"I wouldn't want my anarchist friends to be in charge of a nuclear power station": David Harvey, anarchism, and tightly-coupled systems
An industry-specific response to David Harvey's popular claim that anarchists can neither run nor combat 'tightly-coupled systems', specifically nuclear power plants and air-traffic control. This paper is examines the the former and critiques Harvey's understanding of how such systems meet anarchist theory and practice, arguing that hierarchy does not make such systems safer or more efficient - quite the contrary.
The big problems arise, however, when you seek and try to ask yourself the question how can the international division of labour be so orchestrated so that all of us have enough to eat and reasonable material need are met and that - right now that is organized, of course, partially through command and control structures of corporate capital and partly through market engagements and when you
Its happening all across America - rural landowners waking up to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. The reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the ""Saudi Arabia of natural gas."" Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground - a hydraulic drilling process called ""fracking""- and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe?
4000 anti-nuclear protesters defied a police ban and marched along the coastline towards the KNPP nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Without provocation, the police started battering people with sticks, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, and chased many people into the sea.
The police confiscated or damaged cameras, and assaulted several journalists who had been covering events.
The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?
The issue of privatisation is a contentious issue for many. I constantly ask myself why I want the state to control a variety of services when I actually want to abolish the state. For me the answer is two-fold. Firstly, the society that I want to see is not about to arrive any time soon, although you never known.
In this bitterly sardonic “imaginary interview” written in 1986 at the crest of the anti-nuclear protest movement in Germany, Günther Anders—best known in the United States for his 1961 book about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Burning Conscience)—explains his rejection of pacifism and dogmatic non-violence under the permanent “State of Emergency” of the nuclear age, ridiculing the theatrical protest tactics (“happenings”) of the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s, evoking the right to self-defense as enshrined in international and ecclesiastical law and comparing today’s political and military leaders to those whose crimes led to the 60 million dead of WW2.
State of Emergency and Self-Defense: An Imaginary Interview with Günther Anders – Günther Anders
1. The End of Pacifism
Imaginary Interviewer (Int): We heard a rumor that you object to being called a “pacifist”. I am sure you will understand that we are disturbed and even shocked by this rumor.
In this text written in 1986 in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Jean-Pierre Baudet defines nuclear power as “the logical result of the theoretical-practical aberration based on the dispossession of men...reduced to the status of mere economic subjects”, and discusses certain features it has in common with commodity society, such as its basis in separation and secrecy, its “blind indifference” regarding the survival of its protagonists and its “hostility towards man” as it decrees “a permanent state of emergency” and wages “the real total war about which the madmen of the past could only dream” against its “inadequate” human “prop”.
Nuclear Energy as the Continuation of War by Other Means – Jean-Pierre Baudet
“Do you tremble, skeleton? You would tremble even more if you knew where I am taking you.” (Turenne)
“Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.” (Tacitus)
“My soldiers would be perfect if they did not have families and homes.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)
A report released this week by the Associated Press detailed extensive Tritium leaks at Nuclear Power facilities across the U.S., bolstering some critic’s arguments that Nuclear power is not a viable means of providing safe, sustainable energy.
Tritium – an isotope of hydrogen – is not dangerous to humans externally, but is a radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin.
The report found that leaks of the radioactive substance were discovered at a staggering 75% of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, in many cases leaking into nearby groundwater through corroded and I’ll maintained pipes.
Address to those who would rather abolish harmful phenomena than manage them - Encyclopedie des Nuisances
An essay proclaiming the pivotal role of "harmful phenomena"--broadly defined to include everything from nuclear meltdowns to the construction of a superhighway--in the resurgence of a movement of "anti-economic and anti-statist emancipation", and warning against reformist "ecologism" as "the principle agent of censorship of the social critique latent in the struggle against harmful phenomena".
Address to Those Who Would Rather Abolish Harmful Phenomena than Manage Them - Encyclopédie des Nuisances