Re: [gaia] Fibre Feudalism

Mallory Knodel <mallory@article19.org> Thu, 04 October 2018 13:57 UTC

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Subject: Re: [gaia] Fibre Feudalism
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for sharing. I read it last night and I really enjoyed it. I
think the metaphor is solid economically. And politically, well, that
could be another post in and of itself.

The agrarian commons would of course be ideal, but what we have is a
sort of old-world economic structure that politically controls and
profits from (what should be) the commons. This sets you up nicely to
call for modern economic models ranging from squarely capitalist to
socialist, and even (back to) the commons!

I'm CCing HRPC because it might be of interest to those who have raised
issues of centralisation on the list in the past.

-Mallory

On 04/10/2018 15:30, Steve Song wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> This is a reflection on the current state of terrestrial fibre
> infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa (but I think applies just about
> everywhere).  
> 
> https://manypossibilities.net/2018/10/fibre-feudalism/
> 
> Curious to know how apt you feel the metaphor is or any other reactions
> you may have. 
> 
> Thanks.... Steve Song
> 
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