Archive for Free Professions

Let’s make cars

Recently, spontaneous social movements have emerged for a change of socioeconomic model, in line with what has been said in this blog and reflecting a majority sentiment, empowering the people.

But it is necessary that people of the global village in which we live be able of exerting force upon the oppressors. Of course, without using violence. In times when oppression was violent the most appropriate response was a violent revolution, but today we find ourselves in encapsulation of true power, which makes inappropriate a violent response because the pseudodemocratic capsule imposed by manipulated media would end up giving the reason to the oppressors.

The owners of the world are “the markets “, to which we must tell about give our money back, but not even let us talk. Because these people, with name, are hidden behind this situation it is necessary a way of exerting force on them so people take back the power they deserve.

A good simile for programmers is the GNU operating system, an alternative to digital colonization imposed by proprietary software. In so far that everyone uses free software, great monopoly power will be diminished and computer users will be able to take control of their computer.

Translating this philosophy into social and economic model it is possible to propose alternatives to disempower the owners of the markets. For example, let’s consider one of the symbols of capitalism, Ford, the car fabrication company. It is known that if we give the means of production to the proletarian class we would be facing the failure of the soviet model, but this does not prevent may be proposed new efficient forms.

Consider making cars, given the energy crisis caused by the owners of the markets, cars based on hydrogen fuel cells. In order to build a production plant is needed a significant investment, but if it is done by anyone who wants to provide what he considers appropriate, does not necessarily entail any disorder. One can thus think of free investors and entrepreneurs and face the work of the entrepreneur as a teamwork.

Once be having an alternative, the support of people would unset the market, at least in the automotive. But it is possible to think of solutions for all and each one of the “markets”, and I consider it very important channeling through this way the social demands arising spontaneously.

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Let’s make cars by Mark Roberts is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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Towards a new Democracy

There is abundant documentation about the functioning of democratic systems implanted in the developed world, but away from the technical terms and the concrete data, we all have an intuitive idea about what democracy means. Apparently, and in contrast with authoritarian, oppressive or imperialistic regimes of the past or even in mind today, is the best solution, but it is nothing more than an illusion, because the power is not in the hands of the people, not even in hands of the leaders elected by the current electoral system. In fact, and in spite of what media could make us believe, we are such slaves of the capitalist system as they were in ancient Rome. The new emperors are so owners of money and the “markets” like everything else, but unlike other times, today have no cutting head.

Democracy, power lies in people. Well, this must be so, but how can people express their will? In extreme oppression situations, the only thing that people can and must aspire is freedom, so that tools like the guillotine, the sickle or hammer may be the most appropriate. In times where education was not affordable for everyone and where the means of transmitting information was limited to personal presence or postal mail, they were acceptable democratic systems still in place today. For example, choosing an unknown deputy every four years for just to give their vote to the representative of his group of deputies, made sense when the media were not what they are today, but at the time of the information society seems like a form of democracy obsolete and inefficient.

Obsolete model of Democracy (Wikimedia Commons file)

It has to think about a new model of democracy that truly grants power to people. Given the potential of mobilization that social networks are demonstrating, cannot still be used a democratic system designed in earlier centuries. So we could speak of free representatives away from the turbid concept which now we have about a politician. Apart from the parties, sign up for one of the most popular sides or manipulation of information, nowadays is possible to devise a new model of democracy. I say democracy, not political, because the figure of a person dedicated to persuade and mobilize the masses would be out of place. It has to think of a transparent model where each individual is aware of what he choose and why. Of course, the complexity of each particular subject makes it impossible for everyone to know about everything, but this does nothing but highlight the need to bring creativity to their development.

For example, suppose that everyone has Internet access and use it regularly. It has to vote a new law regulating the age at which you acquire a certain legal autonomy. Most people do not have sufficient knowledge on legal, moral, social or ethical to make a coherent decision, so call a massive voting would be a mistake. However this does not is an obstacle to electing representatives with sufficient knowledge for them to vote properly. Through an telematic electoral environment the new deputies would be dynamic. Anyone may submit their resume to fill one of several voting representative positions, one for each vote. Could be established even several turns systems that offer greater dynamism, etc. In any case in the era of information society can not spare no effort in developing an electoral system, however complicated it may come to mind.

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New model for musicians

The term “music industry” and the business model associated with it is becoming obsolete. Unconsciously, we are looking for a new form of creativity away from what we consider as obvious. The use of the Internet involves a change of behavior that should be considered positive and not otherwise. Actually, the musicians are those who will benefit from the possibility of making contributions in a free manner. Compensate the music but not record companies fits in the philosophy we are trying to promulgate.

Traditionally it was thought that a song is fixed, moored and unchangeable, as the proprietary software. But this does not have to be this way. The purpose of musical scores written by the great composers of the past was that his work was read, interpreted or listened by someone else. No one would have to prevent anyone to extend or modify these works. In fact, any composer is unconsciously influenced by the music he has heard before and uses portions of earlier compositions to make new contributions. Legal recognition of a work like brand new is somewhat subjective and incoherent. I have no concrete historical data which refer to, but before anyone decides to exercise any deprivation of a musical composition, the songs were popular domain, as well as spoken language, the song itself existed when it was sang, going from of each other in a completely free way. This is the natural essence of music, free.

With new technologies there is the possibility that musical works are recognized for its author and also freely available on them. I could start from Pachelbel’s Canon, create a new rock version and my new work would contain both the contributions of Pachelbel like mine. It could change a single note and may be sufficient.

Another important aspect in terms of freedom for a musician is the possibility to play any song. There may be good composers and good interpreters, so that live music would take a new approach, closer to free music, not the music industry.

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Free Professions

This section aims to show the importance of our purpose. It is not only an environment for programmers. Obviously, any programmer should aspire freedom with great enthusiasm, and it is essential to have the support of a good free programming community, but our goal is more ambitious. Potentially, involves political, economic and social changes, which may be difficult to prove and more to analyze from a practical experience, but in any case must be taken into account.

For this, we intend to have the support and collaboration of many people, at all levels. Writers, musicians, painters, etc. And not just in the intellectual sphere, expand our thinking to all professions can benefit any worker. Still more, can arrive at a true universal democratic system.

In subsequent entries is to explain this by illustrative examples . In principle, based on my views on every issue, but any positive contribution is welcome.

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