Interdependence

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“Interdependence means we depend on each other, but it also implies that what we do has effect on others somewhere else in the world. … Capital’s form of global interdependence means that my going to work today and eagerly complying with all the requirements of a competitive society and economy implies that my actions have an effect on somebody else somewhere in the world. To put it bluntly, the competitive market logic implies one of three things: ‘we’ are more efficient than ‘them’ and thus we contribute to their ruin; ‘they’ are more efficient than us so ‘they’ are contributing to ‘our’ ruin; or the two opposites are true alternately, resulting in an endless rat race that ruins both ‘their’ and ‘our’ lives.”


Massimo De Angelis, The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital (London: Pluto Press, 2007), 152–153.
 

“Movements that are resocializing economic relations provide us with many opportunities to identify sites where ethical economic decisions can be made around recognized forms of interdependence, and where we can begin to perform economy in new ways.”


J.K. Gibson-Graham, A Postcapitalist Politics (Minneapolis/London: University of Minnesota Press, 2006), 81.

Cathering Gibson on interdependencies in the anthropocene (2011)