Ours to Master

SPRING 2015 | ISSUE 17 | AVAILABLE NOW

In 1934, Sutnar repeated his feat at the 3rd Workers’ Olympiad, collaborating again with the creator of the theme, Karel Loersch, and director Vojta Novák. The script on “liberated labor,” inspired by hopes for a socialist future, was influenced by the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The design is striking — darkly dressed masses of “workers,” masses of “engineers” in white and an iron army of robots reel around the key symbol of mechanized industry: a huge press. When economic depression causes workers to lose their jobs, they turn to the machines attacking them as enemies. The capitalists flee from the factories and the press then addresses the rebelling masses, telling them in a human voice that it is a laborer, just like them. A new era opens, with machines and people joined in labor for the good of the whole society.

Ladislav Sutnar, Design in Action

ISSUE EDITORS

Max Ajl,
Nicole Aschoff,
& Alyssa Battistoni

COVER ART

David Biskup

Progressive Assembly

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Paul Heideman

With powerful class movements behind it, technology can promise emancipation from work, not more misery.

Democratize the Universe

Nick Levine

As humanity pushes outward into space, how will the galaxy’s wealth be shared?

Short Circuit

The Smartphone Society

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Occupation Apps

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New applications and mobile services for Palestinians are being called liberatory. But they're more a way for capitalists to profit from occupation.

Edutopia

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Reprogram­ming

The Cybersyn Revolution

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Five lessons from a socialist computing project in Salvador Allende’s Chile.

Red Innovation

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Far from stifling innovation, a socialist society would put technological progress at the service of ordinary people.

All Power to the Makerspaces

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3-D printing in its current form could be a return to “small is beautiful” drudgery, but it has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce goods.

“I have seen the future, and it works.”

—Lincoln Steffens