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Class and capital in peer production

The aim of this paper is to make the case that peer production offers a unique chance to transcend capitalism, and that peer-to-peer movements represent the succession of industrial-society based socialisms. The paper describes the salient characteristics of peer production before going on to explore whether it is ‘transcendent’ or ‘immanent’ to the market system, concluding that it is both in that it creates a new form of capitalism and also points out how that new form might be overcome. Following a review of the hybrid economic forms emerging today, I formulate the hypothesis that peer production is actually a hyperproductive mode, forcing for-profit entities to adapt to its characteristics, thereby further integrating it into the existing political economy, but not without the transformative effects of its market transcending aspects. After examining the possible expansion of peer-production modalities to physical manufacturing, I also examine the class aspects of commons and sharing-based platforms and hypothesise the emergence of a new section of capital, netarchical capitalists, who enable and empower participation, but also monetise it and attempt to control it.

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All That Is Solid ...: Intersectionality, Class, and Capitalism

All That Is Solid ...: Intersectionality, Class, and Capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One cannot help but notice, for example, that the UK's new, post-Twitter generation of prominent feminist voices tend to be white, alumnus of top universities, reside in London and have solidly middle class backgrounds.
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Entrepreneurs as the New Labor Class - P2P Foundation

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"For the last few months, I’ve been cautiously testing a radical-sounding hypothesis on smart people: entrepreneurs are the new labor. Or to put it in a more useful way, the balance of power between investors and entrepreneurs that marks the early, frontier days of a major technology wave (Moore’s Law and the Internet in this case) has fallen apart. Investors have won, and their dealings with the entrepreneur class now look far more like the dealings between management and labor (with overtones of parent/child and teacher/student). Those who are attracted to true entrepreneurship are figuring out new ways to work around the traditional investor class. The investor class in turn is struggling to deal with the unpleasant consequences of an outright victory.

 
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Bill Moyers | The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

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There is nothing idealized about the difference between a society whose arrangements serve all its citizens and one whose institutions have been converted into a stupendous fraud.
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Henry A. Giroux | Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies

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Austerity measures represent the undercurrent of a new form of authoritarianism with allegiances only to power.
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OpEdNews Article: Article: The Middle Class is not "Normal"

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Progressive taxation, when done correctly, pushes wages down to working people and reduces the incentives for the very rich to pillage their companies or rip off their workers. After all, why take another billion when 91 percent of it just going to be paid in taxes?
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Bitcoin Evangelists See Path to a Cashless Utopia - MoneyBeat - WSJ

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Mr. Allaire’s analogy, which compares the projected expansion of digital currencies to the past development of Internet technology, is enticing. When the Mosaic browser, a forerunner to Netscape Navigator, was launched in 1993 its capabilities were limited. But it soon gave rise to more powerful competitors that pushed web access out to all corners of the globe.

 
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Class and capital in peer production

The aim of this paper is to make the case that peer production offers a unique chance to transcend capitalism, and that peer-to-peer movements represent the succession of industrial-society based socialisms. The paper describes the salient characteristics of peer production before going on to explore whether it is ‘transcendent’ or ‘immanent’ to the market system, concluding that it is both in that it creates a new form of capitalism and also points out how that new form might be overcome. Following a review of the hybrid economic forms emerging today, I formulate the hypothesis that peer production is actually a hyperproductive mode, forcing for-profit entities to adapt to its characteristics, thereby further integrating it into the existing political economy, but not without the transformative effects of its market transcending aspects. After examining the possible expansion of peer-production modalities to physical manufacturing, I also examine the class aspects of commons and sharing-based platforms and hypothesise the emergence of a new section of capital, netarchical capitalists, who enable and empower participation, but also monetise it and attempt to control it.

  
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