Why “Out-Growing” Capitalism?

Why not “overthrowing” “abolishing” or even “smashing” capitalism, or some similarly militant rhetoric? Well, rhetoric aside, these approaches have been attempted many times, and have failed rather catastrophically. You can argue that it was due to this or that power play, these material condition or such and such CIA-backed coup (and you wouldn’t be totally […]

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Planning for a Just Transition

For transformative ideas to take root, there must be a plan for a plan that makes the goals explicitly known. This serves 3 main functions A roadmap for organizers to measure their progress against A starting place for the education of the newly radicalized/activated A common program shared between radicals of diverse organizations dedicated to […]

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Cooperation Against Catastrophe Part 2

In my previous post I summarized the state of the current disaster response industry and its ability to respond adequately to the challenge of runaway climate change (and let me tell you folks, it isn’t looking good). At this point we are guaranteed a minimum level of climate-amplified disasters around the world (storms, floods, droughts, […]

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Technology and Post Capitalism

This panel, featuring Paul Mason, David Harvey, Aaron Bastani, Alice Bell and James Meadway, is what first interested me in Mason’s concept of Postcapitalism. David Harvey provides a much-needed stodgy old Marxist counterpoint to Mason’s techno-utopianism. The overall contribution of the panelists is to sketch outlines of contemporary socioeconomic, technological and ecological forces, trends and […]

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Cooperation Against Catastrophe

Why Cooperatives Need to Invest in Disaster Relief (Part I) 2016 and 2017 have seen some of the worst climate-related disasters in recorded history. And if data trends are any guide, the years to come will only bring more record breakers, each storm season more brutal than the last. Low lying, coastal population centers, agriculturally […]

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P2P Digital Marketing for Cooperatives

Cooperatives, due to their user principles and unique qualities, have a natural advantage in the marketplace over traditional businesses. Worker cooperatives and multi-stakeholder models even more so. Their abilities to address market failure, help poor and marginalized communities capitalize economic development, and provide stable living wages with a lower failure rate than ordinary firms gives […]

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