Time to Revitalize
April 3, 2009
Antisocialite and I haven’t been very good lately in producing original content for this blog, but I intend to change that in the near future. Partly it’s because I have a lot of stuff floating around in my head that I’d like to crystalize and organize. Also, given both the global economic crisis and the growing relevance of transhumanism, more than ever we need to be thinking about where the future is going to take us.
A couple of weekends ago, the Four Star Anarchist Organization in Chicago helped put together a day long summit on the global economic crisis and how anarchists should address it. The nature of the economic games capitalists play make it difficult for everyday folks to grasp what’s going on, much less figure out how to respond to it. But what we’re looking at here is a crisis in capitalism that is still playing out — the sort of crisis that radicals like us dream of taking advantage of, to exploit and overturn things and establish a more egalitarian society. With no developed alternative infrastructure, however, we are not in a good position to seize on this weakness … but that doesn’t mean we should sit placidly along for the ride. So I plan on posting some notes here both to clarify my own understanding of the situation and to work out some ideas for effectively responding.
Also on my agenda is to clarify some stances and positions that I think anarcho-transhumanists should be making. The transhumanist movement has seen some interesting developments recently, and I think it’s both prudent and necessary to start establishing a left-anarchist pole within that movement to distinguish from both the right-wing/libertarian/corporate elements and the pro-state technoprogressives. This will hopefully be an ongoing project that will draw in some more libertarian socialist types and create some dialogue.