Get Ready for AltExpo X!

AltExpo X: Feb. 23-26th 2012

AltExpo X: Feb. 23-26th 2012

We at ALL-oNE are proud to let everyone know that we will have a presence at AltExpo X this coming week! We should’ve announced this much earlier on but formulating plans on the event itself as well as a various other assortment of other projects left me little time to think about doing such a thing.

Our presence at AltExpo X will not be limited to one location this year! We’re gonna be on Manchester on Friday in The Quill which is located on 131 Amory St.  We’ll be there set up from 10 AM to 3 PM and we’ll our usual huge list of zines, booklets and more!

We’re also proud to say that we’ll be partnering with Liberty Books who have generously provided us numerous left-libertarian and left-libertarian related material for our tabling efforts on a consignment basis..As of now the plan is to have these additions  generously given to us by Liberty books only for Friday! So if you’re going and want to see some extra material then come on Friday. It’ll be a bit more pricey than our other works but also in short supply and well worth your time so I hope you can check them out.

Also, via James Tuttle of the Tulsa ALL and editor of ALLiance Journal has given us quite a few new pamphlets to our list with all of the proceeds going to C4SS!

ALL-oNE will also be sharing a table with some C4SS members who shall be coming to Liberty Forum and predominately be showing on Friday and Saturday. While we’re there we’ll return to just promoting our own literature and the C4SS specific literature.We’ll also be partnering with those from NJ-ALL as well in hopes of bolstering activity for ALL in general.

Due to a recent inventory check ALL-oNE also has almost all of its pamphlets numbered and properly priced. So if you have any troubles with our pamphlets we have a reference point to help you out with how many we have of something that you may be looking for or the actual price of the pamphlet.

On each of these nights Jack and I (Nick) shall be helping out ALLies (and others) by giving them free/donation based space at TekArts hackerspace which is located in Milford NH. If you’re an ALLy and in need please message me or Jack on Facebook. We may be able to work something out but keep in mind that TekArts, while it may be a fairly large place, can only hold so many people. So you should RSVP with us ASAP.

So if you have alternatives to our alternatives we encourage you to stick with them so other more needing people can take up the space in your stead. However, we welcome anyone who wants to drop by at night for one of our nightly talks which will usually be focused on left-libertarian ideas.

Speaking of talks here are some of the planned talks (as of now) that will be going on that include left-libertarianism:

– I’ll be doing a talk on Friday in Manchester at 10 AM about Voltairine de Cleyre, who, while she wasn’t a left-libertarian herself per se’ has had a great influence on myself and a lot of other ALLies in their lives.

-After that at 11 AM Darian will be giving a talk on a left-libertarian world and what we want to see in a truly freed society, how to get there and so on.

-At 12 PM Jack will be giving a talk on the New Libertarian.

-At 1-2 Rocco Fama will be giving a talk on the Vote for Nobody campaign and how Nobody “won” the election.

That’ll be the main ALL-type topics and speakers but we’ll also have at 9 PM-10 PM Thursday-Saturday three other talks that are related to left-libertarianism. They are:

– On Thursday we’ll have Dave Roscoe speaking about the alternative to the internet itself in the form of an open source peer to peer networking system called the “Infogora”. (This talk will be given at 7:30 due to the kickoff day also being a TekArts hackerspace open house day)

– On Friday we’ll have Matthew Cropp speaking about Credit Unions, their viability and possible relation to libertarianism.

– On Saturday we’ll have Julia Riber Pitt talking about solidarity vs. charity, the benefits of instilling solidarity into communities and culture instead of relying on private top-down charitable organizations and so on.

In addition we may have more talks and of course at TekArts we’ll probably have discussions as well. The last thing to announce about talks is that we’ll have a roundtable ALL-oNE discussion from 10-11 PM Thursday-Saturday. It’ll be a pretty informal chat but hopefully we can ALL decide on some topics as we get there. We’ll try to set up a justin.tv as well so we can broadcast these talks.

One of the biggest things we’ll be trying to do at these events is not only introduce the left-libertarian ideas but also ALLy with social-anarchists before in light of our pleasant recent trip to Lucy Parson’s Center and the older trip to the Boston Anarchist Bookfair that happened late last year. So in that spirit do we have people like Julia and Matt speaking and have gone out of our way to invite other social-anarchists as well.

