Voluntary Cooperation Movement and Affiliates
Archived journal of the Affinity Group of Evolutionary Anarchists (later renamed Voluntary Cooperation Movement)
Excellent source of pamphlets on mutualism, decentralism, etc.
All kinds of good material on "mutualizing" social services: that is, bringing schools,
hospitals, etc., under direct, cooperative control of those they serve.
Interesting collection of articles by the same guy who operates Red Lion Press.
Larry Gambone's personal zine. A lot of good stories about life in rural B.C. in the '50s.
Just what the name implies. Variety of interesting articles, reviews, letters.
Edited by Dick Martin.
British publication edited by Jonathan Simcock. Wide variety of articles, reviews, letters,
etc.; weighted toward individualist anarchism, which is pretty thin on the ground in the UK.
Ed D'Angelo's site. Includes his book Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library.
Published in Argentina by Vicente Eloy Cano
Linguist Amorey Gethin, the VCM's answer to Chomsky.
Friendly but Non-Affiliated Sites and Organizations
(A history of close association with VCM members, but not directly affiliated)
Information exchange for anarchist groups in the East Midlands, UK.
Excellent individualist anarchist broadsides by Joe Peacott.
Among other things, includes Joe Peacott's Anarchy in Kansas periodical.
The "Commentary" Page has some excellent articles promoting cooperation between left- and right-wing
populists/libertarians against the corporate world order, and advocating coexistence for a wide variety of libertarian/decentralist
communities in an "anarchism without adjectives."
At last! They finally got another site up. When the last one went down, it took down
a large archive of online literature, including the complete run of Total Liberty up to then.
And some friends who aren't available online:
The Match! P.O. Box 3012, Tucson AZ 85702
Edited and printed (with the kind of craftsmanship you probably thought was dead) by Fred Woodworth--an
individualist anarchist with a powerful bulls**t detector, many definite opinions and little tolerance for idiots. Thoughtful
commentary and (Anarchy magazine's claims notwithstanding) the largest letters section in the anarchist community.
Still going strong after over thirty years.
The Free Press DEATH SHIP P.O. Box 55336, Hayward CA 94545
Edited and published by Violet Jones, a friend of Fred Woodworth's. And like Fred, she
painstakingly prints it with traditional offset methods. Good graphics and a variety of interesting material, including
a huge review section.
Mutualist, Quasi-Mutualist, Crypto-Mutualist
(and Fellow Travellers)
I don't know anybody who knows more about the history of nineteenth century American individualism
than Shawn P. Wilbur--not to mention all the other subcurrents of libertarianism, decentralism, and grass-roots populism.
Most of the links are not working yet, but when Shawn gets them up and running this site should be a great reference
The latest welcome addition to the marginalized Tuckerite community. Some great articles
An individual anarchist site that stresses the socialist aspect of Tucker and Spooner.
Nexonic's individualist anarchist site. Like Black Crayon, Listen Liberty!, Joe Peacott and
others, Nexonic preserves the socialist side of individualist anarchism.
Lively, undogmatic right-libertarian site with a lot of heterodox contributions from social
anarchists, Georgists, etc.
Includes links to the excellent Free Life Commentary
Tom Ender's site. Tom is also editor of Ender's Review of the Web, the best libertarian internet
digest I know of--and it's free!
Home site of the agorist movement. Samuel Edward Konkin III (SEK3) carries on Rothbard's
attempt at an antistate alliance between the libertarian Right and New Left. Free market libertarians who are more into
Gabriel Kolko than Milton Friedman.
....I'm sad to report that we lost Sam unexpectedly in February. He is sorely missed.
Site of Robert Klassen, author of Economic Government. The latter, despite its unfortunate Galambosian
ideas on "intellectual property," bears more than a casual resemblance to Proudhon's idea of dissolving the state within the
body of society.
Website of Roderick T. Long--philosophy professor, frequent contributor to Strike-The-Root.Com, and president
of the Molinari Institute
Daniel Burton's individualist site. Good articles, lots of useful links.
An academic economist with eclectic interests, including right- and left-wing critiques of state
capitalism. Lots of online resources for the economics student.
