The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online -
May 27, 2009
<!-- pageType= magazinewide slug= nep_newsocialism section= culture subsection= culturereviews headline= The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online authorName= Kevin Kelly creditType= illustration credit= Christoph Niemann caption= Wikipedia, Flickr, and Twitter aren't just revolutions in online social media. They're the vanguard of a cultural movement. --> <p><strong>Bill Gates once derided</strong> open source advocates with the <a href="
">worst epithet</a> a capitalist can muster. These folks, he said, were a "new modern-day sort of communists," a malevolent force bent on destroying the monopolistic incentive that helps support the American dream. Gates was wrong: Open source zealots are more likely to be libertarians than commie pinkos. Yet there is some truth to his allegation. The frantic global rush to connect everyone to everyone, all the time, is quietly gi -