Open Co-operative Networked Labour Universe accept donations in #Faircoin!

donationENAfter its launch yesterday, on 1 May 2015, we are happy to announce that the Networked Labour University (ProletKult 2.0) and its sister projects; co-operations research unit NetworkedLabour.net (http://www.networkedlabour.net/), Global Networked Labour Union (https://gnunion.wordpress.com/), and Social Network Unionism Project (http://www.snuproject.wordpress.com/) are accepting donations in Faircoin to following wallet address: fSUf2gJmo4G2nr7AwbjWFyXMjDgA5D4o9g

For more information on FairCoin and our sister network Fair.coop’ donation campaign visit: https://fair.coop/faircoop-donates-100-000-faircoins/

[http://www.networkedlabour.net/2015/05/open-co-operative-networked-labour-university-accepts-donations-in-faircoin/]

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Global Networked Labour Union | CoopFunding

Together we build a Commons Humanity

Global Networked Labour Union seeks your broadest support for the network of emancipatory projects we have been building in collaboration with others. You can give us an hand in any way that you could. Most preferably by joining your labour, heart and mind with us, so that we would walk together towards a commons humanity in dignity, overcoming all kinds of alienation in and between peoples and societies.

In case you like to support our work financially, the amount you
donate will be used to cover the project related costs. Amount over
due will be shared with and donated to sister communities that are
developing similar projects like ours and working for all of us by
commoning the humanity.

Hackers, makers, workers, farmers, designers, squatters, and all communities GNUnite in stitching One Big Mesh Network for the Emancipation of Labour and the Commons

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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making

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Networked Labour University Worker to Worker exchanges between shop-floors, cities and countries takes off on August 1, Enrol Yourself Now for the Module 1

Worker to worker exchanges between shop-floors, cities and countries Module 1: Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards, union trainers, organisers, and workers (7 week x 2 hours) 

İşçiler arasında işyerleri, şehirler, ve uluslarötesi yetenek ve bilgi değişimleri Modül 1: Sendikacılar, işyeri temsilcileri ve işçiler için sosyal medya ve çevrimiçi ağlar üzerinden örgütlenme  (7 hafta x 2 saat)

Starting Date August 1 (You can enrol for the class) – Başangıç 1 Ağustos (Kayıt yaptırabilirsiniz): http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/view.php?id=7#section-0 

  • Introduction / Giriş
  • Stronger ties with online networking / Sosyal ağlar ile daha sıkı bağlar kurmak
  • Tools for cybermeetings and webinars / Çevirimiçi toplantı ve seminer araçları
  • Bottom up publishing & sharing / Tabandan yayıncılık ve bilgi paylaşımı
  • Translation and interpretation / Çeviri ve Tercüme
  • Participation – Openness – Security / Katılım – Açıklık – Güvenlik
  • An Example / Kapsamlı Örnek
Material /  Materyal
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Hatırlatma: Emeğin uzaktan kooperatif öz-eğitimi, İnternetten işçi üniversitesi NLU kooperatif toplantısı 21 Mayıs, 17:00   

Originally posted on Sosyal Ağ Sendikacılığı:

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İnternet üzerinde kurulan uluslararası işçi ve emek üniversitesi NLU, kişi veya grup olarak kolektif öğrenme ve dayanışma kültürünü geliştirmeye ve yaymaya çalışan herkese açık evrensel bir platformdur. Dünyasal ağ-sendika GNUnion, emek araştırma birimi Networked Labour ve açık kaynak üretim-tüketim kooperatifi ağı GNLU ile entegre şekilde geliştirdiğimiz platform bir çok inisiyatif ile beraber kapitalizm dışı dünyaları inşa eden en alttakilerin güçlenmesi için çabalamaktadır. 7 Mayıs’daki açılış toplantısında güncellemeler hakkında bilgi aktarımında bulunmak,  teknik ve örgütsel ilerleyişi değerlendirmek, ve platformun gelişimine yönelik enine boyuna fikir alış-verişinde bulunup kararlar almak üzere iki haftada bir toplanma fikri benimsenmiştir.

Nerede ve ne zaman:  

Bir sonraki toplantı tarihi 21 Mayıs saat 17:00 (Türkiye saati ile) NLU e-kampüsü üzerinden çevirim içi olarak yapılacaktır!

