Kevin Carson

Kevin Carson is an American social theorist and mutualist known for his left-libertarianism.[1]:28 He is a Senior Fellow and Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory at the Center for a Stateless Society.[2] Carson's Studies in Mutualist Political Economy aims to revive interest in mutualism, in an effort to synthesize Austrian economics with the labor theory of value by attempting to incorporate both subjectivism and time preference.[3] His work has been addressed by anarcho-capitalist economist Walter Block,[4] Graduate Lecturer and PhD student Tate Fegley,[5] and Carson's Center for a Stateless Society colleague, the philosopher Roderick T. Long.[6]

Selected works

  • Studies in Mutualist Political Economy (2007)[3][2]
  • Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective (2008)[2]
  • The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto (2010)[2]
  • The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Individuals and Networks (2016)

See also


  1. Shannon, Deric; Nocella II, Anthony; Asimakopoulos, John (2012). The Accumulation of Freedom. Oakland, Edinburgh, Baltimore: AK Press. ISBN 978-1849350945.
  2. Nathan J. Jun, ed. (2017). Brill's Companion to Anarchism and Philosophy. BRILL. p. 20. ISBN 978-90-04-35689-4.
  3. Long, Roderick T. (2006). "Editorial to Symposium Issue on Studies in Mutualist Political Economy". Journal of Libertarian Studies. 20 (1): 34.
  4. Block, Walter. Kevin Carson as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Journal of Libertarian Studies, Volume 20, No. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 35–36
  5. Fegley, Tate. Kevin Carson and the Freed Market: Is His Left-Libertarian Vision Plausible?
  6. Long, Roderick. "Land-locked: A Critique of Carson on Property Rights". Journal of Libertarian Studies, Volume 20, No. 1 (Winter 2006): 87–95
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