SYMPOSIUM ON KEVIN CARSON’S STUDIES IN MUTUALIST POLITICAL ECONOMY
EDITORIAL by Roderick T. Long. Many of the individualist anarchists, and in particular those thinkers associated with Benjamin Tucker’s journal Liberty, sought to combine a political theory based on individual sovereignty and self-ownership with an economic theory based on the labor….
THE SPOONER-TUCKER DOCTRINE: AN ECONOMIST’S VIEW by Murray N. Rothbard. First, I must begin by affirming my conviction that Lysander Spooner and Benjamin R. Tucker were unsurpassed as political philosophers and that nothing is more needed today than a revival and development of the largely forgotten legacy that they left to political philosophy….
THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE: A CRITIQUE OF CARSON by Robert P. Murphy. This is an impressive work. It first attempts to rehabilitate the classical labor theory of value (by giving it a subjectivist spin), and then traces the history of capitalism to show that it was founded by, and necessarily relies upon, State aggression….
KEVIN CARSON AS DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. By Walter Block. On the one hand, he shows familiarity with the important libertarian contributors to the field of political economy. On the other hand, familiarity with libertarian authors seems to have been wasted on Carson, as he adopts the labor theory of value as the basic building block of his analytic framework….
CARSON’S REJOINDERS, by Kevin A. Carson. This is not, properly speaking, a rejoinderâ€”obviously, since Rothbard’s article predates my book. But since it was chosen to set the tone for this symposium issue, and includes some comments on individualist anarchism in general, I’ll make a few remarks anyway….