İngilizce ve Türkçe yapılan toplantılara kooperatif platformun inşası için katkı sumak isteyen herkes katılabilir. Katılabilmek için aşağıdaki like tıklayıp kısa kayıt formunu doldurmanız gerekiyor. Siteye kayıt olmak için tıklayın

Toplantı sayfası:  http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=18

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Reminder NLU coop-coordination meeting to take place on 21 May 16:00 CET

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What:

Networked Labour University is designed as a co-operative educational module integral to a broader network consisting of Global Networked Labour Union, Networked Labour research unit and networked labour cooperative GNLU. Tied to a greater ecology of universal, free and open access community projects like Faircoop, the Earth Cooperative, all our projects aim mutual empowerment at the bottom level to build other worlds. Anyone can join and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping out with web design, platform development, promotion, or any other way!

As it is decided at the opening meeting took place on May 7, we will be meeting every two weeks to coordinate the development and implementation of collectively generated cooperative ideas.

Minutes of the first meeting could be seen here: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25

When:

The date of the next coordination meeting will be held on Thursday 21 May, 16:00 CET.

Where:

The meetings are held on-line using free and open source software BigBlueButton that is accessed through NLU e-campus here:

http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=18

In order to join the meeting you will need to register as user by clicking the above link and filling a short form:
http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/login/signup.php?

Anyone who likes to engage and contribute the building of NLU cooperative learning platform is more then welcome!

In case you need do not hesitate to write to admin for support (gnunion@networg.nl)

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The Cybersyn Revolution | Jacobin

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While we’re often told that the past holds lessons for how to approach the present, we rarely look to older technologies for inspiration. Rarer still is it to suggest that the historical experiences of less industrialized nations may have something to teach us about the technological problems of today — let alone that a decades-old socialist project might offer ways to think about technologies touted by Silicon Valley capitalists.

Yet a computing system built in socialist Chile in the 1970s — Project Cybersyn — offers inspiration on how we should be thinking about technology and data today.

Project Cybersyn was a bold technological project tied to a bold political project. It emerged in the context of Chile’s peaceful road to socialism: Salvador Allende had won the Chilean presidency in 1970 with a promise to build a fundamentally different society. His political program would make Chile a democratic socialist state, with respect for the country’s constitution and individual freedoms.

Giving the state control of Chile’s most important industries constituted a central plank of Allende’s platform, but created management difficulties. The government had limited experience in this area. Yet by the end of 1971, it had taken control of more than one hundred and fifty enterprises, among them twelve of the twenty largest companies in Chile.

via The Cybersyn Revolution | Jacobin.

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Çevrimiçi ağdaşık-emek üniversitesi NLU (Networked Labour University) Bülteni No. 2 (Tr), 8-15 Mayıs 2015

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Çevrimiçi ağdaşık-emek üniversitesi NLU (Networked Labour University) Bülteni No. 2 (Tr), 8-15 Mayıs 2015

– NLU Açılış toplantısı 7 Mayıs Perşembe günü yapıldı

– E-kampüste yerinizi alın, kendi platformunuzu tasarlayın!

– Kayıtları başlayan ve programda yer alan ilk kurslar

– NLU’ya ilk bağış FairCoop’dan 1000 FairCoin (dijital para)   

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  1. İnternet üzerinden ücretsiz öz-eğitim programına başlayan emek üniversitemiz açılış toplantısı 7 Mayıs’da yapıldı   

Açılış toplantısında iki haftada bir güncellemeler hakkında bilgi aktarımı yapmak, teknik ve örgütsel uygulamaları değerlendirmek, ve platformun gelişimine yönelik fikir alış-verişinde bulunup kararlar almak üzere toplanma fikri benimsendi. Bir sonraki toplantı tarihi ise 21 Mayıs saat 17:00 (Türkiye saati ile) olarak belirlenmiştir!

Toplantılarımız platformumuzun inşası için katkı sumak isteyen herkese açıktır! Toplantı notlarına, gündem ve kararlara göz atmak için linke tıklayın: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25

  1. Şimdi E-kampüsümüzde yerinizi alın, sistemi tanıyıp kendi platformunuzu tasarlayın!

