This quote from Marx and Engels certainly describes current management practices. I have experience of management workshops where the socially and psychologically disruptive methods outlined in the quote below are promoted and explicitly employed. The aim is to keep workers on their toes - constantly off balance, not certain where next they will be required to jump. It’s quite nasty and all done in the name of economic efficiency. The workers are considered as a raw resource, that can be made redundant if they don’t do what is required of them, whether they are an administrator, researcher or Professor. It is pure McKinsey poison and they predicate it on pseudo-science - which makes it even worse because the theory is so flakey. The latest wheeze is to employ neuro-science to validate their practices.

Foucault would role in his grave - but I imagine he would also role in his grave if he read the Accelerationist Manifesto. I’ve not read it, but the quote Ruth gave from Gottlieb’s review makes it sound like the other side of the same coin as McKinsey. It is also promoting normative values, just with a different character. I’m pretty sure I’m not an Accelerationist (or that I consciously subscribe to any other ism).

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Simon







On 24 Apr 2016, at 01:08, Michael Szpakowski <szpako@yahoo.com> wrote:

Marx & Engels on accelerationism in 1848:

"The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."

   This does the *descriptive* job as well as anything written since and it still stands perfectly well...
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