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EconoMonitor : Great Leap Forward » MMT Does Do Policy

EconoMonitor : Great Leap Forward » MMT Does Do Policy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’ve seen some pretty bizzarre claims about MMTers. They are “tea partiers”, “barely left of center”, who “are not interested in policy”, who “ignore inequality”, who “are only interested in reducing taxes”. “MMTers ignore the fraud of the banksters.” They are at best “one issue” advocates for a particular view on money, taxes, and employment. I have no idea where critics get this stuff. I’m convinced they make it up. Ignorance or dishonesty; probably both.


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Why the Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics Yet - P2P Foundation

Why the Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics Yet - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Now that communication can be as quick as thought, why hasn’t our ability to organize politically—to establish gains and beyond that, to maintain them—kept pace? The web has given us both capacity and speed: but progressive change seems to be something perpetually in the air, rarely manifesting, even more rarely staying with us.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » What do we know about Podemos, the first post-15M party in Spain ?

“If one wants to look for ideological points of reference for the team behind Podemos probably Gramsci and Subcomandante Marcos would be the logical place to start. But it is precisely an anti-ideological stance, a refusal to self-define in terms of political ideologies, typical of autonomous social movements and 15-M that has marked an important element of the effective Podemos strategy.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Ralph Nader on the American Conservative Decentralists of the 1930′s and why they matter today

“There was a time in the Depression of the 1930s when conservative thought sprang from the dire concrete reality of that terrible era, not from abstractions.

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Imagining a new peoples party | Compass

Imagining a new peoples party | Compass | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Its been an interesting couple of weeks in the UK. We’ve seen some of the world’s most powerful people get together to talk about something called ‘Inclusive’ Capitalism and we’ve seen UK politics turned upside down by an extremist party whose values could hardly be less inclusive.

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Planning a commons-based, peer production future for Ecuador | openDemocracy

Planning a commons-based, peer production future for Ecuador | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

FLOK stands for “Free, Libre, Open Knowledge,” and the FLOK Society is a government-sponsored project to imagine how Ecuador might make a strategic transition to a workable post-capitalist knowledge economy.

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What Is (and Is Not) Left-Wing? - Dissident Voice

What Is (and Is Not) Left-Wing? - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


At the other end of the spectrum the necessary corollary of the new enclosure of the commons is that those who don't own things are progressively stripped of access to resources.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Students are taking on neoclassical economics – and winning

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Students are taking on neoclassical economics – and winning | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Reposted from the New Economics Foundation website. Here, Alice Martin explores the rising concern about the preponderance of neoclassical economic models in higher education curricula, and what’s being done about it.

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Class, “Identity Politics” and Stigmergy: Why We Don't Need “One ...

Class, “Identity Politics” and Stigmergy: Why We Don't Need “One ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a post at the Students For Liberty (SFL) blog, (“Between Radicalism and Revolution: The Cautionary Tale of Students for a Democratic Society,” May 6), Clark Ruper uses the example of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as a warning against factionalism and division within the libertarian movement. The libertarian movement, he says, should be united on a broad common agenda that appeals to as many people as possible — one that focuses on the “most important” issues like fighting corporatism and foreign interventionism and protecting civil liberties. Ruper seems to focus mainly on anarchists, revolutionaries, social justice advocates and left-libertarians as the sources of potential schism. And he makes it clear that his post was motivated, in large part, by recent controversies over the “thick libertarianism” or “non-brutalism” endorsed (among others) by Roderick Long and Charles JohnsonGary ChartierSheldon Richman andJeffrey Tucker:

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Internet and Crisis of Social Control: liberation is so close, yet so far away

“The cultural arm of social control in America … is now based exclusively on a mass identification that’s not enforceable. The very existence of this apparatus that enables millions to systematically dis-identify with the American Imaginary, to willfully estrange ourselves from the master signifier — that’s a new menace to social control. It’s jaw-dropping to realize what a house of cards the imperium has become, how tenuous the base for social control is in America today, how unsound are its moorings, how precariously it rests on a gamble that the audience-nation won’t change its mind. Well, maybe we won’t. But the possibility is there, on a scale that should terrify the dominators, and exactly what they can do about it is far from obvious.”

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Commons movement is spreading in Greece

Greece. A country in deep crisis. The promise of the Commons seems to embody the hopes and dreams of a multitude in search of an alternative, sustainable future. For the past few years, we have been witnessing a surge of Commons-fuelled activity: Projects, workshops and festivals explicitly focused on Commons-oriented ideas and practices are taking place throughout Greece.

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Commons Activism Today - P2P Foundation

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"Throughout the globe there is a blossoming of interest in the old idea of ‘the commons’. For many, it offers a radical escape from the all-too-apparent devastations of capitalism and the impoverishments of a world possessed by the idea of possession. For these commoners, the commons were not all lost with the European land enclosures of the sixteenth century, but continue to be produced, enclosed, and reclaimed today. For them, commoning implies an abandonment of the rule of ‘the economy’ that reduces us to hyper-individualised consumers, and more and more of the natural world to resources that can be bought and sold. It carries promises of more convivial, communal and enspirited relationships and transformations in the material quality of people’s lives. Defiantly utopian, as a first step, these commoners call on us to ‘clean our gaze’ so we can see existing commons and, more importantly, see the quiet revolution that is underway in actual movements of the common people.

