The Union of Egoists began issuing booklets, books, and other printed ephemera and objects in 2016, numbering them in a series called “Stand-Alone”. They are a mixture of different mediums and formats, as well as having different availability and production numbers. Below is a list of the items as they appeared with a brief description.
Stand Alone | SA1000 | May, 2016
Subtitle/Theme: EN MARGE No. 1
Published by: Union of Egoists
Issue One Cover
Stand Alone | SA1005 | July, 2016
Subtitle/Theme: For Love and Money
Published by: Underworld Amusements
Limited to 66 copies. 50 available for purchase , 16 used for trades and gifts.
For Love and Money by Leighton Pagan
With introduction by Trevor Blake
Leighton Pagan was the pseudonym of John Badcock Jr., more widely known for his work Slaves to Duty. Pagan was a public speaker and author with an egoist perspective on sex and relations. The topics he addressed and the groups he spoke to show a singular dedication to the individual’s wants (and wantonness) as supreme over society.
For Love and Money is a pamphlet collecting two published speeches by this strident individualist. It was promoted as a pamphlet that “EGOISTS SHOULD READ” in the Nietzschean/Egoist journal The Eagle and the Serpent in 1898. A review in the contemporary British journal The Adult said:
“Any who draw their portraits of free lovers from Artemus Ward’s delightful absurdities will regard the distinction of a free lover with a sense of humour as sufficiently unique, but in adding to this gift of writing wittily and luminously on the currency question, Mr. Pagan attains to the miraculous.”
We see there a now wholly obscure reference to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite author (real name Charles F. Browne), who published a story Artemus Ward Among the Free Lovers in 1858.
The two sections of For Love and Money were advertised as follows:
1.— The Judgment of Paris—up to date, a lecture given before the Legitimation League, dealing in the most unconventional way with the vital questions of marriage and free love.
2.—The Money Famine, a reprint of an interesting article on the money question from the Free Review.
This facsimile was prepared by Underworld Amusements for the Union of Egoists. A portion of the profits will be used to further the archival, historical, biographical and bibliographical work at www.UnionOfEgoists.com.
Special thanks to the University of Michigan Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection.
Stand Alone | SA1010 | October, 2016
Subtitle/Theme: The Martyrdom of Percy Whitcomb
Published by: Underworld Amusements
Limited to 66 copies. 50 available for purchase, 16 used for trades and gifts.
A story written by Erwin McCall (John Basil Barnhill), the editor of the Nietzschean/Stirnerite journal The Eagle and the Serpent. With introduction by Trevor Blake, author of Confessions of a Failed Egoist and Other Essays.
“A sad story of a United States Methodist minister, who, coming to see the falsity of his faith, blows out his brains at a Church Congress at Chicago. The story is told with feeling, and even eloquence; but there is a suspicion of juvenility and rant about it…”
Volume XVII, Number 42
(October 24, 1897)
“I used to wonder very much why X, Y, and Z, who were so inspired on the theory of Christian brotherhood, never seemed to do anything in the practice of that creed. This was a puzzle to me till I found out who were sitting in the pews of their churches. Real estate robbery, interest and dividends robbery in every form of legitimized plunder, had its representatives in those pews; and these men were the solid members of the church. There is only one thing which could make life tolerable to me–I would have some inducement to life if I could see any possibility of exposing these huge hypocrisies; but no one knows, who has not beaten his head against its seven-walled citadel, how vain are all ordinary methods of attack upon this omnipotent octopus of legalized and Christianized plunderism.”
-from Chapter IV
Stand Alone | SA1015 | December, 2016
Subtitle/Theme: The Eagle and the Serpent Index of Names
Published by: OVO
Issue Four Cover
Limited to 25 copies.
144 pages, 5×7″, Perfect bound book
The Eagle and the Serpent Index of Names
The Eagle and the Serpent was a magazine published between 1898 and 1927. This index of more than 2,600 entries includes the given names, pseudonyms, the names of fictional characters and movements named after a person or fictional character found in The Eagle and the Serpent. This index has been prepared to aid the study of the literature of egoism, and to contribute to the history of publishers in London and Chicago.
Trevor Blake is the author of Confessions of a Failed Egoist, Max Stirner Bibliography and other works.
Stand Alone | SA1017 | January 4th, 2017
Subtitle/Theme: Sidney E. Parker 1993 Interview.
Published by: Union of Egoists
Issue Five Cover
5th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
Limited to 33 copies.
32 pages, 5.5×8.5″, Saddle-stitched, 80# Silk Text
Sidney E. Parker
January 4th, 1993.
