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“The Forever of Anti-Capitalism” on C4SS Media
C4SS Media presents Joel Schlosberg‘s “The Forever of Anti-Capitalism” read by James Tuttle and edited by Nick Ford. Some radicals not usually thought of as economists foresaw the essential principle. Howard Zinn envisaged a time when “[c]ertain basic things would be abundant enough to be taken out of the money system and be available — free — to everyone.” Even…
“The New Economy and the Cost Principle” on C4SS Media
C4SS Media presents David S. D’Amato‘s “The New Economy and the Cost Principle” read by James Tuttle and edited by Nick Ford. “As free marketers, decentralists and individualists, we occupy a corner of the libertarian movement. At the same time, as critics of wealth inequality and champions of the poor and working classes, we find ourselves within today’s…
“Bitcoin Must Self-Regulate — The State Can Only Destroy” On C4SS Media
C4SS Media presents Christiaan Elderhorst‘s “Bitcoin Must Self-Regulate — The State Can Only Destroy” read by James Tuttle and edited by Nick Ford. “Currently there is no system by which Bitcoin marketplaces can be held accountable. Resorting to government legal systems might indeed be the only way by which Mt.Gox customers can receive the restitution they deserve. What…
Did Somebody Say McThor’s?
The analogy in the headline “Thor 2 is a Cinematic McDonald’s Cheeseburger” (Eileen Jones, Jacobin) is apt. There is indeed a strong parallel between the predominance in comics-to-film adaptations and diner-food restaurants: A few homogenous, formulaic products aimed at broad mass-market appeal. But far from Jones’s “perfect example of how market competition does not actually provide us with the…
Volume 1, Issue 1 of THE NEW LEVELLER now online!
“Are you interested in individualist anarchism, or at least so frightened by it that you want to keep an eye on its progress? Are you frustrated by capitalism’s love for central planning and communism’s conservative view of human potential? Do you suspect that abolishing the institution responsible for war, police brutality, and mass incarceration might…
The Forever of Anti-Capitalism
From a free market anti-capitalist perspective, Jeremy Rifkin’s account of “The Rise of Anti-Capitalism” [New York Times, March 15] gets it almost right. Rifkin’s thesis that “The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant,” in a process which “is about to…
Director’s Report: March 2014
The Center, C4SS, had a rather interesting 2013, that ended with us having a large sum of money to play with. But our fun will not continue without your help, your continued support and donations. In order to make the case for why you should forgo a cup of coffee every month and donate to…
Socialismo de estado e anarquismo: Até onde concordam e em que diferem
Provavelmente nenhuma agitação já alcançou a magnitude, tanto em número de adeptos quanto em área de influência, que foi conseguida pelo moderno socialismo, e ao mesmo tempo em que tenha sido tão pouco entendida e tão mal compreendida, não apenas pelos hostis e indiferentes, mas por simpatizantes e até mesmo pela grande massa de seus…
Response to Lynn Stuart Parramore: Part Two
This is part two of a three part series on an article by Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet. The first part focused on a contention she made about libertarians and inequality. This post discusses her take on libertarians and public goods. Our focus is on her thoughts about national defense. As she puts it: Another…
The “Progressive” Welfare State Fantasy
Liberals are prone to conflate all forms of decentralism and self-organization with the right wing, framing the range of possibilities as a stark contrast between their own managerial-centrist approach on the one hand and Paul Ryan, Marvin Olasky and Newt “Culture of Dependency” Gingrich on the other. A good example is Mike Konczal’s recent column…
Response To Lynn Stuart Parramore: Part One
Lynn Stuart Parramore recently wrote an Alternet article titled “3 Things That Make Libertarian Heads Explode“. She identifies three areas where our heads will supposedly explode. They are inequality, public goods, and regulation. She evidences no awareness of the existence of left-wing market anarchists or any other type of libertarian leftist. In her world, the…
A nova economia e o princípio dos custos
Jeremy Rifkin anuncia o “crescimento do anti-capitalismo” (“The Rise of Anti-Capitalism“, The New York Times, 15 de março), citando o paradoxo de que: “O dinamismo inerente aos mercados competitivos está diminuindo tanto os custos que muitos bens e serviços estão se tornando quase gratuitos, abundantes e não mais sujeitos às forças de mercado.” Os argumentos…
Whither Power?