"The greatest threat to freedom is the dogmatic factions of anarchism raising one great philosophical leader to
the skies, aiming to convince or subjugate all other kinds of anarchism of the superiority of the True Anarchism. But virtually
all anarchist thinkers throughout time have contributed or can contribute to the tradition of anarchism. By combining the
great teachings of different views we can find new solutions to unsolved problems, and bring the shattered movement together."
Used to be a mutualist, now considers himself an anarcho-capitalist. But his decentralist
vision sounds a lot closer to Kirk Sale than to the corporate apology that usually passes for right-libertarianism.
Show Me The Money P.O. Box 48161, Coon Rapids MN 55448
An economic zine by Tony Hunnicutt, with lots of stuff on globalization, corporate domination,
the Fed's money games, etc. Tony is one of a relative few Wobblies (he first came to my attention in an IWW publication)
who emphasizes cooperatives, LETS, and other quasi-mutualist notions. Not available online, unfortunately.
That's right, THE Ithaca Hours, that inspired a movement.
From the same people as Ithaca Hours. One of the most impressive and promising mutualist health
insurance schemes in the U.S. Unlike most cooperative insurance schemes, whose sole departure from the standard business
model is cooperative ownership, Ithaca starts from scratch and organizes from the ground up. The result is a mere $100
annual premium, for coverage of a limited list of problems focusing mainly on injury and trauma. The larger their membership
gets, though, the more ailments they can add to the list.
Great articles on economic democracy, workplace organizing
The name refers to a series of novels by Ernest Callenbach, and to the fictional republic of
Ecotopia, created by a secessionist movement of the Pacific Northwest.
Named for a leader of the early cooperative movement in nineteenth century Britain. Includes...
Unfortunately, they advocate statist solutions ("banned" "not allowed") to the evils of sprawl, waste, and
economic injustice, instead of seeing them as the RESULTS of State intervention in the market. But their hearts are
in the right place; and they have an excellent collection of material by Goodman, Illich, Sale, and Lasch, which
covers a multitude of sins.
My comment on the Preservation Institute applies equally well to George Monbiot. Despite his neglect of
the statist underpinnings of corporate power, and support for counterproductive state-centered solutions, he's done some of
the best writing on the Net on corporate globalization.
Amazing! Lots of articles on enclosures, primitive accumulation, and the history of capitalism, along with
analysis of corporate capitalism today.
First-rate analyses of the overwhelmingly statist regime that the neoliberals pass off as "privatization" and
A treasure-trove of radical analysis of corporate globalization, especially as neoliberalism affects the Third
Bimonthly newsletter of the Green Economy Working Group of the Green Party of England and Wales
"Community Exchange Systems are community-based economic networks which encourage cooperation and reciprocation,
self-reliance and mutual aid, local production for local needs, socio-economic solidarity and economic justice for the meeting
of needs, cultural revitalization, socio-economic harmony and rural reconstruction."
"Working together to make healthy local living economies
the best equity investment worldwide."
Takver's great collection of articles on the history of mutualism and friendly societies, especially
Dr. Bob James' amazing articles.
A professor of history at the University of Alabama. Along with Bob James and E.P. Thompson, essential reading
on the history of mutualist self-organization by the working class. Author of From Mutual Aid to the Welfare
John Curl's history of attempts at self-management and cooperation, from colonial times.
See especially "New Economics" page
"setting forth to end corporate domination, to establish true political democracy, and to build a just society with
a sustainable, equitable economy"
Ticket on which Robert Anton Wilson (Illuminatus! Trilogy) ran for governor of California.
Paul Knatz's work on decentralized information networks. To get some idea of what it's about, imagine if
the internet had existed when Ivan Illich wrote Deschooling.
A forum for anti-authoritarian political opinion, research and humor.
Like Freedom Fortnightly in some ways. If you like Ward, Goodman, Sale and Illich,
you'll probably find something here to suit you.
Elder Bear, a Christian anarchist who's big on Emma Goldman.
