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By Andras Kelen

A piece within the fairly new box of monetary sociology, the writer claims that the publicity-driven ''Gratis Economy'', maybe the best wealth author in historical past, is integrating into the traditional non-profit zone.

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The whole range of subjective motives played a role in the recruiting of Stasi volunteers: open blackmail,” usually in connection with a pending legal case, in exchange for information services; sometimes also political persuasion; in a great many cases self-promotion. ’ Interestingly, occasional payments or ‘gifts’ in unofficial cases are not always an indicator of authenticity of involvement, but rather reveal motivatedness, the lack of a voluntary spirit, or the inapplicability of open pressure in the recruitment of collaborators.

It was here that the virulent experience of social mobility was accompanied by an exceptionally efficient and feverish activism-just short of unbridled fanaticism-that had a bearing on their inclination to render voluntary work and, to a certain extent, also on reforming the social perception of physical work in general. In this field alone, the members of these People’s Colleges-a sort of enfants terribles who fought against apathy in all its forms and felt moved to recklessly destroy everything traditional-did much voluntary work.

This institution-a vast social network for the purpose of repressing crimeis found in East Asia (China and Japan) as well as in England. For the sake of public order neighbors were organized and registered in groups of five in Japan and of ten in China and made collectively liable. The beginnings of such an organization existed in England already before the Norman period, which greatly relied on such arrangements. Compulsory associations whose members were collectively liable to criminal persecution were made responsible for the appearance of an accused in court, for giving information about guilt or innocence in criminal cases involving a neighbor-a function from which the institution of the jury developed-for the appearance in court of ‘jurors’, for providing the militia, for the military trinoda necessitas and later for the most diverse public burdens; these associations were at least in part established specifically for these purposes, and landed property in particular was made liable for the obligations imposed ...

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