Dr. Ludger Eversmann | 24 Jul 19:12 2016

WG: Fwd: Re: Forms of decisionism

   Hi all,

   let me shortly introduce myself: I worked on this field of cultural and
   technological progress since my doctoral dissertation in Business
   Information Systems Engineering in 2002, with focal point on all these
   resulting questions when it is assumed that technological progress is
   stepping on and possibly set to a maximum; questions like where
   actually is a limit to automation (calculable mashines), it it
   justified to replace human work by mashines, how, what are the
   conditions, which socioeconic conditions could highly developed
   industrial production systems lead to.

   In 2014 i publshed some little scetches on this ("Projekt
   Postkapitalismus"), and i found that Felix Stalder had mentioned this
   in a foot note in his' book "Kultur der Digitalität", which then has
   led me here to this list. You will find that my English is very bad, i
   have to apologize for this and will do my very best to give you all an
   idea of what i intent to say.

   If we find that the development of capitalism is structured into
   large-scale patterns like stated by the mentioned long wave economic
   theories, my impression is that the core factor that drives
   developments is increase of productivity, whatever factors (cultural,
   political, economical) around this are influencing the actual
   developments.. Intelligent use of advanced mashinery plus skilled
   workers plus access to energy and raw materials made societies rich,
   and the reached level of technology and knowledge (cultural-ethical as
   well as engineering knowledge) marks the characteristics of each
   historical period. The very characteristicum of the contemporary
   period, after these roughly 250 years of (successfull) history of
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János Sugár | 24 Jul 12:29 2016

Re: Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy

At 6:04 PM -0100 7/21/16, nettime's_trilateralist wrote:

>  Above all, Thiel is an innovator. He has made his fortune by
>  recognizing the potential of an idea long before his peers.
>  Silicon Valley, along with most of American business, may dislike
>  Trump. But that doesn't mean they couldn't someday embrace the
>  kind of politics he represents. A Trumpist state could do much to
>  soothe the crisis of capitalism: it could pour public dollars into
>  discovering the next lucrative technology for the private sector
>  while holding the line against the redistributive clamor of a
>  rising millennial majority. Thiel has a history of making bets
>  that pay off big. With Trump, he may have made another.

imho, he bets on war,



Jaromil | 23 Jul 11:41 2016

Re: Ethereum: DAO - "The Attacker"

A quick update: notwithstanding the legitimate skepticism of graybeard
philosopher types around here :^) about the blockchain unicorns being
the ultimate decentralised neutral herd of mystical creatures, there
is an interesting evolution on the Ethereum DAO meltdown, at least
notable from socio/political and geo/political perspectives.

I'll be very brief, as momentum requires, chronological recap:

- The Ethereum "community" voted what they call an "hard fork" which
  is basically a bail-out of the junkie banksters who invested on ETH
  rolling back the last history of DAO meltdown to give the financial
  stooges their money back, after having lost it on stuff they cannot
  understand (ask yourself, has anyone of them read the DAO code
  before putting money on it?? It's the language, stupid!)

- Huge discussion for past 2 weeks whether Ethereum should bail-out
  the banks (see the R3 bank ethereum clusterfuck) while Bit Novosti
  the biggest Russian media-outlet on crypto-assets has released "A
  Crypto-Decentralist Manifesto" in support of Ethereum Classic
  https://medium.com/ <at> bit_novosti/a-crypto-decentralist-manifesto-6ba1fa0b9ede

- All sorts of G/Sachs and Thiel funded divas went announcing how
  "clean" was the fork, as in a painful chirurgical operation that
  went good, basically betraying their initial marketing point that
  Ethereum is decentralised (ideals? what are ideals?). With this
  operation they proved for the first time in blockchain buzz history
  that with a massive media campaign and having bought some leaders is
  possible to have your butt put on your face by crypto-surgery and
  still keep smiling.

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nettime's_trilateralist | 21 Jul 21:04 2016

Guardian > Tarnoff > Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy


Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy

The problem with traditional conservatives is that they're too
anti-government to fulfill Thiel's vision. Fortunately for him,
Trump is no traditional conservative

Ben Tarnoff
 <at> bentarnoff

Thursday 21 July 2016 06.00 EDT
Last modified on Thursday 21 July 2016 09.43 EDT

Tonight, tech billionaire Peter Thiel will speak at the Republican
national convention and make his case for why Donald Trump should
be the next president of the United States. Most of the media is
baffled by Thiel's endorsement. And it's true that at first glance
the two men aren't an obvious match. Trump is an authoritarian
populist who promises to abolish free trade. Thiel is a
self-described libertarian who worships capitalism. Thiel is also
one of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley -- and Silicon
Valley hates Trump.

