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Ricardo Mendes

Commons in the time of monsters: How P2P Politics can change the world, one city at a time - Commons Transition

In a nutshell, this describes the argument that the 15-M/Occupy/Syntagma/various local movements are alive and well, albeit in distributed and less immediately apparent ways. For those willing to look, their effects are readily identifiable. Remember that not even six years have passed since the occupations; this isn’t a tale of hippies turning into yuppies. This is the story of a movement that refuses to take the news of its own demise as a binding contract.”

This article tells the story of a new way of doing politics distinct from the hierarchical, patriarchal political “options” of the present (your neoliberals, your Trumps or your verticalist left). It is the story of a P2P/Commons politics born out out of street protest movements and solidarity economics which has been able to gain power in a number of cities worldwide. But can this new P2P politics be taken to the next level? We argue that not only it can, but it may one of the most viable options to survive as a species and restore our relation to the planet.

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