why play by the rules, when the game is already fixed?
Sense, by Thomas Paine, was one of the most important of the
founding documents of the American Experiment. Yet, in
our time, we have so little political common sense among
those in power (and among many voters - no doubt due in part
to changes in education that have left aside a proper
teaching of Civics), that there is so little of that former
common sense appreciation of the true nature of our form of
government, that we now have to call such an appreciation: uncommon. At the same time, the use of this
phrase, "uncommon sense", has
also become more common, and this in itself indicates that
many others believe that today we need to revive Paine's
original sensibility, but with a quite different emphasis.]
long essay is not intended to answer all questions, or to be
any version of final truth. Neither my indirect or my
direct knowledge is by any means perfect, which means there
will be errors and flaws in what is below. To endeavor
to write of the complex in simple terms means always to oversimplify - to skip past this or that historical nuance.
While I have then painted the picture with broad
strokes of the brush, I believe the central themes are
rendered correctly. Basically, I hope that this essay
may contribute to a much better, and healthier, conversation
on American political life.
Since what is
sought here is a more healthy conversation, the author
hereby authorizes and encourages all who wish to make copies
to do so and/or take quotes; and, that they may do so freely
and without any restraints whatsoever. Like all my
writing, this essay is a gift, since I have little or no
need for more wealth.
I got some very important help with language from Harvey Bornfield (http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/HarveyBornfield.html - see also the book Silent Passage). I also received a great deal from my 16 years participation in the Center For American Studies at Concord, under the stewardship of Stuart Weeks. Helpful challenges to my thinking on many occasions came from Steve Burman, Frank Fawcett and Kelly Sutton. Special inspiration came from Carl Stegmann, author of The Other America: the West in the Light of Spiritual Science.
table of contents
Introduction: anticipating the whole (page 4)
Section One - Degeneration
Part One: The Betrayal of the Left, and of the whole of American Politics, by the Democratic Party (page 5)
Part Two: The Betrayal of the
Republic, the Constitution and the American People, by the
Section Two - Redemption
Part One: Rediscovering true Democratic and Republican Virtues within the Idea of Citizen Governance
Part Two: America as Mystery
Part Three: A Pragmatic Solution to
the American Dilemma - writing a Second American
Constitution. This section
includes an updated version of the Declaration of
Section Three - The Real Power of Citizenship, both as an American and as a Citizen of the World - as lives in our moral powers for: speaking the truth, using reason and occasionally applying individual acts of sacrifice.
of certain particular themes
Appendix A: Money and Debt: the Company Store in the 21st Century
Appendix B: Citizen Governance
Appendix C: Renewal Groups
Appendix D: Civil Society
Appendix E: The original Declaration revised
Appendix F: Some material about the author, Joel A. Wendt
Appendix G: a wonderful contribution by the author of Babylon Five
Appendix H: Counter-Moves
Appendix I: Jim Garrison's summation at the Clay Shaw trial concerning the JFK assassination (from the public record).
Appendix J: Dennis Burke's Eulogy to
Granny D. (Doris) Haddock
anticipating the whole
What is being
described below is a picture of American Political life that
can only be partial. Primarily the latter part of the
20th Century (and up to the present) is discussed, and this
in a context intended to place the reality of America in its
proper place in world events; and, in particular to see what
potential lies yet latent in the American Character (soul
and spirit) that can play a role in the future of the Earth.
In a certain
sense, the founding of this country through violent
revolution was also a contraction of all the political
wisdom of Western Civilization into a kind of seed - the
U.S. Constitution. This is a remarkable document, and
the Republic that was founded through it, is itself a most
unusual social Idea.
Ideas are fragile and delicate. Their ephemeral nature
makes it hard for them to endure, for the baser instincts of
human beings always try to defeat and erase them. Such
is the case with the development of the American Experiment.
It is not so
much that this Experiment failed, but rather that in the
confrontation, between such a magnificent Idea and the
actual workings of political and social processes, the Idea
will more and more tend to become a mere Ghost of Itself, as
the so-called practical leanings of human beings more and
more ignore its Noble Presence over time, and substitute for
this Idea their own dark yearnings and hungers.
This is the
way of humanity - to move in between the Noble Ideas of our
better nature, and the raw earthly urges of our appetites.
consequence of this very natural process, as regards the
Idea of the Republic, is what is described in Section One as
Degeneration. Now we come to the time, if we wish to
halt such a process and turn it around, when we must again
renew our acquaintance with the fundamental Idea.
This too is a
natural process and is already happening in America.
In support of this already ongoing social process to
return to our Ideal Roots, then comes Section Two on Redemption.
danger/temptation is, of course, that we might have to once
again experience violent revolution. People are right
to be fearful of such events, and because I feel that it is
not necessary to take such a path, I then offer Section
Three on the real power of the Citizen as lives in our moral
powers for: speaking the truth, using reason and
occasionally applying individual acts of sacrifice.
So then, this
essay seeks to take us through the natural Degeneration of
an Idea, towards its Redemption, by means of our individual
moral powers as Citizens.
"Corporations have been enthroned and
an era of corruption in high places will follow, and
the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its
reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all
wealth is aggregated in few hands and the republic is
(*attributed to Abraham Lincoln, in an
article by Molly Ivins)
Section One: Part One: The
of the Left, and of the whole of American Politics, by the
[An Idea, in
order to live in our polity, needs to be practiced.
Here we look at how it was practiced (or not) in the
latter parts of the 20th Century by the Democrats.]
In the first
half of the 20th Century, the Democratic Party became an
umbrella organization for the less fortunate. Blacks,
workers, the poor - all those groups, naturally unable to
exercise the powers and privileges of wealth, found that in
cooperation within this umbrella they increased their
political clout - their ability to influence the social
policies of government on all levels.
Suffrage promoters, socialists, even some communists and
other groups as well sought relief for their views, ideas
and visions - many of these too finding a place within the
Democratic Party. Not everyone accepted at that time
the tenets of unrestrained capitalism, such that economic
views contrary to those of wealth and privilege could be
found in the Democratic Party.
The Party was
a place where the holders of often quite contrary views
fought over policy and power, but in the end recognized that
to be effective, they would have to work together.
This was not
to continue, for the Lords of Finance themselves (this term may be new to the
reader, but as this essay proceeds, more and more detail
will be provided), in order to solidify their rule, needed
to co-opt the Democrats as well as the Republicans.
Thus continued a war between the Idea of the Republic
and the desire to rule of the financial elites, that while
it was not very visible, it was fought nonetheless behind
the scenes (and had been being fought since the Constitution
was created*). It was a war over ideas as well as
political and economic power, for to the Lords of Finance
the necessity was to create a situation where both political
Parties agreed on certain fundamental economic ideas.
If both Parties could then agree, this would ease the
way for the eventual total domination by a hidden
aristocracy of concentrated wealth on the nature of our laws
and other social rules that would be to their advantage.
*["The country is
headed toward a single and splendid government of an
aristocracy founded on banking institutions and monied
incorporations and if this tendency continues it will be the
end of freedom and democracy, the few will be ruling and
riding over the plundered plowman and the beggar . . . I
hope we shall take warning from the example of England and
crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed
corporations which dare already to challenge our government
to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country. I
sincerely believe that banking establishments are more
dangerous than standing armies - "
attributed to Thomas Jefferson in Sam Smith's Progressive
crucial to the elite powers of wealth, was that the public
dialog no longer reflect real thinking about basic economic
realities, philosophy and policy. Deep economic
thinking had to be replaced with vague platitudes and an
unquestioned allegiance to the fake magic of so-called free markets.
John Maynard Keynes, a recognized deep economic thinker is
alleged* to have said: "Capitalism
is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for
the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit
of us all."
quoted, but no one can find the original source - evevn so
the idea remains quite apt.]
Out of this
naked use of power and influence by the Lords of Finance, in
the earliest years of the 20th Century, had been born
Central Banking and the Federal Reserve System, an even then
unconstitutional transfer of the American People's sovereign
power to a private banking institution (see Appendix A: Money and Debt). But the aristocracy of concentrated
wealth had not yet learned how to effectively use this
stolen power, and as a consequence of a far too lax control
over the gambling institution called the Stock Market, a
deep economic crash could not then be averted (some even
assert this crash was intentionally caused, so that certain
members of the Lords of Finance could buy up corporations
for bargain basement prices*).
for the latest addition ... a similar process is occurring
today in relationship to the so-called sub-prime housing
market crisis. Only this time, it is U.S. banks eating
ordinary folks homes, and international money buying U.S.
corporations. Major financial meltdowns always draw
out the jackals. The deeper question remains: Did some
of the economic predators, wolves and pirates all,
intentionally and knowingly cause the housing market bubble
and then its crash?]
This theft of
the economic powers belonging to the American People by a
private group was accompanied by a similar strangulation of
technology by the same finance and banking families.
For example, consider these technological choices,
which must in the end be added to all the choices the Lords
of Finance have made so as to favor their economic
dominance. Around the same time that Central Banking
was being put in place, the banking and finance institution
run by J.P. Morgan was abandoning the work of the electrical
genius Nicola Tesla, because Tesla was beginning to show
that it would be possible to electrify the whole world quite
cheaply using the Earth itself as a conductor. No
power lines, no dams everywhere, no privately owned energy
companies - just seven major generating stations, and all
you have to do is stick a properly designed rod in the
ground and you have electricity. And that was just one
of Tesla's ideas that was thrown out (no longer supported)
by the Lords of Finance.
In the latter
quarter of the 20th Century another genius, this time Amory
Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute has been showing via
his mastery of multiple technologies and the nature of
energy finance problems, that there are all kinds of
solutions to the oil crisis and other similar energy
problems that are simply not applied because the owners of industry have no interest in providing a
benefit to ordinary people, which benefit they think comes
out of their already over-full pocket. See the article
in the New Yorker Magazine
for Jan. 22, 2007. You could also check out the
Bioneers movement (http://www.bioneers.org/), to see that
all manner of solutions to multiple ecological problems
exist. Tragically there is no will among the Lords
of Finance to apply these solutions broadly for the benefit
of humanity, there being no profit in it (although Lovins
can usually show that there can be profit if people just
occasionally work together instead of only compete).
The idea of the importance, and necessity, of competition is another essentially religious myth of the financial establishment (all kinds of
viable economic organizations and arrangements exist that
are based on cooperation, instead of competition).
The reader is
encouraged here to realize that at the same time the Lords
of Finance have been using their stolen economic powers to
subvert democratic political processes for their own
benefit, they have also prevented multiple and viable
technology from being applied for the benefit of us all.
They would rather
own the world, then be its stewards. This is an outrageous childish excess
that now has come to seek to own and control all the water
in the world (as well as all the seed we need for
agriculture), regardless of human need (and as absurd as it
sounds, I don't doubt that if they could find a way to own
the very air we need to breath, they would seek to possess
that for their own selfish advantage as well).
To return to
economic recovery from the Depression, via the spending
power of the government, especially on the armaments
industries during World War Two, stood out as a clear fact,
and so government policy became (through the outside
influence of the Lords) in the 1950's devoted to
anti-communism, and as much as possible a permanent war
economy that was then called the Cold War (and now in our
time, this economic need of the Lords of Finance for a state
of permanent war is to be called the War on Terror, for with
the collapse of Russian Communism, a new enemy for the
needed permanent state of war had to be found.). The
power that accrued in this fashion became very obvious to a
few, and so we have in Eisenhower's Farewell Address, given
in 1960, the well known warning about the
"Until the latest of our world
conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry.
American makers of plowshares could, with time and as
required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk
emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been
compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast
proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and
women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We
annually spend on military security more than the net income
of all United States corporations.
"This conjunction of an immense
military establishment and a large arms industry is new in
the American experience. The total influence -- economic,
political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every
State house, every office of the Federal government. We
recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we
must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our
toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the
very structure of our society.
"In the councils of government, we
must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,
whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced
power exists and will persist."
Out of this
unwarranted influence, then came the drive within the
American Military and Arms Industries for the Vietnam War,
which need probably caused the assassination of JFK, and
then led Lyndon Johnson to authorize the fake attack in the
Gulf of Tonkin that was later used as the justification for
our ever deeper involvement in that terrible war.
American People still had a degree of political faith when
Kennedy was elected, as can be seen by these facts: Of 109
million eligible voters, 68 million, or 63%, voted in 1960.
Then out of
the Vietnam War came the anti-war movement, a progressive
impulse which united the generations and involved millions
until the Democratic Convention of 1968, when the Party
committed suicide, and rejected Gene McCarthy (the only
surviving anti-war candidate after Robert Kennedy's
assassination) in favor of Hubert Humphrey, an establishment
moderate liberal. Under the influence of
Chicago's Mayor Daley, the anti-war demonstrators were
physically attacked, in what was later called by the
Commission that investigated these events: "a police riot".
establishment of the Democratic Party purged itself
violently of the Left Wing of American politics (its 1960's
progressives in the anti-war movement - and here we need to
make a distinction between the true Left Wing of American
Politics, and the Far Left, which would have included
various socialist and anarchist movements), the umbrella
coalition was shattered and the Party was no longer a living
political entity, but only became in the following years an
institution of power seekers, supported equally with the
Republicans by concentrated wealth, as long as the Democrats
no longer questioned the established economic religious-like
doctrine of the falsely called free market.
themselves to be without a voice, true progressives began to
leave the Democratic Party, and in the 1972 election, which
returned Nixon to power for a second term, of 140 million
eligible voters, only 78 million, or 55%, voted.
Then, after 8
years of Republican rule under Nixon and Ford, began the
Carter years, with Carter himself a creature of the Council
on Foreign Relations (a massive think-tank of the
English-American financial establishment), and as such he
was fully committed to basic capitalist doctrines regarding
banking and money. Reagan's allegiance to these powers
is of course obvious, as was the first President Bush, whose
closeness to the world-wide oil industry is well known.
goals of these elites of finance are really very simple.
Wealth is to rule, in order to preserve its power and
its privileges. It will fight among itself, something
like the feudal struggles of the Middle Ages, but the great
majority of humanity is only seen as workers and consumers -
a great population of modern serfs and peasants.
By the end of
the Carter years, the influence of concentrated wealth on
our economic thinking was now complete. Realities were
never discussed by either Party, and the horrible
consequences can be seen in this remark by Senator Patrick
"I have served in
the Cabinet or sub-Cabinet of four Presidents. I do
not believe I have ever heard at a Cabinet meeting a serious
discussion of political ideas - one concerned with how men,
rather than markets, behave. These are the necessary
first questions of government. The Constitution of the
United States is an immensely intricate judgment as to how
men will behave, given the circumstances of the time in
which it was written. It is not at all clear that it
is working well, given the circumstances of the present age.
But this is never discussed."
trained in his economic thinking as a Rhodes Scholar by that
same English-American financial establishment, the Democrats
appeared to be back on track, in favor of social policies
embracing the poor and disenfranchised. But the
reality was that his whole campaign intentionally moved the
Democrats squarely into the very broad Center, stealing from
the Republican moderates many of their issues. At this
point, no one anymore represented the true Left Wing of
American politics, except for the Greens and similar small
progressive groups that gathered around Ralph Nader and Noam
the dismay of progressives, for in Clinton's re-election in
1996, of 196 million eligible voters, only 96 million, or
48%, voted. Only Nader, and a few others, were able to
articulate the truth of the rule of the financial elites,
but otherwise the Left had no voice, and no political power.
The Democrats had been successfully co-opted.