Finally, and this may be the biggest news and so I’ve saved it for last, ALL-oNE will be selling copies of Charles Johnson and Gary Chartier’s new book: Markets Not Capitalism for $25 at the events it is at which includes all of the events from Friday-Saturday. We only have a limited amounts and there’s already a pre-requested order that we have so make sure you get them before they run out!

That’s about it for now, if there’s anything else to announce or you want any other info, etc. etc. then we’ll try to let you know on our Facebook page, hopefully we’ll ALL see you soon!

(The ALL-oNE email is my own at voyagingman2010@yahoo.com for any questions you’d rather not post her or on Facebook, etc.)

Thoughts on “Occupy Anarchism” by Cindy Milstein at the Lucy Parson’s Center

As usual guys, sorry for not posting lately. I haven’t been too busy with ALL-oNE as of late and I’m hoping that’s gonna change with Liberty Forum coming up next month as well as a tour of the new hackerspace TekArts.  Not only that but there’s been talk of having an ALL-oNE office space for distributing zines, storing them and generally coming up with ideas to further the left-libertarian movement! So these are both exciting things but I’d like to get to the blog post now, but stay tuned!

 

So full disclosure: My friend Julia has already done her blog post so our blog posts may mirror each other at times (and in fact I’ll be reading her blog post at times just so I can remember some of the specifics just in case I forget!) but I hope to give a different perspective then what Julia gave (though I think she covered it well enough of course). With that in mind I certainly recommend reading her blog post as well!

The Talk

Now I wasn’t sure what to expect or get when I got to the Lucy Parson’s Center but I was pleasantly surprised that although I felt a little out of place (as I typically do among the more social/communist-anarchist crowd) it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Especially being with Julia and knowing that she had respect for my a lot of my opinions and that she was usually welcome among the same crowd put me at ease a bit. Not only that but my girlfriend Lauren was with me as well for some moral support and general interest since she’s an anarchist herself. Overall then although I was unclear on what was going to be said or the general demeanor of the crowd I was pleasantly surprised. The talk was titled “Occupy Anarchism” and was going to be delivered by (thankfully) one of the few contemporary anarcho-communists that I’m more familiar: Cindy Mlstein. Her talk was part of a speaking tour she’s been doing lately. I was especially interested to see a different take on the Occupy Movement then the typical right-libertarian glib about how it’s just a bunch of economic illiterate state-socialists for the most part.

Cindy’s take was better: It was more that most people were apolitical or at best liberals (she didn’t clarify what this meant to her but I’m guessing the sort of standard liberal today?) but either way my expectations were that she’d discuss in a different and refreshing way and she did.not disappoint. The idea that most people at #OWS were for the most part apolitical and just didn’t know much in general about what they’re doing makes quite a bit of sense to me. Basically a lot of the people went there because they’re upset at something and to a lot of libertarian’s credit they usually say that at least being angry at the system and showing it is better than nothing. With that I agree but of course Occupy was so much more than that and that was one of Cindy’s main points throughout the talk. She was trying to make the point that if it were not for the anarchists a lot of the so to speak “soul” of #OWS would not be there. This of course includes consensus decision making/direct democracy, direct action, lack of permits, lack of political involvement with the democrats and government-backed labor unions, selling out to one big leader and so on. If all of these things had not been in place then I doubt #OWS would’ve lasted as long as it did and indeed doubt Cindy would’ve either.

Her first impressions of the #OWS people were that they were “crazy”, “disorganized”, “lacking basic knowledge” and other related impressions. But she was also fascinated by them. She couldn’t get enough of the protest and told us she spent more than a week in New York when she had just accidentally showed up there to stay with some friends for a bit. She also accidentally went back to Philadelphia a bit before the Occupy Movement started there and immediately started getting interested in the ways that they operated there and tried to see what she could do in a more decentralized “organization”. What she found was that it was a generally pleasant experience even if a lot of people were just angry and didn’t know what to do about it. It didn’t seem like these people even had strict agendas and perhaps while they may support state policies and stuff like that it seemed from what Cindy was saying that they’d only do so because they lacked a direction. It was Cindy’s contention (and a good one at that) throughout the talk that the anarchists gave them some of this direction.

