Speculations: Command and Control Ecologies

Deterritorial Investigations

Global warming and climate change will change how US military trains and goes to war

Political groupings and executive authorities appear to be totally incapable of understanding the full implications of these issues. Despite having recently initiated a partial realization of the most obvious dangers that threaten the natural environment of our societies, they are generally content to simply tackle industrial pollution and then from purely technocratic perspective… [i]

Some of the earliest ruminations on what we now call the ‘age of the Anthropocene’ entered directly into popular culture and scientific thought from within elements of capitalism’s organizations of power themselves. This would be the book The Limits of Growth[ii], commissioned by the Club of Rome – first congregated by the leadership of FIAT -and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The book, co-authored by MIT’s Donella and Dennis Meadows (among others), reported the processes and findings of a study carried out on the World3 computer modeling program; adopting the complex logistics of systems…

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2 responses to “Speculations: Command and Control Ecologies

  1. From the Invisible Committee:

    “Capitalism got as much as it could from undoing all the old social ties, and it is now in the process of remaking itself by rebuilding these same ties on its own terms. Contemporary metropolitan social life is its incubator. In the same way, it ravaged the natural world and is driven by the fantasy that it can now be reconstituted as so many controlled environments, furnished with all the necessary sensors. This new humanity requires a new economy that would no longer be a separate sphere of existence but, on the contrary, its very tissue, the raw material of human relations; it requires a new definition of work as work on oneself, a new definition of capital as human capital, a new idea of production as the production of relations, and consumption as the consumption of situations; and above all a new idea of value that would encompass all of the qualities of beings. This burgeoning ‘bioeconomy’ conceives the planet as a closed system to be managed and claims to establish the foundations for a science that would integrate all the parameters of life. Such a science threatens to make us miss the good old days when unreliable indices like GDP growth were supposed to measure the well-being of a people-for at least no one believed in them.

    ‘Revalorize the non-economic aspects of life’ is the slogan shared by the degrowth movement and by capital’s reform program. Eco-villages, video-surveillance cameras, spirituality, biotechnologies and sociability all belong to the same ‘civilizational paradigm’ now taking shape, that of a total economy rebuilt from the ground up. Its intellectual matrix is none other than cybernetics, the science of systems-that is, the science of their control. In the 17th century it was necessary, in order to completely impose the force of economy and its ethos of work and greed, to confine and eliminate the whole seamy mass of layabouts, liars, witches, madmen, scoundrels and all the other vagrant poor, a whole humanity whose very existence gave the lie to the order of interest and continence. The new economy cannot be established without a similar screening of subjects and zones singled out for transformation. The chaos that we constantly hear about will either provide the opportunity for this screening, or for our victory over this odious project.”


    What is the next spectacular totality to come?

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