In the years
leading up to the 1996 election, Nixon's now exposed
criminal empire, and dirty tricks election activities meant
a whole new generation of voters were unable to feel that
American politics had anything to do with them or their
lives. Class warfare was afoot, and people who
typically were on the Left in American politics, having no
Party with whom to identify, stopped participating.
of this class warfare was
recently admitted by billionaire Warren Buffett in an
interview with Lou Dobbs on CNN: "It's class warfare, and my
class is winning, but they shouldn't be". [The reader is
encouraged to Google this conversation to hear the full
From 1960 to
1996, those participating in our public life dropped from
63% to 48%, a loss of almost a quarter of those who had been
involved in 1960 (15% - or 63% minus 48% - divided by 63%,
represents a net loss of 23%). 100 million eligible voters did not vote in
But the Left
was not the only group in America without a voice, for
something else had happened in the last half of the 20th
Century. Religious conservatives found the culture
around them changing in ways extremely contrary to their
moral beliefs (the sexual revolution, feminism and so
forth). They too then abandoned political
participation, for who was giving their values a voice?
Moral Majority (founded in 1979), the family values crisis,
and the culture wars.
That is a
whole other story in several ways, but in looking at these
figures, we have to keep in mind that this voice on the
Right, that was initially left out, was now finding its
leaders, and becoming organized along lines which some may
find problematic, but within the religious history of the
United States are nothing new. Religious fervor runs
in cycles and here was another peak beginning to emerge.
Karl Rove. A supreme genius of the meaning of numbers
in politics, and a person with no political morality at all
(anything goes), who was initially trained by Nixon's own
dirty tricks guru Lee Atwater (Karl has since gone far
beyond Atwater, having his own unique genius), Rove began in
Texas his march to provide the Republican Party full control
over American public life. Rove wasn't even a true
partisan as regards free markets - it appears* to be all
about winning power for the wealthy and privileged, and
ideas and ideologies were only tools.
some level, it might be better to describe the actual
effects of his activity as revealing him more as an agent of
chaos, than an agent of order - whether he knew/knows this
would be so, is a question that at present can't be
answered, unless, we assume that the kind of order he sought
to induce was something beyond our ability to yet imagine.
See in this regard the last essay in the appendix:
So at the
same time that the American political spectrum has no viable
Left Wing, these having been betrayed by the Democratic
Party, Karl Rove, using wedge issues (issues that
emotionally polarize people through promoting fear of each
other) and the most vicious personal attacks ever seen in
American politics (always using surrogates - such as the
Swift Boat Veterans), brings to power first in Texas as
Governor, and then in Washington D.C. as President, an
arrogant, ignorant and childish son of privilege - the
Some will not
like this characterization, but this petulant boy knows
nothing of history, the real nature of our form of
government, or real leadership, having slept through
college, hid from the Vietnam War, and played at business
and failed. Nothing, either in formal education, or in
education in the school of life, has trained him for this
office; and, in his swaggering posture and smirking
countenance anyone not entirely asleep can read his true
Yet, he is
elected in the 2000 election, when Karl Rove is able to
bring the so-called "religious right" to the table,
with apparently (given the voter fraud) 195 million
eligible, and 101 million, or 51% voting. The
progressives, the natural Left in American Politics, are at
this time still without a voice, and turning to Nader as a
surrogate for its views, embarrassingly seem to give the
election to Bush.
convenient for the Right, comes 9/11. Between the
junior Bush's incompetence, and the 19th Century imperial
ambitions of the neo-conservatives, the moral capital of
9/11, belonging to the American People and not the ruling
elites, is squandered on an adventure in Iraq. Lies
are told endlessly, for in the modern politics of claims of
moral superiority coupled with the full hypocrisy of amoral
governmental and business conduct, the truth has no use
whatsoever. It is all about gaining power and wealth
by any means, and by this time the Democrats are fully
They vote for
the war. They vote for the Patriot Act.
They have already been agreeing to all the
attacks by international banking on national sovereignty
throughout the world - attacks buried structurally in such
institutions as the World Bank, the International Monetary
Fund, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World
Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement;
and, while it failed to be passed under Clinton, there was
plenty of support for the Multinational Agreement on
Investments - all of which trade agreements and
organizations serve only the economic needs of the Lords of
Finance, who in the course of the 20th Century have become
the real dominant world power through their behind the
scenes control of American and English politics.
The Rich win
and the Poor lose, while the Democrats give us Gore and
Kerry, both of whom wimp out (or as Whoppi Goldberg said on
Democrats have no balls") after
their losses, by ignoring the rampant voter fraud, with the
result that the powers that be
have risen criminally to authority in the most physically
(as opposed to spiritually) powerful country in the world.
Both Gore's and Kerry's economic thinking are in
accord with the economic doctrines needed for the rule of
the elites of wealth, and Kerry even supports the totally
unjustified war in Iraq, in the vain attempt to appear more
militant than Bush (keep in mind, this absurd characteristic
of the Kerry-Bush election - both are* members of the
secretive Yale Skull and Bones Society).
*[It is an
interesting questions as to when, if every, one ceases to be
a member of this Yale fraternity of the elites of power and
wealth. It would appear, from the point of view of the
Lords of Finance, since the conduct of the War in Iraq (as
part of the now permanent War on Terror) was not at issue,
nor was the general economic reality at issue either, the
Kerry-Bush election was win-win - who actually won made no
difference to the underlying power relationships.]
and think about the Iraq War for a moment. When a
nation goes to war, the whole goes to war. It is the
people's children who are killed and permanently maimed
(some 35,000 Americans at the time of the latest revision of
this essay - with estimates in the hundreds of thousands for
the Iraqis). It is the people's wealth, through taxes,
that pays the costs of such an act. It is the people
that bear the consequences of such a war, in the sense of
whatever future peril results.
War is a
horrible event in human history, and should never be taken
lightly, or left up to a small elite class to declare.
When a nation and a people really need to go to war
there is no doubt, no question - everyone knows war is
necessary. But the Iraq War doesn't happen this way.
First the neo-conservatives already had in place, as
early as 1992, position papers asserting the economic need
to develop a permanent military presence in the middle-East.
So that when the second Bush comes to power, their
central strategic thinkers (Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz and
Rumsfeld) were already pre-disposed to such an adventure,
and 9/11* gave them the excuse.
*[I am of the
view that 9/11 was some kind of inside job. To what
degree people within our government colluded with the
terrorists is unclear, but the evidence is not unclear.
Too many questions have gone unanswered, too many
questions were covered up or lied about, and too many
questions were never asked in the first place.
There is only one reason for shrouding this
event in so much secrecy and misdirection - there is
something to hide.]
Even so, it
was not the temperament of the America People to then attack
Iraq, so instead our government, those who hold enormous
power as a sacred trust, set out to sell us this war.
And, as we all know now, they lied at every turn.
And the Democratic Party, the opposition Party that
needs to be the prime restraint on such excesses of
irrational judgment, were so afraid of the power the
Republicans held, that they quickly fell in line almost to a
man. [For a detailed legal proof
of the lies behind the war, and of the crime of fraud
committed against the American People and the Congress, read
the book: U.S. vs. George W. Bush et
al. by Elizabeth de la Vega, a
former Federal prosecutor with over 20 years experience.]
Thus, in 2004
and in response to this unjustified war, the Left in
American politics, even without a voice (Nader and the
Greens really don't count at this point) stirs from its
disenchantment and nightmare driven sleep and comes to do
battle against the Bush II administration and its
attacks on world freedom, and American civil liberties.
Apparently (given the voter fraud), 202 million are
eligible to vote, and 122 million, or 60%, do vote.
The Left has
now been so badly abused over the years of this Betrayal,
that even now, in a kind of fear of what being Left might be
taken to mean, most of those from this part of the political
spectrum can only allow themselves to be called
progressives. Even to be a Liberal is to be wrong in
the strange world of American politics, and to be called a
Leftist, a once proud label for populists and those who
sought to serve the downtrodden, is to be fully
Clinton's move to the Center, and the ongoing betrayal of
the true Left in the American political spectrum by the
Democratic Party, we now can find the real cause of the rise
of the Far Right to power. Without a viable Left in
American politics, with real power and with a real voice,
there is nothing to balance out the excesses of the Far
Right. Into this vacuum had moved, first the Moral
Majority and then Karl Rove, with all the horrible
consequences so plainly seen by everyone else in the world,
except the bought and sold America Press, that has more and
more become in love with its own celebrity*, at the expense
of their duties to the Republic.
consider the frequent excuse, given by those inside the
beltway (Washington press insiders), that they have to
behave in such a fashion (toady up to power) in order to
have any kind of access at all. They like going to
parties, and hobnobbing with wealth and power, and the
feeling it gives them to be a part of the Court of the Lords
of Finance and their surrogates the establishment leaders of
both political parties. It never seems to occur to
them that it is only as true outsides that they will find
the sane objectivity the American People so desperately need
from the so-called free press.]
be clear is that the Democratic Party serves itself first,
and the American People second. Just recently I read
an article which suggested that some Democrats were saying
in private, as the 2006 by-elections approached, that it
might be better for the Party to not regain power in the
House or the Senate, because they might not have the power
to really change things, and/or could get blamed for the
follow-on errors the Bush II administration adds to their
already too long list of incompetent activities.
Forget that the People have needs is the thought, for
the Democratic Party must preserve its own face above all
else (or so some are saying).
(2006) is now past. The Democrats claim victory, but
given how unanticipated were the changes, it is clear that
neither Party (or the pollsters) much understand the
American People. Two facts stood out for me.
The war was a major issue, and in this regard
the general perception of incompetence among government
officials a significant factor. This was proved by the
increasing disapproval ratings of Bush II. Even more
crucial to my observation was the problem of corruption.
The disapproval ratings for Congress were even
worse than those for Bush II. Given that much power
(over the three branches of government), the Republicans
could not restrain themselves from enriching themselves and
their wealthy corporate friends. Since the
Democrats had done such a poor job as well, this left it up
to the American People to speak and speak they did.
There is a
lesson here for the Democrats, but not one they are likely
to learn. In addition, what do they - the still
voiceless progressives and true Left in America - do in the
face of what seems a very dark future (for the Democrats are
no less corrupt than the Republicans).
stand now, two ideas vie for power in the Democratic Party -
hope and change (carried by a black candidate) vs.
experience with power (carried by a woman candidate).
Both are centrists, and neither really
challenges the underlying class warfare which causes most of
our social ills. Oh, the words are there, but Obama
(who as of this edition has won) is not actually doing
anything new. Great stirring speeches, but all kinds
of evidence that once in the Presidency, he will cooperate
with the financial establishment (the Lords of Finance) as
has every President for almost a century.
Howard Dean as the head of the Party, there is still no
place for the true Left of American Politics. The
Party's economic ideas remain locked in the cabinet of the mind
control of the Lords of Finance. No one wants to
actually do anything about the elephant in the living room
of American politics, namely the excess power of wealth and
privilege over both parties, that has led to the absence of
a voice to balance out the excesses of the Far Right.
This is so even though the Lords of Finance have just about destroyed the American Economy and the value of the dollar, with their latest criminal manipulation of obscure markets in fake (derivatives) financial instruments. (Google the essay: $100 Billion and Counting: How Wall Street Blew Itself up, by Pam Martens, Counterpunch).
The system is
rigged and it is now a real question of whether the rest of
us are any longer morally required to play by the rules of
an essentially fixed economic game.
about all those activists who came out of the closet and and
supported Kerry against their better judgments in order to
oppose Bush? Will they lead? Will they find a
representative voice for their interests?
answers to these questions the future of the American
Republic may well flourish or flounder. This is,
however, not the whole problem and the reader should now
move on to the next part: The Betrayal of the Republic, the
Constitution and the American People, by the Republican
Party. Both Parties have
failed the American People, and neither should be allowed to
avoid their responsibility.
Section One: Part Two: The
of the Republic, the Constitution and the American People,
by the Republican Party
[Now we come
to how the Idea of the Republic was practiced by the
assumes that the Two Party system in America has been a
bulwark for freedom and enlightened democratic government.
Such an assumption could not be further from the
truth. There is only one party, with two faces - the
party of wealth and power. In Part One: The Betrayal of the
Left, and of the whole of American Politics, by the
Democratic Party, I looked at this
problem from one point of view. Here, this destruction
and betrayal of the Republic is viewed from another.
Democratic Party was historically seen (at least in the
early 20th Century) as more the Party of the common man, the
Republican Party has for most of the 20th Century been
recognized as the Party of the elites of wealth and power.
To be realistic, we shouldn't expect otherwise.
Concentrated wealth will exert an influence -
this is simply a lesson of history.
really two facets here. One is the need of the Lords
of Finance to dominate, and the other need is for American
business people and true conservatives to have a political
voice. Yet, the true facts are that the elite
powers of wealth have been moving behind the scenes,
sculpting and shaping the Republican Platform, while those
with more normal business and conservative interests often
innocently join for mutual support.
we face here is: What happens when a political Party so
unites its soul with such an extremely tiny minority of the
population, so that it no longer represents even those who
vote for this Party, but only the wealthy elite that stand
behind it in the role of puppeteer? The oligarchy of
the dominant banking and finance families needed a political
front, and the Republican Party was glad to oblige.
Now we need
to make a distinction between a Party whose ideology
seemingly is conservative, and supportive of business, and a
Party which really only serves the interests of the super
rich. This latter influence has for a long time been
hidden, while the Republicans appeared to stand for certain
principles - principles that attracted the likes of Dwight
D. Eisenhower and Barry Goldwater - clearly men of
happened with the Party which attracted these two men of
restraint and conscience. After a number of years
without power (the Roosevelt and Truman terms), the
Republicans won with Ike the war hero, only to lose to
Kennedy and LBJ, after which the gloves came off.
Subsequently, the Party of wealth and money went
with the very flawed Nixon, and began spending in a massive
way in the new era of TV. The power of TV was made
clear in 1960 when Kennedy soundly defeated Nixon in the
first televised debates. Thus, in 1964, both
presidential candidates spent about $170 million, and then
in 1968 about $300 million. This may seem paltry when
compared to the 2004 official (not including soft money)
spending from both sides of $1.2 billion (only in the
Presidential campaigns, total political spending was far far
higher - about $6 billion - $6,000,000,000.00), but this was
the point in time (1964) when raw money power began to
outwardly dominate our politics, and for most of the last
half of the 20th Century, the Republicans, the Party of the
wealthy elites, had the most. In the 2008 elections,
this number will no doubt double (at least).
By 1968, the
Presidency was now for sale, and there appeared soon after a
Selling of the President", by Joe
McGinniss, which explored not just the need for massive
money in Presidential campaigns, but also the beginning
dominance, in national elections, of the strategies of the
to raw money power, and with knowledge of the new rules
created by the dominance of television, the nature of
national politics changed completely. No longer were
ideas and character of any moment. It was all about
which candidate was the most telegenic and who could out
coming the Lords of Finance recruited an actor for the
Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, and brought him carefully
forward, first as governor of California (read carefully
concerning Reagan's kitchen cabinet), and then as President (his actor successor,
Arnold Swartzenagger, is now being like-wise carefully
developed). Since it was now all about image and media
manipulation, truth became irrelevant. As long as he
could read and deliver a good speech, and as long as the
tame press itself abandoned the discussion of ideas for the
vanity of a good story (such as who is ahead, who is
winning), the craft of politics became a craft of
subterfuge. A good pollster was more crucial than real
character and leadership skills. Clever sound
bites became more important than sound ideas. The ad
campaign, with its carefully structured language, born in
the tight control of advertising based focus groups, became
more important than a Party platform.
sense of the truth now completely disappeared in a overload
of manipulated false images and slogans.
hucksterism of the advertising business became more
essential than knowing how to govern. Win first, and then
rule later, with the American Citizen just another consumer
to be sold patent political medicine, and its actual
effectiveness be damned. We see the fruit of this
trend today in all those people who vote for the
Republicans, on the basis of what the Republicans say, well all the while what the Republicans do is completely against the real interest of
their voting base.
the Republicans have made a near art out of blaming
so-called liberals for all the imagined cultural decay that
disturbs their base, when the reality is that the dominant
force producing that seeming cultural decay in America is
unregulated big business. Hollywood doesn't make
movies with sex and violence because a liberal elite bent on
seducing our children is loose in the world, but because sex
and violence make a lot of money for the large media
corporations (and also distracts the American public from
perceiving the nightmare rule of the Lords of Finance).
care system isn't in a shambles because liberal Democrats
want to tax and spend, but because the Republican Party has
so carefully defended the prerogatives of the insurance and
pharmaceutical industries, that the only health cared about
is not our physical and emotional health at all, but only
the economic health of unrestrained greed and capitalism.