What's left of the old Co-operative Party, but almost completely submerged in a social democratic
quagmire. Some mutualist wheat mixed in with a lot of New Labour chaff. They've even got an endorsement by Tony
Blair (gag!) on their site.
"COG develops positive responses to globalization -
focusing on employee ownership best practices and
internationally.... COGs mission is to: create a coalition that promotes broad ownership of productive capital;
reduce inequality of income and wealth; increase sustainable economic development; expand opportunities for people to realize
their productive and creative potential; stabilize local communities by improving living standards; and enhance the
quality of life for all."
Tim Kitchens, formerly of the defunct Brand Activism: The Mutualist Manifesto.
By Franklin Sanders, author of Heiland and "The Most Dangerous Man in the Mid South." An
engaging mix of constitutionalism, rural decentralism, hard money, "anti-government extremism," and Calvinism. Hard
to describe--check it out for yourself.
Described by editor Jack Ross as an Online Journal of the Classical Progressive Viewpoint--an
umbrella term including figures like Charles Beard and "Fighting Bob" LaFollette, along with those generally
assigned to the "Old Right." Includes a lot of good articles by Larry Gambone and Keith Preston. Heads up:
Ross also writes for some Liberty Lobby-funded periodicals that are decidely soft on Hitler, along with other charming editorial
positions; so take what you can use and leave the rest.
A contributor to LewRockwell and a Marine in the proud tradition of Smedley Butler.
Site of Clyde Cleveland, Libertarian candidate for governor of Iowa. Not your stereotypical
libertarian: this populist is for alternative energy and "bottom-up" democracy, and has some nasty things to say about
Apparently an amalgam of Georgism, constitutionalism and populism with a heavy American Indian
emphasis. A catchbag of all sorts of interesting stuff.
Vehicle for the work of Ralph Borsodi, the grandfather of the back-to-the-land movement.
What's a little IV use between friends?
Discussion group based on the CET magazine: "Faithful to the Church, agrarian and small
community in its orientation, providing a critique of the 'culture of death' and a positive alternative of wisdom and beauty
rooted on Catholicism." Distributist, Catholic Worker types, etc., along with some traditionalists who still don't eat
meat on Fridays, just in case.
Great article on cultural affinity between traditionalist conservatives and back-to-the-land
hippies, despite being on the odious NRO site. Must reading for John Stossel.
Syndicalists, Council Commies, Anarcho-Commies, and Miscellaneous Anti-Market (but still
some good stuff)
Published (until its discontinuation in late 2003) by the Discussion Bulletin Committee, I.U.C.E.--a committee
which, as far as I know, consists of the indefatigable Frank Girard. Frank Girard is some
kind of dissident De Leonist who split from the Socialist Labor Party over labor-time vouchers. The DB has served
for years as a clearing house and forum for "the real revolutionaries of our era: the non-market, anti-statist, libertarian
socialists," including "syndicalists, anarcho-communists, libertarian municipalists, world socialists, socialist industrial
unionists, council communists, and left communists." Lots of arcana and fascinating debate between (undeservedly)
obscure political movements. So if you're interested in detailed debates between Frank and the SLP on the hermeneutics
of "Critique of the Gotha Program," or disputes between Wobblies and SLP's over who hit whom first, or detailed
studies of Luxembourg's and Pannekoek's hell-raising in the Third International, start buying back issues while you still
can. Despite the DB's anti-market leanings, Frank was kind enough to allow an occasional word from market types
like me and Larry Gambone, and even to review "Iron Fist."
Update: Sadly, Frank passed on not long after he retired from publishing the DB.
"An Electronic Journal of Non-Market, Anti-State Ideas." An attempt to partially fill the void left since
Frank Girard discontinued the DB.
