[p2p-research] Bruce Sterling: The Caryatids

Kevin Carson free.market.anticapitalist at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 08:28:00 CEST 2009

On 8/21/09, Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 at gmail.com> wrote:
> great review Kevin,
> but what about the competitive dynamics between chinese centralisation,
> dispensation decentralisation, and acquis distribution?

To tell the truth, I had a hard time getting that straight in my mind.
 It was clear there was some sort of competition between A and D as
alternative demonstration models, with various localities around the
world affiliating with one or the other, and the chance of switching
affiliations.  It was also clear there was something in the way of a
bipolar superpower dynamic between A and D, ranging from Cold War
standoff to a rather cynical co-dominium (e.g., in the case of Mljet,
there was some sort of bilateral agreement between the highest level
leaderships of the two civil societies that the project had outlived
its usefulness and was ready to be shut down and transferred to D.
control).  The A. and D. seemed ready to cooperate based on common
sense perceptions that some Chinese projects were getting out of hand.
 But beyond that, it was difficult for me to define the actual
parameters of the relationship.

Kevin Carson
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