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Rethinking the Future

IMG_4581“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.

The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.

We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist.

So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.

The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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unfamiliar with Malthus – nice short summary regarding his theory on population.
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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. –Sun Tzu
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World Game “Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R Buckminster Fuller
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“Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit …”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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‘Capitalism is a religion – it has its books, rituals, ministers, institutions. If you are a heretic you will be shamed and condemned. If you go against its rules or systems you will be imprisoned or damned. If you becomes an expert in it you will be regarded as a high priest and richly rewarded. In the religion of Capitalism everything necessary to life on earth is regarded as a monetized resource controlled by a hierarchy, and through this hierarchy it will be decided how long you live or when you die. Capitalism creates inequality. One of its most regarded idols/deities worshiped in Capitalism is money.’ atrib. Russell Brand

In 2015 more than 90% of the world practice some form of Capitalism.

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just do it

“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I  am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible… except by getting off his back.”Leo Tolstoy

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”Che Guevara

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“A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.” – Carlos Castaneda
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“The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.” ― George Bernard Shaw
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“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

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“Presidents are selected, not elected.”Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“If Americans simply choose to vote for the person who has a D or an R by their name, we will get what we deserve, which is what we have now.”Dr. Ben Carson

“In times of war laws are silent.” -Cicero

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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize”

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“The rhetoric of penalties is the pretext for war – the real enemy of the American Government; or any Corporate Owned Government, is its People.” – atsame

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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” “Workers of all lands unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains” Karl Marx

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What is commodity fetishism – it is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. As such, commodity fetishism transforms the subjective, abstract aspects of economic value into objective, real things that people believe have intrinsic value. — Basically, when your STUFF is more important than people.

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In the economy ocean money is like a shark, if it doesn’t keep moving it dies.

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“Freedom is participation in power.”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Zionism is a Racist Ideology a Culture of Death Driven by Saligia

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -MLK

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“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.” Hunter S Thompson 09/12/01

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“If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers separation with the first alternative, to a continuance in union without it, I have no hesitation in saying, ‘let us separate’. I would rather the States should withdraw, which are for unlimited commerce and war, and confederate with those alone which are for peace and agriculture.” -Thomas Jefferson

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“The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.” -Benjamin Franklin

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“The American People could have anything they want, trouble is they don’t want much of anything.E V Debs

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“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”H.L. Mencken

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“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” Upton Sinclair

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“The day I lost all faith in humanity was also the day I was no longer afraid to die.” -anon

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“That which is falling should also be pushed” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
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to find the time

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Anarchism

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What Is Freedom?

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High Popalorum vs Low Popahirum

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share the wealth

Huey Long – “Share Our Wealth Plan”  a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people.

-Cap personal fortunes at $50 million each — equivalent to about $600 million today (later reduced to $5 – $8 million, or $60 – $96 million today)
-Limit annual income to one million dollars each (about $12 million today)
-Limit inheritances to five million dollars each (about $60 million today)
-Guarantee every family an annual income of $2,000 (or one-third the national average – $21k today)
-Free college education and vocational training
-Old-age pensions for all persons over 60
-Veterans benefits and healthcare
-A 30 hour work week
-A four week vacation for every worker
-Greater regulation of commodity production to stabilize prices

r u a hack?


FDR

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The Seven Basic Human Needs and Rights For Any Civilized Society
Clean and Safe Shelter
Clean Food and Water
A Balanced Ethical Education
Health and Physical Care
Productive Purposeful Work
Free and Open Communication
and like all of Nature and Heaven’s Creations Rest
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“Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.” – Henry Ford

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all creative work is derivative – all creative work builds on what came before
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Friendly Fascism; The New Face of Power in America, by Bertram Gross

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all you need is love and an empty cup

 

“I want to go far far away out into the country, smell the fresh earth under the morning dew, hear the birds chirp and coo, dig into the dirt, grow fresh food and come brillig watch the flowers bloom.” -ish
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seeds

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liberté, égalité, fraternité
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if money wasn’t the driving force in America, what would it be then?” -ish

“hope is a poor man’s deprivation” – ish

“You are on a big rock hurling through space with no particular place to go” -ish

“The universe is indifferent to your needs – stop worshiping a book – get along, at least don’t go out of your way to hurt others, build a fence if you must.” – ish

“public schools today are meant to:
warehouse children while parents slave at unimportant jobs filled with drudgery.
to instruct them on the rules, guidelines and policies of the larger institutions they will become reliant upon throughout their lives.
to deny them the ability of critical thinking by diverting them away from the skills of reason and logic.
to withhold the power of thinking freely.
to squash creativity.
to maintain the status quo.” -ish

