Stop waiting for revolution or for stuffy politicians to enact change while capitalism charges us rent to fund the ravaging of our planet. Take action and help build what's next.
Basis is an open source set of tools that enables a decentralized network of co-ops that eats capitalism over time, converting private resources to shared and supporting production based on use and need instead of profit. Using the free association of producers and in-kind cost tracking as core concepts, the project forges an ecologically-focused transparent economy where members are free to produce their own wants and needs without being subject to forces they have no say in.
Tools for managing the use of communally-owned assets (housing, factories, etc)
Facilitates and automates interfacing with the outside market system
Determines costs of labor and resources (for example fossil fuels) for each product and service
Supports self-management of companies, regions, and ecological resources
A place where members can discover and order products and services from each other (like a big socialist Amazon)
Allows defining and transparently operating social projects (hospitals, pharma research, schools, etc)
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As capitalism has given to us, it has also taken away. It gives us a wage but takes our sense of ownership and purpose. It gives us houses but forces us into debt to live in them. It gives us hospitals but bankrupts us when we use them. It hands our political self-determination to banks and corporations and placates us with an endless stream of consumer trinkets, all while telling us we have "choice."
The goal of Basis is to enable a system where we keep our sense of ownership and purpose, we keep the houses and hospitals we have built, we keep our self-determination, but shed the perversion of capital and the alienation it brings with it.
Imagine a world where instead of asking "Will this make money?" people ask "Will this be useful to others?" It's a small shift in thinking, but would profoundly change our relationships to production, the environment, and each other. What would the world look like if we felt a connection to not just the things we made, but with the meaning behind our work? Basis was built with the goal of enabling an economy where profit is removed from production, replacing the random coldness of markets with a sense of connected purpose.