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Theory for Transforming Society

Jim Rough describes the new theory of choice-creating and it's potential for transformation ... including solving impossible-seeming issues like wars
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P2P and Human Evolution | P2P Foundation

P2P and Human Evolution | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Coming soon: an update Michel Bauwen's 2005 seminal manifesto “P2P and Human Evolution” written by Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis
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Essay of the day: Towards a political ecology of the digital economy | P2P Foundation

Essay of the day: Towards a political ecology of the digital economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Towards a political ecology of the digital economy: Socio-environmental implications of two competing value models. By Vasilis Kostakis, Andreas Roos and Michel Bauwens. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 2015. Abstract This article explores the socio-environmental implications of two different value models currently competing for dominance in the digital economy: the neo-feudal cognitive capitalism (NFCC) and …
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The Care-Centered Economy: A New Theory of Value | David Bollier

The Care-Centered Economy: A New Theory of Value | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I recently encountered a brilliant new essay by German writer Ina Praetorius that revisits the feminist theme of “care work,” re-casting it onto a much larger philosophical canvas. “The Care-Centered Economy:  Rediscovering what has been taken for granted” suggests how the idea of “care” could be used to imagine new structural terms for the entire economy. 

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A radical critique of science: writing the next chapter

A radical critique of science: writing the next chapter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Social and labour movements need a coherent critique of science and technology, it was argued at a meeting in London on Saturday.

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Law of Requisite Variety - P2P Foundation

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"Specialization is an inescapable consequence of the Law of Requisite Variety (Ashby's Law). Although "variety" can be defined precisely in theory, in practice it's more useful to think of it as a rather fuzzy "measure of what we can each cope with" (the word "requisite" helping to define the context in which the "coping" must take place).

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Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney

Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Friedrich Hayek argued that centralized economic planning would lead to totalitarianism, but that's totally wrong.
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Ignasi Capdevila on P2Pvalue and Surveying P2P Communities | P2P Foundation

Ignasi Capdevila on P2Pvalue and Surveying P2P Communities | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
P2Pvalue is an EU funded research project investigating value creation in P2P communities and exploring what powers P2P collaboration. The P2P Foundation is a partner in the project. Each month we feature an interview with members of the research team. Last month Karthik Iyer spoke with us about how notions of value in collaborative communities differ from more traditional conceptions of value as measured in monetary terms.
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Journal of Peer Production Issue 6: Disruption and the Law | P2P Foundation

Journal of Peer Production Issue 6: Disruption and the Law | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The technological innovations of the last twenty years have created an environment that generates disruption. Disruption the law is not well equipped for.
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Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From | WIRED

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Say the word “inventor” and most people think of a solitary genius toiling in a basement.
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Visions of a techno-leviathan: The politics of the Bitcoin blockchain | www.furtherfield.org

Visions of a techno-leviathan: The politics of the Bitcoin blockchain | www.furtherfield.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Overheard: The State Theory of Bitcoin - Wall Street Journal

Overheard: The State Theory of Bitcoin Wall Street Journal The idea that taxes drive the value of money—known as chartalism—goes back at least as far as German economist Georg Friedrich Knapp's 1905 book, “The State Theory of Money.” Its proponents...
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Panarchy 101: A Primer | P2P Foundation

“What makes political systems cross over the threshold into parameter transformations? Some breakpoints occur when a technological development enables individuals to engage in previously unimagined activities and collectivities to pursue previously inconceivable policy goals…. a turning point that occurs when the resources or practices of a system can no longer cope with one more increment... Continue reading →
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Meta-theory 1: the what and why of meta-theory?

An excerpt from: Stein, Z. (in press). Beyond nature and humanity: reflections on the emergence and purposes of metatheories. In Bhaskar, Esbjorn-Hargens, Hedlund-de Witt & Hartwig (Eds.) Metatheory for the 21st century: critical realism and integral theory in dialogue. New York: Routledge. [pdf] Meta-theory as humanity’s vocabulary of self-transformation [With] self-consciousness comes the possibility of transforming ourselves by …
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Book Review: Mick Brooks evaluates Paul Mason's 'Postcapitalism: a Guide To Our Future'

Book Review: Mick Brooks evaluates Paul Mason's 'Postcapitalism: a Guide To Our Future' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The central weakness of Mason’s analysis is his failure to take account of the inevitable resistance of the ruling class and their state to his project. Rather than contemplating the future, we’ll have to fight for it. No surprise there. A future without capitalism is well worth fighting for, but ‘networked individuals’ will only achieve their freedom along with the socialist transformation of society.

