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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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Friday, March 14, 2008

Guest Post at P2P Foundation

I'm guest-posting today at the P2P Foundation blog: "Open-Mouth Sabotage, Networked Resistance, and Asymmetric Warfare on the Job."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! I just got a robo-message on my answering machine from the Communications Workers of America urging me to visit http://fixtimewarner.com/

And it spreads like pink laser beams through Philip K Dick's brain...

March 17, 2008 2:51 PM  
Blogger Stephen Smith said...

Hey, I just wanted to say that I've taken your idea of "vulgar libertarianism" and have been trying to apply it in my new blog. My last post was on "private" roads, in which I try to expose their blatant contradictions.

Here it is:

March 17, 2008 7:44 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


Thanks for the link. It's only a matter of time until non-union workers figure out they don't have to jump through all the hoops of NLRB certification to do this sort of thing. They can actually do it instead of forming a state-recognized union. That's sort of what the Wal-Mart Workers Association (or whatever their name is) is doing, isn't it? I should have mentioned them in the P2P post, as a matter of fact.


Nice blog. I confess I support the idea of funding highways entirely with tolls, but I agree that what the neoliberals are attempting is closer to economic fascism than to genuine privatization. Far better than selling the highways off to for-profit corporations would be to transform the highway network in each state into a non-profit corporation owned entirely by the users--without a penny either of government revenue, or eminent domain, afterward.

And you're probably correct that the highways wouldn't pay for themselves at the actual cost of maintaining them. But that's the point: if trucks actually had to pay weight-based tolls sufficient to compensate for the roadbed damage they cause, we'd be buying a lot more stuff made close to home. And if urban freeway systems were funded with tolls, public transportation (and simply living closer to work and shopping) would look a lot more attractive.

March 17, 2008 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always thought of roads and rights-of-way as demilitarized zones in this truce we call "democracy."

While I appreciate the benefit of exposing production to market forces, I'm not sure the current holders of historical property privileges and fiat credit ("FED announced today $100 trillion loan to JPMorgan for US Highway System buyout...") are the rational means to a freer end.

Forward-looking risk-takers are needed for that, including those with non-material values ie the pay-it-forward charity types.

I bet the average self-identified "libertarian" will invest in private roads to the same extent they invest in private schooling. Zilch.

March 17, 2008 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On cue, John Robb has some words about the Anonymous vs Scientology infowar flap. Nice change of pace from the Global Murder, Inc coverage he usually presents.


I love the "lawfare" and "hackivists" meme terms.

March 18, 2008 6:41 PM  

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