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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Austin, TX: Mutualism Study Group

If you live in the Austin area, or plan to be there on March 29, you should check out the Mutualism Study Group (click link for details) organized by Donald Jackson of MonkeyWrench Books. They're paying me the immense compliment of using my book, among other things, as study material. Here's part of the blurb from the site:

Mutualism is a school of thought that calls for decentralizing economic and political power through building cooperatives and community financing systems. It is a radical theory that opposes corporate and state power, and instead promotes an economy of small farms, independent business, cooperatives, and self-employed workers.

Why do I get the feeling that genuine free market ideas (as opposed to the kind of corporate apologetics that passes for the "free market" in mainstream politics and journalism) are more likely to get a friendly hearing in the "People's Republic of Austin" than anywhere else in that Red State?

8 Comments:

Blogger Venus Cassandra said...

Lately, I've been feeling more and more mutualist. It drives me crazy to see libertarians defending the dominant powers in the name of liberty!

And don't get me started on the liberventionists ( :

March 10, 2008 5:15 PM  
Blogger Mupetblast said...

Very awesome. Congrats on the reference. Looks like something Shawn would be involved in.

Austin appears to have a somewhat cranky and enthusiastic libertarian/Old Right element, something I've seen no evidence of in, say, Berkeley.

March 10, 2008 6:56 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Wow, I'd love to do something like this in Richmond. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get in touch with Donald - if he's put together a syllabus or any material that other groups could use, it would be very helpful.

March 10, 2008 10:08 PM  
Blogger Mookie said...

I live in Austin and have purchased some great reading material from MonkeyWrench books. Its a good store. I should try to go to the event.

Is no surprise Austin would be interested in mutualism - lotta small businesses in the area, housing coops for the students of UT, and plenty of craft street and farmers markets. It's a strange mix of hippie and redneck, incorporating the better elements of each. A popular motto here seen on bumper stickers and elsewhere is "Keep Austin Weird". The inner city does a good job of it, although it is a stiff fight to keep corporate-types out.

March 11, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Mookie said...

I live in Austin and have purchased some great reading material from MonkeyWrench books. Its a good store. I should try to go to the event.

Is no surprise Austin would be interested in mutualism - lotta small businesses in the area, housing coops for the students of UT, and plenty of craft street and farmers markets. It's a strange mix of hippie and redneck, incorporating the better elements of each. A popular motto here seen on bumper stickers and elsewhere is "Keep Austin Weird". The inner city does a good job of it, although it is a stiff fight to keep corporate-types out.

March 11, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Daniel Owen said...

Ah -- you're getting famous, Mr Carson! If we have a modern-day "Free Derry" I'll call you in as economic counsel -- like Silvio Gesell for the Bavarian Soviet Republic!

Cheers

March 11, 2008 12:06 PM  
Blogger Daniel Owen said...

Weld mutualism to syndicalism and you've got one hell of a practical, fightin' theory and practice.

March 11, 2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Shawn P. Wilbur said...

Excellent! We have been having a very low-key study group here in NW Ohio, as well, working mainly from my notes for the "Anarchism of Approximations" manuscript. Once i get moved, and the Labyrinth relaunched this summer, I hope to incorporate some self-teaching material on Proudhon, Greene, Ingalls and Warren. Chapter-a-day kind of stuff, running on the front page. Perhaps we should think of doing something similar with "Studies."

March 11, 2008 7:00 PM  

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