The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 4 Philosophical Concepts Extract I
Truth, Coin of Collective Consciousness
When things are not going well, until you get the truth on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it.
Truth is the foundation for all discourse and wise decision-making. There is no such thing as truth in isolation. The definition of meaning is a contextual and communal process, as the following two statements communicate succinctly:
Put enough eyeballs on it, no bug is invisible.
The truth at any cost lowers all other costs.
The first concept makes clear the role of community in arriving at the truth of any matter. The second makes clear the moral and financial value of truth, reducing all manner of costs across all domains including time and space. Neither of these concepts matter to the greedy, selfish one percent–they matter very much to the ninety-nine percent.
The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 3 Manifesto Extract III
Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realize such as lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth–all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the “utopia” that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach.
Context matters. Context creates coherence and restores the missing connections that the fragmentation of knowledge into academic specializations has caused. Economy needs to be reimagined in terms of a whole-systems approach–the “true costs” of human action need to be measured holistically, in terms of effects on the regenerative capacity of the biosphere as a whole. If we as Homo sapiens fail to connect the dots and make decisions on the basis of truthful, true-cost information, we will self-destruct.
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Integrity is how we enter a “state of grace” and become “one with God,” however you choose to define and understsand these broad terms. This manifesto defines “God” as an experience of collective solidarity that extends from the human realm to the universe as a whole.
The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 3 Manifesto Extract II
History is a narrative we construct and a tool we can shape. Our model of history has been corrupted by “information pathologies” that include weapons of distortion and deception; suppression of alternatives and repression of inconvenient knowledge; and manufactured consent, propaganda, secrecy, and outright ideologically justified lies that go unchallenged by most journalists and scholars.
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We find ourselves at the end of centuries of isolation and alienation. The evolution of social technologies and communications media appears to align with prophecies of indigenous cultures like the classic Maya, who looked toward our epoch [and 22 December 2012 specifically] as the end of one great cycle and the beginning of another. It's a window of opportunity for us, potentially the threshhold of transformation of humanity into a new psychic collectivity, a new global civilization that can attain galactic citizenship.
The circumstances underlying this manifesto are stark and compelling: We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communical decision-making. Power was centralized in the hands of increasingly specialized “elites” and “experts” who not only failed to achieve all they promised but used secrecy and the control of information to deceive the public into allowing them to retain power over coummunity resources that they ultimately looted.
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The corruption of the commons led to the loss of integrity between and among individuals, organizations, and community. Artificial paradises made up of objects and possessions were substitute for true community based on authentic hear-to-heart relationships. Secular corruption is made possible by information asymmetries between those in power and the public. In the absence of transparency, truth, and trust, wealth is concentrated and waste is rampant.
On the next few pages I list a wide range of “opens” within each of the layers illustrated in the Open-Source Pyramid (Figure 1), strictly to illuminate the wide-ranging, near-universal nature of this meme. This is not a complete list! The order below corresponds to Figure 1, where the source information can also be found. [All endnotes removed, generally one per comma de-limited open].
Open Access. Generally legal right to view, read, transit.
Participation. Generally open right to contribute or utilize.
Transparency. General visibility of detail to any who wish access.
OpenBTS is t he open-source software/hardware combination that replicates cellular phone services using open spectrum, enabling free and very low-cost communications. Combined with mesh networks and other means of disconnecting from the government/telecommunications monopoly of the grid, OpenBTS is the foundation “liberation technology” and is central to the release of humanity from corrupt hierarchies and their “rule by secrecy.”
When the five billion poor receive OpenBTS and have access to the Internet, everything will change.
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It is my personal and professional belief–as someone deeply concerned about both security and intelligence–that security can only be achieved through pure transparency not secrecy. Intelligence can only be maximally effective if it is open and collective. At present, the contract between the secret intelligence community and the alternative open-source intelligence community could not be starker. This illustrates the failure of banks, corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations (such as global charities, with the Red Cross coming to mind) to act purely in the public interest. There are two reasons for this: one, because they can hide behind secrecy and not be accountable for some or all of their acts; and two, because in the absence of public intelligence, the public is impotent.