Who Knew? “Cybersocialism Before the internet, Chilean socialists devised the Cybernet. Will Stronge reports on an early attempt at high-tech economic organisation.”

Perhaps the most interesting use of the Cybersyn technology was in 1972, when truck drivers, backed by the US, walked out in an attempt to destabilise Allende’s administration. The action almost brought the country to a standstill. Without trucks to supply food and raw materials, and with many roads blocked, it could have been the end of the socialist government. However, the many workers sympathetic to Allende took matters into their own hands, using Cybernet to relay key information from the shop floor. Together, the government and workers coordinated a substitute truck service that could supply the country with the resources it needed. Factories banded together, trading supplies and materials to maintain production, and community organisations such as mothers’ centres and student groups began to run supply networks.

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