None of this about anarchists being one of the best parts of the #OWS movement is to say that anarchists were always welcome. I vaguely recall Cindy telling anecdotes (a lot of her talk was anecdotal which is fine with me) about how some anarchists were sometimes not welcome in some events or were greeted with hostility because people thought they’d break stuff or whatever. Either way even if what I remember is untrue it’s not hard to believe that anarchism and the occupy movement overall probably had a love-hate sort of binary relationship.

Cindy also recalled some “Ron Paul type people” (and some person in the audience didn’t know who Ron Paul was which was…surprising to me given the sort of libertarians I usually hang out with and know on Facebook) who carried guns and typically kept to themselves at the Philly occupy movement. And then she talked about when they actually did something of their own accord they asked Cindy and her other comrades for help even though they never did anything themselves to help them before according to Cindy. Nevertheless Cindy and her other comrades took it upon themselves to help them deal with the situation when they needed help. As Julia said it was…”amusing”.

Another divide that Julia talks about in her own blog post that I should repeat and stress since I thought it was so important was the divide between people who thought the cops were their friends and others who knew they weren’t. For instance Cindy mentioned at one point that some of the white people were saying things that indicated they sympathized with the police while the blacks and other minorities who were there (they were outnumbered in the Occupy Philly gathering  but still present) weren’t so sure. And so as time went on though a lot of the people who thought the police were their friends eventually found out the hard way that they were not. This was a good divide to talk about because it really spoke to a lot of what had to happen at Occupy at times so people would recognize that the larger point that the state is not their friend. But of course when the state is largely trampling on black people and other minorities and poor people in general it’s hard to see that when you’re white and middle class I suppose. That’s not to say there’s something wrong with being that but that your blinders are probably on to some degree or another because of who you are.

That leads me into one of the last things I want to talk about in Cindy’s talk: privilege and power. She did discuss the ideas of white, male and other sorts of privilege that exist in society. And I being a bit of an oddball libertarian tend to agree that whites, males and straight people all have certain privileges over other people. These things would later cause some problems in the audience for one reason or another but I eventually spoke up and addressed the thought that the idea that talking about this stuff has to be condescending and so on (thanks to Julia for having such a good memory and quoting me near-exactly):

“When you address white privilege, you don’t have to be condescending. It’s not supposed to be about making people feel guilty because they’re white. It’s supposed to be about pointing out the fact that the culture and the system put you in a certain role because of who you are.”

 

I stand by this statement, but that leads us more into the discussion then the talk itself which I don’t want to get into here. So to wrap up here I thought the talk was overall well presented and the highlights for me personally were certainly talking about privilege and power (though I should note Cindy says she prefers power than to say privilege but doesn’t deny either exist), the discussion of anarchism in relation to occupy (so basically most of the talk) and the dividing sides about police and how they learned was particularly interesting. And of course Cindy’s view on the Occupy movement was refreshing for me too. So overall I certainly had a good time listening to her…of course there were disagreements and I’d be lying if I didn’t talk about them so let’s talk about it for a little bit but I’ll try not to doddle on it.

Problems with the Talk

Although they weren’t many since as I told Julia after the talk it was a pretty general talk that I think even people who weren’t anarcho-communists could get into they were obviously striking and reminiscent of the anarchist movement in general. I am (of course) not an anarcho-communist even though we may both support similar tactics like direct action and dual power as well as my view for labor to be fully compensated and preference for collectives and cooperatives as opposed to the traditionally top-down hierarchies that are in the big corporations of the day. Nonetheless I have nothing really against any interest, rent or whatever. Now I know that anarcho-communists (and mutualists as well such as Julia) wouldn’t force people who decide to do rent or go into those sorts of relationships would forcibly prevent them from doing it (and if they would I’d say their anarchist credentials should be heavily under suspicion) as long as the choices are not made (as they largely are in the current society) because of desperation and the way things like structural poverty, wage-slavery (also see here) and more that keep people limited in their choices to say the least.

Another big contention I have with Cindy but more appropriately is her (and the anarcho-communist idea in general) idea that property in general is theft. I tend to be of the position that a plurality of ownership systems would work out and compete between different neighborhoods insofar as they can  still cooperate in mutually beneficial ways. As long as a culture of solidarity is crafted between people in the sense of people wanting to generally help others and trade with others in mutually beneficial and consensual trades then I think in general people can live together without too many huge disputes. That doesn’t mean I think there’d be no conflicts, suffering, struggles or whatever in a truly freed society but that putting in the principles of liberty for the individual and subsequently associations that form from that premise, equality of authority in decisions that directly affect all involved and (again) a culture of solidarity I can see anarcho-capitalists living side by side with the anarcho-communists to one degree or another anyways.

