It is important when we look at the possibility of radical economic transformation that we are realistic and true to ourselves about what we hope for out of this transformation. We cannot over idealize the future and we cannot forget what goods and services we do not want to loose in the new economy. Certainly we must hold a place in our economy for local economies and eventually we will need to examine the importance, in detail, of localization in a distributive economy. But we must also agree that there are needs that cannot be localized, and that are in fact highly centralized goods and service, including highly technical goods and services like health and information technologies that we not only do not want to lose, but that we want to see de-localized.

This leads us to assume that a distributive economy will necessarily be a heterogeneous economy. An economy that unlike capitalism operate in different register according to different rules.

The myth of economic man

October 6, 2011

The central myth of  the old economy is the myth of  Homo Economicus: that the individual is an autonomous, a free agent guided by a self-interest that leads him to wanting an ever increasing accumulation of wealth.  This man is the creature not the creator of our economic system.

The fact is that we are deeply embedded in social systems even at the level of our desires and it is in our power to re-imagine and re-shape these forces.  It is perhaps most important when attempting to re-think our economy from the ground up that our needs and wants, while grounded in nature, are overdetermined by the social and that they are fundamentally heterogeneous and flexible.

There is an alternative to capitalism. There is an economy to be discovered and created that runs not on the centralization and creation of wealth, but through the sustainable distribution of good and services, This economy won’t be created by government, but through by producing of a rational system of producing and distributing goods and services.