Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman
“Atroturf media manipulation more important than lobbying” to special interests seeking to achieve their goals. Those who disagree are “controversialized” (and often called “conspiracy-theorists,” a term invented by the CIA to marginalize activists in the 1960s. Wikipedia is a particularly pernicious source of mis-information in favor of special interests.
The aim of this book is not to provide yet another critique of capitalism but rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction, and to discuss how another world could be possible. It builds on the idea that peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy, and society, considering peer production as a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. Using a four-scenario approach, the authors seek to simplify possible outcomes and to explore relevant trajectories of the current techno-economic paradigm within and beyond capitalism. They postulate that the mature peer production communities pose a sustainable alternative to capital accumulation, that of the circulation of the Commons. They make some tentative transition proposals towards a Commons-based economy and society for the state, the market and the civic domain.