Kevin Carson Awarded C4SS’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory

by James Tuttle

We congratulate Kevin Carson SIG

The Center for a Stateless Society has named Kevin Carson the inaugural holder of its Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory.

Carson, a C4SS senior fellow, is the author of three books—Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, and The Homebrew Industrial Revolution—as well as C4SS research studies on topics including land ownership and intellectual property and articles in publications including The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty. Studies in Mutualist Political Economy was the focus of a symposium in the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

The chair honors Karl Hess, who played a key role in fostering the alliance between libertarians and the New Left that briefly flourished in the 1960s. Hess’s writings on topics ranging from appropriate technology to the reconfiguration of the political spectrum have helped to shape the left-libertarian project to which the Center is committed.

“Kevin Carson is one of the most creative and influential thinkers on the contemporary anarchist and libertarian scene,” said C4SS board chair Sheldon Richman. “I can’t think of a better occupant for this chair.”

“Being able to appoint Carson to this chair is an honor for the Center for a Stateless Society,” said Center director Brad Spangler. “We’re proud of him, and we believe this appointment will highlight the importance of his work to all aspects of the freedom movement.”

3 responses to “Kevin Carson Awarded C4SS’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory

  1. Much as I disagree with pretty much everything Kevin Carson believes, writes and says, I think that it is important for Libertarians to create our own institutional and organisational structures rather than begging (and failing) to be included in hegemonic structures infested with Statists, Authoritarians, and all manner of opponents of our philosophical approach.

    I thus offer Mr Carson my congratulations and I hope the C4SS have invested in a chair which is nice and comfy.

    • I agree. Because I’m up to my ears in a long novel, I can’t write all the other things I’d like to. But we do ned to accept that all the usual sources of income and status almost as as closed to people like us as they were to dissidents in the communist states of Eastern Europe. My brother-in-law was having a clear out a few years ago. He found an old job application form, one of the questions on which was whether an applicant had ever been convicted of a political offence. The reason we don’t have that sort of thing is that there are online databases to save the trouble of asking.

  2. Thank you very much, Iain. Coming from someone who disagrees with pretty much everything I believe, write and say, your good wishes are especially gratifying.

    Actually, I believe the chair is the Siege Parlous.