to (virus) leap
things gathered/ing that would be needed to use this pandemic time for an opp to leap
adding some on leaping here – (because leaping to commoning): corona & commons
so .. with all the talk of stimulus and ubi during this time.. if we truly want to leap.. we need to..
..cut out the middle man
aka: money ..any form of measuring/accounting
ie: ubi as temp placebo..
what that would look like:
rather than giving people tokens/checks/whatever.. we need to stop doing that:
it encourages ongoing measuring/managing (not humane)
it wastes energy (someone has to keep being in charge of all the math.. ie: how much; who; .. inspectors of inspectors never bode us well.. it doesn’t prevent the tragedy.. it’s part of the perpetuation of it)
need to set up mech to:
listen to every voice everyday (detox embed so we can get at more legit data)
*[dance – fittingness; eudaimoniative surplus; undisturbed ecosystem – in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows]
so let’s do this first: free art-ists..
sans money ..any form of measuring/accounting
article that (finally) triggered this page (nothing special about article.. just when i’m adding it):
America is in crisis. We need universal basic income now | Karl Widerquist | Opinion | The Guardian https://t.co/MNyJgj5hRn
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1242729982662762496
I’ve studied UBI for more than 20 years, and I find that opposition to it usually comes down to two main arguments: that everyone should work or that we simply can’t afford it. Whether these are valid or invalid arguments against UBI in normal times has been debated for decades, but they simply don’t apply to the emergency UBI during the current situation.
Right now, we don’t need everyone to work. In fact, we need a lot of people to stop working. We don’t want food service and healthcare workers who might be sick to go into work and infect people because they can’t afford to stay home.
this is like perfect school attendance.. grades/money perpetuating/exponentiating illness (not us ness)
Governments can help stop this process (recession spiral) by creating money and injecting it into circulation..t
An emergency UBI is just about the best economic stimulator that exists in modern times because it gets money in the hands of everyone..t
let’s do this first: free art-ists.
The economy needs more money and less labor. We need people to spend money. And we don’t need them to work for it..t
the economy (bachelard oikos law et al) needs the energy of 8b alive people.. we need people to let go of money ..any form of measuring/accounting.. we need free art-ists (meaning everyone in free sync)
same day.. and perhaps more resonant to this page/issue.. this article:
@Commonify @davidbollier @GuerrillaTrans @cognitivepolicy @PluralEcon @gwoe this is a very short preliminary intervention, (we are writing a collective article this week): https://t.co/6gwC9D70ym
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1242832104460877824
Dear all, I had been reviewing, before the Corona outbreak, and with the help of Jose Ramos, the lead editor of a upcoming book about cosmo-local production, the literature on historical rythms and cycles, to set the stage for the current ‘chaotic transition’ and ‘what comes next’.
In short, I have come to two important conclusions:
1) society moves from relative stable stages, through chaotic transitions, which are real mutations both in human consciousness and in socio-economic structures
2) this change is non-linear and moves through internal or external shocks.
common\ing et al
Corona is not going to be sufficient for a full transition, but it will be a Great Accelerator, which has already changed so much in such a short time. I am not predicting that the results will be uniformly positive (accelerating the green/p2p/commons transition), or negative (naomi klein’s shock doctrine).
Nevertheless some preliminary conclusions:
1) the market plays almost no role in finding solutions in such crisis moments..t
or you could say.. plays major role – in offering ie: ubi as temp placebo.. (people thinking they have money when really just getting whatever they need)
2) the nation-states are weak and the leaders have made mistakes, but it turns out to be to be an absolutately indispensible institution to avoid chaotic reactions from a fragmented social field, AND to discipline the market so that everyone is not put in even graver danger.
yeah.. i don’t think so..
perhaps perfect time to try a different infra/org
(lists 3 others.. 5 in total)
This regime, which is now still dominant and necessary, can order around market players, as they are now doing through new legislation that both saves and coerces/mobilizes market players; but most of all, it needs to work with, and help mobilize, the collective intelligence of trans-local and trans-national expertise which is strongly needs to be more effective itself. This proces towards ‘partner state’ practices and public-commons protocols will not be automatic, and will be an alternative to a coercive and authoritarian state-centric model, which could be one of the negative outcomes of this crisis.
not about expertise/collective-intelligence.. about listening to all the voices.. we need all of us
So what is the role of the commons movement ?
