Starting today, we’re going to offer a free chapter a week of Robert Steele’s groundbreaking book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto here on the CULTURE forum. Check back to this thread every Friday (until we run out of chapters!) for a new chapter available for download. You just need Adobe Reader 7.0 or newer to view the pdf.
Ok folks, here’s Chapter 1 of The Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert Steele, “Open Sesame.” After you’ve read the chapter, let us know what you think! Robert Steele will be keeping an eye on this forum, so feel free to ask questions and leave comments.
“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. As we know, the industrial-era formations of state and company and religion do not meet all our needs—they are exclusive rather than inclusive, hierarchical rather than egalitarian. They also encourage corruption and allow an egregious concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. Completely apart from the ethical atrocity, any concentration of this nature throws entire economies out of balance. They become dysfunctional, and the ‘seed corn’ of an economy, We the People, the ‘ninety-nine percent,’ find ourselves being eaten by what is in essence a moral fungus or cancer spawned by the ‘one percent.’”
“Despite decades of reading, it was not until recently, when I read Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition,1 that I made the connection between traditional gift and sharing societies, and the current modern interest in Open-Source Everything within and among the various counterculture elements of society.
The example that author used, that of child care, is compelling. In traditional societies, child care is inherent in the community, where all adults accept a responsibility for all children. Child care is, in other words, both “free” and of very high nurturing value. In modern society, where the time of all humans has been commoditized, child care is made “scarce”—it has become a “good” that must be purchased. The spiritual “cost” of this change is only now being understood by a growing number of humans interested in restoring resilient communities that are both spiritual and sustainable.”
“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 communal 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 community resources that they ultimately looted.”
Here we go! Here’s Chapter 4 of The Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert Steele. I haven’t seen any comments yet, but I’d love to know what folks think so far. Share your thoughts here in the forum!
Opening paragraphs from Chapter 4:
“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.”
Opening paragraph from Chapter 5:
“As a retired Marine Corps infantry officer, I thought I understood the word “integrity,” but I have since learned that my understanding was incomplete. Most think of “integrity” in connection with personal character or honor. That is a partial definition of the word, and not the most important meaning in relation to the larger community of humanity and its spiritual as well as physical well-being.”