Blockchain for the political left

planted: 03/12/2022last tended: 03/12/2022

Could blockchain be a useful tool for those on the anti-capitalist political left?

The Blockchain Socialist would say so.

Adam Greenfield is very skeptical:

Given their success in such a wide variety of contexts, it makes sense to ask how easily these principles, and the other structures and practices fundamental to Ostrom’s understanding of commoning, might be encoded in a DAO. And equally, given the immediate applicability to the many local struggles for self-definition now being waged around the planet, it makes sense to ask whether the understanding of the commons reflected in contemporary participatory-democratic movements might be similarly inscribed. And what we learn when we undertake this challenge, even as a thought experiment, is that the DAO—at least as Buterin and his colleagues now describe—it is poorly suited to either context.

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It’s unclear how a DAO entrusted with the management of a common-pool resource would handle the entire range of easily foreseeable situations such a community might face—a nonmember allowed temporary access to a common good, but only under supervision, or a short-term and informal exchange of prerogatives among members of two adjacent collectives.

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So until some propensity to support collectives, cooperatives and communes is demonstrated, I think those of us who share this set of values are best advised to sit in their skepticism.

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DisCOs have some small linkages to blockchain. In Free, Fair and Alive they discuss Holochain and commoning.

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