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Re: is Debian an anarchist organization/project?

On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:19:23PM +0100, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Oct 2002 11:07, Jonathan Walther wrote:
> > Not really.  Under anarchism, the means of production would be in the
> > hands of the people.  So if they didn't have food to eat it would most
> > likely be their own fault for not working, in which case let them
> > starve.  But given how easy it is to grow food, I doubt anyone would
> > starve; there would always be some kind souls ready to share their food
> > with those who couldn't work to get their own.  This isn't theoretical,
> > but actual; it's how society got along for aeons.
> If everyone had to spend time growing food then they wouldn't be able to 
> concentrate on tasks such as designing computers or aircraft.  Our society is 
> based on specialisation, that means most people don't primarily grow their 
> own food.  More people should do some hobby farming (plant a fruit tree and 
> some vegetables in their back yard), but having everyone grow what they eat 
> doesn't lead to a technological society such as we have.
> How many Debian developers grow all their own food?

Debian developers wouldn't need to grow their own food, because they
could trade their code for food. We have lots of users. I'm sure that
open source developers in general would all be fed, if society found
our work useful, which they do. 

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