We recently received an email referring to a page on CRN's website, and asking the question: "So you're going to monopolize this technology and keep as many people out of the loop as possible? What are you, capitalists? fascists?"
(On reviewing our online content, I think maybe this page would be a better target for the question.)
CRN was founded on the belief that nanotechnology will lead to general-purpose manufacturing of high-performance products, some of which could destabilize whole societies (and others of which could solve many of the world's problems).
Before I answer the question, I would ask: Given that the US government does not allow us to own powerful weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles, how would you describe this policy? And how would you describe export controls on weapons (and even sufficiently powerful computers)? How about the International Atomic Energy Agency?
I don't mean to imply that CRN is the same as these policies, but they are attempts to solve similar problems. I don't think they can be described as simply as "capitalist" or "fascist," and I'd like to get a few more terms on the table before we decide which one fits CRN.
I've invited the person who sent that question to comment on this post. I hope we can get a fruitful discussion going.