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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
This booklet collects three Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) feature articles by left-libertarian writer Anna O. Morgenstern, examining the relationship between anarchism, capitalism and pro-capitalist “libertarianism,” including: “Anarcho-Capitalism is Impossible,” “Anarchism & Capitalism: A Revisitation,” and “Market Anarchism vs. Market Statism.”
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Originally circulated in 1891 as a privately printed book, by the world-renowned gay Anglo-Irish Aestheticist poet, playwright and critic Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Wilde declared himself an anarchist following his encounter with the Russian expatriate anarchist Peter Kropotkin. His artistic work, and his later persecution, trial and imprisonment for his sexual relationships with male lovers were widely and sympathetically discussed in the Anarchist press during the 1890s, and his Anarchist writings were later reprinted by Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman’s Mother Earth publishing company. The essay offers a fascinating exploration of the cultural impacts of anarchistic socialism and individualism — not as a tearing-down of all in the name of rigidly formal equality, but rather a liberating opportunity for all to fully express what makes them unique, and and flourish in their idiosyncrasy.
“We are often told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best amongst the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, discontented, disobedient, and rebellious. They are quite right to be so. Charity they feel to be a ridiculously inadequate mode of partial restitution, or a sentimental dole, usually accompanied by some impertinent attempt of the sentimentalist to tyrannise over their private lives. Why should they be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table? Disobedience is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. . . .
“It is clear, then, that no Authoritarian Socialism will do. . . . Under an industrial barrack system, or a system of economic tyranny, nobody would be able to have any such freedom at all. Every man must be left quite free to choose his own work. No form of compulsion must he exercised over him. . . . All association must be quite voluntary. It is only in voluntary associations that man is fine. . . . Socialism itself will be of value simply because it will lead to Individualism.
“Art is Individualism, and Individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. Therein lies its immense value. For what it seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine. . . . Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at creating around it an absolute uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognises infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.”
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This booklet contains three provocative letters on socialism, government and property by the French mutualist journalist and historian Ernest Lesigne; three letters which constitute theses on freed-market anti-capitalism, and three defenses of a smallholder, co-operative economy as the only liberating solution to the social problem. The three letters in this collection are:
“There are two socialisms. . .”
“Property is liberty. . .”
“Socialism is the opposite of governmentalism. . .”
These “Socialistic Letters” are selections from a series of twelve letters published by Lesigne in the French paper Le Radical during 1887. The three appearing here in English were translated by the American individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker, and re-printed in his newspaper Liberty in the same year.
“The entire code of law is the book of guarantees imposed to prevent property, the means of production, the instrument of liberty, dignity, equality, from passing out of the hands of the primitive monopolist into those of the contemporary producer; the Code is the isolation of servants confronted with the coalition of masters; it is the prohibition of real contract between employer and employee; it is the constraint of the latter to accept from the former exactly the minimum of wages indispensable to subsistence; and in any case where all these guarantees may have been vain, where a few laborers, by a fortunate stroke, may have succeeded in accumulating a little capital, the Code is a trap set to catch these little savings, the canalization ingeniously organized so that all that has temporarily left the hands of the monopolist may return to them by an adroit system of drainage, — so that the water, as the saying is in the villages, may always go to the river. . . .”
Originally circulated in 1891 as a privately printed book, by the world-renowned gay Anglo-Irish Aestheticist poet, playwright and critic Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Wilde declared himself an anarchist following his encounter with the Russian expatriate anarchist Peter Kropotkin. His artistic work, … Continue reading →
This booklet contains three provocative letters on socialism, government and property by the French mutualist journalist and historian Ernest Lesigne; three letters which constitute theses on freed-market anti-capitalism, and three defenses of a smallholder, co-operative economy as the only liberating … Continue reading →
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This book explores the impact of dramatic technological and social changes on work and manufacturing. Kevin Carson uses real-world examples and theoretical insights to illuminate the conflict between two economies: one a highly-capitalized, high-overhead, and bureaucratically ossified conventional economy, the subsidized and protected product of sustained collusion between big government and big business; the other a low capital, low-overhead, agile and resilient alternative economy, outperforming the state capitalist economy despite being hobbled and driven underground. The Homebrew Industrial Revolution explains clearly and powerfully why the alternative economy is winning–and why we should welcome its victory.
This is the third issue of the Molinari Institute’s quarterly magazine, The Industrial Radical. Editor Roderick Long writes, The third issue (Spring 2013) of The Industrial Radical will be back from the printers and on its way to subscribers shortly, … Continue reading →
A sharp look, from a radical and libertarian socialist perspective, at the limitations of conservative trade-unionism and business union reformism. The essay first appeared as a three-part serialized review of George Gunton’s book Wealth and Progress, written for the Boston … Continue reading →
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 →