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Book of the Day: The Utopia of Rules | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: The Utopia of Rules | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
* Book: The Utopia of Rules. David Graeber. 2015. As usual, a landmark book, this time the authors tackles the history of bureaucracy and the state-corporate nexus. Excerpted from David Graeber: “At least since the 19th century, the idea that a market economy is opposed to and independent of government was used to justify laissez-faire …
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Delimiting Commons-Based Peer Production | P2P Foundation

Delimiting Commons-Based Peer Production | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  Mapping 30 areas of activity (Fig. 1)   (This post by Marco Berlinguer & Mayo Fuster originally appeared on the P2Pvalue blog) It has been for some time now that research is engaging around a fauna of new forms of production that have been progressively appearing in the sectors more intensively impacted by the Internet and …
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Rethinking economics: value, irrationality and debt

However, both the Keen-Minsky debt school and the behaviourist ‘animal spirits’ school have one thing in common.  They see the flaws of capitalism in the financial sector only. In contrast, Marx posits the ultimate cause of capitalist crises in the capitalist production process, specifically in production for profit.  That does not mean the financial sector and, in particular, the size and movement of credit does not play any role in capitalist crises.  On the contrary, the growth of credit and fictitious capital (as Marx called speculative investment in stocks, bonds and other forms of money assets) picks up precisely in order to compensate for the downward pressure on profitability in the accumulation of real capital.

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Adam Arvidsson on P2Pvalue and the role of reputation in collaborative communities | P2P Foundation

Adam Arvidsson on P2Pvalue and the role of reputation in collaborative communities | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This month we feature Adam Arvidsson whose work on the Ethical Economy and Digital Ethnography looks at the role of reputation in collaborative communities.
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Ignasi Capdevila on P2Pvalue and Surveying P2P Communities

Ignasi Capdevila on P2Pvalue and Surveying P2P Communities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
P2Pvalue is an EU funded research project investigating value creation in P2P communities and exploring what powers P2P collaboration. The P2P Foundation is a partner in the project.
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Journal of Peer Production Issue 6: Disruption and the Law

Journal of Peer Production Issue 6: Disruption and the Law | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The disruption caused by new technologies and non-conventional methods of organisation – from a Western perspective at least – have posed challenges for the law, confronting regulators with the need to balance justice and an appreciation of new realities with powerful interests and existing paradigms. Experience from the “disruptions” of the late twentieth century has shown that the response from incumbent industries can lead to a period of intense litigation and lobbying for laws that will maintain the status quo. For example, following its “Napster moment”, the music industry fought to maintain its grip on distribution channels through increased copyright enforcement and the longer copyright terms it managed to extract from the legislative process. The newspaper industry has similarly seen its historical revenue stream of classified ads disrupted by more efficient online listings, and responded to its own failure to capitalise on online advertising by launching legal campaigns against Google News in various European countries.

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Visions from Two Theories: Bauwens’ “partner state” (part 1 of 3) . . . vis à vis TIMN

This is the third in this series of similarly-titled posts about the future of the state vis à vis TIMN. The first focused on Phillip Bobbitt’s concept of the “market state,” the second on Phillip Blond’s “civic state.” This one is about Michel Bauwens’ “partner state.” 

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The 'Adjacent Possible' of Big Data: What Evolution Teaches About Insights ... - Wired

The 'Adjacent Possible' of Big Data: What Evolution Teaches About Insights ... - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Stuart Kauffman in 2002 introduced the the “adjacent possible” theory. This theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up.
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Dada Maheshvarananda on Cooperation the Commons and Life After Capitalism | P2P Foundation

Dada Maheshvarananda on Cooperation the Commons and Life After Capitalism | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Back in February of this year I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dada Maheshvarananda who was visiting Ireland to promote his new book After Capitalism Economic Democracy in Action I took the opportunity to interview Dada to learn more about his views on Cooperativism, the Commons and the place of spirituality in movements for social change. Dada is an advocate of PROUT the Progressive Utilisation Theory an economic alternative to both capitalism and state socialism based on the principles of cooperation.
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