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Forum Post: The clear path to ending the 1%'s corporate/bankster system, is to stop working FOR it.

Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 2, 2013, 3:22 p.m. EST by jph (2652)
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Remove yourself (as much as is possible, and then do more!) from the systems that oppress you, and your children, and then their children.
Do not give support to institutions that no longer (if they ever did!) work for you and your community. Build alternatives; create new systems of commons, sharing, and working together. Competition only works when there is limited supply, the limitations are illusions,. base lies made up to keep us marching around the chairs, waiting for the music to stop, scrambling over each-other, to not be that last one unseated.

There is ABUNDANCE on this planet, and in this vast universe; more than enough for ALL LIFE to flourish. We need only stop supporting the greedy 1% that created the deadly imbalance and now perpetuates fear, and the lies of scarcity, and the ever threatening "other".

We are One People, One World, One!

Search; Degrowth, Permaculture, Slow Money, Relocalize, etc.

The revolution begins when we make the changes in our own lives that shift energy from supporting the old ways, the old systems, the corrupted corporate/bankster hegemony, and embrace the life affirming, positive growth, of interconnected communities, living simply and within our means. Building up biological and energetic capital for future generations, instead of taring it down, as we do now, for the short-sighted greed of the few.

The currently dominate system is a dead-end, and will inevitably fail, badly.

We lead by example, we stop supporting the corporate bankster 1% rule, and we begin building new democratic, peaceful, egalitarian communities, working together in concert, to rebuild this struggling world, in the way that is most beneficial to all life. This IS a possible path, it only requires that you choose it.



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[-] 3 points by Gillian (1842) 6 years ago

The problem is that most Americans operate on auto-pilot and never consider the consequences of their own behavior much less- look for better alternatives. My very own brother ( well aware of the corruption) works for one of those mega banks and he obviously doesn't really care as long as he has a job.

[-] 3 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

This is very true,. people will do what they have to to get by. This is why we really need to build the alternatives to the dominant and badly broken system,. to provide more people with the better options they should have.

I know it is often disheartening to see the actions people take,. however when you actually listen to people about what they would like as options,. the vast majority of people are very sane, and are looking to do the right things, for themselves and for future generations too. It is the lack of viable options that forces people to just go along with this dead-end system of exploitation.

Given two bad options, people will likely choose one of the bad options,. a very few people will, however say, "hay I can build an alternative option and choose it". This is what we must do, for ourselves and everyone else.

[-] -1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

Yeah people are a bunch of sellout hacks, if the babyboomers taught us anything it is that.

[-] 1 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

People, their the worst!

but also the Best! We all experience manic feelings regarding our existential situations,. the best of times,. . bla bla,. . bal

Life is always this, highs and lows,. goods and awful!

Learn to surf, or be crushed by the waves.

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

Autonomy is the key to liberty, freedom, and ultimately happiness. Autonomous and eco building and permaculture/aquaponics are along with projects like opensourceecology.org the way forward.

[-] 1 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 6 years ago

Normally yes, naturally yes, logically yes; our society is none of those. Then the opposite of autonomy should be considered in limited ways that may return some normality, allow our best nature to emerge logically.

From reading here about ART 5, I think engaging a convention just may change conditions enough where autonomy can go forward as it can with real independence.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

0% chance of art 5 happening. state legislators are the most corrupt they are not going to shit on their million dollar jobs when they get out of office.

[-] 1 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

yup,. you really are not free if you are dependent on oppressors.., WE can all begin to make changes in our own lives that lead to more self/community resilience!

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

i think it is one place we should be able to get the libertards on the same page with the progressives. autonomous building, new urbanism, green transportation, permaculture, aquaponics, and green centralized energy solutions should not be a partisan issue. if the libertards understood the freedom and liberty producing qualities of these things how in the world could they say no. same with the progressives. oh and we get the little added benefit of preserving and even enhancing ecology planet wide.

[-] 3 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

exactly,. those loudly proclaiming "freedom" really should be the first to support these ideas,. as we are not truly free living in a system of oppression such as the current corporate/fascist/militarist state.

