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IDEOLOGY AND INSTITUTIONAL NICHE OF THE VIRTUAL STATE

– Well, American, tell me what is power? Is it money? My brother also says it’s money. You’ve got a lot of money, and what? I think power is truth. The one who’s got the truth is stronger. You have deceived someone, made some money. And what, have you become stronger? No, you haven’t. For you have no truth behind you. And the one whom you deceived, he’s got the truth behind him, so he’s stronger.

Danila Bagrov’s monologue from the movie “Brother 2”.

Introduction

The Virtual State(Сommunity) is based on copyright law of transferring the work on any reasonable terms. Such systems already exist in the form of the communities of Open Source and Free software. They are often accused of trying to build communism. Indeed, knowledge and information have the property of indivisibility. If we divide them between the people, there won’t be less of knowledge and information. The usefulness of knowledge and information increases at each division, and at the universal access to knowledge and information we can achieve maximum productivity effect from them. I think that achieving maximum productivity effect from knowledge and information can be called communism.

Modern society is reproduced through the control of access to information and knowledge. Can we overcome this control and reach communism using the technologies of Free and Open Source software? In its current form – no.

I’ll try to convince you of that on three examples I know.

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