Open-source Economies?


Something I was thinking about this morning in relation to the world going to shit, etc: the need for a global governing/discussive/economic body. And I was thinking of how that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon–at least, not in terms of politics as we know it. Nations currently are only looking out for number one, and that’s the name of the game in terms of world politics: garnering resources, power, and economic stability.

So I then thought of the only other possibility of correcting a world that’s been thrown to the dogs of money-grubbing and power mongering: the people, the individuals who are all attempting simply to live their lives and love and survive. The internet has proven to be a powerful networking medium, never subject to predictability, subversive but also harnessed just as tightly to consumerism and the market economy. Decentralized networking–a connection directly between individuals, without centralized policing or governing structures–has been proven on the internet to thrive and be effective. Furthermore, the internet has also proven that open-source information empowers individuals to create and innovate far beyond whatever original intention was behind a software or social engineering project.

And I was thinking: this might be the key to our future, to the survival of our species. Not to be overly dramatic, but anyone with any level of awareness beyond their own selfish needs and ideologies recognizes that the problems that we face in the near-future are almost apocalyptic in stature, and will require the utmost in creativity, practicality, and love in order to overcome. It will take money, policy, lifestyle, and consciousness-level changes on a global scale. And I think it is quite readily apparent that we can not rely on our current governing structures to enact these kind of revolutionary and evolutionary changes. It will be much too late by the time politicians and those with over 70% of the globe’s wealth and resources will take their heads out of their oily asses and take a look at what’s beyond themselves. The only ones who can change it are us–the everyday people who put 2 and 2 together. And I’m thinking that the internet may just be the forum in which we can change it.

Beyond MySpace and YouTube and Gnutella other such networks of entertainment and time-passing, it may just be that the internet can provide nodes of not only social and cultural consciousness–but also that somehow money can be utilized and activated across national boundaries. I haven’t envisioned how this could ever happen, because I’m not very technical nor very economical-minded. But I do see a generalized notion here, a possibility, a potentiality.

As in a network may be formed, in which not only ideas, people, and hearts are virtually conjoined, but also in which a new market may be formed–a market in which money goes towards what it is supposed to be going towards: local economies and social programs, rather then to gluttonous super-structures that nickel and dime the shit out of everything so that some bastard can play golf and enact perverted sexual fantasies with whores and neglect his kids.

How can this happen? I don’t know–but I’m hoping that somebody else will.

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Author: manderson

I live in NYC.

3 thoughts on “Open-source Economies?”

  1. What about the possibility of pulling out of Iraq, letting Iran invade and lose resources fighting their own kind,
    and then come in and mop up the dregs?

  2. Don’t know if I understand your question. What do you mean by Iranians and Iraqis being the same “kind”? Are you suggesting that Americans are any less of the same kind? That we are somehow superior, somehow more human? You’ve probably been watching a little too much Fox news.

    “Mop up the dregs”? We ain’t exactly doing such a great job right now, are we?

    Actually, I don’t even understand why you are asking this question on this post at all. It doesn’t seem to have much to do with what I had originally written about.

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