Tag: book review
Partition & Entanglement
Partition & Entanglement: Review of Home Rule by Nandita Sharma “The entire, eons-long practice of human  movement  into  new  places  was  pushed  out  of  our  imagination — or,  perhaps more accurately, was reimagined as a national security threat. In the process, stasis was glorified as the normative way of being human.” “Only after the death…
Anti-Engels (or Anti-Anti-Duhring Aktion)
Recent years have seen a resurrection of a Great Man Of History Marxist scholasticism that fixates on some (easily accessible) Original Core Texts of supposed genius and discards all the complicated stuff afterwards, certainly everything in recent decades. This impulse is the product of a mass flocking to radical leftism wherein new recruits have little…
Recensione: Eric Laursen, The Operating System
Di Kevin Carson. Articolo originale: Review: The Operating System by Eric Laursen, pubblicato il primo settembre 2021. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Eric Laursen. The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State. Foreword by Maia Ramnath (AK Press, 2021). Molti degli argomenti trattati da Laursen in questo suo libro sono già noti a molti…
Review: The Operating System by Eric Laursen
Eric Laursen. The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State. Foreword by Maia Ramnath (AK Press, 2021). Much of the ground Laursen covers in this book is already familiar to most anarchists. He does an adequate job, or better, at all of it. His treatment of the ideological hegemony of the state is…
Review: Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation
Let’s begin this review honestly: despite having referenced her in multiple articles, I—like almost all leftists regardless of ideology—do not like Ayn Rand and am most certainly not an Objectivist. I approach her much like Karl Hess did: seeing her value in comparison to Emma Goldman but rejecting her ostensive, unflattering solipsism. Yet, I consider Chris…
Reseña de: Ruth Kinna y Clifford Harper. Grandes anarquistas (Londres: Dog Section Press, 2020)
Por Kevin Carson. Original: Book Review: Ruth Kinna and Clifford Harper. Great Anarchists (London: Dog Section Press, 2020). Traducido en español por Diego Avila. Escrito por la erudita anarquista Ruth Kinna (profesora de Teoría Política en la Universidad de Loughborough y editora de Anarchist Studies) e ilustrada por Ralph Harper (más famoso por las ilustraciones en Radical…
Book Review: Groove is in the Heart: The DisCO Elements
DisCO Coop (primary authors Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel). Groove is in the Heart: The DisCO Elements. Introduction by Ela Kagel and Afterword by Ann Marie Utratel (2020).  As the Introduction explains, the first installment of the DisCO Trilogy — The DisCO Manifesto — was about ” the reasons behind DisCO, its roots and…
Escaping the Armed Madhouse: Review of Robert Anton Wilson’s “The Starseed Signals”
“To remain in the neuro-semantic insanity of larval society, without laughing hysterically or otherwise giving away the secret of one’s mutation, is the path of the Bodhisattva, who, like Father Demian going to live among the lepers, steels himself against the risk of contagion and returns to the madhouse of Circuit I-IV humanity.” –The Starseed…
Book Review: Ruth Kinna and Clifford Harper. Great Anarchists (London: Dog Section Press, 2020)
Written by anarchist scholar Ruth Kinna (professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University and editor of Anarchist Studies) and illustrated by Ralph Harper (most famous for the illustrations in Radical Technology), this book is a collection of essays on ten anarchists that were originally published as stand-alone pamphlets.  The essays — not presented in chronological…
Recensione: Fully Automated Luxury Communism
Di Frank Miroslav. Originale pubblicato il 7 luglio 2019 con il titolo Review: Fully Automated Luxury Communism. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Aaron Bastani, Fully Automated Luxury Communism, New York, Verso, 2019. Il recente libro di Aaron Bastani di Novara Media, Fully Automated Luxury Communism, è l’ultimo di un fiorente genere postcapitalista che comprende Four Futures…
Review: Fully Automated Luxury Communism
Aaron Bastani of Novara Media’s recent book Fully Automated Luxury Communism is the latest entry in the burgeoning postcapitalist genre, which includes Peter Frases’ Four Futures, Paul Masons’ Postcapitalism, and Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ Inventing the Future. Reading like a Marxist mirror to the pop tech books that one finds at airport bookstores, it’s…
Review: The People’s Republic of Walmart
Let me begin by saying that I’m glad this book exists. Phillips and Rozworski are upfront about their book not containing any radical new insights into questions of economic planning, but instead they compile arguments made by others in a highly readable format, something that those on the left who argue for economic planning have…
Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism
When it comes to economics, market anarchism has done a pretty good job at punching above its weight. While Austrians and Marxists tend to ignore us, when they do respond it’s with strawmen or lazy assertions of dogma that are easily dispatched. In serious debates in these realms, we hold our own, only falling short…
Recensione: New York 2140
Di Roderick Long. Originale pubblicato il 25 gennaio 2019 con il titolo Review: New York 2140. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140, Fanucci Editore, 2017. Kim Stanley Robinson è tra i migliori scrittori di fantascienza attivi. Tra i temi ricorrenti dei suoi libri l’ecologia, la ricerca archeologica, la politica anticapitalista e l’ineluttabile…
“Libero Scambio”, “Libero Mercato” e Libertari di Destra
La versione esoterica e quella essoterica Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato il 28 gennaio 2019 con il titolo Right-Libertarian “Free Trade” and “Free Markets”: The Exoteric, and Esoteric Vision. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Quinn Slobodian. “Perfect Capitalism, Imperfect Humans: Race, Migration and the Limits of Ludwig von Mises’s Globalism”1 Contemporary European History (2018), 0: 0, 1-13….
Right-Libertarian “Free Trade” and “Free Markets”: The Exoteric, and Esoteric Version
This article does an excellent job of unpacking the statism that is implicit in nominally “laissez-faire” right-libertarian models of free trade and free markets. By way of background, the main current of what is called “libertarianism” in the United States, and “liberalism” elsewhere, treats the Gilded Age as a satisfactory proxy for the “free market.”…
Review: New York 2140
Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the best science-fiction writers working today. Recurring themes in his stories include ecology, archeological exploration, anti-capitalist politics, and the ineluctable passage of time – all of which feature in New York 2140, which, like much of his work (including Icehenge, The Martians, 2312, Galileo’s Dream, and Aurora) fits almost-but-not-quite…
Recensione di Rules for Radicals
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato l’undici maggio 2018 con il titolo Review: Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals, by Derek Wall. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Recensione di: Derek Wall, Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals: Cooperative Alternatives Beyond Markets and States, London, Pluto Press, 2017. Qualche tempo fa ho conosciuto su Twitter Derek Wall, ammiratore come me…
Review: Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals, by Derek Wall
Derek Wall. Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals: Cooperative Alternatives Beyond Markets and States (London: Pluto Press, 2017). I’ve known Derek Wall for some time as a friend on Twitter, a fellow admirer of Elinor Ostrom, an Ostrom scholar, and an official in the Green Party of England and Wales. This is not my first introduction…
Political Authority with a Good Sense of Huemer (Part 1 of 2)
The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey, by Michael Huemer (Palgrave McMillan – 2012) Introduction The Problem of Political Authority, by Michael Huemer (2012) was collecting dust on my bookshelf until a month ago. I received it from a friend around a year ago, and…
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