Category: Economies of the Commons

ECONOMIES OF THE COMMONS Parasitical Finance and Sharing Economy – How can IRI develop a post-capitalist economy – sustainable, “diverse” and demonetized? What kind of economy is the economy of commons? Can commons rely just on reciprocity or redistribution? Can common and capital coexist? Can the market be used for non-capitalist or anti-capitalist purposes? The post-industrial capitalism identified thirty years ago by the likes of Fumagalli, Moulier-Boutang and Negri has mutated into a new kind of financial-industrial-immaterial capitalist complex dominated by high-tech giants (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – FANG) and invisible monopolistic platforms. Unlike the outmoded logic of industrial capitalism – rigid, dyadic and mechanical – the “social logic of derivatives” (Randy Martin) is polyphonic, infrastructural and animistic – open to parasitical contaminations, re-appropriations and subversion. In order to bypass the traditional functioning of the capitalist market, subvert the anti-social logic of capitalist money, deflating the capitalist system from within, and re-embed value within relationships of care and social reproduction IRI will develop projects of parasitical finance (see for instance the Robin Hood project), alternative currencies (for instance faircoin) or sharing economy.

GESTURES OF RADICAL IMAGINATION: A PROGRAM FOR THE USEFUL REVOLUTION by Emanuele Braga

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translation by Gabriella Riccio

Do we change, now? It will probably always be worse: the techno-authoritarian drift

Coronavirus management risks dragging everyone into techno-authoritarianism: a social life awaits us in which we are controlled every move we make. Through GPS, cell phones, cameras in public spaces and streets it will be possible to understand if we really respect the rules of social distancing. At first they will tell us that their data collection will respect anonymity and that it will be performed “only” to understand mass behavior. Then they will come to individual sanctions and integrated ranking systems. Those who are unemployed will have to stay at home or go shopping at the most, only those with a job will be allowed to move or take a plane.

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