First thoughts on a heterogeneous economy

October 13, 2011

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.

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