В медійному просторі УкраЇні час від часу лунає гадка про те, що саме Росія є нащадком спадщини СРСР. Отой клятий Путін користується зараз досягненнями радянських вчених, серед яких нібито українці були по факту національною більшістю. Космос, електростанції, ядерна зброя та й взагалі весь більш-менш значний науковий потенціал — справа рук українських митців. Азалишилося все це інтелектуальне майно в Москві, як у закритій «шарашці», а нам садки з хрущами, буряк, ріпак та Одеський припортовий — ото й уся спадщина. Ну, вишиванки і Тарас Григорович само собою.

Думка про те, що українців серед еліти радянської науки було багато, має рацію. Але припущення…


Never doubt that all contemporary soft methods of compulsion are smelling with blood. This flavor has been known to humans for millennia. Cruel jokes of great apes found themselves in successive human rituals of punishment and vendetta. Even though apparent cruelty was tailing off over the development of human civilization, pleasure from hurting neighbors hasn’t gone anywhere.

Today we are delighted with only latent forms of personal violence.

We are too tolerant to openly laugh at cripples, losers, and mentally disabled. Today’s readers feel huge inconvenience reading about Don Quijote despite the book was created as a comic fiction aimed…


The most tangible symbol of digitization is, obviously, smartphones. Smartphones among the other techno-social phenomena have been, probably, the best thing ever happened to the flocks of digital nomads roaming modern megalopolises.

The very availability of a portable gadget that provides us with instant access to the ocean of information can change the way we interact with the reality around us. And the “wisdom in a pocket” has changed it, actually. The hitherto silent majority of the world population has received a universal means of self-expression.

The cognitive hermeneutic keys available in smartphones allow voiceless masses to find an appropriate…


The emerging virtuality promises to be a basement of a new techno-economic paradigm. Any digital network is not a society at its very essence. A network is not about power and domination, this is about communication only. Participation in such networked communication is optional being up to each particular networker.

An individual is acquiring a pure non-collective subjectivity when there is no obligation to follow for being an equal integral element of a network. A horizontal anti-hierarchical structure of a network in which all participants interact in a peer-to-peer mode cannot be corrupted by any group of power-seekers. …


The most critical difference between the social reality and post-social virtuality is in both the quantity and quality of personal identities we can have. A full invariability of personal identity is what any society rigorously requires from all citizens. Everyone must specify who is s/he before society once and for all. Our IDs (passports) determine our social identity in a severe manner. Arbitrary changes in our identities entail criminal liability.

You cannot be both John in the morning and Mary in the evening. You must be either male or female, either old or young, either black or white, and so…


(first please read part I, II, and III)

The conjunction of people’s basic needs and the gameplay is essential when viewed in the context of building virtuality as something bigger than just entertaining therapy. Only when the digital environment can support our socio-biological instances, post-social individuals will have a chance to leave society in quite a radical manner.

The first step in such a direction is made by issuing various in-game currencies, valuables, and virtual collectibles. They hint at a principle possibility to arrange living without a need to hold offline relationships. This is different from what professional gamers do…


(to be in the context please read part I and part II first)

A very rational and, therefore, cynical suggestion on how to address suicides was published in the above-mentioned Russian newspaper in 1911. “Suicide is a part of natural selection. It helps society get rid of the weakest. Nobody should interfere” — was claimed by the authors of the publication. Those days, it was recognized as a scandal. But nothing has changed in the very attitude of society to the reasons for suicide since then.

People keep building imaginary goals to stay in a neurotic state of dissatisfaction with…


(please read Part I tobe in the context)

In the 1910s, a wave of suicides covered gymnasium students in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. That was the time of “tightening the screws” in the political life of the Russian Empire after the recent rise of revolutionary movements. The youth could not cope up with a sense of doom and fatalism due to a grim future provided by the reactionary Tsarist government. …


Is there anything more meaningful and interesting than making money to consume what the other people produce when they make money? It is highly unlikely that there is a simple alternative solution for broad masses within the current world order.

However, a specific human activity capable of giving people some sort of alienation from a mundane routine has been known for ages. The activity always makes people move towards some special goals. It represents a clear reason for why they should do what they do. It is able to grant a certain meaning to people’s lives even though it has…


The existing banking system is a bottomless feeder for the bureaucratic elites of consumer society. As long as “bubblenomics” allows to milk herbs of the silent majority, the elite will do its best to convince plebs about the reliability of banks, wisdom of presidents, efficiency of the UN, strength of dollars as well as in all other attributes of the liberal world order.

The silent majority in their turn won’t be against it since they see how the elite (reference citizens and carriers of a discourse of consumer society) is reluctant with a transition to a new paradigm. Once the…

Konstantin Rovinskiy

crypto-anarchist

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