Finally, I’d like to point out that Cindy seemed to just treat anarchism as anarcho-communism and then that’s it. I mean, even though I’m a left-libertarian I don’t say that anarcho-capitalists aren’t anarchists (though sometimes I wonder…) I just say them and other right-libertarians are inconsistent anarchists. I don’t think they’re not anarchists at all (and I know that’s a contentious issue) because I’m not interested in that sort of discussion either way. My thing is le’ts talk about our premises and conclusions and where we get them from and why we believe them and see what we can work out. There’s no reason to dismiss (what I think) could at least be some useful single issue alliances or whatever even if we do want to write off the anarcho-capitalists (though I won’t and try not to)  and I believe at one point Cindy actually said something along those lines.

Nonetheless I told Julia that I’m not an anarcho-communist but this talk wasn’t about this exactly but how anarchism (as Cindy saw it) and it’s relation to the Occupy movement and in that sense and most others I enjoyed it. But of course I figured it’d help to point out some disagreements before I get to the second hour of the talk which was the discussion.

The Discussion

The first person who talked was…well…let Julia tell you,

“The first person in the audience to speak started by throwing her finger up at Cindy. She ranted, “First of all, before people can be educated in all this philosophy, they need food on the table and a roof over their head. Grub before philosophy.” She went on and on for well over five minutes. “And another thing, enough with this ‘you know the movement is getting somewhere when the white cis males are getting involved’.” She ended with a nasty, “So all white cis-men in this movement need to shut – the – HELL – up.”‘

 

So yeah…I was twiddling my thumbs so to speak for most of her five minute rant but wow was it uncomfortable. Julia whispered to me as she started that, “It’s about to get really sectarian.” and man was she right with this lady! But either way I didn’t know what to think of her message. I mean it sounded like a familiar sort of argument (the “grub before philosophy” sort of thing) but Cindy just gave a calm reply that Occupy was a great example how we can do all of this and even have it be sustainable. And as Cindy said at one point in the speech, “If there’s anything anarchists know how to do right it’s Food Not Bombs!” and I think she was spot on with that. So the woman’s bad presentation and Cindy’s great response basically made me not want to take the woman very seriously even if she took herself…more than a bit too seriously.

Either way the conversation moved on to discussion of privilege and my girlfriend tried to talk about how we shouldn’t just discount people who are “privileged” just on that basis as irrelevant or not actually existing which was a great point. But again Cindy had a great response, she talked about how the guy who she didn’t have much respect for who she called “privileged” wasn’t because he was privileged but because what he did with his privilege and he was a known a-hole. So once again Cindy dealt with questions calmly and effectively, kudos to her for that.

I then spoke myself about slut shaming  and how the talk of privilege might be better presented if we talk about the way it affects human lives in a negative way (and hopefully a direct way too to further the link between the two things). I was surprised to see that a girl in the front didn’t know what slut-shaming was since I figured most people in the room would. It didn’t seem like many people did so I explained it something like this, “When a woman’s sexuality is trivialized once she sleeps with more than one man regardless of the way she does it or how or why and so on.” I don’t think this is fair and you can see a  long debate about it on the ALL Facebook page and why I think as much. Just do ctrl + f and look up the word slut shaming and you’ll find it. But my point seemed to be well received enough nonetheless.

A few other people talked about their experiences with the Occupy movement and I don’t think anything in particular stood out to me (and such seems to be the case for Julia as well on her blog post since she doesn’t mention anything either) but it basically revolved around other people’s experiences with the Occupy movement and where it’s heading and if it’ll be somewhere good. Cindy at that point just started lettinga bunch of people talk and  I think as I remember it handled them all pretty well.

I was the last person to speak as the talk came to a close which is where I talked about the privilege discussion we had had and some more tips on how to perhaps talk about it better. Now I’m of course no expert on privilege or how to talk about it (though no one is probably but many are probably are better than me) it hasn’t taken me long to make these suggestions. Julia said I was being “friendly but blunt” on her blog when I was talking and I suppose that’s fair. That’s usually how I like to come across, I’m being friendly about suggestions or disagreements but I want people to know I’m disagreeing or what my position is so I’m as honest as I feel practical in the scenario.

