Karl Marx once wrote about the impact of the advent of capitalism on feudalism that "All that was solid melts into the air". The constant innovations in production, the uncertainty inherent in enterprise, and the changing of social relations tear apart the static conditions of traditional society. It is important to realize that Marx saw this as not all bad, the dynamic change of capitalism brought material gains unimagined by previous generations.
That the methods of production are in a constant state of revolution cannot be denied in a vibrant market economy. Such revolutionary forces are currently at work in the publishing industry. The Wylie Agency announced a publishing venture with Amazon last week that would side-step the big publishing houses.
NPR this morning brought my attention to this discussion (in fact my title comes from a comment made by one of the reporters). There also was a discussion of Concord Free Press, which gives away books with the caveat that you make a contribution to a charity of your choosing and pass the book along when you are done. This seems like an awesome idea. Why is it that the "left" always seem more entrepreneurial about philanthropic enterprise than the classical liberal or libertarian crowd?