Douglas La Rocca on Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:16:58 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Stephen Foley: Bitcoin needs to learn from past

> As an anti-capitalist and precarized content producer now I wonder

As a Marxist (more or less in agreement with the 2nd International), I
have to say these two recently popular concepts on the Left need to be
critically evaluated.

For "anti-capitalist": this would be considered in Hegel-speak a
"simple negation" and doesn't specify much at all.

The so-called "precariat" is a recent invention that repeats the
post-60s habit of searching for the "new revolutionary subject,"
i.e. something other than the proletariat. I'm not challenging it
as a sociological description but rather as a political category.
It is nothing more than a rebranded "lumpenproletariat," currently
being pushed by outfits such as the ISO which are floudering quite
badly at the moment (having failed to consolidate any decent energy


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM, Jaromil <> wrote:

> On Mon, 02 Dec 2013, Florian Cramer wrote:
> > Another way of looking at Bitcoin is to consider it an unintended
> > privacy nightmare in the making. Bitcoin is based on the concept that
> > money is stored in anonymized accounts ("wallets") whose transactions
> > are publicly viewable; that is, all Bitcoin transactions ever made by
> > anyone, permanently archived.
> Yes, it is basically a chain of contracts, triple-signed...
> How funny that justicialist detractors have so far fought it as a
> criminal tool, while even the most financially coercitive apparata have
> never managed to put in place such a formidable device for financial
> control and disintermediation.


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