Free Software economics for Indigenous Nations
Sep 17, 2009, 01:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Some of the surviving nations in North America have
tried Casinos and call centers. Others have tried meat packing for
freedom. Yet, unemployment remains high, over 80% for some
communities, such as on the Lakotah reservations. Similarly, per
capita income often remains below the poverty line. On the Lakotah
reservations, per capita income is less than $4,000 annually. The
exact story is of course different for each nation, but the overall
results of these efforts have usually been rather bleak.
"Could free software change things?
"Call centers and casinos require nations to participate in a
culturally foreign social-economic model. Each time doing so, a
small part of the culture dies in the process. That is because this
model requires people to compete against each other, often by any
means necessary, and to do so while using the labor of others for
personal gain in a market that is often closed and where goods and
services often become artificially scarce and demand is
artificially generated to further extract wealth rather than
meeting real needs."