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Anarchism and Cybernetics: A Missed Opportunity Revisited

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Three provides a historical and conceptual overview of both anarchism and cybernetics, focusing on recent developments in anarchist social movement practice and Stafford Beer’s organisational ... More


Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Thomas Swann

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Through a focus on control (self-organisation) and communication (alternative social media platforms), Anarchist Cybernetics explores the structures and functions of radically participatory and ... More


Control (Part I): Tactics, Strategy and Grand Strategy

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Four returns to the description of the anarchist Viable System Model to focus on the distinction between the functional roles involved in the anarchist cybernetic organisation. A three-part ... More


Control (Part II): Effective Freedom and Collective Autonomy

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Five builds focuses on the tactical autonomy the different parts of an anarchist cybernetic organisation have and the strategic constraints on that autonomy. Drawing on how autonomy is ... More


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