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agoraXchange went online on March 15, 2004 as a guided blog for participants to design an online global politics game that provides a radical alternative to the present world system. In the game, citizenship will be determined by choice (not birth); at death wealth will be redistributed through a global agency to provide for basic needs (health, electricity, clean water, education); states will not privilege any kinship form (no state sanctioned marriage, though private ceremonies are fine); and no private ownership of land (long-term or life leases). These principles all reflect a commitment to redesigning political institutions so they contend with the human condition of mortality more rationally than our present psychotic responses of nationalism, inheritance, the heteronormative family, materialism and recklessness with nature. Finally, these changes are all in the direction of eliminating laws that cause fighting and inequality, not adding laws or further sovereign institutions (say, a world government).
agoraXchange has several phases and objectives that have been reflected in the site's design and forthcoming redesign. Since March 15, 2004 participants have contributed their responses to open-ended questions such as "What should be the object of the game?", "Should there be points?" and "What should the avatars look like?" This was our "brainstorming" phase. In the next phase, beginning June, 2005, particpants will choose from discrete possibilities assembled from the previous responses and the reasons given for them. The ultimate goal is a series of instructions for game designers to make the game.
The form of this project is very much connected to the global and open source possibilities of the internet, especially its ability to network people with related commitments, regardless of citizenship. For the next phase of agoraXchange will feature work by activists, artists, and scholars that emphasize one or more of agoraXchange's principles.
agoraXchange is hosted by www.kein.org and was first commissioned by Tate Online. If you have further questions, please write to: info at agoraxchange.net.