New Blogger: Kevin Carson

Having welcomed a new blogger yesterday, I’d like to welcome yet another–Kevin Carson, who’s agreed to blog at Policy of Truth. I figured that PoT hadn’t gotten sufficiently left-wing and anarchist, so it was time to up the ante. Sectarian designations aside, I thought Kevin was just the guy to shake this place up a little. The twenty years he’s spent working in hospitals (and the insight he brings to the subject) also coheres nicely with PoT’s recent focus on issues in health care. That said, I’ve given Kevin carte blanche to write on whatever he wants, including re-publishing the posts he writes for other outlets, and/or serializing the various book/paper manuscripts he’s always working on.

Here’s the bio from his website:

Kevin Carson is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society and holds the Center’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory. Formerly a mutualist/individualist anarchist, he now identifies as an anarchist without adjectives. In addition to the classical individualists, he is influenced heavily by theorists of post-capitalism and commons-based peer production, Elinor Ostrom’s natural resource governance theory, and autonomist Marxism. His written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political EconomyOrganization Theory: A Libertarian PerspectiveThe Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, and The Desktop Regulatory State, all of which are freely available to read below. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just ThingsThe Art of the Possible, the P2P Foundation, and his own Mutualist Blog.

Though Kevin has his own blog, his own website, and blogs for the Center for a Stateless Society, I thought it’d be cool to bring his ideas into conversation with interlocutors (left and non-left, anarchist and non-anarchist) here at Policy of Truth. I’ve read enough of Kevin’s stuff to know how much there is to be learned from it (and from him), but not enough to say that I’ve actually learned half of it. So I dragged him out here to keep better track of him, and learn a thing or two in the process. He’s a handful, so I’m going to need some help. I figure I can get some from people around here.

11 thoughts on “New Blogger: Kevin Carson

  1. Who the hell is this guy? I looked up that C4SS site he writes for and it looks like some commie bullshit. Or Randian bullshit. Something like that.


    • The fact that an essay by Kevin appeared in an anthology co-edited by Chris tells us all we need to know about the deep intellectual corruption of both of them.


      • And of this blog. The fact that the blog also hosts Roderick Long as a blogger, and permits Chris “the Dialectical” Sciabarra to comment is its own indictment. All of this huffing and puffing about character-based voting….Maybe I should start thinking a little more seriously about character-based blogging?


              • In the interests of full disclosure, I should also report that I was once described on an Objectivist website as a “whacked-out, cynical, neo-postmodern fetishist orbiting around Sciabarra.”


                • You failed to note that you weren’t just described that way, but confessed to the description:

                  For the most recent example, see Andrew Bernstein’s abject foray into Stalinist self-criticism for the sin of daring to write for Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s dreaded Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, which turns out to be on the Ayn Rand Institute’s index librorum prohibitorum. One high-church Randian called me a “whacked-out, cynical, neo-postmodern fetishist orbiting around Sciabarra” for venturing the suggestion that Bernstein’s groveling apology (“I failed to properly use my mind,” etc., etc.) didn’t seem to strike quite the tone of proud heroic individualism that one might have expected from an admirer of Howard Roark and Dagny Taggart. (Actually, it’s a fair cop: I am a whacked-out, cynical, neo-postmodern fetishist orbiting around Sciabarra. I’m also anti-mind and anti-life. But don’t tell anyone.)


                  “A Puzzled Solved,” indeed, sir.

                  I now demand to know the name of the “high church Randian.”


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