Is Web 2.0 a Manifesto for Anarchism?

David Jennings, DJ Alchemi, Jul 13, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had some discussions in Duluth on the nature of anarchism - understood strictly as 'no government'. So this post, a wonderful look at Colin Ward's Anarchy in Action, originally published in 1973, in today's context. "Could Web 2.0 likewise be a transitory period of flux, or does it offer a means of relating to each other, and to power, that could enable a 'permanent revolution'? None of us has a crystal ball, but it's hard to resist the cheeky old Mitch Kapor quote: 'Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network,' which was coined specifically with the early days of the internet in mind."
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