Progressive Open Source Thought and Action Network

This article proposes a design for a progressive think tank and action system. Progressive causes typically are diverse and don't centralize power. Conservatives have developed influential think tanks because their goal is to centralize power. Progressives need a new model to develop a think tank that is not based on centralizing power. Open Source software methodology has done this for software, and the same methodology can be adapted to creating a powerful progressive think tank.

Love = Awareness of Mutually Benificial Relations

My original idea of how to define Love as an organizing principal for human systems was formed like this; Love = consciousness of mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. I thought that would be a good systems oriented working definition. Now I want to change the systems definition of Love to; Love = Consciousness of existing and potential mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries.

The Nature of Things

The dominant cultural influences of our times, Christianity, Science, and Capitalism, define a range of human identity that leaves us collectively with a vision of personhood as being separate from our deeper experience of spirituality in religious terms, being an objective material observer of experience in scientific terms, and being a private engine of material acquisition in an industrially powered social economy of monetized exchange.

Evolution, Power, Primates, and Culture

It is imperative, now that high levels of extra-biological power are a persistent feature of human life, to move our social organization, and our systems that express our social organization, farther away from the primate (rigid, male centered, violence ordered, social hierarchy), and more toward the male/female pair bonding form of social organization created through our evolutionary split from the primate species.

Evolution can't Manage Extra-Biological Force

Extra-biological force is wholly beyond the bounds of the biological individual and therefore cannot be passed via sexual reproduction to offspring then becoming part of the process of evolution of our species. Extra-biological power is passed by and evolves through culture. To manage this power appropriately we need to manage it culturally.

13.82 Billion Years

We fall from the sky Distilling out of apparent emptiness Our foundational chemistry Spread thin but gaining form Pulled together by gravity Clouds, Ice Crystals and Rocks Moving much like our parents From their birth to ours


Our DNA flows
In the river of time
Branching new streams
Off older ones

Each individual
Part of two others
Who were themselves
A combination
Of many
Stretching back
Up the river of time

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