any of you know that my view of the future includes the creation of internet families or coops
. I believe that the only way to really "create what we need"
in the social, legal, and economic fields, is to, well, create what we need
. To spend more time trying to elect truly progressive national leaders in this corporate controlled environment is a colossal waste of energy, resources, and time. (even though there is no such thing as waste).
Rather, it seems that we should begin to build new creations of social contract
that transcend the nation state agreement . We can do that now with the tools we have been given
. Yet, most of us are still wedded to the idea that we must work within the system.
I argue that we should create a new system of cooperation
that will ultimately be as powerful as the current system based on capital and competition. Then, these new institutions can compete in the bigger world of giant corporations and other public institutions.
Most people seem to understand the concept, but few seem to really "Grok" the concept. This article
by David Pollard seems to capture some of the reasons why so few
really have the vision or the imaging power to begin this movement towards global unions and coops.How to Save the World
"A lot of my friends and readers are technophiles. They believe that social networking and other technologies can make the world a much better place
. I'd like to believe it, but I don't.The industrial economy is rigged
. It is not a 'market' economy or a 'free' economy. It is designed to reduce us to mere, insatiable consumers -- of politicians' promises with our tax dollars, of overpriced, imported crap products, of 'education', of packaged information and entertainment 'products', of health treatments etc.
We are given just enough cash and credit to keep us addicted, and we are isolated from serious social interaction to make us compliant. No great conspiracy. That's just how the world works
best when the objective is to maximize profit and GDP.We are not people in this economy
We are consumers, taxpayers, students, audiences, patients. Numbers. Demographics. (clip)
The glue that holds natural communities together is physical and emotional
, not virtual or intellectual. To make them work, and to make them sustainable, they must be part of a massive relocalization of the way we live and the way we make a living.Long distance social relationships may be pleasant and instructive
, but they are not the stuff of true community. As useful as the Internet is in letting us practice social arts, it may actually be an impediment to creating real, sustainable community, something we can depend on, live on.
The economics of natural enterprise and natural community are inherently local
, geographically centred on physical place. I know this is hard to explain, which is perhaps why I keep putting off trying to express it.
Most of what our economy is about is atoms, not bits. It is quality, locally produced food and clothing and building materials. It is creation and recreation
that we participate in, in person.
Ultimately we will have to abandon the illusion that we can be part of a global, virtual, ever-changing 'electronic' community
, that we can be citizens of the whole world, that social networks and technology can change the world.
Eventually we have to come back to place, to true community
, and make it work, face to face.
The world we will face by the end of this century, a world of cascading crises and horrific scarcity,
will not allow us to play with technology. This technology is fragile and needs huge amounts of energy stolen from future generations to work at all.
We cannot afford it. This future world, a world of rust and reclamation
, will force us to face hard truths. Our future social networks will be held together with flesh and sweat, not messages and VoIP.
It's time we got down to the business of figuring out how our descendants will live
, and make a living, when the ephemeral constructs of our rapacious, delusional age are gone. It's important to get started, with love and without illusion. Here, now, in this place.The time for toys is over
his pretty much captures the position of a lot of the peak oil doomsters
They see our tools as toys
Cowboys surely said the same thing about
I think that growing a global nervous system
will connect the global community
in ways that
we are just now beginning to understand.
Physical space and Social space
will continue to be blurred.
Of course, I can't eat bits or packets of IP,
any more than I can sleep in my flat screen.
But ask a rake how to get to the farmer's market,
Or ask a bed for a good place to stay.I
n my view of the future,
We will need all the tools we can muster.
Whether or not they are toys,
isn't a function of the the tool,
it's a function of its beholder
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