Book - Open Source Ecology Distributive Enterprise White Paper Number 1 - Feasibility of Freedom and Nonviolence

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aka OSE Transformation White Paper #1.


  • Asking big questions, so here is room enough only for main points
  • Can mainstreamable enterprise be created to produce freedom and nonviolence?
  • Mainstream enterprise today relies on continued ecocide. Of the degraded lands, many are still threatened and in danger of deserfification. (ref) Arguments for desertification continuing and being human made (erosion 4 tons/acre net loss (ref for how much soil can be made in a year). Role of agriculture in this picture. Role of mining. Biodiversity loss. Soil food web in mainstream agriculture.
  • Modern day sweatshops and stats - growing or waning?
  • The modern day treadmill - we work hard just to maintain the system
  • Marcusian critique of rationality of supporting The System, except for the very few outcasts
  • 30% of all energy goes to funding war (ref and military stats). Sectors of economy stats.
  • Military spinoffs - reframes as continued exporting of military mindset (competition vs abundance and post scarcity culture) - thus cost to society being significant
  • Most of civil society is non-entrepreneurial, so revolution is both feasible and unfeasible. Feasible in that they are not producing from resources and therefore can bite the hand that feeds them, but unfeasible because they are not producing, because they don't understand what it means to produce.
  • Entrepreneurs are not in general social entrepreneurs
  • Continued Gini Coefficient ailments. But is it improving currently - ref. Talk to Gini scholars.
  • Transition from technology colonies to open source eco-industry
  • The simple question: What happens when people attain material security, and with style? Ie, when we do it with nonviolence?
  • Define nonviolence - the OSE Definition of Nonviolence - not disempowering others, not continuing ecocide and desertification, and pollution
  • Define OSE Localization - transition to abundant feedstocks - rocks, scrap steel, scrap metal, plants (fuel, oil, bioplastic), water, air. The deep materials ecology embodied there for steel, concrete, building materials, insulation, fuel, food, and synthetic chemistry
  • Material basis for nonviolence - 99% of conflict is resource based. Religions are resource based, so hold on to your wallet.
  • Role of microfactory and materials production facility
  • Limits to industrial productivity on a small scale

OSE Solutions

  • Lifetime design modular construction set for 10x resource productivity. Case of Box Beam Tubing and Universal Rotor
  • Distributive Enterprise goals - can practical post-scarcity be achieved
  • Local enterprise as solution to pollution - closed loop, in your backyard, therefore you must care.
  • Dunbar Village Campus - 150 people carrying on a local civilization with 80% of local resources (easy) and moving on to the last 20% over time with import substitution. 2 hours of work per day, 5x per week for full material security using modern, appropriate technology.
  • Exploration of whether people believe that freedom exists, or whether it is possible.
  • The price of freedom is responsibility
  • No standing armies. Mobilization as needed.

Main Points

  • As we design a new blueprint for civilization, we must acknowledge what already exists
  • Identify the key triangle of history: innovation + material security -> resource degradation -> slavery. Psychology and public knowledge can't keep up with technology, because open access is not there.
  • It is our choice as far as the future we create
  • But we need a few agents of change
  • 150 ppm are sufficient - the single dunbar village per city. KC is 1/2M, KC metro is 2M. 1/10000 about. So an agent per 10,000 people. From current 10B, that means one million people worldwide. Are you one in a million?
  • That is the tipping point, and from there, we have the early adopters.
  • Freedom requires a material foundation, and we claim we can get it. But this requires a concentration of open source knowhow previously unknown to humankind. Open source does not exist - as far as the 'best ways to do something' - they are all proprietary designs. Solution: open source a sufficient kernel of 50 Machines and 500 Modules
  • Nonviolence means not killing anyone, nonslavery, no ecocide, no genocide, no enforced extinctions of diversity - human and wild.
  • But we must be very careful about how to operationalize nonviolence. And, it must be accessible to anyone, not just the elites.


Hypergrowths of body, economy, or population can be called cancers. They are marked by runaway growth detrental to the growth medium.

When production has outstripped human capacity to call Jaime in the 50s (ref), that was a major turning point of society, an Ethernet invention of marketing. No longer were real needs satisfied,but new needs had to be created.

As we Reinvent civilization, how do we address this point? How can we make sure that we focus on satisfying life-giving needs vs satisfying cancerous creations? Big, unresolved question in society.

Business is doing some of that with its drive for efficiency, but without a paradigm shift - the end point is further imbalance of our planet.

As we are comfortable in production at the Village Campus, we get rid of marketing at the community level. The housekeeping (economic) incentives must remain clear.

One avenue of incentives is commitment to thriving itself - nonviolent provision of goods and services. We must be careful about flooding the market - but a definite feedback on flooding the market is local use. This, we generate as much as we need plus ample surplus if needed - but the surplus is used for growth by use value and exchange value.

Is that feasible? To what extent? We have some market sales, or we simply have a policy of durables vs ephemeral goods. Fresh tomatoes are ephemeral. Stainless steel is durable. So we focus on banking and storing value with durables, and doing some exchange value with ephemeral goods. Durables can be exchanged for value any time, so they can form the backyard my of an exchange system (a financial institution). That financial institution must be designed to be free from corruption, speculation, inflation, stagnation, or cancer. It must contribute to regenerative development.

Key questions to keep in mind:

  1. How do we not "flood the market"?
  2. Ho do we regenerate local economies? See Regenerative Development