All the same, the propaganda machine of the
Republicans is so well oiled and financed that whatever Big
Lie it sells is bought by many.
has created a completely false picture, for example, of
Ronald Reagan. It is 100% Myth, with Reagan fast
becoming a kind of minor Republican deity (Yes, he was a
nice and a kind man, but he lacked the mind and the
character to actually understand the real world consequences
of his actions). So it is no wonder then that the
rising Religious Right, an incursion into public life by
people with a rigid and fundamentalist moral agenda, is so
easily brought into the Republican fold.
For both, the Republicans and the
Religious Right, the truth is less important than belief,
such that myth, ideology and dogma rule their minds and
hearts. They both have the same basic view: Don't
disturb me with facts or ask me to think, my mind is already
Here is a
quote, from what for some will be an odd source, but I think
the reader will see the wisdom. From science fiction
writer Frank Herbert's novel Dune: "When religion and
politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing
can stand in their way. Their movement becomes
headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put
aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice
does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until its
We now have
then three streams of historical process joining together in
the modern Republican Party. Behind the scenes, the Lords of
Finance make their moves, provide their expertise and take
their pound of flesh. In the forefront, the Party of
Lincoln, once devoted to true free enterprise, and once
devoted to true conservatism and character, is now addicted
to money and power. To this unholy alliance now joins
another - that same fundamentalism that disturbs the world
out of the Religion of Islam, has emerged from Christianity
seeking to force, by political power and the law, all in its
path toward the acceptance of its narrow views of moral
absolutes and apocalyptic vision.
is reactionary, not conservative. It wants to go
backwards into a imagined past that never actually existed,
as a kind of retreat from a present it refuses to
understand. This is why the joining of this vain and
self serving religious impulse has moved the Republicans so
far to the Right as to almost be off the scale (or as
Herbert has it: off the precipice).
Religious fundamentalism, as a political impulse, only
can destroy - it never creates.
it. What were the big issues for this group in the
2004 election? They were against abortion and against
gay marriage. They are now (as of this writing) also
against activist judges. Everywhere we turn they look
at social progress, find it against their moral absolutes,
and seek to destroy it.
seek to impose on others their moral ideology (a frightening
form of tyranny), as if they were better than the rest of us
assumed degenerates. In doing this out of
Christianity, they violate their own teachings, for Christ
was very clear in separating moral teachings from the civil
therefore unto Caesar, the things that are Caesar's, and
unto God the things that are God's"
This leads us
squarely to the problem of ideology, which is a way of
thinking about social reality that can only fail.
claims to be a set of principles or goals - a way of viewing
the social and political world as to how it should be.
The problem is that the world is how it is, and while
it is occasionally malleable, its reality is such that most
of the time it cannot be coerced into being something it
isn't. This is one of the fundamental lessons of
history that political leaders, whether kings or presidents,
and political movements, whether of the Right or the Left,
so often fail to observe. The social world changes by
rules inherent in its own structure, and most efforts at
forcing change really only cause problems that later
themselves have also to be solved.
Let's look at
the War on Drugs, which was instituted by Nixon in 1972, as
an example of an ideology that founders on the rocks of
1960's drug use in the United States escalated, often in
part because of the black (illegal and secret) operations of
the US government itself. The hearings on the
Iran-Contra affair were designed primarily to hide the fact
that the same planes that took arms and advisers to Central
America, returned to their bases in Florida full of cocaine,
which was then sold by the CIA to fund its off the book -
black - operations. This operation was overseen by two
military officers who had previously had the same duties in
Vietnam, where there they aided Cambodian forces in exchange
It is a
policy* of the Lords of Finance to make sure that harmful
drugs are available to the lower classes (of whatever race)
in order to ensure that such social environments, where
leaders might arise who will tend to urge radical changes in
social policy, will be structured such that potential
leaders must first fight their way through what is
essentially a consciously disabled cultural and social
as to why, see appendix H: Counter-Moves.]
drugs are very big money. Money so huge that law
enforcement is frequently and easily corrupted in order to
look the other way. As well, anyone who actually
knows anything about drug use knows that this is not a
problem for the criminal justice system, but for the
health-care system. Those who manufacture and sell
drugs are criminals, but the users are victims of treatable
But in our moralistic ideology about drug use, with its vain hypocrisy that
excludes alcohol (which still kills tens of thousands a year
on our roads), we criminalize drug use, especially of
marijuana, until our justice system is in full overload with
too many users of mildly euphoric drugs, serving excessive
billions a year trying to stop drugs, when the only real
social effects are to corrupt many levels of law
enforcement, and to send three quarters of a million
minority youth to serious prison time for the simple "crime" of being caught with small amounts of drugs
in their possession.
ideologically driven social policy is an abject failure,
because it seeks to impose on society a view of existence
that is contrary to social and human reality, and in the end
creates ruin and devastation, while solving nothing.
At the same time, this policy does serve the social
control needs of the Lords of Finance.
This is then
what has come to live in the Republican Party. Morally
absolute ideologies, that cannot create for they make no
effort to understand human social existence, but rather only
insist it conform to their assumptions, which when you check
their rate of success, always fail. And, which morally
absolute ideologies are also encouraged from behind the
scenes by the mal-intentions of elite wealth concerning
are not free of this either, for the War on Poverty was also
lost. So has been the War on Drugs (a Republican
creation), and so will the War on Terror, for the thinking
behind these activities has nothing to do with social
reality, and everything to do with pretense, hypocrisy,
ignorance and arrogance - logically these policies are
stupid, until one takes the view from high above in the
realms of elite wealth, where such policies serve quite
other purposes than what we are told via the bought and sold
With the 2nd
Bush years, and the dominance created by the amoral and
destructive political activities of Karl Rove, a religiously
intolerant fascism has now begun to emerge into our shared
public life. As well, the financial elites get from
the Republican controlled Congress everything they want.
These elites now even get to write the legislation
that is to "regulate" their
activities. And then to make matters worse, the 2nd
Bush Administration has abandoned two Centuries of careful
evolved international relations to vainly seek to become an
imperial world power.
the Religious Right is everywhere being allowed to assert
its moral absolutes into all our lives.
We see now
the horror that appears when the power that corrupts begins
to see itself as absolute and unlimited. Our
government turns against its own People, and the assault on
the last bastion of our freedoms, our civil liberties, is
slowly moving forward. Bit by bit, our civil rights
are disappearing, and no longer is there any evidence that
the majority of our public officials understand their real
duties to the People and to the Republic.
Let us now
look at the specifics of this attack on our civil liberties:
doesn't arrive all on once. It sneaks up on us, as
government more and more assumes it possesses the
prerogatives to control our freedoms. Sometimes these
changes are subtle and sometimes they are overt, but by
whatever path the result is the same - the government more
and more asserts its powers to the detriment of the
is meant to be a limited grant of power, and the
public servants holders of a sacred trust. When the
public servants substitute their personal religious and
ideological agendas for true service to the whole People,
they usurp powers that do not belong to them. In point
of fact, neither Party has won with a majority for years,
given that most People, by not voting, are essentially
voting for none of the above.
The result is
that the Party in power, has more and more assumed that it
is the voice of the People, and that as such it can and
should do whatever it is capable of doing that accords with
its ideology. But the fact is that whether it is the
Republicans or the Democrats, only about 30% of the eligible
electorate (never more) voted for that Party, while another
30% voted for the other guys and the rest couldn't even
bother. This is no majority, nor can it ever honestly
be called a mandate.
now at how the current Party in office has been exercising
its power (but not its true mandate or trust).
in recent years, first the Republican Party and now the
Democrats too, have taken to making their gatherings free of
any show of dissent. The public is not to see the
candidates confronted by demonstrators, and so, with the
cooperation of the Secret Service and local law enforcement,
there have been created "free speech zones" far from the
political gatherings and out of sight of the cameras
(remember those changes that came with TV?).
television lawyer-writer, David E. Kelley, even has one of
his characters, a woman on trial for reacting violently to
being forcibly removed from her place of protest to one of
these zones, say: "I thought the whole of America was a free
also many city ordinance that give the police the power to
evaluate the "safety" of public
assemblies, to require permits in certain circumstances, and
if determined by law enforcement (whose leadership in the
big cities is always political) to be "unsafe", authority is given to disperse the crowds.
All of this
in the face of the clear language of the Constitution: "Congress shall make
no law...abridging the freedom of speech,..or the right of
the people to peaceably assemble..."
Yet, in the
arrogance of the time, the Right moves with the power of an
advancing glacier toward the goal of ever increasing social
control and more and more theft of our freedoms.
there are the "decency" rulings being made by a small body
(three men) on the Federal Communications Commission.
These rulings, prompted by the manic whining of just a
few groups on the Religious Right, have created a whole new
level of assault on modern culture. The Congress has
joined in, and now threatens, not just the so-called public
airwaves, but cable, the Internet and other means in which "free speech" is transmitted, with huge financial penalties
and even criminal incarceration for violations of "decency".
We need to
keep in mind what was noted above, that 40% of eligible
voters did not vote in the last election. The
remaining 60% was almost equally divided between the
Democrats and the Republicans, which means that only 30% of
eligible voters approved the Republican lies. Of
that 30%, at the most only a third (10% of the whole)
represents the Religious Right. Of this group of the
population, perhaps only one in a hundred thousand are
activists of the Right (part of organized groups, who
agitate for their views) Thus, the decency rules are
in response to a group that represents less than .01% of the
public. The Republican Party now spends so much time
courting what they call "their base",
that we really do now live in the time of a tyranny of a
minority as regards cultural issues.
Of course the
real question is who gets to decide what is "decent", a vague term with almost no meaning.
The idea that three men, all appointed by the
Republican Party, and responsive to a very small percent of
the People (the whining Religious Right), should determine
what the whole of us should be able to hear and see over "our" airwaves, is the real indecency and
obscenity. Just consider the loss to our culture, of
the humor we need to hear and see, in order to still be able
to laugh in this time of increasing dismay and chaos.
These marching minority powers of "decency" not only would rid us (if they could) of the
apparently liberal Bill Mahre on HBO, but also the genius of
the seemingly conservative Blue Collar Comedy on cable's
before certain kinds of "political speech" are deemed "indecent"?
Don't think so? Consider this scenario.
The FCC starts to find some speech (remember, this is
not tested in Court, but involves the use of power applied
by a regulatory body) "offensive",
such as might demean someone, for example a religious
leader. If this can be established, then it is not too
far to find criticism of a public official as "offensive", and there goes freedom of political speech.
Republicans urged new laws be created concerning sedition -
sedition being basically a crime of ideologically wrong
thought, characterized by any speech and political
organizing that seeks to replace an existing government.
Our founders were all guilty of sedition. It is
one of the last steps toward fascism that governments need
to make - namely to insure that they make criminal active
opposition to their abuses of power.
To top it
off, revelations continue to come forward showing the
clearly illegal wiretapping authorized by Bush II shortly
after 9/11. Then, only a few weeks later, it is
discovered (by leaks within an increasingly courageous - but
still frightened - government bureaucracy) that millions of
telephone records were made available by large
communications corporations to the National Security Agency,
again in violation of the Federal Communications Act of 1936
and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1979.
course there was the Patriot Act and the assault on Civil
Liberties that followed.
In our constitutional system of checks and balances, when the Executive Branch exceeds it constitutional authority, the main restraint is the Judicial Branch, which cannot act immediately, and must not only await an appropriate court case, but also has to await the sometimes over lengthy appeals process, before our highest Court can settle the matter.
time-void, the 2nd Bush administration leaped, asserting all
kinds of extra-constitutional powers, powers never
previously claimed by any prior administration. This
includes the right to detain prisoners of war at places
outside the United States, and because they are outside our
borders, the powers of the Courts are supposed to be unable
to reach them. This is not only wrong, but silly.
The very idea that one part of the Republic had an
arena of activity, where the checks and balances of the
other two Branches could not reach, is absurd. The
Republic is a whole, and where the Executive goes, so goes
Administration has also claimed the power to declare a
United States Citizen to be an "enemy combatant", and thereby strip this citizen of their
civil rights. Further, the Administration claimed the
power to make this determination in such a way that no U.S.
court can review it. Again a power was asserted quite
at odds with the fundamental nature of the Republic.
In many of
the cases above, the Courts have held that the
Administration does not have such power. Yet,
there have been a few cases where judges have accepted the
argument that Executive power is nearly unlimited -
something our Founders clearly intended to totally
prevent However, the point here is not
that the Courts eventually tended to side with the prisoners
and the citizens, but rather that the Administration
asserted such powers at all. This seeking after
extraordinary power is the real cause for concern, for the
reality is that such claims of power actually amount to a
violation of the President's oath of office - a violation
that ought to lead to impeachment, but given the powers
currently exercised by the Republican Party, there is no
doubt they will not bring any such indictment against the
2nd Bush. [Since writing that, the Democratic
leadership has come to power in the Legislative Branch after
the 2006 by-election, and has so-far promised no impeachment
We need to
keep in mind that the framers of the Constitution did not
make the oath of office of the President an oath to the
People or the Nation, but to the Constitution: "I do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute of Office of President of the
United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve,
protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
This oath was
created by people who understood that the Constitution and
the Republic were the most delicate of Ideas, and that these
Ideas would need great care lest they be abused by the
natural hungers of men for power and wealth. We now
live in the time of their greatest fears. A Party has
come to authority that has inwardly succumbed to a frightful
to power", the same fateful
arrogance that led George the 3rd (and his fellow
aristocrats) to the abuses of the Colonies that was later to
lead to revolution. There is nothing the current
Republicans will not presume to judge or know or claim power
Religious Rights assaults on an "activist judiciary", we now see the effort to not only control
the Executive and the Legislative Branches, but also the
Judicial Branch of our government. A tame
judiciary, believing it must bow to the fickle will of a
religious minority, will be the final blow to our
Even so, we
have yet to discuss any details of the Patriot Act, which
contains the most clear assault on our Civil Liberties of
Here is a
summary of the key phrases (section 802):
A person engages in domestic
terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that
is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United
States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i)
intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence
the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass
destruction, assassination or kidnapping.
Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within
the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if
they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.
definition of what is a domestic terrorist is so loose that
all manner of protest activity would or could now be claimed
to be domestic terrorism, because it is the very nature of
protest to express through civil disobedience (break laws)
with the intent to influence the policy of the government.
