Saturday, July 04, 2009

The State is NOT The Community

Over and over again, I see writers -- who ought to know better -- being unable to distinguish between Communism and Community. Communism is where the State arrogates all power to itself and in fact, does everything to destroy community. The Communist State would like to make like to make every citizen completely dependent on it for providing everything. The State decides what your duties and responsibilities are and also provides for all your needs. In theory. Community, on the other, is a phenomenon that emerges through natural processes from the grassroots, when a group of people find themselves in a situation where they are faced with a common fate. Community is not imposed from on high, unlike a Communist State.

Open Source and Social Media represent and encourage community-oriented phenomena, not Communism, as their detractors often allege. Both the Totalitarian State and the Powerful Corporation are inimical to the welfare of the Community. Communities should strive to make the State and the Corporation subserve, rather than rule over them.

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