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Re: Occupy Wall Street and the purpose of this group

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:06:34 -0700
Message-ID: <4E970C8A.5050508@sunshine.net>
To: public-webpayments@w3.org
On 10/12/11 10:07 PM, Manu Sporny wrote:
> I think the best way forward for this group is to try to help the people
> who are struggling and build something that can help them. A universal
> payment standard for the Web would enable the following types of
> businesses and endeavors, to name a few:...[snip]
.....> I think people will be more receptive to that - anger can only 
take you
> so far... but making the world a better place - that will take us much
> further.

Great post Manu, and particularly on the focus on the solution to 
problems; I completely agree. There are now a very large and growing 
number of people aware that the financial system itself is somehow 
grossly inadequate. Very few viable solutions have captured anyone's 
attention; I believe because most of them are replaying of things that 
have failed in the past and many of these are now immediately 
recognized as such and not followed further.

What this group is doing -- attempting to do, doing -- is one that 
seems to me to be fundamentally different and potentially a 
'revolution'. And it would be a revolution that would occur not 
because of destruction but because of evolution and orderly 
replacement; old systems would merely atrophy and disappear because a 
better method had appeared.

(I'm still uncertain whether this can actually occur successfully 
without the introduction of a CCN-like transfer protocol, but I think 
almost everything you're doing here needs to be done regardless and 
no-one in CCN is doing it yet -- as far as I can determine from 
watching the videos of their community meeting. I'll put more about 
that in a separate post; I think it bears watching closely because 
there are things happening there: for example the beginnings of a 
CCN-node creation tool via HTML5 browser plug-in using Javascript; 
this has been initiated on github (see 
https://github.com/truedat101/ccn4b#readme) and was presented at the 
community meeting.)

Steven Rowat
Received on Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:07:08 UTC

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