So why would Thiel embrace Trump? So far, observers have offered
two explanations. One is Thiel's contrarianism; another is his
lifelong crusade against "political correctness". Thiel certainly
enjoys courting controversy, whether it involves funding a lawsuit
to destroy Gawker or funding a fellowship to induce kids to drop
out of college. And Thiel shares Trump's antipathy to the
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Heiko Recktenwald | 19 Jul 19:02 2016

Re: geography of copyright

Sorry, I overlooked it:

Am 19/06/16 um 14:46 schrieb Patrice Riemens:
> On 2016-06-18 20:00, Heiko Recktenwald wrote:
>> but the publishers in the East
>> did trash their nicenst new books out of fear.
>> H.
> And then, weren't a lot of Ossi-printed books burned, yes burned,

I dont know. They did trash a lot. Dont think the West had anything to
do with it.

Sorry, there was no repetition, in contrary, Eastern and Western PC
united as well.

More or less...

Best, H.


t byfield | 20 Jul 19:10 2016

Revisiting Roger Ailes (from the nettime archives: 1995-12-07)

Now that Roger Ailes has been deposed at Fox News, it's time to dig this 
out of the nettime archives:


I sent this to the list three years after the work was exhibited and a 
year before Fox New was founded. It was a good call: it's impossible to 
imagine what the last twenty years would have been like without Fox News 
relentlessly stoking the fires of fear and hatred. In that time, three 
US presidents have been elected and reelected, but through all of it 
Ailes continued to shape many rightist horizons of the US and, 
therefore, much of the world. It's a remarkable coincidence that he'd be 
shown the door during the RNC in Cleveland, which is the realization of 
so many destructive forces he's nurtured all these years. Hopefully, the 
Murdochs demanded some noncompete language in his termination agreement 
so that he fades away in obscurity rather than starting up some 
monstrous new venture -- but the purported documents I've seen floating 
around the net don't include any. If Trump wins, I wouldn't be surprised 
if he tried to bring Ailes into his administration.

I've only made two changes to the text, deleting an old PGP sig and 
contact info.


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To: nettime {AT} is.in-berlin.de
Subject: political media consultants (English)
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carlo von lynX | 14 Jul 10:21 2016

Enforcing Rights by Technology

More can be done in order for us to *really* be able
to trust technology again, not just be overwhelmed
by it and its deficiencies. Our rights must be defen-
ded by the technology, not just by the laws of best
intentions. Too little is being said about this, so 
here's a stub.

	The other day the news ran that by 2030 all
	electrical metering must be replaced by smart
	metering in Germany. I understand the wish to
	optimize energy production, but I am not quite
	satisfied that the ability of these technologies
	to monitor every time I put on the kettle or go
	to the toilet is only limited by some EU regu-
	lation stating that it is isn't permitted.

In the past years we have seen that technology bypasses
laws all the time, so the availability of smart metering
is yet another temptation for government to exercise
totalitarian surveillance over its population - or, just
as bad, by some meta- or post-government entity with
despotic powers. In any case this situation is infringing
the intentions of our democratic constitutions.

Why is that logical? Well the constitution is not about
ensuring that the government are the "good ones", nor is
it about granting citizen some privileges. It is about
ensuring that neither the government nor anyone else 
will be able to exercise totalitarian control at any 
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Alex Foti | 17 Jul 22:47 2016

Re: Fwd: Re: Forms of decisionism

   Brian poses the right questions. As for regulation theory mixed with
   kondratiev please also see (in addition to paul mason) my two 2009
   contributions which built on stuff posted on nettime

   https://www.academia.edu/9343417/Climate_Anarchists_vs_Green_Capitalists (pag 5-6)