Now people can argue that making protests illegal is
not the intent of the Patriot Act , but we are here not
involved in someones spin on what the intent is, but are
instead called to be very awake to the already proven
tendency of the current Republican administration to reach
beyond the rational limits of its real constitutionally
limited power to effect its will in extra-constitutional
ways. What is ideally right, in the sense of our
Republic (the exercise of a sacred trust), has been exceeded
now by the treasonous vanity of a government choosing to do
what it egotistically can instead.
Nixon administration having this power during the heights of
the anti-war protests in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Under the already established style of the Bush II
administration, leaders of effective protests could
essentially be charged as domestic terrorists under the
Patriot act, stripped of their civil rights, and sent off to
extra-national venues to be tortured - all of which actions
this administration has already taken.
recently (October, 2006), under the guise of fighting
terrorism, the President was granted near absolute powers to
determine, without restraint of any kind, whether someone
(including an American Citizen) is an "enemy combatant", to detain such a person without recourse to
habeus corpus (judicial review), and to practice rendition
(sending someone to a foreign country to be tortured), or
torture them at home. This legislation was given the
lame and misleading name: The Military Commissions Act of
There are two
historically established facts which overcome any objection
of those who would suggest this could never happen.
The first is
a psychological fact of history: Leaders intoxicated with
their powers begin after a time to identify their will as
the real will of the People. They lose the ability to
distinguish their egotism from their actual duties as a part
of the State, under the rule of law of a democratic
constitutional Republic. Nixon actually did this, as
can be seen by the tapes, and the same has also been true
with regard to other leaders. This becomes a kind of
megalomania, with the consequence that whatever angers or
bothers the leader, the leader sees as a threat to the
Nation, which then justifies any abuse of power to correct.
fact is as follows: power always gets used. This also
history teaches us, which is why we are currently in so much
danger. Not only that, but much of this kind of power
is beyond the law. It is properly called raw power,
which means that the State can use its apparatus in illegal
ways, often with impunity. A great deal of what was
done in the 1960's and early 1970's was illegal, but was
justified within the apparatus of the State with all the
usual twisted logic. The FBI was used to illegally
investigate political groups whose only problem was that
they strongly disagreed with those in power in Washington.
The same is happening today, not only in the sense of
the searching and wiretapping kinds of investigation using
the special rules of the Patriot Act, but the FBI actually
goes out and interviews and intimidates citizens who are
doing nothing but planning on exercising their
constitutionally protected civil rights. Even the
Secret Service has been used by the Administration to keep
so-called protesters from exercising their civil rights to
confront the Administration publicly and peaceably.
Under no circumstances is the protesters' conduct an
actual threat other than that the TV would see the President
being criticized. This is already an egregious abuse
of the power of the State.
I don't think
we want to know what's next, but I believe we should summon
the courage to examine the possibilities.
should know today, our economy is as fragile as is the
environment. They are also interrelated in significant
ways. Were one to begin to fail in any large way, so
would the other. Although the exact manner of
such a collapse of civilization is not predictable, the
likelihood of something happening is very high - just
consider what will happen when (as it must) cheap oil
disappears, or when the certain to come collapse of the
housing market bubble arrives (this sentence was originally
written in 2003, four years before the actually collapse
that anyone with their head out of the sand could see
Now the Lords
of Finance are not stupid. They can see the writing on
the wall as well as anyone else can, who bothers. We
face a time in which large numbers of Americans (not to
mention other Peoples) could become unemployed. If 25%
of our work force were to become unemployed, what would
happen? Well one thing that could happen is what we
call civil unrest - people marching in the streets demanding
the government do something. This means that the Lords
of Finance need stronger capacities for social control
through their surrogates the politicians.
So we get the
assertion of extraordinary powers under the Patriot Act, as
well as the New Freedom Act (mandatory testing of children
and adults for "mental illness").
The Patriot Act (coupled with the Military Commissions
Act of 2006) would allow the government to suppress dissent
(civil unrest) with ease, and the New Freedom Act would
allow the government to test and medicate all manner of
supposedly unreasonable people.
this is how things work? The Patriot Act, at 300
plus pages, was not written in response to 9/11. It
was already written and waiting on the shelf for an
appropriate moment to introduce. Which it was, when
Congress in shock from 9/11 and thinking it was under
personal attack because of the Anthrax scare, would have
passed anything without reading it, which is exactly what
these Acts is about Patriotism or Freedom, but in our far
too real version of the novel 1984's vision of Newspeak,
black is declared white and white is declared black - or
Patriotism means screw people's civil rights and New Freedom
means mental drugs for anyone who doesn't pass the "test". Neither the Bush II administration, or
the Republican Party are anymore interested in public
service and acts of public trust. Everything is about
the abuse of power in order to achieve whatever social
control is needed in order to keep the Very Rich - the Lords
of Finance and their politician puppets - on top, while any
lie in support of that agenda will serve.
new fascism, theocratic or otherwise, isn't going to arrive
all at once. Like a very nasty slow acting computer
virus, it comes a bit at a time, quietly erasing our civil
liberties and slowly replacing them with ever more
government control. The Lords of Finance don't mind
this, anymore than they minded the rise of fascism in World
War II. Armed conflict makes money for industry and
for banks that have positioned themselves with the right
cleverness. In fact, in today's world, private armies
are growing at an alarming rate (there are well over 20,000
highly paid mercenaries in Iraq, for example), and the
Lords, being international business folks, have made sure
that there are plenty of havens in which to hide, plenty of
paid security to keep them safe from terrorism, or even
religious fascism. Maybe they aren't worried, but I
don't think we have the same luxury.
Section Two: Part One: Rediscovering
and Republican Virtues, within the Idea of Citizen
[Now we get
to look at little more closely at the Idea of the Republic
in the sense of what can we do to restore it to the natural
preeminence which its Noble Purpose deserves (a nation of
the people, by the people and for the people).]
It would be
nice to start right out with something more kind, but to see
more clearly what needs to be redeemed, it is necessary to
make a few general statements about what is wrong at a
aspect of this problem is: the absence of
reason in public life.
It is human
nature to reason to a foregone conclusion. We have an
end in mind, and then find the thoughts and reasons that
support that end. We see this often in the votes in
our Legislative Halls, wherein individual Senators and
Congressmen vote along Party lines. Such votes show
unequivocally that reason had nothing to do with the
judgments being made, and only a fool (of which there are
many in our Legislative Halls) would claim in the face of
this evidence that reason and rational judgment can lead to
votes along strict Party lines. We are left then with
a quite serious unanswered question: If it is not
reason and rational judgment that leads to votes in our
Legislative Halls, what stands behind the results?
times we are right to obey the dictum common in television
crime shows: follow the money. If we follow the money,
or look for related motives (such as the raw exercise of
arbitrary power), we find the rationale for most of the
decisions in our former temples of government. The
Parties have sold their souls for power and money, and no
longer does reason or rational judgment determine the nature
and results of government action. This we saw clearly
in the historical analysis in the preceding two Parts of
Section One: Degeneration. The love of money (the root
of all evil) and the addiction to nearly unlimited power are
now the main base motives ruling our Republic, that is if
there is any Republic left at all.
aspect of the problem is: the absence of the
truth in public life.
Let's look at
some fundamental present realities. Politicians
routinely lie. Everyone knows this, although some will
try to justify it. There are a variety of lies.
The most common is just the general level of bullshit
- exaggerations, meaningless platitudes, and not answering
questions that are asked, but wandering off into some other
subject. Next are the lies by omission - there is so
much today that is hidden, made secret and otherwise never
told to the public. Then there is spin, which is a
very clever lie in part because it is so acceptable.
If the truth or facts or their interpretation can be
made to slide in a direction favorable to the politician,
there goes honesty and the truth. Then there are the
outright lies - we saw a lot of those leading up to the Iraq
War. Less obvious, but often much worse, are what are
called the Big Lies. The Lords of Finance like
the Big Lie. I leave to the reader the thinking
up of examples, but the fact remains we live in a political
culture that is so filled with lies, the truth is almost
impossible to find.
for example, what would happen if every speech by a
politician had to be delivered in a court of law, after
which they could be cross-examined, and evidence offered to
impeach their credibility. Little political speech
would pass such rigorous testing, and this includes the
statements and writings of commentators and other talking
heads on TV or in the written media. Our public
discourse takes place in venues where it is not immediately
critically examined. In the absence of ongoing and
immediate critical examination, it is unnecessary for
political speech to require of itself either reason or
truth. No one, it is assumed, is going to question
authority, whether it is a politician or a TV personality.
It is far past the time for all that to change, and if
one is paying attention to the Internet - the truly free and
awake media - that change is already in process (although
even this is threatened, by a increasing incursion into the
basic structures of the Internet by corporations seeking to
control the pipeline and determine which websites will have
the easiest access).
Some of this problem (in the sense of the absence of reason and truth in public discourse) is rooted in failures within our systems of education. We live in a culture where everyone is encouraged (by word and example) to be in love with their own opinions. Media is full of talking heads, touting their opinions as just as valid as anyone else's.
There was a
time we thought that the Press would supply this
counter-force to the irrational lies of politicians, but the
Press has become solely about making money, and is no longer
even capable of serving this function, much less actually
interested in undertaking such a responsibility. [Although
Keith Olbermann of MSNBC is currently proving that strong
rational dissent can be popular (his ratings are increasing,
the more truth he speaks)]
It is then up
to us, to supply the missing critical functions by providing
both truth and reason to public discourse - that is if we
want to change our public life. To some extent we can
find this already happening in various places. Yet, to
help provide some more potent guidance, let us now look at
the virtues that were once the core of either Party, the
Republicans or the Democrats.
were inclusive - everyone was welcome under their tent.
Sure this made for loud and disorderly meetings, with
lots of arguments and conflicts, but in the end people
understood that they had to come to a consensus to have
power. They also at one time questioned the reality of
free market capitalism. They tried to understand the
secrets of high finance (see Appendix A), and refused to accept the conventional
wisdom that holders of capital needed maximum freedom or
that the competition of the market place would overcome the
temptations of greed. If we saw anything in the
1990's, we saw the falsification of that view.
Democrats, the ordinary workers and their families - the
citizens - were the bedrock of the nation, and had to have
the greatest voice in public affairs.
Republicans, there did need to be certain ideals - certain
conventions which allowed business to flourish in a way that
benefited all, and that the conduct of public life needed to
be virtuous. Small government was preferred to large
government and taxation would thereby be kept to a minimum
(of course, with the current fake Republicans in office,
government spending - and borrowing - grows at alarming
rates in order to benefit the military-industrial complex,
while taxes on the very wealthy are reduced and the taxes on
the middle class and the poor are increased (often
indirectly by increasing social security taxes, and
so-called luxury taxes such as on gas and cigarettes).
these natural divisions there were certain tensions that
went all the way back to the original framers of the
Constitution. One significant question was: Do we have
a strong federal government, or do we have a weak central
government, with most of the true power in the States.
For a long time there was a lot of well reasoned
virtue in the idea of State's Rights, of which the beginning
considerations of Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a
Conservative" gives a decent
explication (the later chapters are falsified by his
ideological tendencies). The problem was that social
progress was being held back within the States by this
assertion of weak powers for the central government.
So for example, first slavery, and then
segregation was justified as a matter for the States alone.
There then came a time when the majority of Americans could not any longer tolerate this intolerance, and while State's Rights were valid in the sense of the original ideas of the framers, the whole Society needed a more cogent moral center, and the only way for this to happen was for Federal powers to be expanded. In a similar way, during the first half of the 20th Century, the use of police powers was often excessive with regard to the poor and weak, so that the same social conscience appeared for a time in the Warren Court.
examples we can see an important general underlying social
law (not an ideological principle, but how societies
actually work). Societies will progress in spite of
the rules and ideals which were honored in the past.
While there is law and order on one hand, there is
also the will of the People and their interest in social
justice on the other; and, this will for social justice is
stronger than law and tradition. Law and tradition
would have made the colonies remain allied to England, but
social justice - the conscience of the People - required
something else. And, when the resistance to social
justice by those in power is too strong, violent
revolutionary change becomes necessary.
where the Lords of Finance work behind the scenes in all
manner of ways to exert social control and manage large
populations of people, the force of conscience for social
justice is stronger. In a great sense, violence in a
society on any large scale connected to social justice is
always the fault of those in power, who prefer to cling to
their privileges rather than admit to the wiser will of the
this mean for the future?
Well for one
thing it means we are on the cusp of considerable danger.
The more the central authority tightens the screws of
social control, the more injustice they will create.
The more injustice is created, the stronger will have
to be the response of the social conscience.
What I tried
to portray in Section One: Degeneration,
was that the Parties cannot any longer be looked to for
healthy social leadership. They are too involved in
perpetuating themselves and far too addicted to both the
power and the money provided by the Lords of Finance.
In this, Section Two: Redemption,
we are trying to outline how Citizen Governance (see Appendix B) can step
into the vacuum, and provide the needed leadership out of
its own forces.
Step One: Come
together locally. The house which has been currently
divided against itself, by the amoral activity of the
Parties, will have to find its own way to mutual
appreciation and understanding. Democrats and
Republicans, Greens and conservative Christians, will have
to begin to talk together. Not all in the beginning,
but at least some. There is no greater service any
individual citizen can offer to this time in which we live,
than to step past the forced divisions and begin to
recognize their neighbor as just another struggling human
If we pay
enough attention to the subtleties, this is already
Step Two: Change the
conversation. Reason and truth must become what we
share with each other. This will not be easy, and I
have written a little about this problem in the essay on Renewal Groups (see Appendix C). In
every local area where people of divergent political
opinions begin to gather in recognition of their mutual
humanity, conversation about the
deeper aspects of public life becomes possible.
This too is
already emerging, if we realize a Renewal Group doesn't have
to be called a Renewal Group (it could be called Code Pink,
Step Three: Take the
discussion as deep as possible. For example, it would
not hurt a bit to take the conversation all the way into
whether the current Constitution is any longer adequate and
whether it ought to be rewritten from the ground up.
This is a profound social and political discussion,
concerning which it is not necessary to reach a conclusion.
Merely by taking the conversation that deep, and
finding and sharing resources that help such a conversation,
we change at the ground level the whole nature of public
awareness. We change ourselves, and in doing so make
it imperative that the politicians and the Lords of Finance
begin to address us in new ways.
In a sense,
we take the Enlightenment, which at one time was the sole
property of an educated elite, and make it the common
possession of the ordinary citizen. This was the
Jeffersonian Ideal, that the citizen would be enlightened as
to the fundamental issues and questions of what it means to
be a citizen, and a member of a People and a Nation, where
self governance of the People, by the People and for the
People was the highest ideal. When we take up this
discussion and change the conversation, we take up a power
far superior to the mere vote. This power of the
citizen to grasp the fundamental questions of governance
will force the public conversation, previously dominated by
the politicians and the Lords of Finance, onto entirely new
We could, on
looking for matters to discuss, go no further than reminding
ourselves that in spite of what many politicians do today,
under the corrupting influence of the Lords of Finance,
there have been times that wisdom walked among us.
Here, some more words from Eisenhower's Farewell
"As we peer into society's future, we
- you and I, and our government - must avoid the impulse to
live only for today, plundering for our own ease and
convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot
mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without
asking the loss also of their political and spiritual
heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations
to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
"During the long lane of the history
yet to be written America knows that this world of ours,
ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of
dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud
confederation of mutual trust and respect.
"Such a confederation must be one of
equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with
the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our
moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though
scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for
the certain agony of the battlefield.
"Disarmament, with mutual honor and
confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must
learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with
intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp
and apparent I confess that I lay down my official
responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of
disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the
lingering sadness of war - as one who knows that another war
could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so
slowly and painfully built over thousands of years - I wish
I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.
