Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 11: Left-Wing Critics of Mason — Kate Aronoff

Political action may be necessary. As Aronoff suggested, it is indeed a mistake to create a false dichotomy with counter-institution building. But framing “political action” as primarily state action, rather than a component of the counter-institution building movements themselves, is precisely the kind of false dichotomy we need to avoid. Political models centered on the… Continue reading

We need new stories for prosperous descent

The creative task of managing our civilisational descent – daunting though it is – promises to be both meaningful and fulfilling, provided we are prepared to let go of dominant conceptions of the good life and begin telling ourselves new stories of prosperity. Excerpted from Samuel Alexander: “The creative task of managing our civilisational descent… Continue reading

Michael Hudson: The Slow Crash

The following podcast and transcript of an interview with Michael Hudson were originally published on Naked Capitalism. An interview by Guns and Butter with Michael Hudson. His latest book is KILLING THE HOST: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy If you do not see the podcast player below, you can listen… Continue reading

In Conversation: Consumerism After Fossil Fuels

This article and recording by Richard Heinberg and Asher Miller was originally published on the Post Carbon Institute blog. The creation of the consumer economy—a complex, interconnected system of institutions, goals, rewards, and punishments—was one of the great social projects of the twentieth century, when energy was cheaply abundant and two of our chief economic… Continue reading

The City as Commons: a Policy Reader

Introduction The City as Commons: a Policy Reader, brings together 34 contributions and 31 authors which explore policy options and strategies for creating cities as commons for urban development and transformation. Each contribution explores a different aspect of city commoning and proposes strategies and policy recommendations based on existing projects from around the world. Contributions include: Design… Continue reading

Economics Shows Us Why Laissez-Faire Economics Always Fails: Why markets are like gardens, not machines

This post by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer was originally published on Evonomics.  Image: Elliot Gerard. During 2007 and 2008, giant financial institutions were obliterated, the net worth of most Americans collapsed, and most of the world’s economies were brought to their knees. At the same time, this has been an era of radical economic inequality, at levels not… Continue reading

An intentional egalitarian community as a small-scale implementation of Post-Capitalism

An intentional egalitarian community as a small-scale implementation of a postcapitalist, peer production economic model. Part III : imagining non-delegation and distributed coordination in the physical world This is the third part of a series that presents egalitarian communities, mainly Acorn community in Virginia, to shed some light on the way that the postcapitalist mode… Continue reading

Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 10: Left-Wing Critics of Mason – Stephanie McMillan

Increasingly the capitalists’ profits do not depend on ownership of the means of production, but control of the right to use them – the ownership of patents rather than machines. This intermediate stage, capitalism’s last desperate attempt to snatch scarcity from the jaws of abundance, is doomed to failure. Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real by Kevin… Continue reading