Re: The nature of apple trees (was: Re: [ox-en] apples and moonfruits)
- From: Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 gmail.com>
- Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:51:16 +0700
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There are those apple trees (aka captialism or any exchange based
system) and these apple trees have lots of drawbacks. Those advocating
money trickery basically say: Well, though the apple trees are bad
there are these apple tree seeds (aka exchange). If we modify the
seeds somehow the problems with the apple trees will vanish.
let's stay with your metaphor; let's assume we have an apple tree, not all
trees are created equal and same for the apples. Therefore, does it make
sense or not, to improve the tree and its apples, given that for a long
time, we'll depend on the apple tree, and that historically, those that try
to cut down the tree, saw it grow somewhere else. So it's not at all about
'vanishing' all the problems, but about lessening them For example, in a
time of hyper-inflation, to protect the local community from its devastating
Why do you keep using 'money trickery', would you appreciate it if I said
software trickery for free software? It's the same process of
The peer production advocate now would continue: What we want to
arrive at is a world where apple trees play a minor role - if at all.
What we want is a world where we have lots of different fruits but
also vegetables, meat, fish, honey and so on. For this we already have
a couple of examples like pork (aka Free Software).
Exactly, that is exactly the pluralist economy preference of the P2P
Foundation, to reduce the role of exchange to a minor subsystem. One of the
ways of doing that, is by minimising the harm that the current ill-designed
The peer production advocate continues: For this goal to reach any
modification of an apple tree seed is not useful because in any case
you just end up either in apple trees or nothing at all. You simply
can not modify an apple tree seed to become a pig.
we agree, we stay within the exchange mechanism, to make it better as long
as we have to partially or majorly rely on it, it's part of the panoply of
measures and constructions we undertake.
It is in fact you who is ignorant because you continue to say that you
can modify the apple tree seed to deliver pork or at least help the
production of pork.
never said that, anywhere, you're either imagining or creating a strawman
that is easy to counter; that's bad debating style
That is what withering away means: It
is replaced by a system working better and working on different
exactly, we make things better to replace it, but that doesn't preclude
improving the remainder we have to rely on for a certain time to come
let's take the real example of cars
they suck, but people want them, and it is still politically impossible to
get rid of them, so what we do
yes, first we try as much as we can to render it obsolete, by creating solid
public transport infrastructures
but for the existing car park, we make sure that the new generation is
eco-friendly, and that the old ones are replaced
similarly with the money supply,
while we improve the alternatives, we remove the most toxic forms of money,
at the same time, there is no contradiction, both strategies are congruent
Can you practice it? The truth is, we cannot, or only
in very limited ways.
Sorry, Michel, but you, me and StefanMz are really examples of
practicing it. And many more as well.
I think you're answer is disingenous, because, if I'm correct, unless you
are a rentier, you are getting money for your other work, which is what
makes your peer production efforts possible
And while we cannot, we can start using different protocols of exchange
sharing that already change social relationships.
It is either that, or waiting for a Pol Pot,
The contrary is true. Engaging in pointless modifications of the apple
tree system is far more likely to end up in a Pot Pot: If it is
against the nature of the system you have to force and kill people.
I'm not aware of any complementary currency system having killed people, I'm
very curious as to your sources
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