Michel Bauwens: Brazilian Alternative Economic Models Going Global

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Community-Based Co-op Economy vs. the “A-Moral Capital Economy”

Dave Pollard explains the difference between the two models:

Most people have been brought up to believe that the competitive, grow-or-die, absentee-shareholder-owned, “free”-trade “market” economy is the only one that works, the only alternative to a socialist, government-run economy. This myth is perpetrated in business and other schools, by the media, by accountants and lawyers and bankers and, of course, in the business world. This amoral-capitalist economic model has “succeeded” in the same hostile way our species has “succeeded” — by brutally suppressing, starving for resources, using power to steal from, and, when all else fails, killing off anything deemed a “competitor” or threat to its monopoly on power and resources. It relies on massive subsidies and near-zero interest rates thanks to well-rewarded political cronies, on political graft and corruption worldwide, on oligopoly and restraint of competition, on wage slavery and worker ignorance, on phony money and unrepayable debt, and on advertising, human insecurity, ego and greed to create an artificial demand for its shoddy, overpriced crap. And, on top of all that, it’s utterly unsustainable.

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For an alternative, natural economy to work, we either have to wait for this amoral-capitalist economy to collapse (which it will, but probably not for a few decades), or we have to plant the seeds for this alternative economy in the cracks where the current one is already failing most badly — at the community level where the economy is most obviously failing to produce meaningful work, sucking resources, wealth and opportunity out, and dumping mass-produced and imported crap that ends up in the landfill, and pollutants in our air, water, soil and food that make us sick and contribute to climate change. But before we can plant these seeds we need to unlearn the nonsense we’re taught and told about economics, and learn how a healthy economy actually works.

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Understanding the background to Fora do Eixo, the Solidarity Economy Cultural Network in Brazil

Michel Bauwens,3rd January 2013

Fora do Eixo is becoming a huge and growing Brazilian network of musicians and cultural producers that is based on explicit p2p-oriented business models. In my modest opinion, they will likely expand on a global scale. We have documented their activities here.

But below is a well readable essay that describes their origin, history, governance and business and financing models:

The Brazilian System for the Solidarity Culture – Fora Do Eixo Card