Re: [ox-en] Re: Local economies and Gesellian theory
- From: Stefan Merten <smerten oekonux.de>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 10:49:45 +0200
Hi Magius and all!
2 days ago magius wrote:
the other thing you might consider is how cc will enable software developers
to be paid for their "free" work instead of working for megacorps and
developing shareware on the side in their own time.
This is an important aspect. Let's point the case of free-software
developpement. Is the free-software way of production really
independent from the "outside" economy (not necessarily capitalism,
economy as an exchange system)?
Certainly not. And it can't. Every germ form is embedded in the old,
still dominant form. This is something which cannot be discussed away
(and would apply also to Gesellian models).
I mean, free-software products are
given to the community for free, but free software developpers "eat"
Of course during the development of the germ form there are a lot of
contradictions between the old and the new form. This is something we
need to bear - and to push the contradictions in the right direction
However, the germ form needs to be stronger than the old form or it
won't survive this type of parallel development.
through products' customization and related services selled in the
However, for instance the suceess of Debian shows the strength of the
mode of production of Free Software. Several years ago commercial
Linux distributions clearly dominated the scene. Today Debian and all
its derivations (Knoppix, Ubuntu, ...) gain more and more momentum.
This is another example showing that even in the area of packaging
distributions is little room for commercialization of Free Software.
BTW: This is something I expected some years ago because of the
theoretical considerations of this project. In a way this is a small
proof of this theory :-) .
Basicly if there's not a real autonomy of the free-software
way of production, is needed an exchange system-
Sure. But the capitalist society also has not been created in a day -
and it's certainly the only revolution we know of with such an
enduring effect. In many countries on this planet the capitalist
society is still not as wide-spread as in the rich world.
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