Tag: cybernetics
Response to Aurora Apolito
In “The Problem of Scale in Anarchism and the Case for Cybernetic Communism,” Aurora Apolito writes: I don’t believe that markets can be “liberated” from capitalism, nor that they can do anything good anyway, regardless of their liberated status. In essence, this is because I view the market mechanism as running on a steepest descent…
Viviamo un Cambiamento Epocale, sta ai Lavoratori Decidere le Sorti
Di Asem. Originale pubblicato il 9 luglio 2020 con il titolo We Are in Midst of a Seismic Shift, It Is up to Labor to Decide the Outcome. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Un decennio fa usciva The Third Industrial Revolution, seguito alcuni anni dopo da The Zero Marginal Cost Society dello stesso autore, un economista…
Centrifugal Tendencies in Information & Wealth
I’m a big fan of Aurora and hope that her contribution to this symposium helps encourage more anarchists to engage fearlessly with the mathematical dynamics of an anarchist society. But I must admit my disappointment, I was hoping her contribution would seriously engage with the arguments for markets and either present a novel alternative or…
Maximum Viable Economic Planning: The Basis of New Economies
A tweet jokingly showing James C. Scott centrally planning his small chicken farm.  Even in his devastating critiques of high-modernist central planning, James C Scott acknowledges the benefits to planning and the levels at which it can occur with relative safety. The author M Black also challenges us not to fetishize decentralization in such a…
Coordinamento Economico Decentrato: Sboccino Cento Fiori
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato il 15 giugno 2020 con il titolo Decentralized Economic Coordination: Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. La questione del calcolo economico, così come impostata da Ludwig von Mises e Friedrich Hayek, viene usata spesso dai libertari per contrastare forme di coordinamento economico che non si basano sul…
We Are in Midst of a Seismic Shift, It Is up to Labor to Decide the Outcome
About a decade ago The Third Industrial Revolution was published, and a few years later The Zero Marginal Cost Society came out by the same author, from a mainstream and politically moderate economist who advises the EU and German government, making very radical predictions such as moving to a society without money as a result…
The Problem of Scale in Anarchism and the Case for Cybernetic Communism
Note: In order to properly display some of the mathematics in this piece, it’s hosted here as a .pdf. Or, click the image below the introduction. The problem of scale is perhaps the most fundamental problem of anarchism. We all know by direct experience that anarchism works well on a local scale. Most people who…
Decentralized Economic Coordination: Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom
The calculation problem, as stated by Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, has been central to most libertarian arguments against non-market or non-price forms of economic coordination. The Misesian variant, argued in Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth and Socialism, is based on the role of factor input pricing in allocating inputs among competing uses….
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