by Patch O'Furr
Thanks Tempe and Dralen for this guest post, a good followup to my “heart of the furry economy“. – Patch
The furry fandom is big and complex. We each have our own groups of friends, and our little sub-fandoms centered around specific shows and interests. It’s easy to not see the fursuit for the fluff.
Once it a while, it’s worth taking a step back and looking at it as a whole.
Furry is incredibly socialist.
This seems like a weird statement on its face. How can a community of people who like cartoon animal media be socialist? Well, we make, buy, and sell things.
“But wait!” you might say. “That’s using money! Furry must be capitalism!”
Socialism doesn’t mean abolishing money, like they do on Star Trek. It just means the economy has to benefit regular people, instead of companies and a handful of the ultra-rich. In fact, since the Furry fandom literally invents itself without some overarching canon coming from any one movie, TV, animation, or comics studio, no one person can ever control who gets paid for their unique creations. This power resides in the creators themselves and the furries who support them. Furry is open source.