Table of Contents

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Introductory Material (pdf)

Part One–Babylon: The Rise and Fall of Sloanist Mass Production

Chapter One.  A Wrong Turn, and the Path Not Taken (pdf)

A.  Preface:  Mumford’s Periodization of Technological History
B.  The Neotechnic Phase
C.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neotechnic Revolution

Chapter Two.  Moloch:  The Anatomy of Sloanist Mass-Production Industry (pdf)

A.  Institutional Forms to Provide Stability
B.  Mass Consumption and Push Distribution to Absorb Surplus
C.  State Action to Absorb Surplus:  Imperialism
D.  State Action to Absorb Surplus:  State Capitalism
E.  Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin (A Critique of Sloanism’s Defenders)
F.  The Pathologies of Sloanism
G.  Mandatory High Overhead

Chapter Three.  Babylon is Fallen (pdf)

A.  Resumption of the Crisis of Overaccumulation
B.  Resource Crises (Peak Oil)
C.  Fiscal Crisis of the State
D.  Decay of the Cultural Pseudomorph
E.  Failure to Counteract Limits to Capture of Value by Enclosure of the Digital Commons
F.  Networked Resistance, Netwar and Asymmetric Warfare Against Corporate Management

Part Two–Zion: The Renaissance of Decentralized Production\

Chapter Four.  Back to the Future (pdf)

A.  Home Manufacture
B.  Relocalized Manufacturing
C.  New Possibilities for Flexible Manufacturing
Sidebar on Marxist Objections to Non-Capitalist Markets:  The Relevance of the Decentralized Industrial Model

Chapter Five.  The Small Workshop, Desktop Manufacturing, and Household Microenterprise (pdf)

A.  Neighborhood and Backyard Industry
B.  The Desktop Revolution and Peer Production in the Immaterial Sphere
C.  The Expansion of the Desktop Revolution and Peer Production into the Physical Realm
C1.  Open-Source Design:  Removal of Proprietary Rents from the Design Stage, and Modular Design.
C2.  Reduced Transaction Costs of Aggregating Capital.
C3.  Reduced Capital Outlays for Physical Production.
D.  The Microenterprise
Appendix.  Case Studies in the Coordination of Networked Fabrication and Open Design
#1.  Open Source Ecology/Factor e Farm.
#2.  100k Garages
#3.  Assessment

Chapter Six.  Resilient Communities and Local Economies (pdf)

A.  Local Economes of Bases of Independence and Buffers Against Economic Turbulence
B.  Historical Models of the Resilient Community
C.  Resilience, Primary Social Units, and Libertarian Values
D.  LETS Systems, Barter Networks, and Community Currencies
E.  Community Bootstrapping
F.  Contemporary Ideas and Projects
*Jeff Vail’s Hamlet Economy
*Global Ecovillage Networking
*The Transition Town Movement
*Global Villages
*Venture Communism
*Decentralized Economic and Social Organization (DESO)
*The Triple Alliance

Chapter Seven.  The Alternative Economy as a Singularity (pdf)

A.  Networked Production and the Bypassing of Corporate Nodes
B.  The Advantages of Value Creation Outside the Cash Nexus
C.  More Efficient Extraction of Value from Inputs
D.  The Implications of Reduced Physical Capital Costs
E.  Strong Incentives and Reduced Agency Costs
F.  Reduced Costs from Supporting Rentiers and Other Useless Eaters
G.  The Stigmergic Non-Revolution
H.  The Singularity
Appendix.  The Singularity in the Third World

Bibliography (pdf)

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30 Responses to “Table of Contents”

  1. P.M.Lawrence Says:

    Do you have a more convenient form of access than scribd? I always find that that doesn’t work without javascript and images enabled, and not very well even then (e.g., slow as well as defective, and putting stuff in the way of whatever else I want to keep in view whenever I try to move a cursor onto something nearby – which is even more distracting because it jumps in and out). A single ASCII text file, zipped and/or plain, would be ideal.

