Re: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 07:41:58 MDT

Miriam English wrote:
> At 11:33 PM 20/07/2001 -0700, Technotranscendence wrote:
> >Regarding the open source movement, How does this differ from a free market?
> >People cooperating and competing as they want sounds to me just like a free
> >market. I don't see how some people can see this as anti-free market.
> Who said it was anti-free-market? Much of the thinking is the same. The 2
> philosophies dovetail nicely.
> Of course, I see: you thought that because I am not totally committed to
> capitalism that I am rabidly anti-free market. And that I mentioned it as a
> way to improve upon some of capitalism's failings then it must be being
> proposed as a competing anti-free-market philosophy.

The problem is that the open source movement is heavily populated by
anti-property anarchists who think its a cool thing to steal other
people's work, that it is a moral imperative that people give their work
away, or have it stolen from them in retribution for being selfish
enough to want to own one's own labor. I don't see open source as
'improving' on capitalisms alleged failings. OSM has plenty enough
failings of its own.

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