Many people have heard me complaining about the unfair world we live in – sometimes it seems that we are only brainwashed and ruled by egoistic selfish pigs on governmental positions and in big companies. Most people have asked me: “then what should we do? You can keep on nagging but nothing will change! We as individuals can do nothing.” To all these people i’d like to suggest the following essays and books. There is no one alternative to capitalism, nor communism. The alternative comes from humanity and= creativity. Enjoy reading and living towards a better world
* “We the Media – Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People”, by Dan Gillmor. The main focus of “We the Media” is the ongoing revolution in journalism, but it is much broader than that. It is about media and communication in general. It is a report in mid-2004 on many of the predictions that Marshall McLuhan made in the 1960s and 70s about how technology will change the way we communicate for good and ill.
jaco.cc: “We the Media is Gillmor’s heroic effort to bridge the tech-obsessed polyannas like me and the skeptical grownups whose hardened attitutudes won’t admit of this stuff. He’s done us all a service by writing it for us.”
You can read the book online.
* “Extreme democracy” is a political philosophy of the information era that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests a deliberative process that places total confidence in the people, opening the policy-making process to many centers of power through deeply networked coalitions that can be organized around local, national and international issues.
Extreme democracy is not direct democracy, which assumes all people must be involved in every decision in order for the process to be just and democratic. Direct democracy is inefficient, regardless of the tools available to voters, because it creates as many, if not more, opportunities for obstruction of social decisions as a representative democracy. Rather, we assume that every debate one feels is important will be open to participation; that governance is not the realm of specialists and that activism is a critical popular element in making a just society.
A collection of essays you can read online
* Free Can Mean Big Money: The Open Source Economy
the money that is made and the jobs that are provided by the licensed software industry are an essential pillar of the economy, and any challenge to the status quo would have catastrophic effects. This misconception is actually rather easy to debunk, but it’s related to a more serious notion that merits serious discussion: the idea that replacing the now-dominant intellectual property regime with one that favors, or even enforces, sharing rather than hoarding is a threat to the world’s economic well-being.
A wiki with these kind of texts is in planning.