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Kevin Carson's _The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto_

Color me flattered, I just noticed that this blog was substantially cited in Kevin Carson's book The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto. More than anything I wanted to give the book a plug, and to mention how compelling Carson's work has been over at the P2P Foundation, which is where I became most familiar with it.

If you want to check out the chapter (wonderfully titled "Babylon is Fallen") that references some of my writing on artificial scarcity and the knowledge economy, you can find it online here.

I'm fairly certain that this marks the first time this blog has ever been cited in print (aside from an occasional LaserJet printer). Thanks, Kevin.

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  1. Thanks for the plug, Eric. Your statements of the basic implications of radical deflation are the best I've read.

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