Re: What about changing the rules?
Hi. One might say that you an describing an anarchists collective. Don't get me wrong, unlike most I don't see the label collective as an insult, and the word anarchy doesn't immediately conjure up images of petrol bomb throwing rioters :) And yes, in the past such collectives have proved successful. You might care to go have a trawl of www.tao.ca in the search of collective economic models. There are also a couple of mailing lists that may be able to help you nail down the financial side of such a venture. For those who say that a collective generating $x revenue, when split among the members yields only $0.50 or whatever nonsense. Think about it. Any viable commercial institution today that generates revenue gives its employees far less than an equal share of profit, and yet people manage to draw a living wage from it. Don't confuse profit with turnover. Wages in a traditional model are part of the turnover and so when one looks at splitting the profit we end up with a small figure. If we look at a successful institution with several thousand employees, with not wages, and then look at splitting the now much much profit margin of that company among the employees, we end up with far bigger figures. As for how you allocate shares for labour. If one thinks for a second as shares in terms of currency, and casts ones mind back to corporate currency popular in the US at the turn of the century, that might be cashed in for hard currency, then a payment scheme can indeed be worked out. Anything a corporation can do a collective can do. the only difference is a collective doesn't syphon of monies, or push them toward the top, but evenly ditributes them on a fair and commonly agreed basis. Anyhow, enough off topic rambling from me. The matter is very interesting and has much merit. I'd be pleased if you would keep me informed, especialy if you form a mailing list for this matter. Cheers Guy Murphy Web Developer The Dialog Corporation plc. guy_murphy@xxxxxxxxxx http://www.guy-murphy.easynet.co.uk xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on 03/25/99 09:30:54 PM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx cc: (bcc: Guy Murphy/UK/MAID) Subject: What about changing the rules? Hi, Yesterday night I talked to good friends that work at Netscape (but not for long now) and I can tell you that this was not about celebrating. We came to discuss about the free software movement on so on, then came an idea... [SNIP] XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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