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    There are 2 purposes of this writing. It will help people continue organizing on a global scale toward our common goals, and we should keep records of these events as they occur for the history books. The world is about to change in a way most people have difficulty imagining, from a hierarchy based society to decentralized ways to organize it.

    Occupy Wall Street Protesters
    Anonymous
    Zeitgeist Movement
    Open Source Movement
    Libertarians

    These groups recently started working together, and that will accelerate. They are like the first few departments of government of the decentralized new world order, not directly replacing existing governments but gradually (not necessarily slowly) obsoleting them. The combination is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_group  which means we think alike and work toward the same things while many of us don't know about eachother yet.

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    Occupy Wall Street Protesters

    It went too far by blocking the streets, but what they had to say and the fact that many people came together and the ways they interacted were important.

    When they were in public areas where microphones were not allowed, they communicated in a way I've never seen. They took turns standing at the center of a huge group of people, and 2 rings of people around them would repeat what they said. First the person in the center speaks, then the inner ring repeats, then the outer ring repeats what they heard the inner ring say, so regardless of how far away a person was, they could hear. Anyone who wanted to could get in a line to speak at the center. It took 3 times longer to say anything, but it worked where no other communication method was available, and it gave them more time to think about what was said.

    As the Occupy Movement spread past Wall Street and went global, they needed a way to agree on what the whole movement wanted. They formed a temporary government where meetings are called "General Assembly" and they vote on amendments to their list of demands by raising hands and counting. They have leaders but the function of the leaders is to count votes, act as news reporters, and propose major votes like accepting or rejecting lists of demands from other locations.

    The protests which started as chaos of everyone saying what they wanted for themself became a more unified voice made of what the most people agree on. Millions of people watched (on the news and at http://occupystream.com  and other places) as the idea that we could have democracy without permission of governments spread. But to see that part of it, you have to look deeper than what most news broadcasts.

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    Anonymous

    The main idea that defines Anonymous is what makes http://wikipedia.org  work.

    http://www.whatis-theplan.org/t1-what-is-the-plan
    QUOTE: While some may think that being Anonymous requires concealing one's identity, this is simply not the case. Identity matters not to a member of Anonymous. While some who practice online activist acts (hacktivism), certainly desire to keep their true identity secret for security purposes, others whom you will find in this community understand that who they are does not matter so much as what they stand for. In Anonymous there are no leaders, no figure-heads, no designated spokesmen...as each of us are all of these things in our own right. We have taken the initiative to rise to the occasion and stand firm against the oppressive and destructive forces that have laid waste to our world and raped our way of life. END QUOTE.

    Anonymous' quote "We do not forgive. We do not forget." does not mean to them what most people think it means. Its about justice, not revenge. Example: If the Federal Reserve causes unfair laws to be created that indirectly move money from most people to the Federal Reserve, then we should do something about that instead of forgetting it. Its a problem to solve.

    Research has shown that frogs usually sit in a pot of water as the temperature slowly increases from comfortable to boiling, and the frogs die because they can only sense changes in temperature. Similarly, people usually do nothing when their rights are slowly taken away, since they get used to having less rights and a little less than that isn't much difference. Anonymous cares about total amount of rights more than recent changes.

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    Zeitgeist Movement

    http://thezeitgeistmovement.com
    QUOTE: The Movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality in the activist community. Rather, The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure.

    While intermediate Reform steps and temporal Community Support are of interest to The Movement, the defining goal here is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.

    This "Resource-Based Economic Model” is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one. It is about updating the workings of society to the most advanced and proven methods Science has to offer, leaving behind the damaging consequences and limiting inhibitions which are generated by our current system of monetary exchange, profits, corporations and other structural and motivational components. END QUOTE.

    One of their best videos is this version of "Zeitgeist Addendum" which you can watch for free athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EewGMBOB4Gg

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    Open Source Movement

    http://fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software
    QUOTE: Free software is software that gives you the user the freedom to share, study and modify it. We call this free software because the user is free. To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting the right to learn, and share what we learn with others. Free software has become the foundation of a learning society where we share our knowledge in a way that others can build upon and enjoy.

