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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, January 07, 2008

Chapter Outline of Organization Theory Manuscript, with Draft Chapters to Date

A draft of Chapter Ten is in the works (I'm about to go bonkers reading stuff on TQM, Six Sigma, Juran, etc., pop management stuff by Tom Peters, and left-wing critiques of all of it). When I get that up, I'll be dividing my writing time between new draft chapters for Part Four (I've got bits and pieces of Ch. 11) and filling in the gaps in earlier chapters (most notably putting in a bunch of stuff on the New Middle Class and the managerialist revolution--especially from Christopher Lasch's corpus, Joel Spring, etc.--in Ch. 4).

Part One: State Capitalist Intervention in the Market
Chapter One: A Critical Survey of Orthodox Views on Economy of Scale
Chapter Two: A Survey of Empirical Literature on Economy of Scale
Chapter Three: State Policies Promoting Centralization and Large Organizational Size

Part Two: Systemic Effects of Centralization and Excessive Organizational Size

Chapter Four: Systemic Effects of State-Induced Economic Centralization and Large Organizational Size

Part Three: Internal Effects of Organizational Size Above That Required for Optimum Efficiency

Chapter Five: Knowledge and Information Problems in the Large Organization
Chapter Six: Agency and Incentive Problems in the Large Organization
Appendix 6A: Toilet Paper as Paradigm
Chapter Seven: Economic Calculation in the Corporate Commonwealth (the corporation as planned economy)
Chapter Eight:
Managerialism, Irrationality and Authoritarianism in the Large Organization
Appendix 8A: Blaming Workers for the Results of Mismanagement
Chapter Nine: Special Agency Problems of Labor (internal crisis tendencies of the large organization)
Chapter Ten: Attempts at Reform from Within

Part Four: Conjectures on Decentralist Free Market Alternatives
Chapter Eleven: The Abolition of Privilege
Chapter Twelve: The Cost Principle
Chapter Thirteen: Decentralized Production Technology
Chapter Fourteen: Social Organization of Production (cooperatives and peer production)
Chapter Fifteen: Social Organization of Distribution and Exchange
Chapter Sixteen: Mutual Aid



Blogger iceberg said...

Kevin, I'm psyched about this book-in-progress. Do you have a target date in mind for publication?

January 08, 2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, iceberg. I'm hoping to finish it by the end of this year.

January 08, 2008 8:54 PM  
Blogger iceberg said...

Quite sadly it seems that there will not be a JLS symposium on it as the publication is defunct at the moment, or "on-hold" in newspeak.

Do you anticipate any other publication picking up where the JLS left off for a critical review?

January 09, 2008 9:41 AM  
Blogger Nick Manley said...


Your intellectual work continues to amaze! Keep up the hard work.

January 09, 2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

Do you read the Orgtheory blog or Organizations & Markets?

January 09, 2008 1:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


I wasn't even aware of that. It's certainly a shame--I hope the hiatus is temporary. It's a fairly venerable libertarian institution, and Roderick Long has been doing as good as editor to spread the left-libertarian gospel among the benighted Misoids. As to a symposium issue, that would probably be like lightning striking twice anyway. But I expect the org theory book to do better at the outset just because I had almost zero Web profile when MPE came out.

Venus Cassandra,

Thanks a lot!


I enjoy them both. I was happy to find O&M, especially, because I stumbled onto it not long after I read Peter Klein's article about Rothbard's application of the calcuation argument to the corporation.

January 09, 2008 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the subject of misoids and the JLS, I have been pleasantly surprised by the way the conversation at the Mises blog that has been keeping me busy has gone, now that it has got on to the JLS/Reisman critiques. While one Fundamentalist has exposed himself as a "my mind is made up, do not confuse me with the facts" mini-Reisman, Newson and Inquisitor have turned out to be open minded and curious enough to follow things up while reserving judgment. Enough lurkers were fair minded enough to come out of the woodwork and slap Fundamentalist down when he started in with the claque style accusations of "socialist", too.

January 09, 2008 11:41 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Very nicely done, PML. Based on his seemingly deliberate obtuseness, and refusal to understand the simplest of contrary arguments even when they're pounded into his head with a baseball bat, I'm beginning to suspect that Fundamentalist is really just Person posting under a different name. Quasibill's experiences "debating" Person (if you can use that term for such a one-sided exercise) were quite a bit like yours with Fundamentalist.

Fundamentalist and Person both display a tendency that some blogger (TalkLeft?) once called "lemony snicketism": never allowing you to build on previous arguments or demonstrations, but instead requiring you to keep recapitulating your entire previous case at each stage of the argument.

It's hard for me to believe that anyone can really be that stupid. As with Reisman, it's more of a doublethink process that involves deliberately suppressing one's own powers of deduction: as Orwell put it, the ability to think up the most ingenious arguments for an opposing doctrine, coupled with a (deliberate) total incapacity for understanding even the simplest arguments against one's own position.

January 10, 2008 12:13 PM  
Blogger scumble said...

Thanks for putting all the drafts together. I'm reading through gradually from the beginning again. It's turning into a fascinating work this, and I think your writing is really improving in clarity.

I've been highlighting a few typos which I should probably send back in an edited pdf for you to correct. Still, I think I've found more typos in the edition of Man, Economy and State that I have...


January 11, 2008 1:26 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

I don't think Fundamentalist is Person. I think I recall them arguing with each other for prolonged periods on several occasions (first-page google result has a short disagreement here and a longer one here). The blog admins know everyone's I.P addresses, and Person clashes with them often enough that I think someone would have called him on his sock-puppetry. I would also be surprised at their dedication in maintaining the not-obviously-humorous ignorant Fundamentalist persona (he seems to genuinely be a creationist).

January 11, 2008 2:10 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, Nathan. But I think either you must have missed a few, or my work isn't riddled with typos, place-holders and incomplete citations as I thought it was.

Thanks for the info, TGGP. Maybe he really *is* that stupid.

January 13, 2008 8:08 PM  
Blogger scumble said...

I am finding a few more hiccups, but it's really not that bad overall. Either that or the earlier chapters are at a more advanced stage.

January 14, 2008 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kevin, can you include me in your bloroll?


I'm agorist, but I studie the old american anarchist tradidion too.

Tanks!! Guilherme.

January 14, 2008 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nice to see so many agorists popping onto the scene these days.

January 14, 2008 5:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


Sure. If you're an agorist, I'll add you to the BLL links next time I update. I wish I could read Portuguese, because it looks like I'd really enjoy the material on Tucker.

January 14, 2008 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


tank you for your atention.

In this moment I'm writing a book about denationalization of money.

When I finished I sent a pdf copy to you.


January 15, 2008 3:03 PM  
Blogger TGGP said...

Apparently Person posts elsewhere as Silas. Most trolls don't complain elsewhere about people thinking they are trolls, so I would take that as evidence that he is not.

January 16, 2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

guilherme roesler,

Thanks. I look forward to reading it.


I vaguely remember seeing somebody named Silas in the forums at Anti-State.Com.

January 17, 2008 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased to see this moving forward steadily, Kevin, and I'm very much looking forward to the finished product.

On a side note, one of my friends is a psychologist doing her doctoral work on organizational behavior. I recommended she check out your blog and especially this latest work, but I haven't heard back from her. It kinda bugs me because I read Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" at her request (it wasn't all bad)!

January 21, 2008 6:44 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, Jeremy. Maybe I ought to look into cublicles functioning as Skinner boxes.

January 22, 2008 12:02 PM  

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