We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Commonist Tendencies: Mutual Aid Beyond Communism (New Book)

Click here to access a book description (original source is from Amazon) posted on Infoshop News of this recently published book by author Jeff Shantz

The author presents what is probably a new concept to most people--commonism. It is a world view within which he believes offers the possibility of providing "infrastructures of resistance" that can seriously challenge capitalism. In fact, he states that commoning is already happening, but whether such experiments can result in effective "infrastructures of resistance" is much too early to tell.
As capitalist societies in the twenty-first century move from crisis to crisis, oppositional movements in the global North have been somewhat stymied (despite ephemeral manifestations like Occupy), confronted with the pressing need to develop organizational infrastructures that might prepare the ground for a real, and durable, alternative. More and more, the need to develop shared infrastructural resources — what Shantz terms “infrastructures of resistance” — becomes apparent.