Stand Alone (2016)

Prospectus

Stand Alone is mixed medium and format journal produced at irregular intervals. The focus is Egoism and the individuals associated with it. Produced by the Union Of Egoists, but individual issues published by different sources.

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First issue: May, 2016
Last issue:
(active)
Subtitle:
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Editor: Various

Index


SA1000 | EN MARGE No. 1 | May 2016

Published by: Union of Egoists
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99 facsimile copies of the first issue of Sidney E. Parker’s last journal En Marge (1996). 33 made in the UK on red A4, distributed free with book orders through a British mail order company, 33 on orange 8.5×11″ distributed for free with orders from Underworld Amusements (MD, USA) and 33 on yellow 8.5×11″ distributed for free with orders from Little Black Cart (CA, USA). Facsimile of the original with added text box giving context.


SA1005 | For Love and Money | July 2016

Published by: Underworld Amusements

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28 pages, 5.25×8.5″, Saddle-stitched booklet

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.


SA1010 | The Martyrdom of Percy Whitcomb | October 2016

Published by: Underworld Amusements

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34 pages, 5.25×8.5″, Saddle-stitched booklet

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…”
The Freethinker,
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


SA1015 | The Eagle and the Serpent Index of Names | December 2016

Published by: OVO
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4th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
Limited to 25 copies.
144 pages, 5×7″, Perfect bound book

The Eagle and the Serpent Index of Names
Trevor Blake

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.


SA1017 | Sidney E. Parker 1993 Interview | January 4th 2017

Published by: Union of Egoists
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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
interviewed by
Tony Gibson
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.


SA1019 | Max Stirner/Roots of the Right | February 2017

Published by: UoE/Harper & Row

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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 version of Stirner’s Der Einzige based on Byington’s translation.


SA1020 | Philosophy of Time | March 2017

Published by: 127 House
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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.


SA1023 | Egoism: The First Two Volumes 1890-1892 | April 2017

Published by: Union of Egoists/Underworld Amusements

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8th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
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.


SA1025 | Benjamin DeCasseres Ephemera | May 2017

Published by: Union of Egoists/Underworld Amusements

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Limited edition, 66 copies. Five rare booklets in facsimile edition, all featuring Benjamin DeCasseres.

Clark Ashton Smith: Emperor of Shadows (circa 1923)
From Olympus to Independence Hall (1935)
I Am Private Enterprise (circa 1943)
Sex in Inhibitia (1925)
What is a Doodle-Goof? (1926)

Stand Alone is mixed medium and format journal produced at irregular intervals. The focus is Egoism and the individuals associated with it. Produced by the Union Of Egoists.


SA1027 | “I” Vol. 1 No. 1 | June 2017

Published by: Underworld Amusements

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Announcing 10th issue of the egoist journal Stand Alone: a facsimile of Vol. 1, No. 1 of individualist anarchist C.L. Swartz’s journal I.
Originally published in July, 1898, it’s filled with gossip of the anarchist milieu of the day, including the desperate need for a translation of Max Stirner’s Der Einzige und sein Eigenthum.
It was tipped in the back of a limited hardback edition of The Unique and Its Own, a new translation of Max Stirner’s masterwork, of which only 66 were made.
Clarence Lee Swartz (1868-1936) was a long-time collaborator with Benjamin Tucker and author of the 1927 book “What is Mutualism?”


SA1029 | “Benjamin DeCasseres, Sidney E. Parker, Voltairine de Cleyre” | July 2019

Published by: UnionOfEgoists.com

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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.

This episode features readings from the work of three figures associated with the history of egoism: Benjamin DeCasseresSidney 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.


SA1030 | A Critique of Anarchist Communism | August 2017

Published by: Union of Egoists/Underworld Amusements

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A Critique of Anarchist Communism by Ken Knudson has finally been printed as intended nearly a half-century after it was written.

Bill Dwyer, Editor of the British journal Anarchy, commissioned the essay 1971, but the publication went under before it saw print. Libertarian Analysis sought to publish this essay, but the American quarterly also folded just before it was to appear. A mere excerpt was published in The Voluntaryist by Carl Watner in 1983, but the full essay remained unpublished. Svein Olav Nyberg broke the curse in 1992 when he serialized it across twelve issues of his Egoist e-zine Non Serviam. The essay was then published in parts by egoist-feminist Wendy McElroy at her website wendymcelroy.com.

