[P2P-F] [NetworkedLabour] Fwd: the two economic-centric priorities for commoners right now

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Mon Jul 27 10:15:02 CEST 2015

Thanks Paul for this intervention, some remarks inline, but first:

Your proposals are very ambitious, perhaps too much so so early in the game
? This is why my own proposals are still more focused on getting an actual
commons economics off the ground in civil society, so that the public
sector can start paying attention!

But of course, I am sure many people here are very grateful that you are
pushing this, and if you can find an ear for these ambitious undertakings
that would be a tremendous step forward!

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 2:52 PM, Paul Mason <paulmason60 at gmail.com> wrote:

> As people may know from my book Postcapitalism, I think there are several
> areas we can innovate p2p into at once.
> 1. The accurate modelling, using agent based models, of capitalist reality
> - so as to be able to design the transition virtually. That is: suppose the
> Welsh Assembly opted for a 50 year transition programme to sustainable
> post-capitalist economics. How would they validate it? So that's my #1

I copy Louis-David Benyaher of open models for eventual input.

Here is a quite advanced modelling project I discovered in Ecuador:

and we're keeping track of modelling, metrics, accounting methodoligies
here at http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:P2P_Accounting

Paul, any updates on your side would be welcome,

> 2. The design of regulation. So, for example, in places where basic income
> is being tried out - how did the regulatory process work? How did it
> interact with unpredictable reality? What aspects of capitalist commercial
> law lie in wait as obstacles?

Is anyone doing this ? I'm only aware of initiatives like Sharelex in
Europe, SELC in the U.S. and perhaps Neal Gorenflo  and Christian Iaione
are following this in their urban work ?

on our wiki we use http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:P2P_Law,

> 3. Remodelling of business processes. Right now everyone is throwing at me
> Uber and AirBnB as examples of why p2p does not have to erode capitalism. I
> would like to throw back at them a working design for creating non-rent
> seeking, collaborative alternatives to - say - Uber that a city government
> could facilitate. With AirBnB, for example, where local governments have
> intervened to tax transactions and require registration as tourist landlord
> etc, what is the optimal level of intervention that diverts the surplus
> rent from AirBnB into a recyclable tax that benefits society?

copying Simon Sarazin of encommuns.org who has been thinking of
public-commons interaction more consistently (details of what they are
doing in Lille:

> 4. Physical space. The more physical spaces that can be run along p2p
> principles - or with a pro-p2p social dimension - the more chance there is
> of achieving critical mass in a locality. Eisenstein points out that the
> print shop of the 15c was a meeting place for all the disciplines that
> would build capitalism - printer, scholar, scientist, artist, store owner,
> radical thinker, skilled worker -  what would the equivalent be now?

Definitely, this is what the open source third places are doing today !!

The best people monitoring this are french,

Dear Charles, could you share the excerpt that Paul is referring to just
above ?

> That's my two pennyworth this morning.
> Paul Mason
> Economics Editor, Channel 4 News
> On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 8:17 AM, Michel Bauwens <michel at p2pfoundation.net>
> wrote:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Michel Bauwens <michel at p2pfoundation.net>
>> Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM
>> Subject: Re: Continuing to fill in the context
>> I'll share my perspective on this, which may not be that of the others
>> copied in,
>> my first inclination today is that the focus needs to be on constructing
>> commons, immaterial and material, everywhere we can, and to create vehicles
>> so that this allows the creation of livelihoods and the self-reproduction
>> of the commoners. While the struggle between labor and capital remains a
>> reality as long as the current political economy dominates, I think
>> personally that all struggles that focus on bringing more labor into
>> subordinate working relations in view of redistribution, are no longer
>> operative, and that we must focus on counter-economic networks, with
>> decommodified cooperative labor co-constructing commons. This means, as
>> first suggested by Pat Conaty on this list, to create a in-between between
>> the commons and capital, i.e. to focus on cooperative accumulation. But
>> that cooperative accumulation can no longer be merely a coop that competes
>> on the capitalist marketplace, but a coop that co-produces commons, and
>> works with non-capitalist capital in a non-capitalist market. This means
>> concretely working on the creation of entrepreneurial coalitions that are
>> co-dependent and organized around the commons that they are co-creating.
>> Concretely, at the territorial level, this looks like what Stephanie
>> Rearick is doing in Madison,
>> https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/100-women-who-are-co-creating-the-p2p-society-stephanie-rearick-of-the-mutual-aid-network/2015/07/18,
>> or what Marion Rousseaux is trying to do in Lille with Encommuns.org
>> https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/100-women-who-are-co-creating-the-p2p-society-marion-rousseaux-on-the-commons-in-lille-france/2015/07/25,
>> i.e. create interlocking value chains for the cooperative commonwealth, at
>> the local or the translocal level.
>> At the more 'trans-national' level, this means a direct focus on the
>> creation of phyles, i.e. ethical, 'generative' business networks that
>> sustain a community and its commons. This means projects like
>> lasindias.net, enspiral, ethos, and others. (marty, you'll find
>> descriptions of all those in the p2pfoundation.net wiki, via the search
>> box on the top right)
>> On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:08 PM, Marty Heyman <marty.heyman at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi to the others on the list.
>>> My quibble, such as it is, is that Capital (Finance) pervades and
>>> largely controls … especially “the conversation.” A program to reverse its
>>> enclosures of the economic, political, and social spheres would appear to
>>> need a core of equally committed and motivated strategists with the
>>> resources to create a contrary “movement” to mobilize wealth, power, and
>>> public sentiment. Absent the “Davos” of anti-Capitalism (most importantly
>>> it’s “core team”), I don’t know how to unseat them and their “system.”
>>> We need to continue to educate me on the philosophical underpinnings of
>>> terms like “the common good”. Language that feels like it pits “the common
>>> good” against “the private good” most broadly seem overly broad. Certainly
>>> the “common good” is the aggregate of the “private good”(s) of some
>>> collection of persons (and institutions). The usage here seems to want to
>>> exclude the “private good” of Finance, Capital, and Corrupt Politics …but
>>> such distinctions are hard to draw accurately as the Commons (Co-operative)
>>> and Solidarity movements rely heavily on Capital from somewhere for seed
>>> money.
>>> Finally, not all the “Externalities” lead to desertification and useless
>>> waste. Vast bodies of code, design, and  other technological artifacts are
>>> abandoned by Capital and Finance to our “Digital Commons”. I often think of
>>> Open Source Software as much a vast scrap-heap of discarded and abandoned
>>> code as I do a bazaar or innovation. There is too much redundant,
>>> self-gratifying “Innovation” and not enough refinement of the material
>>> already just sitting there waiting to be improved. I think, ultimately, we
>>> are seeing much the same with agricultural lands in climate zones
>>> considered non-optimal for industrial agriculture. Opportunities abound for
>>> self-directed, democratically governed initiatives and ventures IMHO.
>>>>>> Marty Heyman
>>> 510-290-6484
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