Perhaps open source is one possible solution to the whole deal, starting with open source manufacturing. Redistribute much of the manufacturing capability to small-scale local (or home) automated manufacturing systems. With a good Open Source setup, people can donate their designs to a common public pool - say AutoCAD files or somesuch. Then, automated systems can make goods locally as needed. Instead of centralized bulk production, local production. By leveraging personal computing for 3D imaging and number crunching, open source local (or even home) manufacturing may be the best candidate to stimulate economies and restore the merchant class.Pathless said:The "benefits" offered by industrial models of work are not benefits at all.
Open source automated manufacturing is off to a good start, is continually growing and may be ripe to generate new marketing models as well as revive old ones. Let us enable people to once again manufacture their own goods from raw materials! Engineers can get on board by helping design the mechatronics and systems. Legal support is also appreciated! Businesses can get on board, too! Lots of money to be made and smiles to be had.
Building and Open Source CNC Milling Machine