MDF meeting Sheffield Sat 27th Jan 2018

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Jan 10 2018 11:19
MDF meeting Sheffield Sat 27th Jan 2018

The next Midlands Discussion Forum will be on the subject:
''Crypto-currencies, high-tech cure all or pseudo solution to capitalism's quagmire''
It will be upstairs at 'The Rutland Arms' pub, 86 Brown Street, Sheffield, S12BS, from 2-6pm, on Saturday the 27th January, just a short walk from Sheffield central railway and bus stations. This meeting follows on from an earlier one on broader issues around automation.
All welcome.
This earlier analysis of Bitcoin is a good place to start:
http://libcom.org/library/bitcoin-finally-fair-money but digital 'currencies' have proliferated since then and our discussion will expand to look more widely at the relationship between this and the 'real' economy of a crisis ridden capitalism.

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Jan 10 2018 20:54

A thread on this was started on our forum.

http://en.internationalism.org/forum/1056/jk1921/14653/bitcoin

But is this really the most important question to discuss right now?

The protests in Iran, and the split in the AF, are two that come quickly to mind

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Jan 11 2018 21:20
Alf wrote:
The protests in Iran, and the split in the AF

Maybe these two subjects aren't quite as significant as each other?

Anyway, it is worth checking Communist Anarchism (ex-AF) every now and then for new articles and info.

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Jan 11 2018 12:37

Crypto-currencies (or commodities if you prefer) alongside various proposed and existing 'local currencies' and proposals for 'positive money' rank alongside a variety of other 'funny money' ideas and a misplaced understanding of the role of banks and credit in modern capitalism that are rife amongst many on the left, and especially both left and right-wing libertarians, gaining ground as people look for some way out of the recent round of capitalist disasters and are certainly worthy of our discussion.
(I'm reminded of my brief comment here a while back now: https://libcom.org/forums/general/funny-money-bristol-bookfair-30042014)
I should add perhaps that a lot of the libertarian enthusiasm relates to aspects of the underlying technology related to the 'blockchain' system and it's claimed (rightly or wrongly) potential for decentralised social organisation. See here as a short starter: www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2010s/2017/no-1360-december-2017/pathfinders-rattle-blockchains

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Jan 11 2018 19:48

Never know, someone from the Communist Anarchism project/group may be able to come to this meeting.

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Jan 11 2018 20:55

I'll probably be there.