Tag: economics
Review: Bourgeois Dignity
Bourgeois Dignity‘s line of inquiry — at least as stated — is into the causes of what Deirdre McCloskey calls “the Fact” — the tenfold or more increase in the average person’s standard of living in a couple centuries’ time. Her thesis that “the Fact” owed its origins to a culture of innovation, of openness…
De/centralization, Discretion, and the Anarchist Movement
Anarchists have long made decentralization a core demand for the structure of our organizations and have placed tremendous faith in the decentralization of our organizations as a means by which to prevent the generation of hierarchies and abuses of power, among other issues. However, this faith is based on very little, and anarchists can stand…
È Proprio il Caso di Riavviare l’economia?
Di Logan Marie Glitterbomb. Originale pubblicato il 20 giugno 2020 con il titolo Is It Time to Reopen the Economy? Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. C’è chi scende in strada armato per protestare contro le esagerazioni di stato… dimostrando un’ignoranza spettacolare. Sono solidale con chi lotta per vivere e non ha un lavoro, con chi aspetta…
The Problem of Scale in Anarchism and the Case for Cybernetic Communism
Note: In order to properly display some of the mathematics in this piece, it’s hosted here as a .pdf. Or, click the image below the introduction. The problem of scale is perhaps the most fundamental problem of anarchism. We all know by direct experience that anarchism works well on a local scale. Most people who…
Social-Anarchism and Parallel Economic Computation
Note: I’ve tried to minimize the math and computation theory to make this more generally readable but where it gets more complex I just wrote (math paragraph) before the paragraph and you can read or skip it and still understand the piece. I’ll open with a potentially contentious take. Most of the decentralized and left-leaning…
Is It Time to Reopen the Economy?
People are taking to the streets with arms to protest government overreach…in a most spectacular display of ignorance.  While I am extremely sympathetic to those out of work and struggling, who expected relief money that never came, and are now worried about not being able to feed their family or even losing their house and…
The Economics of the Black Bloc
The black bloc, at least as I have experienced it, is a very extreme departure from everyday economic life.  No one buys or sells anything — in fact, you shouldn’t even bring your wallet to something like this. They’ll use it to ID you. Instead, everyone gives everyone else things — if you need anything…
“Calcolo Economico”, “Diritti di Proprietà” e Bugie Varie dei Libertari Pagati dai Fratelli Koch
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato il 3 agosto 2019 con il titolo “Economic Calculation,” “Strong Property Rights,” and Other Lies Koch-Funded Libertarian Commentators Told Me. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Secondo un cliché diffuso tra i conservatori e i libertari di destra, un “solido diritto di proprietà” è una spinta alla creazione di ricchezza ed è…
“Economic Calculation,” “Strong Property Rights,” and Other Lies Koch-Funded Libertarian Commentators Told Me
A common cliche among conservatives and those on the libertarian Right is that “strong property rights” are an incentive to create wealth and are necessary for progress. Closely related is Ludwig von Mises’ critique of the Oskar Lange model of market socialism, namely that it would result in irrationality because factor input pricing by non-market…
Nessun Vero Consumo Etico (Individuale) nel Capitalismo
Di Black Cat. Originale pubblicato il 17 luglio 2019 con il titolo There Really Is No Ethical (Individual) Consumption Under Capitalism. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Questo articolo risponde in parte a questo e questo articolo. Gli anarchici, soprattutto gli anarco-comunisti, rispondendo a chi, per ragioni etiche, sprona ad un cambiamento delle abitudini consumistiche, amano ribattere…
There Really Is No Ethical (Individual) Consumption Under Capitalism
This piece is partially written as a rebuttal to “No Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism” is a Thought-Stopping Cliche and Only Anarchists Are Pretty: An Anarchist Guide to Fashion.  Anarchists, particularly AnComs, are fond of saying that ‘there is no ethical consumption under capitalism’ in response to any and all calls to change our consumption choices…
Il Male della Disuguaglianza
Di Gary Chartier. Originale pubblicato il 22 gennaio 2016 con il titolo What’s Wrong with Inequality? Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. A credere ai cosiddetti esperti, sembra quasi che tutto quest’odio verso la disuguaglianza sia frutto dell’invidia e di una certa ignoranza sul funzionamento dell’economia. Una ragione in più per non credere ai cosiddetti esperti. Il…
Il Tiranno Torna a Casa
Il Destino Domestico del Militarismo Americano Di Kelly Wright. Originale pubblicato il 12 giugno 2018 con il titolo Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. “Il grande Randolph Burne capì che ‘la guerra è la salvezza dello stato’. È nella guerra che lo stato si realizza: amplia il suo…
Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism
“The great Randolph Bourne realized that ‘war is the health of the State.’ It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society.” — Murray Rothbard In Tyranny Comes Home professors Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall methodically…
Review: Omnia Sunt Communia, by Massimo De Angelis
Massimo De Angelis. Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism (London: Zed Books, 2017). Massimo De Angelis is a thinker very much in the autonomist tradition; he mentions being a student of Harry Cleaver. This comes through loud and clear in his focus on the self-activity of ordinary people, and on…
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…
La Questione dell’ampiezza di Banda Economica
Di Frank Miroslav. Originale pubblicato il 14 maggio 2018 con il titolo The Economic Bandwidth Problem. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. In questi ultimi trent’anni a sinistra si è rinverdito l’interesse per organizzazioni economiche non di mercato. Alla base c’è una confluenza di fattori, uno dei quali è il fatto che, data l’ubiquità del capitalismo dopo…
The Economic Bandwidth Problem
In the last three decades, we’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of left wing, non-market approaches to economic organizing. The rise results from a confluence of factors, one part of the story being that the economic left has largely been freed of material reality since the ubiquity of capitalism after the fall of the…
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…
Disuguaglianza Come Gioco a Somma Zero
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato l’undici febbraio 2016 con il titolo Inequality is a Zero-Sum Game. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. In un recente commento (“Economic Inequality”, gennaio 2016), l’investitore Paul Graham difende la disuguaglianza dicendo che non è necessariamente il risultato di un gioco a somma zero. Solitamente non lo è, dice. E accusa “gli…
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