"Happily, I can say that war has been
avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been
made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen,
I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the
world advance along that road.
"So - in this my last good night to
you as your President - I thank you for the many
opportunities you have given me for public service in war
and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things
worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to
improve performance in the future.
"You and I, my fellow citizens, need
to be strong in our faith, that all nations, under God, will
reach the goal of peace, with justice. May we be ever
unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble
with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation's great goals.
"To all the peoples of the world, I
once more give expression to America's prayerful and
"We pray that peoples of all faiths,
all races, all nations, may have their great human needs
satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to
enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may
experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have
freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities;
that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will
learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and
ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and
that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live
together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of
mutual respect and love."
this wisdom show us? Is there more to what we are?
Should we look deeper into ourselves?
While it seems as if the Lords of Finance and
the Two Parties have become the enemy of the American
People, is that how we should treat them? With these
questions we get to the inner most core of the question of Redemption, which then leads us to:
Section Two: Part Two: America
[As the following is
read, please keep in mind that the American Spirit is a
universally human spirit. It is rooted outside the
confines of tradition, language, culture and race, for
America is the beginning of a first true People of Peoples.
Everyone who, in seeking personal freedom and dignity
for all human beings, puts their life at risk, participates
in this universally human impulse, which was best
exemplified in the 20th Century, not by a Citizen of the
United States, but by the simple courage of a man standing
in front of a tank in Tienanmen Square.]
understands that the world is a place of often violent
destruction. Whether by the forces of nature, or the
well known inhumanity of man upon man, our times seem
especially troubled and dangerous. Raw emotions and
appetites seem to drive much that happens. The Rich seem
only interested in getting richer. The Powerful only
interested in more power. Those at the top of the
heap, prey upon those at the bottom. Lets see what
happens if we try to make a more whole picture of how we
have come to this tragic place.
find God or Chance behind human existence and evolution, for
at least the period of written and recorded history there
are things we know. History seems eventually
progressive, although it goes through periods of chaos and
darkness along the Way. Ignorance gives way to
greater knowledge. In medicine, for example, blood
letting by leaches is abandoned for all kinds of medications
that solve many problems of disease that were once
intractable. Society changes and transforms, so that
(again for example) the time of the arbitrary power of Kings
and Queens gives way to the arising of new forms of
government, which in America takes the name: a democratic
We need to
understand this better.
change. For example, the time of the Pharaohs of Egypt
and the Patriarchs and Kings of Ancient Israel gives way to
the time of the Greeks and the Roman Empire. Western
Civilization begins and then five or six hundred years ago,
natural science arises.
begins a path of mastery over Nature never before
historically seen. Faith is placed in conflict with
Knowledge. Weapons appear that could destroy all life
on the Earth. Motivated by greed and power, the
Earth's climate and food supply are put at risk. We -
the human race - stand on the knife edge of either an age of
great creativity, or such a fall from Grace that has never
before been seen.
world is dominated by the feudal-like wars of the
aristocrats of concentrated wealth - the Lords of Finance,
who pursue their self-interest to the exclusion of other
values, is nothing surprising. That super wealth would
essentially corrupt the political processes of the Western
democracies is also quite expectable; and that this would be
done in ways largely hidden from the general public is also
not only expectable, but something historically predictable.
Think not? Just consider the novels 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 by
George Orwell and Ray Bradbury respectively. Our
artists and cultural geniuses have always seen deeper into
social processes than the ordinary citizen, whose main duty
has been to raise the children and create the wealth.
[If you want
to see even deeper into the future, the modern novels (such
as the six novels that begin with Neuromancer) of William Gibson are a good place to start -
one-sided of course, but visionary as well. If you
want to see deeper into the history that created our current
situation, read the 6 novel, three volume, Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson].
In point of
fact, history teaches a great deal about such processes,
although it is a bit strange and tragic that our media seems
to have left its mind at home as regards its examination and
thinking about the broader meanings, trends and consequences
of most of the political and economic activity of the 20th
Century. We have arrived precisely where the
macro decisions of those addicted to power and wealth would
lead - at a crisis of maturation.
this. At one time, not to long ago, there was no
middle class. Rather, there were the powerful, mostly
those who were aristocrats by blood, and then there were the
rest - the serfs, the peasants, the poor and the slaves.
A middle class, somewhat independent of the upper
classes, is something new. This middle class is the
consequence of the slow arriving of a world economy, and
processes of education that previously had only been
available to a few.
was founded, the middle class was just appearing and far
more people were in the lower classes. It was
essentially an elite educated class that stood up to
England, and set us free from the overreaching of the
aristocracies of blood. Ordinary people could
understand the basics of the debates however, and so the
Republic was born with a broad base of understanding. Even
so, the birth of the Republic was more than just a fight
between the individual and the elites of power and money.
We need to
have respect for what I would like to call: the Genius of
History. Whether one wants
to call this a real spiritual manifestation, outside of the
will of man, or simply some confusion of raw chance, the
fact is that like human biological evolution, the evolution
of human societies exhibits a tendency to ever higher
levels of order and direction (it also exhibits the other
direction as well). The Republic comes into being as a
high point of thousands of years of human consideration of
the nature of government out of questions about the freedom
of the individual and how it is that a truly free people
might choose to govern itself. The Republic Itself is
an experiment based upon the collected wisdom of the
Enlightenment - the condensed understanding of the lessons
of History and the insight and intuitions of some very
intelligent and wise human beings.
It was no
less than the first time in History, that an effort was made
to create a form of government in which all were equal.
It was not a perfect effort, slaves, aboriginal
peoples, women and others were not given the vote.
Yet, as a first step or iteration of a much larger
Idea, it (the Republic) was a remarkable accomplishment, and
it is out of Its Genius that America has become what it has
become - the dominate Nation State at the end of the 20th
This then we
need to clearly see: that at the end of the 20th Century,
and the beginning of the 21st, humanity stood on the cusp of
its own destruction, while at the forefront of social
development stood a single powerful Nation State, whose
people were no longer members of one race, one language
group, or even one religion. On the contrary, not only
did America possess the first iteration of the Republic, it
also had begun its development as the People of Peoples.
These were real social evolutionary powers, although
in this fraction of time, too many of these powers are
mostly in the hands of the Lords of Finance through their
corruption of the political and media classes in America.
for the Lords of Finance is that everything in history
undergoes change and can even end. Their power is
impermanent, whatever vain efforts they make to maintain
control. For example, the World Bank and other
institutions belonging to the Lords of Finance have begun an
effort to co-opt the ideas and language of what is called
Civil Society. This is an important point, so I will
now add something as regards this new social/cultural organ
- Civil Society (see Appendix D
As the 20th
Century (and somewhat before) unfolded, and as human beings
became during this time more individual and morally
independent, certain moral responses to the world's troubles
began to be done outside the usual institutions of the
Nation States. Whether it was the Red Cross, Doctors
without Borders, Greenpeace, or hundreds of other
non-government organizations, ordinary people all over the
world began to band together to solve problems quite on
their own. It was as if the moral wisdom of a free
human conscience began to seek to influence world events
outside of any previously known historical process.
this collective moral activity became known as Civil Society
and one can read about it in many places, which for
Americans I recommend: "America's
Global Responsibility: individuation, initiation and
threefolding", by Jesaiah
has then had as a part of its agenda the unmasking of the
Lords of Finance, and the turning of the attention of Nation
States toward the dangers this group represents as regards
National Sovereignty and personal freedom. In
addition, Civil Society confronts the International Trade
Organizations over their moral poverty, in that for most of
the 20th Century these Trade Organizations have lined the
pockets of the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor
of the world and of the cultures of the undeveloped nations
to this, these international organs of the rule of the Lords
of Finance have begun to announce their interest in saving
the world, a world they have spent most of their time raping
and enslaving. This vain and hypocritical posture was
most recently taken by none other than Paul Wolfowitz, one
the neo-con architects of the Iraq disaster, who has just
been elevated to the Presidency of the World Bank as a
reward by the Lords of Finance for his prior devotion to
their work of control (which he soon lost due to internal
In his first
press conference as President of the World Bank, Wolfowitz
announced that he would be directing that agency toward
Africa and the corruption there, as well as toward the needs
of the world's poor. This is the new spin being put
forward by the Lords of Finance after a century of pillaging
the world - "see how nice we are, we have the same goals as
For all their
seeming advantage, the Lords of Finance face one very large
obstacle - the American People. As hard as the Lords
work to manufacture distraction, such as movies, television,
video games and all the joys of electronic addictions, it is
not enough, for there is something at the heart of the
People of People's which is far too strong to be long
subverted and seduced. [recall Lincoln's dictum: "you can fool some
of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of
the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the
that, the Lords have over-played their hand. They have
gotten too obvious in their machinations - too bold in their
exercise of power. They let a fundamentalist religious
group gain power in Washington, not recognizing that such
excesses of zealotry would too soon begin to offend the
basic goodness of Americans. The Religious Right in
American is really a small minority, who presently have too
much sway. Emboldened by their temporary powers, they
have become intoxicated and incautious. In the Terry
Schiavo case, they embraced a view that showed the
totalitarian side of their moral absolutism, while Bush II
himself, in seeking to change Social Security, failed to
recognize how loved and close to American hearts is this
basic form of social care.
us again and again how excess brings about its opposite.
George the III, an English King, did not
appreciate what was being born across the seas from his
throne. And now, another George - Bush II - makes a
similar error, and assumes his rise to power (not really
based upon popularity, but rather upon the same kind of
cheating that gave him a pass with regard to Vietnam)
justifies any thought that runs through his head.
It would be
the Genius of History was kinder
in its judgments and actions, but alas we humans seem too
dense sometimes, and too often need a big knock upside the
head before we pay attention. What this means is
that Americans are in for shock after shock until wake up we
do, which we slowly are. Then look out Lords of
Finance - the dreaming sleeping giant has woken up, and
turned its attention on you!
This then is
the deeper American Mystery. We are a Nation State in
what some want to be the last era of Nation States. We
are a People made of Peoples, and we possess as a gift the
newest and wisest form of government - a democratic
constitutional Republic - itself something not fixed in
form, and entirely changeable should we so humbly choose.
In the wise rendering of existence which the Genius of
History weaves, Americans, as
potential (we would have to take up our true global
responsibilities) representatives of the needs of the whole
World, have been placed in the way of the continued rule of
the Lords of Finance.
rule of the Lords of Finance, and by stealing the power of
American military might, the World has been assaulted.
This same dynamic means that the American People, to
the extent they throw off the rule of the Lords, will find
their way to healing what has otherwise been ruined.
This is not to say we are the only such force in the
World, far from it. Yet, the truth is that no People
occupies the position we do. We have been used to
cause much harm. We have been seduced by too high a
standard of living. We have much to answer for, as
regards our sleep. But all that aside, no People in
the World is more dangerous to the continued rule of the
Lords of Finance.
By the same
methods, outlined at the end of Section Two: Part One:
Rediscovering true Democratic and Republican Virtues: the
redemption of the Two Party system by Citizen Governance:
Step One: Come together
locally. The house which has been currently divided
against itself, by the amoral activity of the Parties, will
have to find its own way to mutual appreciation and
understanding. Democrats and Republicans, Greens and
conservative Christians, will have to begin to talk
together. Not all in the beginning, but at least some.
There is no greater service any individual citizen can
offer to this time in which we live, than to step past the
forced divisions and begin to recognize their neighbor as
just another struggling human being.
If we pay enough attention to the
subtleties, this is already happening.
Step Two: Change the
conversation. Reason and truth must become what we
share with each other. This will not be easy, and I
have written a little about this problem in the essay on
Renewal Groups (see Appendix C). In every local area
where people of divergent political opinions begin to gather
in recognition of their mutual humanity, conversation about
the deeper aspects of public life becomes possible.
This too is already emerging, if we
realize a Renewal Group doesn't have to be called a Renewal
Group (it could be called Code Pink, for example.).
Step Three: Take the
discussion as deep as possible. For example, it would
not hurt a bit to take the conversation all the way into
whether the current Constitution is any longer adequate and
whether it ought to be rewritten from the ground up.
This is a profound social and political discussion,
concerning which it is not necessary to reach a conclusion.
Merely by taking the conversation that deep, and
finding and sharing resources that help such a conversation,
we change at the ground level the whole nature of public
awareness. We change ourselves, and in doing so make
it imperative that the politicians and the Lords of Finance
begin to address us in new ways.
In a sense, we take the Enlightenment,
which at one time was the sole property of an educated
elite, and make it the common possession of the ordinary
citizen. This was the Jeffersonian Ideal, that the
citizen would be enlightened as to the fundamental issues
and questions of what it means to be a citizen, and a member
of a People and a Nation, where self governance of the
People, by the People and for the People was the highest
ideal. When we take up this discussion and change the
conversation, we take up a power far superior to the mere
vote. This power of the citizen to grasp the
fundamental questions of governance will force the public
conversation, previously dominated by the politicians and
the Lords of Finance, onto entirely new tracks.
Section Two: Part Three: A
Pragmatic Solution to the American Dilemma
has been stolen from our People by the abuses of the
political process by the Lords of Finance. There are
those who, with some justification, believe that campaign
finance reform is the solution, but this solution assumes
that the Legislative Branch of our Republic is healthy
enough to make the needed changes. I see no evidence
for this assumption at all - it is far too romantic a view
of what is possible [the 2006 by-election seems to be
demonstrating that the People are finally giving up on
Congress - on the legislative Branch - all kinds of people
got thrown out].
The truth is
that this is a matter that comes down to power, and so far
the America People have been convinced that we do not have
the power to effect the needed changes. Yet, only We the People can change that attitude which assumes we are
powerless in the face of the activities of the Lords of
Finance. If we do not adjust our attitude, we will
never take those steps (and serious risks) that will return
the People to their rightful position as the real source of
the powers of government.
Right now it
seems as if we are alone in this, but that also is not true.
All over the world ordinary people are rising up to
challenge the rule of the elites of financial power.
Should the American People take up their true role in
this war (and make no mistake, it is a war), then support
from all over the world would come toward us. Just as
our Founders were not alone when the time came to separate
from the overreaching of the aristocracies of English blood,
so too would we not be alone if we take up the task of
separating ourselves from the new aristocracies - the
aristocracies of wealth.
But to do
this we have to - we must - undertake the task of writing a
new Constitution. That is, if we want to engage in
this war in the most peaceable fashion possible. For a
long time this war has been fought as a war of ideas, and
that is the war we can and must win.
First American Constitution was written, it rooted itself in
certain principles, which principles today are all the legal
precedent we need to do the same act again - to write a
Second American Constitution.
We are the
source from which the power of any sitting government is
derived. This is first elaborated in the Declaration
of Independence, wherein it is stated that the only just powers of a government come from the consent of the
governed. This Idea was later embodied in the First
American Constitution, in between two secure bookends.
In the Preamble, it is stated that: We the People...do
ordain and establish this Constitution. Then in the last (the 10th) of the Bill
of Rights (sometimes called the reserve clause) it is
stated, more or less, that: rights and powers not expressly
delegated to the Federal Government or the States are
reserved to the People.
the First American Constitution does it speak of the
creation of a whole new Constitution, but only of the
amendment of the existing one. This being the
case, then clearly the power to completely replace the
original with a Second American Constitution, is among those
powers and rights which were not delegated and therefore are
reserved to the People.
means is that we possess the power (which we must seize and
exercise) to change all the rules that have been used and
abused by the Lords of Finance. We could, for example,
change the underlying laws that have been abused to declare
that corporations are persons. We could, for example,
insist that all legislation have only one purpose (no trick
midnight amendments) and that the name of that legislation
accurately reflect its purpose (no calling an act lessening
the air quality standards, a clean air act, for example).