NLU e-kampüsün kapıları koperatif dayanışma ekonomisi perspektifimizi paylaşan bireylerin, grupların, kolektif örgütsel çalışmalarına açılıyor…

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Networked Labour University – Information Bulletin No. 2 [En] | 8-15 May 2015

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  1. NLU Opening Meeting took place on Thursday 7 May 2015

At the opening meeting, it is decided to hold bi-weekly meetings to exchange updates, discuss technical and organisational issues, and coordinate overall issued related to the platform development process. The date of the next meeting is 21 May at 16:00 CET (UTC+2). Anyone likes to engage and put a brick in the building of NLU cooperative learning platform is more than welcome! Agenda and decisions taken at the opening meeting can be read here: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/mod/lti/view.php?id=25

  1. Occupy your space to test our system, and learn how to build own! 

Our e-campus opens its doors to individuals, groups, and communities that are sharing a co-operative and solidarity economy perspective. We invite you all to start experimenting with and exploiting the possibilities: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/course/index.php?categoryid=9

Federating Moodle and Big Blue Button and using other plug-ins provided with the Moodle, NLU e-campus platform allows to run feeds from other websites and blogs, host social forums, embed external media, page and other tools (like pads and wikis) and give access to scheduled online classrooms on each spaces created on the e-campus. Together with other design and admin options the overall system becomes a weapon of mass-construction, for networking and organising.

NLU e-campus now gives access to individuals, groups and collective projects access to productive and creative collaborative tool-kit that enable users to schedule, assign and execute tasks collectively, to organise strategic exchanges, skill sharing meetings, press conferences, art shows, film screening, reading groups, educative or action oriented events in all forms in one big shared space.

The NLU e-campus is organised as for main spaces: the ‘Conference Halls‘ which is devoted to one time large events; the ‘Training Centre‘ which is reserved to various types of classes; the ‘Labour and Trade Unions Forum‘ which is built for the use of labour and union related events and debates; and finally ‘Open Spaces for Collaborations‘, the space created for the use of work groups, collectives, and collaborative -local or global- projects. If you like to reserve a space for your courses, events, or group’s meetings just send us an email and we will help you to create and manage it as you like!  (admin email: gnunion@networg.nl)

  1. Courses being scheduled and opened for enrolment 

Besides the Study Circle rounds scheduled at 3rd and 10th of June, that were announced in the first bulletin, below classes are now open for the enrolment:

Register and Enrol: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/login/signup.php?

In order to enrol any classes or to apply for a space for the use of  your organisation or groups, first you need to register as NLU user by clicking the above link and filling a short form. Then you will be able to get in touch with the course contact person. Write to admin for support (admin email: gnunion@networg.nl).

  1. NLU receives 1000 FairCoin donation from FairCoop’s campaign 

Following its May Day launch, NLU started to accept donations in FairCoin, and the good news is that we did just receive the first donation from our sister cooperative-ecology Faircoop. See FariCoop campaign here: https://fair.coop/faircoop-donates-100-000-faircoins/

And to donate NLU, GNLU related projects via banktransfer you can use our CoopFunding campaign here: https://www.coopfunding.net/en/campaigns/global-networked-labour-union/

In solidarity!

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Networked Labour University Information Bulletin No. 1 | 1-7 May 2015 [ENGLISH] | Networked Labour

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1. Culture and knowledge for classless societies is networked in process! 

Networked Labour University is designed as an educational module to be integrated with a broader network composed of Global Networked Labour Union, Networked Labour Research unit, and networked labour coop GNLU. Tied to a greater ecology of universal, free and open access community projects, such as Faircoop, the Earth Cooperative, all our projects aim mutual empowerment at the bottom level. Unconditional empowerment of the dis-empowered, excluded, and oppressed with direct solidarity is the reason why we exist for. Our platform is designed to liberate knowledge from alienation and domination of any kind at the point of production and distribution. In order to enable money-free access to most essential cultural resources we rely on free/libre, open source software, but the platform also aims to facilitate broader solidarity economy by encouraging and enabling open-cooperative exchanges between participants.

Our invitation is an wide open one, anyone can join and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping out with web design, platform development, promotion, or any other way!