A Critique of Anarchist Communism argues that “Anarchist Communism” is a contradiction in terms. Knudson argues as an Egoist Anarchist inspired by the writings of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, William B. Greene, Benjamin R. Tucker and Max Stirner. A Critique of Anarchist Communism opens wide the divide between socialism and individualism. Not merely a critique, but ultimately an offering of an alternative: mutualism.

This 12th issue of the Stand Alone journal finally publishes the original essay as a single work, with a new Foreword by Mr. Knudson.

80 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, Perfect bound


SA1033 | The Right to Ignore the State | Sept. 2017

Published by: Union of Egoists

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13th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
The Right to Ignore the State
by Herbert Spencer
16 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-stitched
Limited to 66 copies.

A new 16 page typesetting of Benjamin Tucker’s booklet published in 1907, the same year as his edition of The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner.

It is only fair to the memory of Mr. Herbert Spencer that we should warn the reader of the following chapter from the original edition of Mr. Spencer’s Social Statics, written in 1850, that it was omitted by the author from the revised edition, published in 1892. We may legitimately infer that this omission indicates a change of view. But to repudiate is not to answer, and Mr. Spencer never answered his arguments for the right to ignore the State. It is the belief of the Anarchists that these arguments are unanswerable. -Benjamin R. Tucker

 


SA1035 | The Walford-Parker Exchange | Nov. 2017

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Published by: Union of Egoists

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14th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
The Walford-Parker Exchange
by George Walford, Sidney E. Parker
new introduction by Trevor Blake
36 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-stitched
Limited to 66 copies.

The Walford-Parker Exchange, originally published in Ideological Commentary, is gathered here for the first time with a new introduction. In one corner we have George Walford (1919 – 1994) representing “Systematic ideology,” and in another corner Sidney E. Parker (1929 – 2012) representing “Stirnerite egoism.” Is “egoism” contradictory nonsense, or a self-evident description of the world? See these two articulate authors at odds in a friendly, informative exchange.

 


SA1050 | The Eagle and The Serpent Vol. 2 No. 5 | Jan. 2018

Published by: Union of Egoists

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15th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
The Eagle and The Serpent Vol. 2 No. 5
edited by John Erwin McCall and Malfew Seklew
5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-stitched
Limited to 66 copies.

Stand Alone A beautiful facsimile made from high resolution scans of an original copy of the September, 1902 issue of the British Nietzschean/Stirnerite journal The Eagle and The Serpent. This issue co-edited by the Sirfessor of Superology Malfew Seklew. Edited by John Basil Barnhill under the name John Erwin McCall.

OUR CREED AND AIM.
A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves.
A race of freemen is necessarily a race of egoists.
Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken.


SA1055 | Max Stirner’s Egoism and Nihilism | Feb. 2018

Published by: Union of Egoists/Underworld Amusements

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16th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
Max Stirner’s Egoism and Nihilism
by Larry Alan Schiereck
72 pages, 6″ x 9″, Perfect bound

During the early 1970s a ‘revival’ took place of the philosophy of Max Stirner, born Johann Caspar Schmidt (1806-1856), whose book Der Einzige und Sein Eigentum has been called a ‘revolutionary anarchist manual’, a ‘Banker’s Bible’, a ‘structural model of petit-bourgeois self-consciousness’ and other names since its appearance in 1844. The revival produced the most comprehensive study of Stirner in English to that date, R. W. K. Paterson’s 1971 The Nihilistic Egoist: Max Stirner. While Paterson undertook to review Der Einzige as substantive philosophical discourse, paradoxically, and theologically, he would conclude that Stirner was doing metaphysics, to the point of a solipsistic frivolity. This study examines the fascinating but ultimately unsuccessful, if not buffoonish, case against Stirner by Paterson. I conclude that we should rethink Stirner not as metaphysician but as social critic and educator, a “root”, ground-level or primal thinker, more relevant today than ever. And that his ideas and principles are ready to be spread and put to work now in criticism, current events and art. In this revision my purpose is to de-trivialize Stirner, tweak the paradigm further and introduce new material, with a view to reviving Saint Max where he belongs – in the company of heretics such as Chamfort, Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, George Orwell, Joseph Heller and George Carlin, to name a few.


SA1060 | What is Man’s Destiny? | March 2018

Published by: Union of Egoists

17th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
What is Man’s Destiny?
by Laurance Labadie
introduction by Mark A. Sullivan
5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-stitched
Limited to 66 copies.

