Roberto Verzola on the Theory and Practice of Abundance

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Overview

An overview of the most important articles and essays published on the P2P Foundation blog:


Series 1:


http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/an-introduction-to-the-economics-of-abundance-1-the-supply-side/2009/12/05

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/an-introduction-to-the-economics-of-abundance-2-the-demand-side/2009/12/06


Series 2:

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/abundance-as-a-field-of-study-1/2008/11/21

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/abundance-as-a-field-of-study-2-a-typology/2008/11/22


Series 3

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-war-against-abundance-in-the-physical-world-1/2008/11/15

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-war-against-abundance-in-the-physical-world-2-towards-policies-for-abundance/2008/11/16


Miscellaneous


http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/roberto-verzola-finite-demand-makes-relative-abundance-possible/2009/01/31

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/from-gain-maximization-to-risk-minimization/2008/12/03


Motivation

Roberto Verzola:

"Let me go back to a common phrase "working in harmony with nature".

I will now extend it a little bit: "working in harmony with the nature of nature".

I will further modify that as follows: "working in harmony with the nature of things", where "nature" is one of those "things", the other being "non-living material goods", and the third being "non-material goods".


- "working in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "working in harmony with the nature of non-living material goods"

- "working in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "production methods in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "production methods in harmony with the nature of non-living materials goods"

- "production methods in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of non-living materials goods"

- "modes of sharing in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"


- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of living goods"

- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of non-living material goods"

- "forms of ownership, control and access in harmony with the nature of non-material goods"

Because living goods (agriculture) are qualitatively different from non-living material goods (industry), which are in turn different from non-materal goods (information), we can expect differences to show up also in the production methods, modes of sharing, and forms of ownership, control and access.

We ignore these differences at our own risk. Today the most common problem is the misapplication of the industrial paradigm in agriculture (mechanization; the whole agrochemical industry; genetic engineering) as well as its misapplication in the information sector (products of intellectual work as private property). But it may be equally disastrous to misapply policies for non-rivalrous goods to rivalrous goods. I think this was a factor in the collapse of the Eastern bloc." (adapted from Commoning mailing list, January 2011)