Throwing a Wrench in the Gears: Opression Built That iPhone September 26, 2012Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Technology, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
On Monday, a few thousand Foxconn workers rioted because of mistreatment by guards. As even a company recruiter admits, the factory floor is “not a happy place” and “guards often abuse their power over the workers.” Current systems of production rely on horrific exploitation enforced by organized violence. This isn’t a minor failing that the law of accelerating returns will magically solve if we just stay the course of technological capitalism, but a foundational problem of the modern economy. While it may be theoretically possible to create adorable gadgets without such overwhelming human suffering, that’s never been the norm and defies all precedent. Turning electronics tolerable will require a revolution of social relations. We can’t assume innovation in the present path will render politics obsolete; doing so serves the interests of the bosses.
Love and solidity to the workers who fought back. Let’s see more like this.