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David Flory
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This article is painfully direct and may upset readers, but the issues it addresses are not going away, however much we would like them to.

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To the extent that the maker movement has any "ideology,* it is in rebellion against bureaucratic and corporate bit-shuffling, cost-shifting, outsourcing, managed "collaboration," planned obsolescence, and efficiency. "Growing up," as you put it, would be equivalent to self-annihilation.

The maker movement is driven by a love of craftsmanship and mastery over the technology one uses. Many makers' creations are interesting, beautiful, possibly useful, and sometimes even profitable. Makers delight in creations that reflect the skill and humanity of their makers and users. They are very much like the smiths, artisans, and inventors that proliferated in earlier periods of tech history.

The most valuable contribution the maker movement can make to our society is to remain what it is: an alternative to increasing domination of our lives by glitzy yet disposable gadgets and tech services that we did not make, and cannot repair, understand, or even own.

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A few days ago, the Ask Papabear column featured a letter from an individual with some very good questions, but I didn’t feel he got the best answer he could have. So the following is my attempt to add to the initial answer and correct a few errors in…

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The court made a bad call. In its rush to be seen as progressive and on the right side of history, it “solved” one problem while leaving too many unresolved, and it overturned the republican method in the process. Here is what should have happened:…

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Paul Gottfried writes a historically learned analysis of the most recent wave of attacks on Southern symbolism and history.
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