Re: [decentralization] Groove centralizes
- On Thu, 1 Nov 2001, Todd Boyle wrote:
>Why do corporations work completely differently from the way openI'd say because freedom only works as long as the collective good
>marketplaces function, within democratic society?
coincides with what is best for each individual separately. When this is
not the case, we speak about a tragedy of the commons. When it arises, it
is usually solved via ownership. My theory is that this is what
corporations are (or should be) about: they solve some particular instance
of the tragedy of the commons on the marketplace, and so cannot function
based on competition alone. Of course, competition and market based
optimization are a valuable asset, too, which is why companies use
internal billing, subcontractors and commonly externalize functions which
are not part of the company's core operating area.
But the core, that is under hierarchical control for a very simple reason:
operating it in an autocratic fashion makes it possible to derive extra
value from the market by optimizing across what would otherwise be a
number of competing, uncooperative entities. Sometimes the ownership
structure and the coercion it brings about is simply unavoidable if we
>When developers understand the answer to this question, they will beI'm not quite sure the reasoning behind corporate structures should be
>more likely to write P2P software instead of ever-more-powerful command
>and control systems.
extended to software. After all, economics and money are about dealing
with scarcity, and that has very little to do with P2P.
I think just about the only relevant aspect, here, is that in P2P, the
incentive to cooperate comes naturally in the form of network effects. We
perhaps shouldn't try to supress it by competing in specific architectures
or protocols, but document protocols openly and let people embrace and
extend freely. It's quite likely that the best architecture would be left
floating, in the end.
Maybe we just shouldn't try to operate the P2P industry by the usual rules
of the market, but instead put the market where it belongs, where there is
scarcity. In the software industry, that is likely service, not technology
Sampo Syreeni, aka decoy - mailto:decoy@..., tel:+358-50-5756111
student/math+cs/helsinki university, http://www.iki.fi/~decoy/front
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