Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Beyond Reorganization of Production

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In this episode of Anti-Capitalist Chronicles, Prof. Harvey considers a looming question: is capitalism too big to fail? He speculates on what approaches may lead to a successful socialist alternative. Is it a reorganization of the productive forces? Or redistribution of wealth? Or both?

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  • Jure Repinc
    commented 2022-11-19 18:09:24 -0500
    What a socialist society technology (not just information technology, all tech) should be built on principles that are already the basis of free (as in freedom) and open-source software/hardware. Something like GNU/Linux operating system, Firefox web browser, KDE software, Wikipedia encyclopedia Mastodon social network, RISC-V processors. All should be based on open/free standards, protocols, and formats. So yeah something like that. It is the only way that societies/people can take democratic and transparent control of their technology and prevent monopolization by one entity. So in essence the opposite what we have today with Bigtech/GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook/Meta, Apple, Microsoft), which could be considered a form of techno-feudalists.
  • P DiGesu
    commented 2022-10-30 10:26:28 -0400
    Ricardian marxism or better dispersment of productive profit, or any proper or socialist reorganization of industry by industry itself in the realm of the present realm of human greed, will not happen. Although state control is considered extreme right, an intelligently devised and people prompted state system of authority will ultimately be required, Especially since un-sustainability is the new economic factor and not simply how to produce more and how share greater wealth in the future. Regressive industrial production for limited essentials and new limits on most new social novelties will be realized one way or another.
  • Sol Tavsanoglu
    commented 2022-09-26 07:12:15 -0400
    Raising questions is essential to speculate & develop our thoughts, start debating them, sharing our views, finding solutions, the new way of understanding the world we are living, how to change our dominant culture, social, economic & political structures to achieve a fair, equal, human, socialised based.

    Without raising questions, exploring them we cannot change anything. Everything the world we are living is absorb by capitalism. How to act outside of this structure is a question, awaiting answers. Exploration, investigations
    ..
  • Sol Tavsanoglu
    commented 2022-09-26 00:23:16 -0400
    ‘Capitalism is so big’ ‘well integrated/socialised/centralised to fail’ Excellent wording revoke thinking what we donot think. We are not objectively assessing the capitalist world we are living. We are not living in 19th century, 1950s, even 1980s. We are living in a difference world,
    one culture covering the globe/individualism not collectivism? We lost cultural diversity, collectivism, humanism, self help. but individualism, importance of material being become essential our lives.
    Privitasation of everything : state provision is out of the window?
    Share holders, mostly middle class investors?
    We pay for education, health provision, social care that are essential services/ our human rights but not free
    We cannot buy houses that have been dramatically increased, not affordable so is the rent.. our basic human rights but not affordable
    Privitasation/ but by globally integrated& centralised,. Unimaginatively big capital.

    We cannot talk about the state & state regulations.
    The state is under the control of globally integrated corporation. Whatever state does pleases oligarchs. The existing of the state is to serve and fulfill the demands of globally operated, integrated, centralised, socialised big corporations. There is no way we escape this, neoliberalism has turned into another form, extractive absolutism

    What about who works in these high tech companies, who does what? How many unskilled labours work in these companies? We are not talking about only globally integrated Corporation structure but the composition of work force too.

    Whatever we do however we are socialist we are living in a sophisticated capitalist system, feeling that everything in their hand not ours. We buy a fruit it comes from Chili, India, South Africa.. no way even if we in our small world we act as socialist because surrounded by a capitalist, patriarchal structure..

    Rising racism, far right, religious fundamentalism,.

    Losing our rights: abolition, same sex marriages, freedom of expression, etc

    How to create socialist structure centred on equality, collectivist, fairness ( human for human sake) replacing the existing one based on individualist, materialistic, profit for profit sake

    One wonders if we are after a full social change, not only looking at production. Like Angela Davis says “abolishing state” but the question how to rebuild/redesign our societies in the globe to create a socialist structure. What is our understanding of socialism? How to achieve social change???
  • Steve Greenberg
    commented 2022-09-23 09:15:44 -0400
    Lots of good questions without any answers yet. Make Democracy at Work a rather ill thought out “solution”
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