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[liberationtech] Ecuador towards the pos-capitalism: copyleft politics

hellekin hellekin at
Tue Jun 10 11:11:39 PDT 2014

On 06/09/2014 08:00 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts wrote:
> Bernardo,
> This and other news from Flok Society is inspiring. But I find it useful to force a critical perspective. Thus
> 	* What actual policies is the national government of Ecuador taking that adopt Free/Libre Open Knowledge recommendations arising from this (and other, some continuing) process?
> 	* Nations are complicated, and they do not really speak with one voice expressing one single interest. Ecuador has not shown itself to be exempt from this. Even as it allows for community enterprise, it also works to exploit its oil wealth. This raises the question: How are these economic and social forces to be reconciled? Is there to be more transparency and accountability for the oil industry's actions in the country? (Accountability could mean here something more than just announcing it. It could mean being subject to the popular will, and especially the will of those most affected. That will could be made manifest via modern means.)
> Thanks
> louis
*** Here comes some critical perspective from Gordon Cook:

Disclaimer: I was interviewed regarding my attempt and early failure at
participating in the project.  I recommend reading the report, but also
with some distance.  The ethical failure of several people involved do
not mean the whole project is to throw away.  Nevertheless, it seems
clear to me that the path chosen to reach the ends tell a lot about the
failure to embrace a critical perspective.

One thing that I find important in that respect is the naive approach of
FLOK regarding the Latin American way of government: populism walks hand
in hand with northern corporations to ensure "Western" control (read:
plunder) of natural resources.  Lately, this tactics has seen the
sweeping rise of Chinese influence, as demonstrated by the pre-sale of
Ecuador's underground resources, e.g. in the Yasuni National Park, to
foment "progress".


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