What this exchange made me realize is that while there are several workable alternatives to this economic system of labor, which currently exploits the majority of human beings and the world as a whole, none of them are able to provide today. This realization is based in the fact that I could not offer my co-worker a place for his or her family to come live and sustain themselves while we take it to the man and redistribute the means of production so that we defeat wage labor as we know it.
In fight club Tyler Durden was able to offer bunk beds in his decrepit Paper Street squat as an alternative to the day jobs his minions worked. Chuck Palahniuk, was probably evoking a metaphor for something that doesn't exist. However without the Paper Street Victorian mansion, Project Mayhem would be a pet project on the back burner part time volunteers showed up for when they weren't too tired. The idea of full time and dedicated activists is not original to the Fight Club novel, but it is something that needs to be inserted in to all of our causes. We cannot stand up for ourselves when we are bending at the knee forty hours a week.
An alternative to paying rent is the obvious downfall to the rentier portion of the exploitative class. Once we are out from under this class, we will be better equipped to rage against other portions of this class. If we consider what Occupy camps did was offer this alternative. Occupy failed for dozens of reasons, but we were onto something. Should it be any surprise that the biggest point of contention between occupy activists and city officials was a taking back of the once commonly owned land? What would you do if you could redirect all the energy you use to pay your rent or mortgage?