The folks at Davos this week are trying to behave as if everything is normal. Sure, England is Brexiting from Europe and the United States appears to be retreating from the global stage altogether. But somehow the word from Switzerland is that a mix of the right interest rates, investment strategies, and business optimism will keep free trade and globalization on course and safe from this boorish surge of populism.
Back then, the emergence of low-cost computers and networking appeared to augur a peer-to-peer, fluid, and more open economic landscape, one where we all step off the industrial-age, punch-the-clock treadmill and work in our own time, collaboratively, on creative pursuits, from home
And what if the pursuit is a negative one? What if a pursuit some dedicated men are working is fluid, and more open one, where the men step off the industrial-age, punch-the-clock treadmill and work building dirty bombs?
No experienced person in the ‘90s thought that anything other than extractive global capitalism would Win. Neoliberalism hit its stride during the ‘90s and has been continuing unabated ever since. Equality died when Communism died during the ‘90s. You can’t say equality is over in a public forum (emotionally unacceptable to the public) yet you must admit it to yourself.
In contrast, a genuinely distributed economy requires those on the ground to develop strategies for economic and social viability from the bottom up. Don’t be surprised to see labor cooperatives, commons-based approaches to resource management, and even local currencies emerge to fill in where federal action falls short
How can such be done with a splintered, clueless ‘left’ (opposition), many of whom secretly want power for themselves? The only lasting effect of progressivism, recently, has been gay marriage legalization.
Above all, you’ve got to cater to youth: the world is dominated by tired older people.