The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand – audio mp3 podcast

7 June 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in philosophy, podcasts | 10 Comments »

I present my audiobook version of Kevin Carson‘s The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege, based on the HTML version at


As one big file (MP3, 46m51s, 43MB):

Broken into chapters:

Someone use these to make a YouTube series and playlist!

If you are able, please download the files via BitTorrent, and re-seed them to infinity.

Text of my introduction to the recording:

Good morning, left-libertarian.

The voice you will hear for the next 88 minutes or so belongs to me, Mike Gogulski.

I am a stateless ex-American. I renounced my American citizenship in 2008 and I have been a voluntary exile since 2004, presently living in Bratislava, Slovakia. As of this recording in June 2009, I maintain a website at, which you are invited to visit.

The words you will hear belong to all of humanity, but they were written by Kevin Carson, a leading contemporary thinker in mutualism and individualist anarchism, and Research Associate for the Center for a Stateless Society, The essay, The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege, was published in 2001, and is available online at Carson’s Mutualist Blog, from, and from Red Lion Press in print form.

For the recording, I have broken the essay into ten parts:

  • Introduction
  • The Subsidy of History
  • Ideological Hegemony
  • The Money Monopoly
  • Patents
  • Infrastructure
  • Military Keynesianism
  • Other Subsidies
  • Political Repression
  • Conclusion

I have attempted to read the text of Iron Fist as I have it in hand. Any deviations from the written text are my own.

It is worth noting for more mainstream libertarians and others not familiar with Carson’s work that one need not adopt Carson’s mutualism or his predictions regarding profit, rent and interest in a truly free market in order to find the analysis and historiography contained here of great value.

  1. 10 Responses to “The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand – audio mp3 podcast”

  2. By NickyTheHeel on 7 June 2009

    You’re friggin’ awesome, Mike! I may never read again.

  3. By johanna on 7 June 2009

    This is a great service for those of us who are too lazy time-constrained to read. Thanks a bunch!

  4. By Mike Gogulski on 7 June 2009

    To both of you, you’re welcome.

    I personally almost never listen to audiobook type content, because my reading speed is so much faster than anyone can speak intelligibly.

    But it was pointed out to me recently, as mentioned in my first audio post, that a lot of folks love the format, and use it. So, here I am 🙂

    Hope y’all enjoy.

  5. By Kevin Carson on 7 June 2009

    Thanks much, Mike.

  6. By Cork on 9 June 2009

    You are really good at this, seriously. I’ve downloaded other “audiobooks” by people who can’t read aloud worth crap.

  7. By Mike Gogulski on 9 June 2009

    *blush* I don’t think I’ve ever listened to any, really… a few podcasts and of course the occasional youtube.

    I used to do some public speaking way back when, and have used that occasionally over the years.

    These recordings aren’t perfect, but then I’m not a professional either. One take is all I’m giving it, unless I really screw something up.

  8. By Leo T.Magnificent on 9 June 2009

    I really enjoyed this audio podcast Mike :D!

  9. By Andrew on 11 June 2009

    Carson’s work has been demanding that audiobooks be made for it. Great job.

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