All the Rest

After the talk Julia asked me what I thought of it and I told her basically what I’ve said here…well ok I shortened it to the much less verbose, ” It was a good talk. I’m in no way an an-com but I liked a lot of what she said. You have to find a common ground. Voltairine knew that.” (something like that…I’m using Julia for a reference here for something I said just to give you a sort of insight into how bad my memory with these sorts of things can be).

Julia then talked to Cindy and I gave her my thanks for the great talk. Lauren, Julia and I headed back to the train station (and along the way got in a small discussion of privilege again but Julia dealt with that well enough so just check out her post!) and soon after got back home.

…But what really really really mattered was that I got “The Haymarket Speeches 1895-1910” written by Voltairine de Cleyre for $1! Yeah, I was pretty stoked and I’m going to finish it as I wrap up here so thanks for keeping up with us and we’ll ALL be back together soon!

ALL-oNE Update for 12/13/11

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while but this update has been on my mind since I got an invitation to “What is the Occupy Movement? A Roundtable” sometime last week I think. Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict (on both my part and Jack’s), we will be unable to make it. But we encourage ALL who can go to check it out and let us know how it was!

I made it a point to stay in contact with the organizers so chances are we’ll be invited to other events too if we’re lucky!

Besides that, not much has been happening. An ALL-oNE office or place of operations is being considered and a book signing with Charles Johnson (editor of “Markets Not Capitalism”) around the time of the 2012 Liberty Fourm which will hopefully start get worked on as soon as possible.

I hope fellow ALLies are enjoying this holiday season and trying not to let the mass consumerism get them done too much. I’ll try to keep this blog updated as more and more things come to pass in regards to the things I’ve already mentioned and more. No promises about when though of course. 😉

ALL-oNE goes to Boston: Nick’s Thoughts on the Boston Anarchist Bookfair!

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I’m of course coming at this from a generally left-libertarian perspective so that should be noted throughout this  hopefully substantial enough reflection and analysis of what happened at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair.

The Kickoff Show! (Friday, November 11th)

First off the kickoff show definitely set the tone of what was to come at the bookfair itself. Lots of punk looking people (which is to mean in the musically cultural sense not the derogatory term) and plenty of people who certainly respected the DIY ethic which was shown through the handmade tapes and CDs being offered as well as the low prices. I thought that was pretty cool. One problem however was (and I’m unsure how my girlfriend faired in feeling in or out of place or Jack for that matter) but culturally I wasn’t sure how much I fit even wearing my Rage Against the Machine shirt and regular jeans. I clearly was not involved in whatever “scene” that goes on around these anarchists groups. Nevertheless when you get past the identity politics most people were just that…people. The people who did talk to seemed nice enough and no large conversations were really had. It was mostly a place to listen to some good music and enjoy the company of each other.

One thing I thought was funny was that there was a potluck and a lot of these people love to go on about community but the only people who brought food were me, Jack and my girlfriend. However, I will say that I don’t think the potluck was very well advertised and this become a running theme in the Bookfair as you’ll see as we go along. I did have an idea to read a short essay by Voltairine de Cleyre who wrote about the Haymarket Martyrs but the preparation was troublesome and I dropped it not long after we got there since I figured it was a place more for hanging out then hearing essays. Either way though I very much enjoyed my time (though it was often hard to hear the singer over the instruments it was fine either way) and I certainly would do it again if given the chance.

So that was the kickoffshow (more or less), what of the bookfair itself?

The Anarchist Bookfair (Day 1, Saturday, November 12)

Getting there was a problem in of itself. The directions (that I hand-wrote) proved troublesome to follow en route but we got there. We were (thankfully) greeted by warm and kind people who were helping organize the bookfair (if I recall correctly that is…) who asked us if we wanted help with our pamphlets. By 11 AM we were all set up with our pamphlets and were ready to go.

