2013 Robert Steele: Concise Summary of Three Paths to a Prosperous World at Peace

Robert David STEELE Vivas
Robert David STEELE Vivas

I know of three ways to get from today to a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for all — all three merit consideration as a whole.

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01. Open Source Everything (OSE). This is the technical solution. The US Government is ignorant and arrogant in part because the cult of secrecy and the ineptitude of chief technical officers, combined with the corruption of political figures that have no interest in knowing anything useful (they attend to those that pay to be heard), have resulted in Washington operating on less than 2% of the relevant information [a typical Country Team collects 20% at most and spills 80% of that in how it handles it] and in the case of the secret world, producing “at best” 4% of what the President or a major commander needs. The future of governance is to be found in bottom-up information sharing and sense-making across all boundaries. Only OSE is affordable, inter-operable, and scalable. This is where the BRICS, the EU, and NATO should be focusing as they create 21st Century Alternative C2 (collaboration and consensus have replaced command and control) — one must give up unilateral command and control in order to gain multilateral command and control.

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Robert Garigue (RIP) understood what none of the US cyber-chiefs understand: in a decentralized technical environment, human trust is the measure of merit, and security must be embedded such that it is NOT reliant on centralized points that are often asleep, ignorant, arrogant, under-funded, and generally useless. As Col Dr. Max Manwaring and his various contributing authors point out in The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century (Praeger, 2003), the primary foundation for both prosperity and peace is LEGITIMACY. A Nobel prize was awarded to the economist that demonstrated that trust lowers the cost of doing business. In brief, proprietary and predatory forms of capitalism have become one. The time has come to create Open Source Ecologies (a fine model is provided by Open Source Ecology, creating a toolkit for civilization), starting with an Autonomous Internet and Liberation Technologies that enable the five billion poor to create infinite wealth. If freedom is our objective, rather than fraud, it demands open source everything. My long-standing vision for an Open Source Agency (OSA) has morphed toward the nurturing of all of the opens as I have discovered that no one open alone will do — they form an unbeatable force for good when combined.

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Way of the Truth — Quotations

I am the way of the truth gandhi way of truthand the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.  George Orwell

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.  Albert Camus

The graceful pride of truth knows no extremes, and preserves, in every latitude of life, the right-angled character of man. Thomas Paine

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.  Mark Twain

The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those living a lie.  Keep speaking it.  Gaskina Jr.

The way of truth is along the path of intellectual sincerity.  Henry Smith Pritchett

I think track records are very important. If you start early trying to have a perfect one in some simple thing like honesty, you’re well on your way to success in this world. Charlie Munger, Vice Chaiman, Berkshire & Hathaway

When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it.  Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York)

All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.  Arthur Schopenhauer

The truth at any cost reduces all other costsRobert Steele

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Other Quotations Representative of Our Perspective:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.  Alexis de Tocqueville

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.  Buckminster Fuller

A Nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry.  Thomas Jefferson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.  Thomas Jefferson

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power.  Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.  James Madison

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.  James Madison

When a nation begins to think, it is impossible to hold it back.  Voltaire

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.  Ironically, their virftues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.  Ernest Hemingway

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else.  Fedor Dostoevsky

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Top managers’ information is invariably either biased, subjecive, filtered or late. . . . Using intelligence correctly requires a fundamental change in the way top executives make decisions.  Ben Gilad

The danger is, you’ll become like a moron. You’ll become incapable of learning from most people in the world, no matter how much experience they have in their particular areas that may be much greater than yours” [because of your blind faith in the value of your narrow and often incorrect secret information].  Daniel Ellsberg speaking to Henry Kissinger

The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community.  Carl Jung

When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.  Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Information is a substitute for time, space, capital, and labor.  Alvin Toffler

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.  Martin Luther King II