The Enragés, a production of the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS.org), features questions and casual conversations with authors about recent pieces they’ve published on the C4SS site. Hosted by Joel Williamson, this podcast will focus exclusively on the works of C4SS authors and will give listeners a chance to get to know these thinkers better. We'll regularly be taking listener questions too on Patreon! (Patreon.com/C4SSdotorg)
The name of the podcast comes from the loosely affiliated anarchistic and proto-socialist group known in English as the “Enraged Ones,” who split from the Jacobin Club during the French Revolution in their radical demands against monopolists and support for the French lower class. To give a glimpse into their still-relevant views, Jacques Roux—in his 1793 Manifesto of the Enragés—states:
"Freedom is nothing but a vain phantom when one class of men can starve another with impunity. Equality is nothing but a vain phantom when the rich, through monopoly, exercise the right of life or death over their like. The republic is nothing but a vain phantom when the counter-revolution can operate every day through the price of commodities, which three quarters of all citizens cannot afford without shedding tears."
Infinite Possible Vectors of Progress
This episode explores Rai Ling's article, “Scarcity and Abundance Under Anarchism'' which was originally published at the Center for a Stateless Society on May 24th, 2020. The piece is an exploration of how anarchic, post-capitalist organizing might affect production and consumption trends, without making any explicit prescriptions on the content of anarchy.
Dragons To Slay
In the second episode of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson discusses with Eric Fleischmann their recent piece for C4SS “The End Is the Beginning: Abolition as Communicative Creation.” The conversation spans from the juxtaposition of violence and communication to the influence of violent institutions upon people to the importance of the dialectical method to the existing and potential alternatives to statism and capitalism and more.
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No Bosses, No Landlords, No Bureaucrats!
In this first episode of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson sits down with Kevin Carson to discuss Kevin’s recent piece on the Center for a Stateless Society website “The Myth of the Private Sector, Part I: Why Big-Small and Vertical-Horizontal Trumps ‘Public-Private’”—a conversion that spans from the role of government interference in the scale and structure of economic institutions to the definitions of “large” and “small” to possible right-libertarian objections to Kevin’s argument