   http://www.agenziax.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/anarchy-in-the-eu.pdf (pages after 230 for
the full model) - what just want to say that
   this is the crisis of neoliberalism not the crisis of capitalism. it's
   a regulation, deflationary crisis like the Great Depression with
   attendant fascist danngers. neoliberalism cannot regulate
   informationalism properly, it cannot distribute widely and/or guarantee
   consensus. the regulation regime after the Great Depression was solved
   by war, but national socialism was as apt as democratic socialism in
   solving the problems of fordism. i contend ideology is mighty important
   in our predicament much as it was in the 1930s and 1940s in shaping the
   future. Call it the Dickian moment in history. Fordism could carry
   either the swastika or the whites. Everything is weird, and there's
   many men in many high castels, but an alternative to european and
   islamic fascism needs to be found and fast. Neoliberalism won when it
   subjected political to economic power. We need to find a way for social
   power to subject political and financial power. But most especially
   there needs to be ideological production of a Universal Federation of
   the Peoples of Earth. Crucially, the new radical ideology needs to
   redistribute, but also to give sense and meaning to people's lives.
   The Black Star of the Uprooted and Exploited needs to rise again from
   the ashes - in what guise: TechnoPopulism might be a good name - who
   knows - let's be the Surrealists who enter major ideological debate: I
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Alessandro Ludovico | 17 Jul 17:25 2016

After the Coup Attempt, the Everyday Resumes

from Jussi Parikka's blog, a clear vision about the last events in
Istanbul, beyond the overwhelming news feeds. 


After the Coup Attempt, the Everyday Resumes
July 17, 2016, jussi parikka

During Sunday breakfast which for every Turk is the main five hours of
the week, my partner suddenly turned towards me: “You know, nobody is
safe, Turkey is not safe for anyone anymore. People like us are not
safe.”  The sense of not belonging to your own country had slowly
infiltrated several people’s mood, and the fear that many ethnic and
sexual minorities had felt for ages was becoming part of the more
general middle-class sentiment too.

It was a sort of calm, yet melancholically perfect summary of some of
the moods in Turkey as confused people witnessed the events unfold in
the news, on social media, through various streams and live feeds,
personal stories and telephone calls to friends and relatives.

The footage has varied from official talking heads of politicians
promising to “exterminate anyone against us” (as the Turkish Prime
Minister vowed in his live address) to shaky clips of different events
across the cities, of people chasing other people without really being
able to tell why and who, of tanks and military personnel, hands up and
consequently beaten and later the numerous images of celebrations of a
country that is, again, covered in the red-white Turkish flag. The
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Felix Stalder | 17 Jul 16:35 2016

Fwd: Re: Forms of decisionism

I begin to worry about the theory of the three crises, which Brian,
building on "regulation school" research and "long wave" economic
theories, has put forward, which has been at the core of the
techno-politics project in which I'm deeply involved, and which
informed many of the the most productive threads within nettime over
the last, say, 5 years.

The theory states that capitalism is structured into large-scale
patterns (techno-economic paradigms, which include cultural and
psychic forms) which are reorganized roughly every 40 years during
systemic crises: (1890-1900) 1930-1945, 1970-1980, and now, 2010-?.

The approach has much to offer, not the least that brings into view
complex, large-scale and heterogeneous dynamics that nevertheless
follow some internal logic. It also suggests that is it is possible
to spot patterns of the new paradigm early on. Following this theory,
we can except a transformation from an informational paradigm to some
sort of ecological paradigm, which could range from eco-fasicsm (build
a wall, let them drown!) to some sort of federation of resilient
communities (p2p society).

Each of these historical transformations is understood as ratcheting
up capitalism and its social and economic institutions to be able to
manage a higher degree of complexity. If we follow Manuel Castells on
this point, then the Soviet Union, which established itself on the
patterns of what he calls "industrialism" (of which Fordism would be
its capitalist incarnation), never managed this transformation. Rather
it fell into a state of stasis (from late 1960s to mid 1980s) and then
broke down in a belated attempt to transform itself. The vacuum was
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Michael Gurstein | 17 Jul 14:17 2016

A Picture is Worth...


MOSCOW — A group of arms control researchers have determined that two 
<http://archive.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/0/ECD62987D4816CA344257D1D00251C76> images released by the
Russian government, ostensibly to help clarify why a civilian airliner was shot down two years ago, were
digitally altered using Photoshop before being posted online.

Parts of one Russian military satellite image simply vanished, according to researchers at the 
<http://www.miis.edu/> Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, in California,
behind a suspect-looking cloud.

In another image, two chunky, tracked antiaircraft weapons appear in sharper focus than the surrounding
landscape, the researchers said in 
<http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1201635/mh17-anniversary/> the report posted online on Friday.

“It is clear the images have been modified or altered,” the researchers said, after running the
photographs through a suite of professional software used to detect fake digital pictures, in court
proceedings in Europe.

The finding is hardly the first to 
debunk important elements of the Russian government’s narrative of who shot down 
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, in the worst atrocity of the
war in 
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/index.html?inline=nyt-geo> Ukraine.

At the time, 
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