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Forum Post: The OWS Puritans

Posted 11 years ago on July 2, 2012, 9:57 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site wants change ....

I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site is unhappy with our gov ....

I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site will work to better this world....

I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site believe in the People....

I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site believe in Democracy....

I believe that 99% of everyone that visits this site wants to make a PERFECT world....

When our Loved One's homes are on fire ... do we deny help from the fire truck .... simply because it runs on dirty fuel ?

sometimes in life we must sit back and accept the better of the evils... for just the immediate moment... in the effort to get to perfection....

OWS (ALL 99% of us) do NOT have Direct Democracy in place YET... and likely won't before the coming elections.... WE NEED TO VOTE .... for the BETTER of the evils... this last time.... by next election We WILL all be voting on every issue....



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[-] 4 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 11 years ago

I've voted for the lesser of two evils since 1975; and have always had it broke off in my ass. Never again !!

[-] 2 points by atki4564 (1259) from Lake Placid, FL 11 years ago

We'll be "voting on every issue by the next election"?! I love your goal, but this is not an even remotely reasonable time estimate.

Besides, today's upper 1% bank & business managers have a vested interest in the status quo, and would spent billions in advertising to brainwash everyone into believing them to keep things just as they are.

Therefore, if you can't beat em, join em.

Starting a bank sounds like an impossible Gilded Age enterprise; more befitting of a Rockefeller than today's small business owner. But it's not as impossible as one might think -- or as risky.

According to Smart Money.com, "the three-year failure rate for new banks is less than one in 1,000," which, compared with a "60 percent failure rate for new restaurants," is not so horrible. The profits are not too shabby either. The site reports: "6,770 community banks earned $67 billion over the past five years."

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, even Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says that he would start a bank -- if he were 50 years younger.

So help start a direct democracy bank, as follows: https://docs.google.com/a/strategicinternationalsystems.com/document/pub?id=1mKKLMTIyvRCLK2ppPj_GDjdieCvJnATaZaCmlajubWU

Furthermore, not just start a national bank (which is a crucial 1st step), but start-up in all 12 sectors of the local (or global) economy; namely, services, vehicles, education, retail, food, construction, technology, manufacturing, wholesale, health, justice, and banking -- that is, as described, step-by-step, in the Detailed Operations Forecast of the above constitution.

The marketing mechanism to do this is a virtual-to-physical reality game. The above constitution is the specification of that game. Consequently, we need analysts to help write the specification and programmers to code the game (plus artists). Why? Because the above constitution is only an administrative tool whereas the virtual-to-physical reality game is the marketing tool which gets the job done. However, administration needs to be completely clear before engaging in marketing using a virtual-physical reality game, so please tell all your friends, especially those under 20, to consider becoming a 1/12-time analyst/programmer at SIS LLC (whatever it pays, which is nothing for now). It's an opportunity to do your duty for Freedom and Justice For All...if you please.

[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

".... for the BETTER of the evils... this last time...."

This country is so far away from demanding change Im not sure why I even think about it.

[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 11 years ago

Voting for the lesser of two evils for decades has gotten us deeper into the pit of imperfection and you want us to do it just one more time? Those two political fire trucks don't use water to put out the flames, they uses gasoline to expand the flames of corporate injustice. Every direction we turn, the bank, the gas station, the grocery store, our homes, the flames destroy our wealth.

Now is the time to do the courageous thing and vote for the person, not the party. That is the cool water that will put out the flames. Get out of the two party rut and back onto level ground.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 11 years ago

Ummm, okay, but most of the people who visit this site probably agree with you, so what's the beef? I'm pretty sure, purist thinking aside, most people will vote ... the point is though, voting will NOT significantly change things (at best, we get a slightly better version of the status quo). Okay, a slightly better version of the status quo is, well, slightly better (so on that count, it's probably worth one hour of one day to go out and vote). But again, I think most probably agree with this contention (although a small number do not, but so what, I mean, all people will not agree on all things ... such is life).

I share your frustration a little bit. Right now, I think OWS is in flux to some degree. Will it become the sort of massive protest movement that can really change things? I'm not even sure how many people view this as a necessary prerequisite for change (I think some people believe that through affinity groups, working on specific issues, we can slowly build awareness and actually implement change ourselves). My opinion is, while this is a perfectly valid idea (in terms of the more profound -- long term changes we're hoping for) there are acute problems that require immediate action. But of course supporting OWS does not prevent us from doing other things, becoming involved with civic organizations that maybe have a more immediate action plan, etc.