egoism

The Haunted Archipelago

spooky

from Bandilang Itim

Written by Isang Alipin.

No rulers, anarchy—since there were no rulers in the first place. If there is a ruler, there are ruled; but how can you rule if authority was never real to begin with? The egoist does not have a ruler because it is not possible to rule the selfish. You may influence them, but you will never rule them; the selfish will always do things for their own sake, for their own interests, for their self above all.

Postanarchist Ideas in Egoism, on Immediatism podcast

This series of podcast episodes was a project to see whether we could detect postanarchist ideas in egoist writings, specifically ideas of non-essentialism and not expecting a social revolution. The series started out as three essays requested by a listener: Saul Newman's essay on Stirner and Deleuze's anarchism, and the two by Wolfi Landstreicher. Once the postanarchist ideas in Saul Newman's thinking became clear, it became the larger game of finding the postanarchism in the egoism.

Stirner, Wittgenstein, and Anarchism

Stirner, Wittgenstein, and Anarchism. Do I get to pick?

From C4SS by Rai Ling, June 25th, 2021

The work of Max Stirner is a contentious topic among anarchists, with numerous interpretations of his work, ranging from descriptive, presenting a certain framework of thought, to prescriptive, advocating for anti-authoritarianism, and expressing a commitment to “individualism.” It is my position that egoism is primarily descriptive in nature. The key distinctions Stirner makes, those between fixed and unfixed ideas, and conscious and unconscious egoism, do not lead us to any normative conclusions, despite Stirner’s clear personal opposition to the state and authority in general. Rather, many anarchists are egoists because they find personal value in this perspective. Egoism has both everything and nothing to do with anarchism.

S.E. Parker & other Enemies, on Immediatism

For fans of Sidney Parker, Immediatism now has eight episodes of his essays. To read these and more, check out "Enemies of Society: An Anthology of Individualist and Egoist Thought," from Ardent Press and Little Black Cart, containing nearly eighty essays and biographical pieces. Highlights are episode 457, which looks at the myth of the People or Workers who will supposedly rise up in revolution, and episode 461, which makes comparisons between Marxism and fascism.

Listed below are the S. E. Parker episodes first, followed by other Enemies of Society.

Three Stirner Pieces, on Immediatism podcast

Listener feedback has shaped what is being read on Immediatism, lately. These two pamphlets and a book chapter each add something original to discussions around Stirner's ideas and works. "Mutual Utilization: Relationship and Revolt in Max Stirner," by Massimo Passamani, is focused on interpersonal relationships as theorized in Stirner, and the connection to a revolutionary stance.

Margins of Reality - Episode 2 - Post-Left Anarchy

from https://margins.noblogs.org

The second episode of MARGINS OF REALITY - a podcast by and for unmenschen. This episode concerns the current state of the phenomenon called post-left anarchy. We read Wolfi Landstreicher's "From Politics to Life - Ridding anarchy of the leftist millstone" and Jason McQuinn's "Rejecting the Reification of Revolt".

Price on Blumenfeld

Price on Blumenfeld

From H-Socialisms by Wayne Price

'All Things Are Nothing to Me: The Unique Philosophy of Max Stirner'

Max Stirner was the pen name of Johann Kasper Schmidt (1806-56). He was part of a milieu of young philosophers who sought to develop further the philosophy of the great German thinker Georg W. F. Hegel, who had died in 1831. This milieu has been referred to as the Young Hegelians or Left Hegelians. While Hegel’s system had solidified into a reactionary form, they mainly tried to rework it in more humanistic, naturalistic, and democratic directions. The most well-known of these young men today (there were women in the grouping, but their names have dropped out of history) are Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. (Engels had been a personal friend of Stirner’s for a time.) Michael Bakunin—later a founder of revolutionary socialist-anarchism—also studied Hegel and was in contact with this milieu.

Stirner's Critics on Immediatism Podcast

In these four new episodes of Immediatism are contained the unabridged Stirner's Critics, in which Stirner responds to three prominent critics of his day. He clarifies a broad range of topics such as the nature of the unique and what egoism is, that what is interesting can only be interesting through your interest and that the rest is valueless, and then closes with a discussion of his concept of the association/union of egoists.

Corrosive Consciousness on Immediatism Podcast

Enjoy the full text of Bellamy Fitzpatrick's book, Corrosive Consciousness, from Enemy Combatant Publications, now in podcast format. Primarily a critique of the more prominent voices and ideas in anarcho-primitivism, Bellamy's book also provides a model by which we can examine our own ideas and those of others. Bellamy's unique take on egoism and invitation to be cynical in our anarchism are welcome additions to the genre. Each thirty minute episode begins with a five minute intro to support your listening experience. Corrosive Consciousness is available from LittleBlackCart.com.

Jason McQuinn's egoist essays on Immediatism Podcast

The outstanding essay, "Clarifying the Unique and Its Self-Creation: An Introduction to Stirner's Critics and The Philosophical Reactionaries," is now available in podcast form. Jason McQuinn is an egoist and post-left anarchist critical theorist, known for his writings on critical self-theory, which have been spotlighted previously in Immediatism episodes 17 and 95. For even more Jason McQuinn essays, see The Anarchist Library.

MARGINS OF REALITY - Massimo Passamani

MARGINS OF REALITY -- Episode 1: Massimo Passamani

MARGINS OF REALITY is a new podcasting project undertaken by a group of friends who share an intense passion for anarchy and limitless experimentation. We have been collaborating with each other for quite some time on a number of print projects (some of which will be familiar to the more notorious cretins out there), another podcast (over at www.freeradicalradio.net), and a weekly anarchist reading group that most of us have been attending for years. In embarking on this new endeavor, our intention is not only to document and share some of the insights, aporias, and experiences that have emerged out of our conversations and lived experiences of revolt; we also aim to create for ourselves and others a space of limitless experimentation and limitless self-creation for those with the audacity to "base [their] affair on nothing" and consciously construct their life against all domination and submission.

The Right To Be Greedy

From Immediatism.com

This is an egoist critique of what calls itself “communism” and argument for and about an authentic egoist communism. The book is available from LittleBlackCart.com and, in this episode I share part of the Preamble and all 12 theses of the Introduction. Published by Ardent Press, The Right to Be Greedy is available with your choice of two cover designs.

Reflections on Individualism

Disruptive Elements: The Extremes of French Anarchism

From Immediatism

A dense compendium of old and brand-new translations of a dizzying array of names from the individualist anarchist tendency, mostly from early 20th Century France. New translations from Wolfi Landstreicher, Shawn Wilbur, and vincent stone. Anyone who is interested in this tendency, fans of My Own, Enemies of Society, Stirner’s works, etc., will find much to enjoy and fodder for future research in this book.

Against Individualism: The Individual Is Not So, by Ausonia Calabrese

Egoism -- at least, egoism as it appears as a discursive formation -- concerns a very particular ontology of the individual. Apio Ludd, known under many names, is perhaps the most well-known living egoist-theorist, and describes this ontology thusly: ...most of today’s young “insurrectionary” communists believe that you and I don’t really act, but are simply the puppets of invisible, bodiless actors like society, social relationships, movements, various collective forces that apparently come out of nothing but themselves, since if you try to bring them back to an actual source, you have to come back to individuals acting in their worlds and relating with each other. And that won’t do, because then you’d have to recognize not “the commune,” not “human community,” certainly not that mystical absurdity “species being,” but yourself here and now – a unique individual capable of desiring, deciding and acting – as the center and aim of your theory and practice. And a whole lot of the theorizing that communists carry out seems to be aimed precisely at avoiding this.

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