workers of the world unite!


In his 2010 TED Conference Speech “The Next Age of Government”, Britain’s Prime Minister

David Cameron’s thesis is that we have entered the post-Bureaucratic Age through advances in technology. This idea has actually been fairly common in the first 15 years of the internet age: that because of the internet and personal technological tools, power lies much more in the hands of the individuals of the world than anytime in human history. We see the genesis of this in the empowerment of common people to challenge mainstream media through YouTube or memes, the ability of Iranian protesters to organize through twitter, or for the collective consciousness that is 4chan to engage in “hacktivism”.

What is so significant about David Cameron’s Hypothesis is that it comes from the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party, and his process follows the Marxist Dialectic, in a revised manner, almost perfectly. Not to say that Cameron is Communist, or that anyone who agrees with this theory is a Communist, but rather to revisit Karl Marx as a historian. Consider Marx’s 5 Stages of History:

  1. Primitive “Communism”: basic human society which, by private property and greater social organization, gives way to:
  2. Feudalism: with the Magna Carta, and later the Glorious Revolution in Britain, Aristocracy loses to Bourgeoisie, gives way to:
  3. Capitalism: short lived purely free market era of Bourgeoisie engaging Proletariat in labour, defined by industrial revolution, gives way to:
  4. Socialism: develops when western governments begin to end the purely free market regulate, nationalize, give suffrage, and attempt to incorporate all people of society equally to in early 21st century, leads us to present day
  5. “Communism”: Utopian & Equal – defined by the State “Withering Away”, the people controlling their own affairs

    What is so interesting is that Mr. Cameron talks about “people power” through “transparency, accountability, and choice” as well “understanding of why people behave in the way they do.” He indirectly suggests that the state will “Wither Away”, because in the post-Bureaucratic age, with the real power among the people, one no longer needs the traditionally strong central body. He suggests that world governments must adapt to this new age. Power can be dispersed, and matters can be decided in a truly democratic way, a constantly connected way, for the first time in history. We are entering a world where the Nation State will no longer be necessary, and the people will organically rule themselves through the collective superconsciousness that will develop from the internet with only a token bureaucracy as its executive.