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The Myth of Communism and Socialism debunked through hearing from someone who has actually Lived it and contrasting it with Capitalism in America.

Ownership Sharing: Capitalism and the Fear of Collectivism (by Living Income Guaranteed)

In 1927, Josiah Warren (often referred to as the first American anarchist and a current libertarian idol) created a general store with prices based on the labor system of value.  Warren went on to attempt to create several utopian communities, inspired by the work of Welsh social reformer Robert Owen.

Companies like Uber and airbnb are enjoying their Andy Warhol moment, their $15 billion of fame, in the absence of any physical infrastructure of their own. They didn’t build that— they are running on your car, apartment, labor, and importantly, time. They are logistics companies where all participants pay up the middleman: the finanzialization of the everyday 3.0.
There isn’t just one, inevitable future of work. Let us apply the power of our technological imagination to practice forms of cooperation and collaboration. Worker–owned cooperatives could design their own apps-based platforms, fostering truly peer-to-peer ways of providing services and things, and speak truth to the new platform capitalists.


The backlash against unethical labor practices in the “collaborative sharing economy” has been overplayed. Recently, The Washington Post, New York Times and others started to rail against online labor brokerages like Taskrabbit, Handy, and Uber because of an utter lack of concern for their workers. At the recent Digital Labor conference, my colleague McKenzie Wark proposed that the modes of production that we appear to be entering are not quite capitalism as classically described. “This is not capitalism,” he said, “this is something worse.”
Editor Update: James R. Gapinski published in Burdock 14

Editor Update: James R. Gapinski published in Burdock 14

Our Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, was recently published in Burdock Magazine‘s 14th issue with his one-sentence story “Judith’s Best Friend.”  The issue officially dropped on Saturday, December 13th with a reading at The People’s Books Cooperative in Milwaukee, WI.  Other contributors to the issue include Susan Firer, Jeb Ebben, Rick Hokans, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Constance Alexander, David…

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There isn’t just one, inevitable future of work. Let us apply the power of our technological imagination to practice forms of cooperation and collaboration. Worker–owned cooperatives could design their own apps-based platforms, fostering truly peer-to-peer ways of providing services and things, and speak truth to the new platform capitalists.

Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy — ©[medium.com] & @TreborS

December 07, 2014 at 08:46AM

The backlash against unethical labor practices in the “collaborative sharing economy” has been overplayed. Recently, The Washington Post, New York Times and others started to rail against online labor brokerages like Taskrabbit, Handy, and Uber because of an utter lack of concern for their workers. At the recent Digital Labor conference, my colleague McKenzie Wark proposed that the modes of production that we appear to be entering are not quite capitalism as classically described. “This is not capitalism,” he said, “this is something worse.” [1]

But just for one moment imagine that the algorithmic heart of any of these citadels of anti-unionism could be cloned and brought back to life under a different ownership model, with fair working conditions, as a humane alternative to the free market model.

Take, for example, Uber’s app, with all its geolocation and ride ordering capabilities. Why do its owners and shareholders have to be the main benefactors of such platform-based labor brokerage? Developers, in collaboration with local, worker-owner cooperatives could design such a self-contained program for mobile phones.

via Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy — Medium.


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