Mon Sep 24th, 2007 at 07:16:17 PM EST
The Venture Communist Telephony Collective, Telekommunisten, launches Initial Public Offering giving labour-investors the opportunity to earn equity in this anti-capitalist technology startup.
Founded in May 1st, 2006, Telekommunisten is working toward experimenting with and developing the practice of Venture Communism. Starting from the point of departure that political power is an extension of economic power, Venture Communism proposes that the workers of the world can not address the many problems that Capitalism and Corporate Rule is inflicting on the world unless we first start producing and sharing differently, enclosing labour power into commons-based production communities, and thereby reducing surplus value extraction.
Workers should exchange their labour product, not sell their labour power. Any change in the social structure can only follow, and never precede, a change in the mode of production. Telekommunisten believe such a change in the mode of production is emerging from the classical anarchist belief in worker's self management along with epoch defining developments in international telecommunications, peer to peer network technology and the growth of the informal economy being spread by international migration and diasporic/trans-local communities.
The existence of Capitalism has always been dependant on privilege granted by the State and enforced by violence, trans-local peer production has the potential to challenge State granted privilege.
On May 1st 2007, Telekommunisten launched its first consumer product Dialstation which allows inexpensive international telephone calls to be made from any normal or mobile telephone and includes a user-generated voucher system which enables any user to transfer credit to any user and thus create their own business or local gift economy.
Telekommunisten is looking to expand their operations and reach and is thus launching an Initial Public Offering, offering labour investors to become worker-owners and take part in the expansion of our economic and political activities.
Currently, Telekommunisten most needs graphic designers/artists to create graphics, animations, and videos to help promote and explain our products as well as the political issues involved and to help us create new products such as t-shirts, stickers and other memorabilia.
We also need writers and translators to improve our communications and make them available in other languages. Also, we need energetic and friendly people to distribute Telekommunisten materials in their local area and help spread the word.
Now I think this is the most interesting workers' collective since the hard left miners at Tower Colliery bought their own pit.
The guy behind it - Dmitry Kleiner - knows his Marx, but more to the point, also knows his telecomms and IT.
Whether Dialstation will cut it asa a product in the hard world out there remains to be seen, but not having to pay rentier investors could be a competitive advantage....