Automation

“Whereas once we were flesh and blood man, now we are soulless machines.”

We are reaching the dawn of the machine age, a world dominated by silicon rather than meat, but what does it exactly entail for humanity? Many things it turns out, and what holds the key to dystopian nightmares also holds the key to a future paradise, how things turn out are ultimately up to us.

The relentless neoliberal drive towards the increase of “growth” and “productivity” in the name of the Market has first lead to men being treated like machines, making the worker beholden to the corporate bureaucracy like a slave is beholden to the whip. In time however, even wage slavery isn’t enough for our bourgeois overlords, and so they turn to all out mechanization instead.

There soon won’t be a “labor market,” because there will be no laborers, everything will be automatized. This will lead to mass unemployment and a huge social crisis in the decades to come, income inequality will become even worse than it is now, as there would now exist a huge permanently unemployable underclass numbering in the hundreds of millions, if not billions, and this, combined with the pressure of climate change, will be the spark of revolution, and quite possibly, collapse along with it.

The very real potential of proletarian revolution scares our capitalist overlords, and this is why they’re proposing UBI, or “universal basic income,” basically bread and circuses to keep the masses complacent enough not to revolt. It also serves the dual purpose as the carrot and the stick, the carrot being UBI and the stick being that vital lifeline in this automated hellworld being yanked away at the slightest hint of rebellion and rejection of the capitalist hegemony.

In the end, however, as bad as automation will be, climate change will be our ultimate reckoning. The fallout of both combined will be either disastrous for humanity as a whole, as we get flung back into the stone age, or it will be the birth of a new order, a socialist order. Indeed, we already see the beginnings of the global socialist revolution to come, as the workers begin organizing and resisting, as dual power structures start to be set up to ignore capitalist society entirely.

These exist on the fringes of society of course, capitalism still holds sway, but cracks are forming beneath the surface. During the later days of feudalism, capitalist unions existed on the fringes of society as well, in the cities with merchant trade guilds, and when the time was ripe for action the capitalists lead a revolution that overthrew the feudal aristocracy and replaced it with a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie in its wake.

Our time will come, and that day is sooner than you think, so don’t give in to the forces of pessimism, for that’s what the capitalist bastards want.

The G7, the Bourgeoisie, and the Fate of Humanity

I don’t give a fuck if Trudeau and Boris are mocking Trump, they are not our friends. I just saw that video of the G7, such bourgeois decadence. The rich are not our friends, they are our enemy. We sit at the precipice of the literal fucking apocalypse, and they would rather save a few measly bucks than steer course and save the fucking fate of our entire species.

They continue to plunder our natural resources, they continue to exploit workers and the environment, they continue to use fossil fuels, the end is nigh and no carbon credit tax is gonna stop that. Instead it just engenders backlash as it puts the brunt on the poor, rather than the wealthy as they always do.

Death to the bourgeoisie, death to capitalism. If you want a future for your children and grandchildren abolish capitalism, the fate of humanity itself depends on it. Workers of the world, unite!

10 Mysteries of Titan

The excellent as always Mr John Michael Godier has come out with a new video, I suggest giving it a watch. Mr Godier here explains ten mysteries of Titan, the only moon in our solar system with a substantial atmosphere, and the only other terrestrial body in our solar system with surface liquids, specifically lakes and rivers of liquid methane. It’s also becoming more and more evident that prebiotic chemistry of sorts is occurring on Titan, and what’s happening their may hold clues for the origin of life here on earth as well, as the early earth is believed to have been very similar to Titan.

It’s even possible we may find life there, however such life would be totally alien to our own, utilizing an entirely different, and also entirely hypothetical, biochemistry than the water based one that is used on earth. Titan also quite likely has a subsurface ocean of liquid water, and that subsurface ocean may very well have hydrothermal vents, meaning that it’s quite likely that even if no life is found on Titan’s surface, that life may still be found on Titan irregardless of its surface conditions.

On Anarchy

You can only get so much done writing a 900 page thesis on the nature of revolution inside your ivory towers. All talk and no action these ideologues are, such folly! Turn away your old dogmas and realize how they have failed, the revolutions of the 20th century have failed to bring about communism, as they have always fallen prey to capitalist subversion of the revolution, of the reintroduction of class struggle and capitalist hegemony.

Under the state, capitalism always wins. Attempting to overthrow the unjust system by co-opting the state, or replacing it with a so-called “worker’s state,” a term that is itself inherently oxymoronic, will only lead to the corruption of the revolutionary force trying to force change via the state.

If you want true change, genuine change, that changes the very fabric of society itself, abolish the state. Only when you abolish the state do you abolish capitalism, for they go hand in hand. Marxism has failed; it’s time to try a new tactic.

