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Books by Kevin Carson

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Studies in Mutualist Political Economy

This is the book on mutualist economics, combining and reconciling the "socialism" of Thomas Hodgskin, the mutualism of Pierre Proudhon and Benjamin Tucker, and the "capitalism" of Murray Rothbard and the Austrian economists. Mutualism is a sort of happy medium - part "capitalist," in that it embraces a truly free market and private property, and part socialist, since it does not recognize absentee ownership, and holds that profit is ultimately rooted in oppression. Kevin Carson shows that actually existing "capitalism" is largely a result of past statism - the "subsidy of history."

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Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective

Kevin covers these topics in detail:
  • State Capitalist Intervention in the Market
  • Systemic Effects of Centralization and Excessive Organizational Size
  • Internal Effects of Organizational Size Above That Required for Optimum Efficiency
  • Conjectures on Decentralist Free Market Alternative
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The Homebrew Industrial Revolution

In the first part, Babylon: The Rise and Fall of Sloanist Mass Production, Kevin gives the historical background and theory explaining why largeness and centralization of production came about. Some factors were not political at all, but technical, e.g. energy sources like water and steam were centralized for technical reasons. Part two, Zion: The Renaissance of Decentralized Production, discusses new technologies like 3D printing and "household microenterprise," which promise to bring the scale of production to a more local and human level.

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The Desktop Regulatory State.

Defenders of the modern state often claim that it’s needed to protect us. But what if those “countervailing” institution — corporations, government agencies and domesticated labor unions — in practice collude more than they “countervail” each other? And what if network communications technology and digital platforms now enable us to take on all those dinosaur hierarchies as equals — and more than equals. In The Desktop Regulatory State, Kevin Carson shows how the power of self-regulation, which people engaged in social cooperation have always possessed, has been amplified and intensifed by changes in consciousness — as people have become aware of their own power and of their ability to care for themselves without the state — and in technology — especially information technology. Carson paints an inspiring, challenging, and optimistic portrait of a humane future without the state, and points provocatively toward the steps we need to take in order to achieve it. [Gary Chartier]

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