[p2p-research] Emergence of Free Open Source in phase of Artificial Scarcity ?

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 17:27:24 CEST 2009

Dear Dante,

I think the answer is 'yes'. It's always better to do things 'out of
necessity' than just 'because it's a good idea' ...

So the idea is this: if all goes well, peer production grows steadily and
slowly in the interstices of society, then, when crisis occurs and
resiliience is on the order of the day, the uptake goes suddenly faster ...
but both periods are of course related, it is the steady work 'when times
are good', that allows the faster uptake, 'when necessity makes itself


On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Dante-Gabryell Monson <
dante.monson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Michel,
> I noticed this text on "capitalism's last fix" in your links... ( also see
> below )
> One interesting thought came to my mind...
> *
> Does the most suitable time for the emergence of open sourced free
> collaboration come when there is artificial scarcity... ?*
> ----
> My feeling is that at such level of structural development of capitalism (
> stage of monopolistic concentration and artificially scarce production ), a
> way to beat the monopolies is through open sourced peer participation into
> local distributed solutions and infrastructures. ( in the non material world
> : firefox vs internet explorer ; linux ( for servers ) vs windows ... )
> Which makes me wonder : in what situation does peer production become most
> attractive and competitive ? In advanced monopolistic capitalism ?
> The same with speculation ?
> You often use as argument that you noticed at the time of the collapse of
> the first internet speculative bubble, that contrary to expectations a
> reduction in capital did not reduce development ... and you concluded that
> there was a whole non-monetary field of production emerging...
> Does the most suitable time for the emergence of open sourced free
> collaboration come when there is artificial scarcity... ?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Dante-Gabryell Monson <dante.monson at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 12:51 PM
> Subject: Neoliberal Capitalism's Last "Fix"
> To: sustainable_solidarity at yahoogroups.com, hc_ecology at yahoogroups.com
>  " Globalization is not mutually beneficial exchange of goods but
> exploitation on the industrial grab-and-run. "
> By Charles Hugh Smith
> http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjune09/globalization06-09.html
> " In essence, globalization was neoliberal Capitalism's attempt to save
> itself from the endgame of advanced capitalism foreseen by Marx:
> overcapacity which leads to a collapse in profits and thus a decline in
> capital and the overall economy. Marx's insight was straightforward: the
> dynamic of capitalism is for production to rise to meet demand--and then
> keep rising. As demand is sated, capacity continues to grow. As Marx noted,
> supply soon overshoots demand and sales plummet, wiping out profits. The end
> result is a move to monopoly capital, in which a handful of the strongest
> players squeeze out or buy out all the weaker players who fold as the return
> on capital goes negative (losses). The last players standing then
> consolidate and shutter most of the capacity, setting up a monopoply which
> then lowers supply below demand to maintain outsized profits. "
> also posted on :
> http://econowmix.ning.com/profiles/blogs/neoliberal-capitalisms-last

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