We could require that all government employees,
especially all elected officials, can only have the same
retirement and medical benefits as ordinary people have.
We could create a third legislative house, whose sole
purpose was to undo legislation. We could require that
the public airways be devoted in prime time to keeping an
eye on public officials. We could, we could, and we
Is this a
daunting task? Yes it is. We stand on
almost the same ground as did those who wrote and signed the
Declaration, and who ended that document with this pledge: And for the support
of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection
of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Their lives were by this
act made at risk. Can we do anything less?
is that we can see that in spite of all the seeming
obstacles, they very nearly succeeded. Now history
comes around again, and says to us: Time to make the next
step, having learned from the past, the errors made by those
who went before. Honor them in all things, especially
by taking up their work and moving it forward - the work of
once more seeking to answer the question: How does a free
people govern themselves?
We don't have
to succeed in this task - that is actually write a new
constitution - immediately. Such a task requires a
great deal if it is to transfer itself from the realm of a
few elite personalities (the Founders) to the thinking of a
whole People. All the same, in our starting on this
Path, perhaps we ought to begin by declaring something quite
akin to what was declared in 1776.
I have next
below rewritten the Declaration of Independence, updating it
for contemporary conditions and realities. That
rewrite, which is only meant as a suggestion of what might
be said and done, the reader will find immediately below.
I have also, in Appendix E,
put forward a version of the rewrite where you can see just
what was changed (in bold) and what was left out (leaving
the eliminated but original language in parenthesis and in
It is also very helpful to read this offered first version of a new Declaration out loud.
The Second Declaration of Independence of the People of the United States of America
New Declaration of the People of the United States of
When in the
Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political and economic bands which have
connected them with one another, and to assume among the
powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them (as
various individuals understand Him out of their own
freedom), a decent respect to the opinions of humanity
requires that they should declare the causes which impel
them to that separation.
We hold these
truths to be self-evident, that all human beings are created
equal, that they are endowed by the Creation with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the
pursuit of Happiness, and rights of privacy and
information*. --That to secure these rights, Governments are
instituted among human beings, deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form
of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government, laying its foundation on such
principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to
them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments
long established should not be changed for light and
transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown,
that human beings are more disposed to suffer, while evils
are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the
forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and theft of powers, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security. -Such has been the patient sufferance of the
American People; and such is now the necessity which
constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The history of the present rule of financial elites is a
history of repeated injuries and theft of powers, all having
in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
over these the People of the United States. To prove this,
let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The Lords of
Finance, through their corruption of the political and
social processes of the Western Democracies, have imposed on
the world, and on the American People, a system of banking
and of monetary rules and policies entirely for their own
benefit. Any study of the true history of the creation
of Central Banking proves this assertion. Just
consider that by this means of creating economic structures
totally for their own benefit, the result is that 1% of the
people in the world control 50% of its wealth.
They - the
Lords of Finance - have, through their surrogates the
Democrat and Republican Parties, impeded all efforts to
reform our social and democratic processes (such as by our
making serious and real changes to campaign financing), thus
permitting neither reason or truth to rule our social
democratic process, but rather only wealth and the raw power
it is able to purchase.
They - the
Lords of Finance - have first promoted a false Cold War, and
now an equally false War on Terror, for the sole purpose of
creating in America a permanent Military and Arms industrial
base, intended not for the protection of the People of
People's, but rather for the use by the Lords of Finance as
a tool for their imperial (world) rule.
They - the
Lords of Finance - have used the military might and covert
might of American power to manipulate, ruin and destroy -
where ever and when ever they felt necessary - systems of
government throughout the world that did not bow to their
They - the
Lords of Finance - have raped the world's environment,
enslaved third world peoples economically, destroyed the
world's agricultural riches by the introduction of dangerous
chemicals and unproven new genetic forms into the eco-system
of the whole world, all in the search for ever greater power
This is not
to say, that no benefit to humanity has arisen from some of
these changes and developments, but rather that at every
juncture where it was a choice between improving the lot of
life of ordinary people or enriching themselves, the Lords
of Finance choose that path most beneficial to themselves,
well all the while, corrupting government processes
everywhere possible in the vain pursuit of this immoral
It becomes a
question then of how do We the People, already in possession
of one hard won Constitution, remove this insidious
influence from our shared social and political existence,
for one of the evil means by which the Lords of Finance rule
is by remaining anonymous and invisible.
On this basis
we reject as no longer workable this beloved and now flawed
and corrupted original Constitution, declare it null and
void, and assert our right to replace it with that which we
believe more carefully addresses and protects us from the
over-reaching of concentrated wealth.
We recognize that this task will have as its main difficulty the removing of the existing financial structures in which all the Peoples of the world have become ensnared. The separation of the original 13 Colonies from the English aristocracy was far easier. Here we need to rise above something far more entangled in every aspect of our daily lives.
we will have to confess our addiction to the comforts this
concentration of wealth has made possible for a majority of
the American People. The truth is that we cannot move
from our current conditions to those which are yet possible
without owning our own responsibility and participation in
the concentration of 80% of the world's wealth among only
20% of the world's people.
declaration then we have to assert two essential matters.
Lords of Finance need to be taken out of their anonymous and
secret rule and made to face, as named individuals, the
judgment of the world for their crimes against our rights as
human beings, their crimes against our free choice of
government and their crimes against the planet and the
environment we all share.
People of America need to confess our own excesses and own
up to our own responsibilities, and by this means replace
the rule of elites and their surrogate political tools - the
Democrat and Republican Parties, with Citizen Governance.
stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in
the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been
answered only by repeated injury. These Merchant Princes,
whose character is thus marked by every act which may define
a tyranny, are unfit to be the rulers of any free people.
Nor have We
been wanting in attentions to our American political
brethren. We have warned our elected officials from time to
time of their attempts to serve themselves instead of the
people by their legislative efforts to extend an
unwarrantable jurisdiction over our civil liberties, at the
same time they reward themselves with privileges and
benefits (such as medical coverage) they deny to us. We have
reminded them of the circumstances of our suffering and
dis-satisfactions. We have appealed to their native justice
and nobleness of purpose, and we have entreated them by the
ties of our shared humanity to disavow these theft of
powers, such as their abuse of constant re-districting
as a means to keep themselves from being challenged for
election, which has placed them outside our rule through the
ballot. They have also become deaf to the voice of justice
and of shared community, in that we ask for and need a
protected ballot, safe from electronic theft with a paper
trail so that all will know our real wishes. We must,
therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces as
essentially treasonous the behavior by which they preferred
the wishes of the Lords of Finance over the real needs of
the America People, and hold them, as we hold the rest of
humanity, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
therefore, the Representatives of the People of the united
States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the
world for the moral integrity of our intentions, do, in the
Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these many
States, solemnly publish and declare, That these the People
of the United States of America are, and of Right ought to
be Free and Independent of the economic tyranny of the Lords
of Finance and their surrogates, the Republican and Democrat
Parties; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the
economic rules created by the Lords of Finance and any
allegiance to the present standing government of America,
which has stolen excessive powers, failed in its sacred
trust, and acted with conscious treason against the
Republic, and that all political connection between us and
the present sitting government of these many States,
standing as it does solely for the benefit of the Lords of
Finance, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as
Free and Independent People, we have full Power to engage in
civil disobedience, refuse to honor claims on our wealth by
the many banks, ignore levies for armies, refuse to pay
taxes, print our own money and any other acts of freedom
necessary to resist the continued rule of the Lords of
Finance, or the excessive and dishonorable abuses of power
by the Republican and Democrat Parties, and to do all other
Acts and Things which an Independent and free People
may of right do. And for the support of this
Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of
divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
* With regard
to rights of privacy and information, here is a proposed
Bill of Information Rights, to be considered for inclusion
in the Second American Constitution, should the American
citizenry have the boldness and courage to take up such a
"It is the right of every citizen to
sufficient information to be able to make informed
"It is the right of every citizen to a
sphere of informational privacy, inviolate from the
intrusions of the State or commercial and employment
interests. This sphere is to be defined by the individual
citizen themselves. Citizens who widely construct their
private sphere of information rights must expect the normal
consequences that flow from such an act (such as limitations
on possible forms of employment).
"No government or private institution
may withhold information needed by a free citizenry for the
exercise of its duties. The Congress shall pass laws
mandating appropriate and severe punishment for the
violation of this right of information. Likewise, the
Congress shall make laws mandating appropriate and severe
punishment for violations of the right of privacy.
"When any citizen believes his or her
information rights have been violated, the Courts must make
inquiry, without cost to the citizen. In order to not
overburden the Courts, the Office of Informational Ombudsman
will be created by the Congress, which will mediate all
preliminary inquires into requests, and violations, that
arise from the exercise of these rights.
"Where a conflict arises between the
right of privacy and the right to information, the Courts
will seek the balancing principle in the Platonic ideal of
the Good. For the purposes of this bill of information
rights no non-living entity, such as a corporation, or other
institution or organization, shall be deemed a person or a
Section Three: The
Real Power of Citizenship both as an American, and as a
Citizen of the World
there is a war going on. This is a war created and
managed by the Lords of Finance, and being carried out
against the majority of the world's Peoples.
Here is the picture we need to have...
Aristocracy of Concentrated Wealth (the Lords of Finance),
having become the hidden inheritors of the powers previously
held by the Aristocracies of Blood, are engaged in feudal
wars with each other. These wars seem, in the
present, to be like wars among Nation States, but in each
case the Nation State is just a surrogate for the behind the
scenes power of Financial Elites.
Even in the
case of what is being erroneously called the Clash of
Civilizations, the real battle is over power and wealth,
with some power hungry arrogant rulers disguising themselves
as religious leaders. This is really a matter of
human psychology, and the theistic element merely an excuse.
Human beings are drawn, out of their shadow side,
toward power. Power is the ultimate drug. The ego
becomes thereby inflated - what sometimes is called
megalomania - as a result of this addiction to power,
eventually and irrationally believing itself to be a
justified arbitrary power in the world.
leader, of whatever faith, who uses his (or her) assumed
spiritual authority as a power in the realm of politics
reveals his (or her) inflated sense of self and addiction to
power. Certainly, such individuals will abuse the
doctrines of their religion to create after the fact
justifications (reasoning to a foregone conclusion), but
anyone conversant with the moral depth of the world's great
religions knows that the core of these religions is service,
love, generosity and similar qualities of being. It is
always a mal-interpretation of the teachings to assert they
promote war, hate, terror - which leads us back again and
again to understanding that the real root of the political
behavior of far too many religious leaders is their personal
and irrational addiction to power.
consequence the world is filled with far too many leaders of
Nation States, whose hungers and appetites are frequently
the real driving motive. Behind them, the banking and
financial powers support, or not, such leaders with loans
and other kinds of help as long as the political leader
follows the lead of the Lords of Finance with regard to how
economic rules are structured.
the main offense of Saddam Hussein was not his abuse of his
People, his flirting with weapons of mass destruction or
even his control of vast amounts of oil production and
reserves. His principle error was to be seeking to
take his economy, particularly his oil wealth, and
disconnect it from the dollar and unite it with the Euro.
No other act was more threatening to the principle
group of the Lords of Finance, the axis of English and
American banking and corporate families. A great
portion of their wealth (and power) is tied to the dollar,
and no act of Iraq's dictator was more dangerous to their
continued dominance (within the feudal wars the Lords make
among themselves, and for which ordinary people all suffer
disastrous consequences - collateral damage as it were).
This is the
same financial sin now being committed by Iran - a threat to
take their oil resources away from any connection to the
dollar and put it with the Euro. This is why it was
crucial to the Lords to dominate the American Presidency and
by this means have access to American military might.
A Nation State which does not play the game, according
to their rules, was to find itself at war.
the 20th Century the Lords of Finance have had unlimited
access to political power to promote and develop their
control and their status. The very very rich have come
to rule the world from behind the scenes. In the
Western Democracies this has been more directly accomplished
by institutionalizing intermediate structures, which were
then used to identify and develop political and intellectual
talent, at the same time seducing them with access to power
and wealth. The main institutions in England and
America were and are the Rhodes Scholarships (identifying
American talent and taking it to England for its "economic"
education), the Trilateral Commission (the main American
think tank for the Lords of Finance) and the Council on
Foreign Relations (the main English think tank for the
Lords). [Of lesser import, but certainly not to be ignored
is the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University, the
annual meeting of financial elites at Davros, the meetings
of the Bilderbergers, and the annual Bohemian Grove
gatherings of political and economic elites in Northern
California. For more details, see appendix H: Counter-Moves.]
reading of the biographies, of literally hundreds of English
and American leading politicians, and dominant government
officials (Secretaries of State, Home Secretaries and so
forth), will reveal their participation in one or more of
these institutions, where they have been drawn into the
inner circles of power and wealth [See in this regard, Confessions
Economic Hit Man, by John
Perkins]. Generally they will never become
billionaires, but certainly they will be millionaires and
move easily in these spheres of privilege. Imagine
being a young Rhodes Scholar, for example, taken one
afternoon to the huge estate of an English Lord, who has
impeccable connections within world-wide banking and finance
circles and told that you are to be part of those circles of
elite power which will (and must) run the world, for the
lower classes simply lack the intelligence and the practical
financial savvy to be allowed, through democratic means, to
make the required macro decisions by which international
relations, trade and economic markets are made stable and
What a rush
it must feel in the soul to be anointed as one of the lonely
few, possibly destined for the top, where such
responsibility will rest on your shoulders; yet to know that
behind you will stand such a power as is having tea with you
that day. With a nod and a wink you are welcomed into
a fraternity only a few know exists. Your future is
As to those
strange places in the world, where there exists the few who
might resist the rule of the American and English
establishment, well that is part of the game you are going
to be able to play. For example, consider the petty
dictatorships, such as in South America or Africa. For
the taming of these there exists the CIA and its English
cousin MI6 - who will do the wet and dirty work when needed,
at those times when the pressure brought to bear by the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on those
nations banking systems, in order to force them to accept
central banking, does not work.
And such as
China and India, well they too will most often be led by
individuals who also want wealth and power, and where wealth
and power are desired, agreements can be made, for after all
we are all reasonable men, are we not?
So the 20th
Century progressed and the 21st begins. The elites of
finance and power play their feudal games, using their serfs
and peasants to make the wealth and to fill the ranks of
their armies, when and if necessary. Meanwhile, if one
has become a member of the privileged classes, then more and
more there comes to be two worlds.
wills to be above, with private jets (or at worst first
class flights) to safe and secure airports and hotels, with
all the amenities (wine and companionship) any man or woman
could desire. Here will be the meetings in which the
deals are made, by the underlings of the feudal lords,
through which they divide and organize the world among
themselves. Meanwhile the Lords will rest content on
their vast private estates, protected by private armies,
eating the best foods, having the best health care and the
most secure lives.
Oh, once and
a while a terrorist (someone tired of being poor and
ignored) will get through the defenses of a few of these
elite classes, but in the main and as a group, the Lords of
Finance and their families will survive and endlessly
perpetuate themselves. At least that is their dream,
and the dream with which they seduce others.
And, in the
other world - the world below the Lords of Finance and their
servants - the middle class could well disappear.
