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Defenders of the modern state often claim that it’s needed to protect us — from terrorists, invaders, bullies, and rapacious corporations. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, for instance, famously argued that the state was a source of “countervailing power” that kept other social institutions in check. 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. Drawing as usual on a wide array of insights from diverse disciplines, 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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE–THE STIGMERGIC REVOLUTION
Reduced Capital Outlays
CHAPTER TWO–NETWORKS VS. HIERARCHIES
The Systematic Stupidity of Hierarchies
Hierarchies vs. Networks
Networks vs. Hierarchies
CHAPTER THREE–NETWORKS VS. HIERARCHIES: END GAME
Transition from Hierarchies to Networks
The Question of Repression
The Question of Collapse
CHAPTER FOUR–THE DESKTOP REVOLUTION IN REGULATION
The Regulatory State: Myth and Reality
The “Long Tail” in Regulation
Networked Resistance as an Example of Distributed Infrastructure
Informational Warfare (or Open-Mouth Sabotage)
A Narrowcast Model of Open Mouth Sabotage
Attempts to Suppress or Counter Open Mouth Sabotage
Who Regulates the Regulators?
Networked, Distributed Successors to the State: Saint-Simon, Proudhon and “the Administration of Things”
Heather Marsh’s “Proposal for Governance
Michel Bauwens’ Partner State
CHAPTER FIVE–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: NETWORKED SUPPORT PLATFORMS
Bruce Sterling: Islands in the Net
Phyles: Neal Stephenson
Phyles: Las Indias and David de Ugarte
Bruce Sterling: The Caryatids
John Robb: Economies as a Social Software Service
Medieval Guilds as Predecessors of the Phyle
Transition Towns and Global Villages
Modern Networked Labor Unions and Guilds as Examples of Phyles
Virtual States as Phyles: Hamas, Etc.
Eugene Holland: Nomad Citizenship
The Incubator Function
Mix & Match
CHAPTER SIX–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: MONEY
What Money’s For and What it Isn’t
The Adoption of Networked Money Systems
Examples of Networked Money Systems
CHAPTER SEVEN–FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURES: EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALING
Introduction: Whom Do Present-Day Schools Really Serve
Potential Building Blocks for an Open Alternative
Open Course Materials
Open Learning Platforms
CHAPTER EIGHT–THE ASSURANCE COMMONS
Legibility: Vertical and Horizontal. Graeber, Scott, etc.
Networked Certification, Reputational and Verification Mechanisms