From the Film Casino: The Perfect Analogy for How Open Source Everything Works
Sam Rothstein is describing the checks and balances that kept everybody honest in the casino that he was in charge of, and said, “In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye in the sky is watching us all. Plus, we had a dozen guy up there [above the gambling tables in the casino, in the “eye in the sky”] most of them ex-cheats, who knew every trick in the house.”
In fact this is how ancient tribal societies worked. In a small community not much is secret. As someone once told me who lived in a very small town in Arizona, “There’s always someone checking out your action.” But civilization turned out to be a great enabler of deception and wrongdoing because the complexity of the community became a kind of human forest that obscured crimes against the people.
Open source everything is a way to restore the dynamics of ancient tribal societies whereby we had each other to keep us all in line. No one has anything to lose from this dynamic except those who are exploiting the environment of secrecy that’s screwing us all. Cockroaches scurry when the rock is lifted.
Open source everything would be a case of the rock permanently lifted.