Aadil Ayub

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Notes from readings/courses and random nuggets of thought. This is my online scrapbook.

gift economics in activism and open source software development

maintainers ask politely for donations that never come, or when they do come they’re directed to already-popular projects and personalities

I see this problem in open source and also in social movements and activist communities - I suspect it's even broader! These communities tend to use gift economics because capitalist economics doesn't suit their needs: the market value of social activism is generally 0, since it produces a general social benefit rather than a specific one. The market value of free software development is similar. Since the market can't support these efforts, activists and f/oss devs just produce value freely for everyone, and hope that people voluntarily support the producers.

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