it's a brave attempt to de-fang what is happening so that it doesn't
threaten a classic anti-capitalist position, fair enough,

(as they say in french, 'circuler, il n'y a rien a voir')

but seeking commonality, we can agree with the author that:

"Technology will always be used by capital to reinforce its domination, but
can equally be used by workers to create a society not based on profit but
on the requirements and needs of society. The battle for control may well,
as Marx stated, be the key to human liberation, but rather than being
located in the “immaterial”, such ­struggles are firmly rooted in the
material challenge to capitalism."

The point is, not just to understand the world, but to do something about
it <g>

The professor's way , given the magazine it's published in, is likely to
count on the workers to strike against capital; but not to actually create
alternatives that take advantage of the new material conditions.


On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 2:13 PM, peter waterman <
> wrote:

> ​I may have previously posted this item, or another version of such.
> However, I don't mind re-posting it in so far as it seems to be a major
> Marxist (not to mention Trotskyist or SWP) position on the matter.
> My feeling is that it is over-determinist. Or that it's pessimism of the
> intellect is unbalanced by an optimism of the will?
> Or, again, that the author does not recognise 1) the technological quantum
> leap that ICT represents (Castells compares it to the invention of the
> alphabet, not the steam-engine), nor 2) the contradictory nature of ICT.
> So, finally, I would appreciate other - better qualified - opinions on the
> matter.
> Pw
> ​
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