1) One is to show and demonstrate what we can do, as we have already done through the multitude of open source efforts to market and state failures as well as mutual aid self-organizing
i don’t think we’ve yet (anywhere) shown what we can do.. 1\ because it has to be all of us to work 2\ because no one seems to be able to practice no-strings ness.. commoning has to be unconditional or it’s tragedy/non-commoning
2) Use the opportunity of this pedagogical catastrophe to strive for structural adaptations and reforms..t
The Coronavirus crisis is also a non-linear opportunity for longer-term agenda setting to promote the necessary deep reforms and transformations that need to take place so humanity can take care of its needs within the planetary boundaries and in recognition of its interdependency with other life forms.
Corona is a serious crisis, but the climate is a much more serious one.. t
mufleh humanity law: we have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity– Luma Mufleh
So far, this is the very best article I have read on Corona, because it links the health crisis to the wider crises of our societal systems, and essentially, our lack of taking into account ‘carrying capacity’ and the right ‘tresholds and allocations’.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1243451550862905344
What’s particularly pernicious about crossing carrying capacity thresholds is the potential for amplifying feedback loops to trigger tipping points, thus exiting the relative stability of an existing state of a system in a non-linear phase shift to an altogether different (and inherently unpredictable) systemic state..t
Think of these vital resources as various “capital” stocks (natural capital, social capital, human capital, built capital, financial capital, and intellectual capital) that we must maintain at sufficient levels, so they can continue to produce generative flows. In all our work, we believe that applying carrying capacity thresholds, allocating resources and responsibilities in ways that are just, fair, and proportionate, is the best pathway to a Regenerative and Distributive Economy and Society..t
fin: As our colleague James Quilligan of Economic Democracy Advocates asks, “how long until you grasp the real connection between our monetary debt and our ecological debt?”..t
natural: It is remarkable that at a moment when the lungs of the world are burning at ecocide levels, humans are met with a lung disease. . Economic system design disconnected from natural capital availability are deadly and need to be corrected as soon as possible..t
within an undisturbed ecosystem.. in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows
manufacture: Overshooting healthcare system carrying capacity leads to their collapse at the moment of highest need. Ironically, many hospitals abandoned their slack capacity of additional beds and supplies, following the logic of “just-in-time” supply chain maintenance pioneered by Toyota in the 1980s. Allocation of the available manufactured capital, human capital, and social capital to areas with the highest amount of infections is now a daily challenge for governments and suppliers of the health care system.
i don’t know.. i think just in time ness (not the toyota kind.. but ie: the spontaneous.. let go.. kind).. is what we need.. what we’re miss.. because we don’t trust the dance (undisturbed ecosystem) enough for it to dance
human: The knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise of individual healthcare professionals represent *vital human capital, which is reaching the threshold of its carrying capacity for deployment to handle the mushrooming Covid-19 cases. Health care system budgets everywhere are in decline (and costs are increasing), so we already face a lack of trained health care sector employees.
*yeah.. i don’t know.. a nother man made crisis.. because we’re like whales in sea world.. ie: trying to solve a problem we made while trying to solve deep problems w bandaids..
social: A society thrives through collaboration and interaction. The Corona crisis is reducing physical interaction, and increases the possibility of violence. Already now the amount of violence in lockdown areas has tripled and separation of elderly people leads to social isolation. This has considerable mental and psychosomatic consequences in a population. Regular interaction with loved ones and friends, collaboration between businesses in trusted ways, and intercultural exchange define a threshold of ‘balanced interbeing’. Allocation normally happens automatically by befriending, joint experiences and moments of success with each other. That possibility is *missing in a time of lockdown
also *being realized during lockdown.. ie: virus is showing us how interconnected we are..
social tipping points can be positive, creating the momentum necessary for transformative change toward respect for carrying capacities.
- Financial Capital: Citizens rich and poor are pouring donations into charities and making direct contributions to support those adversely impacted by the crisis
bandaid.. but that’s ok.. because fin capital isn’t the root..