Industrial Workers of the World
Like the VCM, the Wobblies are an organization I'm proud to be affiliated with. The predominant
philosophies in the IWW are non-market ones like anarcho-syndicalism and various forms of libertarian communism, rather than
mutualism. But I know mutualists within the organization; and syndicalism is very much an outgrowth of Proudhon's mutualism
and has a decidedly "petty bourgeois" background, according to Christopher Lasch. Workers' control of big corporate
firms figures big not only among mutualists, but in the speculations of Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess. In fact, the
IWW has exerted a peculiar fascination on a lot of right-libertarians. Hess joined at the height of his affinity for
the New Left; and Samuel Konkin of the MLL calls us his "favorite union." The Wobs are the premier "One Big Union" fighting
for worker control of the production process, and are coming back from their near-oblivion a lot faster than the corporate
state would like to see.
Alternative News Sites
General News Compendia
Excellent radical commentator, edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Claire. Cockburn
is a left-wing populist who EXULTS that Nader cost Gore the election.
Sam Smith's incomparable one-man operation, originally a local alternative newspaper in Washington
DC, still going strong after thirty years. He's a (gracefully) aging New Leftist who likes guns and hates
Hillary. How can you beat that? With a simple email subscription, you can get the finest daily alternative news
Reader post-driven news site created and maintained by the Reverend Chuck O. The anarchist
movement's answer to Free Republic.
Similar format to Infoshop.
High production-value news stories you'll never see on network TV.
"News you won't find on CNN or Fox Mooooo's"
Mike Ruppert. Of widely varying plausibility, but includes valuable information for challenging
the official version of events. Some scary stuff on 9-11 you won't ever see in the corporate prolefeed called "the news."
Richard K. Moore's site. The larger the scale of the purported conspiracy, the more skeptical
I am. But his analyses of the long-term interests of the power elite are pretty much on the mark. His "Escaping
the Matrix" is a must-read.
Jared Israel gives you a lot of material that just doesn't quite fit into the official picture
of 9-11, Milosevic, etc. And he's been pilloried for stuff sympathetic to Israel and critical of Palestinian nationalism,
so you know he ain't just doing this by the numbers.
A former Iran-Contra insider. Interesting stuff on the past and present doings of the Abrams-Negroponte
That rarity, a relatively unbiased media watchdog without an ideological axe to grind.
Apparently these people don't realize their name can be read two ways, both of them equally
valid. Mostly devoted to apologias and/or uncritical cheerleading for Clinton. They regard Sid Blumenthal
as a good guy. I mean, they're the kind of people who know all the words to "I Still Believe in a Place Called
Hope" *gag*. Still, a lot of good dirt on the Bush family, Ken Starr, etc.
Reed Irvine's baby. Pretty much a right-wing mirror image of Media Wh*res, but lots of
good stuff on Hillary/Rosie/Barbra and their ilk. If you can't appreciate their gibes at NPR liberals, you're probably
not much of a leftist anyway.
Another Irvine outfit. Lots of PC howlers from the academic community, a never-ending
source of material.
Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source
Russ Kick's digest of items the jackboots don't want to see the light of day. Includes mirrored
websites shut down by the Gestapo. Also includes material, mirrored from official government websites, that conveniently
disappeared when it became embarassing.
All kinds of official documents related to the total surveillance state. Constantly updated.
A massive database of the power elite: connections between government officials, senior corporate management,
think tanks, etc.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The Corporate State
Brings to bear much more of the scholarly apparatus of academic economics than is usual, among corporate
A considerable amount of useful information, despite the fact that it's edited by a prick who busted a union
organizing drive at HIS OWN MAGAZINE. How's that for irony?
A wide assortment of material on the sustainability of global capitalism. A lot of material on the peaking
of petroleum output in the near future, and the effects on the world economy.
New World Order
Archives official documents on the national security state's shenanigans overseas, especially its
ties to those fun-loving military oligarchies and death squads.
Detailed, country by country studies of death squads, paramilitaries, and their ties to the
School of the Americas/WHISC
Massive collection of material on global corporate rule, domestic police state and "Third Worldization"
of U.S. A bit heavy on Chomsky, Herman and Zinn.
"....an alliance of sixty leading anarchists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers [including
Lori Wallach and Walden Bello] formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic
"....the [IFG] associates come together out of a shared concern that the world's corporate and political
leadership is undertaking a restructuring of global politics and economics that may prove as historically significant as any
event since the Industrial Revolution. This restructuring is happening at tremendous speed, with little public disclosure
of the profound consequences affecting democracy, human welfare, local economics, and the natural world."
