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To continue these ruminations about a third party, and the new more compassionate and inclusive system of  governance and way of doing business on and with the planet that is so urgently needed at this critical moment of human history, no less than a total reinvention of the human presence here. While the Republicans and Democrats, polarized by such enormously different conceptions of what America is all about, demonized each other at their respective conventions, both of them are in the end part of the same decadent structure, of late-inning free-market democracy transmogrified by avarice, corrupted by money, controlled by the corporations and the military-industrial complex, that has to be completely overhauled or purged or healed or done away with.  Neither party is  going to accomplish this transformation, they’re too vested in and compromised by the status quo, so we have to come up with something new. That’s what I was trying to get off the ground with my Tidebuckas movement a year and a half before the Occupation movement. But in the U.S. such a new part would be classified as far left, and the people it would attract would have voted Democrat otherwise, so would not such an initiative  be shooting itself in the foot, by in the end splitting the blue vote and benefiting the reds ? I can imagine it being generously and clandestinely backed by the Koch brothers. Yes, but over time it would displace or absorb the Democrats and become the liberal force in the discourse, as the green socialistic NDP has displaced the tired old Liberals who have run out of ideas and steam in Canada. And the other thing is, why does it have to be only an American party ? Why can’t it be a global movement, with all these national and local chapters of the occupation movement and other spontaneous cries for change all over the world. And why does it have to be limited even to people. It should include all the animals, not just us,  the trees and every living thing. That should be its platform, we embrace everything that lives and respect its right to be here and the role it has to play. An international tribunal that tries crimes against nature, species and ecosystems, like the one in the Hague that tries crimes against humanity, should be established. People could be delegated  or elected to represent the other species’ rights, the way social workers look out for the well-being and protect the rights of children in dysfunctional families.

The good elements of Western democracy should be incorporated like the separation of church and state and the balance of power, the carefully calibrated tension between the executive, congressional, and legislative branches, so none gets too powerful, and officials being elected by the majority. But checks should also be put in place to prevent  unfettered capitalism from producing runaway greed and eroding the moral fibre of the society. The seductiveness of money and the things and power it can buy should be diminished. It probably can’t be done away with entirely, but if we went to local communes that produced their own food and energy and built their own housing and factories and bartered with each other as much as possible– some communes are already printing their own currency– its deleterious effects could be minimized. Free housing, food, health education, and other needs in return for working for the commune would also obviate the main needs for money. The people who handle the business side should not be outlandishgly remunerated, they should get no more than the commune’s health service providers or teachers or farmers or carpenters. And checks should be carefully formulated and put in place so that no ruthless  opportunist can ride the system to power. Animal Farm  should be required reading for the adults and teenagers.

This would be a great improvement over the way things are now. A new beginning drawing on the wisdom of the last animistic societies and traditional hunter-gatherers and subsistence farmers, the peoples still connected to the animals, attuned to the natural world and in sync with its seasonal cycles. But also on the wisdom of the founding fathers of the American republic and all the other carefully constructed, environmentally sensitive humanitarian systems of governance like Switzerland, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries. Studying their histories and correcting their mistakes. The way things are in America– the population bitterly divided between the red and blue persuasions, the elections that have become like a monumental slugfest between Superman and Mordor– each side has valid points and predominantly good people. But it’s becoming like the two parties in Colombia–the Colorados and I forget the name of the other one– who slaughtered each other for two hundred years, like the Israelis and the Palestinians. An intractable, unstoppable blood feud. This is really toxic and counterproductive. And to some extent these conventions, the campaigns and the election are theater to seduce the public into voting for us, and the parties are fronts for the corporations, the military-industrial complex, and the oligarchy that sets the actual agenda. The real action, which we are not privy to, is going on behind the scenes. We have to come up with something better. See on youtube Geremy Rivkin’s video clip on the The Empathetic Civilization. The Swiss environmental activist Martin Vosseler and I will be talking about this on a live stream show called Architects of Change on September 23rd. I’ll keep you posted.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To continue these ruminations about a third party, and the new more compassionate and inclusive system governance and way of doing business on and with the planet that is so urgently needed at this critical moment of human history, no less than a total reinvention of the human presence here. While the Republicans and Democrats, polarized by such enormous conceptions of what America is all about, demonized each other at their respective conventions, both of them are in the end part of a decadent structure, of late-inning free-market democracy transmogrified by avarice, corrupted by money, controlled by the corporations and the military-industrial complex, that has to be completely overhauled or purged or healed or done away with. They are not going to accomplish this transformation, we have to come up with something new. But in the U.S. it would be classified as far left, and the people it would attract would have voted Democrat, so would not such an initiative not be shooting itself in the foot, by in the end splitting the blue vote and benefiting the reds ? I can imagine it being generously and clandestinely backed by the Koch brothers. Yes, but over time it would displace the Democrats and become the liberal force in the discourse, as the green socialistic NDP has displaced the tired old Liberals in Canada. And the other thing is, why does it have to be only an American party ? Why can’t it be a global movement, with all these national and local chapters of the occupation movement and other spontaneous cries for change all over the world. And why does it have to be limited even to people. It should include all the animals, not just us, and the trees and every living thing. That should be its platform, we embrace everything that lives and respect its right to be here and the role it has to play. An international tribunal that crimes against nature, species and ecosystems, like the one in the Hague that tries crimes against humanity, should be established. People could represent the other species’ rights, the way social workers look out for the well-being and protect the rights of children in dysfunctional families.

The good elements of Western democracy should incorporated like the separation of church and state and the balance of power, the carefully calibrated tension between the executive, congressional, and legislative branches, and officials being elected by the majority. But checks should be put in place to prevent the unfettered capitalism from producing runaway greed and eroding the moral fibre of the society. Money should be fumigated of its seductiveness. It probably can’t be done away with entirely, but if we went to local communes that produced their own food and energy and built their own housing and factories and bartered with each other as much as possible and printed their own local currency, as some communes are doing, its deleterious effects could be minimized. Free housing, food, health education, and other needs in return for working for the commune would also obviate the main needs for money.

 

 

 

 

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