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Is It Time For Open Source Economics And Politics?

September 21st, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Democracy:

“Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly, as in Ancient Greece, or through elected representatives as in many modern societies (representative democracy); A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.”

As in many fields now open source is the buzz word I wondered if it is time to start looking at open source economics and politics. I am not going to write a long essay on the subject now. I am going to do it piecemeal – a long slow exploration. Hopefully some real people will register on the site and comment on this project. That would make this article the beginning of an open source project in itself – as for regular commentators who show both intelligence and relevance I would give them authorship rights on the subject.

I would like to move freedomforall.net in a new direction. I will not make it a real “free for all” yet because of the spam issue yet I would certainly be interested in finding some co-authors from similar and contradictory positions.

Back to the subject. Or rather question. Is it time for open source economics and politics. I think the answer is directly related to the definition of democracy. The one I have quoted above is the best I found on a quick websearch to support the direction I believe this discussion (or monologue?) will go. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”, is my preferred definition.

That one says that in the United Kingdom I do not live in a democracy – a conclusion I recall reaching when I was about 12 or 13 years old and have never changed my mind about.

Matthew

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