“Any society worth calling “anarchist” is going to be one that can continually adapt to the needs and desires of the individuals within that society. This adaptation must also be to the interests of the entire community, not toward the … Continue reading
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.
Market Anarchists should oppose neoliberalism and its so-called “privatization” schemes because we are for free markets and private property. What they call “privatization” means only private profit from political power. What we mean is something entirely different, and it may be time to mint some new language in order to talk about the difference.
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.
An individualist anarchist analysis and defense of rights to public property — not property that belongs to government, but property that belongs to the public — you and me and our neighbors. Libertarians often assume that a free society will … Continue reading
In “Five Theses on Freed-Market Social Movements and Self-Regulating Anarchy,” Sheldon Richman, Charles Johnson, and David D’Amato look at the social and economic possibilities for social order to emerge without the need to impose social control – for spontaneous order and people-powered social movements against capitalism, racism, and ecocide within an anarchic freed market. Includes Richman’s “Regulation Red Herring,” D’Amato’s “The Free Market’s Regulatory Model,” and Johnson’s “We Are Market Forces,” “I Oppose Civil Rights Acts because I Support Civil Rights Movements,” and “The Clean Water Act vs. Clean Water.”
A follow-up to de Cleyre and Rosa Slobodinsky’s classic
The Individualist and the Communist (Market Anarchy Zine Series #2,
), in which de Cleyre looks at the egalitarianism of competition, and the invasiveness and domination involved in Communist attempts to control economic life according to anti-competitive blueprints.
The purpose of this essay is political revolution. And I don’t mean a revolution in libertarian political theory, or a revolutionary new political strategy, or the kind of revolution that consists in electing a cadre of new and better politicians … Continue reading
If we are going to get out from under, it will take new efforts that bypass electoral politics and strike at the root of the matter — by denying the warfare State the material support that it needs to sustain itself.
Two essays by the individualist anarchist writer Charles Johnson on the brutal consequences of government border laws and the need for uncompromising urgency in the struggle to abolish them.