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Necessary conceptuals & language



"We are comrades when we face the same dangers." (A.Platonov)

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How to download books:
    * TOTALISM-ARCHIVE🔗/BOOKS : CHT internal collection. Ask for access.
    * : "Library Genesis" book search. ~90% of anything that is online.
    * : adds ~10% unique, has ~30% overlap with LibGen
    * : Scientific articles, via their DOI (Wiki🔗Digital_object_identifier)

    A downloadable library with shared annotations and advanced theoretical tools.
    Expect a release / developments in 2017.
    Also see: 🔗text (Text.Totalism project).


Advanced-stage capitalism is not only a way of organising work. It's a total system, with players in position of power (owners of capital / "the 1%") directly and indirectly dominating culture and nature. This would make any shift in the core of capitalism a topic with total consequences.

    Jeremy Rifkin / The End of Work
"The end of work" is the upcoming abstraction and machine automation of mostly all that is currently understood as work. Inside capitalism, the critical moment is specifically where technology meets capital: who gets to own this "capital": the "factory without the worker".
This book, originally published in 1995, demonstrates that end of work (=end of jobs) is an immediate reality. For most, who are currently subsisting through participation in the wage labour system, this is also end of getting paid and able to "not die". The (postfordist) idea of "for every job at the bottom closed by technology, there's one opening at the top" is ridiculous and proven wrong here.
The "sharing economy" and their VC-backed, for-profit enterprises, are not going to help that.
Possible solution: Wiki🔗Universal_Basic_Income, but disputed as untenable by for example D.Kleiner.

    McKenzie Wark / Hacker Manifesto
Hackers producing abstractions are a societal Class (in a postmarxist sense, a third class) that goes against the capitalizing capture of abstract knowledge.
Obvious examples are intellectual property patents and closed source technology.
Hackerspaces are about replicating common access to high technology, and are (or could be) the defining agent of change to the way technology is developed and propagated.
Hackbases (and CHT as an instance) are a direct result of this idea:
    #1) hacking is political (not "having fun with technology") - there is a common interest
    #2) hackbases are a necessary new institution for this class to self-develop, as a platform for new strategies to be developed and executed
    #3) curate the strategies as an independent, consistent & consequential hacker micro-state, that can be replicated

Independence from whimsicality of current institutions is a base motive to how CHT operates. Reliance on either governments and local councils, or personal first-world wealth shared among a group of niceties you choose to tolerate, or any other reactionary instinct, is rejected. 
Examples of successful abstractions brought to commons:
    * vectorialist "UNIX" system freed by hackers (Stallman, Torvalds et al) -> GNU/Linux
    * ... and open-source software in general
    * closed encyclopedias for sale, controlled by central authorities -> Wikipedia
    * [...]

    Dmytri Kleiner / Telekommunist Manifesto
Theoretical foundations for real work at some of those strategies.
Copyfarleft, Venture communism, etc.
A license that says "You cannot use this in a for-profit driven enterprise."
This goes against free software licenses, which specifically propagates full freedom of anyone to use the work in full capacity.

    Yippie Manifesto ("Steal this book")
A practice-minded attitude alignment & inspiration. Yippies (and Situationists in general) were an even more concrete practical-political attempt back in 1970s. Make your own cornflakes and yoghurt, don't pay rent but squat buildings, etc.

    Monochrom / "Hacking the Spaces"
Brilliant essay on hacker ethics that sets terrain for hackerspace + coliving = hackbase.


    Bruce Sterling / Maneki Neko
Life in a world with Maneki Neko, a society running on an organising tool similar to middlemachine - the workflow agent developed and used at CHT. A shine of non-dystopic elements in Quantified self + Internet of things + Cybernetics + Smart ideation/execution agents.

    Lion Kimbro / How to make a complete map of every thought you think
A mess of a book and the author fully acknowledges that, but it couldn't be any other way. The problem with "social activism" is capturing the complex totality of ideas, and finding a clear executive action narrative, personal and inter-personal. In the individual sense, not in this currently trendy sense of "communities".

    Ted Nelson / I don't buy in
... plus everything else he ever wrote. Introduced the terms "Hypertext", "Hypermedia", "Transclusion", "Intertwingularity", "Teledildonics", etc. Also see Vannevar Bush and Douglas Engelbart.

    Kazimir Malevich - Suprematist painting

 (St.Petersburg, ~1917)

    Project Cybersyn
->>> Wiki🔗Project_Cybersyn
An idea of a data-driven governance model / society.
Cybernetic totalism in 1970's socialist Chile.

    Cognitive Dissonance Theory (Festinger)
->>> Wiki🔗Cognitive_dissonance
Violent protection of own's idiosyncrasies when faced with self-conflict.

    CHT / Hackbase manual
->>> 🔗manual
CHT is a coliving infrastructure, not a community.
Community-based systems are reproduced through people explaining things to each other (over and over again). Infrastructural systems are formed and reproduced through defining processes.

    Tom Whyman / "Cupcake fascism"
->>> "Cupcake Fascism" by Tom Whyman


    The Limits to Growth
Overshoot / systems thinking in numbers / totalism ("trying to capture totality of a system and base ethical decision on top of that"). One of the necessary foundations for anthropocenic thought.

    McKenzie Wark / Molecular Red : Theory for the Anthropocene
Bogdanov's early 20th century vision of a (communist) science of organisation (Tektology), one of the foundations of Wiki🔗systems theory.
    "In Molecular Red, McKenzie Wark creates philosophical tools for the Anthropocene, our new planetary epoch, in which human and natural forces are so entwined that the future of one determines that of the other."
    "Common sense has it that the Cold War is over, that the Soviet Union lost and the United States won. While some would wish to hibernate in some “psychic soviet,” the dominant mood is that regnant American-style capitalism won a global victory. The historic arc of Molecular Red is different. In this version, the collapse of the Soviet system merely prefigures the collapse of the American one. While the ruins of the first are real and poignant, the ruins of the latter have not quite been apprehended for what they are."

    New Babylon (Constant Nieuwenhuys)

Wiki🔗New_Babylon_(Constant_Nieuwenhuys): "... is an anti-capitalist city, perceived and designed in 1959-74 as a future potentiality by visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys."
For best explication, see McKenzie Wark's The Beach Beneath the Street, The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Chapter 11).


* (Hackbases central site)
* , especially:
    * [...]
* (by Maxigas)

    On CHT:
* 🔗web - Project's main website
* July 2017 article on the hackbase, its wider political context, and possible implications by @manisha_bot.
* May 2013 DeskMag article on CHT and other similar spaces (report from OuiShare Fest #1 panel). Probably what popularised the co-occurrence of "coliving+coworking"?
* 🔗project-hss - The CHT HACKER|SPACE|SHIP is a concept developed in April 2013: one random possibility what could be done (or thought) with this hackbase

    Other spaces:
* 🔗alike - worldwide list of spaces (infrastructure) and typologies
* 🔗calendar - calendar of hacker/theory/art events in Europe
* 🔗maps - downloadable free geo-maps

    Resources / Wikis:
* P2P Foundation wiki
* Appropedia Wiki !!!!!!! (basic infrastructure technology)
* OpenSource Ecology Wiki (basic machinery)
* N55 manuals !!
* (Water)
* (Interesting)

Other reading lists

Also see:
    * ("Reading lists for hackers")
    * ("Theory" mailing list, inactive)
    * [...]

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