Date archives "March 2016"

Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 5: Michel Bauwens — Other Non-Capitalist Techno-Utopianisms

Today, the new ethic says that ‘to resist is in the first place to create’. The world we want is the world we are creating through our cooperative P2P ethos, it is visible in what we do today, not an utopian creation for the future. Building the commons has a crucial ingredient: the building of a dense alternative media… Continue reading

A New Right To Secrecy For Companies, And A Dangerous EU Legislative Proposal Which Must Be Rejected

European coalition of civil society organisations, citizens and journalists ask Members of the European Parliament to reject the Trade Secrets Directive The proposed EU legislation on “Trade Secrets Protection”, which the European Parliament will vote next April 14, creates excessive rights to secrecy for businesses: it is a direct threat to the work of journalists… Continue reading

Call for chapters: Citizen Science in Modern Research

Full title: Analyzing the Role of Citizen Science in Modern Research. “A book edited by Luigi Ceccaroni (1000001 Labs) and Jaume Piera (ICM-CSIC) Structure 1. Ontology (definition of concepts and formal relations between citizen science and other sciences, including taxonomy of different dimensions of citizens’ observatories): 1000001 Labs, Commons Lab | Wilson Center, Atlas of Living… Continue reading

Most people don’t know what Capitalism is.

The responses to my article The Death of Capitalism made something clear: Most people don’t know what Capitalism is. We’ll need two definitions. Market: An economic arrangement in which price signals direct people’s actions. Markets are old. There were markets in Sumeria thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Sumerian society was not Capitalist. Most people were… Continue reading

How to be an anti-capitalist in the 21st century? Four proposed strategies …

“You may personally be able to escape capitalism by moving off the grid and minimizing your involvement with the money economy and the market, but this is hardly an attractive option for most people, especially those with children, and certainly has little potential to foster a broader process of social emancipation. If you are concerned… Continue reading

Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 4: John Holloway — Other Non-Capitalist Techno-Utopianisms

Holloway sees socialist models based on taking state power as reproducing rather than abolishing the capital-labor relationship in many ways. It takes for granted the existence of alienated wage labor under capitalism, set over against institutional structures like corporate management and the state which are separate from and above labor. The traditional Left aims at capturing these structures and using… Continue reading

Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 3: Other Non-Capitalist Techno-Utopianisms

For the autonomists and like-minded thinkers, the goal is Exodus rather than taking power. Since the means of production are increasingly coextensive with our relationships in civil society, we no longer need the obsolescent institutions of state and capital. We just need to tear down their enclosures of the social economy we’ve already built — and that can be done,… Continue reading

Fairmondo: an ethical and cooperative ecommerce platform

“The common vision of Fairmondo is to create a true alternative to the big online marketplaces and thereby provide a model for others who want to set up democratic and fair business at a larger scale. My personal long term vision is to create a multinational cooperative that is strong enough to outcompete the very… Continue reading

Riane Eisler on the Partnership Model of Society

Riane Eisler distinguishes partnership and dominator societies and sees both positive and negative trends towards a possible evolution to more egalitarian partnership societies. The following is excerpted from an interview that was conducted by Cecilia Gingerich for The Next System Project: “CG: In your work you describe moving to a “partnership system.” Can you briefly… Continue reading

Architecture and Emotion

David Brussat comments on a micro-interview with Nikos A. Salingaros in ArchiImpact. Architecture causes changes in the emotions and feelings of those who see it, use it, live it. Powerfully felt or hidden in the subconscious, our reaction to our environment pleases or displeases, attracts or repulses, according to rules that are becoming less obscure with each passing… Continue reading