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A culture of freedom is one where critics don't just vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a movie but seriously discuss how a movie could be improved -- and then someone reads their critique and goes out and does it.
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The internet and digital technology can be tools of liberation.  They have the potential to put tremendous power into the hands of the average person, if they are not perverted into a means of control.  However, with great power comes great responsibility.  To a large extent, free culture is about building a healthy, robust culture of freedom, where the people understand how freedom works and are comfortable with their liberty.
  
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As we know from history, it is difficult for democracy to take root in a country where there is not a tradition of personal freedom and responsibility.  Democracy is still struggling in the former member states of the USSR, because the people are used to the Soviet regime taking care of things for them.  It may be futile to hand over control of a country to the populace if the populace does not understand democracy.  This of course results in a chicken and egg problem: how can we build a healthy democracy if it is impossible without a populace that understands democracy, but the only way the people can learn democracy is by living in a democracy?
  
A culture of freedom is one where being a cover band doesn't lose you any street cred compared to doing your own music from scratch -- and where it starts to become hard to tell the difference.
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The only way to accomplish the shift in such a case is to build an alternative, as the American colonists did when they founded the United States.  The experimental people can work out the kinks of the new system and figure out how it works, and then everyone can join in once it is production quality ;-)
  
A culture of freedom is one where bad old TV series and movies turn into brilliant remakes and fan fiction on a regular basis -- and bad remakes and fan fiction themselves generate brilliant ones after a few years.
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We are building that alternative. We intend to lead by example, and develop a culture of freedom which can scale to the world at large -- once it works well enough, a draconian "intellectual property" regime becomes unnecessary, insofar as it ever was necessary.
 
 
A culture of freedom is one where making a tribute to your favorite book or speculating on a logical continuation of an existing book is just as legal as mocking and satirizing a bad book you don't like.
 
 
 
A culture of freedom is one where anyone who wants to can try to build a better mousetrap -- and the world beats a network of paths connecting everyone's front door.
 
 
 
A culture of freedom is one where everyone thinks of themselves as a voice in a huge choir whose power and beauty comes from its size and diversity, rather than shutting up and sitting in the congregation while only the best voices sing alone on a bare stage -- where the many don't bow to the few and the few aren't responsible for the many.
 
 
 
A culture of freedom is one where everyone decides for themselves which art is great and which art is mediocre, where the cultural consensus can change at a whim rather than letting the voices of the past decide what will pass into the future -- and where those who choose to ignore the cultural consensus can and will.
 
 
 
A culture of freedom is one where I can write, sing, paint, dance or just talk however I please, and anyone who wants can watch or listen, where the spark of creativity in every human soul holds the reins, rather than the clamoring voices of conformity, inferiority and doubt -- and it's coming, bit by bit, voice by voice, word by word, life by life.
 

Latest revision as of 00:16, 12 August 2016

The internet and digital technology can be tools of liberation. They have the potential to put tremendous power into the hands of the average person, if they are not perverted into a means of control. However, with great power comes great responsibility. To a large extent, free culture is about building a healthy, robust culture of freedom, where the people understand how freedom works and are comfortable with their liberty.

As we know from history, it is difficult for democracy to take root in a country where there is not a tradition of personal freedom and responsibility. Democracy is still struggling in the former member states of the USSR, because the people are used to the Soviet regime taking care of things for them. It may be futile to hand over control of a country to the populace if the populace does not understand democracy. This of course results in a chicken and egg problem: how can we build a healthy democracy if it is impossible without a populace that understands democracy, but the only way the people can learn democracy is by living in a democracy?

The only way to accomplish the shift in such a case is to build an alternative, as the American colonists did when they founded the United States. The experimental people can work out the kinks of the new system and figure out how it works, and then everyone can join in once it is production quality ;-)

We are building that alternative. We intend to lead by example, and develop a culture of freedom which can scale to the world at large -- once it works well enough, a draconian "intellectual property" regime becomes unnecessary, insofar as it ever was necessary.