- Natural Capital: The slowing down of the world economy allows nature to take a deep breath. Air quality increases while carbon emissions and resource overuse decrease.
- Social Capital: Physical distancing, sheltering in place, and self-quarantining all require social capital — collective understanding of the wisdom of these measures — in order to #FlattenTheCurve. This understanding of our common fate can translate across other crises, creating an ethic of *wiser stewardship of our Commons.
- Human Capital: great numbers of volunteers are jumping in to support areas in urgent need. Medicine students and retired health care professionals are offering help to fill the carrying capacity constraints of the healthcare system.
- Manufactured Capital: In order to increase health care capacity, hotel chains, educational institutions, and governments are offering space for Covid-19 overflow as well as other uses, such as birth clinics and physiotherapy. Countries are helping each other out with urgently needed supplies.
we already have all the resources we need.. just need to be more resourceful
We at r3.0 believe that awareness of thresholds and carrying capacities represents a vital mindset for navigating the 21st Century transformation to a Regenerative and Distributive Economy and Society. We believe that the #FlattenTheCurve meme, pivoting as it does on the dotted line of healthcare system capacity, provides a *ripe opportunity for a paradigm shift into thresholds and carrying capacity consciousness
As Giorgos Kallis points out in his book Limits, the act of self-limitation — recognizing external limits and making a conscious choice to live within them — represents the highest form of freedom. The world is currently running a global experiment on whether we can raise the game of self-limitation, as a means of sharing the abundance of this Earth and its living beings with all..t
let’s let limit approach infinity.. ie: listening to every voice everyday.. as it could be..
let’s try a legit different experiment
We now have the unique opportunity for a maturation toward the design of a ‘Regenerative & Distributive Economy’ by using thresholds & allocations as the new supply & demand of the 21st century, moving us away from natural and manufactured capital scarcity and into social and human capital abundance. *How would new currencies be designed, how would new business models look, how would forward-looking governance replace backward-looking governance? How would governments fund, steer and regulate this new economy? And **how would we achieve wellbeing for all? Now’s the time to find out!
let’s do this first: free art-ists.
michel fb share:
“Real and lasting change tends to require three ingredients:
- latent potential: an underlying desire and logic for things to be different
perhaps found/detoxed/recovered via daily curiosity
- precipitating factors: events that create momentum for change
to (virus) leap et al
- workable mechanisms: concrete ways of embedding change in social structures
something we’ve not yet tried (mostly because we keep trying partials)
Those of us (and this includes the RSA a whole) who see the tragedy of COVID-19 also as an obligation to try to create a better world when the pandemic is under control, need to think clearly about where these three conditions could apply.”
march 25 article by matthew taylor – rsa – THE CONDITIONS FOR CHANGE ARE READY, BUT ARE WE?
opens with what michel shared above
the time for exploring Universal Basic Income may have come..If we’re to progress the argument, we need to make the right case (as the RSA been doing for some time)..That’s the case for a modest UBI.
but it has to be as planned obsolescence ie: ubi as temp placebo.. (people thinking they have money when really just getting whatever they need).. otherwise we’re still just spinning our wheels on some big monopoly board.. we have to let go of money (any form of measuring/accounting).. if we’re seeking equity (everyone getting a go everyday)
The crisis has led us to recognise the vital importance of jobs which might previously have been seen as low status as well as low paid: social carers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers.
yet.. many of those services are not needed.. if we dug deeper.. and *worked on the fittingness of 8b people first.. we’d find out paid labor et al was/is irrelevant.. and detrimental to a person’s/community’s well-being.. 10 day care centers et al
the human soul (talk about what everyone is craving already.. could resonate with today.. et al) is begging that we let go of notions like earning a living ness..
simple solution is to move (over time) towards all labour being taxed at the same level, with the additional revenue raised being used to provide the self-employed with sickness insurance as well as incentives to train or save for retirement.
