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Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty Paperback – November 5, 2011
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"It will be hard for any honest libertarian to read this book or others like it and ever again be taken in by the big business-financed policy institutes and think tanks. In a world where libertarianism has mostly been deformed into a defense of corporate privilege, it is worth being told or reminded what a free market actually is. Our ideal society is not Tesco/Wal-Mart minus the State. It is a community of communities of free people. All thanks to the authors and editors of this book." Sean Gabb, director, UK Libertarian Alliance --Sean Gabb, UK Libertarian Alliance
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Everything I've published to date has been non-fiction. I write about law, politics, ethics, and religion, largely from a philosophical perspective.
My philosophical work is very much in the analytic tradition, though I'm inclined to embrace the process metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, John Cobb, and David Ray Griffin. In moral and political philosophy, I've been influenced by people including Thomas Nagel, John Finnis, David Wiggins, and Owen Flanagan, along with my Center for a Stateless Society compatriots Roderick T. Long, Charles W. Johnson, Kevin Carson, Sheldon Richman, Joe Stromberg, and Brad Spangler. In philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, I've gained a lot from current and not-so-current thinkers including, apart from people I've already mentioned, Karl Rahner, Nicholas Lash, Austin Farrer, David Brown, John Macquarrie, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Robert Adams, Fritz Guy, Charles Teel, Jr., David Larson, and John Hick.
Politically, I'm a left-wing market anarchist. I take anarchism to be the project of doing without the state. I support the elimination of states and their replacement by a diverse array of consensual communities in which people experiment with ways of being human and of being free.
I'm a market anarchist because (while I don't think everyone should be forced into a cookie-cutter mold), I'd opt for a state-free community in which people enjoyed robust individual possessory rights and were free to structure relationships through exchange. My market anarchism is left-wing because I support inclusion and oppose subordination, deprivation, and aggressive and preventive war. I own the American individualist anarchists, especially Benjamin Tucker and Lysander Spooner, as forebears; thus, I'm happy to identify as a socialist in something like the sense suggested by Tucker's work.
My day job is as associate dean of La Sierra University's School of Business. At La Sierra, I teach courses in business ethics, global poverty, employee and labor relations, religion and science, political philosophy, and social theory. On a more personal level: I'm sentimental and nostalgic. I'm an insomniac, an early riser, a geek, a technophile, and a vegetarian. I abhor positional authority. Friendship is central to who I am. Born in Glendale, I've lived in SoCal most of my life and it still moves and excites me. I devour TV shows via Netflix. And I read, and read, and read.
Top Customer Reviews
The articles by the two editors Gary Chartier and Charles W. Johnson were excellent. Along with other authors Kevin Carson and Roderick T. Long you will find many outstanding essays. I liked the modern articles much better than the historical ones, but some of those were also good especially the ones by Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess.
There are some devastating critiques in this volume about how the government props up corporations and the well off and connected while at the same time harming the poor. This should be required reading for left-wing and progressives of every type.
I had given up on my youthful anarcho-capitalist ideas as unworkable, but this volume reignited them. I was unaware of these writers / bloggers. These guys are excellent and deep thinkers.
Extremely well done and highly recommended.
The central thesis is that state coercion violently enforces capitalist privileges to the detriment of the masses. The state cannot be effectively used to ameliorate the injustices of corporate monopoly and rent-seeking because the state will always favor the politically-connected elite.
If more people read this book, the world would be a far better place. Highly recommended for political economists, left libertarians and market anarchists. Five stars.
Essentially Chartier & Johnson have accomplished a difficult feat with this book - translating Anarcho-Capitalism into the language of the Left. This book will give any budding capitalist or individual curious about the meaning of anarchism a deeper understanding of the way the world really works, and how our social institutions can be arranged to increase opportunity and prosperity for everyone.
I wish there were a greater diversity of writers as I feel one of greatest weaknesses of the anarchist subculture is its consistency of mainly straight, white, older men, but the book itself can hardly be blamed for that when it's merely pulling from the available pool of writers.
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The libertarian-left have discovered and perfected the technique of couching everything they say in ambiguous terms and then refusing to define those terms. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Jeff Peterson II
Exactly what I was expecting! Great product - I would absolutely recommend this to anyone.Published 13 months ago by brittney little
Excellent book. This left/right anarchism thing seems silly to me. For example, this book describes the exact same capitalism of anarcho-capitalists. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stilt Wiltafacation