1) Describe an experience you had which links to these P2P project or ideas–these can be in the digital or natural realm, or it can be imaginary, as in a community you think should exist but doesn’t yet. (e.g. should education/knowledge be a for-profit or a sharing economy? Should youth pay to be educated? If not how do teachers earn a livelihood? Get creative.)
Farmers markets are an example of a peer to peer structure. People are able to sell their goods directly to another person. There is no middle man to complicate or contaminate the process. This works on a small scale however it is not possible on a large scale. There are companies that try to embody a peer to peer system however they are not actually peer to peer. Companies like redbubble allow artists to sell their work directly to customers. However, redbubble takes a large percentage of the profit. I only get about twenty cents per sale. Because of this, it is not actually peer to peer. However, it would be difficult to get my work out without the site. I rely on the middle man to have my work seen and they rely on me for work.
2) Select a few quotes and paste them in a response and explain how the ideas help you think more deeply or clearly about how a culture organizes its resources (i.e. an economy)
To conventional policy minds, altering the micro-dynamics of organizations may seem irrelevant to the task of making broadscale social change.
By enabling self-organized groups to bypass large institutions and formal systems of authority, and to set their own terms for establishing social trust and legitimacy, we enter the headwaters of a new kind of politics, one that is more accountable, decentralized, and human-scale.
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3) List a few alternatives to capitalist economic structures. Describe some of the features that make them different. Try to describe how your life might be changed by the establishment of one of these alternatives. You might describe a chronology of a day, or a scene in which you interact with a new structure. This can be humorous, satiric, hopeful, visionary.
4) Wright describes 4 strategies for tackling capitalism: smashing capitalism, taming capitalism, escaping capitalism, and eroding capitalism. But he says that only taming and eroding will work. Describe these two strategies, explain why they would work better than the other two, and try to find some examples of these in your own town, community, school, family or state…Describe these examples and explain why they might be part of the grass-roots alternatives Wright is describing.