There is abundance for everyone when we share.

Yeah, so, I just watched a talk about why we—you, me—should get arrested to prevent human extinction 'in our lifetime'.

youtube.com/watch?v=b2VkC4SnwY

Let's get going people

There's a lot of Bad Stuff™ going on.

But there's a lot of good things going on too.

You just being here, using is one of those things. Thanks.

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In my #LibrePlanet2018 keynote (mako.cc/copyrighteous/librepla) I argued that online collaborative production is shifting from social to market-based arrangements. This paper explores the implications. (As is clear in the talk, part of this paper's results motivated the whole argument!)

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@douginamug Good question. I think there are a lot of forces that push in that direction, which make for good arguments to the effect that, from a policy perspective, point-to-point distribution infrastructures should be tightly regulated monopolies, publicly held entities (e.g., the postal service), or a hybrid of both. But I think you can also have regulation that encourages competition or at least prevents hyper-concentration, so long as it deals intelligently with realities on the ground…

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Arguably, it takes a big company to swallow these costs. And John highlights how the growth costs of networks have often led to great incumbency advantages. With the telegraph system, for example, lots of startups died after creating small regional networks because they didn't understand the unique economies of scale going in. That enabled the giant monopoly of the day, Western Union, to grow even more mammoth in size by buying out these smaller networks and incorporating them into its huge one.

Last day of World Week. I've posted mostly about the science, bu the experience is worth mentioning.

There is a simple joy in sharing. Hopefully you've experienced it with your family, your neighbors or your friends. However there is alimit to the direct relationship we can have.

I believe that the commons form allows us to have indirect relationships of trust, care and joy in a way that hierarchies and markets never can.

Thanks for reading, happy commoning.

I guess most of you don't farm sheep: why is research relevant to you?

The atmosphere is our global commons. We all use it. Whoever adds thermally retentive gases, everyone is affected.

Almost all commons problems were solved by parties 1) talking together 2) agreeing to facts 3) making and enforcing mutually acceptable rules.

With the IPCC in place, we've reached 1, but we're struggling with 2 & 3. There is no world government to appeal to: cooperation is required!

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While some norms are enforceable with strong majorities at the ready, others are not. Since social justice primarily focuses on norm enforcement rather than persuasion and is inclined to codified approaches, their political ratchet leads them into situations where they keep trying to leverage norm-setting power that they don't have on some issues. This approach thus conflicts with what it takes to win at the ballot box.

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So a variety of resources have been sustainably used as for a long time; the irrigation canals near Valencia, for over 1000 years!

Keeping the usage of a resource within it's capacity is critical for sustainability. In many cases an appropriate strategy was/is to limit the number of users.

Many commons achieved this by transferring rights to 'male-line-descendents'. Institutional sexism is no longer acceptable and modern commoners must invent fairer restriction schemes .

... and co. found that all successful have 8 properties:

1. Clear boundaries
2. Locally relevant rules
3. Collective decision-making
4. Monitoring
5. Gradual enforcement
6. Conflict resolution resources
7. Legitimacy in eyes of government
8. Nested federation (if relevant)

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I find it interesting that many of the *functions* currently provided by the government (e.g. law creation) must be self-provided by/for commoners to succeed.

The tastiness of an orange is be directly proportional to how difficult it is to peel, am I right?

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So uh, Mastodon has been around for 2 years now. Wow

One reason the didn't have a strong voice was because they are so diverse! Socially, ecologically, anthropologically, economically, etc.

This meant that although there was a lot of research done by the 70's, it was scattered across many disciplines and journals.

and friends embarked on a huge commons meta-study by reading through thousands of papers, applying a common analytical framework (no pun intended) and investigating how the successful ones avoided tragedy...

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Land value tax is perhaps the most popular tax among economists, left to right. From Joseph Stiglitz (see Henry George Theorem) to Milton Friedman (who called it the least bad tax). It's been a success everywhere it's been implemented, from Singapore to Denmark.

It's:
- Progressive
- Impossible to move offshore or shift to tenants
- No deadweight losses, no distortions, as taxing land doesn't reduce the amount of land.

weco.io/b/georgism/

#georgism #lvt #landvaluetax

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