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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free as in Freedom Production

From: Mark Holmquist
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free as in Freedom Production
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:35:34 -0700
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Once production is for Use-Value, there will
no longer be any need to keep production and
government separate, as such corporations will
be on "our side" by definition.

Hi! This is an interesting idea, Patrick, but I'm not sure it's relevant to are my thoughts, briefly:

Currently, non-free software occupies a niche in the world generally referred to as "administrative centralization," which is the act of bringing all of the little things that need to be handled into a central authority, and trusting them to take care of it.

By contract, free software occupies the "administrative *de*centralization" niche, because it allows individuals, communities, or really anyone, to fix and improve upon their own property (in this case, the software).

Now, your idea, while interesting, I think, is moving further towards administrative centralization. Admittedly, you're doing it in a different way (i.e., more socialism than capitalism), but it's sort of moving the wrong way on a different axis, from my perspective.

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it seems to me that _any_ intrusion on individual autonomy, from any player, governments and corporations alike, is abhorrent to those of us here fighting for freedom, digital or otherwise.

That being said, I'd be interested to join the political mailing list you find where this _is_ relevant, because workers owning the means of production is an interesting idea, to be sure :)

Thanks very much for the cool ideas, and I look forward to hearing back!

Mark Holmquist
Contractor, Wikimedia Foundation

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