07.05.20

Sharing is Caring, as Those Who Share Usually Care

Posted in Bill Gates, Free/Libre Software at 8:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sharing is also anti-racist

Among giants

Summary: Going back to our human roots, people who cooperate and collaborate are vastly more likely to survive and thrive; Free software is almost guaranteed to become the norm when/once everyone demands it (proprietary software is too divisive, supremacist and even racist)

THE animal kingdom is an amazing thing. But it’s not a kingdom. There’s no king. There’s also no capitalism there. Animals tend to help and share among their “kind”; in modern society, by contrast, people hoard and are trained to think that it’s all about themselves. Instead of sharing the water in the well they build fences around wells and then charge people for “access” (to gain capital). That’s just what Bill Gates did to software (comparing sharing to theft).

“When you create something, assuming it’s copyleft-licensed, it’s virtually ‘owned’ by nobody (or everybody). Without a CLA, there’s no real ‘owner’, either.”Those who think such allegations are far fetched and removed from reality are likely just sufficiently indoctrinated. Maybe they spend their day posting photos of themselves (selfies, obviously) in Facebook, then sharing holiday photos in some distant place (to brag about air mileage).

Anyway, Free software is inherently against such nonsense. When you create something, assuming it’s copyleft-licensed, it’s virtually ‘owned’ by nobody (or everybody). Without a CLA, there’s no real ‘owner’, either. Commons first.

Nature has a limited capacity. The capacity for hate, however, is limitless. If people learn to share with one another, irrespective of economic means (and this correlates with race unfortunately), racial disparities will be greatly reduced over time. To use an example that makes it easier to understand, how many people who are born in Africa can afford a Photoshop licence? Without being stigmatised as “pirates” by Adobe, as if they’re collectively the moral equivalent of Somali youths who violently attack boats…

“Nature has a limited capacity. The capacity for hate, however, is limitless.”To comprehend the democratising nature of Free software is not too hard. To quote Bill Gates, alluding to poor people just over a decade ago: “It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”

That, by some people’s standards, would be a racist statement (given the context, being poor Chinese people). But due to PR budgets people are wrongly led to think that Gates is racially tolerant, not a white supremacist/eugenicist, just like his wife.

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