Laurance Labadie begins with the thesis that the State was born under conditions of scarcity, and survived at the expense of other states and its own subjects. Labadie applied egoist Benjamin R. Tucker’s critique of monopoly to a world Tucker declared doomed. Going beyond the “plumb line” of his mentor, Labadie’s portrayal of “civilization” before close of the Twentieth Century is a rival to any nightmare of Orwell.
Laurance was the son of anarchist labor advocate and publisher Joseph A. Labadie, and the last true connection to Benjamin Tucker and the group of individualists known as the “Boston Anarchists.”
“What Is Man’s Destiny?” was first published in the fourth quarter, 1970 issue of The Journal of Human Relations. The current form is a facsimile of Mark A. Sullivan’s pamphlet edition released in 1975, which included his typed and mimeographed introduction stapled to actual offset prints of the original essay.
At the end of the essay is an excerpt from economist Hugo Bilgram’s book The Cause of Business Depressions, and then an editorial statement on that excerpt to place it within the context of Labadie’s essay. The latter was probably written by Don Werkheiser, who was editor of the journal from 1968 to 1971.

Mark A. Sullivan published the egoist/gay/anarchist journal The Stormfrom 1976 to 1988. He was also heavily involved in the Mackay Society, which was dedicated to publish and distribute the work of German anarchist John Henry Mackay.
His introduction to “What is Man’s Destiny?,” dated November 1975, was completed only four months after Laurance died. Sullivan would later expand this introduction, with the help of Mildred J. Loomis of the School of Living, into the essay “Laurance Labadie: Keeper Of The Flame.” It was included in a 1986 collection of essays titled Benjamin R. Tucker and the Champions of Liberty. Sullivan co-edited the book with Mike Coughlin and Charles H. Hamilton. The original version of the biographical essay was published in Anarcho-Pessimism: The Collected Writings of Laurance Labadie (Ardent Press, 2014).


SA1065 | The Cynic’s Breviary | April 2018

Published by: Union of Egoists

18th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
The Cynic’s Breviary
by Nicolas Chamfort
preface by William G. Hutchison
afterword by Friedrich Nietzsche
5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-stitched
Limited to 66 copies.

“Nature has not said to me: Be not poor; still less: Be rich.
But she cries out to me: Be independent.”

Thus begins a collection of wonderful quips and barbs from this revered French writer whose birth name was Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (1741 – 1794). Frequently quoted by the egoist journal The Eagle and The Serpentand admired by Malfew Seklew, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, John Stuart Mill and others. A radical that would skewer whatever reigning powers that be, was one of the first to storm the Bastille, but would also be imprisoned for his criticisms of the Jacobins. After release, when he was threatened with arrest once more, he instead locked himself in a room and shot himself in the face. Failing to kill himself, he stabbed himself in the neck and chest with a paper cutter. Still failing to finish the job, he dictated the following to those who came to arrest him: “I, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, hereby declare my wish to die a free man rather than to continue to live as a slave in a prison”. This he signed in his own blood.


SA1068 | The Absolute Elsewhere | May 2018

Published by: 127 House

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19th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
The Absolute Elsewhere
an interview with Kerry Wendell Thornley
Introduction and annotations by Andrew Stephens.
6″ x 9″, Hardbound
Limited to 33 copies.

“When I started a few years ago, I thought I’m not going to be able to convince anybody I knew who killed Kennedy. These days it’s hard for me to convince anybody that I’m Kerry Wendell Thornley because I carry identification and I said I wouldn’t.”

FIRST TIME IN PRINT
A late-1980s transcribed dialogue between Kerry Wendell Thornley and Allen Greenfield of the Eulis Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientalis in Atlanta, Georgia.
Introduction and annotations by Andrew Stephens.


SA1070 | Rebuilding the World | June 2018

Published by: Union of Egoists

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20th issue of the egoist journal “Stand Alone”.
Rebuilding the World
by John Beverly Robinson
5.5″ x 8.5″, Saddle-Stiched
Limited to 66 copies.

John Beverly Robinson was an anarchist that was deeply influenced by Max Stirner’s philosophy of Egoism. He wrote a highly recommended essay titled “Egoism” that came out in 1915 and has bee reprinted in books, journals booklets and as a pamphlet by itself many times over.
Robinson wrote this essay, titled “Rebuilding the World,” outlining his understanding of anarchism in 1917, and this booklet is a facsimile of a later 1924 edition.