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I think the US - and everyone else - IS ready for a Revolution - and it is coming form the "Telluric" (© Migeru) changes going on as the Internet becomes embedded in our Society.

This Revolution is a "Peer to Peer" revolution.

Governments, Banks, conventional Corporations and all the rest are intermediaries and were therefore redundant in the face of new tools and techniques for linking individuals "peer to peer".

As Gilmore (almost) said: "The Internet interprets Banks as Damage and routes around them".

I call this process "Napsterisation" and believe that alternatives are now emerging - as with all emergent phenomena - because they "out-compete" the existing forms.

ET is actually an example of the way that individuals are capable of linking together and forming a loose collective more powerful that its individual components.

I believe credit internediaries (for instance) are already in their death throes - that is what the current "Credit Crash" is - and that a networked  alternative is already emerging.

The exact form that will take is not clear to me, but its inevitability is clear., and I do not give the current system even four years.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 07:21:29 AM EST
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OK, I'll agree that people are "ready" - tired of the current system - for change.  I still maintain they are not "ready" - have viable alternatives widely available.

Note modifying adverbial phrase!


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 12:40:20 PM EST
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... the connotation that Sara is using is Political Revolution ... a violent replacement of one political system by another.

"Revolutionary change" in the sense of the replacement of our technological system by another, accompanied by some form of dramatic political change ... that's inevitable. Its a matter of when, not if.

Whether that dramatic political change will be something with a family resemblance to the New Deal, or something with a family resemblance to the Puritan Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, Russian Revolution, etc. ... I hope and work for the former (and it seems that Sara does as well), while fearing that it may be the latter if we don't get moving in time.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 02:28:33 PM EST
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