Politics/Economics

Kinsella Destroys Mutualism

In my contribution What Libertarianism Is in the Hoppe Festschrift, Property, Freedom and Society, I included a very long footnote (23) critiquing the mutualist “occupancy” view of property rights and, specifically, Kevin Carson’s contention that this is compatible with libertarianism. An edited excerpt from the article on this issue is provided below. Why is appropriation the relevant link… Continue reading Kinsella Destroys Mutualism

Politics/Economics

The Cancer of Left-Libertarian Economics

Originally published as "Kevin Carson and the Freed Market: Is His Left-Libertarian Vision Plausible?” by Tate Fegley in Libertarian Papers 8 (2): 273-292. ONLINE AT: libertarianpapers.org In recent years, the “free market anticapitalist” brand of left-libertarianism has received growing attention. Compared to other schools of libertarian thought, free market anticapitalists place greater emphasis on the… Continue reading The Cancer of Left-Libertarian Economics

Politics/Economics

A Critique of Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism”

Before beginning the critique, a review of the definition of capitalism is in order. "Capitalism" simply refers to that system where all scarce goods (including land and the means of production) are subject to private ownership given they are acquired via original appropriation (first user and claimant of an un-owned good) or voluntary exchange...period. This… Continue reading A Critique of Kevin Carson’s “The Free Market as Full Communism”