Tag: corporatism
Getting Railroaded by the Capitalist State
The Norfolk Southern disaster in East Palestine has raised numerous issues of corporate malfeasance, and how it is enabled by corporate collusion with the state. Some of that, as we saw in December, is the federal government’s protection of the railroad industry from labor action against its intolerable work hours and lack of sick leave,…
The Thought of Ivan Illich: A Libertarian Analysis
      Introduction: Two Kinds of Society Illich’s most common term for the kind of society or mode of production he is critiquing is “industrial age.” The overall theme of his projected future writing, he notes, is “an epilogue to the industrial age.” I want to describe the fading monopoly of the industrial mode…
Basta con la “Cultura dell’auto”
Di Dawie Coetzee. Originale: “Car Culture”: Just Stop, del 12 agosto 2022. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Nel corso della Conferenza in Memoria di Rothbard, Rothbard’s “Left and Right”: Forty Years Later, del 2006, Roderick Long illustrò brillantemente così l’anticoncetto del termine pacchetto randiano: “Poniamo che io inventi una parola, xaxlebax, a cui attribuisco il significato…
“Car Culture”: Just Stop
In the course of his 2006 Rothbard Memorial Lecture, Rothbard’s “Left and Right”: Forty Years Later, Roderick Long creates a beautiful device to illustrate package-deal anti-concepts in the Randian sense: “Suppose I were to invent a new word, zaxlebax, and define it as ‘a metallic sphere, like the Washington Monument.’ That’s the definition — ‘a…
Kimse Sizin Kapitalizm Anlayışınızla İlgilenmiyor
Okumak üzere olduğunuz makale, Alex Aragona tarafından kaleme alınmış ve Efsa tarafından Türkçe ’ye çevrilmiştir. 1 Mart 2022 tarihinde “No One is Talking About Capitalism — In Your Sense” başlığı altında yayınlanmıştır. Kapitalizm kelimesi söz konusu olduğunda kişinin amacı verimli fikir alışverişleri yapabilmekse iki şeyi yapmayı bırakması gerekir: Terim kullanıldığında saf bir şekilde insanların aşağı…
No One is Talking About Capitalism — In Your Sense
If one’s goal is to have productive exchanges when the word capitalism is thrown into play, they must stop doing two things: naively assuming people are more or less on the same page when the term is used; and suggesting that one or another meaning of the word is completely wrong. Some use the term…
Reconstruirnos a nosotros mismos
De Jordan Jardine. Original: Build Back Ourselves, del 24 de enero del 2022. Traducido al español por Kesabel Babe. Durante las últimas semanas, ha sido difícil ignorar el lloriqueo que ha estado ocurriendo a lo largo de la gran llamada “izquierda en línea” — e incluso en la prensa convencional — sobre el colapso total…
Build Back Ourselves
Over the last several weeks, it has been difficult to ignore the whining that has been going on throughout much of the so-called “online left” — and even some in the mainstream press — over the utter collapse of the Build Back Better bill, mostly due to opposition to said bill by extremely conservative Democrats…
ANCAP
Goed, de problemen met anarcho kapitalisme. Of ‘anarcho’ kapitalisme, vanuit individueel anarchistische (linkse) hoek. Ik noem zeven problemen. De zeven zonden van het anarcho kapitalisme ? 1 Kapitalisme biedt de mogelijkheid om extreem rijk te worden. Rijk zijn, is niet hetzelfde als vrijheid. Je hebt zeer rijke mensen, die zich onvrij voelen. Gevangen in hun…
Quale Economia dei Lavoretti?
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato il 14 febbraio 2016 con il titolo Which Way for the Gig Economy? Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Il termine “economia della condivisione” talvolta è usato come sinonimo di “economia dei lavoretti”. Quest’ultimo è sicuramente più rispondente alla realtà, dato che “economia della condivisione” fa pensare a cose come cooperazione e reciprocità,…
More Crony Capitalism at Reason
At Reason, Nick Gillespie (“The Scandal of K-12 Education — and How to Fix It,” June 5) points to the sorry state of education and — once again — proposes charter schools as the solution. The amazing thing is that the repeated right-libertarian shilling for charter schools — at Reason and elsewhere — comes from…
The Short Happy Life of Free Broadcasting in Italy
A common assumption among many people, included many of those who describe themselves as libertarians, is that we live in a free market world. That the market is free and dominated by freely exchanging actors seems a given. Every “market failure” is commonly seen as a market flaw that needs be corrected by the action…
How Do You “Get Over” Something That’s Still Going On?
You’ve probably had one of Those People say (usually after sidling up to you, looking around to see if anybody’s listening, and prefacing it with an “I’m not racist, but…” disclaimer) “Slavery was 150 years ago — they need to get over it!” Or maybe it’s ethnic cleansing episodes like Tulsa (“90 years ago”), or…
The Media and the Corporate State
In an interview with Cenk Uygur March 23, Bernie Sanders noted, “The media is an arm of the ruling class of this country,” going on to point out its concentrated corporate ownership (for example, Disney’s ownership of ABC, Comcast’s of NBC, etc). This corporate media have a vested interest in not covering real news in…
UK Steel is a Victim of Economic Fascism
The continuing destruction of the steel industry in the UK has been a major news topic. And as usual, we see the typical narrative of either statist leftists who parrot nationalisation and subsidies as solutions, or the supposed market supporters, who take Ricardian economic arguments of specialisation and butcher them. What neither of these arguments…
Sanders’ Free Trade Mythology — Or Reason’s?
At Reason, Steve Chapman (“Bernie Sanders’ Free Trade Mythology,” March 19) faults Bernie Sanders for saying: “Do you know that in 1960, Detroit, Michigan, was one of the wealthiest cities in America? Flint, Michigan, was a prosperous city. But then what happened is corporate America said, ‘Why do I want to pay somebody in Michigan…
Which Way for the Gig Economy?
The so-called “sharing economy” is sometimes also called the “gig economy” — arguably a more accurate term, because “sharing economy” carries overtones of cooperation and mutuality that are (to say the least) grossly misleading. In the case of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft it’s misleading because it suggests the direct sharing of rides between…
Un Mondo Nuovo, che Lotta per Nascere
Scrivendo tempo fa su Alternet, Richard Eskow (“Rise of the techno-Libertarians,” 12 aprile 2015) ha fatto un’eccellente critica del modello capitalista dei “tecno-libertari” della Silicon Valley. Gran parte degli argomenti riguarda in qualche modo il modello mirato al profitto dell’industria tecnologica, che tratta i prodotti principalmente come fonte di guadagno (o, meglio, rendita) piuttosto che…
A New World, Struggling to be Born
In an article at Alternet a while back Richard Eskow (“Rise of the techno-Libertarians,” April 12, 2015) made some excellent criticisms of the capitalist model of “techno-libertarianism” centered on Silicon Valley. Most of his points relate in some way to the profit-driven business model of the tech industry, which treats products primarily as a source…
Inequality Isn’t Something That Just “Happens”
A think piece by Walter Frick at Harvard Business Review (“Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1%,” Dec. 21) draws a line in the inequality debate between those (mostly CEOs and other corporate apologists) who see it as resulting from a mismatch between the supply and demand for certain skills,…
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