Anarchy in Manhattan

[cross-posted at C4SS, BHL, and POT]

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, 7-10 January 2019. Here’s the schedule info:

Molinari Society symposium: New Work in Libertarian and Anarchist Thought

G5C. Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave. (at W. 53rd St.), New York NY, room TBA

     Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)

     Jason Lee Byas (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), “The Political Is Interpersonal
     Dylan Andrew Delikta (Memorial University of Newfoundland), “Anarchy: Finding Home in the (W)hole
     Alex Braud (Arizona State University), “Putting Limits on Punishments of Last Resort
     Roderick T. Long (Auburn University), “The Anarchist Landscape: Social Anarchism, Individualist Anarchism, and Anarcho-Capitalism from a Left-Wing Market Anarchist Perspective

Regrettably, our session is scheduled opposite a session on Elizabeth Anderson’s book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives, with comments by Jacob Levy and Jessica Flanigan. This is unfortunate both because many members of our potential audience will probably be lured away by this session, and because we’d like to go to it ourselves. But as good anarchists, we must bear our sufferings like Rakhmetov.

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6 Responses to Anarchy in Manhattan

  1. Reinaldo December 21, 2018 at 6:19 am #

    Is it on the 7th or 8th?

    • Roderick December 23, 2018 at 9:49 am #

      It’s on the 8th. The whole conference runs form the 7th to the 10th.

      • Roderick January 7, 2019 at 11:14 am #

        Update to any interested parties: the panel will be in Central Park 3, on the 5th floor.

  2. Clyde Adams III December 24, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    “…in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association”
    What does “in conjunction with” mean?
    Is the Molinari Society symposium *part* of the APA meeting, or not?
    Must one register for the APA meeting to attend the Molinari Society symposium?

    • Roderick December 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      a) The APA has two kinds of sessions: regular sessions, which it organises itself, and group sessions, which are organised by groups affiliated with the APA; but in both cases the APA arranges for and pays for the room, includes the session in its official schedule, etc. So:

      b) Yes, it’s part of the APA meeting.

      c) Officially, yes, anyone who attends even one session is supposed to register for the meeting. In my view this policy is based on a exaggerated view of the inelasticity of demand for single sessions, and that if the policy were successfully enforced it would simply decrease attendance at individual sessions and not much increase revenue, so the policy does more harm than good. And it was never voted on by the membership; it was simply decided on unilaterally by the APA leadership, so I don’t think it has much moral standing.

      As for enforcement of the policy, this is done in two ways: first, by APA employees allegedly roaming the halls checking badges. Apart from at entrance to the book exhibit and at the entrance to the reception, I’ve never actually seen such a badge-checker and have the gravest doubts as to their existence.

      The second, much more effective and reasonable policy is that the schedule that’s distributed ahead of time —
      — does not tell which rooms the sessions are in; this is not revealed except in a second schedule handed out at the registration desk of the actual meeting. This is an effective way of making it hard for people to free-ride on the entire meeting, but a much less effective way of making it hard for people to attend individual sessions, since the organisers of those sessions can simply announce the location online once they receive the second schedule (as I plan to do, assuming the wifi in my el cheapo hotel cooperates). And this seems to me to be for the best, since I think preventing unregistered attendees from attending the whole meeting seems to have on balance positive results, while preventing unregistered attendees from attending an individual session or two seems to have on balance negative results.


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