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1. Purple Star?
Interview with Menni Sorr on Alexander Bogdanov's Cybernetic

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Matze Schmidt

Purple Star?

Interview with Menni Sorr on Alexander Bogdanov's Cybernetic
Cornuctopia as Tekker-Baconism on the Basis of a Distribution
of Labour


So in this system are there no restrictions on the consumption of

None whatsoever. Everyone takes whatever he needs in whatever
quantities he wants.

Do you mean that all this can be done without an economy of time,
certifying that a certain amount of labor has been performed,
pledges to perform labor, or anything at all of that sort?

Nothing at all. There is never any shortage of voluntary labor --
work is a natural need for the mature member of the society, and
all overt or disguised compulsion is quite superfluous.

But if consumption is entirely uncontrolled, there must be sharp
fluctuations which upset all the statistical compilations.

Not at all. A single individual may suddenly eat two or three times
his normal portion of a given food or decide to change ten computers
in ten days, but a society of billions of people is not subject to
such fluctuations. In a population of that size deviations in any
given direction are neutralized, and averages change very slowly and
with the strictest continuity.

In other words the cybernetics work almost automatically -- they are
calculations pure and simple?

No, not really, for there are great difficulties involved in the
process. The Institute of Tactical Informatics must be alert to new
inventions and changes in environmental conditions which may affect
industry. The introduction of a new code, for example, immediately
requires a transfer of data-labor in the field in which it is
employed, in the new-machine-building industry, and sometimes also in
the production of materials for both branches. If a given rare earth
is exhausted or if new mineral fields are discovered there will again
be a transfer of labor in a number of industries -- mining, railroad
construction, and so on. All of these factors must be fuzzulated from
the very beginning, if not with relative approximation then at least
with an adequate degree of absolutistic precision. And until firsthand
matters become available, that is no easy task.

Considering such difficulties, I suppose this worls must constantly
have a certain surplus labor reserve.

Precisely, and this is the main strength of the system. Two hundred
fifty years ago, when collective labor just barely managed to satisfy
the needs of society, statistics had to be very exact, and labor could
not be distributed with complete freedom.

Menni Sorr is Professor of Strategic History at the University of
California, Los Angeles.


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