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...So how does open source everything have the potential to 're-engineer the Earth'? For me, this is the most important question, and Steele's answer is inspiring. "Open Source Everything overturns top-down 'because I say so at the point of a gun' power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of 'seventh generation thinking' – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central. Most of our problems today can be traced to the ascendance of unilateral militarism, virtual colonialism, and predatory capitalism, all based on force and lies and encroachment on the commons. The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now."
For Steele, the open source revolution is inevitable, simply because the demise of the system presided over by the 1% cannot be stopped – and because the alternatives to reclaiming the commons are too dismal to contemplate. We have no choice but to step up.
"My motto, a play on the CIA motto that is disgraced every day, is 'the truth at any cost lowers all other costs,'" he tells me. "Others wiser than I have pointed out that nature bats last. We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace."
(Bold type is diarist’s emphasis.
I know that many reading this will think that it's little more than wishful thinking, but in a very Newtonian sort of way, the longer things stay the same, the more rapidly (hopefully, not violently) the pendulum swings back the other way, when change (actually) does occur. If nothing else, I hope you’ll give Nafeez Ahmed’s column, over at the Guardian from this past Thursday, excerpted above, a complete read to serve as a reminder that, ultimately, things really do change, whether the status quo likes it, or not.
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UPDATE (3:00 PM EDT, 6/24/14): For a variety of reasons, I've considered taking this post down; however, on face value and without respect to its source (I strongly disagree with about 90% of Steele's other "philosophical leanings," some of which are downright batshit crazy), it will stand on its merits. After all's said and done, even Ron Wyden and Mark Udall agree that people like Rand Paul, who's--from a philosophical standpoint--usually batshit crazy, occasionally get it right, too.
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