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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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"We on the left need a good shake to get us thinking, and these arguments for market anarchism do the job in lively and thoughtful fashion." Alexander Cockburn, editor and publisher, Counterpunch --Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch

"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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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Minor Compositions; 1st edition (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570272425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570272424
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My motto these days is, "Give peace a chance." I hope my writing and speaking can help people find ways to craft patterns of life marked by peaceful, voluntary cooperation.

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.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
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This is an extremely well done collection of essays on left-wing libertarianism/anarchism. This is a position I wasn't too familiar with and find myself sympathetic with. I'm a long time libertarian but find myself uncomfortable with everything big as in big corporations and big government who inevitably end up partners in crime.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Jaech on October 25, 2012
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I've only finished Part I and flipped through the rest, but this is rocketing to the top of my non-fiction reading list to finish every page. The essays are on the whole carefully selected, well-organized, well written, and a pleasure to read. Whatever one's political persuasion - left or right leaning Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Socialist, Communist, or other - if you are a thinking non-sociopath you will probably find new and interesting perspectives here that will challenge your worldview and may move you along your intellectual journey in unexpected and fruitful ways. These writers are far from the mainstream of political thought, yet have produced thoughtful and compelling essays that deserve a far wider audience. If you love liberty, but see free-market capitalism as too unconcerned with the plight of the disadvantaged, and too rigged in favor of the holders of capital, you will find this a fresh and exciting read, full of peaceful revolutionary ideas.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sebastian on September 16, 2012
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This text serves to dismantle the false dichotomy of State vs. the Capitalist. This fairytale has given way to joint-exploitation of the poor and oppressed by politicians and business elite.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell on January 28, 2014
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Im only about 1/4 of the way through this book so Im in no position to give a detailed review but I will say this: if you believe in natural rights, if you consider yourself a libertarian, voluntarilyist, mutualist, syndicalist, anarcho-capitalist, socialist, or anarchist please read this book. Im not kidding you! Lol Please read this book.
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This is an outstanding collection of thought-provoking essays that champions basic human dignity and the right to privately own the means of production, starting with each person's primary means of production - their own labor.

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.
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We started a book club and it's kind of blowing people's minds. The ideas are useful for stealing people who are too Libertarian for Ron Paul, but don't know what else to do. It's also presents wonderful arguments for State Socialists to relax their desire for control, and trust in humanity enough to see that freed market forces could take care of us- if we are vigilant, and successfully attack entrenched privilege today.
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