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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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I wish there wasn't this divisive concept of left/right anarchism. All anarchists embrace (or should embrace) anarcho-anything. Anarcho-anything is good because no-one will be harming anyone else. So why the silly distinction of left/right? Can't we work to abolish statism together?
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.
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.