2. Networked Labour University Opening Meeting

Date: 7 May 2015
Time: 14.00 – 17.00 (ECT / UCT+1)

Check-ins (14:00 – 14:15)

Opening and presentation of the system (14:15 – 15:00)
Networked Labour University and Worker to Worker Study Circles

Discussion (15:15 – 16:45)
How to use cross-border communication and which digital tools to build commons knowledge, culture, politics, and economy for the classless society and from the oppressed point of view?

Closing and Check-outs (16:45 – 17:00)

Access: Participation is on-line, open and free. What you need to do to is to open an account on the website below and to selfenrol for the event before. Working languages are English/Turkish

Website: networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle
Email: networg@networg.nl

Click here to register as a user 

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Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi’nden Bilgilendirme ve Çağrı: 1 Mayıs 2015 ile İlk Ders Dönemi ve Kayıtlar Başladı! | Sosyal Ağ Sendikacılığı

AEÜ / ProletKult 2.0, Bülten, 1-7 Mayıs 2015

Sınıfsız toplumun kültürü ve bilgisi Örgüleme Aşamasında!

dialogue 001 (2)Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi (ProletKult 2.0) kişi veya grup olarak kolektif öğrenme ve dayanışma kültürü geliştirmeye olanak veren özgür ve açık erişime dayalı evrensel bir platformdur. Ezilen, mazlum, dışlanan ve yönetilenlerin kendilerini güçlendirebilmesi ve geliştirebilmesi için direk ve koşulsuz dayanışma platformumuzun varlık nedenidir. Dönüştürücü ve devrimci bir perspektifle bilgiyi her türlü yabancılaşmave baskıdan üretim ve dağıtım anında özgürleştirmek için açık kaynak ve özgür yazılım kullanarak elzem kaynaklara uzaktan üctersiz erişim sağlamak için geliştirdiğimiz üniversite biçimi aynı zamanda katılımcılar arasında parasız bir kooperatif paylaşım ekonomisini desteklemeyi hedeflemekte. Bu perspektifi paylaşan herkes ücretsiz ders alarak veya vererek, veya daha başka kooperatif ve açık kaynak paylaş ile destek sunabilir!

Tartışma –  Bir Mayıs Evrensel İşçi Sınıfı Günü

Haymarket’den Soma’ya, Marikana’ya, Rana Plaza’ya ve Baltimor’a Bir Mayıs dünya işçileri için bugün ne anlam ifade ediyor?

Çevirimiçi Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi açılış toplantısı

Tarih:7 Mayıs 2015

Saat: 15:00-18:00 (Türkiye saati ile)

Girişler (15:00-15:15)

Açılış ve sistemin tanıtımı (15:15-16:00)

Ağdaşık Emek Üniversitesi ve işçiden-işçiye devre eğitimler

Tartışma (16:15-17:45)

Dijital iletişim teknolojisi aracılığıyla sınırötesi iletişimin işçi perspektifinden bir ortak kültürün evrensel bilgisinin üretilmesinde ve bir Dünya İşçi Sınıfı oluşturmadaki rolü nedir: Hangi araçlarla, neyin bilgisi, ve nasıl bir kültür?

Çıkışlar ve Kapanış (17:45-18:00)

Katılım:Sitedeki tüm etkinliklere kayıt ve katılım ücretsiz ve herkese açıktır. Fakat etkinlik ve derslere katılım kapasite ile sınırlıdır. Sınıdlar dolmadan önce kayıt işlemini yapmanızı öneririz. Toplantının çalışma diliİngilizce ve Türkçe olacaktır.

İnternet sitesi:networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle

E-posta:networg@networg.net

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Cybernetic Gaia: On Lovelock and Latour

Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

[The following is extracted from Niklas Schrape’s “Gaia’s Game”, found in Afterlives of Systems]

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There exists a curious tension between Latour’s reading of the Gaia hypothesis and Lovelock’s own wording that makes one wonder if they are actually writing about the same thing. This disparity might be explained by the development of cybernetic thought itself: Lovelock developed his original hypothesis under the influence of what has been called first-order cybernetics. He doesn’t refer to the concept of recursion by von Foerster or the one of autopoiesis by Maturana & Varela – and neither does Latour. But as Bruce Clark points out, the Gaia hypothesis does indeed incorporate concepts of second-order cybernetics:

