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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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