We are told all the time (in words and deeds) that ‘there is no alternative’ to the way our current global economic model works. Communism was a disaster, anarchy would be chaos, revolution would be tragic.
And yet as families, villages, schools, clubs, friends – as ordinary people we happily operate all those alternative models, all the time, without even thinking about it. We even do it inside the ultimate capitalist entity, a business. In fact, capitalism depends on us operating like this.
As David Graeber points out: “we’re all already communists when working on a common projects, all already anarchists when we solve problems without recourse to lawyers or police, all revolutionaries when we make something genuinely new.”
We’ve worked like this for at least forty thousand years, getting on for two hundred thousand years. Which begs the question. Which model is the exception?