The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online

Kevin Kelly, Wired, May 26, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think that it is a mistake to conflate online cooperation (see below, as well) with collaboration or collectivism. And it is not helpful to use a term describing a form of economic organization - 'socialism' - to describe cooperation and sharing. That is not to say that there are not overlaps, and Kevin Kelly does a good job identifying them. But new socialists, just like old socialists, believe that society as a whole, typically represented by government, should ensure a certain equity of wealth and opportunity. It's not clear that Kelly's version of socialists believe any such thing.
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