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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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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Homebrew Industrial Revolution--Manuscript Updated

In particular Chapter Six includes a couple of new subsections:

C. Resilience, Primary Social Units, and Libertarian Values

Based on conversations with Gary Chartier and Keith Taylor on the decoupling of the social safety net from both the state and employment, and into the informal/household sector; and on localism's possible threat to libertarian cultural values.

E. Community Bootstrapping (stub)

Based on conversations with Keith Taylor, and on the Open Manufacturing list at Google Groups, about micromanufacturing in the context of economic development in depressed areas like the Rust Belt and the Arkansas Delta.

Chapter Three also contains several pages of new material on the tendency of innovation to destroy monetized economic value.


Blogger ian said...

Have you come across these?


or this:


Both perhaps marginal to your actual concern but sort of relevant to the underpinning ideas.

January 22, 2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, Ian. The neighborhood marketing effort is exactly the kind of viral marketing that low overhead enterprises could engage in.

Ripples from the Zambezi looks like something I should order from Interlibrary Loan for reference on the community bootstrapping section.

January 22, 2010 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm... I'm confused Kevin. I really enjoyed your studies at C4SS, and was intending to print them out hard copies for friendly distribution among acquaintances and peers. Until now I was not aware of this separate blog with what appears to be modified versions of the original studies. Which is the definitive version of this ongoing work: the stuff at C4SS or the aforementioned blog?

January 26, 2010 11:54 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, Anon. The ms at the new blog is based on the C4SS studies, with additional material. So the blog stuff is the definitive material if you want the latest version. OTOH, the C4SS material may suit those who prefer a more concise summary.

BTW, I've noticed that somebody compiled the manuscript from the blog into a single pdf file and is distributing it as the "Homebrew" book at torrent sites. But since the ms is updated every week or so, and the torrent ms doesn't specify the date it was accessed, the quality will be pretty unreliable.

Major updates are announced with a date at the top of the "Contents" post, so it would be helpful if whoever compiles these pdf versions of the whole book would list it with the date of the edition noted.

January 26, 2010 12:23 PM  

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