Libertarian Broadsides (1967)

LibertarianBroadsidesLibertarian Broadsides Series was published by Ralph Myles Publisher, Inc. and edited by James J. Martin. While not technically a “journal”, it was a serialized series of booklets reprinting (then) rare individualist/egoist tracts paired with new prefatory and editorial material. The importance of that series makes it something we feel needs to be included on the website.

The False Principle Of Our Education | No. 1 | 1967
theme: Max Stirner
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 36

Slaves to Duty | No. 2 | 1972
theme: John Badcock Jr.
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 34

UoE Notes:

One of eight classic booklets, by outstanding libertarian thinkers, from our specially-priced “Libertarian Broadsides Collection.” The remarkable contribution to philosophical egoism, first issued in London in 1984, with an introduction by S. E. Parker and an appendix consisting of the essay Egoism by John Beverley Robinson.

Introduction by S.E. Parker 3
Slaves to Duty by John Badcock Jr. 7
Egoism by John Beverly Robinson 31

The Philosophy of Egoism | No. 3 | 1972
theme: James L. Walker
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 62

UoE Notes:

The most important work concerned with philosophical egoism originally written in the English language, first published in 1905. Includes the uncut first edition, with photograph of the author and biographical sketch by the author’s original publisher, Henry Replogle, and a foreword by James J. Martin.

Foreword by James J. Martin 3
Prefatory Note by Henry Replogle 4
Biographical  by Henry Replogle 5
The Philosophy of Egoism by James L. Walker 13

Libertarian Broadside | No. 4 | XX
theme: Benjamin R. Tucker
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 37

UoE Notes:

Three succinctly-written “position papers” by the most impor­tant figure among American anarchists between 1875 and 1910, including the title essay, “The Attitude of Anarchism toward Industrial Combinations,” and “Why I Am an Anarchist.” Intro­duction by James J. Martin.

No Treason | No. 5 | XX
theme: Lysander Spooner
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 72

UoE Notes:

An electrifying post-Civil War critique of the US Constitution by one of the great dissident legal minds of the 19th century, challenging its status as a contract and charging that all office-holding, consequently, was an invalid exercise of pow­er. Introductions and an afterword by James J. Martin.

Will to Bondage | No. 6 | XX
theme: Etienne De La Boetie
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 144

UoE Notes:

This classic of anti-statist and libertarian thought — orig­inally entitled Discours de la Servitude volontaire — is the best known and most enduringly influential work of Étienne de la Boétie (1530–1563), a French judge, writer and poet.

Written when he was a student in his early twenties, Boétie is regarded as the father of non-violent anarchism and civil disobedience. This short but powerful work has influenced some of the world’s greatest social thinkers, from Leo Tolstoy to Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ayn Rand.

James J. Martin, in his preface to this well-annotated edition, puts “this remarkable early libertarian treatise” in his­torical context. Edited, with annotations and an introduction, by Wm. Flyg­are. In English, with original French text on facing pages.

Humans are free by nature, says the author, who then asks the key question: Why do people consent to their own enslavement? “It is indeed the nature of the populace,” wrote Boétie, “to be suspicious toward one who has their welfare at heart, and gullible toward one who fools them. Do not imagine that there is any bird more easily caught by decoy, nor any fish sooner fixed on the hook by wormy bait, than are all these poor fools neatly tricked into ser­vitude by the slightest feather passed, so to speak, before their mouths.” He also wrote: “There are almost as many to whom tyranny is profitable as there are to whom liberty would be agreeable.”

Gene Sharp, author of The Politics of Nonviolent Action, praised this work as “a highly significant essay on the ultimate source of political power, the origins of dictatorship, and the means by which people can prevent political enslavement and liberate themselves. The Discours should have a prominent place in the history of po­litical theory, and also of the development of the power anal­ysis in which the technique of non-violent struggle is rooted.”

Selected Essays | No. 7 | 1978
Theme: Laurance Labadie
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 76

UoE Notes:

Astute commentaries on a wide range of topics by a self-taught working man, covering nearly 40 years, in the tradition stretching from Josiah Warren, Benjamin R. Tucker, and P. J. Proudhon to contemporary individualist libertarian tenden­cies. Introduction and two appendices by James J. Martin.

Introduction by James J. Martin 5
Anarchism Applied to Economics 19
Economics of Liberty 22
Reflections on Socio-economic Evolution 24
What Is the Educational Problem? 27
Education—What For? 30
Regarding Man’s Concern With Truth 32
“All the World’s a Stage” 35
Consideration of Some Basic Sociological Truths 36
On Man’s Thinking 43
Excerpts From a Letter to a Friend Apropos Human Rights 47
Origin and Nature of Government 51
War—What For? 52
From Nowhere to the Garbage Heap 54
Comment on the Proposals of Some Modern Saviors About Avoiding the Menace of Atomic War 56
What Is Man’s Destiny? 61
Appendix I 67
Appendix II 75

Uncivil Liberty | No. 8 | 1978
Theme: Ezra H. Heywood
edited by: James J. Martin
size: 5.5×8.5″ | pages: 36

UoE Notes:

Reprint of a world-famed essay, first published in 1873, in defense of legal and political equality for women and an im­proved social environment based on equity and mutual respect for what are identified in these days as “human rights.” Introduction by James J. Martin.

Introduction by James M. Martin 1
Uncivil Liberty by Ezra H. Heywood 7
photo of Ezra H. Heywood 35
Cover of 1873 edition 36