[ox-en] Contributions vs. money (was: Re: Project anarchism approaches)
- From: Christian Siefkes <christian siefkes.net>
- Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:33:04 +0200
Stefan Merten wrote:
In Christian's book contributions are just a sort of payment.
Otherwise I'd need nobody who accept them. I see absolutely no need in
making things more complicated without changing them really when
simple money will do as a contribution.
it's an error to think that any coupling between giving and getting in a
contribution-based system could be replaced by money. For example, try to
redesing modern filesharing networks such as BitTorrent (which couple
uploading and downloading though some kind of "tit-for-tat" mechanism) by
using money as a measurement unit instead of the "natural" unit of such
contributions (bytes transferred). I challenge you to show that such a
money-based filesharing system (where people get money for uploading bytes
and spent money for downloading them) would still work in the same way as
the current ones; if you can't, please stop repeating the wrong suggestion
that contribution measurement is identical to exchange.
Charles writes about *a* highly specialized, technological society.
But there is no natural law that in such a society anybody *needs to
perform exchange*. It is logical that there needs to be a flow of
goods - but there are lots of ways to organize this flow.
I fully agree with you here. Organizing this flow of goods without exchange
is exactly what my peerconomy model is all about :-)
|-------- Dr. Christian Siefkes --------- christian siefkes.net ---------
| Homepage: http://www.siefkes.net/ | Blog: http://www.keimform.de/
| Peer Production in the Physical World: http://peerconomy.org/
|------------------------------------------ OpenPGP Key ID: 0x346452D8 --
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that
would also stop you from doing clever things.
-- Doug Gwyn