Folks, Fred just sent out the below to his list. And here is Robert David Steele on YouTube on the same subject: "Open Source Everything": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCnpe_bIsUI -- it's a WONDERFUL and hopeful presentation. It's about Revolution. And Steele pulls NO punches. Real breadth and depth of clarity about where we're at and what we CAN do. Points out the immense power that we the people have and don't realize it.
The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
June 19, 2014, The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core. Last month, Steele presented a startling paper at the Libtech conference in New York, sponsored by the Internet Society and Reclaim. Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution ... were now present in the United States and Britain. His interdisciplinary 'whole systems' approach dramatically connects up the increasing corruption, inefficiency and unaccountability of the intelligence system and its political and financial masters with escalating inequalities and environmental crises. But he also offers a comprehensive vision of hope that activist networks like Reclaim are implementing today. Today's capitalism, he argues, is inherently predatory and destructive: "Over the course of the last centuries, the commons was fenced, and everything from agriculture to water was commoditised without regard to the true cost in non-renewable resources. Human beings, who had spent centuries evolving away from slavery, were re-commoditised by the Industrial Era." Open source everything, in this context, offers us the chance to build on what we've learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.
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