This is not to say that the art world as it exists has already solved or is working towards solving many of its problems. As I noted above, those who wish to “reinvent the bus” sometimes have identified a real problem. However, the broader historical and social context of why, for example, a city's bus system may be decrepit and inconvenient to use, or why even the most bare bones public transportation doesn't reach many places, is usually lost on them. Capitalism has hollowed out both a sense of commons and budgets for public services throughout most countries, and shifted most things towards individualized financial risk. Solutions need to think bigger than just placing this individualized risk on a different stage, or letting the market operate through a different medium to be convincing, crypto or no.

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