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In this book, a cry from the heart for a free and equal America in which we put the common sense and good intentions of We the People back into governance, I offer several years of work that started with my six minute briefing to Occupy in 2011 that went viral on Reddit and YouTube. I subsequently ran briefly for President, accepted by the Reform Party, so as to create the web site We the People Reform Coalition where I put the four big transpartisan ideas down in black and white: Electoral Reform; Coalition Cabinet; Balanced Budget; and an end to the existing tax system, replacing it with Edgar Feige’s Automated Payment Transaction (APT) Tax while also enacting both full employment and a coherent population and citizenship policy.
The two-party tyranny (Theresa Amato’s excellent term, in The Grand Illusion) has sold us out. It is intellectually vapid to think that addressing political money, or corruption, or any of a thousand other pet rocks, is going to help us in any way. The system is rigged and the system will stay rigged unless we — the 60% that have been disenfranchised — assert our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, honor the Constitution, abolish the present government in a non-violent manner using Electoral Reform, and MOVE ON.
The Open-Source Everything Manifesto is a distillation of author, strategist, analyst, and reformer Robert David Steele life’s work: the transition from top-down secret command and control to a world of bottom-up, consensual, collective decision-making as a means to solve the major crises facing our world today. The book is intended to be a catalyst for citizen dialog and deliberation, and for inspiring the continued evolution of a nation in which all citizens realize our shared aspiration of direct democracy—informed participatory democracy. Open-Source Everything is a cultural and philosophical concept that is essential to creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for one hundred percent of humanity. The future of intelligence is not secret, not federal, and not expensive. It is about transparency, truth, and trust among our local to global collective. Only “open” is scalable.
As we strive to recover from the closed world corruption and secrecy that has enabled massive fraud within governments, banks, corporations, and even non-profits and universities, this timely book is a manifesto for liberation—not just open technology, but open everything.
A massive cultural tsunami is sweeping round the world as the five billion poor acquire Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the one billion rich realize that the era of Empire Rule Of, By, and For the Few is over. Happily, this is a revolution in human affairs that will be non-violent for the simple reason that no redistribution of existing wealth can match the infinite new wealth that the entrepreneurial poor can create for themselves when empowered with ICT.
We are entering an era in which global networks and the sharing of information can create revolutionary wealth at the micro-level, while enabling the harmonization of investments at the macro-level. This is an era in which transparency of cost and effect will eradicate corruption, fraud, waste, and abuse at the same time that it makes possible global to local engagement and collaboration such that we can create a prosperous world at peace. This is an era in which we will see a bottom-up conscious evolution of humanity that liberates and leverages the one inexhaustible resource we have: the human brain.
EIN has achieved several modest breakthroughs that are outlined within this book, which is a capstone work, completely original but deeply rooted in thirty years of professional experience and intellectual reflection. The ideas in this book are implementable today.
The era of collective intelligence has begun in earnest. While others have written about the wisdom of crowds, an army of Davids, and smart mobs, this collection of essays for the first time brings together fifty-five pioneers in the emerging discipline of collective intelligence.
They provide a base of tools for connecting people, producing high-functioning teams, collaborating at multiple scales, and encouraging effective peer-production. Emerging models are explored for digital deliberative democracy, self-governance, legislative transparency, true-cost accounting, and the ethical use of open sources and methods.
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