4.3.11

Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society

Self-Organizing a Moneyless Economy

based on the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need", will not be based on money, capital, commodities or wages but will consist of myriad self-organizing assemblies of economic units in competition with one another to most efficiently transform skilled labor and other resources into forms of social wealth serving the the material and cultural needs of the masses. The forms in which the masses (thru their organization as producers, consumers and shapers of public opinion -- and the struggles flowing from and in turn heightening their consciousness) would effectively control the economy, culture and politics -- would be as advanced compared to the method of leaving the real decisions and real authority in the hands of either the marketplace, elected representatives or all-powerful central planners -- as the dexterity and deftness of the human hand is to the pseudopod of an amoeba.

"'cooperative anarchy in which the actions of many independent, conflicting and parallel processes will somehow be coordinated to create fantastic amounts of material and social wealth without the necessity for any clumsy, burdensome and inefficient bureaucracy.'

Using prison labor can be viewed as a humanitarian gesture...an ever-increasing prison population is politically attractive because it masks unemployment rates. Many inmates were chronically unemployed before their imprisonment, incarcerating the chronically unemployed allows politicians to claim they have lowered unemployment. When the millions of people who are on probation and parole and who must maintain jobs are added to the mix, the correctional system is now playing an increasingly important role in suppressing wages and maintaining the profitability of capitalism. 239 Larry J. Siegel CRIMINOLOGY

This in turn rests on the fundamental contradiction of capitalist society – that it requires the collective labour of workers to produce wealth, but that capitalists privately appropriate that wealth when it is produced.

Politicians are directly involved, and their ability to intervene depends on the backing and the funding that keep them in power. This collusion of interests is an essential part of the world economy, the oil that keeps the wheels of capitalism turning. It is a coherent system closely lined to the expansion of modern capitalism and based on an association of three partners: gpvernments, transnational corporations, and mafias. Business is business: financial crime is first and foremost a market, thriving and structured, ruled by supply and demand. Crossing the Rubicon 77 Michael C . Ruppert.

PRISON ABOLITION, MARKET ABOLITION, Post-industrial society. Legalization is a good thing http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-h-foster/marijuana-legalization-should-medical_b_793333.html?ir=Politics

Anarchism- Anarchism is the political belief that society should have no government, laws, police, or other authority, but should be a free association of all its members. "euthanasia of government" would be achieved through "individual moral reformation"--Bookchin argued that capitalism had to be overthrown: "The notion that man must dominate nature emerges directly from the domination of man by man… But it was not until organic community relation… dissolved into market relationships that the planet itself was reduced to a resource for exploitation. This centuries-long tendency finds its most exacerbating development in modern capitalism. Owing to its inherently competitive nature, bourgeois society not only pits humans against each other, it also pits the mass of humanity against the natural world. Just as men are converted into commodities, so every aspect of nature is converted into a commodity, a resource to be manufactured and merchandised wantonly.… The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital."

"A major contributor to the internet's success is the fact that there is no single, centralized, point of control or promulgator of policy for the entire network. This allows individual constituents of the network to tailor their own networks, environments, and policies to suit their own needs. The individual constituents must cooperate only to the degree necessary to ensure that they interoperate. We believe that this decentralized and decoupled nature of the internet must be preserved. Only a minimum amount of centralization or forced cooperation will be tolerated by the community as a whole." (emphasis added)

During the transition period, the state apparatus would act as a defensive shield to protect the interests of workers and the majority of society from the economic might and powerful corrupting influence of the capitalist class which would be in constant motion towards subverting the workers' dictatorship. Such a defensive shield could not successfully hold off attack forever and furthermore would be extremely expensive, in terms of the social distortions that it creates, to maintain. The development of a sword is the only way to end the contest for once and for all. That sword would be the communist sector which, once more mature, would be able to outproduce the capitalist sector by orders of magnitude (ie: hundreds or thousands fold) with a vastly higher productivity of labor. Once the communist sector had proven itself fully capable of providing for all the material and cultural needs of the masses, it would be allowed to absorb whatever remnants of the capitalist sector would be worth absorbing.
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Cooperative Anarchy
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Now let's consider the meaning of the term "cooperative anarchy" which Mark assures us is just another way of describing capitalism. But let's examine it not as described by either Mark or Ben but as described by the actual pioneers who are experimenting with creating a form of wealth that, to a significant degree, lies outside of the bounds of commodity production.
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The December 1994 issue of Dr. Dobbs' Developer Update (a journal for software developers) features as its lead an article on the development of the next generation of standards for the internet. It turns out that the development of standards for the internet is a very important matter. A great many people are affected. Different views on what the standards should be clash and it is important that the resulting decisions are best for everybody as a whole. Interestingly, the article focuses more on the process and philosophy of people working together to work out common standards than it does on the standards itself. The term "cooperative anarchy" has evolved to describe the process by which many kinds of work get done on the internet. The article goes on to quote a section of a technical paper which had a subhead titled "Cooperative Anarchy":

based on the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need", will not be based on money, capital, commodities or wages but will consist of myriad self-organizing assemblies of economic units in competition with one another to most efficiently transform skilled labor and other resources into forms of social wealth serving the the material and cultural needs of the masses. The forms in which the masses (thru their organization as producers, consumers and shapers of public opinion -- and the struggles flowing from and in turn heightening their consciousness) would effectively control the economy, culture and politics -- would be as advanced compared to the method of leaving the real decisions and real authority in the hands of either the marketplace, elected representatives or all-powerful central planners -- as the dexterity and deftness of the human hand is to the pseudopod of an amoeba.

