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Re: Marxism och fri programvara WAS Re: Hur kan man tjäna pengar på gpl-licensierad mjukvara?
From: Jeremiah C. Foster <jeremiah_at_jeremiahfoster.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 23:41:40 +0100
On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:29:02AM +0100, Mikko Ojutkangas wrote:
Absolutely. At least he is on record saying so publicly. I've heard he's done
> I wouldn't have guessed. More than pro business, I'd say he's pro people, though, for sure.
Take a look at the talk he gave at DebConf10 in NYC. Both Per Andersson and I were there. :-)
I'd argue perhaps that the title is less a description of the contents and more
But this statement, and the whole manifesto, is not inconsistent with Capitalism.
Capitalism wants transparency and the powers of ''globalism, MSFT, DIS, US Congrees'' are not always helpful in creating that transparency. Markets need to have a way to set prices and calculate risk but corporations and their benefactors work hard to obscure transparency because there is a lot of money at stake. One way they do this is by extending the franchise of rights holders beyond its mandate - this is what is wrong with current copyright legislation. We see this in the desire to extend patents to software as well.
This is why the manifesto is pro-capitalism - it wants freedoms that will create transparency in marketplace of ideas. The coupling of markets and democracy are a potent tool for the development of egalitarian societies. And isn't that what we want? A fair, equal, open, free society? Whether that is called 'capitalism' or 'communism' I care not, but so far, the practical mechanisms of the former seem more effective than the later.
> Where are the advocates of freedom in the new digital society who have not been decried as pirates, anarchists, communists? Have we not seen that many of those hurling the epithets were merely thieves in power, whose talk of ``intellectual property'' was nothing more than an attempt to retain unjustifiable privileges in a society irrevocably changing? But it is acknowledged by all the Powers of Globalism that the movement for freedom is itself a Power, and it is high time that we should publish our views in the face of the whole world, to meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Free Information with a Manifesto of our own. "
I won't contradict your position however I don't think the manifesto contradicts mine.