‘The Present and Future of Engineers’

October 2021 Forums Events and announcements ‘The Present and Future of Engineers’

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    ZJW
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    Nick Chavez: ‘ The Present and Future of Engineers’:
    https://brooklynrail.org/2021/10/field-notes/THINKING-ABOUT-COMMUNISM

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    ALB
    Keymaster

    Interesting. I noted this towards the beginning of the last section:

    “What can be said with near certainty is that a revolution that does not have substantial participation from engineers is doomed to fail at implementing communism. The material basis for communism is not proletarian rage or mass-scale dispossession, it is centuries of labor now embodied in the form of fixed capital: machinery, buildings, global productive infrastructure, and countless commodities. There is a cruel irony to the fact that communism has been made possible by the brutal subjugation of the majority of the planet’s population into wage labor, but it is indeed mass manufacturing and global distributive capacity that makes a planned social system, controllable by the collective human desire for wellbeing, possible. Capitalism has created the technical means for a society based on the rational safeguarding and expansion of human welfare, but not necessarily the social forms that are conducive to such a society. Engineering, as it currently exists, represents the overwhelming bulk of the technical knowledge existing within capitalism, but is socially composed in a way that would necessarily be dissolved by the establishment of communism.“

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