A third broad area of possibility is health and social care. (1\ ubi 2\ taxes 3\ care)..t
There is the willingness of both individuals and communities to do the right thing in supporting the system.. What can we do to turn this energy into lasting change?..t
1\ sustainable funding ..t
ie: ubi as temp placebo.. (people thinking they have money when really just getting whatever they need)
2\ enable a more profound rethink of our model of public services? Can we start to see them not as goods to be ‘delivered’ but as relationships to be nurtured? This model that puts the empowerment of individuals and the building of community capacity at the forefront of service design and delivery?..t
3\ given the surprise many people trying to support the NHS have expressed about its fragmented structure of decision making, can we be much more ambitious in developing and enacting system-wide solutions that exploit the transformative potential of big data and technology?..t
In all of three of these areas the problem has up to now not been a lack of solutions and potential but the absence of political will and public consent..t
rather.. we keep trying partials.. (thus providing opp to cry ie: tragedy of commons)
great opp to go all in .. to finally let go enough .. for (blank)’s sake
This time let’s not let the crisis go to waste.
can you hear me?
perhaps our biggest problem/solution.. tech as it could be..
True Health | What if the Virus is the Medicine? – Kosmos Journal
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1243893053783490560
This is an opp to loosen our grip on old/familiar ways..let us s l o w d o w n & listen.. for whisperings from depths of souls/heart..that..embraces us all
let’s try that data
via michel fb share – march 16 post – by paul engler: Coronavirus is a historic trigger event — and it needs a movement to respond
In order to craft a people’s response to the pandemic, we should draw both on the possibilities of new *technology that allow for decentralized action.. and some time-honored **lessons from past social movements.
Social movements are the vehicle for mass participation
unless we go deep enough to get to the heart/soul of 8b people
Right now, lots of people are formulating action plans and policy demands, focusing on how the government should respond or measures that elected officials might pass by way of emergency response. ..What’s missing is a platform and vision for mass participation — a means through which people can join in and collectively take part in a movement to create the type of just response our society needs.
red flag we’re doing it wrong: demands; respond; measures; pass; join; ..
A social movement response to major trigger events often emerges from unexpected places.. it is often scrappy, decentralized and sometimes ad hoc groups that play vital roles in shaping a social movement response .. (then ie’s of people responding to crises in past)
again.. we need to go deeper than response.. responding isn’t a movement.. it’s responding
Overdue sketchnote of “How To Beat Coronavirus Capitalism,” featuring @KeeangaYamahtta , @naomi, and @astradisastra.
#socialism #covid_19 #coronavirus #DisasterCapitalism #ShockDoctrine https://t.co/uSpOUtbNox
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/lizar_tristry/status/1244094079777910784
beyond cul-de-sac of reform.. we need to harness and organize
ie: cure ios city
via michel fb share – by @NJHagens:
the core truth remains: we created too many financial representations of our reality and treated them as reality. The pandemic may unmask those risks.
We will recover from this (probably) and financial assets will eventually go up again, but the system will be severely weakened with central banks and governments having used most of their monetary/fiscal ammunition. So, in my opinion, the next ‘event’ will likely mean the end of our ability to use credit – and central bank backstops – to facilitate growth and a major economic reset. I strongly hope we will use what’s going to happen in our economy the next few months as a ‘dry run’ of this real thing (more on that below).
We have chosen economic efficiency over resilience. We have substituted technological stimulation and money for social interactions. We have substituted dopamine and supernormal stimulation (most of us, including me) for physical health. The game has been the plan, and the game has changed so rapidly that we have no plan.
well.. not one that we are listening to.. ie: a nother way.. we can’t seem to hear it .. because it’s not part\ial.. and we’re afraid of leaping.. et al.. but we can.. and so perhaps we give it a go.. during this opp.. for (blank)’s sake…
(And let’s be clear: the old normal sucked for many/most people, so ‘less GDP’ might be a good thing as long as basic needs are met, and far more equitably, while replacing what was (frivolous) consumption with well-being tethered to natural and social capital. But first things first).
We can print money, but we can’t print energy, resources or productivity.
the core truth remains: we created too many financial representations of our reality and treated them as reality. The pandemic may unmask those risks..t
rather.. unmask the myths.. the bigger risk is ie: recovering the fin system..
For those who are antagonistic towards the concept of ‘socialism’, I hope you understand after reading the above that we have socialism in the USA right now but its socialism for the rich/large banks/corporations. The FED has continued to support and bailout the financial asset owning class—and it will continue to have to in order to buy us time.
