Date archives "August 2011"

Stalled youth at the heart of a global political awakening

Excerpted from Pankaj Mishra: “In India, tens of thousands of middle-class people respond to a quasi-Gandhian activist’s call for a second freedom struggle – this time, against the country’s venal “brown masters”, as one protester told the Wall Street Journal. Middle-class Israelis demanding “social justice” turn out for their country’s first major demonstrations in years…. Continue reading

From Machinic to Organic Organisations

Excerpted from Martin (King?): “The 21st century environment is becoming faster, more diverse and complex – people want greater choice, customisation and speed. 20th century “Machine organisation” is not suited to fast, flexible and complex responses and cannot thrive in an environment of speed, choice and customisation. “Machine organisation” cannot easily cope with complex environments… Continue reading

Transitioning (6): Re-thinking Money Creation and Fostering a new Ecology of Currencies

Sixth and last in a series on the transition to a sustainable economy. Excerpted from Christian Arnsperger: “One of the areas which transition activists need to invest in urgently is the area of money creation and the circulation of currency through bank credit. Sure enough, as many alternative economists from Herman Daly to Douglas Booth… Continue reading

Peer production as distributed aggregation of capital

Excerpted from Charles Johnson: “Both emerging distributed technologies in general, and peer production projects in particular, facilitate the aggregation of dispersed capital — without it having to pass through a single capitalist chokepoint, like a commercial bank or a venture capital fund. Because of the way that peer production projects distribute and amortize their costs… Continue reading

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs

From Inhabitat: […] Not only has the nation announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants and started the construction of 2,800 miles of transmission lines for its new renewable energy initiative, but now the village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs! The small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria is generating an impressive $5.7 million in… Continue reading

Bifo: “So far, the result of the collapse of neoliberal politics has been its consolidation”

The crisis: “The late-neoliberal ruling class states that if deregulation produced the systemic collapse, we need more deregulation. If lower taxation on high incomes led to a fall in demand, let’s lower high-income taxation. If hyper-exploitation resulted in the production of unsold and useless cars, let’s intensify car production. Are these people crazy?“ The alternative:… Continue reading

Book of the Week: The Commons of Soil

* Book: Patrick Noble. The Commons of Soil. Feasta, Ireland, 2010. Available via! Author Patrick Noble introduces the theme of the book: “We have picked up our fossils and minerals because they have been lying around. We have done so more and sometimes less judiciously. They have been sources of wealth, power and injustice…. Continue reading

Transitioning (5): Deepening Economic Democracy and Encouraging New Forms of Entrepreneurship

Fifth in a series on the transition to a sustainable economy. Christian Arnsperger: “It’s likely that growing sections of the alternative pluri-economy we’re investigating here would not be capitalist in nature. Helped by the Economic Transition Income (and also, as we will see in the next installment, by new modes of monetary creation), the successive… Continue reading

Writing a Global P2P Constitution of the Peoples

Peter Waterman has been calling for a Global Labour Charter Movement for already a some time. The following link is to his updated text published by a shop-floor activism project NetzwerkIT. An earlier version can be found here:. Waterman’s call for a dialogue on such Global Labour Charter can be a fertile ground today on… Continue reading