By around 12 PM people started filling in to the main hall of Simmons College and checking the tables out. Jack and I were concerned at first about sales but we got a few even before the first talk which was “Seattle & Boston Solidarity Networks: Direct Action and Mutual Aid for the Win!” (I’m unaware of any videos being put up so this is all I can do for now)  which was a very much interesting talk on how to build counter-power to the current corrupt institutions of our time. SeaSol and organizations like it tend to focus more on corrupt landlords, bosses and so on instead of the state. Still, it’s encouraging to see that small victories that are possible and the possibilities of building counter-power to the ends of creating a more free society. So I very much liked this talk and soon signed up for the Boston Solidarity Network as well as signed up for updates which you can probably do on their website.

Up next was the Anarchism 101 talk which was good. I suppose the fact that there was a 20 minute discussion after the talk made up for the fact that there were some schools of thought (such as the individualist and mutualist) that they left out but I wasn’t too surprised I suppose. I did ask them if they considered these schools of thought legitimate and the speaker who first answered (there was two of them) said he didn’t think there was some strict requirements for being considered a legitimate anarchist school of thought past a lot of recognition (slightly paraphrasing here if memory serves). Which of course begs the question of how then is anarcho-capitalism not legitimate? I won’t get into whether I do or do not think it’s legitimate here but I didn’t want to cause too much trouble an was more interested in good ol’ intellectual discussion. The other speaker said he liked Voltairine de Cleyre and her anarchism without adjectives she held and I was happy to hear that.  I was then asked about my shirt and what being a “left-libertarian” meant. I was not of course prepared for the question (though to his credit he did say he wasn’t trying to put me on the spot but I said it was alright and knew it was a chance to at least try to spread the LL message) so I gave the lackluster answer that it held elements of many different strains of thoughts including mutualism and individualism which was why I asked why they were not included to begin with. A few more questions and small discussions were started but I was probably one of the most vocal people there which was good. Overall the talk was good though I think their should have been a more mutualist/individualist stance represented but oh well.

For the remainder of the day I remained at the table with Jack selling books and also trying to sell the idea of left-libertarianism to people. Jack and I came in with approximately $32 and that same day left with over $100 so as far as selling pamphlets it was a successful venture. On that same day I had a few discussions here and there though the real credit for going out there and talking to the other organizations especially belongs to Jack who, from time to time, would leave the “booth” (really just a table as you saw earlier) to go talk to other groups and see what we could do to reach mutually agreeable agreements that would help both sides. I’ve yet to really make big strides to reaching out but hopefully as I continue to meet people and go to events like this I can continue to reach out.

One of the best things of the night was seeing some Facebook freinds and hanging out with them and talking about the scene in Boston, the Bookfair, catching up and whatnot. I was very happy to see some familiar faces and I think it’s safe to say that we ALL had a successful first day at the bookfair!

(Day 2, Sunday, November 13th)

After quickly falling asleep the previous night and thankfully getting refilled on energy via the kind people who gave both Jack and I housing. When we got there we were relieved to see that all of our pamphlets had remained where they were. I say this because we had actually left all of our pamphlets (save for maybe some in my bag I had on me) there on the table. I suppose anarcho-communists aren’t just a bunch of thieves eh? 😉

Regardless the day continued without me going to any talks (though there were a few I was interested in but I put them off to man the booth while Jack either kept talking to other organizations or went to a talk himself). Jack ended up going to the talk on worker-run cooperatives. However from what I understand it was a bit of a mess and the talk was actually not so much on mechanics of how to run it but theorizing about what it could be. And to add to that one-half of these two speakers who did it had never even been involved in a worker-cooperative himself (though perhaps I shouldn’t judge since I helped organize a talk on polyamory at the last Porcfest with my friend Justin and neither one of us had been strictly involved in a polyamorous relationship with anyone). Nevertheless Jack took some notes but said he was disappointed with how it was handled.

As for the rest of the day? Most of the same. We got the more compact version of Peter Kropotkin’s  “The Conquest of Bread” from Black Cat Press all sold out as well as a few copies of “A Critique of Anarchist Communism” by Ken Knudsonwhich was good to see people wanting to (I presume) question their own assumptions and judgement. In total however we left the Bookfair with over $150 and got our shirts I mentioned earlier as a donation from a  generous guy who is good friends with me and Jack! The trip ended up being very economical with hardly much gas being used due to free housing and not many trips made outside of the Bookfair which was good for both Jack and I.

