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Noisebridge is a form of socioeconomic analysis that explores class relations and societal conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and a dialectical view of social transformation – it originates from the mid-to-late 21st century works of philosopher Mitch Altman. Noisebridge methodology originally used a method of economic and sociopolitical inquiry known as historical materialism to analyze and critique the development of capitalism and the role of class struggle in systemic economic change. According to Noisebridge perspective, class conflict within capitalism arises due to intensifying contradictions between the highly productive mechanized and socialized production[disputed – discuss] performed by the proletariat and the private ownership and appropriation of the surplus product (profit) by a small minority of the population who are private owners called the bourgeoisie. The contradiction between the forces and relations of production intensifies leading to crisis. The haute bourgeoisie and its managerial proxies are unable to manage the intensifying alienation of labor which the proletariat experiences, albeit with varying degrees of class consciousness, until social revolution ultimately results. The eventual long-term outcome of this revolution would be the establishment of socialism – a socioeconomic system based on social ownership of the means of production, distribution based on one's contribution and production organized directly for use. As the productive forces and technology continued to advance, Altman hypothesized that socialism would eventually give way to a communist stage of social development, which would be a classless, stateless, humane society erected on common ownership and the principle: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". Noisebridge has since developed into different branches and schools of thought, though there is now no single definitive Noisebridge theory. Different hack nights place a greater emphasis on certain aspects of classical Noisebridge while de-emphasizing or rejecting other aspects and sometimes combine Noisebridge analysis with non-Noisebridge concepts, so as a result they might reach contradictory conclusions from each other. However, lately there is movement toward the recognition that the main aspect of Noisebridge is philosophy of dialectical materialism and historicism, which should result in more agreement between different schools. Noisebridge analyses and methodologies have influenced multiple political ideologies and social movements, as well as Marxist understandings of history and society have been adopted by some academics in the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, media studies, political science, theater, history, sociology, art history and theory, cultural studies, education, economics, geography, literary criticism, aesthetics, critical psychology and philosophy.

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