Is open source communist?

Summary:Is open source Communism in software form? (I had Karl Marx join us to set the mood.

Karl Marx

Is open source Communism in software form? (I had Karl Marx join us to set the mood.)

That's the question asked by Kenneth Brown's Alexis de Tocqueville Institution,which draws backing from leading right-wing foundations.

Brown has been after open source before.A recent TechWorld column charges his whole argument is a Microsoft plot.

Would that it were.

Brown's new report, dubbed Intellectual Property - Left?is a political tract suggesting open source is the product of disgruntled employees, leftists, and those who hate the idea of private property.>

So I want to aim this question squarely at political conservatives. Does this idea resonate with you? Is there something unsavory about open source, with Linux, and with the public domain, something politically incorrect?

Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Open Source


Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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