One thing that’s perhaps worth finishing on is one of the biggest questions we got that Jack and I had to deal with is of course, “What is a left-libertarian anyways? And what’s the ALL?”. At first I wasn’t sure how to answer the former and had to be selective about the latter so as to not include things like agorists, radical minarchists, voluntaryists, etc. or those who may see it as the more “right side” of the ALL. I tended to care more about how the message was conveyed to people who asked while Jack went with a more direct approach and let the cards fall where they may. Both approaches have their own merits and faults but I’m glad we both had our own way of dealing with it. On the left-libertarian question however I came to solve while I was finally getting around to read Gary Chartier’s “Socialist Ends, Market Means”. While they were all great essays, one thing at the very beginning pages especially caught my eye in regards to this question:

 “LL is authentically  libertarian both because it is anti-statist (the LLs who come readily to mind are all anarchists; I take it as a given here that the LL is an anarchist or something close enough for the difference to be irrelevant) and because it affirms the value of markets and property rights. At the same time, LL is authentically leftist because it seeks to challenge privilege, hierarchy, exclusion, deprivation, and domination—both ideologically and practically—and because  it can exhibit a genuine commitment to inclusion, empowerment, and mutual respect.”

 

Concluding Remarks

There’s not too much to say. In short? The Boston Anarchist Bookfair was a huge success socially, economically, organization wise in learning lessons of how to better get ourselves together and more. If there’s another year in store for us I not only look forward to it but already can’t wait for it.

By the way, if you haven’t already and you went to the event please fill out this evaluation form so that the organizers can do even better next year!

ALL-oNE Update for 9/29/11

Greetings ALLies! I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated and this is coming on an odd day but I figured I should catch anyone who’s wanting to know the updates with ALL-oNE.

First up the talk of a new logo in addition to an advertisement at ALLiance Journal proceeding still and designs are now being worked out. I do want to say that the particular pamphlet for the logo (if it’s chosen) has already been chosen. The logo may or may not become more public as times goes on. If nothing is decided by the end of the week then I’ll try to create a link and see if I can make it more public so other people can decide whether it’d be a good fit or not.

Second, work still needs to be done on the coordinating with other anarchist collectives and groups in the New England area so ALL-oNE can not only have it’s own special flavor of left-libertarianism unique in of itself but can also establish itself in the area. The idea of how to do that is to contribute zines to zine libraries in hopes of trading for others that we find meet our criteria of what’s useful. At the very least we may trade some zines for others to have a better variety of pamphlets so that the left-libertarian message can be heard better.

Third, speaking of left-libertarianism my talk on left-libertarianism and polyamory can be found here. The response seemed to be ok for the most part and it’s certainly gotten a good deal of attention. Check out other left-libertarians like Gary Chartier, Darian Worden, a pre-recorded talk with Kevin Carson and more at George Donnelly’s Youtube channel. You can also go to justin.tv and find George’s channel for all of the videos already recorded.

Finally talks of a plan for ALL (which includes ALL-oNE of course) working with Pete Eyre of Liberty on Tour and Brad Spangler of C4SS for doing an outreach to the protesters on Occupy Wall ST. are underway. The plan will be worked on and become more explicitly known and developed in the coming days.

So work still needs to be done but things are coming more and more underway as time goes on. In other news the HQ of ALL-oNE is going to become the general area around Nashua NH for quite a few months which means I’ll have the inventory back in my hands as well as organizing more and more for the Boston Anarchist Bookfair! I hope to see my fellow ALLies there!

I’ll be updating the email list this Sunday and if you want to be added to it please email me at voyagingman2010@yahoo.com

ALL-oNE Update for 9/12/11

A few things to report on for last week and this one (and we’re only on Monday!):

First off talks are being made with ALLiance Journal about receiving some advertisements in the zines that ALLiance Journal posts. Payments, choice of zine and where the money will go is ALL pending but expect this to be developing in the coming months. If we can get more advertisers and collaborators then the hope is we can get more official members or people interested and hopefully more chapters of ALL can eventually spring up.

I’d also like to say for sure now that ALL-oNE will be at the  Boston Anarchist Bookfair which will be including (but not limited to) providing radical pamphlets, pins, conversations and two talks by of its two co-creators Nick Ford and Jack Shimek.

If you need any housing for the Boston Anarchist Bookfair I recommend using this document.

Plans of reaching out to the other collectives and anarchist groups in Boston are underway as well and I plan on trying to get in contact with many of them to see if there’s some way both of the organizations can benefit from sharing and trading zines and other things. More details to be coming soon.

