Book : Peer to Peer : The Commons Manifesto

London, University of Westminster Press

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Alex Pazaitis, March 2019

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Summary :

Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social, political and economic dynamic is emerging: peer to peer.

What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this book tries to answer. Peer to peer is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible. Thus, peer to peer enables a new mode of production and creates the potential for a transition to a commons-oriented economy.

Chapters :

  • Introduction : Peer to Peer

  • P2P and a New Ecosystem of Value Creation

  • P2P and New Socio-technological Frameworks

  • P2P and the Structure of World History

  • A Commons Transition Strategy

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