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.

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.

Reflux and Centralization

September 28, 2011

Whatever else Marx may have gotten right or wrong about the development of capitalism, his thinking about the refluxive power of capital profound and irrefutable. Remember that Marx argued that a move toward greater abstraction occurs as the economy moves from object as use to commodity to money to capital. Through this process of abstraction, capital, like ideas of God or language, pushes to the verge of the infinite. It approaches the infinite as its border. Calling it abstract does not make it empty or ineffective.

This verging toward the infinite is in a direct and subtle way the construction of power–it is the power to marshal natural resources and human labor.

Economy Beyond Ethics

September 28, 2011

It is important that we find ways to turn our moral concern about economic disparity into an economic system that works toward repairing those disparities without depending on moral good will. A system where ” a nation of devils,”as Kant would say, would solve the problem of disparity. As long a we stay in the ethical models, in models that stress the choice of the individual to do good, the advantage of giving and withhold will always rest in the hands of those who control the surplus of wealth. I think too that we will end up playing a no-win game between altruism and greed.

Beginnings

September 28, 2011

This blog is dedicated to re-imaging of a economy that work on the functional level to reduce the centralization of good and services and works maximize the distributive potential of a world economic system.