I rarely get excited about Kickstarter crap. In fact, I’m subscribed to a YouTube channel dedicated to making fun of the bollox pedaled by wishful dreamers on the crowdfunding site. That’s why when I read that my college friend Nathan J. Robinson was selling subscriptions to a print magazine “which offers political analysis from an anarchist/ libertarian socialist perspective,” I was skeptical. Intrigued, but not sold. I needed to know more. Here’s what I discovered:
Current Affairs is a bi-monthly magazine with colorful artwork and such original topics as: the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Economic Undertones in Cinema, and the Politics of Children’s Literature. It’s the kind of magazine I would be proud to keep on my coffee table even if I disagree strongly with the sentiments of every article. It’s unique. It’s pithy. And I can tell it’s going to challenge me intellectually. I am tired of the predictable opinions and click-bait delivered by the new media’s 24-hour news cycle; it appears Current Affairs offers an antidote.
This magazine almost certainly comes from “the left,” but I’m not letting that deter me! Finally, a challenger enters the ring who will spar with my Anarcho-Capitalist romances with wit and grace. I expect the authors to be wrong about nearly absolutely everything, but it will produce fires in my mind that will result in more scintillating content for my own audiences. It is refreshing to be confronted by a faux-nemesis that does not take itself too seriously — a reminder that while we approach issues from a slightly different angle, we each oppose the state and advocate personal sovereignty. We are people genuinely engaged in exchange of ideas and post-political thought.
Now, a bit about the editor: Nathan J. is the man with whom I once tried to smoke a banana. And no, that isn’t a euphemism for fellatio. Inspired by Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow,” we actually tried to light a banana on fire and smoke it. Oh, college… Nathan J. is also the man who authored several children’s books including, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Question the Rules!” “The Mayor of New Orleans Gets Her Way” “The Day the Crayons Organized an Autonomous Workers’ Collective” “Libertarian Island” “California Sojourn” and “The Man Who Accidentally Wore His Cravat to the Gymnasium” as well as penned thoughtful essays for such mainstream publications as The Washington Post and Al Jazeera. He is a lawyer and a PhD student at Harvard. He speaks with a British accent which I am almost certain is fake (as I recall he is from Florida and I heard a rumor that on orientation day when his parents were present, he spoke like an American), but if he has the ability to adopt a British accent for the sake of eccentricity and stick to it, what can’t he accomplish!?
I’ve given up the battle of ideas with statists. It bores me. But other anarchists? That’s where there’s some ground to be made. Let us learn from each other as we push the human mind where it hasn’t gone before. I may no longer try to communicate with statists, but left-anarchists are my allies. Current Affairs will reach an audience that I cannot. It will introduce new minds to the ideas that matter most: creativity, and the dynamic human spirit that refuses to submit.
I have opted to back the publication of Current Affairs Magazine with $85, which includes a one-year subscription plus a signed copy of one of Nathan’s children’s books (I have a young reader in mind). I encourage you to support the printing of this magazine as well. At the time of this blogpost, they are nearly at half of their goal of $10,000. They may advertise themselves to a wide audience, but to me this magazine is for smart anarchists. Right, left — it doesn’t matter. If you consider yourself an intellectual who wants fresh content that will excite and delight you, get this magazine. I can already tell it’s going to be a gem.