With the unveiling of the Alphabet Workers Union, organized within Google’s parent company, this marks a monumental period in history. With only 400 or so members at the time of writing, its small beginnings, but the potential of unions, particularly tech and other unions within dominant massive global corporate structural platforms, is a tremendously exciting development.

Historically, unions were established to ensure better — painfully and laboriously hard won — wages and other rights for workers. Union busting, Red Scare fueled anti-union propaganda, and policy measures within the neoliberal era disempowered collective bargaining, with unionization in the U.S. hovering at…


The Big Five in tech have power exceeding that of governments or even that of other companies combined for that matter. These, and companies like them, must be reined in, transformed into a common resource to serve the public good. The attempts to address the sheer power of these behemoths via distributed cooperative alternatives — exist — but have failed.

So, I’d like to propose a synthesis of sorts. Let’s take Amazon. What is it? It is a marketplace aimed at providing the best quality product for the lowest price. This, in fact, should be applauded. The issue is the…


The web surges with an endless tsunami of data from our digital devices, increasingly taking many forms. This information is provided freely from personal activity measured by these ubiquitous devices, with tacit agreement to, overtime, improve services. Behind the scenes, data is repackaged and sold to advertisers and given freely to intelligence agencies, naturally, to modify behavior to serve the platform, and ultimately elite interests first, and users, second.

Cyberspace is no longer considered the wide open and adventurous wild west, with collective imagination and aspiration abated, straddled by problematic traditions and ways of being, using private platforms for public…


Although it might not seem that way, profound intersecting and compounding events are underway, showing promise toward greater personal freedom, granted that those few in public office that actually seek the good of people as a whole remain clear headed enough and determined enough to enact radical institutional change based on demands from below. Let’s examine some of the leverageable issues:

Lockdown has…

lead to major job losses.

Neoliberal governments have been slow to enact adequate subsidies to individuals for continued consumer spending that keeps the market afloat. We are in the…


Scientists and other experts need the legal authority to intervene in industrial processes that damage the environment or lack the benefit to human flourishing. We need an international agreement among institutions, perhaps through the World Trade Organization, allied with other international institutions, to bring online a public resource management platform. We may call this a return to political economy, whereby the processes within the economy are returned to the scrutiny of the citizens it serves.

To help simplify and provide a starting approach to systemic complexities, we can address what we might call the two functions, which may involve separate…


The Innovative Green Automation of Grocery Retailing

If one is to prepare a healthy meal at home, this requires a sickening amount of plastic and other package materials to go to waste. If one wishes to reduce emissions and other pollutants, one must explore the radical innovation of the grocery retail space.

Freshness is key, so major retailers here can, by law if necessary, from farm to table, put emissions and pollutants into check, while also ensuring freshness. As soon as items are verified as fresh, they are placed in a large metal or some other pneumatic container, that makes…


People on all sides are fiercely saying the other is wrong, blaming groups and actions. Tremendous mistakes are being made on all fronts, but it should be clear this is the system setting everyone up to make them. One is supposed to want to believe what one is doing is right because tradition says it must be so.

Once one understands the nature of indoctrination and ideology it is difficult to be fooled for long. Each side is breaking the law because that law was never intended to protect the public good, so we’ve finally arrived at a breaking point…


When exploring robotics, Boston Dynamics, the DARPA funded research and development powerhouse immediately comes into the discussion. Boston Dynamics have created bipedal and four-legged creatures of engineering prowess. Here explored are the abilities when applied to a post-pandemic world rapidly in the clutches of what appears to be a global uprising. Terminators are already too deeply ingrained in the popular imagination, so no more ink will be spilled over such a topic here. This passage is one, perhaps, foolishly, optimistic. The topic that greatly needs discussing outside the context of this article is that of what fight it will take…


Yet again a black man, by the name of George Floyd, has died, captured on camera, fanning the flames of rage leading to open civil unrest within the United States. What light might be shed from — itself contained within a pandemic pressure-cooker-within-the-pressure-cooker of an almost unchecked capitalism that has given shell shock (PTSD) or chronic anxiety — if not already for the majority of Americans — to an entire nation that has always, but now ever clearly, as it becomes what its colonial history would expect, a war zone?

During lockdown the richest have already made around $500 billion…


Mass global protest in what’s being called the autumn of discontent is on the rise in Chile, Lebanon, and Hong Kong to name a few. The actions of Extinction Rebellion (XR) in the UK pressured government to declare a climate emergency in April. In October, after two weeks of action, the government has declared a citizens assembly on climate change that should have a report ready for the next parliament. This citizens assembly does not have legislative authority, but it seems better than nothing. More must be done. …

Nathan Cravens

First comes the telepresence, then comes the telerobotics, then comes the autobotics, then you win.

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