Studies published by C4SS.
Historically, the village commune and open field system were, almost universally, the dominant property model in societies which, so far in human history, came closest to approximating the libertarian ideal of statelessness and voluntary association: the neolithic village societies between the agricultural revolution and the rise of the state..
As small businesses close their doors and corporations lay off thousands, the unemployed will of necessity shift their focus from finding a new formal job to fashioning new livelihoods...
In healthcare, subsidies to the most costly and high-tech forms of medicine crowd out cheaper and decentralized alternatives, so that cheaper forms of treatment--even when perfectly adequate from the consumer's standpoint--become less and less available. There are powerful institutional pressures for ever more radical monopoly. At the commanding heights of the centralized state and centralized corporate economy--so interlocked as to be barely distinguishable--problems are analyzed and solutions prescribed from the perspective of those who benefit from radical monopoly.
The current economic crisis is not a cyclical downturn but a permanent structural shift -- away from the state-subsidized Sloanist mass production and towards an economy of relocalized manufacturing.
How were existing institutional interests able to thwart the revolutionary potential of electrical power, and diverty neotechnic technologies into paleotechnic channels?
Past examples and current experiments in creating resilient local communities are especially promising building blocks for a post-corporate society.
Progressive intellectuals have become attached to the fortunes of the large bureaucratic organization in the same way that the politiques were attached to the court of the Sun King.
The problem is compounded by the fact that both advocates of degrowth and its ecomodernist critics often fail to clearly define, in the course of debate, just what they mean respectively by the terms “growth” and “degrowth.” It’s easier by far to pick up on what emotional associations those terms carry for them.