Why it is the "social" in "social computing" that matters

I would go so far as to say that my current reading, How To Be Free, is one of the best books I have ever read. The following section particularly rings true given recent conversations about whether or not Enterprise 2.0 is bottom up or not when applied to organisational life.

The real task is to find the enemy within, not without. As the beatnik thinker Alexander Trocchi put it, we need to 'attack the "enemy" at his base, within ourselves'. Class struggle itself feeds the middle class, because when you fight against something you merely make it stronger. The answer is simply to ignore the things you don't like about the classes and concentrate about the things you do like about them. Class war is also a blind alley since it is a profoundly irresponsible attitude to life that says, 'If only those bastards hadn't screwed me, the everything would be OK.' Well, to an extent you allowed them to screw you, and you can choose not to be screwed. That way lies freedom.

It is our own complicity with the present way of organizing things that we must question. When we talk about anarchy, we do not mean a dissolution of order, a Mad Max environment where the most violent survive. We mean a decentralization of power; power to the people. D.H. Lawrence wrote that it is not a question of smashing the system but of putting a more humane one in its place: "There must be a system; there must be classes of men; there must be differentiation; either that, or amorphous nothingness. The true choice is not between system and no system. The choice is between system and system, mechanical or organic.'