“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” – Henry David Thoreau “Civil Disobedience”
It’s time to create an Open Source State.
To do this you need a lot of people, educated people, to move into a state and filibusterer legislation.
What other untapped demographic in the U.S. could provide such a large number of creative and well educated people?
Those with outstanding student loans, of course.
What better resource full of diverse, talented and dedicated people are there in the U.S., but a whole lot of educated folks in endless education debt.
All it takes is one state representative to write a bill that offers them sanctuary. If need be give them refugee status. Put it on the table, spread the word. A few grants later you’ll be using their talents to develop a more just and fair society. We have all the models, it’s only a matter of using these models for the benefit of people, rather than corporations.
“Don’t try to fix a broken system, create a new one to displace it.” – Buckminster Fuller
One Model: If you have a student loan all interest – usury – is forgive – people work off the principle by contributing towards a better society – if that means working towards free education for all citizens, so be it – and only a portion of the principle is deducted from your salary; all income based, with no employment discrimination based on educational debt.
That’s just one of the many ideas that can be incorporated.
Over the course of the next few weeks I will be working to develop more open state idea. Perhaps someone else has already started working in this direction, or you had the notion yourself, or maybe you think it’s just a good idea whose time has come? Please, use the comment box below to share your thoughts, links and ideas so that we can actively move towards solutions to the ills that we currently face in our society.
Light this candle!
But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. – Henry David Thoreau
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Prometheus Radio (LPFM) Project
“…one will do what is right or best just as soon as one truly understands what is right or best” -Socrates
“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” – Mark Twain
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
okay so you think it’s a lot of work
First of all we have to agree that anything worthwhile is a lot of work, but this can be joyous work, and who doesn’t enjoy joyous work especially, for all the right reasons?
…so let’s say a massive group of people moves into a city and we help each other out, we then take over the city government, legally, through elections and start changing the laws. Soon more like minds will be attracted to what’s happening and join us; remember one Koch Brother can’t replace 100 people at the voting booth. Not to mention more educated people vote, and people with student debt are a demographic that is educated .
As those people move into the city they will also begin to move into state government, their ideas will spread to the locals and those people will become more politically active. As those numbers grow they will put massive pressure on the sitting state elected officials, even if they are funded by a Koch Brother; keep in mind those who would take Koch money will eventually find no reason to run.
Then, as proper legislation is passed we do what the lobbyists do, we learn from what Matt Taibbi wrote so clearly and eloquently here SUE SUE SUE & IF YOU CAN’T WIN, STALL. We fight fire with fire, love fire and we work and hope that our fire shines brighter and truer than theirs, and that it catches on to inspires others across the country. It’s just a matter of going from 0 to 1, you just have to start.
– that’s real grass roots.
If you want to read the whole Taibbi article again How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform
read the study
People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say