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Author Topic: A review of Gabriel Kolko's book The Triumph of Conservatism  (Read 5815 times)
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« on: May 26, 2017, 07:54:18 PM »

I wrote a book review of a work I really enjoyed, and one which influenced libertarians like David D. Friedman and Roy Childs, and I was hoping to hear what my fellow anarchists thought of my review.

Anyone else a fan of this book? Anyone else read it?

I think Seth would like it, given his view of corporations as essentially a part of the State.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 11:22:32 AM »

I wrote a book review of a work I really enjoyed, and one which influenced libertarians like David D. Friedman and Roy Childs, and I was hoping to hear what my fellow anarchists thought of my review.

Anyone else a fan of this book? Anyone else read it?

I think Seth would like it, given his view of corporations as essentially a part of the State.

A very thorough and well-written review.  I may have to read the book!  ;-)

One point about Standard Oil that is my new pet peeve.  Standard Oil did achieve a high market share, something like 92%, IIRC, but the simple fact is that they never achieved a monopoly.  If the point of anti-trust laws was to break up monopolies, then surely they would have to have been a monopoly first.  I suppose that they could say they were preventing a monopoly by breaking up Standard Oil, but it would be incumbent upon them to show that a monopoly would have actually occurred if they had not acted.
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