Simply put, first-order cybernetics is about control; second-order cybernetics is about autonomy. (…) Unlike a thermostat, Gaia – the biosphere or system of all ecosystems – sets its own temperature by controlling it. (…) In second-order…

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Technics in the Rear-view Mirror

Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

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It is by no accident that the theme of the “Eternal Network” emerged in the ferment of the 1960s and the dawning of the 1970s. It was precisely in this time that the concepts of post-industrialization were first coming into vogue, mobilized by the massive government investment into scientific and technological research during and following the events of World War 2. This collision of science and the demands of war had produced remarkable advancements in computational technology, and also catalyzed rapid evolutions in automated machinery, theories of behavior and cognition, the biological sciences, the studies of servomechanisms and feedback loops, and increased possibilities for large-scale telecommunication systems. Coupled with a relatively high level of economic affluence produced by the quasi-Keynesian capitalism promoted by Roosevelt’s New Deal, Kennedy’s New Frontier, and Johnson’s Great Society, as well as the new political consciousness spawned by the…

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Co-operations Research Unit on Networked Labour University | Networked Labour

P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial Disciplinary Global Capitalism to Trans-Human Zombie Informationalism

Image result for cybernetics robocopsThis post is about the opening of an Co-operations Research Unit on Networked Labour University (http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle), where peers can co-operate by setting-up online regular meetings, drawing maps, sharing files and other materials, etc. to co-ordinate their communication in organised and networked research and action groups. Anyone could easily join in and build such work groups in this broad open and collaborative knowledge and culture production space.

First reseach work is set-to form an Co-Operative Research Agenda and Curriculum to feed in open courses and educative activities that will be provided via NLU, as well as creative actions in the real world. The work group is initially titled as:

‘P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial Disciplinary Global Capitalism to Trans-Human Zombie Informationalism’

Co-laborateriat Wiki on Networked Labour website is dedicated to this aim: http://www.networkedlabour.net/wiki/collaboretariat/

This wiki will regularly be harmonised with the page previously configured on the P2P-Foundation’s website:

http://p2pfoundation.net/Bibliography_for_the_Global_Political_Economy

Looking forward to collaborate, so any comment, critics, suggestion, and modification is more then welcome!

via Co-operations Research Unit on Networked Labour University | Networked Labour.

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Networked Labour University, a project networed in process! | Networked Labour

Networked Labour University is a universal, free and open access platform that allows collective learning for individuals and groups. Unconditional empowerment of the disempowered, excluded, and oppressed with direct solidarity is the reason we exist for. Based on a transformatory and emancipatory perspective the platform is designed to liberate knowledge from alienation and domination of any kind, at the point of production and distribution. We use free/libre, open source software is to enable money-free access to most essential cultural resources. The platform is being developed to facilitate broader solidarity economy by encouraging and enabling open-cooperative exchanges between participants. Anyone can join us and contribute by offering and taking courses, moderating circles or skill shares, helping with web design and platform development or in any other way!

Website: http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle/Empowered by http://www.networkedlabour.net/

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To Save the World… Preface by Bernard Stiegler for Michel Bauwens’ new book | P2P Foundation

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Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer activist and founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, has a new book out, in French, entitled Saving the World: Towards a post-capitialist society with peer-to-peer. In the book Michel, with his collaborator Jean Lievens, argues that a new distributed and de-centralised economic model is necessary to shake up the world and  drive us towards a post-capitalist society. In a wide-ranging, impassioned and ambitious, perhaps idealistic, diagramming of a new mode of living and working Bauwens reaches for a different way of performing economics and the political.

The book has a preface by Bernard Stiegler that has been shared on the Peer-to-Peer Foundation website and so I have translated it. I have offered this to the foundation and I would be pleased if it is of use to them or to anyone else. The copyright of the text remains under the license attributed to the original book.

