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Against "Commonism"

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I originally wrote this post as a response to Paul Cockshott sharing the article “The Emergence of Benefit-driven Production” on his Facebook wall.  I then adapted it into its current form.
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Revolution at Point Zero. Discussing the Commons with Silvia Federici and Tine De Moor | open!

Revolution at Point Zero. Discussing the Commons with Silvia Federici and Tine De Moor | open! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Federici speaks from her experience within the anti-globalisation movement, the teachers’ and students’ movement, and the feminist movement among others. Her essay “Feminism and the Politics of the Common in an Era of Primitive Accumulation”, included in her recently published book, Revolution at Point Zero, has been crucial in defining the commons. In it she paints a loose, working definition of the commons as radical change, not to be considered as things, but rather, as social relations.

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A new vision on the Provision of Housing

“Housing, like food and water, is a basic right. Providing housing also echoes the original meaning of economics: household management. Housing is also particularly relevant today because of its role in the economic crisis of 2007, which continues into the present. This crisis has been called a housing crisis and a financial crisis. In a sense it was both. Mortgage lenders used homebuyers’ loans to create financial commodities they could trade in financial markets. Trading financial packages became the business of mortgage brokers, not the financing of home ownership. From an economics of property, this makes sense. If you treat money as a commodity, you try to get the best return you can and you trade it as you would computers or livestock. If we take a civic economics of provision perspective, however, turning house mortgages into commodities totally overlooks the meaning or significance of a home. If we ask what housing provides, and how it fits in the systems in which it belongs, we find it has multiple dimensions. We can bring these to light by considering the different dimensions of a dwelling.

 
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Peer to peer production as the alternative to capitalism: A new communist horizon » Journal of Peer Production

Peer to peer production as the alternative to capitalism: A new communist horizon » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The current crisis of capitalism has provoked protests, revolts and revolutions in major parts of the planet that include 3 billions of inhabitants. Even the mainstream Time Magazine made “The Protester” the person of the year. The caption on Time’s cover reads: From the Arab Spring To Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow. China, Chile, Spain, England, Italy, India, Israel, Iran and France, among many other places, can be added to Time’s hotbeds of recent social protests.
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5th ICTs and Society Conference 2015 | Events | The ICTs and Society Network

5th ICTs and Society Conference 2015 | Events | The ICTs and Society Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.
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New Book Inspires Us to Think Like A Commoner

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David Bollier, an award-winning policy strategist and international activist, is out with a new book that explains the rich history and promising future of the commons, “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Unlike Bollier’s previous five books, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons explores the commons in layman’s terms, making it the ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about what Bollier calls our “shared inheritance.”

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Peer production and Marxian communism: Contours of a new emerging mode of production

This article argues that communism is currently emerging as a new mode of production, namely, peer production (PP), which produces commons instead of commodity. In PP, producers produce commons through voluntary participation in distributed network-based communities of production. Each volunteer chooses the tasks she performs, the amount of time she devotes to the collective production, and the place and time of her productive activity. In terms of distribution, the digital commons are available for free on the net. The rights to relatively scarce commons are still emerging, but they might be relatively restrictive compared with rights to digital commons. Analysing this new mode of production, the article attempts to show why and how it can replace capitalism.

 
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