ON THE THEME Of HOW WE SHOULD PROCEED …
(If you don’t believe it will work, you’ll never see it!)
I want my writing to be about what we humans can do together to end this situation of repression, secrecy, surveillance, exploitation, and assassination by our current system, and to work toward a peaceful society.
Many of us think the problem is government, but the government is fully owned and operated by big business interests (speculative banks, pharma, oil, weapons, etc.). Our focus must be as broad as the problem, and we can see that the “system” of “business” is completely international, in which cooperation is increasingly replaced by fraud. But our focus must also be on the solutions, rather than the problems. Identifying the scope of the problem serves only the purpose of adjusting the scope of our solution. We also have to resist getting ourselves frightened. Fear is something we make up for ourselves while we actually have very little information about what’s going to happen anyway.
We must not dwell on the negative stuff, being angry, or studying who is to blame, for all that is merely personally debilitating. To lift ourselves up and out of the mess, we have to concentrate on what is working and use systems that work and avoid participating in any form of exploitation or any of the “system” based on exploitation. The “precariot” idea is intended to represent a class, but actually it is not a class but an almost universal condition, which we can undo — cooperatively.
We need to create worker-owned-and-directed enterprises for everything we need to buy. We need to learn to fix what is broken or make it ourselves rather than buy it anew. We should not use newly manufactured products, including petrochemicals, anytime it is possible not to.
The Earth Charter
Another contribution to understanding that war is purely a choice we make.
Here are some books:
David C. Korten. “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community”.(Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006)
John Perkins. “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.”
Naomi Wolf. “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”. (Chelsea Green, 2007)
Gar Alperovitz, “What Then Must We Do: “ Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution” (Chelsea Green, 2018) http://www.garalperovitz.com
Richard Wolff, “Democracy at Work” (Haymarket, 2012) http://www.democracyatwork.info/
Here are some notes mostly from the last section of David C. Korten, “The Great Turning : From Empire to Earth Community.”
The choice: “Energy always flows either toward hope, community, love, generosity, mutual recognition, and spiritual aliveness or it flows toward despair, cynicism, fear that there is not enough, paranoia about the intentions of others, and a desire to control.” (Michael Lerner, “Surviving the Bush and Sharon Years,” editorial, Tikkun, March/April 2001)
“Neolithic Art, and even more so the more developed Minoan art, seems to express a view in which the primary function of the mysterious powers governing the universe is not to exact obedience, punish, and destroy, but rather to give.” (Riane Eisler, “The Chalice and The Blade : Our History, Our Future”. HarperOne, 1988.)
Not to be discouraged: Fragmented individual efforts can add up to a powerful social source.
Leading from Below
Strategy: 1. Accelerate the awakening of cultural and spiritual consciousness. 2. Resist empire’s assault on children, families, communities, and nature. 3. Form and connect communities of congruence. 4. Build a majoritarian political base. We are building corporate-free economies that mimic healthy ecosystems.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) http://bealocalist.org/stand-with-us
See the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance http://www.ilsr.org
Small independent businesses constitute most new jobs. Jaime S. Walters. “Big Vision, Small Business.” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2002)
Cabinet level department of peace. See http://www.peacealliancefound.org
Grassroots International connects people in the US with global movements solving the root causes of inequality and climate change. http://www.grassrootsonline.org
Indigenous people’s movements are gaining in ascendancy as people understand their tradition of ecological self-reliant living.
Feminine Leadership. It is emerging that women are and will be most of the leadership in these movements, which is hardly surprising in view of the feminine sense of responsibility for the nest. Also, women network in more complex and quieter ways than men do. Two-thirds of spiritual creatives are women. Women are in the lead in most organizing around issues of peace, human rights, justice, sustainability, community, and local economies.
Carol Gilligan has studied the differences in female networking, problem-solving and discussion of planning. http://study.com/academy/lesson/carol-gilligans-theory-of-moral-development.html
Diverse organizations of developing moral and spiritual consciousness. Presently, more adult women are interested in developing their spiritual consciousness than are men. We can strive toward the creation of a majority of adult men who have developed a spiritual consciousness by late middle age.
Building a Political Majority
Most people in the United States have disagreed with the priorities of the government for a long time. A majoritarian constituency for an Earth Community will be built of the shared concern for children, family, and community. Plutocrats and neocons don’t have any concern with family values. As progressives learn to win in the area of cultural politics, electoral and legislative victories will follow naturally. We show by our xenophobia and racist stereotyping that we have not yet developed an adequate sense of empathy.
Perhaps one of the most critical links is the development of strong connections within family and community, which represents a developmental stage above rugged individualism and building fences. Families and children are already aware how much they are influenced by advertising, but we can work together to diminish that affect knowing that we can enjoy building better products ourselves. Children are conscious that advertising pushing them to buy things is frequently a source of friction and discomfort at home.
We must actively resist efforts of the New Right leadership to decrease health and safety standards for workers, decrease living wages, increase international outsourcing, increase the tax burden on workers, reduce public services and safety nets, generate military contracts for crony corporations, work to increase monopoly control of intellectual property, give larger corporations advantages over small ones. The New Right champions competition, imagining that’s what brings “success”, and fears a classless society with a vastly different concept of success.
We must insist on decent air, food, and water quality standards for all people. Many in larger cities are already substandard, with the water situation in Flint, Michigan an extreme case in the news frequently. We must resist the growing radioactivity in our ground water, especially as cosmic radiation increases with the weakening of the geomagnetic shield.
There is a disorganized strong consensus all over the world that our children are growing up in a world very different than what we would like for them. Humans have within their means to create a world in which destructive television programming doesn’t happen, parents have the time to love and care for their children, and to create a world in which child care and education is balanced, free of prejudice and advertisements. Organizing and manifesting that is the work toward a real and positive political majority.
A local, living economy is defined by the purpose to secure fulfilling livelihoods for all and increase the generative power of the whole. The guiding mantra is to create beneficial local options, take only what we need, and take responsibility for the whole. The rules will favor participating owners, human-scale enterprises, wealth creators, rights of people, and self-organization by people and communities. We need managed protective borders that support fair, balanced, and mutually beneficial exchange.
An open political process includes the universal right to vote, public financing, voting integrity, nonpartisan election administration, direct election based on one person, one vote, media access, open debates, equal representation, and political rights for people.
a growing list of other links:
protecting our lands
taking pensions out of hedge funds
Center for the New American Dream https://www.newdream.org
Here is the arrival of a New Zealand software worker-owned-and-directed enterprise, an inspiration for us all: http://www.democracyatwork.info/profile_loomio?utm_campaign=101216_loomio&utm_medium=email&utm_source=democracyatwork
How a growing alliance of black and green could save civilization.