New Free State Project (FSP) “president” Carla Gericke posted on Facebook today that the FSP is an open source project, or something. That is simply false. An open source project can admittedly take many forms but it must be producing something for release under a liberal license that permits reuse and remixing.
What about Free Keene (FK)? They produce videos and blog posts and pamphlets that anyone can use as they like. Amen. FK qualifies. But it’s not part of the FSP. FSP central planners are very clear. The FSP does nothing in New Hampshire except the winter Liberty Forum and summer PorcFest.
And the FSP elite religiously refuse to release budgets for these events or for the whole FSP corporation. Lack of transparency is not something I expect from a good open source project. Also, at Liberty Forum, if not PorcFest, videotaping of the event is discouraged. Free videotaping of speakers is one remixable receivable of value the FSP could deliver. This should really change.
What does a real liberty-oriented open source project look like? Check out the previously-mentioned Free Keene. I humbly submit my Op Common Sense project as well. Individuals are invited to participate and the deliverable is the pamphlets. They’re fully remixable and reusable.
We need more open source ethos on our path to liberty. But let’s not toss around the term like a buzzword. Let’s make it really happen.