We are raising money for Polish translation of \”Anarchy Unbound\” book by Prof. Peter Leeson. \”Anarchy Unbound\” is a scholarly analysis of the self-governance regime, bringing contemporary and historical examples of the \”governance without government\”. Prof. Leeson is an acknowledged expert in the area of Analytical Anarchism
Polish political discourse heavily lacks the anarchist components. Anarchy is mostly treated as a subculture, or a purely historical phenomenon at best. While certain Polish scholars (Włodzimierz Gogloza for example) already recognized the cognitive potential of the self-governance, broader audience is still deprived of this reflection.
It is quite important, as there are now numerous grassroot movements there, which lacks any deeper knowledge in this respect. In effect they replicate authoritarian patterns they were taught during the social conditioning process.
We believe that bringing this book to the public attention in Poland is an important part of the struggle for making Anarchy a viable socio-political option, in the spirit of the Anarcho-Positivist perspective.
Most of the money will go to the translators and editors who are grassroot activists, running international solidarity projects (Expedition Freedom and Connecting The Dots). So, your donations will work twice – ALWAYS for freedom and self-governance!
The Polish version will be published as free ebook, plus print-on-demand hard copy option. Unfortunately, Cambridge University Press, the owner of rights, insists on putting DRM on the ebook. We are still working on this issue. However, the ebook will be be distributed free of charge.
General budget will be approximately split as follows:
- 20% for purchasing the rights from Cambridge University Press; this part is crucial, as if we fail, the whole project fails. And we know that there is another mysterious, probably corporate, publisher waiting to grab this book if we don’t get it.
- 55% for translation; this is the part that goes (except from taxes) to the FreeLab collective, to let them survive while translating the book and to spend their time during the winter working for intentional communities in Greece.
- 25% for the rest of operations: editing, proofreading, typesetting, printing and ebook production.
If we raise all money by the deadline, the book will be available in February 2015.
Mission of FreeLab is to spread practical knowledge, needed for self-organisation. It includes translating books into Polish. Last year we translated “Think like a commoner”, a book by Prof. David Bollier, bringing important perspective of the commons, almost unknown in Polish political thinking. Both readers and the author complimented our work. Those of you who read Polish may check it yourselves: https://archive.org/details/DavidBollierTheCommonsDobroWspolneDlaKazdego
So, support us, please. Apart from the payment cards via MangoPay, we also accept bank transfers (to Poland), Bitcoins and – if you REALLY insist – Paypal. Just select the “Manual” payment option.
We have just received kind offer of a non-financial contribution from Dr. Włodzimierz Gogłoza, Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration · UMCS, Lublin, Poland (http://wgogloza.com/umcs/). He will consult translators and provide scientific and academic proofreading.
His generous contribution will assure the high level of professional quality of the book. Thank you, Doc! ;)
Marek Mieczysław B.