Today we received in the mail Hans-Hermann Hoppe�s new anthology The Myth of National Defense. We were pleased to see that it is dedicated to the memory of Gustave de Molinari, the first theorist to show how defense services could be provided on the free market.

Unfortunately, the dedication page lists Molinari�s dates wrongly, as 1819-1911. In the introduction (p. 9) his dates are listed differently, but still wrongly, as 1818-1912. The correct dates are 1819-1912, as can be confirmed by a look at his tombstone.


10 December 2003

Our sister organization, the Institut Molinari in Brussels, has undergone a slight name change, to the Institut �conomique Molinari.

We�ve just revised the format of our online library page to distinguish more clearly between works hosted on our website and works hosted elsewhere.

We�ve also added an anti-copyright page.

On his blog page Roderick Long recently offered a reply to Robert Bidinotto�s critique of Market Anarchism. A further exchange between Bidinotto and Long is forthcoming.

We recently came across a previously unknown sketch of Gustave de Molinari, which appeared in L�opinion publique, Vol. 11, no. 48 (25 novembre 1880), p. 571. View it here.

Elibron now carries Charles Comte�s 1826 classic Trait� de L�gislation (in French). Comte is largely forgotten today (so much so that the Library of Congress classifies one of his works under �Positivism,� evidently confusing him with Auguste Comte) but he was a radical libertarian scholar and activist, and a major influence on Molinari.

Auburn�s other libertarian institute is issuing a Scholar�s Edition of Murray Rothbard�s classic anarcho-economic text Man, Economy, and State. Pre-order it now!


11 November 2003

Excellent news! David M. Hart has once again made available online his invaluable studies Class Analysis, Slavery, and the Industrialist Theory of History: The Radical Liberalism of Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer and Gustave de Molinari and the Anti-statist Liberal Tradition � the latter including Hart�s translation of Molinari�s Eleventh Soir�e. These pieces are indispensable reading to anyone interested in the history of radical libertarian thought.

In other news, Wirkman Virkkala has uncovered an 1864 review by Lord Acton of Molinari�s 1855 Course of Political Economy (a work which we plan eventually to post in both French and English in our online library). The review, titled Spiritual Economy?, is available here. (The justice or otherwise of Acton�s critique of Molinari will be more easily ascertained once we have posted the text of Molinari�s 1892 book titled Religion.)


20 October 2003

There�s good news and bad news in the world of the Internet.

The bad news is that David Hart�s website, with its wealth of material on the history of classical liberalism � including some excellent material on Gustave de Molinari and an indispensable book-length manuscript on Molinari�s radical colleagues Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer � has lapsed into nonbeing. (The website was at the university where he formerly taught.) Dr. Hart plans eventually to resurrect the website elsewhere; but in the meantime an invaluable resource has been lost to the Market Anarchist community.

The good news is that Mary Ruwart has put the first edition of her book Healing Our World: The Other Piece of the Puzzle online. Dr. Ruwart�s book offers a clear, New-Age-friendly introduction to the principles of voluntary society. A link has been added to our Market Anarchist resources page. (The more recent edition, titled Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, updated to address the issue of terrorism, is available for purchase here.)


13 October 2003

The controversy over Edwin Black�s interpretation of Herbert Spencer continues. See Roderick Long�s reply to Black�s bizarre accusations.


8 October 2003

Yesterday�s issue of Le Monde carried a pair of articles about the Austro-libertarian movement, focusing on Mises, Rothbard, and Auburn�s other libertarian institute. It is startling, and gratifying, to see a major French newspaper writing casually and sympathetically about the Market Anarchist thesis that the �enemy is that entire elite that receives more from the State than it pays to it,� and that �statism, governmental intervention, will perish from its inevitable contradictions, [paving] the way to its eventual abolition.�

Roderick Long has made an English translation of the two articles; the translation has been added to our online library and is available here.


17 September 2003

The errors we mentioned in Herv� de Quengo�s text of the Soir�es have been corrected.


16 September 2003

E. L. Godkin�s The Eclipse of Liberalism, a prophetic look at the decline of classical liberalism written in 1900, has just been added to the online library.

We learn that four of Molinari�s works in French � Les Soir�es de la Rue Saint-Lazare (1849), Lettres sur la Russie (1861), Les clubs rouges pendant le si�ge de Paris (1871), and Grandeur et d�cadence de la guerre (1898) � have been republished by Elibron. Elibron also republishes a number of works by Herbert Spencer.

In addition, another version of Molinari�s Soir�es in French, this one with index, bibliography, and an introduction by Molinari�s contemporary Yves Guyot, is available from eVentura, though their online ordering service is not yet up.

A number of Molinari�s works in French are available in HTML format at herve.dequengo.free.fr/Molinari/Molinari.htm � a very useful service! We�ve noticed a couple of typographical errors there, however. The two errors are in Chapter 1 of the Soir�es:

The line �les livres, les brochures et la conservation suffiraient� should read �les livres, les brochures et la conversation suffiraient.�
The line �ph�nom�ne de la consommation graduelle et de l�excitation finale� should read �ph�nom�ne de la consommation graduelle et de l�extinction finale.�
These errors have been corrected in our own online French version. We�ll notify you of other errors if we find them.


11 September 2003

Today is the first anniversary of the Molinari Institute, and the first day of this News & Announcements page.

It is also, of course, the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. For a discussion of the moral of 9/11 for the cause of Market Anarchism, see Roderick Long�s blog entry for today.

A number of additions have been made to our online library:

Gustave de Molinari�s Soir�es de la Rue Saint-Lazare (1849), the first book to defend Market Anarchism, has never been translated into English, apart from David Hart�s translation of the eleventh chapter. Roderick Long has undertaken to translate the entire work; the preface and first chapter have been completed and are now online.

Hu McCulloch�s out-of-print translation of Molinari�s 1849 �The Production of Security� � the first article ever to defend Market Anarchism � is now online (with McCulloch�s kind permission), as is Murray Rothbard�s introduction (with the kind permission of the Mises Institute).

We recently discovered, to our surprise, that in 1877 the American novelist Henry James wrote a review of one of Molinari�s books. This review too is now online.

Molinari had much in common with his contemporary, the English antistatist philosopher Herbert Spencer. Spencer�s marvelous 1902 denunciation of militaristic patriotism is online. Roderick Long also defended Spencer�s reputation in a recent article on LewRockwell.com.

The Institute now has its own Yahoo discussion list; you can join here.

The Institute also now has a sister organization, the Institut Molinari in Molinari�s native Belgium.

Over the summer we were contacted by Maurice Gastaldi, the great-grandson of Molinari. He kindly sent us the Molinari family tree and coat of arms. According to the family tree, M. Gastaldi is the son of Marguerite de Molinari (d. 1966), daughter of engineer Edmond L�on de Molinari (1847-1914), son of the Institute�s namesake Gustave Henri de Molinari (1819-1912), who in turn was the son of Philippe de Molinari (1792-1870), the son of Fran�ois Joseph de Molinari (who, as his Christian name suggests, was an officer in the service of Austria).

The Molinari coat of arms depicts a castle, a crescent moon, a wheel, and a bird, with the motto �IN CRUCE LUX.� The image is in black and white; I hope to obtain a colour image in the future and to put it online. The accompanying documentation describes the creation of the Molinari family title by Emperor Charles V in 1527.





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