Post- Capitalistic Society
20 August, 2004
as the social structure was founded in order to support further evolution
and development of human race, to support the innovation which was oppressed
by the former system. It was brought up by the two industrial revolutions.
The technology was obviously the main to blame for the outcoming capitalistic
society. The new capitalism was more liberalistic promoting free trade
and pushing globalization in order to support further development and
growth of technology.
But, it seems like
the technology has been pushed so far and so high that the now old capitalism
formed to support it starts to act as it's oppressor. The world of software
technology is the obvious example of it. The first signs of these events
can be recognized far back into 70s and 80s when the software technology's
started to emerge.
Now, the capitalism
oppresses the further technology growth by oppressing the development
of software. How? By making it proprietary, creating monopoly's. To
capitalism, everything is property, including software. And that is
where the problem is. The software cannot be considered as property,
it is more like an information. It is simply too easy to copy it without
ANY effort and that is what led to it becoming a commodity which is
a reason more why it just cannot be proprietary. If it is considered
proprietary and created and used in such manner, we are getting monopolies
created, patents issued and other restrictions that do no good to the
further development of software technology, but to oppress it.
Look at the capitalistic
giant, Microsoft! Imagine that there were no free software movement
and open source. Microsoft would be the ultimate monopolist, the whole
world would be their empire. In such case, there would be no real progress
and innovation because there is no force to drive it.
THAT is the very proof of capitalism being simply too old and incompetent
to handle the new technology of today properly, in the information age
run by computers and software.
The open source
and free software movement are already taking steps further, outgrowing
the limitations of the old and incompetent capitalistic system in order
to create what may be called a post-capitalism, true liberalistic, society
where the technology will be freely developed at the rates the open
source software gets developed today.More to this, open source and free
software movement being the major sign is not the only sign of the sickness
of capitalism and it's fall.
Simply look at the
way things are going at this point in history regarding the major events.
When there was a war in Iraq, masses of global and organized people,
ordinary people like you and me, used internet to start the organized
real time and worldwide demonstrations against the war in Iraq. The
same happens with any other major event. There is a global network of
people united in their fight for freedom and peace. It shows how the
technology of today gives the power to the ordinary people instead of
power being in hands of a few big shots. And those people, masses, globally
networked masses, ask for one thing: FREEDOM!
Their (our) "enemies"
are therefore everyone that anyhow try's to restrict the freedom and
impose the control over them.
The entity's that
fall into that category include:
- the greatest corporations such as Microsoft and oil companies (imposing
monopolies and restrictions in order to control as much as possible)
- political entities
such as USA and European Union (imposing wars such as the one in Iraq,
pushing restrictions of freedoms to use and develop technology through
software patents etc.)
And when we say
"enemy", we don't mean that the corporations, companies and
governments as the organizations should be terminated in order for us
to have the freedom we deserve nor we in any case mean to fight them
with violence acting like terrorists. We should simply raise our voices
using the internet and technology in order to change the way these entities
function today so that they are no longer the oppressors of freedom,
but it's supporters.
These global networked
movements, such as open source and free software movement are actually
forming a third industrial revolution which may crush capitalism as
a social structure and finally bring the power to the majority and support
the unrestricted growth of technology.
I am on the right
side, are you?