Basis is an open-source set of tools that facilitate the economic operations of a socialist economy based on the ideas behind the free association of producers and in-kind cost tracking.

The goal of Basis is not to provide a societal blueprint, but rather provide tools that empower people to build their own society around production based on need instead of profit. The project uses the concept of regions which act as federated geographical containers, allowing the people of a particular area to decide for themselves how their region should operate.

Public market

A place where companies and consumers can discover and order products and services from each other

Cost tracking

Determines the labor and resources (for example fossil fuels) that go into every product and service

Shared assets

Tools for managing the use of communally-owned assets (housing, factories, etc)


Facilitates and automates interfacing with the outside market system


Promotes self-determination and self-management of members

Public companies

Allows defining and transparently operating social projects (hospitals, pharma research, etc)

Why build this?

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 it's giving us "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.

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Inner workings of banking (a rough draft)

Andrew Lyon - Feb 15, 2020

Duality, housing, and markets: strategies for socialist growth

Andrew Lyon - Feb 14, 2020

Frequently asked questions about socialism

Andrew Lyon - Feb 09, 2020

First Basis project update

Andrew Lyon - Feb 02, 2020

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