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Paul Mason

The Red Star and the Green Planet

In Red Star (1908) by Alexandr Bogdanov, a communist society on Mars observes the Earth. On realising that the human species has been incapable of overthrowing capitalism, they propose its destruction. More than a century after its publication, Paul Mason poses the question anew: taking into account the current economic context, would the Martians have put an end to humanity? Mason opts for imagining terrestrial salvation, because between the neoliberal market movements, non-mercantile exchanges emerge, the fruit of the new collaborative economy. In the light of these first signs of change, Paul Mason outlines a simple participative game to illustrate the alternatives that confront us.

Participants: Paul Mason

Related to Kosmopolis, Kosmopolis 2019

23 March 2019