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Openism: My idea of an ideal economy

Posted 05-27-2010 at 06:04 PM by Kenny_Strawn

Richard Stallman sure has been a leader in the free software movement. But what if free and open source was applied to all goods? Here's the story of the ideal economy in which everybody works online to manufacture goods, develop software, express their talent, and write documents, all for the good of the world, without using money.

First of all, money is only a cap on the economy as a whole. It acts as a barrier, preventing everyone but a privileged minority from being able to obtain anything. By getting rid of that barrier, you allow the people to obtain what they choose without having to pay for it to get past that barrier. Such barriers have to go.

Secondly, by turning copyright law into copyleft law you allow a greater majority to work together without having to apply, wait, and apply again 50 times. Jobs will be free and for everyone to enjoy. This will only drive the economy upwards and call for more innovation, not less.

Third, innovation will be widespread. Because more people will be working on goods because of such an economy, the job will get done faster and the product will evolve faster. We will see much more innovation, several times more. Science, technology, innovation, and the like will progress so much faster that today's economy would stress at the sight.

People may criticize this economy, saying "What if someone is working much harder than someone else?" That's the whole point of working together. What is a democracy without the public vote? A dictatorship. Same here. Without a public domain on how goods are produced, it's only oppression. Work may be a factor, but it doesn't mean that person gets to oppress others.

In the end, what it comes down to is that money is what is causing 99.999% of all conflicts. The only way to mitigate such conflict is by removing the cause. Then, we would have the perfect utopia of common good.
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    Utopean ideal indeed! Sign me up!
    Posted 05-28-2010 at 03:06 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    I agree, good idea and good thoughts. No money is the key, always remember that. Money is indeed the root of all evil, it is the precious or at least it represents it. Something so small with great power, that can only mean the concentration of power, when the opposite is what is needed for a utopia. If only money hadn't been invented things may be different. But, more things were needed to get to the rather dire status quo, yes it is very dire indeed. They have almost completed their vision of the ultimate dystopia, and it may already be too late. Still, maybe an idea can change the world, maybe if people believe that money has no value, maybe all is not lost.
    Posted 09-11-2010 at 11:15 AM by H_TeXMeX_H H_TeXMeX_H is offline
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    H_TeXMeX_H: Yes, money is definitely the root of (most) evil. It cripples the possibility of everything and everyone having an abundant life. Take this Bible verse for example:

    Originally Posted by John 10:10
    The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I come that my children may have life, and have it abundantly
    This is Jesus' own words, and by "my children" He means everyone. This definitely is what a utopia is all about: everyone, not just business owners, having an abundant life.
    Posted 09-11-2010 at 01:00 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    And yet he said... I come as a thief in the night... my own conclusion is that the written Bible has been censored and in fact is not the true Bible,that exists in the heart where it can be updated ad infinitum,this is because he himself said...
    "Write it in your heart" *BUT* they mistakenly wrote it in a book because they feared it would be lost.

    Thats my guess... !

    When I was 12 my Ma (God rest her soul) gave me a Bible and I chose my script... John:10 I read it twice and have hardly looked at it since.

    ps I have known thief's that would rather die than kill ???
    Posted 09-15-2010 at 04:34 PM by hughetorrance hughetorrance is offline
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    Yeah... Apparently the only spiritual being Jesus would come as a thief to is Satan or the Antichrist (who in my opinion is $teve Job$, but that's another story). That's what that verse in Revelation means.
    Posted 09-15-2010 at 05:11 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Hey Jesus is not his name,the best example of what it might be is this...

    Yahshua Yahweh

    The above makes more sense to me than Jesus,only thing is,how do you pronounce Yahshua... I think I know. LOL
    Posted 09-16-2010 at 01:50 PM by hughetorrance hughetorrance is offline


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