Coming to a World Near You

The Maker Advent will not be violent. You will not see it coming. But beware the aftermath. Every business, every bank, every market will fail. You will lose your job, your retirement and all the money you have. You will share and trade and hustle just to stay alive. You will build a Freemaker community, where most goods are free and the remaining “jobs” are shared. Or you will join a Tory militia, to save America from Philip Machen’s Freemaker insurgency. Got freedom?

What’s in a Name? Freemaker is a composite.

 Maker prototype

Maker prototype scale model

Freemaker is a composite with more than one meaning.

Foremost in Maker Messiah, Freemaker is a label, a title for the protagonist, Philip Machen. His name, Machen, means in German to make, and as the father of Makers, he is the source of Maker devices, concepts, and dreams. He is the Freemaker. Could he also be a secular messiah?

Freemaker is also intended to evoke sharing as a consequence of effortless production. Philip invents Makers and gives them away. He also urges people to copy their Makers, and to share them without compensation, to establish new social expectations of ubiquity and goodwill. In other words, Makers should be free because they constitute the economic backbone of Philip’s new sharing-based morality, which becomes the social basis for Freemaker communities.

In this last context, Freemaker acquires a political meaning, as some citizens embrace Makers while others (Tories) oppose them. In the story, a loose movement of Maker owners coalesces to support Makers, perhaps even to support Philip’s Maker enclaves and his sharing sensibility.  The success of his Maker advent depends ultimately on the judgment, courage, and goodwill of strangers like Everett Aboud. Just as the success of the novel depends on readers like you, ordinary people will decide.