We should view protocols as the digital means of production, more so than platforms. And that ‘protocol cooperatives’ will do more to break down capitalism than platform coops will. think the main argument being that platform coops are inherently centralised, and that as far as challenging capital goes, we should be striving for decentralised architectures.
I think the argument being we should have coops that interoperate on top of a shared protocol; not one coop that dominates an entire market with a platform.
Relates somewhat to the Statebook article (https://newsocialist.org.uk/do-we-really-need-a-statebook/), which argued that the state would serve us better if it focused on building and promoting shared protocols, not on building a Facebook alternative.
Bottom up decentralization is the way to change things.
The historical model is vegetable gardening.
Current projects include living off the grid, municipal internet, and the fediverse.
@neil ooooh yes!
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
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