[ExI] Wired: The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 01:04:21 UTC 2009

2009/5/29 Dan <dan_ust at yahoo.com>:
> --- On Thu, 5/28/09, Emlyn <emlynoregan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The New Socialism: Global
>> Collectivist Society Is Coming Online
>> by Kevin Kelly
>> http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_newsocialism?currentPage=all
> Jesse Walker has some perceptive comments on this here:
> http://www.reason.com/blog/show/133728.html
> Regards,
> Dan

I liked everything about the wired article except for the label
"socialism". I don't think it's an accident that the author used that
word, far from it, and I'm sympathetic to his reasoning. But Jesse
Walker's response has some validity too, you could call it a form of
capitalism, if you wanted to, and it is indeed nestled in capitalism,
of necessity. I suspect that a branch of economics could easily be
formed to described the dynamics of this economy, which is really
about what happens when prices on core things go to a practical zero.

This stuff misses the point in a way though. It's important for us to
try to interpret events through what we know, but equally we shouldn't
miss the fact that there is something radically new happening, too.
That's why we have a lot of trouble naming it, describing it, and in
many cases even perceiving it. This is not the same as what has come



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