Subject: Fwd: A World Without Microsoft article
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:36:07 EST
Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:36:07 EST

Subject: A World Without Microsoft article
From: Tony Stanco <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:24:14 EST

FYI, you may be interested in this link at LinuxToday 

There is the RedPepper article, (which is interesting so say the least), 
the update and the talkbacks at LinuxToday, all at the same url.

UPDATED: RedPepper: A World Without Microsoft 
Mar 29, 2001, 14 :09 UTC (33 Talkback[s]) (6721 reads) (Other stories by 
Heather Sharp) 

Tony Stanco wrote in this morning with these thoughts: 

A lot of commentators to this article are trying to use inappropriate 
terms, and so are missing a huge point. We are entering the intellectual 
age, so your great grandfather's socio-economic labels no longer apply. 
We need to find new terms and ideas to describe our own reality. 

And to do that you need to go back to first principles, which is why 
FreeDevelopers wiped the slate clean and went back to the most basic 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are 
created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable Rights, 
and that chief among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of 
And went on from there in the Declaration of Software Freedom and The 
Community is the Company (CommCo) organizational structure. 

I call the emerging paradigm "democratic economics" and the new 
commercial organizations, "democratic economic structures." But who 
cares what you call it. But you need to understand that we are in a new, 
strange land. 

Someone some time back said I should look at Dee Hock's "Birth of the 
Chaordic Age." Dee Hock is the founder of VISA and since the VISA 
structure is one of the models for the FreeDevelopers', The Community is 
the Company (CommCo) structure, I was meaning to take a look for awhile. 
Well, I had some down-time on Tuesday and went to the library and picked 
it up. 

And this is what he says on the back cover: 

We are at the very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and 
another is struggling to be born - a shifting of culture, science, 
society, and institutions enormously greater than the would has ever 
experienced. Ahead, the possibility of regeneration of individuality, 
liberty, community and ethics, such as the world has never known, and a 
harmony with nature, with one another and with the divine intelligence 
such as the wolrld has always dreamed. 
In short, he gets it. In fact, boy, does he get it. I haven't finished 
it, yet, but so far there is a lot in it that is spot-on. 

He calls it chaordic (chaos and order). 1. the behaviour of any 
self-governing organism, organization or system which harmoniously 
blends characteristics of order and chaos. 2. patterned in a way 
dominated by neither chaos or order. 

I would add, democratic self-governing organization or system, but so 
what. The ideas are there. 

The reason that the VISA model was so appealing for FreeDevelopers is 
because it is a model of competition and cooperation between the 
independent member banks who use the VISA structure to solve their 
collective action problems that they had when they had the same 
networking problems as the independent free software projects are having 

So we are at a point where old thinking isn't going to help. In fact, it 
hurts. You are going to have to think for yourself for awhile. But 
that's the fun part. 

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