CLARION CRY! UNFURL THE BANNERS!
joseph at indigo.ie
Tue Aug 6 15:52:13 MDT 1996
Karl: The problem with Spoon Collective is that is has no
clearly established policy, structures nor procedures. Neither
has it a constitution.
Without the above conditons subscribers are never clear as to their
rights and responsibilities. Consequently there can obtain on the
mailing lists para-anarchy entailing confusion and misunderstanding.
This state of affairs hinders the development of debate and
consequently individual and collective development. By this means the
Spoon Collective serves the interest of capitalism. Instead of the
Spoon lists forming a revolutionising cyberspatial community they are
reduced to the nebulous conditon of Brownian motion.
Spoon operates in a higgeldy-piggledy manner. The upshot is that some
of the moderators can act in a whimsical way privileging this
subscriber and expelling that subscriber and whatever else they may
get up to.This can lead to abuse of the positon of moderatorship.
There is also a problem concerning the character of the
moderators themselves. Since there is no clearly established
appointments system they are often, it seems, appointed in a
whimsical fashion. Consequently the Spoon Lists dont always
obtain moderators with the necessary qualities of leadership,
wisdom and political experience. Given the theoretical nature of
the Lists they often lack the necessary theoretical capacity
Essentially Spoon's problem is a political one. Because of the
lack of political vision the Spoon leadership lacks clear vision
and direction. In other words the people running Spoon dont know
why there is a family of Spoon mailing lists and consequently
lack the capacity to delineate the character of their mutual
relationship to each other. In short they have no clearly
developed concept as to what the mailing lists are about. In
other words they lack clearly defined political motivation which
means that they do not recognize that in cyberspace and within
spoonspace the class struggle is being waged in however mediated
a form: A struggle to turn netspace into revolutionary or
I want the Spoon Collective to clearly answer the following
questions to all its subscribers:
Who owns the Spoon Collective and how do these people own it?
What procedures exist for appointing moderators? How does Spoon
function as a collective? What are the decsion making procedures
of this collective?
Until these answers are clearly and publicly answered Spoon is
not going to develop in a positive direction. When they are
anwered then I suggest that there is established a conference or
mailing list in which the entire character of Spoon is thrown
open to debate among the entire subscriber population. After a
reasonable period of discussion decisions must be reached
through democratic procedures involving all subscribers.Without
being preemptive as to how this is done in the detail, my
principal aim is the encouragement of open and democratic debate
and decision making. In this way Spoon stands the best chance of
developing in a healthy direction therby making a contribution,
even if perhaps a modest one, to the development of humanity.
Spoon at this juncture is at a transitional point in its
lifeline.. It can choose to go backwards into sclerosis or
forwards into the future. It can move with history, even nudging
it along, or against it. If Spoon makes the correct choice it
may prove itself a revolutionary pioneer in this relatively new
space. At present, even if in a highly mediated way, the class
struggle has transposed itself onto this fifth dimension.
Consequently being fought out on the plains of cybrspace is a
struggle between the bourgeoise and the working class over
territory. Marxists must fight imperialism on this fresh site in
order to prevent it from colonising all of cyberspace.
Imperialism's total colonisation of cyberspace is, in some ways,
even more ominous than its economic expansion. Cyberspatial
expansion means not only control over human labour and
technology which, in a sense, is confined to inscribing itself
along the surface of being but vertical control. The latter
means imperialism's further penetration into human consciousness
and thereby into the very being of the worker. If the
bourgeoisie succeed here then there will exist an almost totally
reified working class.
The struggle for cyberspace is not merely the struggle to
control information it is also a struggle on the part of the
imperialist bourgeoisie to acquire the means through which to
further subdue the working class. It is a struggle to intensify
the reification of the working people of the world. We must
resist this by combatting attempts to reify debate on the Spoon
So let us now struggle to revolutionise the Spoon Collective by
fighting for its democratrisation. Unfurl the red banners and
march forward with bayonets pointed! Comrades to arms!
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