Occupy the System

November 29, 2011

I support the Occupy Movement and commend them for keeping a vagueness in their message rather that immediately working for some definite political end. It is essential that we keep an awareness of the inequities of wealth always present in our social and political discourse.

Still, the next step is to move from the critique to the positive work of creating a system that rationally and coherently distributes goods more fairly. This cannot be created in the mind, but only in the shared and practical realities of our daily lives.

Layers of economic activity

November 9, 2011

While it ultimately impossible to create economic zones in theory, it may be useful to begin establishing markers for a heterogeneous economy.  In our thinking we must make discrimination, but we must avoid general either/or–either local or global for example.  Certain cultural economies may happen locally while matters of human infrastructure (health and communication) best happen globally.

Cultural economy

Food

Housing

Domestic energy

Culture activities

Human Infrastructure:

Education

Health

Information

Transportation

Global cultural platforms

First reflections on power

November 9, 2011

The problem is not money as signifier of exchange, but the transformation of capital into power.   This has to be our key concern.  The centralization of capital is also the centralization of the capacity to manipulate goods and services.  This is not a moral critique of power, but a deeper realization the reflux of capital is also a reflux of power  This turns the system into a energy field of sorts were the logic of accumulation becomes the ability to accumulate.

Unpacking Capital

November 7, 2011

The key to any distributive economy is to de-aggragate the various sectors of the economy.   The part of Marx that we cannot forget or get past is that the power and fatalism of capital is that it drives all labor, goods, and services to  a single point of accumulation.  On the level of human needs and wants, though, all satisfaction do not need to be equitable.  There is no reason the health care and food production, for example, or technology and clothing should be part of the same economic system.  There does not need to be an equivalent term (money or capital) that translates all moments of the economy.

Every sector should have its own rules of transference.