[Freedom-misc] What Would an Entirely Free Software World Look Like?
mason at masonhock.com
mason at masonhock.com
Sat Jan 12 20:53:23 CET 2019
> See, it seems to me, though I admit I don't know very much about the topic,
that a failed system is being touted as superior to a successful system.
I can't speak for nadebula, but I think that they were implying that
socialism is morally superior, not necessarily that it has been more
successful. I don't get the sense that this is your view, but to put it in
the context of your own values, proprietary video games have been far more
successful than free ones, yet you have chosen to create free games, so
presumably there was something you valued more than history and probability
of success in making that decision. I don't want to get into the question of
whether or not socialism really is morally superior, but I think that it's
where nadebula is coming from. I agree though that
> I'm just trying to work out what is supposed to be done to make it succeed
in the long-term.
is a good question.
> I was asking about why socialism would not be overthrown in the U.S. That
wouldn't entail a new economic system; it would simply involve removing
government-controlled factories, farms, etc to go back to the old system.
To me "overthrown" has the connotation of being violent and/or occurring very
quickly, which might be a good description of what happened in China and the
Soviet Union (I'm no expert on the topic either) but is probably not how it
would happen if the United States became a socialist country (unless
socialism were achieved by first overthrowing the US *political* system, but
that's not the scenario I'm assuming). It seems now that by "overthrown" you
meant "reverted" without the connotation I took from it, but the observation
is still relevant:
It's difficult to imagine the United States as a socialist country because we
are so far from being one. However, the premise of this question is that we
somehow ended up there. Given the nature of our political system, I think
that this would have to happen slowly and involve many steps that reinforce
and are reinforced by a large cultural shift. Reverting these things would
not be so simple. My view here has little to do with socialism itself. I
think that any large change within a slow-moving political system will be
harder to revert than in a volatile one.
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