Any existing structures and all the conditions of doing business are always in a process of change. Every situation is being upset before it has had time to work itself out.
As a matter of fact, capitalist economy is not and cannot be stationary. Nor is it merely expanding in a steady manner. It is incessantly being revolutionized from within by new enterprise, i.e., by the intrusion of new commodities or new methods of production or new commercial opportunities into the industrial structure as it exists at any moment. Any existing structures and all the conditions of doing business are always in a process of change. Every situation is being upset before it has had time to work itself out. Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil.
Our misfitting is our overflowing, the overflowing of our creativity, our magnificent being-able-to. So get thee gone to the dustbin of history, capital, and let us get on with making the world anew
The argument is simple. We make capitalism: we must stop making it and do something else. This means setting doing against abstract labour: this we must, can and already do.
[T]he pejorative use of this epithet [Luddite] by information revolutionaries slanders the real nature of a movement that represented a coherent protest against destructive industrialization advanced under the banner of technological necessity. And, just as in the first industrial revolution capital accumulated itself through popular immiseration, so the computerized ‘second industrial revolution’ will expand corporate wealth and control by massive dislocation, deskilling, and unemployment. What is required to confront this prospect is a revival of the resistant spirit of General Ludd – a neo-Luddism for the information age.
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If a large part of the world’s population survives on less than a dollar a day, it is usually because they have constructed forms of mutual solidarity and support that generally do not exist in the more ‘advanced’ parts of the world. In many parts of the world, the construction of alternative social relations is simply a necessity: capitalist employment is irrelevant and the capitalist state does not function even as police or constructor of roads. […] Simple survival requires that people come together and take over the running of their neighbourhood or town, and in the process radical relations of solidarity are often constructed.