Janet Smith, High-Gain Blog, 2 August 2012
The June 5 release of Robert David Steele’s book The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust, has been noticed by the cultural and intelligence communities, but not by the information technology community. The publisher evidently did not flag the book fully, so it has ended up in political science, which may actually be the right place for this revolutionary book. This is a radical book that could even become a cult classic.
The author is not your typical revolutionary, nor is he an average citizen. A former spy, an honorary hacker, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, reading in 98 categories, he has been described by Bruce Sterling as: ”vastly smarter (this is a stretch) than most hackers, and much, much more dangerous” (this is the interesting part we agree with).
In his book, Steele carries out a cultural hack on how people think, striving to restore the indigenous art and science of fully integrating all knowledge in all languages, and restoring power to the public – ending top-down ideological and corruption-driven investments and restoring bottom-up evidence-based and community consensus—and hence sustainable – decisions.
Others are working in this direction as well — the P2P Foundation stands out – but no one else has actually put it all in one bag. The author’s key point is that we need to go “all in” on all the opens, and not be pacified with token progress on any single open, or the open of the day. All in. Open Source Everything. Take no prisoners. Do this now. All in. All open.
Janet Smith, August 2, 2012