    Currently, many people use proprietary software that denies users these freedoms and benefits. If we make a copy and give it to a friend, if we try to figure out how the program works, if we put a copy on more than one of our own computers in our own home, we could be caught and fined or put in jail. That’s what’s in the fine print of the license agreement you accept when using proprietary software.

    The corporations behind proprietary software will often spy on your activities and restrict you from sharing with others. And because our computers control much of our personal information and daily activities, proprietary software represents an unacceptable danger to a free society. END QUOTE.

    An important example is the peer to peer software Bitcoin, an Internet calculator that only does plus and minus. When they talk about banning Bitcoin, remember that they're really banning basic math. Would we let them censor the plus and minus section of a math book? If not, then why let them censor a computer calculating plus and minus through the Internet and displaying the result on our screens?

    Everyone starts with a number on their screen and can send and receive those numbers to other people like money, except without the regulations that cripple normal money systems. Everyones' number starts as 0, so where do the positive numbers come from? Its done in a fair decentralized way. Its enforced with decentralized encryption that the only way anyone can create bitcoins (these numbers) is that on average a certain number of bitcoins will be created each hour and computers compete to do the most of a specific calculation (called "proof of work" in the design document) and the new bitcoins for that hour are divided among the computers which did that "proof of work". An economy for doing "proof of work" calculations formed, and the free market approximately regulates that the electricity and hardware cost of creating bitcoins equals the value of those bitcoins, and they can be spent again any number of times like cash once the cash is created. The use of that calculation is to strengthen the security of the global Bitcoin network, so all our Bitcoin money is protected.

    If you have alot of money in Bitcoins, you should protect it by only running Bitcoin in Linux installed in a USB memory stick, and backup your wallet.dat file to a few other USB memory sticks. Your money is stored in the peer to peer Bitcoin network, but to spend it you need wallet.dat which you can drop into any Bitcoin data folder. You can get Linux for a USB memory stick free at http://ubuntu.com  which is also Open Source. You'll only need a small 4 gigabyte USB memory stick, but buy high quality since you don't want Linux to crash from repeated reads and writes to the USB stick as operating systems need to do, which is another reason to backup your wallet.dat to multiple USB memory sticks. But if you just want to try Bitcoin with a small amount of money, its ok to do it on Windows. Either way it will work without any unusual setup.

    Now January 2012 there are approximately 8 million bitcoins trading for $6.70 each. The most common way to trade between Bitcoins and Dollars is through your bank account to http://dwolla.com  to http://mtgox.com  to the Bitcoin network, and from there you buy and sell with Bitcoins directly, or trade back to Dollars or other kinds of money. The value fluctuates on an exponential scale and exponentially increases overall. Open Source created this economy out of nothing, without putting in any dollars, but instead devaluing dollars and other centralized kinds of money as that value flowed into bitcoins, something that different money systems have been doing to eachother for hundreds of years.

    Many people want to shut down Bitcoin because its hard for them to control. Some people use Bitcoin with the anonymous Tor network to buy drugs through the mail, but people buy drugs with cash too, and the other part is assisted by government transporting the mailed packages. Open Sourcing money is too big an improvement to the world to let that stand in our way. Hierarchies are not the only way to solve problems.

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    Libertarians

    http://lp.org/platform
    QUOTE: As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

    We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

    Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. END QUOTE.

    Libertarianism has expanded to mean many things that are common sense as governments have expanded their claimed power to rediculous levels. Example: USA claims to have the right to arrest anyone and keep them in prison "indefinitely" (meaning up to forever) without charging the person with a crime or a trial. Everyone who believes in the right to a trial and to only be arrested for crimes (instead of government doesn't like you) is now leaning strongly toward Libertarianism.

    Example: Ron Paul ran for president of USA as a Libertarian and now is running as a Republican, but his ideas are still Libertarian. His recent surprising popularity, and even more surprising is that the Republicans are accepting him as one of their own, is a result of the combination of the things in this writing coming together.