Originally Posted – http://www.samkinsley.com/2015/03/31/to-save-the-world-preface-by-bernard-stiegler-for-michel-bauwens-new-book/

Preface by Bernard Stiegler

To Bauwens, M. and Lievens, J. 2015. Sauver le monde. Vers une société post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer, Editions Les Liens Qui Libèrent. [Saving the World: Towards a post-capitalist society with peer-to-peer]

Over the course of the next twenty years, automation will instigate the decline of a society founded on salaried jobs: 49% of jobs will disappear in the United States, 43% in Great Britain, 50% in Belgium, 56% in Italy and Poland[1]. This huge transformation, resulting from the integration of digital automation, constitutes the horizon for the argument put forward here by Michel Bauwens. He has studied and promoted the new model of production made possible by digital technologies and founded in peer-to-peer relations, which thereby surpasses the proletarianisation that has hitherto been the basis for industrial capitalism – here, proletarianisation principally signifies the loss of knowledge.

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Some reflections on the history-hack by Brian Holmes: New brief history of neolbieralism as modernism 2.0?

The below is a mind blowing text by Brian Holmes: Volatile Smile – Information’s Metropolis..  the text is full of history hacking of major importance…

I just have tried to highlight the two the sharpest points that created a cerebral
drifting in my mind out of the text. Though it needs further work on facts and figures
in order to establish the idea, this post still presents an informed reflection on the detour take Holmes us over Chicago, based on my current work. Potentially I believe that what the story Holmes lies down here infront of our eyes, so naked, might change the brief history of neoliberalism as we know into a longer history of the emergence of global Informationalism as the sub-structure, even mode of production that has kicked off sort of a Renaissance 2.0; which might be started somewhere in the mid-late 19th century and evolved into a second Modernism project with ups and downs, turbulence and vortex creating crises, wars, revolutions and counter- passive revolutions spreading capitalism globally during the second half of the 20th and early 21st century. Such an unfolding has brought about further ‘Enlightenment’ for some classes while it grown the shadow of darkness for many others, with the rise of global religious wars, surveillance based techno-fascisms and Nazisms.

The first point is the role of philoscienticst immigrated from Eastern European to UK and USA played in the formaition of recent world history. Those mostly ex-citizens of the fallen Austo-Hungarian Empire, who either emigrated US and UK during the 1. or 2. World War and their successors, like in the case of Melamed in Holmes’ piece. The fact that almost all key names has had bear direct and indirect influence of Ernst Mach, figure mostly unknown to left since he buried by Lenin in his criticism of his and Avenarius’ Emprio-Criticism; most and foremost to eliminate his political rival Alexander Bogdanov, and his attempt to advance dialectical materialism by putting Mach’s idealist energetism upside down and syhtesise it by Marx’ abstraction methodology that tuned inside out by Engels. The First generation followers of the original work of Mach were however Carl Menger and his students, like Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, two names known amongst the founders of the ‘marginalist’ revolution (against Marx and his) labour theory of value. Both deeply influenced the 2nd generation Austrian economists Ludwig Von Mises and Joseph Schumpeter, who are the founders of the neoliberalism. The third generation had self-organised itself under Hayek, who is relative to Wittgenstien influenced heavily the logical positivism of Neurath, Carnap and others forming the influencial ‘Vienna Circle’ (Ernst Mach Society). Mises, in Chicago, those days, were the one who did the level work on the ground for offspring education of future agency of the ‘monetary’ financial architecture, built-in the Information’s Metropolis and the 4th generation formed by Friedman and the Chicago boyz.

Interested in human sensory-order and working of the brain cells from his early ages Hayek visited Mises in Chicago many times, before moving to and settling in the ‘City’ of London. Other Austrians, like Wiener and Bartalennfy, founders of Cybernetics and Complex Systems analysis were rooted strongly in Vienna Circle too. One nees to add others into a broader picture; like Tesla, Einstein, Bohr, Boltzman, Broglie brothers, Heisenberg, Neumann, Popper/Soros- the list of those who have shaped the future of US, West, and global capitalism and linked to Vienna circle goes on and on. Not to include all these names mentioned, what we are looking at is a sort of masonic, Rotarian networking which have been linking the Vienna Circle to London, Royal Science Institute, Chicago, and California, where other aspects of the Information Metropolis like Hollywood and the Silicon Valley found life.