Lastly the Left Libertarian Youtube Collective is going to be having a reading of chapter one of Kevin Carson’s Studies in a Mutualist Political Economy all week long! Here is part one.

If you want to be added to the email list, as always contact me at voyagingman2010@yahoo.com and ask!

ALL-oNE Update for 9/5/11

Just in case you wanted to know more about ALL-oNE I encourage watching this video!

ALL-oNE had a presence at the Live Free or Die Rally making some money there and getting the word out about the organization among the almost 100 people who went there. To further these two things and especially getting the word out about the organization, plans are underway to have a presence at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair and have talks from both me and Jack Shimek, the co-founders of ALL-oNe. ALL-ONE shall also be tabling there, selling many radical pamphlets, pins, larger readings and more!

Things are very much in their preliminary stages for these talks but the plan is to tackle two different but important topics:

I will be planning on talking about ALL-oNE and spreading the message of the ALL in general. It’s my hope that my message will be well received by social-anarchists and that we can bridge gaps between left-libertarians and social-anarchists. From this talk I hope to get many more participants from the activist centers that are located in Boston already such as the Food Not Bombs and other collectives that are already there!

Jack Shimek is currently planning on discussing the advantages of using cooperatives as a business model for anarchists of all stripes.

I also apologize for the lack of updates since my first post. I now aim to update this blog at least once a week if that’s possible.

I intend to keep this post as a notice to those who want to learn more about endeavours that ALL-oNE supports, updates on where ALL-oNE will be and more.

For full transparency: Jack currently has most of the pamphlets in his possession and the possession of ALL-oNE’s money is still in my hands.

If you have any questions or if you would like to help us table at future events or receive pamphlets, etc. please email: voyagingman2010@yahoo.com

Alternatively can also ask to be added to the mailing list which will now be updated most likely every other week at most and monthly at worst.

Thanks a lot everyone.

Edit: Thanks to Mimi for helping me clean up this mess from last night. I was pretty tired last night and in my rush just to get something out I sacrificed style, grammar and more in the name of an update. Thanks to Mimi for bringing that to my attention. I’ll make sure to try to keep my posts more fluent than last night’s post.

Introducing ALL-oNE!

Brief description:
ALL-oNE is an anti/counter political organization designed to help build the new society within the shell of the old.
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Want more info?
ALL-oNE is a broad coalition of alliances between agorists, mutualists, voluntary/libertarian socalists, voluntaryists, left-Rothbardians and others. We do not only oppose the state but things like militarism, sexism, racism, the current corporatism fraudulently called the “free market”. We regard all of these things as part of a mutually reinforcing oppressive system that deprives people of their individual liberties.

We are also for building things like community values, mutual aid societiesand associations as well as other voluntary associations to bring down the government and help guide  society towards a better existence.We deemphasize electoral politics and instead advocate direct action, education and building alternative institutions.

We are pro-union in the sense of truly freed unions that only give the worker more of a say in his life and not the corrupt big time unions of today that largely exist through government privilege.

We believe that culture is as important thing to maintain just like the non-existence of government is important to maintain. We take cultural concerns of minorities seriously and not as an attempt to proselytize people.

We want to help the poor, the disenfranchised, the workers, the immigrants, we want to build a strong safety net for these oppressed people based on voluntary interaction and mutual aid.

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How You Can Help
Interested? Want to be a part of this organization? Please email: voyagingman2010@yahoo.com to see how you can help!
You can also receive pamphlets via this email from the ALL-oNe inventory. At the moment to make this deal work you must be willing to pay for the pamphlet as they’re sold as well as the shipping and handling.
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Want Even more Info?
If you’re looking for more heavy duty reading on what many left-libertarians may believe please follow the following links in the text above as well as these ones:
All-left.net: The official ALL website where you can find ALL sorts of reading material, info on the ALL and more!
C4SS.org: A market anarchist media center building awareness of largely left-libertarian viewpoints. Here you’ll find many left-libertarian (or LL leaning) authors and articles as well as research papers to read.
ALLiance Journal’s tumblr account: “A grassroots, shop-floor, dirt cheap tabloid aspiring to inspire the Libertarian Left to delusions of grandeur. Full of piss and passion, never stopping in the face of singularity, peak oil or Ragnarok.”