Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.
Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. That is because markets are based on scarcity while information is abundant. The system’s defence mechanism is to form monopolies – the giant tech companies – on a scale not seen in the past 200 years, yet they cannot last. By building business models and share valuations based on the capture and privatisation of all socially produced information, such firms are constructing a fragile corporate edifice at odds with the most basic need of humanity, which is to use ideas freely.
Third, we’re seeing the spontaneous rise of collaborative production: goods, services and organisations are appearing that no longer respond to the dictates of the market and the managerial hierarchy. The biggest information product in the world – Wikipedia – is made by volunteers for free, abolishing the encyclopedia business and depriving the advertising industry of an estimated $3bn a year in revenue.
Almost unnoticed, in the niches and hollows of the market system, whole swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Parallel currencies, time banks, cooperatives and self-managed spaces have proliferated, barely noticed by the economics profession, and often as a direct result of the shattering of the old structures in the post-2008 crisis.
Source: The end of capitalism has begun | Books | The Guardian
In this drama, Stephen Harper has taken on the role of Saruman-in-a-sweater-vest. But when it comes to the tar sands, we need to follow Bilbo’s example and leave them in the ground.
Source: Tolkien in the tar sands | rabble.ca
What the world and humanity, and all those beings that are affected by our activities require is a mode of production, and relations of production, that are “free, fair and sustainable’ at the same time.
Source: The Ten Commandments of Peer Production and Commons Economics | P2P Foundation
To depend upon the daily news to frame one’s perspective on life and direction is a fool’s game at best and a journey into darkness at worst. One of the best ways to plant the seeds of personal growth and self-transformation is to examine what you do to start your day. Are you spending the morning gazing upon a computer screen in hopes of discovering your “reality” or are you building the foundation to create your reality? What is your “morning ritual trance?”
How we begin our day and end our day determines much about how we navigate the waters of our lives and the storms of the modern world. One of the most important habits to begin to develop is to start one’s day with some type of exercise and inspirational reading / journaling.
Rather than sitting in front of a computer screen scanning the news, one can spend this time invigorating the mind and body clearing away the dross and residue of the modern technological vampire egregore. This can be as simple as journaling daily goals related to training and physical fitness or reading materials which inspire one to rise above the daily limitations imposed by the conditionings of societal belief.
Source: Daily Meditation: Making Each Day a Sacred Ritual | Phalanx