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Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperativism for the P2P Age - P2P Foundation

Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperativism for the P2P Age - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The cooperative movement and cooperative enterprises are in the midst of a revival, even as some of their long-standing entities are failing. This revival is part of an ebb and flow of cooperativism, that is strongly linked to the ebb and flow of the mainstream capitalist economy. After systemic crisis such as the one in 2008, many people look at alternatives.

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Big Disconnect - OR Books

Big Disconnect - OR Books | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In his usual pithy, to-the-point style, Micah L. Sifry, a longtime analyst of democracy and its role on the internet, explores why data-driven politics and our digital overlords have failed or misled us, and how they can be made to serve us instead, in a real balance between citizens and state, independent of corporations.
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Douglas Rushkoff on Corporations, Money and the Middle Ages

Douglas Rushkoff on Corporations, Money and the Middle Ages | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How did we get to where we are now, with Wall Street occupied by a mini-tent city while financial instruments increasingly funnel funds towards the already-wealthy? How did we get to a state where corporations seem to have more legal (and financial) access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than the average citizen? How did we get to a point where money is invisible and computerized, yet distributed ever more unevenly?


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Fortunately, Edward Snowden also showed us a pathway out. Governments can maybe made accountable, and mass surveillance can surely be evaded, and made much more costly. By moving away from technology that controls us, we can use, promote and develop technology that makes us more free. It is a long path, requiring efforts, to break away with the habits and the blind trust we placed in the Machine, and requiring an appropriation of technology by everyone. Through the use of free software, decentralized architectures and end-to-end encryption, we can –probably– take back control of the Machine.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Unexpected result of the European elections: the rebirth of a radical left

I’ve always considered Syriza to be a pivotal party. It is a party with many roots in the alterglobalization movements of the late nineties, and with a remarkable openness to distributed movements and p2p/commons/sharing ideas. In the last EU elections, they became the first party in Greece. If they would succeed in the next national election, this would be the first anti-austerity party to gain power, and this could create a domino effect in Europe, similar to the effect of the Argentinian crisis of 2001, which led to almost the whole Latin American continent turning away from neoliberalism and setting in place a renewed committment to human solidarity and welfare which led to a strong emergence of p2p dynamics in the continent.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Affective Labor as the Lifeblood of a Commons

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Affective Labor as the Lifeblood of a Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We have so internalized the logic of neoliberal economics and modernity, even those of us who would like to think otherwise, that we don’t really appreciate how deeply our minds have been colonized.  It is easy to see homo economicus as silly.  Certainly we are not selfish, utility-maximizing rationalists, not us!  And yet, the proper role of our emotions and affect in imagining a new order remains a murky topic.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Movement of the Day: The Fundacion Case del Bosque in Bogota, Colombia

The group carries out research about the social digital divide, public technological debt, technopolitics, activism and technology in digital literacy in Colombia

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The peril of hipster economics

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Called psychylustro, German artist Katharina Grosse's project is a large-scale work designed to distract Amtrak train riders from the dilapidated buildings and fallen factories of north Philadelphia. The city has a 28 percent poverty rate - the highest of any major US city - with much of it concentrated in the north. In some north Philadelphia elementary schools, nearly every child is living below the poverty line.


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » On the Convergence Between the P2P Commons Movement and the Cooperative Tradition

One of the activists and thinkers I admire most is Pat Conaty, who is part of a network of mostly British cooperative thinkers. With them, I have been having discussions on the potential of a convergence between the p2p/commons movements and priorities, and those of the cooperative tradition, which is being revived after the meltdown of 2008. The result should be an open cooperative model in which a new type of coops actually co-produce commons, create livelihoods for commoners as multi-stakeholder solidarity coops, and have the common good integrated as strategic priority in their statutes. Though taken out of the context of a group conversation, Pat’s answer to these proposals show rich potentiality for such future cooperation.

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A Citizens' Initiative For A European Green New Deal - Social Europe Journal

A Citizens' Initiative For A European Green New Deal - Social Europe Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Several people and organizations have recently called for a “New Deal for Europe”: the German Trade Union Confederation DGB with its “Marshall Plan for Europe”; the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) with its “New Path for Europe”; many a contributor to the book Shaping a Different Europe, and others. Underlying all such proposals is the realization that the austerity measures that have been imposed all over the EU (not only on its periphery and not only on the Eurozone) are obviously detrimental to the economy and to the people, yet individual countries cannot on their own take those step to boost investments, stimulate employment and revive the economy, like the Keynes-inspired ones which brought the USA through the Great Depression and presided over the post-war economic expansion.

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Question the Powerful: Communitarianism Revisited

Question the Powerful: Communitarianism Revisited | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Communitarian concerns for mutuality and solidarity can be traced back to ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers and mainstream world religions. They came to be embraced in action by working class movements, cooperative Owenites and others in the 19th century. The ethos of cultivating democratic cooperation to build inclusive communities, where none will be left to the whim and mercy of others, became an inspiration to all who want an alternative to regimes that only regard might (military, hierarchical, or increasingly, economic) as right.

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The Co-operative must not miss chance to help tackle the UK's food crisis

The Co-operative must not miss chance to help tackle the UK's food crisis | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Could we encourage the Co-op Group to sell its 18,000 acres of farmland to members rather than big business, asks Jim Lee
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