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The Hayekian Origins of Wikipedia

The New Yorker on Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales:

As an undergraduate, he had read Friedrich Hayek’s 1945 free-market manifesto, “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” which argues that a person’s knowledge is by definition partial, and that truth is established only when people pool their wisdom. Wales thought of the essay again in the nineteen-nineties, when he began reading about the open-source movement, a group of programmers who believed that software should be free and distributed in such a way that anyone could modify the code.


posted on 27 July 2006 by skirchner in Economics

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