Open Source Rennaissance

To continue the open source theme, I ran across the following at globalguerrillas via some rhizome reading at I apologize beforehand for the “war” metaphor - I categorically do not see the rewilding rennaissance as any kind of “war”, but I think we can easily apply the philosophy to our collective project of innovating afterculture and surviving collapse. In any case, it gives another way of saying something we probably already know. To wit:

...a pattern in the open source software community. I call this pattern the bazaar. The bazaar solves the problem: how do small, potentially antagonistic networks combine to conduct war? Lessons from Eric Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" provides a starting point for further analysis. Here are the factors that apply (from the perspective of the guerrillas):
* Release early and often. Try new forms of attacks against different types of targets early and often. Don’t wait for a perfect plan.
* Given a large enough pool of co-developers, any difficult problem will be seen as obvious by someone, and solved. Eventually some participant of the bazaar will find a way to disrupt a particularly difficult target. All you need to do is copy the process they used.
* Your co-developers (beta-testers) are your most valuable resource. The other guerrilla networks in the bazaar are your most valuable allies. They will innovate on your plans, swarm on weaknesses you identify, and protect you by creating system noise.
* Recognize good ideas from your co-developers. Simple attacks that have immediate and far-reaching impact should be adopted.
* Perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away (simplicity). The easier the attack is, the more easily it will be adopted. Complexity prevents swarming that both amplifies and protects.
* Tools are often used in unexpected ways. An attack method can often find reuse in unexpected ways.</blockquote>

I’m really glad that you posted this too, Willem. The Open Source concept and movement really fascinates me. So, I find this piece very useful.

Thank you,


I love John Robb’s blog. Always interesting reading, and fairly useful too.