    While its not completely a hierarchy, the Federal Reserve is mostly the top of the global money hierarchy, given authority to create money laws by USA with no obligation toward democracy since its a private business. People are taking Ron Paul's plan to audit the Federal Reserve seriously, which would almost certainly lead to its crimes being exposed as it hasn't been audited in many years exactly because if crimes were found it would have to be shut down and its "too big to fail". How about too corrupt to succeed? Bitcoin doesn't need political corruption to succeed. It needs no hierarchies at all.

    This writing is not about specific political parties. Its about ideas that are coming together on a global scale.

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    Its a battle between centralized control and decentralized organization of society, which is fought politically, economically, and sometimes violently. As long as Humans have existed, there have been hierarchies of control: countries, presidents, kings, cities, department of motor vehicles, money systems which you're not allowed to compete with, etc. As technology advanced, organizing society in decentralized ways became possible. The authorities represent centralization of power. The things in this writing are toward decentralization of global power between all 7 billion people equally. The continuing increases in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship  are an attack on the things in this writing, because for us to cooperate we need to communicate. That's why we have the right to free speech.

    Fighting for peace doesn't work. We don't want to fight, but we will defend if necessary. Violence and hate are inefficient ways to change the world.

    "Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." —Sun Tzu

    The Global Decentralization Process has Critical Mass, and the explosion of ideas and global changes can't be stopped by any amount of military or political or corporate power. This is not a time to sit back and enjoy the ride. We the 7 billion people need to learn to work together to stabilize this process before it turns into World War 3 as a conflict between global organization as hierarchies and decentralization. We can get through this by keeping an open mind.




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    Everyone gets as few or as many votes as they want. Nobody needs to be identified because there is no limit on how many votes each person can create.

    How could such a system work? Why wouldn't people just vote millions of times? They may, but that won't give them more influence. Its not about the number of votes. Its about the patterns of information.

    This is not theoretical. This is how internet search engines already work. The search engines don't know or care if the same person has many websites or just 1. They look at the links between webpages, text on the links, and figure out which pages are more popular based on that. There is a huge industry called "search engine optimization" where the goal is to outsmart search engines and get an advertiser's webpage closer to the top of the search results. Search-engine-optimization works some but not nearly as well as actually being a popular webpage. An example of how this works ishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagerank

    Search engines don't care who wrote a certain webpage. The best webpages are found based only on the patterns of information instead of who created that information. This is how voting systems should be designed, with no limit on the number of votes a person can create and no need to identify that person. The most popular ideas will be found without identifying or limiting peoples' votes in any way. If you want to vote a million times, it won't get you any more influence than if you voted for such ideas in that same pattern but less votes. If a lot of people vote the same way, it's the same as if only 1 voted that way. It's about patterns of information. Duplication doesn't help.

    I'll give a simple example of such a system which I created, which you can use the results of at http://MouseSearch3d.com  I started with the 1.3 million Wikipedia pages with the shortest names. This is done completely using the links between the pages, not the words on the pages. Each cycle, it keeps only the pages that have more incoming links (to the page) than outgoing links (from the page) and have at least 5 incoming and 5 outgoing links.

    After 6 cycles, each cycle narrowing down the Wikipedia pages by their links to eachother (not including links to/from pages this process removed), these pages remained:
    Latin
    Earth
    Christianity
    Islam
    United_Nations
    World_War_II
    Mathematics
    Ancient_Greece
    World_War_I
    China
    Middle_Ages
    Government
    Metre
    Molecule
    Unicode
    Albert_Einstein

    The next cycle, only 2 remained:
    World_War_I
    United_Nations

    I'm not saying this is what is really most important to the majority of people (but I think most of us can agree that World_War_I had a huge effect on our world today and the algorithm found it correctly), but the point is this kind of voting system works some and we can build voting systems that work better, not based on 1 vote per person, but based on the patterns of information like search engines use to find the most popular pages.

