wow - i hadn't expected such a ok level in a discussion about capitalism in a tech forum
I think communism is a struggle against suppression in every aspect of human living. It is about trying to satisfy as much needs as possible of every single person.
Maybe a communistic aproach (with lots of assumtions and simplification of course):
What is the desire?
A - Read about the newest hardware and open source software.
M - Work less. Have a stable material basis of existence.
Expectatioin of how to get there?
A - open phoronix page and dont get disturbed by ads
M - Work hard to setup a well-known and respected company to earn money with it
Noone knows anything personal about each other. Personal as
- How do you live?
- What is your economical base? (Do you have to work? How long? How hard? Money in a bank? Gonna get a rent?)
- Do you feel having a safe future?
- Do you expereance discrimination?
Different understanding of /capitalism/ and /communism/
Capitalism or -how we all relate to each other economically- is fucked up:
We all have to deal with capitalism. Capitalism has ownership as its base. Ownership should prevent us to just take what we want. In Capitalism ownership can change, if both parties agree in a "free" deal. Enforce exchange otherwise (steal, give, ...) is not capitalistic itself, but reflects ownership as well. Money is the way to make deals easy. The production of almost everything happens in capitalistic conditions (exchange of property is the dominat form like bying food). Even further: Most things are only produced cause they promise to bring profit. If a product cant be sold for a certain profit noone produces it, no matter if people dye. On the otherhand: some poducts that (can) kill people bring high profits. Capitalism dont care about people, if they connot pay. You say production in captialism is to satisfy our needs? Then why do people dye of starvation while mankind is able to produce microelectronics? Why do people have no house or are thrown in prison cause they used public transport without ticket? Why do so many people fatasize about good free markets and bad banks?
Well, I dont think we can even have the same idea of what capitalism is and why it is bad in this thread. Why the US is not evil and neither banks are. In some cases they have not many options if they behave according to capitalistic roules.
But what about trying a transparent way of crowdfunding? M tells how much money he needs from the community for not having any ads on the page - lets say for half a year - and maybe it works and can be continued. How much money can he get from 1000 Hits?