Welcome to the Open Source Party Project
In the United States today, only two political parties control the entire process that governs our country. From elections to legislating, the Democrats and Republicans are the only viable candidates for power. But is it really possible for only two parties to formulate an agenda that helps Americans while using a top-down model? Do the people in the party headquarters know more about what you want, or do they just know how to spin a story to tell you what you should want?
That is where the Open Source Party Project comes in. For some time observers have noticed the necessity of such a movement, where the people control everything from the platform to candidates, in a bottom-up fashion. Even those people seem to advocate a discussion board or forum-style method of action for the party as a whole, where a free flow of ideas is still difficult to use. The wiki format solves that problem.
The OSPP combines a wiki for the development of knowledge on particular issues and solutions to allow for inclusive participation with discussion boards that help come up with a consensus on issues.
Why Open Source, Why Wiki?
Some of the best ideas and products in the last decade arose out of collaborative efforts where groups of people worked together on the same open base project, feeding off of each other's creativity and innovation, rather than stifling it in the atmosphere of competition.
Right now, the OSPP is not close to being a perfect idea, or even a great solution to the problems facing our country. That is exactly why it needs to be as open, and with as many contributors as possible.
- Nurture and promote the ideals of open source information and intellectualism.
- Develop into a collaborative project encompassing thousands of people from all over the United States.
- Gain national attention as a viable alternative to the two major political parties.
- Run a campaign for a national office in 2010.
- Enter the presidential race in 2012.