As the social, political and environmental crises persist commons have become a focus of interest. In terms of a money-free world our reorganisation for collective sufficiency is all about commons.
Take a look at the recent Community Development Journal Special Issue: Commons Sense: New Thinking About an Old Idea Vol 49 Suppl. 1 (January 2014), especially an article by the editor of The Commoner Massimo de Angelis, ‘The commons: A brief journey’, and ‘Commons against and beyond capitalism’ by George Caffentzis and Silvia Frederici.
The article by Caffentzis and Frederici ends:
commons are not only the means by which we share in an egalitarian manner the resources we produce, but a commitment to the creation of collective subjects, a commitment to fostering common interests in every aspect of our life. Anti-capitalist commons are not the end point of a struggle to construct a non-capitalist world, but its means. For no struggle will succeed in changing the world if we do not organize our reproduction in a communal way and not only share the space and time of meetings and demonstrations but put our lives in common, organizing on the basis of our different needs and possibilities, and the rejection of all principles of exclusion or hierarchization.
Recently Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies
has been digitised and is now available as an eBook. You now buy it for your e-reader and for a limited time — just until 31 March 2014 — it is on sale via the Kindle Store
at a special introductory discount price of just £10 (i.e. Pluto’s RRP).
This release is one of the first thirty back titles to be digitised by Pluto Press, under the banner 'The revolution will be digitised'. To see these classic and recent books, all available cheaply as an introductory offer, access the Ebook Backlist Catalogue — and Pluto Press's other catalogues — here
Digital editions have unique ISBNs. The ones for Life Without Money are: 9781783711000 (ePub) and 9781783711017 (Kindle).
The Demonetization: Ending the Cult of the Commodity site has been created by a very active member of the demonetisation movement Kellia Ramares-Watson. Earlier this year Kellia interviewed me on our Life Without Money book. Earlier this month Kellia put a transcript of the interview up on her site. Here’s a quote from it:
I would say that nonmarket socialism is a money-free, state-free, class-free society where peopleʼs needs are still met. And theyʼre met by people sharing in decision-making and sharing and doing all of the work of production and exchange. So you just cut out there being the principle of money and monetary flows in exchanges. And you also cut out there being big bureaucracies so that we all have representatives who have representatives, and the kinds of communist experiments in the 20th century of China, Russia and Cuba, which were all highly state-organized communism. Nonmarket socialists see it being highly problematic to have the state. We see the state as being an important part of capitalism. The state as we know it today, it has actually grown along with capitalism. Itʼs sort of a way of limiting it; itʼs a way of actually supporting it; and itʼs also a way of ameliorating it. So it has very complex kinds of functions. But we think that in order for people to have their basic needs met, it would make more sense if people themselves were making a lot more decisions about what they needed and how it was produced and doing it themselves.
You can read a transcript of the interview — and leave your own comment — here: