Event: Charles Johnson to Speak in Austin on Feb. 4 & 5

ALL member Charles Johnson will be speaking twice this weekend in Austin on the new book he contributed to and co-edited, “Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty.”

The sweep of the book is that the significant and troubling social, political, and ecological problems that take place within our prevailing economic system is not the inevitable result of market exchanges, but the system’s distortions of the process of consensual economic exchanges by political privileges that benefit owners of capital. The books also explorers how social activism bolstered in a freed markets liberated from political control can be used to achieve a just distribution of social and economic power.

The first presentation will be at Brave New Books on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

The second presentation will take place on Sunday at MonkeyWrench Books at 6 p.m.

In his announcement, Johnson added,

I’ll be giv­ing a brief talk at both events, and then a read­ing from the col­lect­ed es­says on the na­ture of cap­i­tal­ism, role of the State in cre­at­ing and prop­ping it up, the place of mu­tu­al ex­change and in­di­vid­ual own­er­ship in a rad­i­cal, bot­tom-up al­ter­na­tive, the rad­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties of freed-mar­ket so­cial ac­tivism, and the in­di­vid­u­al­ist and mu­tu­al­ist ten­den­cies with­in the an­t­i­cap­i­tal­ist tra­di­tion. Q&A, dis­cus­sion and book-sign­ing will ensue.

Many, many thanks are due to Crys­tal of the Austin / Cen­tral Texas A.L.L., for sug­gest­ing and or­ga­niz­ing both of these events. And many thanks also to the spaces that have gen­er­ous­ly agreed to host us.