The biggest risk I see from this pandemic is the laying bare of inequalities created during the past 50 years of unfettered growth. In the coming weeks/months we will witness a bifurcated economy— those well-off people who can comfortably work from home (like me) and those people who work in hourly/gig economy, who have spent their meager savings already and have no recourse. ..Perhaps the idea championed by Andrew Yang (a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 per month for all American adults) can now become a reality, but sending $1,000 to every American is not remotely going to cut it…t
ie: ubi as temp placebo.. (people thinking they have money when really just getting whatever they need)
Which gets to the deeper question: can our fractured political system work in a de-growth environment? Because it depends on a much deeper question – what IS an economy for anyways? I fear many Americans have come to equate it with the level of the stock market -when the real health of an economy is the well-being of its people, its land and its future. These things can’t easily be compressed into a financial number, which should be one core lesson we learn after this crisis is passed. Can the lesson and vision be shared beyond traditional political boundaries?? An open question
I could go on, but I think I’ve made enough of my point, which is: this virus is uncovering many problems that finance and a growing economy papered over. We face a systemic crisis that will remain after the virus risks have passed.
Right now we need national support of everything. ..We need to keep people fed, housed, and healthy. Guarantee these things with the financial kitchen sink while at same time preparing longer term blueprints for a different more sustainable pathway. This could be the moment to democratize our basic needs: water, electricity, internet, food, health care, etc.
Democrats don’t want to bail out companies. Republicans don’t want to bail out people. But right now we need to do both, and fast, and large, otherwise we risk a social collapse. Despite our feelings, this is not the time to discriminate on who we bail out—we have to bail out nearly EVERYTHING,
We need new educational models commensurate with the reality of coming decades: a more local, less materially consumptive, more ecologically aligned existence..t
ie: cure ios city
I wasn’t trying to get people to consume less, or re-localize, or buy renewables or any of that. All I was trying to do is get people talking to each other—building nodes of social capital and communication so that relationships existed..t Therefore, when strange things happened there was trust, knowledge, and a collective that would respond locally – across the country – to the emergent risks. I still think this is a vitally important direction for us to go. I really hate the term ‘social distancing’—we need spatial distancing, with social bonding.
This is one of those times when there is no natural leader to do these things so if not you, WHO?
all the time.. we need to listen to every voice.. every day
*What is needed in your community?.. garden boxes.. canning workshops.. makerspaces.. Have the haves in your community use their digital surplus to support and expand the commons. Don’t wait for government bailouts; do it locally. This can include community land trusts, hoophouses, protecting ecosystems, and protecting prime agricultural land from development. Start a **local currency – not as an alternative to the dollar, but as a way of building social networks. Let’s not let this crisis go to waste.
better question *what are you curious about today.. otherwise.. we lose energy by creating things not really needed.. curiosity over decision making et al
How do we keep and expand on this emergent altruism in our culture?..t
2\ trust the daily curiosity of 8b people
A return to 1970s-1990s level per capita GDP in advanced economies this coming decade is highly likely, in my view. But keep in mind that we, in the USA, consume 50x the goods and services as the average human in the year 1800. Being mentally prepared for this is a first step. What makes us happy? What do we value? Do all of us really NEED to drive to work 5 days a week? Or are other arrangements possible? Do we want a cultural goal of maximizing GDP or minimize suffering and maximize well-being of our citizens and ecosystems?
this is why we need a detox embed.. today.. our answers to those questions (and even most of those questions) are by/from whales in sea world (aka: we have no idea)
You may now realize that the days of ‘normal’ are gone, so what is it that you’d like to do the rest of your life?
If you have significant resources, please make significant contributions – not just money, but building the network of real capital where you live.
finance and social inequality will be the most important near term hurdles. We need systemic response informed by systemic knowledge—a clearinghouse of ideas and projects that work at various scales and timelines. This is the collaborative opportunity of our time.
