“LeftLiberty” and “The Mutualist” (2009-2011)

The Corvus Editions project started with LeftLiberty: A Journal of Mutualist Anarchist Theory and History, a zine produced in the context of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left, a “big tent” coalition of “market anarchists.” It lasted for two issues and received almost no attention. As my own trajectory started to diverge from that of the Alliance, the project was reinvented as The Mutualist: A Journal for Free Absolutes, with an explicitly “neo-Proudhonian” emphasis. The one issue published shows all the signs, I think, of a project being pursued to please no one but myself. Subsequent issues suffered from the difficulty that has always haunted my attempts at publication: I was uncovering new material at such a rate that my critical and interpretive writings were often “out of date” long before I could finish writing them. I eventually collected the best of LeftLiberty, together with some posts from my blog, in a special “0” issue of The Mutualist, which, from a historical standpoint, is perhaps interesting as an anticipation of the Contr’un zine series and as one of the first Corvus Editions to use what would become the “house style” in layout and typography.


CE-0001 (March 2009)

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LeftLiberty 1: The Unfinished Business of Liberty

Alligations—THE EDITOR 2

THE NEW PROUDHON LIBRARY

  • Announcement Extraordinary, by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1887 6
  • Notes on The Philosophy of Progress (1853) 10

MUTUALISM: THE ANARCHISM OF APPROXIMATIONS 17

  • FROM THE LIBERTARIAN LABYRINTH
  • “Communism—Capitalism—Socialism,” by William B. Greene, 1849 23 “
  • The Blazing Star,” by William B. Greene, 1871 28

The Distributive Passions 45

The Alliance of the Libertarian Left 47

On ALLiance

  • The Lesson of the Pear Growers’ Series, etc. —THE EDITOR 48

CE-0002 (August 2009)

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LeftLiberty 2: The Gift Economy of Property

Alligations—A Tale of Three Approximations 2

New Proudhon Library

  • Announcing Justice in the Revolution and in the Church—Part I 6
  • The Theory of Property, Chapter IX—Conclusion 8

Collective Reason

  • “A Little Theory,” by Errico Malatesta 23
  • “The Mini-Manual of the Individualist Anarchist,” by Emile Armand 29

From the Libertarian Labyrinth 34

  • Socialism in the Plant World 35
  • “Mormon Co-operation,” by Dyer D. Lum 38
  • “Thomas Paine’s Anarchism,” by William Van Der Weyde 41

Mutualism: The Anarchism of Approximations

  • Mutualism is APPROXIMATE 45
  • Mutualist Musings on Property 50

The Distributive Passions

  • Another World is Possible, “At the Apex,” I 72

On alliance

  • “Everyone here disagrees” 85

CE-0003 (March 2010)

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The Mutualist 1: Two-Gun Mutualism and the Golden Rule

OUT OF THE LABYRINTH 2

‘TWO-GUN’ MUTUALISM & THE GOLDEN RULE—PART 1 8

THE NEW PROUDHON LIBRARY

  • Intro: “War: What’s it Good For?” 27
  • War and Peace—extracts 31

COLLECTIVE REASON—two by Joseph Déjacque

  • “To the Ci-Devant Dynastics” 44
  • “The Theory of Infinitesimal Humanities” 48

DOCUMENTS FROM MUTUALIST HISTORY

  • “Equitable Commerce,” by Maria & Thomas Varney 50
  • “Mutualism,” by Dyer D. Lum 67
  • “Transformation of the Republican Government,” by Joseph Perrot 70
  • “The Socialist Soirees of New York,” by Claude Pelletier 78

CE-0000 (July 2011)

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LeftLiberty Special: The Gift Economy of Property and other occasional essays on property and liberty

  • MUTUALISM:THEANARCHISMOFAPPROXIMATIONS (SHAWNP.WILBUR)
  • MUTUALIST MUSINGS ON PROPERTY (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
  • NOTE A (CHARLES FOURIER)
  • THE LESSON OF THE PEAR-GROWERS’ SERIES (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
  • HAPPY 200TH, P.-J. PROUDHON (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
  • MUTUALIST LAND TENURE (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
  • THE HEART OF PROUDHON’S THOUGHT (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
  • A NOTE ON BASTIAT AND DOUBLE INEQUALITY (SHAWN P. WILBUR)
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