The place of heteregeneous and egalitarian markets in a hybrid and plurarist P2P Polity

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It is important to understand that while the P2P approach is opposed to the infinite growth mechanism that is capitalism, and to its exclusion of the majority of the people of the ownership of their means of production, it is in no way against markets as such. This is both because people need the freedom to engage in the kind of exchanges and transactions of their choice, and because markets can be heteregenous markets that are very egalitarian in nature. Especially, if we move to new forms of peer property, i.e. distributed stakeholder ownership models, which transcend the present separation between value creators (workers and peers and enterpreneurs) and ownership.

Below, we start with the key argument. Capitalism is, and has always been, an anti-market. This point is made by Manuel De Landa, based on the research of Fernand Braudel. Then we will review some defenses of non-capitalist markets that have free dynamics that are not opposed to p2p dynamics, by Dmytri Kleiner. In a follow-up, we will discuss transition proposals by Kevin Carson.

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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