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Karl Hess
Nascimento 25 de maio de 1923
Washington, D.C.
Morte 22 de abril de 1994 (70 anos)
Cidadania Estados Unidos
Ocupação editor, jornalista, autobiógrafo, ativista político, editor, Soldagem, motociclista, filósofo
Religião ateísmo, Católico não praticante

Karl Hess (25 de maio de 1923 - 22 de abril de 1994) foi um redator de discursos de nível nacional e autor estadunidense. Ele também foi um filósofo político, editor, soldador, motociclista, sonegador de impostos, ateu e ativista libertário.[1]


  • Nature and Science (1958)
  • In a Cause That Will Triumph: The Goldwater Campaign and the Future of Conservatism (1967)
  • The End of the Draft: The Feasibility of Freedom (with Thomas Reeves) (1970) ISBN 0-394-70870-9
  • Dear America (1975) (autobiography/anarchist manifesto)
  • Neighborhood Power: The New Localism (with David Morris) (1975)
  • Community Technology (1979)
  • A Common Sense Strategy for Survivalists (1981) ASIN B0006Y81QA
  • Three Interviews (1981)
  • Capitalism for Kids (1986)
  • Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography (edited by Karl Hess, Jr.) (1999) ISBN 1-57392-687-6


Karl Hess: Toward Liberty é um documentário que ganhou o Óscar de melhor curta-documentário em 1981, depois de ganhar anteriormente um prêmio da Student Academy Awards. Outro documentário destacando Hess foi Anarchism in America (1983).


  1. Hess, Karl. The Death of Politics, Interview in Playboy, July 1976. Also available is Hess's autobiography, "Mostly on the Edge." "Laissez-faire capitalism, or anarchocapitalism, is simply the economic form of the libertarian ethic. Laissez-faire capitalism encompasses the notion that men should exchange goods and services, without regulation, solely on the basis of value for value. It recognizes charity and communal enterprises as voluntary versions of this same ethic. Such a system would be straight barter, except for the widely felt need for a division of labor in which men, voluntarily, accept value tokens such as cash and credit. Economically, this system is anarchy, and proudly so." Hess did not always prefer to use “capitalism” for the free-market system he favored; cp. Karl Hess, Dear America (New York: Morrow 1975) 3, 5. Hess writes: “I have lost my faith in capitalism” (3) and “I resist this capitalist nation-state” (5), and observes that he has “turn[ed] from the religion of capitalism” (3). Even more bluntly, he says: “What I have learned about corporate capitalism, roughly, is that it is an act of theft, by and large, through which a very few live very high off the work, invention, and creativity of very many others. It is the Grand Larceny of our particular time in history, the Grand Larceny in which a future of freedom which could have followed the collapse of feudalism was stolen from under our noses by a new bunch of bosses doing the same old things” (1).

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