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How and why a commons-based society is growing in the womb of capitalism

on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:08

In preparation to a lecture on the political economy of the commons, I’m reading the Commonwealth by Hardt and Negri. This is my first reading note:

"Contemporary forms of capitalist production and accumulation, in fact, despite their continuing drive to privatize resources and wealth, paradoxically make possible and even require expansions of the common... In the newly dominant forms of production that involve information, codes, knowledge, images, and affects, for example, producers increasingly require a high degree of freedom as well as open access to the common, especially in its social forms, such as communication networks, information banks, and cultural circuits. Innovation in Internet technologies, for example, depends directly on access to common code and information resources as well as the ability to connect and interact with others in unrestricted networks... The transition is already in process: contemporary capitalist production by addressing its own needs is opening up the possibility of and creating the bases for a social and economic order grounded in the common." (Commonwealth, by Hardt & Negri pp. ix-x)