A friend wrote this as a status update on his facebook page the other day and I thought it was worth posting here.
The three features of a revolutionary program that Occupy and its descendents MUST engage:
1. P2P currency (open source app–must be functional, accessible to non-techies, and secure)
2. P2P food (esp. focused on urban farming, guerrilla gardening, etc., not just limited to upper middle-class liberals with a conscience)
3. P2P manufacturing (3D printers + hackspaces)
Obviously education, cultural discourse, etc. are important, but it is my belief that–especially if we are to recapitulate the technocratic dream/nightmare and recenter our lives around sustainability and ecological material and social dynamics, politics MUST follow from culture and culture MUST follow from the actually existing systems of communication and material production. Communication has been to a significant degree already democratized by the Internet and its concomitant systems (smart phones, etc., though these remain heavily class-regulated) (though there is certainly a fight there to be had as well, currently on terms of Intellectual Property but quickly heading toward a larger enclosure movement of corporate fiefdoms, and there is certainly dangers even in the Internet as such relating to the virtualization of reality and our giving up control of these virtualizations to alien entities–e.g. Google’s mechanization of cartography), so it is in the realm of material production–that is, the realm of physical material and space, the realm of the land and resources–that Occupy must focus, in my opinion (as it did originally, with the actually existing occupation of land itself).READ MORE »