Kategorie: English

The ,Commoning System‘ goes Global

At least, we are trying.

As first steps, we have translated our concept presentation into English and we are working on integrating the ValueFlows vocabulary into it. ValueFlows, noted at the point, is a really exciting project. It grew out of network resource planning software that has amazing similarities to our concept, but was designed as a monolith. To break down this monolith, they initiated a discussion between different open source economics projects and quickly realized that there was a lack of a common language between these projects – both on a human and technical level. The ValueFlows vocabluar is trying to open up communication here. It’s beautiful and is already being used in projects like HoloREA and Bonfire. There is a brief and worth to read article about that topic.

Links to our english presentation: peertube / youtube

The german version, the usual call for activism and the current version of the concept below.

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Response to an Ultra-leftist Critique of Cybersocialism

In a recent blogpost, Simon Sutterlütti criticises my model of a cybersocialist economy from an ultra-left perspective. His account of my proposal is largely accurate, so I will not have to waste much time to clear up misunderstandings. I do, however, think that his characterisation of my proposal as “wage-socialism” is a gross trivialisation of the, often brutal, exploitation of wage labourers under capitalism. I will outline the important difference between socialism and wage-capitalism and show that this difference is sufficient to overcome the essential problems of wage-capitalism. I will then respond to Sutterlütti’s views on the human motivation to work.

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Keime von etwas Neuem in schlammigen Pfützen (DE/EN/FR)

Für das Kunstprojekt VOILÀ: Where the river resides haben Indigo und ich einen Beitrag über den Kampf um Lützerath und Transformation geschrieben: Keime in etwas Neuem in schlammigen Pfützen. Ihr könnt ihn hier lesen.

EN: For the art project VOILÀ: Where the river resides, Indigo and I have written a piece on the struggle for Lützerath and transformation: A new kind of seed sprouts from muddy puddles. You can read the English translation here.

FR: Pour le projet artistique VOILÀ : Where the river resides, Indigo et moi avons écrit une contribution sur la lutte pour Lützerath et la transformation. Vous pouvez lire la traduction française ici.

Critique of (wage-based) Cyber-Socialism

As promised, I am happy to discuss Dapprich’s model of wage-labor-based cyber-socialism. I want to focus on his critic of the ‘higher stage of communism’ and his arguments for a contribution-based distribution of goods. First of all, let me say that I really enjoy discussing with state socialists, because at least we don’t have to debate over the possibility to reform markets and capitalism all the time. Probably a large part of the modern left is just as thoroughly fixed on the idea of a green or red market as the rest of society is. Secondly, I would invite all readers to read (at least) the first chapter of Dapprich’s dissertation. It is a nice and strong argument for “scientific utopianism” – loved it. And now, let’s start with his wage-socialism.

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공동관리주의자가 생산한 생계수단들 (»Peer-commonist produced livelihoods«)

The text »Peer-commonist produced livelihoods« is now available in Korean language (PDF)!

Dr. Jang, Hun-Gyo, from the Research Center on the Commons and Sustainable Society of the National Jeju University in South Korea, has carefully translated the text into Korean. That’s really great, thank you very much!

The text is a chapter of the following book: Ruivenkamp, G. & A. Hilton (2017). Perspectives on Commoning. Autonomist Principles and Practices, London: Bloomsbury Publishers (former Zed Books), p. 417-461. License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Envisioning Post-Capitalist Societies via Simulation

On February, 18th/19th, 2021, the project „Society after Money“ is holding a workshop online: „Envisioning Post-Capitalist Societies via Simulation – Critique, Utopias and Agent Based Modelling“ (PDF-Flyer).

How might a post-capitalist society look like? How can we conceive modes of production and coordination that no longer rely on money, markets and the state? Is this possible on a large-scale, not only as small community projects, but society-wide?

The interdisciplinary research group „Society after Money“ (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation), whose goal is to build an Agent Based Model of a post-capitalist economy that can serve as a laboratory to foster thinking about a society after money via experimentation, has invited scholars from respective fields to debate the nexus of critique, utopia and simulation.

Find more informations on the project’s website.

You can’t vote for communism

Originally published on Fightback.org.nz, a trans-Tasman socialist media project operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia.

Over the last couple of years, we have seen leftist activists throwing themselves into electoral movements – Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, and more recently the movement for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and for Bernie Sanders in the US1. To some extent, enthusiasm about these popular campaigns is certainly understandable after decades of only defensive or unsuccessful left wing struggles which were not able to achieve structural change. However, there is also a lot of confusion about what to actually expect from an electoral strategy, since these movements often talk the language of radical change (e.g. Sander’s “political revolution”) and socialism, but in fact only have a social democratic program for regulating capitalism. I would argue that for radical leftists, it makes sense to figure out where we actually want to get – let’s call it communism – in order to figure out how to get there and what our practice should look like. (Spoiler alert: electoralism is not such a practice.)

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Connecting immediate demands and communist transformation in the climate struggle – through commoning

A sentiment that is shared by many within the growing climate movement is that there is a connection between the capitalist mode of production and the climate crisis. In this piece, I will analyse this connection and explore what that means for transformational strategies towards eco-communism as well as immediate demands for fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

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Society After Money. A Dialogue

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Project Society After Money is an interdisciplinary project between commons theory, evolutionary political economy, media studies and sociology, that enter into a dialogue with one another in order to look at their specific theories and criticisms of money. Conceived as the beginning of a necessary interdisciplinary dialogue, the possibilities of post-monetary forms of organization and production are taken into account and examined. On one hand there is a lot of talk about ‚digital revolution‘, ‚mediatized society‘, ’networks‘, ‚Industry 4.0‘. On the other hand the present is described in terms of crisis: ‚financial crisis‘, ‚economic crisis‘, ‚planetary boundaries‘. At once there is the description of a media-technological change along with massive social and ecological disruptions.

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Peer-commonist produced livelihoods

[This text has been translated into Korean]

[Chapter in: Ruivenkamp, G. & A. Hilton (2017). Perspectives on Commoning. Autonomist Principles and Practices, London: Bloomsbury Publishers (former Zed Books), p. 417-461. License: CC BY-NC 4.0]

By Stefan Meretz

Introduction

The class struggle fails because it only addresses the question of how wealth is distributed and fundamentally fails to consider how it is produced. Essentially, production is treated as neutral, and commodities are more or less understood as objects, material or immaterial, that circulate through an economy; capitalism thus becomes an external system of power vis-à-vis the individual, visited only for the sale of our labour power or to buy commodities for our reproduction. Crucially, according to this rendition of socioeconomic and thus political meta-structure, we – the masses, the multitude – and capital – the hegemonic, power – are ontologically distinguished, quite separate entities. This basic analysis and the consequent call to solidarity demands a radical review.

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