The Idea of Open-Source Politics and Crowd-Sourcing Leadership


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The hallowed halls of a once respected US government are now filled with the hollow promises of an impotent governing class. In a political landscape riddled with indecision, political pageantry and growing despotism, the people are hungry for a leadership that represents them. Instead, we are faced with a corporatocracy – one hellbent on the consolidation of wealth and power rather than the proliferation of freedom and justice.

Believe it or not, there was a time when representative government worked on behalf of its people, but those days have long succumbed to the political distortions of misguided leadership. Thus, the age old questions remain: If it is possible to revitalize the self-governing power potential of the ‘We the People’, then what might be a viable alternative or how might we augment the current system to provide the proper infrastructure for a change of guard? Perhaps by looking to the revolutionary ideas of the internet and the co-creative force of its users and developers we can begin to find answers to those difficult questions.

One of the groundbreaking ideas that the internet has provided is that of open-source development, which promotes the universal access to a product’s design as well as redistribution of that design. This developmental model set by programmers and software developers exemplifies the highest order of free trade, and serves to utilize the best ideas for the overall benefit of the system. If we are to apply a similar model as the framework for government, we begin to see parallels between open-source programming and the ideas put forth by America’s founding fathers.

Unfortunately, the fundamental ideology of the US political system has been absent from view for quite some time. The growing disconnect between the people and their representatives has led to a lag in public representation, thus resulting in a severe lack of people’s interests and ideas being properly expressed by US legislation and leadership.

A recent example of this contrast is illustrated in the debate over the legalization of marijuana, where an overwhelming public support for legalization has not been echoed by the government, nor the legislation regarding the issue. However, the ‘War on Drugs’ is only one of many examples which illustrates the delay we are experiencing in our current democratic process.

In a world where efficiency and speed are essential to human progress, it’s unfortunate that our legislative powers have become cumbersome and inefficient. However, the internet’s crowd-sourcing concept could provide us with the possibility to facilitate some level of autonomy, where the average individual has the ability to exercise their right to self-representation.

The idea of crowd-sourcing was first referenced by Jeff Howe of Wired magazine, and can be best understood as the purposeful re-appropriation of resources for achieving a particular goal by an indeterminate group of individuals.  Much like open-source programming which relies upon a multitude of contributors, so too does crowd-sourcing rely upon the involvement and contributions of the collective.

There are many examples of crowd-sourcing being used throughout the internet today.  Chemists have crowd-sourced protein folding techniques, YouTube has done so with entertainment, Facebook with different language versions of it’s site, while politicians and artists alike have crowd-sourced funding for their campaigns and projects. If this is a successful tool for science, entertainment and finance, could it also be possible to crowd-source political leadership?

Endless possibilities could present themselves once we focus the “spare processing power of millions of human brains” towards the evolution of political representation. For example, a truly participatory system could unfold which no longer relies upon single individuals to represent the will of many, but instead allows all people to become micro-leaders in a process of collective representation. Although this idea may seem farfetched, it’s not far from the framework that helped to build this country’s political system.

The founding fathers believed that public office should be held by its citizens, to act as contributors as well as beneficiaries in a collective effort to provide society with a fair and just governing body. As we continue to evolve socially and intellectually, it’s the hope that our leadership would incorporate the enlightened ideas of the past as well as those that propel us into the future. If they don’t, ‘We the People’ can and will find ways to represent ourselves through active participation in the political process.

As more and more people wake up to the corruption of the current system and the lack of political reflection on a federal level, passive acceptance of oligarchical rule will end, soon to be replaced by an active contribution in the political progress of this country, and ultimately, the world.

Written by Justin Blush for Media Roots

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People, Information and the True Source of Freedom


 

 

 

The fight for the human mind

As the internet continues to proliferate the free flow of information to all people and most importantly the poor and un-educated, we will begin to see a revolution of the mass mind.  What once was a mass of misdirected and easily controlled, will learn to control the direction of their own will.  This revolution of thought will give rise to a new paradigm concerning the governance of the planet.  People will realize that they no longer will need leaders and representatives to serve that which is best for all people.  It will be the first in real-time representation which all will be ever connected and ever connecting to.  We will more and more each day find more inventive and ever more creative ways of representing ourselves.  This rise of self-representation will be the new skin of humanity which will be unveiled through the shedding of corporate controlled governments and media.

We are seeing now that the people are providing news and information in some cases faster and in a more honest way than media outlets can.  In a world that used to be dependent upon a paperboy delivering  yesterdays news printed by corporate controlled, government mouthpiece, media houses, we now  as individuals have the power to provide the most up to date information in real-time with a raw and unfettered truth.  This of course now is at its infant stages, but we can see on the horizon a new media.  This new media will be closer in spirit to what the founding fathers spoke of here in the U.S. at the inception of the bill of rights.  It will become a media by and for the people and will be the birthing of a new revolution of thought.

Just as we see the move away from corporate controlled media delivering stale and un-interesting infotainment, so to will we see the people move further away from stale and archaic government systems.  As the people become wise enough to make conscious decisions on their own behalf, they will begin to recognize that government representation is not born out of the necessity of the people but rather out of  the greed and self-promotion of a few and far between. The power that “the few” has wielded for much of history is rooted in their knowledge and their monopolization of information.   Fortunately, information is quickly being diversified among the masses and is ever-increasingly less controlled and with this uninhibited information, will be born the liberation of the mass mind from the shackles of dependency.  The independent mind of the individual will be free to represent itself without intermediary or misinterpretation.  It will become the new truth, which all other truths will be forced to follow.  This is the future of mankind.  The truth of the individual, representation of reality by real people, not actors and teleprompters.  We only need to realize our true capacity for self governance and representation to become fully free.  Then “The Freedom of the People” will no longer be something we say but instead will be something we do.

Just. B.

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