Any description here must be prefaced by gratitude to the couple hundred people that made this project possible. I hope it lives up to the vision I presented to you all, those months ago.
If you want to see content like this show up online, it needs your support. I have gained some experience these past 4 months, particularly that big projects are a bad idea for small channels. Unfortunately I am yet beholden to a shadowy algorithmic god who does not reward production value or effort, only the frequency of uploads. You can help by either buying a ticket to the bonus content, or by sharing it around if that isn’t viable, and maybe then I can do more like this in the future. There are already a bunch of videos of the creation process on Patreon. https://patreon.com/plasticpills
We have some follow-up content on the Plasticpills podcast. Here is the first episode on a series about Cybernetics and Systems Theory https://youtu.be/tMReLjh10tc, and here is a link to the companion episode for this documentary: https://youtu.be/pFtPCvhf6io
The public podcast can be found wherever you get podcasts (PlasticPills – Philosophy & Critical Theory). All exclusive episodes are up on Patreon.
Translations by/traducido al español por Carlos Salinas, Traductor de la Universidad de La Serena, Chile; contact for ESP/ENG (email@example.com)
If you are looking for a reading list, start with Eden Medina’s “Cybernetic Revolutionaries,” which is the definitive study of the Cybersyn project. (Maybe you can find it at your local indie bookstore? Ha. Maybe Barnes & Noble is a less exploitative employer? Ha. Here’s the Amazon link but if you’re moral you’ll wait till the revolution to order it): https://amzn.to/3fvES2l
If you are led to believe this is all propagating conspiracy theory, here is official, mostly unredacted US Senate Committee Report from the mid 1970s: https://www.archives.gov/files/declassification/iscap/pdf/2010-009-doc17.pdf
Stafford Beer’s “Brain of the Firm” explains in detail the application of viable systems theory to organizations, and in it, Beer offers his reflections on Project Cybersyn post-hoc: https://amzn.to/3yY5pwG
“Successful Neoliberalism?” by Ashley Davis-Hamel, paywalled by an academic conglomerate here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41887539
12:04 The Designers of Cybersyn
20:11 Project Cybersyn
28:08 The Empire Strikes Back
46:57 The October Strike
50:22 Democracy Dies in Chile