I recently told a colleague that we vastly underestimate what young people are capable of. His response was, ‘Nate, we underestimate everyone’. That hit pretty hard, because I immediately realized it’s true. A crisis is here, seek out your better self and play a role.
has to be all of us
Let’s create a living open source project—where collective intelligence informs near and intermediate term mitigation, one that helps us as a culture navigate the narrow path between fantasy and doom.
‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows
via michel fb share:
I still hear a lot of people that tell me, ‘not to get my hopes up, as for sure, everything will turn to normal when it’s over’. I find that puzzling. Do you really think that a health crisis, which creates a economic crisis that is bigger than the depression of 1929-32, will have no effects ? So you better believe one thing for sure: though this is not the final shock, it is a deep shock to the system, and the post-Corona world will not be the same. Will it all be good, no. Will it all be bad, NO. It will be both. And to move it in the right direction, partly depends on all of us, especially if we can strengthen our committment to structural changes through commoning. A interesting analysis here: https://patternsofmeaning.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-spells-the-end-of-the-neoliberal-era-whats-next/
from article by @JeremyRLent:
Could it be that the crucible of coronavirus will lead to a meltdown of neoliberal norms that ultimately reshapes the dominant structures of our global civilization? Could a mass collective reaction to the excesses of authoritarian overreach lead to a renaissance of humanitarian values? ..t
as long as we go deep enough to get to what is essential (ie: maté basic needs)..otherwise.. we’re just spinning our wheels.. recovery/response/shift from pearl-harbor/ww2/et al wasn’t deep enough.. ie: here we are now
new political realities and possibilities on the other side. Let’s take a look at some of these: 1\a fairer society .. denmark 75% of salaries, yang ubi, et al.. t
ie: ubi as temp placebo.. (people thinking they have money when really just getting whatever they need)
2\ eco stabilization.. co2 emissions et al..t
3\ rise of glocalization..t
4\ compassionate community..t
not deep enough (focus on compassion/love.. w/o first setting everyone free).. it would become just another tragedy of the non common
we don’t have to focus on compassion/love.. just trust that it’s already in each one of us.. if truly free
If we can change the basis of our global civilization from one that is wealth-affirming to one that is life-affirming, then we have a chance to create a flourishing future for humanity and the living Earth.
michel fb share – prepare for the ultimate gaslighting (9 min read): [https://forge.medium.com/prepare-for-the-ultimate-gaslighting-6a8ce3f0a0e0]
and via twitter:
Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting* – Forge https://t.co/a4pl9TdA7E
this is a really good, well written text about what’s coming after Corona: the biggest PR campaign ever conceived
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1249271143812521989
on opp we have to (virus) leap.. et al
article by Julio Vincent Gambuto
you are not crazy my friends
*Gaslighting, if you don’t know the word, is defined as manipulation into doubting your own sanity; as in, Carl made Mary think she was crazy, even though she clearly caught him cheating. He gaslit her
Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again..t
The need for comfort will be real, and it will be strong. And every brand in America will come to your rescue, dear consumer, to help take away that darkness and get life back to the way it was before the crisis. I urge you to be well aware of what is coming.
For the last hundred years, the multibillion-dollar advertising business has operated based on this cardinal principle: Find the consumer’s problem and fix it with your product. . brilliant marketers know how to rewire your heart. And, make no mistake, the heart is what has been most traumatized this last month. We are, as a society, now vulnerable in a whole new way..t
let’s take this opp to listen for a deeper/deepest problem.. that we all resonate with today
What the trauma has shown us, though, cannot be unseen. A carless Los Angeles has clear blue skies as pollution has simply stopped.. et al.. a health care system that cannot provide ..not have enough cash to pay their rent ..don’t know who to listen to for basic facts that can save their lives.
