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 The Gift Economy and Free Software

"A "gift economy" is a social system in which status is given by how much one shares or gives to their community, as opposed to an "exchange economy" where status is given to those who own or control the most stuff. In today's world we're used to the latter economic philosophy as it has been closely affiliated with the capitalist system since at least the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the corporation. But the Industrial Age is over -- this is the Information Age now, and things are changing. "

 (Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )


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