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Dual boot

The basic idea is that the development of these economic alternatives is going to parallel the development of confederal forms of work, but also of social coverage and relationships between identities. The path is, as always, to build, to create a new reality, not to wait for a political change of whatever kind to reorder everything from top to bottom to fit our taste.

The previous post posed an important question:

Is the peninsular situation maturing towards a constituent moment in which a path could open towards a Europe with a new economy based on the commons and much smaller state structures that are confederally interlinked?

After receiving comments and debating with Nat and María, I have to say that while, when I wrote the post, I thought I saw reason for optimism, now I doubt them.

However, there’s something else in the post. The first series of comments with Iker, which, using the metaphor of the political and economic structure as software, gives a good idea of the strategy: dual boot.

The metaphor is simple: society now runs on operating system that is frail and inadequate to the demands of those who live in it. Different groups and tendencies, in parallel, are trying to develop new economic models. To the extent that they do — and it’s true that they/we are doing it, though it’s not (yet) widespread — it will be established as an almost personal, or at least communitarian option: What development model do we want in our city? What model of life and work do I want to follow?.

It would be, and is, a gradual sort of dual boot in which both models would coexist, the traditional one based on large scales, and the new ones based on a productive economy fed by distributed networks, long-range technologies, free knowledge, and cultural change. These elements are present now, all arond us, though they are only hegemonic in concrete aspects.

The basic idea is that the development of these economic alternatives is going to parallel the development of confederal forms of work, but also of social coverage and relationships between identities. The path is, as always, to build, to create a new reality, not to wait for a political change of whatever kind to reorder everything from top to bottom to fit our taste.


Important note: During the coming days, we’re not going to be able to post the way we’re used to, or answer emails as quickly as we’d like, or even approve comments as usual. Days and weeks are coming that will be very intense and challenging for us.

Translated by Steve Herrick from the original (in Spanish).

«Dual boot» recibió 1 desde que se publicó el miércoles 10 de octubre de 2012 . Si te ha gustado este post quizá te gusten otros posts escritos por David de Ugarte.

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