Capitalism requires the state to enforce its hegemony, its inherently unequal distribution of control over resources. Police and armies protect capital, not you. Reject the state, and reject the police, for they are not your friends.

For the Leninists in my audience realize this, why has almost every so-called “socialist state” failed to implement communism, and have always fallen prey to capitalist forces? Let’s examine the “mass line” tenet of Maoism for an example, even with the Cultural Revolution and popular struggle against corrupt bureaucrats to hold the party accountable, China still fell to revisionist capitalists.

They didn’t accomplish shit in the end, it was merely meaningless chaos that ultimately failed to accomplish its goals. Deng Xiaoping reintroduced capitalism into China, and today China is even more stratified socially than even the US is.

Let’s look at another example, the Soviet Union itself. The USSR ended up becoming another imperialist force, crushing genuine worker’s revolutions in Hungary, the Prague, and elsewhere, and functioned as just another colonialist power in Siberia, oppressing its indigenous peoples so Russian settlers could move in. The Soviet Union ultimately fell itself, and Tsarism has come back to haunt modern day Russia once again.

It should be noted that many Russians today are nostalgic for the “good old days” of the Soviet Union, and I will acknowledge that the economic policies of the USSR were far more worker-friendly than they are today, you weren’t liable to become poor for instance because the Soviet Union provided for everyone, being strapped for cash wasn’t a thing back then as it is now in modern Russia.

But even with that prosperity came the price of liberty, the USSR was hella authoritarian, and still was subject to market forces. It was state capitalist, not socialist. Socialism cannot be meaningfully achieved under a state, no matter the intentions of the state’s founders. States are inherently corrupting forces, in order for the revolution to enact meaningful, long lasting change, ditch the state as a vector for revolution, it doesn’t work.

 

 

The invention of fire

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4874402/

The above is a useful overview of what we know about the first invention of fire by early humans and its effects on mankind’s evolution. The earliest definitive use for fire use is around a million and a half years old, but phylogenetic analysis puts the invention of fire further back to around two million years ago, this is corroborated by the anatomical characteristics of species like Homo erectus, with reduced jaws and teeth that in some cases were the size of the teeth of modern people, as well as more reduced musculature compared to the non-human great apes and a far bigger brain in relation to body size than australopithecines, our ancestors, and great apes, with cranial capacity reaching up to 1100 cm.

The earliest evidence for habitual fire use dates to around 500,000 years ago, and we have indirect evidence that we were making glue from around this time too, see the article for more details on that. There’s some evidence both Neanderthals and early modern humans practiced fire stick farming from at least 120,000 years ago, and there’s evidence of leather working from around this time, for those who don’t know leather requires fire to make, and there’s also evidence for hand drills from around 400,000 years ago as well, instead of simply using the friction from rubbing two sticks together in an hearth on top of some kindling to ignite a fire, which is presumably the first method we devised for actually making fire.

We likely had the ability to control fire before we invented methods to ignite it, this would require knowledge of slow-burning materials to maintain fires for long periods of time, animal dung does the trick.

Tabby’s Star

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/09/evaporating-exomoon-could-explain-weird-light-patterns-of-tabbys-star

Apparently the riddle of Tabby’s Star has been solved, the weird light fluctuations (which aren’t due to alien megastructs, if they were we would only be seeing infrared due to waste heat emissions, instead the patterns are consistent with those of dust) are due to tidal disruptions of an icy exomoon of a planet orbiting Tabby’s Star. In other words, an exomoon is being shred to bits by the star itself and the resulting chaos is what’s causing the dimmings.

Similar explanations have been proposed for the other oddly dimming stars out there, just how common is this phenomenon of moonnapping?

Note that this is only preliminary, further research is needed, and that such a coincidence could explain these odd dimmings seems unlikely.

Olmec continuity

In a sense the Olmecs never vanished, their civilization may have fallen but their legacy lives on. Indeed the people of Oaxaca and Veracruz are in part descended from the Olmecs, with the language the Olmecs presumably spoke, Mixe-Zoquean, still spoken by hundreds of thousands of people to this very day. Aside from genealogy and linguistics there are several other Olmec cultural influences that have survived to the present day. One of these being the Mesoamerican ballgame, which is still played in modified form in rural Mesoamerican villages to this very day as well.

Aside from the elements of Olmec culture that have lasted to the present day, another Olmec cultural influence that survived for ages and is still worshiped by a few indigenous practitioners is the Feathered Serpent, most famously known by his Aztec name Quetzalcoatl, however he was also known to the Maya as Kukulkan and to the Yucatek as Ququmatz. The Feathered Serpent is an ancient deity, having originated with the Olmecs and who is still being venerated to this very day. In a sense, the Olmecs never vanished at all.