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Ãrsan Åenalp on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:53:41 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> some reflections on the history-hack by Holmes: new brief history of

This is Brian's Volatile Smile - Information's Metropolis online:

Full of hacks..

Just tried to point 2 of the sharpest points that created a cerebral
drift in my mind (though I need to look further for facts and figures
to establish the idea) in Brian Holmes' de-tour of Chicago, the
Information's Metropolis. Potentially I believe that the story Holmes
lies down here might change the brief history of neoliberalism into
the longer history of emergence of global Informationalism as the
sub-structure, mode of production kicking off sort of Renaissance 2.0.
Which might be starting somewhere in the mid-late 19th century, and
evolving into Modernism 2.0, with ups and downs, turbulence and vortex
created by crises, wars, revolutions, and counter- passive revolutions
spreading capitalism globally in in the late 20 and early 21th
century; bringing about potentially further 'Enlightenment' for some
of us, while growing the shadow of darkness for more with global
religious wars, surveillance, fascism and Nazisms..

The first point is the role of philoscienticst immigrated from Eastern
European to UK and USA played in the recent world history; ex-citizens
of fallen Austo-Hungarian Empire either emigrated US during the 1. or
2. World War and their children, like the case of Melamed in Holmes'
piece. The fact that almost all names bear direct and indirect
influence of Ernst Mach; who was buried by Lenin in his criticism of
Mach and Avernarious' Emprio-Criticism, most and foremost to eliminate
his political rival Bogdanov and his attempt to advance dialectical
materialism by putting Mach's idealist energetism upside down and
syhtesise it by Marx' abstraction methodology that tuned inside out by
Engels. The First generation followers of the original work of Mach
were Carl Menger and his students like Eugen B??hm von Bawerk founders
of 'marginalism' in a public struggle against Marx and his labour
theory of value; both deeply influence the 2nd generation Austrian
economists Ludwig Von Mises and Joseph Schumpeter founders of
Neoliberalism; the third generation self-organises themselves under
Hayek's and Neurath's leadership forming the Vienna Circle. Mises then
is based to Chicago, levelling the ground for the offspring by
educating architects of financial architecture will be built-in the
Information's Metropolis\ Friedman and Chicago boyz. Interested in
Sensory-order, and working of the brain cells from his early ages,
Hayek visits Mises in Chicago and learns from him too, before moving
to and settling in the 'City' of London. Others like Wiener and
Bartalennfy, founders of Cybernetics and Complex Systems analysis are
rooted in Vienna Circle as well. Others like Tesla, Einstein, Bohr,
Boltzman, Broglie brothers, Heisenberg, Neumann, Popper/Soros- the
list goes on and on have shaped the future of US, West, and global
capitalism. Not to include for all the names mentioned but what we see
is that there has been sort of masonic, Rotarian networking that have
had linked the Vienna Circle to London and Chicago, but also to Los
Angles; where the Hollywood and the Silicon Valley, other aspects of
the Information Metropolis found life.

The second point is the emergence of computer out of the operation
research group formed by MI-6, led by Alan Turing, resulting in the
discovery of the Turing Machine that was build to crack the Echelon,
complex machine that was generating new encryption code every 24 hours
during the war to encrypt the communication used by Nazi armies. Such
an hack allowed US-UK, NY-Chicago-LA and City based Western capitalism
to give a cybernetically controlled end to the 2nd World War. It is
for sure that there has been direct working relations formed between
Hayek, Turing, and even Wittgenstein, with MI-6 and CIA; as all served
in the army at the same side during the war. Such connection would go
further in the development of the operation research units idea, and
linking into Friedman's project under Mises' supervision.

The specific connections still needs to be constructed and established
yet the above insights are strongly founded in Holmes' redo of the
brief history of neoliberalism. When the construction is ready though
I believe such a re-history would allows us to rethink of the
Renaissance moment, that starts with conscious work on human as well
as other second and third order complex systems; taking modernism of
Renissance step further, by taking self's consciousness on his/her
conscious as the object of conscious enquiry. Unfortunatelly while on
this path important leap made by Marx, and second by Mach; and first
line closed of by Lenin and take up by
Austro-economico-philo-scientics. To grasp how this fractionating
outplayed in 20th century one really needs to grasp the role of math,
theoretical physics, computers, algorithms, complex systems analyses,
chaos thinking, so on etc, how and why they are constructed as they
are today by who and put at work in form of Internet, financial
architecture so on to see these connections.

The problem is while unified science or meta-methodology is the
fundamental of todays' operational research units, formed by and
working for Quants of WallStreet, Sys admins of NSA, teams working at
Nasa, CERN, AI, Genome, Brain research, media and marketing
departments and CEOs of transnational corporations like Google,
facebook, twitter so on while the public academia still is divided
into disciplinary partial knowledge compartments; emancipatory forces
would have hardship to catch up with what has been happening to
humanity. As one reads Lenin's Emprio-criticism with close attention,
one can easily see how he did not have the time and interest to be put
in nature, cosmos and human, from a unified scientific praxis for
emancipation, instead of talking of it rhetorically; as a tool for
politics and class struggle.. So he builds a totally wrong and
misleading argumentation based of critic of central role of
'sensation' and 'experience', which is a electro-magnetic and
informational process dialectically and materially connecting the
observing mental and the observed material. This wrong, manipulated,
and very harsh offencive critic of Lenin, accusing him being pure
idealist Machean revisionist brakes the political arms and legs of
Bogdanov;  and Stalin makes sure that Bogdanov and his ideas remained
dead enough. In return this disallows official Orthodox Marxism to go
catch-up neoliberal Autrians, growing cells in the new transnational
Empire, while serving the grow of its systemic reach by providing a
polarity for power accumulation; thus at the end communist hypothesis,
emancipatory path that was opened with first Renaissance has
collapsed, and revolution failed in delivering material and political
strategy better then capitalism in return. It was very unfortunate
that Lenin's attack did work, so that ever since Althusser up till
today Marxists around the world could not find the way out of
labyrinth and did not have any clue about who the hell was Bogdanov
and his methodological leap forward would mean the oppressed; let
alone the significance of Avenarious's and Mach's critics of Locke,
Human and Comte's Empiricism, children of the Scottish 'Enlightment';
and how Bogdanov's hack would mean reopening that emancipatory path
for the emerging second Renaissance


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