The structure of history through modes of exchange

See this link which discussed the book by Kojin Karatani. Excerpts with commentary:

There are four types of mode of exchange:

  • mode A, which consists

of the reciprocity of the gift ;

  • mode B, which consists of ruling and protection;
  • mode C, which consists of commodity exchange; and
  • mode D, which transcends the other three. 

Mode of exchange D is not simply the restoration of mode A — it is not, that is, the restoration of community. Mode of exchange D, as the restoration of A in a higher dimension, is in fact only possible with the negation of A.”

It is a return of communal shareholding via the new ‘nomadic’ structure, i.e., via the internet we share and distribute resources in a world community, not just with our local tribe. It’s much like Rifkin describes the collaborative commons new iteration.


About theurj

Also known as theurj. I've contributed some essays to Integral World and co-founded Open Integral blog, now defunct. I continue to participate in Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality forum.
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