Advisory Board

Kevin A. Carson

Kevin A. Carson is Senior Fellow, Karl Hess Scholar in Social Theory at the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS).
Kevin’s latest book is The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto which is a study of the decay of the mass production industrial economy, the rise of micromanufacturing, and the informal and household economy.
Kevin also authored Studies in Mutualist Political Economy and Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective.
His Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective is a study, from an individualist anarchist standpoint, of how state subsidies and other state interventions promote large corporate size, hierarchy, and absentee ownership far beyond their likely free market levels, and the consequences for both the internal efficiency of the predominant large organizations and the character of society at large. Kevin relied heavily on both conventional organization theory (especially New Institutionalists like Oliver Williamson), and on radical thinkers like Ivan Illich, Paul Goodman, and R.A. Wilson.
Kevin’s Studies in Mutualist Political Economy was an attempt to update individualist anarchist thought for contemporary readers. It was the subject of a symposium issue of the Journal of Libertarian Studies.
His current project is a book on the spread of the desktop/network revolution to “regulatory state” activities by John Robb’s “superempowered individuals,” and the relevance of asymmetric warfare models to networked labor and consumer activism. This book will be titled The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Networks and Super-Empowered Individuals.
Kevin has sold articles on libertarian themes to The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, and sometimes guest blogs at the P2P Foundation blog. He did paid writing at the now-defunct The Art of the Possible blog, on the general theme of building an anti-authoritarian coalition of libertarian and left-wing elements.
Kevin earned his B.A. in Political Science, History at the University of Arkansas in 1986.
Watch Authority is the Enemy of Rationality, by Kevin Carson. Read his LinkedIn profile and his Wikipedia profile. Follow his Twitter feed.