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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Final Part)

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“Well, what point of view would you expect to come out of this?” Noam Chomsky In his mutualist economic work, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Carson asks us to consider two questions: “1) if the “historical process” of primitive accumulation involved the use of force, how essential was force to that process; and if force was essential to the process, …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Five)

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“…an ingredient in someone’s soup.” –Rod Serling According to Carson the arguments of the Anarcho-Capitalist and Marxist variants of critical communist theory identify a movement of large-scale, organized capital to obtain its profits through state intervention into the economy, although the regulations entailed in this project are usually sold to the public as progressive restraints on big business, which creates, …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Four)

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“woeful work they have made with it…” Kevin Carson asserts Marx held to the idea the abolition of the system of wage slavery could not occur until the productive forces it represents had reached their fullest possible development. According to Carson, Marx made the argument that an attempt to create a society free of exploitation before technical and productive prerequisites …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Three)

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Even when it was laissez, it wasn’t faire If it were merely a historical question of the material role the State played in the emergence of Capital, and the role it continues to play in Capital’s own development even now, Kevin Carson and Karl Marx would be in complete agreement on the facts. Even if we extended Carson’s argument to …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Two)

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Our friend, Moneybags, must be so lucky… I apologize to readers for the mind-numbingly extensive quotes in the previous post, but I wanted it to be absolutely clear that the historical record demonstrates Carson is entirely on firm footing when he asserts Capital — that is, Wage Slavery — would be impossible without the State — not just presently, but …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part One)

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Capital, or, Slavery by Another Name Kevin Carson’s “Austrian & Marxist Theories of Monopoly Capital: A Mutualist Synthesis” states his Mutualist position in opposition to both the anarcho-capitalist Libertarian and Marxist theories of monopoly capitalism. The theories of the Anarcho-Capitalist camp and the Marxist camp are, in turn, set in opposition to mainstream liberal and conservative arguments. According to Carson, …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Final thoughts)

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The argument i have tried to make in the previous parts of this series ( one, two, three and four) is simple: What is taking place in the battle in Wisconsin, and the battle against austerity generally has nothing to do with Capital directly, but instead is concerned with the massive population of working people rendered completely redundant by the …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part four)

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In parts one, two and three, I have made several observations which can be summarized this way: First, the argument that the event unfolding in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states are a battle over public union rights is disproved once we realize that these public unions are not and never were unions. The public unions are organs of the State, …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part three)

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I stated earlier that I think the Koch Brothers are being framed for the events in Wisconsin, but I don’t want you to get me wrong here: the Koch Brothers will get no defense from me — nor would they need or want one. They are libertarians who really do want to get rid of the welfare state — or …

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Can government be reduced without limiting hours of Labor?

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Is it possible to get rid of government, either by abolishing it outright or gradually reducing it, without, at the same time, ridding society of Labor? This is a question posed by libertarians and marxists who declare their opposition to abolishing one or the other. First, let’s define what I mean by Labor. As I am using the word, Labor …

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“It must be broken”: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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We can now restate Marx’s theory in a way which will make it easily digestible by those who stand full square for a completely stateless society, as well as the various and sundry people who seem intent on getting him completely wrong in every possible variation — including the imbeciles who count themselves among his followers: Marx came to the …

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The Value of Nothing: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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In the first part of this series (here) I argued that Karl Marx’s Individual is the same Individual who appears in the writings of 18th and 19th Century thinkers. Moreover, Marx’s assumptions imply an environment of Hobbes’ war of all against all and an increasingly illiberal, repressive and aggressive, parasitic State. In the second part of this series (here) I …

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Marx's theory of property: self-ownership versus voluntary association

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In answer to Daniel’s reply to my post,Who are “WE”?: Toward the beginning of an answer to Mike…, I have argued here, here and here that self-ownership is not freedom, but the universalization of slavery. I have argued that precisely on the basis of this self-ownership society is able to reproduce all the incalculably horrific relations between human beings that …

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