Falkvinge, Rick. Should Pirate Parties include the coming swarm economy as policy? Falkvinge on Infopolicy. 2011 Mar 18. Available from: http://falkvinge.net/2011/03/18/should-pirate-parties-include-the-swarm-economy/. Accessed 2013 Apr 17. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6FxZqYI32.
Falkvinge notes the increasing disconnect between the usefulness of productive activity, even in narrowly economic terms, and the monetary rewards (if any) for that activity. Much industry-critical work, such as writing free software or editing Wikipedia, is done without pay, often by information-economy professionals (such as typical Pirate Party activists) who are already doing full-time paid work on other projects. Falkvinge proposes an unconditional basic income (UBI) as a way of rewarding and promoting the contributions of this unpaid “swarm economy”:
In my mind, our ideology is a liberty-based and humanitarian information policy. Standing for the society which focuses on the individual contributions (whether paid or not…) and how they swarm together to real, valuable production would be quite compatible with that.
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