Hold on a second! What is happening in the USA? The beating heart of capitalism is turning into the second coming of Lenin and Marx. Well, not all of the USA, but certainly Silicon Valley and friends.
Zappos is eradicating all hierarchies and job titles, which is nothing more than anarchy – “the absence of government”.
AirBnb and Uber are turning the tables on haves and have-nots, challenging authority, hierarchy and power.
Predictive Analytics are shaping up to be workforce planning par excellence – every socialist country would have dreamed of having this to organise the masses, to forecast the missing skills and identify the youngsters with the rights aptitude to fill those gaps.
Can’t you just hear all the old anarchists, communists and socialists rejoice?
But you can most certainly see McCarthy turn in his grave, right? Why is Putin fretting about the demise of the Soviet Union and its ideals, when he can just sit back, relax and watch all the entrepreneurs and software developers in Silicon Valley doing his work for him, spreading socialism and anarchy around the globe and challenging political, judicial and economic power structures?
But let’s be clear. This isn’t the old days of the Soviet Union. The motivations are different. This time it’s actually human behaviour driving change. This time it is from the people and for the people. It’s – to quote Colin Ward – “the natural and spontaneous tendency of humans to associate together for their mutual benefit.” And that is the philosophical basis of anarchy. Hasta la Victoria siempre!
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