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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Carson Interview


Anonymous Cody said...

Good interview, Kevin.

While the photo of Walter Block is pretty funny, it would have been even better if they had identified you with a photo of George Reisman.

July 08, 2011 12:09 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

The picture is changed.
Looks more like Roderick Long now!

July 08, 2011 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Mr Spooner said...

Non related question (again):

Is it possible to say that your Acumulation Crisis theory (as in Studies in Mutualist Political Economy)is compatible with the austrian Theory of Economic Cycle?

It seems to me pretty logical that in times where welfare and public spending are used to fight the lack of demand, the inflationist expantion of credit (as in Austrian's Cycle Theory)is another measure that helps creating the consequent Under-Acumulation Crisis

PS: I loled at Roderick Long's comment on this interview: Here's the proof that Kevin Carson and Walter Block are the same person :D

July 09, 2011 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Cody said...

Are you going to start doing more radio/television interviews, Kevin?

July 09, 2011 3:40 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Mr. Spooner: My theory of overaccumulation -- basically a grab bag of J.A. Hobson and the Monthly Review group -- overlaps somewhat with ABCT. But it differs from the Austrian theory in that it posits general excess productive capacity, rather than simply malinvestment.

Cody: I'll probably be doing more radio interviews.

July 09, 2011 10:43 PM  
Blogger Julia Riber Pitt said...

I think it's pretty funny that they used Walter Block's photo for the interview. Wonderful act of trolling on their part. Block must have been pissed.

Good interview. It's nice to hear your voice for a change. Keep us updated on your future interviews.

PS. I might Email you a bit later about questions I have on alternative currencies.

July 10, 2011 5:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks, Julia.

July 10, 2011 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Shachar Heller said...

it sounds to me like only a segment of an interview..
Was there anything interesting that got cut out?

July 16, 2011 7:17 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

As a matter of fact, the original interview was two minutes. The leadup to the clip was a question about how spending on wars and the military had damaged the U.S. economy, and I was responding that given the pathological way the economy was structured, military spending helped prevent collapse by increasing deficit spending and using up surplus industrial capacity.

Afterward, I was asked to comment on what I'd written about bureaucratic irrationality, and I said some Wilsonesque stuff about information flow in hierarchies and the parallels between the military and corporate accounting systems.

July 16, 2011 10:30 AM  

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