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"[Based on a sequence of] seminars ... organised through CAITS (Centre for replacement commercial and Technological structures) and Middlesex Polytechnic employees [in 1984]"--P. ix.

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In discussing social relations of production, Raymond Williams5 argues that the technical and institutional changes have been introduced Why We Need Alternatives to Money-Power 43 as part of a strategy for increasing control over the production and organisation of work: the purpose of these processes of centralising and rationalising production was not then and is not now the general welfare of all the people in the society. The benefits of increased production and of regular and rising wages have been real.

This may be regarded as real privatisation. In so doing it fuels peoples' feelings of inadequacy. We believe that rapid technological development hasn't appreciably made anyone happier, hasn't increased artistic or any otheJ; creativity, and that communications and the computer revolution have made people more isolated. Furthermore the development of technology is resulting in the destruction of what Williams6 calls the 'social norm of employment', which people have come to expect from the system.

The pressure of events are in many places awakening people to new forms of collective actions; it is important that theorists and coordinators (who in their own ways are pressed by events as their time-worn organisations and past certainties begin to disintegrate) should attend to these new stirrings of democracy, not by attempting to impose their own preconceptions, but by helping to shape 'organising ideas' that correspond to new aims as seen by people for themselves. Theory that is imposed on people is not democratic; democratic theory requires a democratic dimension in itself in that it responds to and formulates, gives hard coordinating power to wisdom, will, and vision emerging from the grassroot activities of democratic forces.

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