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Stand Alone | Benjamin DeCasseres, Sidney E. Parker, Voltairine de Cleyre | SA1029

This podcast premieres the first audio episode of Stand Alone (2016) and the 11th issue in the series. Stand Alone is mixed medium and format journal produced at irregular intervals. Our podcast, while sporadic, will be divided into two types. News, topical discussions and interviews will be labelled Der Geist, and the reading of historical works by or about egoism will fall under the Stand Alone banner.

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This episode features readings from the work of three figures associated with the history of egoism: Benjamin DeCasseres, Sidney E. Parker, Voltairine de Cleyre.

Though de Cleyre was not an egoist per se, she was at one point and individualist and through her life struggled between individualism and altruism, trying to reconcile the two. Her writing and life has influenced other egoists and individualist anarchists.

Pieces read, in order:
1:04 – Hate by Benjamin DeCasseres
8:08 – Philosophic Spleen by Benjamin DeCasseres
13:50 – Archists, Anarchists and Egoists* by Sidney E. Parker
29:10 – You and I (poem) by Voltairine de Cleyre

*NOTE: The version read is an is an edited version as presented in the Ardent Press title Enemies of Society: An Anthology of Individualist & Egoist Thought. The original essay was published in Parker’s journal EGO (1982), issue number 8, 1986. The piece as read lacks the initial three paragraphs of the original, and includes, at the end, an additional two paragraphs culled from Parker’s response to a critique of his essay by Fritz R. Ward from the next issue, No 9, published in 1987. I thought something was different when I read the essay, but didn’t realize that material was both subtracted from and added to it in the book form. It was, unfortunately, not made clear in the book and the episode is compiled and ready for release. Though I may have still used Ardent Press’s version, I would have made note in the podcast itself, rather than appending this note to the blog post.

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Jeff Riggenbach’s Biographical Sketch of Max Stirner – UoE Podcast

Pod1400x1400-3This episode brings a 45 minute biography of Max Stirner recorded by none other than libertarian and individualist writer Jeff Riggenbach. In high school, Mr. Riggenbach took his “first steps” towards becoming a libertarian when he read books by Ayn Rand and Frederic Bastiat, and subscribed to The Freeman magazine. He didn’t know it at the time, but those chance philosophical encounters would lead to a multifaceted career in journalism, broadcasting, audio book narration, and editing that would span more than three decades.


If you’d paid attention to the site you’ll have noticed a great deal of material has been pulled from the Libertarian Microfiche Project that was run by John Zube from 1978 to around 2012. Over the course of time Mr. Zube committed about 500,000 pages of libertarian, anarchist, free market and other related material to microfiche in a series he called Peace Plans.

Between my co-founder Trevor Blake, our good friend Dustin and myself we are ready to match donations dollar for dollar to go toward purchasing an entire set of microfiche and archival sleeves and archival storage boxes.

We need a total of  $2,000 to purchase the fiche and the archival supplies to properly store them. Beginning in August of 2016, all money donated to the UoE project will go just to the Libertarian Microfiche Publishing Peace Plans acquisition until it and the archival materials are all together in the Union of Egoists archive.

I have registered http://www.libertarianmicrofiche.com and resurrected the index to the Peace Plans from the grave of archive.org. To get an idea of the magnitude and importance of his work and the archive, spend a few minutes browsing the site.

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Trevor Blake at Mother Foucault’s – UoE Podcast

EP02-Pod1400x1400On May 1st of 2016 Trevor Blake and I took to the lectern at Mother Foucault’s bookstore in Portland Oregon. The event was to announce the release of Underworld Amusements’ The Outbursts of Everett True that featured an introduction by Trevor Blake and OVO’s Max Stirner Bibliography by Trevor Blake.

The entire event was recorded and I introduced Mr. Blake. Unfortunately I did a sound level check by having Trevor speak, and he is a very soft-spoken man. I, however, am not, and rendered my introduction unlistenable by blowing out the levels every other word. So what follows will be my in-studio reading of my introduction, followed by Trevor’s live on stage talk.

The UoE podcast will be posted sporadically as episodes are produced, and we expect them to consist of both archival and newly recorded material. If you know of any archival Egoist related audio material, or have any other suggestions or comments, please contact us.

The song you hear at the end is “Depth of my Ego” by Matt McGinn, “one of Scotland’s greatest song writers”. “Depth of My Ego” was “inspired by the ideas of Max Stirner as introduced to McGinn by ‘Bobby’ Lynn.” It is also on YouTube.

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Interview with Sidney E. Parker – UoE Podcast

The Union of Egoists is proud to present the first episode of our podcast. You will hear a short introduction to Sidney Parker and then an interview conducted with him in August of 1991. The interview was part of a series about the British Libertarian Movement and was filmed by David Botsford. Mr. Botsford was not able to complete the project and Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance was given the master tapes. Mr. Gabb digitised the interviews and uploaded them to YouTube, and he has granted me permission to use the audio for our podcast, and I thank him for that.

His own biographical sketch from Svein Olav Nyberg’s Non Serviam (1992), issue #13 is as follows:

 Sidney E. Parker: “Born 1929, Birmingham, England. Now retired after thirty three years with British Rail. Has worked his way through the Young Communist League (1944-1946), the British Federation of Young Co-operators (1946-1947), and virtually all the different varieties of anarchism (1947-1982), to emerge as his own man, the penny of conscious egoism having finally dropped. Editor and publisher of Minus One/Ego/The Egoist/Ego 1963-1994.”

If you are interested in reading some of Sidney Parker’s writing, we recommend “Enemies of Society: An Anthology of Individualist and Egoist Thought” by Ardent Press. It is usually available from Underworld Amusements (US).

The UoE podcast will be posted sporadically as episodes are produced, and we expect them to consist of both archival and newly recorded material. If you know of any archival Egoist related audio material, or have any other suggestions or comments, please contact us.

The song you hear through the episode and in full at the end is “Depth of my Ego” by Matt McGinn, “one of Scotland’s greatest song writers”. “Depth of My Ego” was “inspired by the ideas of Max Stirner as introduced to Matt by ‘Bobby’ Lynn.” It is also on YouTube.

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