But Mason argues true postcapitalist collectives would go much further. After a recent study in 18 European countries concluded that generous welfare benefits make people more willing to work, rather than less, Utrecht launched the limited programme in the hope that it would help alleviate poverty and social exclusion. It allows them to volunteer, set up co-ops, edit Wikipedia, learn how to use 3D design software, or just exist. Mason uses the example of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in to demonstrate how when people come together around a uniting idea, sale-for-profit goes out of the window, while sharing and cooperation come to the fore.
He recalls the mountains of food that were donated by supporters to help maintain the camp, which also happened with Occupy and the Indignados, who, like the Gezi protestors, offer examples of non-hierarchical political structures on which the new economic order will be built. When information, manufacturing and machines are free, this ends the scarcity, or the conflict between supply and demand, which establishes prices in a market system.
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If our beliefs about the economy and about politics do not rest on rational argument and evidence, how can we persuade others to adopt our outlook, for instance, to see the economy as a terribly complex field of many different activities with different rules, goals and outcomes in which markets play only a subsidiary role? How shall we proceed to build a socialist society, if we reject the politics of mass-organizations preparing to take power and, with the aid of a socialist state? According to Gibson-Graham, political change is not produced by rational argument but only if we alter the emotional, pre-reflective roots of our thinking.
Feminists theorists have interesting answers to that question derived from the experience of women liberating themselves. A Postcapitalist Politics reports on these action research projects. Conversations with business leaders and development specialists in the Connecticut Valley, begin with agreement on all sides that the poverty in the area can only be alleviated by attracting more industry — i. The experiment suggests that it is possible for people to surrender their entrenched attitudes and presuppositions for a while. The unreflective stances of people may change. PP An action research project in a formerly prosperous region of Australia, now mired in poverty, discovers that change is frightening.
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The inhabitants are invested in being victims because as such they are powerless, cannot change their situation and thus do not have to take risks. PP One of the changes needed, in such situations, is from people seeing themselves as passive victims to seeing themselves as capable of solving some of their problems through collective efforts.
One of the techniques used to produce such a change is to make inventories of potential in a given community. That encourages everyone to consider their strengths, to be positive and envisage the possibility of change. The people engaged in our research conversations had a chance to encounter themselves differently — not as waiting for capitalism to give them their places in the economy, but as actively constructing their economic lives, on a daily basis, in a range of non-capitalist practices and institutions.
These action research projects are tentative beginnings for developing an alternative socialist practice by changing the deep, pre-reflective emotions and habits that have animated socialist politics for so long.
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Making these changes is not easy. Gibson-Graham herself feels the ambivalence of vacillating between the emotional roots of traditional socialist conceptions — paranoia, discouragement etc.
PP Many readers of these books will reject these suggestions out of hand, unable to distance themselves from firmly entrenched attitudes and emotions and unwilling to consider the possibility of a very different left politics from what some of us have practiced for a long time. Others will find themselves uncertain, like Gibson-Graham herself. But like her, we should make a major effort to resist the temptation to remain in the old oppositional but profoundly discouraged attitude of prevailing Marxist orthodoxy.
Instead we should cultivate our hopeful energies.
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EC ff Gibson-Graham, as feminist and Marxist, is not only interested in knowledge but also in political action. PP xxiii That has been the reigning socialist politics for years or more.
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PP xxiv But once we accept that our idea of the economy is not a theory based on conscious rational evidence, but a world view anchored in emotions we confront a number of difficult questions: what is the emotional source of this system view of the economy? PP An action research project in a formerly prosperous region of Australia, now mired in poverty, discovers that change is frightening.
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