what we need to listen to.. 8b hearts.. everyday.. first thing
The cat is out of the bag. We, as a nation, have deeply disturbing problems. You’re right. That’s not news. They are problems we ignore every day, not because we’re terrible people or because we don’t care about fixing them, but because we don’t have time. Sorry, we have other shit to do. The plain truth is that no matter our ethnicity, religion, gender, political party (the list goes on), nor even our socioeconomic status, as Americans we share this: We are busy. We’re out and about hustling to make our own lives work..t
The greatest misconception among us, which causes deep and painful social and political tension every day in this country, is that we somehow don’t care about each other…don’t care about the environment. These couldn’t be further from the truth. We do care. We just don’t have the time to do anything about it..t
Well, the treadmill you’ve been on for decades just stopped. Bam! And that feeling you have right now is the same as if you’d been thrown off your Peloton bike and onto the ground: What in the holy fuck just happened? I hope you might consider this: What happened is inexplicably incredible. It’s the greatest gift ever unwrapped. Not the deaths, not the virus, but The Great Pause. ..the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. Here it is. We’re in it. ..And that feels weird. Really weird. Because it has… never… happened… before. If we want to create a better country and a better world for our kids, and if we want to make sure we are even sustainable as a nation and as a democracy, we have to pay attention to how we feel right now..t.. I cannot speak for you, but I imagine you feel like I do: devastated, depressed, and heartbroken.
And what a perfect time for Best Buy and H&M and Wal-Mart to help me feel normal again. If I could just have the new iPhone in my hand, if I could rest my feet on a pillow of new Nikes, if I could drink a venti blonde vanilla latte or sip a Diet Coke, then this very dark feeling would go away.
And so the onslaught is coming. Get ready, my friends. What is about to be unleashed on American society will be the greatest campaign ever created to get you to feel normal again..t
manufacturing consent et al
And on top of that, just to turn the screw that much more, will be the one effort that’s even greater: the all-out blitz to make you believe you never saw what you saw..t
But you did. You are not crazy, my friends. And so we are about to be gaslit in a truly unprecedented way..t It starts with a check for $1,200 (Don’t say I never gave you anything) and then it will be so big that it will be bigly. . Business and government are about to band together to knock us unconscious again. It will be funded like no other operation in our lifetimes. It will be fast. It will be furious. And it will be overwhelming. The Great American Return to Normal is coming.
This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud. ..This is our chance to do that, the biggest one we have ever gotten. And the best one we’ll ever get..t
ie: cure ios city
this is good: Four Scenarios for the Post-Corona World – P2P Foundation https://t.co/wQ4n1KizjR
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1249569900844154880
1\ neolib 2\ authoritarian 3\ growth 4\ eco & rethinking of growth
The final scenario involves accelerating the ecological transition and a rapid rethinking of our growth model, returning public services, common goods and solidarity to the heart of the economy and social affairs. We are seeing the seeds of this in the current situation. But this would take place against a backdrop of high unemployment and a major economic crisis, making the transition very complex.. t .. The reduction of working time is undoubtedly a key point in this respect.
makes it sound daunting.. when legit complexity (‘complex system is thereby characterised by its inter-dependencies, whereas a complicated system is characterised by its layers’) would be the most simple (least ridiculous.. least energy-suck.. most accessible to 8b)
ie: focus on augmenting our interconnectedness.. rather than ie: eco; growth; degrowth; money; accounting.. et al
strategic, pay attention to this, it’s going to be the key issue when the economic dislocation starts to bite: we need a modern version of the debt jubilee:
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1249452246544326659
The only real question we face is not whether we should or should not repay this debt, but how are we going to go about not repaying it?..t
We ..need a way to short-circuit the process of debt-deleveraging, while not destroying the assets of both the banking sector and the members of the non-banking public who purchased ABSs. One feasible means to do this is a “Modern Jubilee”, which could also be described as “Quantitative Easing for the public”.. t
w/ubi as temp placebo.. needs met w/o money..people forget about measuring
qualitative easing for all humanity
ways to change via jerry’s brain: I’m curating such ideas in my Brain, here: https://bra.in/5jbd4B
e.g., “we knew the administrators running hospitals etc were useless, but now we see them as murderers.” So all the pieces seem to be there for a revolutionary situation, except the normal role of intellectuals, providing a means of communication between struggles, is stymied 11/
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/1257276705716174850
rest of thread:
@davidgraeber: I think if I start writing something it will focus on what was shaping up before the pandemic, & how it might influence what will happen after. I mean, aside from obvious stuff like the breakneck destruction of the planet 1/
@davidgraeber: first of all, all economists agreed that some sort of economic blow-out was coming, based on unsupportable levels of personal debt & the normal workings of the business cycle. A crash was due & Central Banks were pumping money furiously to slow or soften it 2/
@davidgraeber: 2nd of all, there was an unprecedented wave of popular unrest over late 2019-e2020, much unreported, everywhere from Haiti to Hong Kong to the Gilets Jaunes to Sudan to… someone listed like 40 uprisings, non-violent or otherwise. This was extraordinary 3/
@davidgraeber: it’s perhaps not entirely shocking as it seems to happen every ten years. 1999-2001 was the height of the Alterglobalization movement, worldwide uprising, 2011 of course saw Arab Spring, Squares, OWS… So we were due. But each time, disturbingly, there’s less articulation 4/
articulation? or listening?