The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím (Basic Books 2013), 320 pages. The topic of Moisés Naím’s book is the decay of power — the shift of power “from brawn to brains, from north to south and west…
The New Economy and the Cost Principle
Jeremy Rifkin heralds “The Rise of Anti-Capitalism” (New York Times, March 15), citing a paradox whereby “[t]he inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.” Rifkin’s arguments about how reductions in marginal cost affect economic relationships…
A verdadeira redistribuição ocorre por detrás dos panos
De acordo com seu próprio relatório e com o que disse o colunista do Washington Post Howard Schneider (“Communists Have Seized the IMF“, 26 de fevereiro), o Fundo Monetário Internacional aparentemente amenizou sua posição sobre o “redistribuição de renda”. Isso, porém, é falso. Tanto o relatório do FMI (“Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth“, IMF Discussion Note…
O Bitcoin deve se auto-regular, porque o estado só é capaz de destruir
Com a falência do banco de Bitcoin Mt. Gox, mais de 400 de seus clientes expressaram interesse em entrar com um processo coletivo contra a empresa-mãe e seu dono, Mark Karpeles. A Mt. Gox era o maior mercado de Bitcoins do mundo e, embora o funcionamento da criptomoeda ainda seja incompreensível para várias pessoas, seu…
The Real Redistribution Is Going On Behind The Curtain
By its own recent report’s framing and that of the Washington Post’s Howard Schneider (“Communists Have Seized the IMF,” February 26), the International Monetary Fund has apparently gone soft on “redistribution.” But that framing is wrong. Both the IMF report (“Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth,” IMF Discussion Note SDN/14/02, February 2014) and Schneider’s write-up of it conflate “redistribution”…
Bitcoin Must Self-Regulate — The State Can Only Destroy
In the wake of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy filing, more than four hundred of its customers have expressed interest in filing a class action lawsuit against the parent company and its chief, Mark Karpeles. Mt. Gox was the cryptocurrency’s largest marketplace. Although Bitcoin’s functioning is still incomprehensible to many its value is real. Mt.Gox’s…
我为什么痛恨政府——并且我对Bob Garfield也不怎么疯狂