Organized civil society: A cross national evaluation of the socio-political effects of non-governmental organization density on governmental corruption, state terror, and anti-government demonstrations

between international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and civil society. This interest is derived from a long standing theoretical convention emphasizing the pro-social effects of a robust civil sector. Although many of these studies have concluded that INGOs constitute international or global civil society, much is still unknown about the relationship between NGOs, INGOs and civil society. In this dissertation, I collect data published by the Yearbook of International Organizations to create a more refined measurement of organized civil society. Specifically I develop a density measurement of organized civic society to better account for the local "buy in" among citizens. Descriptive analysis indicates that organization density is highly correlated to associational membership rates.

Using a globally representative sample of nations between 1990 and 2004, I argue and demonstrate that the presence of an active civil society works to decrease governmental corruption, reduce state terror, and minimize the impetus for antigovernmental demonstrations and riots. In other words, the presence of a robust civil society holds governments accountable, protects its citizens, and provides a suitable outlet for people to voice their concerns and be heard. Data are analyzed using a pooled time-series, cross-sectional (TSCS) analysis.

Results show that civil society strength does have a significant impact on governmental corruption, state terrorism and anti-governmental demonstrations. These results remain significant when accounting for economic development, political institutions, and cultural-geographic controls.

By emphasizing the role organized civil society plays in a broad sample of nations, this study refines our understanding of the role that non-state actors assume in the health and maintenance of their own societies. Consequently, this project demonstrates the importance of including the role of civil society in future studies of political stability.

in putting a few extra photographs in our papers. It is not simply a matter of giving a different, more humorous or less pedantic edge to our writing, but of truly understanding what the instruments of the future are, of studying and going into them, because it is this that will make it possible to construct the insurrectional instruments of the future to put alongside the knife that our predecessors carried between their teeth. In this way the air-bridge we mentioned earlier can be built.

Informal organisation, therefore, that establishes a simple discourse presented without grand objectives, and without claiming, as many do, that every intervention must lead to social revolution, otherwise what sort of anarchists would we be? Be sure comrades, that social revolution is not just around the corner, that the road has many corners, and is very long. Agile interventions, therefore, even with limited objectives, capable of striking in anticipation the same objectives that are established by the excluded. An organisation which is capable of being “inside” the reality of the subversive riot at the moment it happens to transform it into an objectively insurrectional reality by indicating objectives, means and constructive conclusions. This is the insurrectional task. Other roads are impassable today.

Certainly, it is still possible to go along the road of the organisation of synthesis, of propaganda, anarchist educationism and debate—as we are doing just now of course—because, as we said, this is a question of a project in tendency, of attempting to understand something about a capitalist project which is in development. But, as anarchist revolutionaries, we are obliged to bear in mind this line of development and to prepare ourselves from this moment on to transform irrational situations of riot into an insurrectional and revolutionary reality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action

An exploration into How Lack of education, employment, and Housing opportunities Contribute to Disparities in the Criminal Justice System http://www.scribd.com/doc/36827796/Balancing-the-Scales-of-Justice#open_download
INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY IS OVER. NEW WAYS OF BEING.

Political Anarchy---------------
Beginning with the two modes of immediate organization and control, namely organization and control in the workplace and in the community, one can imagine a network of workers councils, and at a higher level, representation across factories, or across branches of industry, or across crafts and on to general assemblies of workers councils that can be regional and national and international in character. And from another point of view one can project a system of governance that includes local assemblies--again federated regionally, dealing with regional issues crossing crafts, industries, trades, and so on, and again at the level of the nation and beyond, through federation and so on.

Premises:
1. Civilization is going to crash
2. Its going to be messy
3. We have an obligation to expedite that process as soon as possible to ensure the maximum amount of ecological capital we will be left with to support ourselves
4. Start preparing for crash!!!!!!!!
grow gardens, committees to channel violence, accumulate knowledge, destroy dams, knock out electrical infrastructure, protect trees, ensure fallout is containable, know what food to eat, medicine, purify water, build shelter, PLANTS ARE IMPORTANT. Food is necessary. Interdependence means support others in their sustainable endeavors. great work to be done. global resistance, coordinated decentralization. local renewal, global dismantling. PROTECT THE LANDBASE. water is necessary.

Change comes through Force.

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