[P2P-F] thinking true meta-governance and the gaps in p2p theory regarding the household economy

Kevin Carson free.market.anticapitalist at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 21:13:47 CEST 2017

IMO the boundary between the household and the larger informal/social
economy is very permeable. The nuclear family household is relatively
recent and artificial, and to a considerable extent encouraged by 20th
century capitalism's promotion of social atomization which reduced the
household to the smallest possible size which would still socialize
the costs of reproducing labor-power and the culture of obedience
without providing a potential base for cost-, income- and risk-pooling
which might increase the bargaining power of labor. It's quite likely
that as total labor hours decline and precarity increases, we'll see a
lot more not only of multi-generational houses but of multi-family
cohousing, micro-villages and the like that internalize an increasing
share of direct production for use.

On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:38 AM, Michel Bauwens
<michel at p2pfoundation.net> wrote:
> the following was prompted by Jose Ramos, who was thinking about his new
> book on commons policy,
> after hearing a recent monbiot video where he mentioned 4 economic spheres,
> (market-state-commons-households), rather than the 3 we are using at the p2p
> foundation (market-state-commons) ...
> I have started thinking that in our (at least mine) own work, I have really
> collapsed household and commons, because I on the one hand, I see the family
> as a commons and caring as commoning, but on the other hand, I have not seen
> any solution yet emerge, as how commons-based peer production can actually
> help the household economy,
> so basically, I am asking for help and ideas on how we could think this
> through,
>  here is a potential framework: I would suggest a potential scheme
> take the 4 economic sectors: commons, state, market and households
> each of these has internal governance aspects and specific characteristics
> then, they need to relate to each other, given us commons-market, commons to
> state, commons-households, etc..
> then, all of this needs a meta-framework
> so far the work at the p2p foundation has been at the intersection of 1) a
> general framework for commons/state/market, and I believe we have done good
> work on this 2) work on commons-state (in value in the commons economy and
> other work) 3) state-commons: our work in ecaudor (focusing on social
> knowledge commons) and our work in ghent, focusing on institutional design
> for public-commons cooperation; I think we have done good work and advanced
> significantly in these 3 directions
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Kevin Carson
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