Introduction by Pól O’Sullivan.
Edited by S.E. Parker in 1993 & Kevin I. Slaughter in 2016.
Published for the first time January 4th, 2017.
Previously unpublished interview with the late S. E. Parker (1929-2012).
Sid Parker edited a series of anarchist and egoist journals from 1963 to 1994, including Minus One and Ego. This interview with Tony Gibson, previously lost, is the most thorough ever conducted. From being a teenage member of the Communist Youth League, to his discovery (and initial rejection) of Max Stirner, through pacifism, individualist anarchism and ultimately “to emerge as his own man” as an unhyphenated Egoist. Throughout his journey he remained en marge, the outsider. Egoist historian Pól O’Sullivan provides an original introduction.
Stand Alone | SA1019 | February, 2017
Subtitle/Theme: Max Stirner/Roots of the Right
Published by: UoE/Harper & Row
This edition of Stand Alone pairs 45 uncirculated copies of the 1971 Harper Row edition of Max Stirner: The Ego and His Own accompanied with a special typesetting of Sidney E. Parker’s review of that book titled “Anarchism, Angst, and Max Stirner.” The books are as new, though the just jackets have varying degrees of shelf and storage wear. Part of the “Roots of the Right” series, this is an abridged, edited of Stirner’s Der Einzige based on Byington’s translation.
Stand Alone | SA1020 | March, 2017
Subtitle/Theme: Philosophy of Time by Dora Marsden
Published by: 127 House
Issue Seven Cover
Dora Marsden (1882 – 1960) was a suffragette and an egoist. She wrote “The Philosophy of Time” while she was held at Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, England. Her book was a strike against the shackles of Time. Time was the last shackle Dora burst, but it was not the last.
Stand Alone | SA1023 | April, 2017
Subtitle/Theme: Egoism: The First Two Volumes 1890-1892
Published by: Union of Egoists
Egoism: The First Two Volumes 1890-1892
by Georgia & Henry Replogle (Author), Kevin I. Slaughter (Introduction)
212 pages, 8.5×11″, Perfect bound
Egoism was the first journal explicitly based on Egoist ideas in the English language, and was published by individualist anarchists Georgia and Henry Replogle beginning in 1890. An advertisement from the period stated:
“Its purpose is the improvement of social existence from the standpoint of intelligent self-interest. To gain recognition of the fact, and popularize the idea, that self-pleasure can be the only motive of any act; that any attempt to ignore it must as necessarily be disastrous to human happiness as an attempt to ignore any part of the order of nature. Thus developing a principle for a basis of action about which there can be no misunderstanding, and which will place every person squarely on the merit of his or her probable interests, divested of the opportunity to deceive through pretension, as under the dominance of altruistic idealism.
From this basis Egoism will defend the individual against every phase of invasion, whether it be the exactions of political-authority-protected privilege or the decrees of superstition-influenced custom.”
In the late 19th Century a pocket of America was ready for an expression of “rugged individualism” to transform into a more coherent worldview. The greatest articulation of that sprang from German philosopher Max Stirner’s 1844 book Der Einzige und sein Eigenthum. This book serves foundation of Egoism, which is a philosophy of putting the self in the central concern, rather than gods, other men, “mankind” in the abstract. Though relatively unknown compared to other flag-bearers of free thinking individualism like Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert Ingersoll, Ayn Rand and others, the message of Stirner’s book has had a critical impact on many writers and artists who were influential in Europe and America.
Stirner’s great work (published in New York in 1907 as The Ego and His Own), while having no explicit connection to Anarchism, was championed early on by that milieu. First in Germany by John Henry Mackay, who saved Stirner from the dustbins, to writers and radicals in Russia, France, Spain and England.
Here in America, Egoism’s first champions were Georgia and Henry P. Replogle, and British born James L. Walker (aka “Tak Kak”). Contemporaries with publishers Benjamin Tucker (Liberty), Moses Harman (Lucifer the Lightbearer), D. M. Bennett (Truth Seeker) and other radicals, the Replogle’s are not as well known as their more prolific comrades.
The Egoism journal is most notable for first serializing Walker’s The Philosophy of Egoism book, but it also contained writings from and about the anarchist and individualist discussion of the day. While Walker’s book would later be reprinted as a single volume in 1905, issues of the journal itself became scarce and near impossible to access. The journal is important for historians of Anarchism, Individualism and Egoism; three ideas that overlap greatly, but often depart in fascinating ways.
Stand Alone | SA1025 | May, 2017
Published by: Forthcoming.