In their decentralist reaction to corporate rule, and their perception of it as a revolution imposed from above,
their instincts are sound. They still lack conceptual clarity concerning the central role of the state in imposing that
revolution, and of the market as our hope for reversing it. But that is a large area for potentially fruitful dialogue
between the free market anarchist community and the anti-globalization movement.
Bill Weinberg's excellent, massive weekly compendium of the New World Order's engagements in
the Middle East, the Andes, Central Asia, etc. Available by email subscription, but check out the latest edition at
the website instead, unless you want to face increasingly strident demands to "Either answer the exit poll (often a nonsensical
waste of time) or send a donation."
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski's (aka "Deep Throat") insider notes from the Pentagon.
As Frank Gaffney whined: "In the case of Ms. Kwiatkowski, a review of numerous
screeds she has published on the Internet including some evidently written while on active duty evince an ideological hostility
towards the President, the Secretary of Defense and others in her chain of command that calls into question her objectivity
and the accuracy of her charges." Such criticism from his ilk is high praise indeed.
Anti-war, anti-neocon, anti-Straussian anarcho-capitalists. As anti-state-capitalist
as Rothbard. A bunch of delightfully crusty Old Rightists from the Mises Institute.
Massive collection of commentary, current news links. Run by pretty much the same kind
of people as Anti-State.Com and Lew Rockwell, but with a larger mix of lefties like Cockburn--not to mention "hippies of the
Includes some material outside the right-libertarian mainstream (i.e., not just pot-smoking
Republicans defending corporate rule).
These last five publications are aimed mainly at "progressives" (i.e., NPR liberals
and assorted statist goo-goos), but still present useful news you wouldn't get, say, from the Associated Press.
Their mission statement includes a glib throw-away line decrying the replacement
of "human values" with "market values." This despite the fact that a genuine market is based on quintessentially
human values: all human relations are voluntary interactions between free people, in an environment free of coercion.
One of the most disgraceful things I saw, post-9/11, was The Nation's editor exulting over
the renewed popular trust in government and openness to statist solutions. Despite this rampant Renoism, they sometimes
have some good information.
Another low point was Mojo's 1999 apology for imperialist war when it served a "progressive"
cause (e.g. Clinton's "humanitarian" war crimes in Yugoslavia). Just goes to show the line between an NPR liberal
and a neocon gets pretty thin. Still, sometimes worth reading, I guess....
Joined at the hip to Chomsky, and heavily invested in "parecon" (which is an absolute wet dream
for anyone who wants to attend a hundred committee meetings to figure out whether to produce more toothpicks next year).
Still (yet again), some decent material.
Resources: Book catalogues, E-books, online periodicals, etc.
Huge collection of contemporary and some classical anarchist texts.
Monumental compendium on anarchist history, theory and practice. Many hundreds of pages.
The bibliography alone is incredible.
Large collection of online classical anarchist texts
Varied assortment of odds and ends, some quite fascinating, with a fair amount of individualist
and mutualist stuff.
Nearly complete Marx-Engels collected works, and dozens of other Marxist thinkers (plus reference
library of classical and neoclassical economics).
Vulgar Marxism's worst enemy! The Monthly Review group has included, among
many others, Baran, Sweezy, and Magdoff, the people associated with "monopoly capital" theory.
Some great New Left/Rothbardian fusionist book reviews at Amazon.
Large archive of right-libertarian articles on economics, many of them quite critical of state
capitalism. The fact that they've published Joe Peacott and Yours Truly should tell you something about their ideological
Substantial collection of interesting articles on classical liberal and free market themes,
archived by Christian Michel.
Large collection of online texts by Mises, Rothbard, Hoppe, etc. Complete online archive
of Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal of Austrian Economics, Left and Right, and others.
Huge collection of online texts on classical and neoclassical economics, classical liberalism.
Partially overlaps content of Library of Economics and Liberty, but includes some Enlightenment
radical, Ricardian socialist material they miss. Less material, but gives a fuller picture of classical liberal roots.