both?.. but which would help more.. ie: graeber model law et al
what we need is a means to listen to all the voices/articulations//idio-jargons.. as they are detoxing
@davidgraeber: Global Justice Movement had no top-down org but it had Indymedia, People’s Global Action, a host of planet-wide institutions to connect struggles; the 2011 movements at least shared ideas and people moved back and forth between them 5/
@davidgraeber: this time half the people involved didn’t even know about most of the others, or have any way to follow them closely (as the mainstream media largely ignored them). The other really significant movement was the # (forgive the shameless branding attempt) 6/
@davidgraeber: that is, as productivity of the health, education, caring sectors decline owing to administrative bloat, digitisation encourages #, more people are hired in these sectors under worse conditions, compensation, so all the strikes are teachers, nurses, care workers 7/
@davidgraeber: now of course those very people who had been rebelling or on the brink of it are the “first line workers” still on the job as the administrators who are their immediate class antagonists hide at home, & most of their potential allies are in lockdown 8/
@davidgraeber: in the UK, after World Wars, the left is swept into power. Why? Because working class people 1. suddenly have experience in socialist organisation & see it works, 2. since upper class people are automatically made officers, they have direct experience of what idiots they are, 9/
@davidgraeber: and of course 3. they come home trained in the use of weapons so the political class can’t just entirely ignore their demands. This is being treated as analogous to a war mobilisation & there are some similarities, especially #2 applies & I keep hearing that 10/
@davidgraeber: e.g., “we knew the administrators running hospitals etc were useless, but now we see them as murderers.” So all the pieces seem to be there for a revolutionary situation, except the normal role of intellectuals, providing a means of communication between struggles, is stymied 11/
perhaps ‘normal role of intellectuals’ providing a means of communication is part of what’s been keeping us from any real revolution.. that listening hierarchy ness
d’s response to this tweet:
@davidgraeber: well I was trying to be generous and say “provide means of communication” to imply we could actually *listen & convey, rather come up with the “correct strategic analysis” and all that sort of disastrous stuff
perhaps we try.. *listen & connect..
and perhaps to do that w/o judgment/commentary/bias/whatever/conveyance.. we could repurpose tech/algos.. so that they do what they do best.. (rather than trying to mech them human like).. input/output.. ie: input: self-talk as data; output: augmenting interconnectedness.. use data to connect locals using their daily curiosities as labels/input to make matches
@davidgraeber: we need something like indymedia again. All our means of communication are now corporate – twitter included.
[The Independent Media Center (also known as Indymedia or IMC) is an open publishing network of activist journalist collectives that report on political and social issues.]
or maybe we need to (and now have a chance to) revolutionize communication itself.. ie: less reporting/publishing.. more listening to 8b voices.. everyday.. using that data to augment our interconnectedness
d’s response to this tweet:
@davidgraeber: well that was the idea of Indymedia; it was huge during the Global Justice Movement, and then suddenly everyone switched to facebook and twitter etc and I for one was horrified
the switching to fb/twitter.. perhaps attempts to hear more voices as well.. but if we just hear more and not all.. then we get ie: tragedy of the non common ness
@davidgraeber: how can the working classes recompose (to use the Post-Workerist terminology) around caring labour, what is the role of the communicative classes (if we can call them that) if they’re all confined to their houses? 12/
@davidgraeber: I keep getting back to the poll last week that said only 9% of Brits want to go back to “normal” – but for 50 years not only our imaginations but our ability to talk to each other across class lines has been brutally attacked. How to undo this? 13/