“愚蠢——是会让人头痛的!” 那只是一种比喻。但是在有些情况下却是毫不夸张的事实。Bob Garfield写的情人节的情书(“我爱大政府”, Slate, 2月15日)就极端地接近于此。相比之下顽固的右派分子更加容易被容忍。他们热爱政府做的可怕的事情因为他们本身就是令人厌烦的人。他们深知政府就是关于一群穿着制服的恶棍到处威胁和杀害人。他们陶醉于其,因为他们是通过霍布斯政治哲学,沾满鲜血的獠牙与利爪,戴着有色眼镜来看这个世界。中立或左派的软蛋们则试着去用正面的,关怀的,“为什么妈咪是民主党”之类的修辞来形容政府,这让人非常的反胃。 最糟糕的是Garfield像大多数中立——左派人士一样无法辨别到底他认为“好的”事情(路易斯安那购地, “保护民众免受恐怖袭击”等等)和他觉得是失误的事(维护奴隶制度一个世纪, 美国中央情报局推翻外国政府等等)是多么紧密的结合在一起的。 Garfield对政府“结束奴隶制度”大加赞扬,同时推脱说它之前对奴隶制度的维护是不需要作出解释的。但是对奴隶制度的维护是最初宪法安排的固有本性,而且可能会永远的持续下去如果不是因为一连串的意外。奴隶制度的废除全部应该归功于这些意外。1860年的民主党是一个支持奴隶制的政党,并且种种迹象表明会一直长期的继续下去。他们失败了只是因为那些一心用偏执和无理来支持奴隶制的狂热分子与适度的支持奴隶制的大多数人决裂了,从而让林肯赢了总统选举。但是即使林肯是总统他们还是会得到一个永久的民主党占多数的国会,这将把林肯贬谪成一只跛脚鸭,把共和党写到历史的注脚,如果不是因为美国深南部的赞成奴隶制的狂热分子愚蠢到要脱离联邦,从而给予共和党多数治理权。1850年的美国政府是保护奴隶制的一个强而有力的堡垒。它拥有较严厉的逃跑奴隶法,严密的审查废除奴隶制的宣传信件而且对参议院就废奴隶制相关的辩论发出禁言令。所以奴隶制度应该会永远持续下去,如果不是因为赞成奴隶制的力量一方本身的愚蠢。 同样令人哭笑不得的是Garfield看不到“好的”路易斯安那购地,坏的奴隶制和坏的血泪之路之间的联系。杰斐逊总统购地主要是为了促进老西南部的农学家们的利益,他们想要免费在密西西比河上航行,也想通过新奥尔良给他们的经济作物的出口找一条安全的线路。你知道,就跟贪图“文明化五部族”的土地,后来安德鲁-杰克逊把土地给了他们的那些贪婪的农民是一样的。 至于“有保证的向西扩张”一事,这让我该从何说起呢? 嗯,我真的不应该指出这一点,但是在购买之前,路易斯安那领地已经有人居住了。而且出售所得的款项被拿破仑用于支持对海地的奴隶争取自由进行的大规模屠杀。 Garfield像大多数无知的自由派人士一样赞扬“进步”的政府措施却不知这些措施完全服务于财阀和大公司的利益,比如像汉密尔顿提倡的“还清革命战争的债务。” 哦,对了,比较左派的历史学家查尔斯-比尔德和Merrill Jenson 对从满面灰尘的农民那里征税,然后按面值价还给持有这些债劵的富有的投机者,而这些人仅以几便士的打折价买了这些债劵一事有话要说。 “先进的”横贯大陆的铁路也许是美国历史上最大的企业福利计划,不仅有政府债劵的资助同时也有政府免费赠予铁路公司相当于法国面积大小的批地。政府补贴长途运输的直接后果是中央企业经济在19世纪后期迅速成长和电力被大规模生产工厂而不是分散型的的地方工业区所采用。 《宅地法》并不是一种“土地重新分配计划”。西部土地的合法拥有者——也就是指真正空置的还没有被印地安人所使用的那部份——应该是使用了那片土地却没有得到任何人许可的拓荒者。相反的,美国政府独占了依据《瓜达卢佩——伊达尔戈割地条约》应是墨西哥的土地,选择了一小部分给移民定居,余下的储备为铁路批地或者以优惠的价格和条件租给伐木,牧场,矿石与石油开采。因此就美国政府的土地政策而言,如果说它允许了任何的开垦和移民, 不如说它也只是允许事情顺其自然的发生。但有些人却因此给予该政策许多感谢。其实大部分的分配计划的目的是为采掘业谋取福利。 以汇丰银行“助长贩毒集团洗钱”的不法行为当例子是特别的滑稽有趣。你知道还有谁对洗钱感兴趣吗?中央情报局。 它用洗来的钱去支持世界各地的黑色行动例如用资金赞助中美州的敢死队。 将“防恐怖袭击”和“失误的行为”比方说中央情报局推翻外国政府放在一起相提并论实在是令人哭笑不得。如果不是美国持续性的推翻政府,支持军事独裁和全世界的敢死队——这一所作所为都是为了保护跨国公司的利益不受地方工厂的干扰——以及自1948年起成为种族隔离状态的巴勒斯坦的最忠实的盟友和资助者, 现在根本不会有任何恐怖分子。 政府并没有“保护人民大众不受垄断的侵害”。 它通过法律限制竞争从而造成垄断。被资助的基础设施项目,如国家铁路系统,民航(全部由政府基金创建)和州际铁路的建设使公司可以将长途运输和批发成本外部化给大众从而将实力达到全国范伟内的巩固和扩张。 “知识产权法”允许公司通过卡特尔的方式进行专利的交流和汇集(例如通用电器和西屋)。这些专利和商标至今还使跨国公司对实际生产产品的血汗工厂实行控制,同时给在越南只需花五美元的鞋加上二百美元的商标费。 在他所举的例子中有一个Garfield倒是触及了真相——不过他认为是一件好事。他错误的以为是政府在“自由企业”的成长中起到了作用。通过资助基础设施和社会化人力资源再生的成本去帮助“将女人当男人用,将男人当牲口用”的大企业。是的,政府确实起了作用。但我认为支撑着大企业的统治是一件坏事。 那些社会安全网计划又是怎么回事呢?他们是次要的反措施,在小幅度范围内试图去抵消企业通过国家强制垄断租金的方式从员工和消费者身上吸金所造成的不良后果。大型企业和财阀从工人,消费者和纳税人身上剥削金钱达到了前所未有的规模完全是依靠美国政府的直接援助和密谋。然后政府从盗来的赃款中拿出一小部分去还给大众,仅仅是为了防止饥饿和无家可归达到最糟糕的程度因此而威胁到资本主义的存亡。 我谢谢你了,山姆大叔。 州政府是一个经济统治阶级的执行委员会,它为百姓做的任何好事都是它做坏事的副作用或者是修正一部分为真正控制它的企业谋利时所造成的混乱。自由派们不理解这些,只有真正的左派,像我们一样的左自由主义者才明白。
Capitalism’s Running Out Of Water — And Everything Else
California is in its third year of a severe drought. Some scientists believe this will be the driest year in the last five hundred. Among other measures for dealing with the water shortage, the state has announced it will not provide subsidized irrigation water from dams this year. The large-scale capitalist agriculture model touted by…