The second point is the ’emergence of computer’ out of war period. The operation research group formed by MI-6, led by Alan Turing, resulting in the discovery of the Turing Machine that was build to crack the Echelon, the complex cyrpto-machine that was generating new encryption code every 24 hours during the war to encrypt the communication used by Nazi armies. Such an hack allowed US-UK, NY-Chicago-LA and City based Western capitalism to give a cybernetically controlled end to the 2nd World War. It is for sure that there has been direct working relations formed between Hayek, Turing, and even Wittgenstein, with MI-6, CIA, and MIT; as all served the army at the same side during the war. Such complex connections cutting accross coporations, secret serveices, armies, nazi labratories, think-thanks would go further in the development of the operation research units idea, and linking into Friedman’s project under Mises’ supervision; reminding the connections traced in Naomi Klain’s Shock Doctrine.

The specific connections still needs to be constructed and established, yet the above insights are strongly founded in Holmes’ redo of the brief history of neoliberalism. When the construction is ready, though, I believe such a redo of the history would allow us to rethink of the second Renaissance moment, that started when conscious work on human brain and body, taken further when it converged with resaech on second and third order complex systems. This move have taken the Modernism as a class project, that emerged after the first Renissance and captured by city aristocracy step further. What happened is the consciousness of the ‘self’, ‘sucjective observation and abstraction processes’ in human cognition have become an object of conscious and systematic enquiry.

Unfortunatelly, while two of the most important leaps in this path forward were made by Marx and Mach, the connection between these from an emancipatory point of view by Bogdanov closed off by Lenin’s intervention; while Mach’s paty take much further by Austro-economico-philo-scientics. In order t be able to grasp how this fractionating have outplayed in the shaping of the 20th century, one really needs to grasp math, theoretical physics, computers, algorithms, complex systems analyses, chaos thinking, so on from their fundamentals, how, why and by whom are they constructed as they are, and put work in form of Internet of Everything, financial architecture, Walmart, Google, so on to see these connections. The problem is while unified science or meta-methodology is the fundamental of todays’ operational research units, formed by and working for Quants of WallStreet, Sys admins of NSA, teams working at Nasa, CERN, AI, Genome, Brain research, media and marketing departments and CEOs of transnational corporations like Google, Facebook, Twitter so on while the public academia still is divided into disciplinary partial knowledge compartments; emancipatory forces would have hardship to catch up with what has been happening to humanity.

As one reads Lenin’s Emprio-criticism with close attention, one can easily see how he did not have the time and interest to be put in nature, cosmos and human, from a unified scientific praxis for emancipation, instead of talking of it rhetorically; as a tool for politics and class struggle. So he builds a totally wrong and misleading argumentation based of critic of central role of ‘sensation’ and ‘experience’, which is a electro-magnetic and informational process dialectically and materially connecting the observing mental and the observed material. This wrong, manipulated, and very harsh offencive critic of Lenin, accusing him being pure idealist Machean revisionist brakes the political arms and legs of Bogdanov;  and Stalin makes sure that Bogdanov and his ideas remained dead enough. In return this disallows official Orthodox Marxism to go catch-up neoliberal Autrians, growing cells in the new transnational Empire, while serving the grow of its systemic reach by providing a polarity for power accumulation; thus at the end communist hypothesis, emancipatory path that was opened with first Renaissance has collapsed, and revolution failed in delivering material and political strategy better then capitalism in return. It was very unfortunate that Lenin’s attack did work, so that ever since Althusser up till today Marxists around the world could not find the way out of labyrinth and did not have any clue about who the hell was Bogdano  and his methodological leap forward would mean the oppressed; let alone the significance of Avenarious’s and Mach’s critics of Locke, Human and Comte’s Empiricism, children of the Scottish ‘Enlightment'; and how Bogdanov’s hack would mean reopening that emancipatory path for the emerging second Renaissance.

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World Institute for Social Change

World Institute for Social Change (WISC) is a project for developing and sharing ideas, skills, vision, and strategy within and across progressive constituencies. WISC is a partnership project. Diverse progressive and left partner organizations plus its faculty constitute its hosts.

WISC offers courses four times a year in eight week sessions after each of which there is a month off for entering new enrollments, adding new courses, and refining features. The sessions are in April/May, July/August, October/November, and January/February.

The Organizational Partners composing WISC are continually subject to addition and renewal. The Current Partners are listed in the logo above, and in the box to the right, as well as on the partners page.