    Each cycle, it keeps only the pages that have more incoming links than outgoing links and have at least 5 incoming and 5 outgoing links. Really, that's all it takes to calculate that those pages are more important than the others. People voted by linking Wikipedia pages to eachother. In search engine words, this is called finding the "centroids".

    Anonymous voting with no limit on votes per person. Because of new technology, we can make it work much better than existing voting systems, and because its only the internet instead of governments, we don't need anyone's permission to find what the majority of people agree on.

    What problem will this system solve?... Most people gave up a long time ago on the possibility of solving the world's problems. What little time they spend thinking about it, they argue about details, push eachother around with money and politics, keep the most important information secret, and they fight eachother in almost every way they can think of including politically, economically, violently, through controlling the most popular news organizations to spread propaganda, and investing in voting systems that are mathematically certain to converge on some small group and stay there. The Human species has not become more civilized than cavemen. We have the illusion of being civilized while actually fighting wars behind abstractions, behind calculations and communications, with the same end result of slavery and death, but now its conveniently hidden behind a logical shield called "I'm just a cog in the machine." Nobody can understand more than a small part of the machine. Its too big and complex and does too many things. These days, wars are fought less with weapons and more with redesigning "the machine" to redirect resources and control away from enemy groups. It's a game I'm not going to play anymore.

    The most efficient way to make big changes in the world is much easier and simpler. We're going to get the majority of Earth's people to agree on how they want the world to work, without considering how big or small the changes are, and when we have majority agreement, we build the things we agreed on and start using it. This does not need any interaction with governments. This needs a global voting system which people have confidence in, something not controlled by anyone, something open-source and decentralized.

    Decentralized technology: http://bitcoin.org  Bitcoin is a dumbed down calculator. It only does plus and minus, no multiply, divide, etc. Its a software with a number on the screen, and you can send and receive numbers which subtract from the sender and add to the receiver. It uses a decentralized network and digital-signatures (a way to use encryption) to make this adding and subtracting of numbers reliable while many people use it at once. 100 million dollars of trust is in the Bitcoin network. At some websites these numbers can be traded for dollars. People trust that the numbers will not unfairly go into 1 person's computer or all become random numbers or 0. We need that same level of trust in a new kind of voting system. That trust does not exist in the kinds of voting done through governments. We need mathematically provable trust. Bitcoin's network has not been proven enough to trust it with a global democracy, but we are learning to build reliable decentralized systems that nobody, not even the creator of such systems, can hack into or cheat. What Bitcoin does for money, we need voting systems which do for global communication. Communication will become democracy, with no need to ask governments for permission. We simply get majority agreement through such a voting system, then it doesn't matter what governments want, because the majority would know the majority intends something to happen, so the majority would act to make it happen.

    How to handle the bandwidth: Bitcoin has a "transaction fee" that is chosen and paid by the sender of the money. It can be 0, but the sender is motivated to pay a small fee to the network (not to any specific person or business) because it motivates other Bitcoin softwares in the network to store that transaction more places and process it faster, so its more reliable the more fee the sender chooses to pay. Its a very small fee in practice, and this same type of money network and "transaction fee" can make sure nobody creates trillions of votes. If they want to create millions of votes while paying for the bandwidth, that's ok, because they don't get any extra influence from it for the same reason creating millions of webpages and linking them to eachother does not get you closer to the top of search results.


    We can learn something about strategy fromhttp://kickstarter.com
    Kickstarter works because projects only get money when the total money offered is at least some amount and is offered in total by some date, so there is no risk of giving money and the total amount not being enough to fund the project.

    Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

    A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

    All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.


    This new voting system will work similarly to Kickstarter. We use it to agree on what we want, but we don't do it unless enough people agree on it and have confidence that the voting system is fair and balanced and has not been hacked or cheated. If that doesn't happen, we're only talking about what we want. If the confidence and global agreement are there, many of the people who voted have motivation to change the world because they know how many others are working toward the same goal.


    The next step is to design such a system and convince people it is reliable, fair, balanced, and can't be hacked or cheated. But first we need to design it...
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