A certain degree of anarchy and disease will be
promoted, since the engine of the world only needs so many
workers and soldiers as long as the Lords can remain
somewhat civil with each other. Electronic IDs will be
the norm, even if one wants to work for a pittance, since
any wage will then be a considered a privilege to have.
The rest, the undocumented and unnumbered, will
exist solely on the refuse heaps of an economically feudal
civilization, and, with luck, survive mainly by their own
scenario, while quite visible in the current tendencies and
trends, need not arise. But for it not to arise,
ordinary People have to discover their power, for in spite
of the contrary views of the elite Lords of Finance, we do
have our own power - a power equal to that of the Lords.
It is a moral
power, and it is as free moral human beings (freely choosing
our own intuitions as to what the good is in any instance),
that we can learn how to restore balance to the world.
Balance and harmony are the crucial goals.
Although the Lords make war on the poor, it by no
means is required of us that we make war on them.
digress a moment, to share something I heard some months ago
that is rooted in the spiritual wisdom of Africa, not well
known at all in the West. We, in the West, know a
great deal about Christianity, perhaps some Buddhism, and if
we have been paying attention even a little bit of the
wisdom of Islam, but about the deeper African wisdoms,
little is known outside of small circles. Since I am
not practiced in this wisdom, I can only share my incomplete
conflict, so it is taught, one Way to approach resolution is
for one side to so understand the needs, hungers and desires
of the other, such that they seek a Way to support those who
make war on them. Instead of standing in opposition,
they seek a means to satisfy what is wished for by the other
- to take on the burden of meeting these needs which have
driven them to conflict. [If a man wants your shirt, give him
your cloak also]
This is very
profound if one thinks about it carefully, and may exactly
be what is needed so that the coming years can be traversed
with the moral impulses of many different kinds of people
finding harmony and balance, in a situation where someone
else makes war upon us. The seeking after
dominance, by an elite, over the great mass of others (who
do not seek dominance), whether it be through financial,
political or even religious powers, can be resisted in ways
that do not have to end in bloodshed. [blessed are the
meek, for they shall inherit the earth]
At the very
least, such must be tried, until no other choices remain.
a moment how one becomes a member of the Lords, or of their
immediate circles of servants. Mostly wealth is
inherited, although occasionally it is won anew by such as
those who have risen to the top of the revolution in
electronics, for example. But if we examine the
biography of many of these elites of wealth (by whatever
path it came to them) we find the riddle exposed by Christ
when he said: "it is easier for a camel to get through the eye
of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven".
crisis of the world is moral in nature, and those with the
least difficulty in ignoring conscience seem to more easily
rise into and live with great wealth. The moral
problem is fairly simple. When you have more than you
need, how do you live with yourself, and keep to yourself
this excess beyond real need. In a world full of
hunger and deprivation, certainly conscience will advise
modesty and humility as regards living beyond ones real
needs. Yet, as we know, many cannot do this; and, this
is a problem not only among the wealthy elites, but
everywhere that human excess of appetite finds no restraint.
could have run the world with greater wisdom. There
once was the ideal of noblesse oblige - the obligations of the nobles, such that
those with power and wealth were paternal and caring towards
those of lesser station. But the current crop of Lords
have lost this ability to know how to father and mother a
world; and, in this failure to attend to their potential
moral stewardship, they have fallen into a state that can
only be called: moral childhood.
The Lords of
Finance are moral children, and it is in Civil Society (see
D) where those are found who are
willing to shoulder the tasks of true stewardship of the
world - to be the real sacrificing fathers and mothers of
the future. What then is their/our power?
power lies in speech and in naming. We tell the
stories to the children of the meaning of the world.
We give the names of things, and so far in the last
stages of life of Western Civilization, this power has
fallen into disuse - in fact often usurped by the Lords and
their various surrogates, who have woven over and around our
civilization a set of lies about the nature of finance, and
about the true nature of the human being.
Our one great
weapon in this war is the truth, and it has been my
privilege, in the company of many others, to begin to
articulate that truth out of which we need to build the
future. Everywhere Civil Society (in whatever form of
individual or community expression) speaks out, ideas are
used and ideas have power. Just consider the usage in
this little booklet of such terms as: the Lords of
Finance, the People of Peoples and moral children.
discover ourselves to have surrendered to illusion, we have
the power to cut through it with the truth. This
truth, authored individually out of our own spiritual
freedom - to think our own thoughts and make our own moral
judgments - casts both fire and light on the present crisis
of civilization. The Lords have hidden in the dark of
anonymity, and once we begin to shine the light on them, all
their powers begin to weaken.
So we name them and we name their
misdeeds and we name our real needs. Thus begins the
battle, a battle over the meaning of the world.
light of truth burns more and more brightly, the Lords will
be tempted to increase their restraint on speech and public
gatherings. Yet, our Founders, and the other creators
of the Western Democracies, have left us a blessing.
They claimed and acted upon not only rights of speech
and assembly, but also the right to author the fundamental
laws. The People remain the true source of
governmental powers, and the threads of this power and
authority we have to once again gather to ourselves.
This we do
when we make our Declaration and then begin to gather in
Renewal Groups and assert the Right of Citizen Governance to
author a Second American Constitution. We the People
take up once more the fundamental discussion of the nature
of government and the rights of a truly free people, now
self-informed and self-educated by the lived-in results of
the first iteration of that grand experiment that is the
Republic. Don't we call ourselves: wage slaves? And, isn't time for us to
throw off our economic chains?
We have seen
how wealth acquired unjustified power and corrupted our
institutions, and now we can seek to remove from our lives
this treason against the Republic, and against our sovereign
individuality. We have
the power to speak and think and raise such a collective
noise, from so many sources at once, that the Lords will
have no choice but to rethink their posture. Do
they want to plunge civilization into internal wars which
will tear down all that they have built, or will they
confess and admit their errors of stewardship and recognize
that liberty, equality and brotherhood will be asserted in
the world, whether they oppose it or not?
For the truth
is that as we seek to write a Second American Constitution,
an act of power that will be a second shot heard 'round
world, this will draw into question the value of private
property itself. It was by inserting the rights of
private property into our original constitution, as equal to
or higher than our individual rights as human beings, that
then brought us to this place and time. But now we
awake and wonder: Do we want to go that far, and leave
behind the childish notion of private property and
substitute instead laws of stewardship, which recognize that
all human beings are brothers and sisters, dependents upon
our mutual stewardship of this home - this planet; and, that
the claim of the rich to own it all through hidden rites of
power and intimidation must now be put down and ended?
This is our
dilemma, and this is also our power. We take our moral
authority in authoring truth and meaning, and by this means
lead the world toward true sister and brotherhood (And crown thy Good
(individual moral impulses) with Brotherhood (the
recognition that the Earth must belong to all).
Yet, let us
take the next moment to return to the wisdom out of heart of
Africa, the wisdom that suggests that the best road to
creatively resolve conflict is for one side to ask of the
other: What do you need and how can we serve?
the Lords say in the face of such a question?
say a truth, which is that their judgment was correct that
the common man was not qualified to organize that aspect of
society which consists of finance and markets. Civil
Society is not really in a position of deciding this was a
false judgment. They also might say another truth,
which is that history shows that political leaders, whether
Kings or Presidents, often have an excess of egotism, that
disables them from properly managing the same economic
We could then
reply, yes this is true, but how did you handle this riddle?
Did you approach it honestly and openly and with the
interest of all in mind, or did you hide your manipulations
and place your own privileges, wealth and power above the
rest of us?
should confess as wrong. They may not, of course, but
at least we need to make the offer as we move in the
direction of the Second American Constitution. Truth
to tell, we need expertise in banking and finance, just as
we need expertise in medicine and science. What we
don't need is lies and we don't need to be treated as mere
workers and consumers. Such treatment is in vicious
denial of what it means to be a sovereign human being and
citizen of the Republic and of the World, where rights are
to be equal for all. The very very rich do not have
the right to run our lives, ruin our world, deprive our
children and save themselves at the expense of everyone
That much is
clear, and as we require of them that they reveal themselves
and come out of hiding into a public dialog with us, we have
a right to expect truth and justice. If they cannot
meet us as human beings possessed of equal rights, then
battle lines will surely be drawn and these harsh but true
words may well be rendered into equally harsh but true
At the same
time, we need to anticipate that in the beginning they will
try to control with raw political power our efforts to rid
the world of their tyranny. They will bring back laws
of sedition, and will arrest people for speaking out.
What then do we do when this battle escalates in such
There is a
new power in the world, or perhaps better stated: a renewed
version of a very old power. The now clearly useless
and morally bankrupt paternalism of Western Civilization is
on the wane, and arising to supplant it is a new maternalism
- new powers of the Feminine Mysteries. The moral
power of women can be seen clearly at the heart of much of
imagine what happens when a few voices are stilled under
100,000 grandmothers confronting the authorities with the
same acts. If you are going to arrest one of us, you
must arrest all of us. How long will the authorities
be able to resist such power of moral shaming, as when young
mothers with babies, and old women in wheel chairs,
accompanied by all their male helpers and friends take to
the streets and say, if you arrest one of us for such words,
you must arrest all of us (as in the movie Sparticus, we all
step forward and say: I am Sparticus).
need never be fought with any other weapons than the willing
sacrifice of one's own freedoms or life, and by the
confrontation of the moral children of the world (the Lords
of Finance), by their loving and understanding moral fathers
and mothers (Civil Society). Instead of hungering for
one Gandhi, we all become Gandhi's.
courage is hard to find in individuals, but it is not so
hard when we act as a community. Many hands make light
work, and many hearts make the yoke of such love very easy
And so I ask,
as did those who signed the original Declaration of
Independence, that from this point forward we mutually
pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred
So be it.
something in the same mood, written by J. Michael
Straczynski, which I have adapted by changing some language.
[The original can be found in Appendix G]. To be read aloud
The Earth speaks in many languages,
but only one voice. The language is not English, or
French, or Dinka, or Inuit or Mandarin. It speaks in
the language of hope. It speaks in the language of
trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the
language of compassion, which is the language of the heart,
and the language of the soul. But always it is the
same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking
through us, and the voice of our inheritors waiting to be
born. It is the small still voice that says: We
are one, no matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter
the language, no matter the land. We are one, no
matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss,
no matter the fear. We are one. Here, gathered
together in common cause we agree to recognize this singular
truth and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one
another. Because each voice enriches us and ennobles
us. And each voice lost diminishes us. We are the
voice of the Earth, the soul of Creation, the fire that will
light the way to a better future. We are one.
we dream America
we sing her shadow and her light
we dream America
and America dreams us
by Joel A. Wendt
social philosopher...and occasional fool
Money and Debt
- the Company Store
and the beginning of the 21st Century -
You are not
going to like this one bit, but below, in as simple words as
possible, I am going to try to explain my no doubt imperfect
understanding of the reality of money in our time.
version goes like this...
Banks - which are private institutions, not governmental
institutions - get to print money and control interest
rates. These powers should belong to Nation States,
but as Central Banking came to be the norm all over the
world, the control of these two of the four main
governmental powers (taxing, spending, printing money and
rate of interest control) over an economy has been stolen
(via political manipulation) from the Nation States and
placed in the hands of private banking institutions.
In the United States this happened in the era in
between 1910 and 1920, when the Federal Reserve Act was
had to follow, but in the main this one was the principle
tool by which the Lords of Finance began their liberation
from the rule of Nation States. This liberation is now
nearly complete, with the final pieces being put in place
using the power of government, via international trade
agreements - treaties, to bind the Nation States to rules of
trade consistent with Central Banking and primarily for the
benefit of already existing concentrated wealth.
What do banks
get to do, and what does a Central Bank get to do, that
violates our rights, and our need to exist as autonomous and
free human beings?
Banks take in
deposits, in terms of savings and cash accounts, for which
they charge us fees. They get to play with our money
(which we have earned and they have not) and make money for
themselves. They do return a small amount as interest,
but in comparison with what they earn through fees and other
financial transactions using our money, this interest is a
that, but they loan us back our own money and charge us for
the loan. Now money does need to move around a bit, it
is a kind of spiritual blood for an economy. But a
bank is not just a fee for services business, but is rather
a kind of dam, behind which money piles up, because of the
mass of depositors and other clients. This piled up
money is like the water behind a dam - it can be converted
to additional wealth and power through the dynamics of
Now there was
a time when money had to stand for something else - usually
precious metals, but that day is long past. Now money
is just air (or paper). It has no intrinsic value (To
follow this history, read the three volumes (6 novels) of
Neal Stephenson, collectively called: The
are different from other banks, for they get to issue money.
In the United States, the Treasury does print the
money, but the Central Bank gets to "distribute" it. It appears to be the People's
money, being supposedly issued by our government, but in
point of fact it belongs to the Central Banks and is for
them completely free.
[I have since
become more aware of weaknesses in my understanding of this
money-creation process. But I cannot do justice
to those details here. The interested reader should
Google Debt-Money for a
history, and go to
http://www.concordresolution.org/column.htm and read the
remarkably clear and rich understanding of the real nature
of money and debt, put forward by Richard Kotlarz - a New view on Money. That said, the readers should realize
that what is next below is a mixture of the true, and the
partially true, due to my lack of the necessary
sophistication at the time this was originally written.]
ordinary bank has to receive deposits from the people who
are forced to exchanged their labor for money, a Central
Bank gets to make it's "deposits" up out of nothing.
This free money is then first distributed, in
the United States for example, to the Seven regional Federal
Reserve Banks which then "loan" it to more ordinary banks.
Sometimes during this process the amount of money in
play increases, in that there are rules that let such
"loans" be for more than the "value" of the "deposits".
I put all these words in quotation marks because they
are a kind of lie - small lies among very big lies about how
money really works.
There is in
point of fact, in the language of economics (which is full
of theories and points of view which often disagree), a kind
of white wash of the bare facts. Economic language is
so lost in its scientific-like theories that it misses the
point of the more simple facts.
Now in terms
of geopolitics, the Nation States of Europe and of England
and America, had achieved a kind of dominance as we entered
the 20th Century, with the Nation States of Russian, India,
Japan and China lagging a bit behind. We can't leave
out geopolitics, because it is in the political realm where
the big lies are told about banking and finance in order for
the rules, that principally benefit the Lords of Finance, to
come into being. That some of these Nations were
encouraged to experiment with communism and some with
socialism is another factor, but in the end it comes down to
political power being used to engender Central Banking
everywhere - that is: substantial power originally belonging
to any Nation State's sovereign economic authority moved
from that State and into the hands of private banking
consequence of the geopolitical struggles, wealth mostly
concentrated during the first part of the 20th Century in
England and America, and somewhat to a lesser degree in what
are called the western democracies. After World
War II, other Nation States began to be players in this
game. This then came to bring it about that about 20%
of the World's total population enjoyed about 80% of the
This can get
to be a bit confusing, for those Nation States with wealth
in the ground (oil, minerals, diamonds etc.) ought to have
been more powerful, but the grip of the Lords of Finance on
the economic rules of the game (so to speak) was such that
those Peoples with wealth in the ground, couldn't get it out
of the ground and into circulation without being compromised
(corrupted). So even though great portions of oil, for
example, were in the middle East, the only way to market it
was through the Seven Sisters (the big oil companies).
Eventually this lead to currencies themselves being
treated as commodities (money as goods), and again the Lords
of Finance, who created the rules of the markets in which
money as goods was bought and sold, made out like bandits
Lords did next with this concentration of wealth is very
Fake money is
created by the Central Banks, "multiplied" and then passed
on to ordinary banks, where it then is loaned via credit
cards to consumers. Consumers (us) spend the money,
while often leaving it to temporarily lay around in the
ordinary banks where it makes them even more money, and in
the process of accepting this credit, which is "sold" to us,
we acquire debt.
