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Shadow March

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The Black March

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Rabbit Hole: Dark Looking Glass

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Venus Fire VX1 video draft

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<div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3″;  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-video” data-allowfullscreen=”1″ data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/HexPhosphorus/videos/1665572937028158/”><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><blockquote cite=”https://www.facebook.com/HexPhosphorus/videos/1665572937028158/”><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/HexPhosphorus/videos/1665572937028158/”>Venus Fire VX1</a><p></p>Posted by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/HexPhosphorus/”>HexPhosphorus</a> on Sunday, March 6, 2016</blockquote></div></div>

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Venus Fire Vx1

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Not A Pacifist

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Not A Pacifist

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Open-Souce Production: Transitional Strategy Towards Post-Scarcity

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Note: [Some people see this model as the goal in and of itself. My concept is for a decentralized yet egalitarian path to a Post-Scarcity socialism, where the people themselves control the means of production, where trading is not prohibited by eventually becomes redundant and unnecessary.)
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I would like to see publicly available 3D printing run off renewable energy and using non-scarce non-toxic materials, and where you can print open source patents available over the internet for no more than the cost of operation and maintenance.
 
In this model, you would have every right to make something from printed parts and sell or trade it…..but if everyone else has access to the means of production and the schematics are as easy and clicking on a link to a model #, you will not be able to profit much from that. At best you could be compensated for the labor of assembly or for having good taste in selection and making it convenient or for delivery….but everyone else will have the same access to the means of production and can do it themselves without you. This would bring down price to the cost of labor + maintenance and materials.
That is a major step closer to post-scarcity, IF* the materials are non-toxic and abundant/sustainable and if it is powered by renewable energy. Also, this would only be true if there is open access to the patents and tools/facilities. If re-printing was privately controlled by a minority, a profit margin would be maintained and access would be limited which would maintain class divisions and promote the concentration of wealth all over again.
 

We can look at Linux software as a model….Coding work IS real work, even if it is more mental. Idea’s can be replicated in a way that is different from manual labor, but the work involved in producing and modifying it is still real work. There are a few things that I DON’T like about how Linux has developed, including the NSA modifying the kernel and giving us an open-source version of their security systems that are more vulnerable than theirs…..But I like the framework of how Linux is developed because it is free and open source, anyone can have access to it for the cost of downloading it and burning it to a disk (more or less free if you already have a computer and DVDs), and you are not prohibited from selling or trading Linux disks, but unless you have something really unique then what is the point? If you have your own burner then you don’t need to go buy a disk from the marketplace. Nobody is going to pay $30 for something they can burn themselves for 60 cents…..and yes, the markup really is that bad on many of the products we get from Walmart and elsewhere.

Much like getting stuff from Ikea…..they have a HUGE profit margin still, especially because they cut out the cost of manual assembly. If we are willing to invest our own time and labor then we can print out the parts for cheap enough that nobody should be going without basics.

In the short term, before reaching a Post-Scarcity utopia…..or not reaching it….There IS money to be made in open-source development. It may seem like you are just giving something away for free, and in the long term free-abundance is actually the goal, but for now the reality is that open-source development tends to pay BETTER than proprietary development. People will still need software and schematics tailored to the individual needs of a project. The Linux kernel and many apps might be free, but you still need people to adapt it to your device or whatever it is you are making. It is most cost-effective for somebody to use a Linux or BSD or similar kernel and build on it to make a DVD/DVR player or Jukebox or Ipod like device than to build sub-par software from scratch. If you find a job in this field, last I read, you are likely to be paid more instead of less.

FYI: Ubuntu is not the fastest or most secure unix like operating system at this point. Ubuntu (or Mint actually)  are just a little easier for people to get used to if you have the hardware for it.

I would rather not have to use money, but for the time being the rest of our society still expects us to pay for things we need. We can move away from this more easily if we control and have mutual access to the means of production, if our technology is more sustainable and less toxic, and if the infrastructure that we collectively control can out-compete or eradicate our dependence on private corporations. There is no reason why you couldn’t print and assemble an open-source product from a community print shop and have it sold in a store, but as people realize that they can print the same things then the store becomes non-essential and Walmart starts going out of business. We can use our common infrastructure to produce instead of relying on them to produce it as a service. We would only need to invest in the technology of production and to take good care of the people who are working on it.

Proprietary corporations will likely try to get an advantage to out-compete community infrastructure. They DO have money for research and development, and they will try to use patent laws to limit what we can produce. Open-Source technology tends to develop quickly and efficiently though when there is a common need for it. We would constantly have to be on guard against attempts to limit how free it is by preferring to develop our own open-source technology over using something that is ready but maintains a monopoly for corporations.

When we have community control over this kind of productive capacity, we can produce things for the poor a lot more efficiently than if we have to tax people and then pay full retail price for the goods they need. When it is far more cost-effective to produce things directly, we can cut out the corporate middle men. Also, we can stop burning fossil fuels to transport stuff around the world and back before it gets to our stores.

Once this technology is in place and at a sufficient stage of development, we could much more easily move to an entirely different economic model. In fact, it will be necessary that we do so.

 

 

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