Frameworks and Models

  1. Occupy the Commons
  2. All people are Organic Intellectuals: the role of socially conceived theory in transformation
  3. Swarm Wall Street: why an anti-political movement is the most important force on the planet

2 Comments on “Frameworks and Models”

  1. December 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    We need the big picture in order to fit the jigsaw puzzle pieces together correctly.
    That big picture is ten thousand years of social evolution. During most of this time “civilizations” were built on the back of the majority that in fact creates the surplus wealth necessary for achievements like arts, science, political and religious institutions, etc.

    Two “milestones” in that ten thousand years journey are relevant to the occupy movement: 1) the birth of democracy in ancient Greece and the industrial/scientific revolution that began some 300 years ago.
    Today, universal democracy becomes possible because mechanical energy slaves can create the surplus wealth necessary for a truly civilized world (civilized = a world not based on an military/industrial system).
    The Occupy Movement will need to be informed by insights from systems sciences especially the branches dealing with notions of self organization.

    I submit that individuals are units of social evolution but they are not free to self organize. That freedom is being curtailed currently by the assumption that we have to earn the right to the means of life (in mature capitalist economies that means an income sufficient to maintain a simple but healthful life style).
    Consequently, one concern of the Occupy moment in the future needs to be the establishment of the unconditional right to a basic income..

  2. January 15, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I see several mistakes in my post above. It is frustrating that posts can not even be deleted and replaced with a corrected version.

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