At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or ? this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms ? with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution. The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure.
Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
New words expressing new concepts usually indicate stirrings at other levels of reality. So when we read of widespread ?peer-to-peer? activity (sharing without central authorities) and the spread of ?open source? (the mutuality of creativity), or come across seemingly paradoxical concepts such as ?produsers? (users producing value as they use), or entirely new concepts such as ?phyles? (transnational networks of small companies in which the values of the commons are predominant), we should find out about the innovations that old language does not capture.