Kottke has an intersting interview up with Yochai Benkler, author of the excellent book The Wealth of Networks about how peer-production, open networks, and free culture can and should revolutionize our politics and society. I worry, though, that Benkler is too optimistic about the political process. Or, rather, that his optimism may be shading into a problematic complacency. Political change is hard to do, and making it happen requires concrete plans for organizing and activism that the relevant segments of the geek community don't seem to me to be very good at engaging in.

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