Spangler on Liberty Cap Talk Live

Todd Andrew Barnett interviewed me on his show Liberty Cap Talk Live last night. I joined the show at roughly the 1 hour, 12 minute mark.


The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low Overhead Manifesto

Kevin Carson’s third book manuscript is available in unfinished form — The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low Overhead Manifesto.

Carson writes:

The Homebrew Industrial Revolution is based on a series of research papers on industrial history I did at Center for a Stateless Society.

In writing Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, I found myself most engaged in researching the material on micromanufacturing, household microenterprises, the alternative economy, and the singularity resulting from them.

A major part of the material in The Homebrew Industrial Revolution is drawn from Organization Theory, but was imperfectly tied together and developed there. I attempted to draw these themes together into my first C4SS monograph, and then found myself developing them in a series of followup papers. Those papers gradually took shape in my head as a book.

One theme is the rise and fall of Sloanist mass-production in light of Mumford’s paleotechnic/neotechnic periodization and his theory of the cultural pseudomorph, and the rise of networked manufacturing as (in the words of Michael Piore and Charles Sabel) the rediscovery after more than a century of how to integrate electrical power into industry.

Another is the contrast of Sloanism to the leanness, agility and resilience of the alternative economy, with low overhead as the central conceptual principle around which my study of the latter is organized. Large inventories, high capital oulays, and high overhead have the same effect on mass-production industry that shit has on a human body bloated by constipation. The higher the fixed costs required to undertake an activity, the larger the income stream required for a household or firm to service that overhead; the enterprise must either get big or get out, and the household must have multiple sources of full-time wage income to survive. The alternative economy, on the other hand, operates with almost no fixed costs, so that almost all its revenue is free and clear and it can survive prolonged periods of slow business. Because it’s organized stigmergically, with modular open-source designs, innovation costs are spread over the widest possible product ecologies with a minimum of transaction costs. The alternative economy is breeding the rats in the nests of corporate dinosaurs.

American pilot captured in Vietnam war
Additionally, Carson notes on his blog:

Agility and Resilience are at the heart of the alternative economy’s differences with its conventional predecessor. Its superiorities are summed up by the cover image; a tiny teenage Viet Cong girl leading an enormous American pilot into captivity. I’m obliged to Jerry Brown (via Reason magazine’s Jesse Walker) for the metaphor: guerrillas in black pajamas, starting out with captured Japanese and French arms, with a bicycle-based supply train, kicking the living shit out of the best-trained and highest-technology military force in human history.

But Governor Brown was much more of a fiscal conservative than Governor Reagan, even if he made arguments for austerity that the Republican would never use. (At one point, to get across the idea that a lean organization could outperform a bloated bureaucracy, he offered the example of the Viet Cong.)

Chartier: Advocates of Freed Markets Should Embrace “Anti-Capitalism”

C4SS Advisory Panel member Gary Chartier will give the following presentation in April to the Association of Private Enterprise Education — Advocates of Freed Markets Should Embrace “Anti-Capitalism”[PDF]. A ready for print version.

“Defenders of freed markets have good reason to identify their position as a species of ‘anti-capitalism.’ To explain why, I distinguish three potential meanings of ‘capitalism’ before suggesting that people committed to freed markets should oppose capitalism in my second and third senses. Then, I offer some reasons for using ‘capitalism’ as a label for some of the social arrangements to which freed-market advocates should object.”    —Gary Chartier

UPDATED: Fiat Lex!

The Center is releasing a working draft of a proposed General Submission to Arbitration form template for use by professional Arbitrators and their clients. The text is largely based on a General Submission to Arbitration authored by Ralph Fucetola and excerpted by J. Neil Schulman in his novel of agorist revolution, Alongside Night.

Based on feedback provided, we intend to release future revised working drafts of this document and will attempt to resolve any copyright issues, should they become known to us.

DOWNLOAD: General Submission to Arbitration (working draft template — 10JAN2010) [ODT format]

UPDATE 12JAN2010: Correspondent quasibill sent in his own suggested model GSA. My own take is that it displays an admirable level of detail and apparent expertise, but I also wonder if it might perhaps be to long and complex. Make up your own minds: gsa.quasibill.odt

Conference Call — January 9th, 2010

On Saturday January 9th, 2010 at 9:00 AM Central time, please join us for our monthly morning Conference Call. The informal agenda is simply open chat on the Center, current events and anarchism.

Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 432-0600 Participant Access Code: 525118#

C4SS Welcomes Darian Worden, Promotes Tom Knapp


C4SS announces additional staff member and a promotion.

AUBURN, ALABAMA — January 1, 2010 — Center for a Stateless Society — The Center for a Stateless Society announced personnel changes today, with the addition of Darian Worden as the third C4SS News Analyst and promotion of Thomas L. Knapp to Senior News Analyst.

Worden becomes the Center’s sixth paid part-time staff member. C4SS Director Brad Spangler said “Darian is a rising young talent among anarchist writers and activists. When some angel donors came to us with a proposal to make earmarked contributions to pay for his first quarter of work with the Center, we pounced on it immediately.”

Darian Worden is an individualist anarchist writer with experience in libertarian activism. His fiction includes Bring a Gun To School Day and the forthcoming Trade War. His essays and other works can be viewed at his personal website. He also hosts an internet radio show, Thinking Liberty, on


The mission of the Molinari Institute is to promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State. The Institute takes its name from Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), originator of the theory of Market Anarchism. The Center for a Stateless Society is the Molinari Institute’s media center.

Brad Spangler
Center for a Stateless Society