• Part of
    Ubiquity Network logo
    Publish with us Catalogue

    Read Chapter
  • No readable formats available
  • P2P and the Structure of World History

    Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Alex Pazaitis

    Chapter from the book: Bauwens, M et al. 2019. Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto.

     Download

    The authors consider the long history of P2P as a mode of exchange drawing on the insights of Kojin Karatani and Karl Marx. The manifestations of both state and nation are considered in a wider framework where market forces and commodity exchange became dominant in the nineteenth century. Four transitions in history are noted starting with the pooling of resources of nomadic bands that was replaced by the reciprocity-based gift economies of tribal systems before the prospective move from a global work-market system to a mode of allocation called associationism. It is argued that this mode will integrate the previous ones but will be dominated by sharing and collaboration. This new integration strongly assimilates reciprocity mechanisms around the pooling and mutualization of productive knowledge. The chapter concludes with considering a strategy for the transition to associationism, P2P and CBPP and the reorganization of society under this new configuration. It argues that the progression to the commons works partly within current frameworks and that by necessity the nation-state system could be evolved from a ‘market state’ to a ‘partner state’ in a global environment in which commoners would eventually become the new ruling class.

    Chapter Metrics:

    How to cite this chapter
    Bauwens, M et al. 2019. P2P and the Structure of World History. In: Bauwens, M et al, Peer to Peer. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book33.d
    License

    This chapter distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Copyright is retained by the author(s)

    Peer Review Information

    This book has been peer reviewed. See our Peer Review Policies for more information.

    Additional Information

    Published on March 20, 2019

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.16997/book33.d