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

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 11:22:47 PDT 2014


Notwithstanding all that background of "selling out to global capitalism,"
it is still a HUGE statement, and, really, a truly good thing that this
event took place at all.

Imagine.

The concept of worldwide open source and pachamamaphiles getting together,
under one roof, to craft blueprints for alternative economies.

Light years ahead of "The Global North"
On Jun 10, 2014 1:12 PM, "hellekin" <hellekin at cepheide.org> wrote:

> 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:
> http://www.cookreport.com/pdfs/July-augCRecuadorfinal.pdf
>
> 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".
>
> ==
> hk
>
>
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