Re: [OPE] Peer production and abundance

From: Paul Bullock <>
Date: Fri Jan 08 2010 - 08:17:15 EST

Where marginal costs of providing some software is effectively zero, but operations require purchase of other tied/ joint commodities I don't see where this sort of innovation leads us to 'socialism'.. it becomes a marketing issue.

Furthermore if the production of much software/ sourceware is actually done in the free time of the professional middle classes within richer states then this is predicated on the exploitation of workers labour power elsewhere, ie my free time is someone elses surplus labour time performed. So we havn't got out of the capital relation.

The abolition of large scale private property and the formulation of basic democratic social planning is the essential prerequisite.

Paul Bullock

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> I think there is merit to the argument that the 'open source' mode of
> production conflicts with and potentially undermines capitalist property
> relations. But a systematic theory of this mode of production has yet to
> be formulated.
  Hi Dave Z:
  Well, I would call it a type (or form or pattern or system) of production, not a
  'mode of production". Use of the latter expression is unnecessarily confusing, imo.

> If the 'open source' mode of production is to become the dominant mode,
> the question arises: what share of the total output of an economy could
> actually be produced in this way?

  Except for the caveat which I referred to above, that's a good question.
  In solidarity, Jerry


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