Not just Chicago school, Randroid or even Austrian material, as you might expect. Lots
of classical liberal, commonwealth and oppositionist stuff (as the name of their imprint, Fox & Wilkes, might tell you).
If you want a copy of Cato's Letters, here's the place to look.
Affiliated with the Advanced Book Exchange, specializing in books on history, politics and
economics with a libertarian slant.
Superlatives fail me. Their Liberty Library has a huge collection of online texts on
English constitutional and common law history, as well as a lot of colonial and early U.S. stuff. Includes Coke's Institutes,
Tucker's Blackstone, and a big collection of Leveller material. Also many links to other online libraries.
Absolutely astounding! His catalog will blow your mind. If you're looking for an
obscure nineteenth century text on classical liberalism or anarchism, he's probably got it.
"a one-stop, selective, bibliographic compendium of both scholarly and popular works and commentary
on the domestic and international ill-effects of national 'crises,' including preventative, interventionist wars around the
world to create a U.S. empire."
A bibliography of New Left/Old Right revisionist history of American foreign policy.
Do It Yourself: Tools for Self-Sufficiency
Empowering Third World people through human-scale technology.
A revolution in online education! Every course in the M.I.T. catalog, with syllabus, reading list,
and (sometimes) lectures.
They're easily the best on-demand publisher I've been able to find--a reasonable per-book charge and excellent
quality. I used them to publish Mutualist Political Economy.
A comprehensive email directory of local newspapers, by Zipcode, with a program for emailing their "Letters" pages.
All provided at the RNC's expense, for saturating the press with GOP talking points. No reason you HAVE TO stick
to their agenda, of course. Heh heh.
Fight Back: Tools for Resistance
Fight the State
Not a bunch of sell-outs like the NRA. None of this "enforce existing laws" cr*p.
They don't use the expression "law-abiding" till you puke. And they don't like Ashcroft's jackboots any better than
Renos, unlike a lot of Freepers out there.
Lots of good stuff by Frank Morales.
Learn how to pass (or beat) a polygraph test.
Responsible, among other things, for the Patent Busting Project
Fight your boss
Fight the Bureaucratic Cretins at Your Local Publik Skool
Originally an underground student newspaper created by Sergio Bichao. As you can imagine, the local
government school authorities went ballistic. But every time they stepped up the pressure, he stepped up the rhetorical
attacks on their incompetence and corruption.
Kevin Michael Grace's blog. Anyone who quotes Christopher Lasch, James
Howard Kunstler and Anthony Burgess is surely numbered among the elect.
An anti-anti-globalization (but not necessarily pro-globalization) website.
"I intend to focus on the history of Classical Liberalism with an emphasis on the more radical libertarian
aspects within the 'Big Tent' of Classical Liberalism." Kent Hastings, an Altkampfer from the Movement of the Libertarian
Left with a wide knowledge of classical liberal and individual anarchist history
Amazing fusion of post-Trostskyism and free market libertarianism by Ken Macleod, author of the Fall
Revolution science fiction series.
I first ran across this guy at Reason Hit & Run, giving Ron Bailey a run for his money on agribusiness
issues. Some very thoughtful commentary.
Blogging venue of David Beito and Arthur Silber.
Excellent commentary on foreign interventionism and domestic state capitalism by Arthur Silber--a
member of the underpopulated genus of antiwar Objectivists.
Little Red Blogger
Some excellent digs at the thin-skinned vulgar libertarians at the Adam Smith Institute blog, which has recently taken
to blocking comments and trackbacks from anyone who questions its big business apologetics.
Jesse Walker is a writer for the right-libertarian Reason magazine, who's also into
lefty decentralists like Kropotkin, Ivan Illich, Colin Ward and Paul Goodman. In other words, a non-dogmatic anarchist.
Leading antiwar libertarian Jim Henley.
Consistently the best blogging I've seen on natural security issues.
The blogger formerly known as Calpundit.
Band site of Jason Perry, a grad student specializing in individualist anarchism.