  2. freemarketanticapitalist Says:

    I’m afraid I don’t know of any way to publish the texts on this blog other than linking to them.

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  4. littlehorn Says:

    Hi Lawrence. I have had an account on scribd for ages, and it is possible to download the plain text version of the PDFs, although I’ve never tried it myself. I could possibly send the files over to you by email.

  5. P.M.Lawrence Says:

    I meant, link to them in a format and at a site where they could be accessed conveniently. I have no problems even getting at PDFs elsewhere – but I plain can’t navigate to anything scribd has anywhere, even if for all I knew they had plain ASCII text. It’s not blog links to files that are the problem – I could use them for earlier Kevin Carson works – it’s using scribd as a repository.

  6. Jeremy Says:

    Kevin, get in touch with me and I can help you get those texts on the blog if you desire.

  7. freemarketanticapitalist Says:

    Thanks, Jeremy. I think I’ll post them as pdfs at Mutualist.Org and link to them there, so PML can access them.

  8. P.M.Lawrence Says:

    Ah! Something fooled me. I took the “(pdf)”s to be part of the same links I couldn’t use, indicating that scribd offered pdf downloads, not taking them as separate links to pdf files. (I don’t have good enough colour discrimination to distinguish the black bracket separating the two blue parts, and I only spotted it when I revisited a failed attempt and saw that in a visited dark red different enough to sort out.)

    Maybe “(pdf)” should be reworded “(click here for pdf version)”, or similar?

  9. freemarketanticapitalist Says:

    Actually, PML, I added the pdf links to Mutualist.Org yesterday evening in response to your request.

  10. P.M.Lawrence Says:

    I thought I hadn’t seen the links earlier anyway, but I wasn’t 100% sure (even though the last two weren’t up yet). Even so, I didn’t spot them at first when I looked yesterday because, e.g., “Chapter One. A Wrong Turn, and the Path Not Taken (pdf)” looked like all one link. “Chapter One. A Wrong Turn, and the Path Not Taken (click here for pdf version)” with “Chapter One. A Wrong Turn, and the Path Not Taken” and “here” etc. highlighted as links would have been clearer.

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  14. Black Bloke Says:

    You know you could always use a downloading site like Rapidshare, or Megaupload to host your files.

  15. Nathan Says:

    I found that Google Books had a scan of The Fiscal Crisis of the State, if anyone is interested in looking up the references:

  16. Zendo Deb Says:

    You need to take a look at the laws being passed to put small, independent farmers (especially livestock) out of business.

    The state can always throw a monkey wrench in the form of regulations. (You can’t manufacture within a 1000 yards of a school, or in a residential neighborhood, or without a million inspections, insurance packages, and taxes.)

    (For example, see the requirements in the health care package for individual business owners doing business of more than 600 dollars with any company…. you need an army of tax accountants.)

  17. freemarketanticapitalist Says:

    Thanks, Zendo Deb. I agree the RFID stuff is horrendous. I can’t recall if I referred to it specifically in Ch. 2 along with CPSIA, but I discussed the general principle: anything that increases overhead costs also increases the size of the revenue stream required to service them, which means you’ve got to do large batch production to minimize costs.

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    An excellent an amazing work. I’m currently using many of these concepts in a series of blog posts, synthesizing your ideas with the growth of System D, government failure, political activism, agorist concepts, and a number of other ideas into my own vision of the coming conflict and transformation of society. I’m making an effort to adequately attribute your concepts, and providing regular references back to this site. I don’t have a large readership, but I hope I drive some portion of those readers back here to read your book. Thanks for a huge helping of food for thought.

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    I’ve found this a truly fascinating read thus far. It’ll take me a while to finish it, but I’ve found information here I probably wouldn’t have found myself. It’s a great contribution to the ideas I have floating around in my own head, thanks.

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