Proposition: A Distributed and Transparent Solution

I propose that an open source project be established to develop technology that targets transactions of dependency in order to fracture the political authority that result from those transaction. This technology would take the principles of “not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing” and the separation of benevolence and force (church and state) when giving to the poor, and encode and entrust those principles into an executable software system that actually enables benevolent transactions to occur without transferring political authority to anyone, particularly not to the state. I do not have the entire picture of what this system would look like, but I am going to provide some general ideas as to the direction I could see it going. If an open source project were to be established I am confident that the details of the system would be worked out within that process.

I can envision is a platform that can be used to gather resources and needs and match them with each other. This platform would be open so as to allow any kind of group or individual who wants to commit resources to caring for the poor to do so according to a pre-determined set of criteria. The criteria for meeting needs could vary from group to group using the platform in order to welcome all dispositions and ideas with regard to caring for the poor as well as to allow for the open and transparent competition of ideas. It would exist as a sort of social network for the needy and for people and organizations committed to meeting the needs of the needy.

Charitable organizations could use the system to establish trust with their donors, so that donors would be confident that the charity was actually spending resources uncovering needs and that the resources they were donating were actually going to meet those needs. The platform would need to be distributed, much like how the bitcoin system is, so that the hosting and maintenance would not be centralized to human administration and would not require any kind of fixed overhead in order to operate. The development, operation, and maintenance of the system would be driven by the voluntary open source community and would remain available via a peer to peer infrastructure as long as the internet continues to exist.  All transactions of the system would also be permanently recorded within the distributed database of the peer to peer system.

The system could publish a directory of needs, as well as help people crafting needs in matching them to the criteria of available resources. These directories could be localized so that people could see how needs are distributed through their familiar geographies. Whether bitcoins are used, or some other method of storing and transmitting the value needed to meet the need is irrelevant. If systems currently exist that can provide the level of trust needed to transact an illegal trade over the internet between unknown parties, then a system can also be developed to feed the poor in a trusted, secure, and distributed way that also fractures the ability for any one group or person to garner the political authority resultant from the transaction.

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