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Re: [ox-en] Labor contradictions

Michel Bouwens writes:

According to DL it is only this fourth stage that will
create a global abstract citizenry with a global consciousness. (as a
he calls this a global proletariat).

Hi Michel,

I do not think that the accumulation of capital in the global scale can
even support a "passive global state".

There are some weaknesses in the argument: at least one could argue that

a) each globally succesful capital is based and bound to a "home base"
where succesful accumulation took place. terms of trade are connected to
political influence of the "home base". (cf. F.Braudel, marché et
contre-marché).Of course sitze DOES matter here and therefore we see
emergence of a few Super-States (EU, NAFTA etc.) created by the
necessities of succesful capitalist accumulation.

b) there is an increasing decopupling of accumulation and mass employment,
only fractions of the population are needed. Especially the difference
between urban economic centers and rural areas of decay and depopulation
id mind-boggling. Thus a regular "abstrract citizenry" is simply not
possible, global proletariat as defined by its role in capitalist
production seems obsolete by the immense pressure on the labor market and
surplus population.

Rather than that, I see the emergence of what you call the "partner state"
as a possible option. Which means that civil society as demonetarized
modes of production is recognized as legitmate mode of existence . In a
way, the legal form could be the official recognition of territorieal LMOs
(Life Maintainance Organisations) which are text-exempt and privileged for
taking over essential structural functions, yet organized around some
state-controlled principles that allow individuals to switch and many
other features which go beyond old "clanism". Its really funny that
"partner state" and "multinational passive state" are not fundamentally
different. (although there never is and never was a "passive" state - even
if you look at the epoch of Manchester capitalism)

It is in this setting in which I embed the possibility of global P2P
around intensive hyperlocalisation emerging. That is the political economy
of the globalvillages idea. Its not two transitions, its one. Capitalism
cannot create sufficient sustainability or solve the ecological crisis,
nor can it maintain our living standards, its based on the externalisation
of costs. The germ form idea means that the dynamic of the old society
begets the emergence of a new "helpful" "mode within", and that is clearly
an option today. Nobody calls for the abolition of capitalism, but many
call for a basic mechanism of assuring basic income and the integrity of
society. Thats something which could, should, must  be linked politically
with the P2P mode. In fact thats the only chance for human survival I see,
and also a very real possibility given the potential of creative ecology
and high technology. Once we have started an LMO dynamics, it will grow by

I reccomend the book "subcoma" by PM (only in German) for further
elaboration on the LMO idea. Its online here: or can be bought here:


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