General Intellect Unit
Extra - Emancipation Network

Extra - Emancipation Network

April 7, 2019

We are joining forces with our friends at Swampside Chats, and From Alpha To Omega, to form the Emancipation Network, a Marxist podcast network and research collective.

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032 - The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems

032 - The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems

April 3, 2019

In which we (struggle to) read a math paper, The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems, by Taeer Bar-Yam, Owen Lynch, and Yaneer Bar-Yam.

This paper introduces us to the Multi-scale Law of Requisite Variety, and the importance of organisation at multiple scales. The paper also furnishes a proof that disordered systems will inevitably become ordered by forces in their environment.

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Extra - Book Giveaway: People’s Republic of Walmart

Extra - Book Giveaway: People’s Republic of Walmart

March 16, 2019

Hey there folks!

We're giving away two copies of People's Republic of Walmart, by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski.

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All of our patrons will automatically be included in the draw, while non-patrons can enter their email address in this form to add themselves to the draw.

Winners will be selected at random on the 31st of March, and will be contacted via Patreon message or email to arrange delivery. To keep this fair, if we don't hear back from an entrant within two weeks, we'll draw another winner for that book.

Why are we doing this? Well, Shane accidentally placed three separate pre-orders for this book over the course of two years, so there's two spare copies floating around.

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031 - Designing Freedom

031 - Designing Freedom

March 13, 2019

In which we discuss Stafford Beer's 1974 book "Designing Freedom". Beer makes the case for a total overhaul of our institutions and organisational methods, by way of management cybernetics.

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030 - Organising Tech, with Wendy Liu & Jason Prado
029 - The Player of Games, with Fraser Simons
028 - Xenofeminism, Part 2

028 - Xenofeminism, Part 2

January 23, 2019

In which we continue our discussion of the Xenofeminist Manifesto, with Kira Magrann.

The next book we read will be Designing Freedom, by Stafford Beer. If you want to read along with us before the episode airs, you can get the book free from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/DesigningFreedom

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027 - Xenofeminism, Part 1
026 - Reflections On Metaphorum 2018
025 - Sketches Of Another Future, ft. Andrew Pickering
024 - Transforming Technology, Part 3

024 - Transforming Technology, Part 3

November 14, 2018

In which we conclude our reading of Transforming Technology.

This chapter ties up the theory of the Technical Code, explores Formal and Substantive Bias, and opens up opportunity for radical change of technological society.

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Extra - State Of The Unit 2018

Extra - State Of The Unit 2018

November 1, 2018

An extra episode, for our one-year anniversary, in which we talk about scheduling issues and plans for the year ahead.

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023 - Transforming Technology, Part 2

023 - Transforming Technology, Part 2

October 31, 2018

In which we read chapter two of Transforming Technology.

This chapter covers the transition to a Socialist society, the role of technology and labour process in that transition, and offers a theory of why previous attempts have largely failed.

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022 - Transforming Technology, Part 1

022 - Transforming Technology, Part 1

October 17, 2018

In which we begin a three-part series on Andrew Feenberg's 2002 book: "Transforming Technology".

This book "rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development."

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021 - Accelerate

021 - Accelerate

September 26, 2018

In which we talk about Accelerationism, it's bizarre history, and it's recent Left-wing manifestations.

We read from three articles: "Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in" by Andy Beckett, "Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism" by Mark Fisher, and "#Accelerate, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics" by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek.

(PS: We will never miss an opportunity to dunk on Nick Land.)

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