What Is Open Source Government?

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Imagine it’s ten years from now. 

Crypto-currencies, smart contracts and decentralized autonomous organizations are commonplace.  But outside the blockchain universe, in the brick and mortar world, cities still pay for roads, police still roam the streets to control crime, countries still need national defense.  

These have to be paid for, and organizations on the blockchain have to pay their fair share, right?  So are DAOs autonomously collecting taxes for the political state to do these things?

The truth is, developers today aren’t thinking that far ahead. Most devs are assuming the world will become a place with no hierarchies, at all.  Only networks will exist in which everyone is equal, sharing technology, with no barriers to entry, no third party interference – a world of pure mutualism.  

But mutualism has never been a practical idea. Why? Because of one glaring fact.  What is it that all entrepreneurs and developers want?  Just like you, they want BIG MONEY.

Building a business to get money is Goal Number One.  Building pure mutualism – although it may seem to be a pleasant idea – is at the bottom of most dev’s list of priorities.

Vertical power is not going to disappear.

Vertical power is not going to disappear.

The profit motive has always driven the market.  And it always will.  That’s why, ten years from now, it will not be the mutualists, but powerful companies who will dominate the market and they will out-compete the mutualists faster than the Age of Exploration wiped out the Dodo bird.

You see it happening already.  The Wall Street Journal [January 10, 2017] reports the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation is using a blockchain to track payments between big banks.  CEO, Michael Bodson, says, “A lot of people [in the tech community] are talking about how they’re going to make us disappear. But here we are, one of the first users of the [blockchain] technology.”

So here’s the dilemma.  Developers today believe they are building decentralization.  But if Big Companies, to get at Big Money, make deals with politicians to impose regulations and collect taxes – like companies have always done – that re-centralizes everything.  

No industry has ever been immune from this.

Just look at what has happened recently to the new marijuana industry in California. 

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Desperate to make marijuana legal, pot crusaders advocated, “Tax and Regulate!” As though cooperating with state controllers was some sort of panacea. And now that politicians know how much money they can make off marijuana, they’re all for the idea of “Tax and “Regulate.”  They’re taxing and regulating like crazy.  Towns now only allow an approved number of cannabis stores.  Tax on cannabis is 24 percent plus 8.5 percent sales tax.  Growers are registered and licensed and taxed for every plant, and every plant has a registration number and is tracked “seed to sale.”  Distribution has also been centralized and taxed.  The result: there is no freedom in the marijuana industry, at all.  No opportunity for the little guy.  No "level playing field."  The politicians have created a Soviet-style economy.

And the “New Pot Millionaires” went along with it all to avoid harassment and get the Big Money. 

There's no freedom left in the so-called legal California marijuana industry

There's no freedom left in the so-called legal California marijuana industry

Politicians have used every technology in history to enhance their control, from dynamite to the aeroplane, from television to computers.  Will it happen to the blockchain ecosystem, too?

That’s why Open Source Government was created.  For the first time in history, it doesn’t have to. 


OSG is a set of algorithms that guarantees permanent, stable decentralization in blockchain technologies. 

It guarantees no third party interference because it has benefits that can out-compete the centralizers.

Open Source Government (OSG) is a scientific theory that explains how to manage societies without the use of centralized coercion. The core concept in OSG is the term “property” which it non-ambiguously defines. Using that as a foundation, OSG then explains how to achieve social conditions such as “freedom,” “justice,” how to reduce “crime,” decrease “centralization,” and so on. These terms (and some others) are also scientifically defined within OSG.

Today there is a global effort to decentralize society through the blockchain (Ethereum, EOS, et al). But it is not possible to do so unless those efforts also use OSG algorithms.

How does OSG achieve its staggering competitive advantage?  It does it like this:


Hundreds of years ago, technologists were building steam engines with limited success.  Dennis Pappin, a French physicist and inventor, built one in 1680 (he also invented the pressure cooker in your kitchen).  Another was built in 1698 by the English inventor, Thomas Savery.  

Thomas Newcomen built the famous “Atmospheric Engine” in 1712 and used it to pump water out of coal mines, a big problem at that time.  In 1736, the James Watt steam engine was the first to use rotary motion. 

Dennis Pappin demonstrates his engine in 1680.

Dennis Pappin demonstrates his engine in 1680.

Then, ninety years later, a man named Sadi Carnot came on the scene.  He wrote only one book in his lifetime: Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, in 1824.  In it, he explained the fundamental heat dynamics that made engines run. 

People had been building engines for 150 years before he wrote this book, and their engines were pitifully inefficient.  But after, once they understood the physics of engines, there was an explosion in the efficiency of steam power.  Instead of looking at engine-building projects one at a time, like separate intellectual puzzles, they looked at the fundamental principles involved.  This led to dramatically higher efficiencies and THOUSANDS more applications than the early builders of engines ever dreamed of.  Steam power became the backbone of the industrial revolution.  And as a result of his work, Sadi Carnot is now called “The Father of Thermodynamics.”

Sadi Carnot.

Sadi Carnot.

Blockchain devs today are in the same place as engine builders before Carnot.  They are ingenious tinkerers.  But they’re missing the BIG PICTURE.  What is the Big Picture? 

Open Source Government. 

Want to find out more?  Chas Holloway explains OSG in a five-session seminar called “Foundations.”  The cost is $50.00 (ten dollars for each 75-minute presentation).  

  • In “Foundations” the complete fundamentals of OSG will be revealed.
  • You’ll learn how the scientific method can be used to fully understand society.
  • You’ll see technologies of the future – and see a future far different from anything you have ever imagined.
  • You’ll discover the astonishing OSG algorithms that have the power to create changes in the marketplace of huge magnitude.

Should you risk fifty bucks on something you’re not sure about?  Don’t worry, your satisfaction with the “Foundations” seminar is fully guaranteed:


So there is no risk.

And you have nothing to lose by attending Chas Holloway’s “Foundations” seminar now. 

And you have everything to gain. 

Because learning about the astounding science and technology of Open Source Government just might change your life.

For more information contact Chas Holloway




Book One:   The End the Fall of the Political Class explains the fundamentals of OSG theory.  It was published in May, 2017. 

Book Two:    Breakout: Technology Vs. the Nation State explains the application of OSG theory.  It will be published in late 2018.

Book Three:   Firestorm: Igniting the IP Revolution explains the nature and management of intellectual property using blockchain technology.  It will be published in late 2018.



This was the image I used to promote the original Open Source Government White Paper on the Ethereum Forum. It was downloaded over 2,000 times by developers all over the world.