Category: Activism

Activism as Education

By David Pan  Telos This week we have released a podcast interview with J. E. Elliott, who discusses his recent article, “Brand English and Its Discontents: Situating Truth and Value in the University Today” in Telos 200. I discuss with him the way in which activism has become the focus […]

Next Year in Digital Jerusalem

Technology has helped entrepreneurs launch new companies and currencies. Will it help them start a new nation? Michael Gibson August 8, 2022 Economy, finance, and budgets Technology and Innovation The Network State: How to Start a Country, by Balaji Srinivasan (self-published, 474 pp., $9.99) Israel started with a […]

The Network State: A Review

Can political states unmoor themselves from geographical borders and exist solely online? Balaji Srinivasan’s new book explores the political potential of emerging technologies. Aviezer Tucker 18 Nov 2022, 8:00 am The Network State: How To Start a New Country by Balaji Srinivasan (self-published, 474 pp., $9.99) Once upon […]

Decentralized cities

Jonathan Hillis Mar 7, 2021 • 5 min read One of the favorite past times of tech twitter during the pandemic has been predicting the next Silicon Valley.Austin, with its natural beauty, weird-chill vibe, flagship university, killer BBQ, and long history of technology companies is an obvious choice. […]

Proving that decentralization can win

Mises Institute Congratulations to three Mises Caucus-endorsed candidates who won their local races Tuesday: Aron Lam—Mayor (Keenesburg, Colorado) David Tyler—City Council (East Ridge, Tennessee) Bill Schult—City Council (Crescent Springs, Kentucky) Aron, Bill, and David asked for our endorsement*—and we gave it—because they believe the best way to win practical gains for […]

It’s time to break up

By Tom Woods It’s difficult to know exactly when it happened, but not long ago many Americans suddenly looked around and discovered that they and their neighbors inhabited completely different moral universes. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter, or teaching gender theory to children, or the usefulness or otherwise of […]

Smaller Is Better

Ep. 2223 Smaller Is Better Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute joins me to make a worldwide case for smaller states, decentralization, and secession. Special Offer We love our monthly Happily date box — it’s full of games, recipes, and activities that bring us closer together. With a […]

Learning from Venezuela’s Missteps in Building Urban Popular Power: Decentralization, Participatory Budgeting, Communal Councils and Comunes

By María Pilar García-Guadilla and Carlos G. Torrealba COMMUNES in Venezuela, once hopeful experiments in local direct democracy and popular power under the socialism of the XXI century have largely succumbed to the crushing crisis gripping the country. . What can we learn from their demise? READ MORE

A Time to Dig Trenches

By Ernst van Zyl — 1 day ago What Westerners can learn from South Africa “Small nations. The concept is not quantitative; it points to a condition; a fate; small nations lack that felicitous sense of an eternal past and future; at a given moment in their history, […]

On Loans

New York Review of Books In October 2011 Jeff Madrick wrote a dispatch from Zuccotti Park for the Review. Three weeks after protesters had first converged there under the banner “Occupy Wall Street,” he found that the movement—initially mocked in the media for its youth and unseriousness—was coming […]

What Happens If We Come Apart?

The geographically non-contiguous fragmentations we see today might well be a prelude to something like Balaji Srinivasan’s concept of the “network state,” which itself is only a few steps removed from the “panarchic” concept of non-territorial governments of Paul Emile de Puydt, Gustave Molinari, Max Nettlau, and John […]

How Do We Win?

By Peter R. Quinones Anyone who has been following me since my Rightward turn knows that one of the main strategies that I have been promoting is becoming politically active on the most local level specifically concentrating on Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s “What Must Be Done” strategy. The speech is […]

Balaji Srinivasan on the Network State and How to Start a New Country

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Libertarians Should NOT Support Texan Secession

“Secession is only good when our team does it,” said the special pleaders at C4SS. “As such, this is the distinction between defending the autonomy of territories like the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities, Freetown Christiania, and ZAD de Notre-Dame-des-Landes from the states they exist within and supporting the […]

Abortion “sanctuary cities”

Whether anyone likes it or not, pan-secessionism is indeed happening. Sanctuaries for everyone and everything. Axios Two layers of security fences have been added to the Supreme Court since the leak last month of a draft abortion opinion. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images Some local officials in liberal […]

From Alterglobalization to Occupy Wall Street

By Blair Taylor Taylor examines how political transformations within left social movements have helped to construct a “new spirit of capitalism” that addresses widespread demand for an ethical lifeworld, simultaneously innovating and modernizing while neutralizing critique. Today ideas and practices pioneered by oppositional movements have become mainstream political […]