Mutual Banking: William Batchelder Greene

Mutual Banking: William Batchelder Greene

The latest instalment in my tour round the libertarian/anarchist "classics" brings me to a work very appropriate for today's messed up world.  In "Mutual Banking" American Individualist Anarchist William Batchelder Greene explains clearly what is wrong with the current banking system (now, just as much as then) and proposes a non-profit mutual bank as a…

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Justice and defence the anarchist way

Justice and defence the anarchist way

Even many who are relatively sympathetic to free market minarchist and mutualist ideals where as much as possible is done through voluntary rather than coercive statist mechanisms often have a problem envisaging a system in which no state apparatus exists.  Two of the most common objections are that we at least need a state to…

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Geo-mutualism and the contemporary political establishment

Okay, so it should now be clear and out in the open that my preferred society would not have a politically organized coercive state government of any kind. It should be equally clear that this is not because I don't care about the least well off in society, but precisely because I do. And because…

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Geo-mutualism: the explanation

Geo-mutualism: the explanation

[Apologies if you found this through a Facebook/Twitter/RSS feed - it's a repost of an old post from my previous blog and I forgot to turn off the feeds for it] "State intervention distinguishes capitalism from the free market." So writes Kevin Carson in the preface to his "Studies in Mutualist Political Economy" (2004). In…

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The Case For a New People’s Budget (Lib Dems ALTER)

The Case For a New People’s Budget (Lib Dems ALTER)

A book published by Lib Dems ALTER (link is external) (Action for Land Taxation and Economic Reform) about Land Value Tax in 1909 and today in whicih I contribute a chapter on LVT and Housing. Attached is an M4B file I made of the recording I produced of the book. This is a file best…

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Land tax versus land release

...or why we would still need Land Value Tax even if everyone had a home. One of the most common responses to the suggestion that Land Value Tax would be an equitable way of solving housing shortages is that "we don't need more tax, just looser planning regulations" enabling landowners to release more (and predominantly…

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