The backbone software of WISC is Moodle and is used by thousands of online education projects.

The structure of WISC is as follows:

Courses are sponsored by a WISC partner organization. To teach a WISC course one must get sponsorship from a partner.

Faculty determine course content.

Enrollees take courses, including engaging as much as they choose in course discussions, assignments, etc.

Enrollees pay a sliding scale for either full fee enrollment, low income enrollment, or observer status.

Revenues from a course go 50% to course faculty, 25% to partner course sponsor, and 25% to WISC for maintaining the whole operation.

Below are a few links for overarching WISC features – but the vast bulk of content and action is in courses themselves, of course.

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Organising the unorganisable? Voices from the bottom up 23rd – 24th April | P2P Foundation

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Book Panel for “Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropecene” by McKenzie Wark

Originally posted on Alexander Bogdanov Library:

Historical Materialism conference in New York will have a session on McKenzie Wark’s new book – Molecular Red – and will include discussion of Bogdanov:

Saturday, April 25th – Session One (10am – 12pm):

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HMNY 2015 will take place at New York University, in New York City, from April 24-26th.

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Cybersocialism by Paul Cockshott | Deterritorial Investigations Unit

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[Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants | Deterritorial Investigations Unit

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Shock and austerity. Stock market instability. Stagnant wages and the decline of purchasing power. War. Climate change. Despite these multiplying crises, capitalism retains an essential tool that allows it to perpetuate itself on a global level despite its internal contradictions: the ability to leverage technological developments to liquidate the political power of those who would oppose it. At such a crossroads, when labor as an organized force is being dissolved into flexible precarity, how does one attempt to tip the scales and reverse our accelerating fragility? The answer lies in a shift of focus, from a politics of power to a politics that looks critically at infrastructure, a politics of re-purpose, (re-)design, appropriation and the reclamation of space, and of new forms of economic expression.

Whatever the future will be, or whatever name we want to label the path to it, there is one realization that is facing us: it must be post-capitalist. We firmly believe that another world is possible, but it must be built, and the rules and programs for this construction are still largely unwritten.

We propose the creation of a zone of experimentation with the intention of bringing together dissenting agencies with critical practices in hopes of finding prototypes and models for a post-capitalist society. Such a platform calls for a cross-pollination of ideas, a shared and in-depth dialogue, and easily accessible means for hands-on experimentation. This new space will be open to all wanting to participate.

The topics we hope to cover include – but are not limited to:

  • The politics of infrastructure
  • The remaking of space by neoliberal capitalism
  • The relationships between big data, media, and infrastructure
  • Tactics and strategies for re-purposing technologies, complex systems, infrastructure and the politicization of spatial practices
  • D.I.Y. techniques and how-to guides
  • Alternative economies
  • Sustainable living, agriculture, energy, and architecture
  • The possibilities and pitfalls of automation
  • Eco-activism and infra-activism
  • Intervention design
  • Tactical media
  • New and experimental cartographies
  • Peer-to-peer approaches to production and distribution

Contributions can take a variety of forms:

  • Articles and essays
  • Fragments and speculations
  • Videos, links, and commentaries
  • How-to guides, plans, and prototypes
  • Reports, stories, and interviews

Anyone who is interested need only drop us a line here, or you can email me atEdmund.b.berger@gmail.com.

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All That Is Solid Melts: Comments on McKenzie Wark’s Politics for the Anthropocene (Part 1 of 2)

Originally posted on synthetic zero:

A: Proletkult

Can we be infrapunks, builders of tiny bits of a structure of another life?[1]

I. Living in Shadows

Last month I made the trip from Louisville to Frankfort, Kentucky’s state capitol, to attend an annual rally protesting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining. A coal industry favorite, this process of extraction involves the rapid deforestation of the landscape, followed by the blasting apart of the surface layer rocks, defined as “overburden,” which is then most commonly moved into an adjacent valley. The coal removal can now take place, with excavator digging deep pits into the truncated mountain; when this particular mine is fully emptied out, it becomes the dumping site for the next overburden removal. It continues like this, large paths of ruined forest snaking through the Appalachian mountain country.

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The environmental and social impact is immense and negative. The process of blasting dumps pulverized rock…

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