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Comment on Space Collective and Anarchy: A Perfect Match

chr15 Wed, Dec 19, 2007
Great stuff, and its wonderful to know people are talking about this on my first day with SpaceCollective!!! Aaron, I really hope you post more thoughts on this in the future, here are some thoughts/problems I have with the above discussion.

Anarchism is not a unifying description of a system and encompasses many ideological positions. For example there are libertarians who don't believe in government but do believe in capitalism and the free market (you might fall in this category aaron?) and marxist- anarchists who dont believe in government and capitalism as corporations and wealthy elite are as or more likely to oppress and deny consensual practices than governments (I fall into this category). This important to your analogy of the SpaceCollective (SC from here on out) to anarchist practice because in its ideal form the collective will provide for a plurality of opinions that anarchism needs to maintain informed consensual organization.

I don't think that the present state of humanity can be post-ideological. Ideology is simply a platform that allows for and enforces how people think in society and not just political belief. For example, the belief in consumerism (as opposed to self sustainability) is ideological as is the western preference for technological fixes (as opposed to social ones). This is important to SC because ideally it would build an ideology (or platform) open to new and dissenting opinions about how to work towards futurity.

To me (and I believe much of the anarchist movement) anarchism is founded on three positive society building beliefs:

-autonomy - consensual organization outside vectors of power wishing to dictate how people live and die (important to SC: hopefully we can express ourselves here without being pressured by military, entertainment, consumerist, stalinist apparatus)

-mutual aid- supporting each other rather than relying on capitalism and the state who by providing us with goods seek to enslave us to their systems of distribution (in SC we can help eachother develop our ideas)

-solidarity- aligning with others who might also be oppressed by authoritarian mechanisms (SC could be crucial to challenging those who would use techno scientific development for their own profit at the expense of others and the planet. this might be the most important belief for SC as it might be able to do more in this way than help us create autonomy and mutual aid in the physical world where power can do more harm than in cyberspace, such as murder or deprive individuals of food or medical care)

however the achievement of these positives require some negatives including challenging injustice and defending ourselves from authoritarian systems threatened by our fruition. building new systems might always be negative because they threaten the status quo of state control and capitalist profits. open source does so and we will see increased attacks on it by the incumbant system, why would a system not if they are already trying to patent things like organic seeds that have always been a common good. If SC lives up to an ideal as a futurological commons it will be attacked for its postition outside state control and profit

thank you for bringing this up aaron, it is an important discussion to help SC become the best it can be