This book is an attempt to revive individualist anarchist political economy, to incorporate the useful developments of the last hundred years, and to make it relevant to the problems of the twenty-first century. We hope this work will go at least part of the way to providing a new theoretical and practical foundation for free market socialist economics.
This booklet collects five essays from the individualist anarchist Benjamin R. Tucker on the nature of competition, labor, pay, stateless markets and the ideal of socialism. Included are: (1) “Socialism: What It Is,” (2) “Armies That Overlap,” (3) “Should Labor … Continue reading
These selections from the “Property in Ideas” debate, taken from the pages of Benjamin Tucker’s LIBERTY (1890–1891), include provocative essays on property, anarchy, equal liberty and copyright from some of the leading individualist Anarchists of the 19th century. Includes articles by Benjamin Tucker, Victor Yarros, J. William Lloyd, Tak Kak, A. H. Simpson, John Beverley Robinson, and William Hanson.
Anarchy is the condition of existence of adult society, as hierarchy is the condition of primitive society. […] There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the State, from the top of its hierarchy to its foot, which is not an abuse … Continue reading
In this essay, the individualist Anarchist writer Charles Johnson offers an analysis of the concrete mechanisms of capitalism, and of how the revolutionary potential of free economic relationships is diverted and deformed when markets are constrained to labor under bosses, monopoly and government. Johnson revisits, and updates, Benjamin Tucker’s classic “Four Monopolies” analysis of state capitalism: the case for Tucker’s free-market anticapitalism is stronger than ever, as we take into account not only the growth and retrenchment of the Land Monopoly, Money Monopoly, Patent Monopoly, and Protectionist Monopoly, but also the metastatic spread of state-capitalist monopolies into Agribusiness, Infrastructure, Utilities, Health Care, and Regulatory Protectionism.
The classic Market Anarchist take on corporate power and the political privileges that prop it up — Tucker’s talk at the Conference on Trusts by the Chicago Civic Federation in September 1899. The trusts, instead of growing out of competition as generally supposed have been made possible only by the absence of competition, by the obstacles placed in the way of competition by the denial of liberty, the suppression or restriction of competition, the legal creation of monopolies.
Benjamin Tucker’s classic presentation of the case for laissez-faire socialism — against both the authoritarian violence of State Socialism, and the kleptocracy of corporate capitalism supported by government privileges for the Four Monopolies.
Published in November 2011 by Minor Compositions, an imprint of Autonomedia. Now available directly through this Distro. Individualist anarchists believe in mutual exchange, not economic privilege. They believe in freed markets, not capitalism. They defend a distinctive response to the … Continue reading