We do also need to acknowledge that; we are interconnected with all life and all the universe. I do know, some folks find this to seem to be counter to their ideal of "freedom", (those still in the "I against the universe" understanding) however it is a fundamental truth that when more fully understood, leads to far deeper understanding of self and place and ultimate freedom. Evolution of the mind is a beautiful dance!

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

yeah i don't get why they don't get why they are so against this stuff.

[-] 3 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

Seems to be, in large part, a result of the right-wing hate-radio on the AM band that beats a steady drum of the evils of 'socialism', how anything 'community based' is tantamount to 'communism' and we must all be 'rugged individualists',. etc.

This line of,. er, 'reasoning' is plainly 1% propaganda using a divide and conquer tactic, to dis-empower the 99%. They sell it by telling the dupes that they are actually the smart ones for seeing the 'truth' that community = communism. They never even try to explain WHY communism is this existential evil,. because really it is only an existential threat to the 1% and their usury based bankster system. They and their parasitic way of life, is all that is threatened when the people come together to better our selves and our world.

It really does come down to choosing love over hate; those easily lead to hate, will embrace the 1%'s propaganda, that aids only the 1% at the expense of the rest of us. While those that choose love, will never buy into such filthy lies and selfish ideology. Community or selfishness?

[-] 3 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 6 years ago

rugged individualist is such a bullshit concept. fucking grizzly adams wannabe's. these people usually have really negative attitudes and cannot get along with anyone. often they make a mountain out of a mole hill. i like people, i like kids. often i find myself with people who detest kids. i don't have any kids and i am 34 so i understand not wanting to be bothered and all that but man they are just kids. they laugh, they play, they joke, they kid. they are kids. they actually try to enjoy their time on this earth. often i hear adults complain about them and it's like bro you are a grumpy old fucking man who complains about everything and never offers a solution for anything. then there are people who are just assholes. news flash assholes if you have to preface everything you say with maybe i'm an asshole but... no fucking maybe's your an asshole.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22855) 6 years ago

Many thanks to you and quantumystic for laying out a realistic and peaceful path to undoing this mess. Of all the posts on the forum, these are some of the most important. The power is in our hands and we can simply refuse to play their game.

Now, is this a challenge for the average materialistic American? Yes, but through the spreading of knowledge, it can be done.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

"Why We Can't Shop Our Way to a Better Economy", by Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6rAgHcuYtE and very much a 'Must Watch' Video [15m].

Stacy Mitchell is a researcher & writer at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance ( http://www.ilsr.org/ ), a national nonprofit organization that challenges corporate consolidation of the economy and champions policies to nurture community-scaled enterprise.

Stacy directs two ILSR initiatives on independent business and community banking. Her analysis has helped inspire many grassroots campaigns and provided empirical support for changes to local and state policy.

I append this link above here because I feel it sits well with your excellent forum-post. Solidarity 'jph'.

pax et lux ...

[-] 2 points by jph (2652) 6 years ago

Thanks for the linkage, I watched the TEDs talk and she has is quite good. I will be checking out the Institute for Local Self-Reliance site!

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

Institute for Local Self-Reliance - http://www.ilsr.org/ , is well worth anybody's consideration, tho' I did feel that you more than most would be interested in it and with a view to OWS's core raison d'etre, please also consider :

Solidarity and thanx again for your deeply thought provoking forum-post jph.

multum in parvo ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22855) 6 years ago

Such a great post, jph. Thanks.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22855) 5 years ago

"There is ABUNDANCE on this planet, and in this vast universe; more than enough for ALL LIFE to flourish."

What a beautiful sentence.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33733) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Starve the mega monsters - close your accounts - cut up your credit cards - practice cash and carry.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33733) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Plant seeds - some may blossom and bear fruit. I spoke to a person when I closed my mega monster account - I said that there was nothing She could do to retain my business - that she did not have that kind of pull influence with the monster. Perhaps she will consider other things said in our conversation and look for a way to remove herself from megamonster employment when she is able.