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First attempt to describe freedom (both freedom-to and freedom-from) using the language of the commons. Brief talk + collaborative thinking.
The goal of this attempt is change the perception of freedom. The most popular view considers freedom as a “rare”, rivalrous good, which we have to compete for. If we able to speak about freedom in the language of the commons, we may see the “freedom-from” as a common-pool resource, that we can sustain and expand in collaboration, while the “freedom-to” as the fringe units stream that we can share according to the community-formulated regime.
Warning! The concept presented here is absolutely scandalous from the scholar's point of view. The only reason I am trying to elaborate this methodological abomination is the fact, that it can potentially provide an easy and efficient „cognitive pry bar” to open – and change – popular thinking about freedom. It is still to be determined, whether the end justifies the mean here.
The newest version (article): http://freelab2014.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/the-freedom-commons-alpha-2/