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Call for Abstracts: Libertarianism and Privilege

Call for Abstracts

for the Molinari Society’s Year 11 Symposium to be held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division meeting, December 27-30, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Symposium Topic:
Libertarianism and Privilege

Submission Deadline:
26 May 2014

In recent years, “privilege” has become the default model for most of the Left’s critical discussion of structural oppression, resistance, and challenges to social justice. Critical discourse today recognizes many forms of structural social privilege, including white privilege, male privilege, and privilege based on heterosexuality, gender identity, and economic or political class. Privilege is said not only to touch on political power but also to have interpersonal and epistemic dimensions – informing social interactions and cultural expressions, and raising concerns about the position of social critics and limitations or distortions of knowledge.

In addition, the relationship between libertarianism and privilege has begun to attract increased interest, both within and beyond libertarian circles. Libertarianism has been described both as essentially an opposition to privilege, and as essentially a rationalization of privilege. Does libertarian theory have the resources to address questions of structural privilege – especially those forms of social privilege that do not appear to derive from state action? Should it address such questions? What unique insights or contributions might it offer to critical discussions of privilege? How might an account of structural social privilege modify or develop libertarian approaches?

Abstracts should be submitted for the 2014 Symposium by 26 May, 2014. Submissions from any point of view are welcome. Please submit an abstract only if you expect to be able to present the paper in person at the Symposium. (Final papers should be of appropriate scope and length to be presented within 15-30 minutes.) Submitting authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their papers by 31 May, 2014.

Submit abstracts as e-mail attachments, in Word .doc format, PDF, or ODT, to longrob@auburn.edu.

For any questions or information, contact Roderick T. Long at the above email address.


Pink Is the Colour of Justice

Pink Sari Revolution

I have a book review up at Reason, about the pink-robed, staff-wielding feminist vigilantes of India.

Two out-takes from the review:

I strongly suspect that the pink-skinned, staff-wielding, Indian-accented character of Peppi Bow in the Clone Wars television cartoon is inspired by Sampat.

Perhaps the Pink Gang could be seen as a low-tech, and non-anonymous, version of Anonymous.

My favourite line that survived into the final version: “Picture, if you can, Ayn Rand as an illiterate altruist.”


Roderick Does Dallas

I’m back from the Dallas SFL regional meeting in Denton, which was terrific. Great to see old friends, and even greater to hang out with the hoopy froods from the Oklahoma S4SS.

Here’s a video of my talk:

And here’s an interview I did with Justin Oliver of the DFW chapter of ALL:


It’s That Time of Year Again

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the eleventh anniversary of the Molinari Institute’s founding (happy birthday!), and also the eleventh anniversary of this blog.

Not much new to add since last year’s post. The u.s. empire continues to flail about fecklessly but aggressively in the Middle East (though happily the momentum toward war with Syria has been somewhat slowed by recent events). The Molinari Institute and its partners and/or avatars (C4SS, ALL, ALL Distro, The Industrial Radical, and the Molinari Society) continue to fight the power. Join us!


iRad I.3 in Print, iRad I.2 Online

The third issue (Spring 2013) of The Industrial Radical will be back from the printers and on its way to subscribers shortly, featuring articles by Less Antman, Jason Lee Byas, Kevin Carson, Nathan Goodman, Anthony Gregory, Trevor Hultner, Charles Johnson, Joshua Katz, Thomas L. Knapp, Abby Martin, Chad Nelson, Sheldon Richman, Jeremy Weiland, and your humble correspondent, on topics ranging from NSA surveillance and whistleblowing, the Turkish revolt, the Boston lockdown, the Keystone XL pipeline, intellectual property, and the futility of gun control in an age of 3-D printing, to compulsory schooling, American militarism, conscription, worker exploitation, property rights, prison ethics, rape culture, the pros and cons of communism, and the dubious legacy of Margaret Thatcher.

The Industrial Radical I.3 (Spring 2013)

With each new issue published, we post the immediately preceding issue online. Hence a free pdf file of our second issue (Winter 2013) is now available here. (See the first issue also.)

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