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The Knowledge Problem of Privilege (2013)

In this essay, Nathan Goodman (Center for a Stateless Society) discusses how the Knowledge Problems facing elites, “experts” or “representat­ives” recur not only in economics, but also in cultural conflicts over gender, disability, and other systems of structural social privilege. … Continue reading

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The Inefficiency of Capitalism (2007)

Capitalism sells itself as a system of production that exacts severe social and personal costs in the name of rewarding efficiency, economic rationality, and the production of value above all else. But while the costs are real, the rewards are illusory. From contemporary mutualist author Kevin Carson, this booklet examines how capitalism fails to produce even on its own terms — how diseconomies of scale and pervasive knowledge problems cause highly centralized firms constantly divert resources, hobble efficiency, and destroy value while manufacturing managerial waste and hierarchical social control. The Calculation Problem pioneered by laissez-faire economists like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek in fact reveals the inefficiency all forms of bureaucratic consolidation — not only that of state central planners, but also of corporate bosses and gatekeepers propped up by government power. The only way for markets to become more efficient is for them to become more humane — by allowing irrational centralization to collapse under its own weight, and to be replaced by disintermediation, bottom-up diffusion of economic power and decentralized worker ownership of the means of production.

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Women and the Invisible Fist (2008)

Because of … the way in which that pervasive, diffuse threat of violence constrains the liberty of women in everyday life to move and act and live as they want, libertarians and anarchists must recognize patriarchy as a system of violent political oppression older, no less invasive, and no less powerful, than the violence of the police state or the warfare state.