The Brilliant podcast series on Egoism
We have just completed a series (part of the over-arching theme of The Brilliant in 2018) on egoism. Egoism is core theoretical concept in anarchist thinking and this series attempts to understand why from some engaged
Post-left anarchism is a modern, North American, veneer on egoism. The Situationists, while arguably marxist, were also using thematic elements from egoism (especially The Treatise). Several prominent North American anarchists have been working on Stirner and the general concepts around egoism for decades.
Episode 69: For anyone following the themes we cover in The Brilliant, post-left anarchism, or Stirner our guest this episode needs no introduction. Wolfi Landstreicher has been a translator, writer, and merry interlocutor for decades. He has been an inspiration for my own projectuality for a long time and I count him as a friend. Our conversation in this issue is centered on the effort Wolfi made in translating The Unique and all the details around it.
Episode 70: The natural answer of “What is to be done?" from an egoist perspective is illegalism. We discuss this arena of questions with the editor of the LBC book Enemies of Society. We discuss the context of France around the turn of the 20th century. Bonnot and crew are discussed. Shoplifting and other modest acts of illegalism are discussed. We discuss hope and the future (ha).
Episode 71: In this third episode my goal was to talk to someone who was newer to egoist ideas. My hope was to see how these ideas layer over time, but at an earlier time slice. Daniel/birds was gracious enough to sit through this conversation but I suspect they were agitated at the idea that they were a newbie to egoist ideas. Of course they aren’t. They are infinite!
Episode 72: Bellamy Fitzgerald is the former cohost of The Brilliant podcast. He has recently written a chapter and verse renunciation of Anarcho-Primitivism called Corrosive Consciousness. He is also one of the editors to the exciting new publication Backwoods. We begin our discussion with Bellamy with a slightly off-topic discussion about catastrophe and leaf cutter ants (and eusocial insects). Around minute thirteen the Stirner begins. There is a quibble about the new title (and some nerdy translation talk). There is some history talk (Proudhon and Marx are discussed).
This series was edited by our newest sound engineer. Welcome Daniel (birds)!