 


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 “prison is the new plantation, debt is the new reservation, war is a culture of death” -ish

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“knowledge is power, but  it means nothing without the will to act” -ish

 

“An Observation:
Group A: individualist, doesn’t like collectivism until lead.
Group B: collectivist, relies on community until told what to do” -ish

 

“if you can’t take joy in hard work then it’s not good work” -ish

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simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

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: One of America’s Most Thoughtful Nonviolent Secessionists

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

Henry David Thoreau, the iconoclastic, nineteenth century New England writer, has long been associated with simple living, solitude, independent thinking, environmental integrity, civil disobedience, nonviolence, and passive resistance. But few seem to have noticed that he was also a card-carrying secessionist.

Best known for its influence on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the South African anti-apartheid movement, and the Eastern European anti-communist movement in the 80s, Thoreau’s famous 1849 essay “Civil Disobedience” reads like a secessionist’s manifesto.

His two-year stay at Walden Pond near Cambridge, Massachusetts between 1845 and 1847, on which his 1854 book Walden was based, was little short of a personal secession from his village, his state, and his country. About personal secession Thoreau once said, “Some are petitioning the State to dissolve the Union. Why do they not dissolve it themselves—the union between themselves and the State?”

In 1854, when the population of the United States was around 20 million, Thoreau thought the country was already too large. “The nation itself is an unwieldy and overgrown establishment, cluttered with furniture and tripped up by its own traps, ruined by luxury and heedless expense.” He called for a “rigid economy” and “Spartan simplicity of life.” “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” he said.

Thoreau’s principal grievances with the federal government were over its de facto support of slavery and its participation in the Mexican-American War, both of which he considered to be immoral.

“When a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country (Mexico) is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army (the U.S. Army), and subjected to military law, I think it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize.”

During the first half of the nineteenth century before the Civil War, New England was a political hotbed for secessionists, most of whom were abolitionists. Massachusetts Senator Timothy Pickering, a former high-ranking general in the Revolutionary War, was one of the most important leaders of the New England secession movement.

New England Federalists, who believed that the policies of the Jefferson and Madison administrations were proportionately more harmful to New England than to other parts of the country, thrice led independence movements aimed respectively at the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the national embargo of 1807, and the War of 1812. In 1814 New England secessionists expressed their opposition to the War of 1812 and the military draft of the Hartford Convention.

Thoreau, who was vehemently opposed to slavery, called for abolitionists to “effectively withdraw their support, both in person and property, from the government of Massachusetts.” He told them that, “if they had God on their side, even though they did not constitute a majority, that was enough.”

In response to the question, “How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today?” Thoreau presciently responded, “He cannot without disgrace be associated with it.” Clearly a man ahead of his time!

As for civil disobedience, of which secession is a special case, Thoreau said, “If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.” Thoreau actually spent a night in jail for not paying his poll-tax.

No doubt many anarchists have taken note of the following two statements by Thoreau in “Civil Disobedience”. “That government is best which governs not at all,” and “I simply wish to refuse allegiance to the State, to withdraw and stand aloof from it effectually.”

If Thoreau were alive today, it seems unlikely that he would have an e-mail address. He was not convinced that we all had to be connected.

“We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas, but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate… We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New, but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.”

Perhaps the reason given by Thoreau as to why he escaped to Walden Pond says it all:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.”

Thoreau’s philosophy of secession was based on the premise that an individual’s moral principles have the first claim on his or her actions, and that any government which requires violation of these principles has no legitimate authority whatsoever.

One can only imagine what Thoreau would think of the United States today – a nation which has lost its moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable, and unfixable. What would he think of a government owned, operated, and controlled by corporate America and Wall Street? How would he feel about the illegal wars with Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya? What about our unconditional support for the bellicose state of Israel? Would he condone the torture of military combatant prisoners? And, alas, the war on terror?

Henry David Thoreau was arguably the most thoughtful, nonviolent secessionist of the nineteenth century. Unlike well known southern secessionists such as John C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee, Thoreau’s message was not tainted by the scourge of slavery.

Modern day New England liberals who summarily reject secession as a kind of racist conspiracy, should re-visit Thoreau. They just might be surprised at what they find.

Thomas H. Naylor

April 11, 2011 – Founder of the Second Vermont Republic and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University; co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA, and The Search for Meaning. (Reprint with permission by the author)

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let go of your shackles and open your imaginatio­n

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