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last modified September 23, 2010 by strypey

Paper for FreeCulture2010

Free to Know or Free to Own?
Convergence of Free and Slow Culture in Global Relocalisation
by Danyl Strype

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This paper argues that private property law is a human construction, not a law of nature.  Along with copyright law, and patent law, it may need to be reinterpreted to ensure it keeps up with social change, and continues to serve it's original function, to defend human freedom from concentrations of power. This will require free culture groups, inspired by free software, with their global thinking, and slow culture, catalysed by slow food, with their local action, to play a a part. Example of this can be seen in the increasing use of free software, agile development, and permaculture design, in crisis relief and recovery. Because of oil dependence, industrial society is a long, slow disaster, which will require a massive relief efforts for the human species to survive. Courts, patents, and property are all used to concentrate power, and for a transition to a post-oil economy to work, the freedom to know and the freedom to grow are going to have to take precedence over the freedom to own. This doesn't mean abandoning the concept of property entirely, just ensuring it functions to protect people's ability to supply their needs, not as a means to enslave others. The ground is being prepared for these relief efforts by
clearer.creating resilient community structures, and resilient communication systems, and synergies between the two are becoming clear. The capacity for both humanity and the potential for advanced civilisation to survive the coming decades intact will be enhanced by slow culture and free culture working like a pair of scissors.