============================================================================ From: •••@••.••• Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 13:24:22 EDT Subject: Re: cj#1107,rn> Heads up re * Citizen Consensus Councils * To: •••@••.••• 7/17/00, rkm writes: << What is our strategy? How do we get from here to there? >> More and more it is the only question that interests me. We can whine forever, and we know we are right, but what would happen for us to actually move forward is a far harder question. Think of Havel - he actually moved from radical playright and critic to the presidency of his country. He banned the production of weapons, and recognized Tibet among his early moves. His country fell into two parts ( partly because of the ban on weapons,) lots else. A good lesson to see what happens when our side actually comes to power. In South Africa, much good, much sorrow. Huge upsurge in crime and disorder, and, also the reconcilliation comssion- a brilliant breakthrough idea to stop the endless cycle of revenge. Mandela fanned the hopes and aspirations of the poeple, but didn't fan the flames of personal responsibility at the same time. The greens take control of the city council of Arcata, a tiny town in Northern Califorina, split evenly between loggers and eco-activists. What can they do locally to make it work for both sides? I appluad your keeping the dialog going and reporting experiments, those that work and those that fail. Just my opinion Jim ============================================================================ Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 23:03:38 -0400 From: "Rich Cowan" <•••@••.•••> To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••> Subject: for Richard K. Moore re: Org. 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Box 400897, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-776-6176 ============================================================================ From: "Roy Madron" <•••@••.•••> Organization: The National Music Trust To: •••@••.••• Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 19:29:20 +0000 Subject: A Revolutionary Global Political Movement Dear Richard Moore I think we e-mailed each other some time ago via gaiapc. Over the past couple of years I have been trying to articulate in an easily-understood way, the case for a Movement for Global Justice and Sustainability. I attach in MS Word a one page summary of the basic idea. I have half a dozen chapters in draft and I'm delighted to have belatedly re-discovered your ideas via the cyberjournal. As we're relatively near, and have some contacts in common, it would be good to try to make this movement a reality. Best wishes Roy Madron ---- File information ----------- File: M.G.J.S. one pagerdoc.doc Date: 27 Jun 2000, 15:26 Size: 23040 bytes. Type: MS-Word M.G.J.S. one pager THE MOVEMENT FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY The Movement for Global Justice and Sustainability aims to re-invent our democracies so that our children and grandchildren will be able to live in just and sustainable societies. Why do we need to re-invent our democracies? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Our existing democracies are designed to produce governments that help the rich to get richer by making the poor poorer. It is the way they are designed, that makes our existing democracies collude with cynicalTrans-national corporations to reduce nature's rich bio-diversity to the point where our planet may be a more or less uninhabitable by the end of the 21st. century. For years we have been led to believe that our existing democracies are what Abraham Lincoln said they should be: Government of the people, by the people, for the people. But, in spite of Lincoln's noble sentiments, none of our existing democracies have ever really been what he said they should be. With virtually no public debate, generations of politicians and their backers have consciously created sham- democracies that can best be described as: Government of the people, by elected dictators, for the benefit of influential national and trans-national organisations. Of course, this is an oversimplification, but it contains a basic and brutal truth that we have to deal with if we are going to reverse the tide of global injustice and unsustainability. Unless we can tackle the problem of our sham-democracies, we will always have governments that do nothing to stop the wholesale destruction of the planet's human societies and biological systems. It is because we have these sham-democracies that we seem to be helpless to prevent our societies from betraying our children and grandchildren's futures. Once the sham-democracy penny drops, the key question we find ourselves asking is, "What kind of democracies do we need if our societies are to be just and sustainable?" After a lot of thought and discussion, we believe that genuine democracies can be described as: Government of the people by thinking, learning and acting together for the creation of just and sustainable societies for all of humanity Another over-simplification, of course, but think about the difference between our definitions of sham and genuine democracies. Do they make sense to you? Did you say, "Yes, basically that's correct. Looked at like that, we don't have genuine democracies.. No wonder the our societies and the natural world are going downhill so rapidly!". We have tried to raise these issues with the existing political parties and radical pressure groups but eventually we have concluded that they are economically and psychologically locked into a symbiotic relationship with the existing sham-democratic systems. That is why we are forming The Movement for Global Justice and Sustainability. The Movement for Global Justice and Sustainability will be a trans-national political movement that will build mass-membership political parties around the world, contest elections, form governments and implement the kinds of genuine democracies that future generations will need if humanity is to live sustainably on a healthy planet. We have obviously set ourselves a very long-term, ambitious and complex task, but if we want to stop betraying our children and grandchildren, nothing less will do. ============================================================================ Delivered-To: moderator for •••@••.••• Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 19:18:05 -0700 From: frank scott <•••@••.•••> COASTAL POST (415)868 1600 FAX (415) 868 0502 P.O. Box 31 Bolinas CA 94924 http://www.coastalpost.com email: •••@••.••• August,2000 Boom and Doom We live in an era in which the financial market and the earth itself are both over-heated at the same time . Corporate capital's science tells us that there is no connection between these two facts. They are supposed to be understandable acts of nature. Especially our economics , which are the outcome of divine planning. You know, "the invisible hand" and the triumph of capitalism. If we accept this divine science, we must also accept that our divinity seems to operate on a cycle of economic boom that depends on ecological doom. The reports of poisoned air and water, toxic pollution, acid rain , holes in the ozone and especially climate warming have lead many to the belief that we are condemned to death as a race. Of course, corporate capital says it will all be good for some, even if others lose. Warmer weather in one part of the globe will lower heating bills, say, while increasing sales of summer clothing. Not to worry, just sell utilities and buy lightweight fabrics. But seemingly more reliable science, not yet pimping for corporate funds, calls for an alert on the part of humanity. The danger is real, serious and demanding of our attention. Unfortunately, many still attribute it to individual evil, personal greed, private psychosis, or group performance under the control of one of those things. The workings of political economic systems are usually beyond the concerns of everyday life, and kept that way by our mind managers. That is why people can allow their government to tear up its credit card and cut public debt, while they get more credit cards and sink into the deepest debt any public has ever carried, privately. That is why the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans have as many after-tax dollars to spend as the bottom 100 million, and there is relative silence from a people manipulated by TV brain candy, like the multi-million dollar Gush-Bore "survival" show . We move through life burdened by personal cares, governed by consciousness controllers and often oblivious to nature , a force over which we have little personal power . We are almost equally oblivious to social organization, a force over which we should have complete control, in an allegedly democratic society. That is hardly the case. Our society's organization has been labeled industrial , then technological , and presently we are supposed to be in a phase called globalization. But the controlling structure of everyday reality is not one dependent on machines, tools or finance; it is based on the political economic system of capitalism, and its general acceptance as a fact of life, very much like a religious dogma. People may believe metaphysical legends explaining why we act the way we do , but the system under which we perform is governed by physical rules of profit accumulation. This is accomplished through private control of nature, whether that nature is human, animal or seemingly inanimate resources . We are told that this privately oriented economic-religious system is the highest form of human development, partly because it has created a wonderful material standard of living for some people, and a state in which we pride ourselves on having free elections with representative governments. This , though hundreds of millions live in desperate poverty, and most people do not vote, with few really believing the founding myths of democracy except as immaterial faith, having seen little proof of their material truth. For most citizens, supposed democracy operates exactly as nature ; mostly beyond our control. We live the contradiction of a bad system under the control of good people, or at least innocent people, who rarely understand that system. And that is because we are educated not to understand, but to accept. Most of what we learn, read, see, hear and ultimately think, is a program produced by the private owners of nature, in order to get their subjects' agreement to what is done with that nature. In short, what they do to and with us , and our environment. Growing numbers of global citizens are criticizing this system, and not merely one aspect of its performance, or one villain. We still seem to need individual actors to love and hate, like Clinton, Bush , Gates, Mother Theresa, and other demons and saints. But we are beginning to understand that these actors perform under the direction of something other than mysterious forces, like god or nature. Once we realize that democracy means people must collectively run their society and not depend or rely on invisible authorities beyond their control, we may be on the way to bringing about a better world for just about everyone. The one we have now lavishes immense wealth on some, a fairly decent life on others, and poverty, debt, depression, misery and suffering on most. That enormous gap cannot be excused simply by blaming it on personal greed or an angry god. The cycle of boom and doom is the cycle of humans under the command of capital. The doom can only be avoided by a democratic movement to control the cycles for the good of all, not just a few. Such a democratic system would mean the end of exclusive private control of political economics , the capitalism which is creating disaster as we allow it to maintain its domination over humanity and the earth. That disaster will become more deadly the longer it continues. The way to spread economic boom to greater numbers, and avert ecological doom , is to understand that real democracy means the end of the political economics of capitalism. Anything less will continue the present accumulation of happiness and short term riches for some , but sadness and long term deprivation for all . Copyright (c) 2000 by Frank Scott. All rights reserved. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. copyright law, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that the author is notified and no fee is charged for access. 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