An interestingly diverse group — musician (Krist Novoselic), techno/countercultural author (R. U. Sirius), Internet maven (Jon Lebkowsky), and former political consultant turned sports blogger (Nathan Wilcox) — is forming the basis for an Open Source Political Party that will ultimately be co-created, like any Open Source project, by collaborative participants from all walks of life.
This sounds suspiciously like an attempt to create democracy within a party structure. One downside of democracy is the difficulty scaling participation to effective governance. A goal of the United States Open Source Party is to create a successful,, open organization that will propose as well as model a participatory governance structure that actually works, in the way that open source software projects — if not democracy itself — have worked: imperfectly, but well enough to deliver ongoing value.
The United States Open Source Party is based on simple but powerful principles:
Laws, policies, and political processes are seen as a body of code.… Read the rest