Archive for ‘editorial’

November 1, 2011

Occupy Decision

Humanity plausibly may be a very long conversation the Universe/God is having with itself.  If so, we shouldn’t be afraid to disagree.  Your opinion maybe the purpose of your existence.

Feel free to disagree, but your opinions matter. The people walking around today are as close to perfect as has ever been achieved. You are the product of countless choices — your parents chose, your grandparents chose — you are the pinnacle, the very best choice.

Everyone who ever died, died so you could have the opportunity to decide. Among all the generations standing behind you, you are the best looking, smartest, and the very best equipped to make the right decision.  It is our birthright, to decide this time.

Democracy only works when your will, your choice is communicated. And it is the responsibility of participants in a democracy to take the world in, and decide. If any citizen is silenced, or vital facts are intentionally withheld or misrepresented, then we are not in fact participating in a democracy.

Therefore each must decide we actually have a right to the truth of information and free communication. That freedom of speech is a fundamental right of everyone, and not a luxury, or a commodity to be bought or controlled. How else can we fulfill our birthright, how else may we decide?

This is not the world we live in, and we know. Education is a luxury, and Politics is a stock market. More fundamentally we let Advertising, formerly a clever way to pay for new communication technologies, control those technologies, and these companies now control our speech, decisions.

(There isn’t even a captain at the helm, only an inhuman structure and process, called incorporation. And what is best for its survival isn’t necessarily best for ours.)

How can Humans communicate in an inhuman world?

There are two types of communication, internally among individuals similarly disenfranchised and externally with the rest of the people of the world. Each poses challenges today.

The Occupations taking place around the world represent aspects of each. First the Occupation itself acts as a physical manifestation or representation of this disenfranchisement, a billboard. Second it provides easy access to direct communication and democracy through individual participation in the local General Assembly.

The model of ‘facilitating’ instead of ‘leading’ is fundamental to good decision making. Please investigate the process directly for yourself at your local General Assembly, or via the web and then in practice in your own community.

Unfortunately we cannot all live 24/7 at Occupy Wall Street, or we’d have a true worldwide democracy.

We could regularly attend, or Occupy in our own communities, but how do the individual Occupancies decide what is right for the others or those who can’t attend? Is the General Assembly in New York the leader? Currently this is being addressed via the internet and conference calls among individual Occupy groups. It is also being worked out in manners such as this, all part of the larger conversation.

If one studies cultures and history carefully, even organizational structures such as corporations, there appears to be a fundamental issue with scale:  the larger human organizations get the less democratic and more problematic they become. I believe that the Hopi even had a specific number of people, a population cap, which determined how big a village could grow before they broke from one another.

If we can step beyond the avatars of corporate power brokering, or the fundamentally flawed Two Party system in the United States, this could be the core discussion which unites the disenfranchised within each here. When we are given only two choices, we can’t call it democracy. The US Federal Government, Free Trade agreements, the European Union, OPEC, the World Bank, G8, even the United Nations — each suffers from their scale, yet within the current corporate centered global culture each serves a need.  If the Corporation didn’t rule the world we might not need such power brokerage.

While the hunter-gather was purported to only work an average of four hours a day — I don’t think that lifestyle would be the choice forward for most, nor a Mad Max existence.  There are more elegant solutions, between here and there.

It is all about the decisions we make.  Seven billion people make quite a think tank, the best of the best.

Trust people, we got your back.

The hunters have a machine they place up next to prey in a metal fence, which kills the pray instantly before machines disassemble it. So bored are the hunters with this activity, that they turn their weapons on each other, in various most dangerous game scenarios, taking place in many a dark alley, backwoods, or whatever new and challenging terrain can be conceived. I think both the gathers and hunters have kind of messed it up — what was good about the fire.

 

October 26, 2011

Who is the 99%

It is impossible and irresponsible to define or attempt to lead the 99%, except as individuals in collective opposition to the 1%. Only by defining the 1% can this opposition movement be understood.

The 99% must be taken as anonymous and leaderless, as each individual need only share an opposition to the 1% and otherwise may differ in almost every other conceivable way.

Who is the 1%

The modern conspiracy of the 1%, both planned and as product of laziness, is to rob Humanity of its diversity through their economic leadership and investment. Wall Street is a cult which worships money in the same way Pythagorean number cults once worshiped numbers, and have clearly and cleverly defined what each of our lives is worth.

At the opening bell each of us is bought and sold in a low stakes video poker game, relative to the staggering income gap. And unlike the 99%, the 1% is small enough for their self-interests to coincide exactly, and so they’re the only ones in the position to value us according to their own criteria of what they feel is important in life.

when the laws undertake… to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society… have a right to complain of the injustice to their Government.

Andrew Jackson

What the 1% Value becomes Valuable

Since the 1% have defined what is valuable, and have gathered the most of it, only they can now choose what is on television, which movies are green lighted, what businesses get loans, which literature and cultures survive, how we travel, where we get our energy and how much we pay, and who gets medicine, who lives and who dies, who gets elected and how they vote, and so on. They invented the purse, and now hold the strings.

[Anonymously, I’m not writing as a Marxist, but with more of a Small is Beautiful/Jeffersonian bias.]

It is inconceivable that some read Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ not as a historical case study, but instead have conceived a myth that a Free Market has ever or will ever exist on our planet in nature, let alone will place an ultimate faith in such a concept, and worship it like a Platonic ideal. Is a mathematical formula more important or complete than a person? Or is it just a useful but incomplete likeness or model, a tool? There is no such thing as a perfect tool.

Democracy is our Tool

Humanity has invented many tools over the course our time on Earth, and societies have been shaped complexly by these inventions, both positively and negatively. Towns sprung up next to railroads, and the automobile shaped our sprawling cities, each innovation altering our social interactions and forcing us reevaluate ourselves and what we want. We have all learned to adapt to communication technologies, and then have replaced them when something better or less cumbersome is devised. Yet, like the failure of the Commonwealth of England (1660), it is if we have too little faith in democracy to self-govern even today, and have allowed another selfseated ruling class to dictate our course.

Help restore our democracy and lend your voice to our future!

Our system is broken but we can fix it. The solution will not come from a leader but this conversation within the 99% of us. A conversation about what we value and how we value labors of each other. In the age of the internet, social networking, open source, wikis, the Wiki-Tree concept (see video below), and countless innovations and tools I’m yet unaware, there must arise an elegant series of solutions from this conversation.

We owe it to ourselves, and the 1%, to provide our own solutions.

 

1% =  Bottleneck of Ideas

The same diversity which causes the press to ask who we are, and makes choosing one voice impossible, is our greatest strength. The lack of diversity of ideas, the bottleneck within the 1% is their greatest downfall, currently our shared downfall.

We all must be aware within the 99% that we cannot speak for everyone, as our diversity will lead to problems in communication. Therefore, as in Allegory of the Cave (the Matrix for some), it is the responsibility of each individual to take ideas and tools we discover and make them their own, begin your own important journey of discovery, and share it with your family and friends in ways that mean something to them.

We each can occupy where others cannot; we each experience what others cannot. We each can say what others cannot.

We are each invaluable, unique.