To help this
explosion of credit work to make even more money, all manner
of regulations and statutes on interest rates (usury) were
set aside in various places, so that recently in England a
credit card was being offered to the poor with a 78%
interest rate. This makes legal for banks what
otherwise is called the crime of loan sharking.
government does the same thing. It borrows money to
pay for its own excesses (just as we borrow to pay for our
excesses). And, since the way government works, the
treasury debt is also our debt (for which payment we will
later be taxed - each of us singly (including our children)
now owes over $30,000.00 - that is every man, woman and
child in America owes this portion of our so-called national
debt). So not only are we acquiring huge amounts
of debt to pay for our own spending habits, but also for the
spending habits of rich politicians, who use our tax money
and national debt to get re-elected (pork barrel
legislation, give aways to businesses etc.), and to share
among corporations by such ruses as the Defense budget and
rules and regulations governing Medicare spending and the
insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
So we have
personal credit cards and our government has a huge credit
card (deficit spending covered by Treasury Bills), with the
result that everywhere debt grows. But where does the
money come from that everyone is borrowing? Its being
printed by Central Banks and is not at all real! This
process is, of course, highly inflationary. This
huge inflationary tendency is why it is necessary for
Central Banks to control interest rates at the same time
they create fake wealth through printing money.
So the Fed (in the USA) is always tinkering with
the interest rates, not so much because rising labor and raw
materials costs cause inflation, but because constantly
printing new money causes inflation. The result is
that the fake money in play is always increasing, and the
Fed has to constantly trick the interest rates in order to
keep the naturally occurring inflation in check.
acquaintance of mine describes it this way: there is in the
whole world economy only about 1% real wealth (nature
products transformed into things people need), with the
other 99% being fake wealth (air money, stock certificates,
derivatives, currency exchange values and other speculative
financial market instruments). None of these are
tangible things people use, but since money itself is not
real anymore, those at the top can pile up the most and use
it to buy and sell countries and armies. Another
acquaintance told the following story after a meeting with
someone high up in the Federal Reserve system: In the US,
there might be as many as 40,000 folks running finance
related companies (bank managers, stock brokers etc.), of
which maybe at most 40 actually understand finance.
This same fellow from the Federal Reserve was also
alleged to have said that how banks actually work could be
explained on television in about 90 minutes, after which the
people would go out and burn the banks to the ground.]
does the fake credit card provided money we spend go?
It goes to huge multinational businesses (arms
merchants, chemical companies, energy companies,
pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, banks and so
on), where it then concentrates in the hands of just a few -
what the comedian George Carlin calls: the owners, and I have been calling the Lords of
In a sense,
ordinary people living in the big lies of finance and money
are just a tube through which fake money is passed as it
circulates from its creation in Central Banks, to were it
ends up in the hands of the Lords of Finance, from where it
is next used to corrupt our politicians. As it passes
through the tube - that is us consumers and workers - it
leaves behind debt.
Not too long
ago, some people lived in areas where they worked for a
company, lived in company housing, and bought everything
they needed in terms of necessities from the company store.
They were the slaves, peasants and serfs, and the
company owners (who owned the land, the housing and the
goods on sale in the store - rent the movie Matewan for a
dramatic depiction) were the aristocrats of wealth. We
now live in that same system which in the 20th Century has
come exist on a scale that encompasses the whole earth (You
think you own your home? You're kidding yourself - the
bank owns it, you just have the illusion - the financial lie
- of ownership).
it. The scale of this store is so huge it is near
invisible. Just because General Motors and General
Electric seem to be different companies, owned by different
shareholders, doesn't mean that, as the money rises through
the system to the places in which it concentrates far above
what we visibly know, the hands that rule the system of
banking don't well understand how their knowledge of the
real way finance works gives them an advantage we can hardly
imagine. The super rich are not rich by
The debt left
behind, by the movement of air-money as credit, is then used
as coercion in order to make us compliant socially.
The advertising business makes us want things (the
carrot) and the debt we acquire to get these things drives
us to keep working (the stick). The companies we work
for more and more abuse their workers (the labor movement
failed completely in the 20th Century*), and as everyone who
is paying any attention at all knows, our civil liberties,
already under attack by our own government, stop at the door
of the company for which we work.
LESTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS - The number of wage and salary workers
who were union members dropped to 12 percent of the work
force last year, the lowest percentage since the government
started tracking that number over two decades ago. The
number of workers in a union was 20 percent in 1983, when
Bureau of Labor Statistics first provided such comparable
numbers, and that number has been declining steadily. More
than a third of American workers, about 35 percent, were
union members in the mid-1950s.]
the true owners - the Lords of Finance - are free to corrupt
our governments in order to make the rules of finance serve
their own needs at our expense.
We are given
a fake education that is more like training to be good consumers and workers, when instead
of a real
education which would enable us to
unfold all our latent potential. Instead of health
care we get to take care of the financial health of
insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Instead of
government protecting us, the Lords of Finance use
government to be protected from us (can't sue businesses for
their negligent failures, much less their intentional ones).
Instead of our receiving the news and information
needed to help us be good citizens, we get infotainment and
distraction - TV is a drug among a whole cornucopia of drugs
(going shopping is another good one), which keep us subdued
and asleep. What's going to happen when we wake
Want to know
just how good the Lords of Finance are at this stuff?
Want a smoking gun? Here's an article
about the recent drop in gas prices coming just before the
2006 American by-election:
"TREASURY SECRETARY'S FIRM MAY HAVE PLAYED MAJOR ROLE IN GAS PRICE DROP
"LE METROPOLE CAFÉ - In yesterday's
WSJ in Section C there is a very, very interesting item in
the article, Some Investors Lose Their Zest For
Commodities. The article notes that over that past few
months, commodity funds have been liquidating commodity
holdings. But here's the stunner: "Consider the Goldman
Sachs commodity index, one of the most popular vehicles for
betting on raw materials. In July, Goldman Sachs tweaked the
index's content by cutting its exposure to gasoline.
Investors tracking the index had to adjust their portfolios
accordingly - which sent gasoline futures prices tumbling.
"Prior to Goldman's July GSCI
revision, unleaded gas accounted for 8.45% of the GSCI. Now
unleaded gas is only 2.30%. This means commodity funds had
to sell 73% of its gasoline futures to conform to the
reformulated GSCI. . .
"Here we have Goldman, qua keeper of
the commodities index, manipulating markets simply by
adjusting index components. It is noteworthy in several
respects. First, we are used to the notion of them front
running market sensitive information announced by third
parties, but here a glorified hedge fund - albeit one
dominating central banks and finance ministries worldwide -
maintains market-moving indices itself. . . . Second,
it lends credence to the theory that the current
well-publicized commodities decline is just a well-timed,
well-orchestrated head fake to benefit the incumbents in the
run up to the midterm elections - someone noted recently
that Bush's ratings vary inversely with gas prices. . .
the Company Store and wage slavery, the true names for the
modern economic life of the vast majority of the world's
peoples. Just keep in mind that the Lords of Finance
(whether an old family banker or lawyer, or a oil rich
prince) are feudal barons, fighting each other for power and
wealth. There is, as yet, no king able to rule them all. ("One ring to rule
them all. One ring to find them. One ring to
bring them all, and in the darkness bind them." J.R.R. Tolkien)
crucial question for the reader: If the game is fixed, why do we any longer have
to play by the rules? Those who fix the game, aren't!
same, banking does not have to be conducted without
conscience. For a look at a deeply spiritual and wise
consideration of this possibility, see the Scottish
visionary thinker, Barbara Gardiner's, Aesthetics
http://ipwebedev.com/hermit/bgae1.html, as well as her
beautiful essay on Scottish politics: The
Constitution Question: Conscience Politics, at:
- the future of the
Republic form of government -
original version of this essay was on that part of the
website "some thoughts on the nature of public life -
and an offer of service", at:
States of America is the first Nation where a certain
fundamentally human impulse toward true freedom emerged more
widely on the Stage of History. Long in preparation,
this impulse was/is connected to the gradual appreciation of
the individual of his/her fundamental personal sovereignty -
our individual free power of choice. It is only out of
the choices of the I am , or the spirit,
of the individual human being, that governments obtain their
just powers. From the authoring of the U.S.
Constitution forward, governments were to be seen as only
having those powers granted to them by the community of
sovereign individual human spirits, which constituted a
particular Nation or People.
If we can
appreciate how long it took for this principle to emerge
onto the Stage of History, then it is possible to also
appreciate how it is that this principle will require
considerable time to grow into maturity. The
appearance of this principle, in this present restatement,
is simply one among many other iterations of the
reappearance of this impulse in modern times. It
is not new, nor is my articulation of it the only possible
Declaration of Independence, states among its very first
principles: " .., Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving the just powers from the consent of the governed
,.. " and the U.S. Constitution
begins: " We the People ... ".
act is the uniting of the individual sovereign power of free
choice into a community, a Nation and a People, from which
then the siting government receives its powers.
against this striving out of the hearts and minds of
individual sovereign spirits was arrayed the vast weight of
the Past. Having its own momentum, the Past did not
easily step aside for the birth of this just power with its fundamental right of Consent. Men and women were too used to the old
ways, where power lived in the aristocracies of blood and
inheritance. Thus, even though a fundamental shift had
occurred at the level of our understanding, the outer forms
of social relations were slow to evolve. The
aristocracies of blood became replaced with aristocracies of
Such is the
condition of the world today. Oligarchies of wealth
constitute the most typical form of rule over various
peoples all over the world. It some cases it is fairly
obvious, and in others, such as apparent democracies, the
ruling elites have worked at keeping their activity hidden.
One of the
most interesting aspects of this situation is that a core
element of the reasoning of concentrated wealth, in support
of its point of view, has considerable validity. This
is the view that the average citizen lacks the understanding
and capacity to participate in macro decisions - the kind of
decisions that determine the stability of markets, and the
free flow of trade upon which the modern world has become
dependent. According to this reasoning, only the
financially astute know what is needed to know in order to
maintain an economic environment in which wealth can
continue to be generated. This apparent truth then
justifies all manner of manipulations of the inner workings
of various governments.
surface then, it appears that the world is locked into a
what is essentially a class struggle, between the rich and
the poor, over the determination of the social rules of
modern and future societies. In fact, is there any
reason to expect the aristocracies of concentrated wealth to
abandon their positions of power and privilege without a
very great battle?
Here then is
the moral riddle at the heart of the modern age. If
citizen governance is to emerge into the light of world
affairs in a responsible manner, will it take a course that
violently destroys the Past, or will it find some other path
through this historical Rite of Passage that the Hopi Prophecies call: The Day of
Purification. And, in
parallel, will the existing powers hold so strongly to their
position and privilege such that all their considerable
forces are spent trying to hold down the emergence of this
sovereign individual-based community impulse.
If such a War
ensues, then the Republic that the founders of the United
States of America created will dissolve into chaos, to be
replaced by either anarchy on the one hand, or some form of
dictatorship (fascist or otherwise) on the other.
If we wish to
avoid Battle, then the issues come down to this: By what means will we proceed ?
If the nature
of our choices involves the assumption of a proper end goal - a certain right way the future needs to
turn out - then we will automatically pursue a course of
conflict, for the very fact of our individual sovereign
natures assumes that we each will have a different end in mind. On the other hand, if we choose
to place the emphasis on how we go
about stepping into the future, the basic form of the
Republic that was bequeathed to us remains the most viable,
healthy and just way .
understand this, we should notice that citizen governance is
young. It has so far rested mostly in an ideal form,
as the main principle of the form of government of the
United States. Our present time offers us the
opportunity to take this ideal further into reality -
further into incarnation.
There are two
Ways that I recommend. Both are essential, and one can
participate in either or both as one wishes.
One is for
ordinary citizens to run for office. Such activity was
certainly in the minds of our founders, and it is much
needed in the present, for the class of professional
politicians has, in the main, lost its way. Were I
younger, I would choose this way myself.
The second means is the formation of conversation groups, or
what I have elsewhere called: renewal groups (see Appendix C). I
have used the term renewal to emphasize
the fact that this idea is not new, and was central from the
very beginning of our Republic. But it has fallen into
a condition of sleep and disuse, so that if we are to return
it to its pivotal place within our form of government, then
we must - out of ourselves - call it forth in conversation
with each other.
Conversation is the crucial aspect -
the essence. We have tended to think, having lost a
true understanding of the nature of the Republic form of
government, that the power of the people resided in the vote
- that is that we were some form of democracy (which we are
not). More essential than the vote is our mutual
spiritual work at expressing, out of our own insight, what
we consider to be the nature of the good as that applies to
the form and order of society. It is our individual
sovereign moral will, conveyed in the form of ideals from
one to the other, that is the essential act of citizen
governance. Out of these heart-felt conversations then
emerges that vision of the future toward which we then
direct our elected representatives to strive to achieve.
also take the other path - that of seeking to represent us,
very much need our guidance. They work for us.
But the eternal truths to which we form
allegiance, these are to be discovered in the renewal groups. At present, the situation is almost the
opposite. The powers of concentrated wealth, and their
political allies, work very hard at forming public opinion.
What we think is not so important as what we can be
made to think. Knowledge of true facts is routinely
withheld. What is provided is warped into that meaning
most convenient to the speakers. A representative form
of government (our Republic) cannot thrive when all that the
People are provided is a sea of lies and half-truths.
At the same
time, this apparent abuse of power, by the wealthy elites
and their servants, cannot (yet) imprison our hearts and
minds. Having free speech, and the gift of the word,
we have the capacity to meet with each other and consider
the fundamental and essential questions facing our society.
In this process of asking ourselves questions, and
listening to each other offer responses, we begin that work
- that means - whose
pathway offers us the most sane passage through the historic
crises of the moment.
For the truth
is this. Our fundamental sovereignty as
individuals is a reflection of our divine nature.
In this age of materialism, where we have
unnaturally separated matter and spirit, we have also lost
confidence in the moral. Today people are content to
limit their acts to what is legal, which my law professors
described as the lower limit of the expectations that can be
placed on human behavior. To do only what is legal is
to do the least socially acceptable act.
has life and vitality if its members not only expect of
themselves the least, but even worse, intentionally pass
downward through that boundary for reasons of personal greed
(witness the massive failures now apparent in our business
communities). The renewal of the Republic can only come out of moral
deeds, deeds of conscience - deeds first born in acts of
individual conscience, which are then merged through
conversation in to a community of ideals.
At the same
time such deeds need to proceed in moderation.
Individuals, meeting in renewal groups and learning to
express their hearts to each other in mutual tolerance,
while considering the fundamental goals and purposes of
human society, perform a sacred art. This art of
conversation then spreads from one to the other, eventually
merging with other conversations in a vast cooperative
act of public ideal self-examination. Where we have
been asleep, now we are awake, and our considerations become
the light by which our public servants can then do those
appointed tasks that we so much need for them to do.
It will not
be easy. To rise from a public expectation of behavior
directed toward the merely legal to an understanding of
individual moral insight will be no simply matter.
This is hard work, for not only do we have a political
Past, but we also have a religious Past, and a scientific
Past. The vast weight of these ideas can be a terrible
prison for the future. Yet, if we take the time to
live with trust in each other's hearts, then the mutual work
of the sacred art of conversation will lead us to just that
community of ideals we need to light the way.
We need have
no end in mind at all. The means - the conversation arising out of our
understanding of the principle of citizen governance - will
ensure that we travel the roads of life in all the mutual
faith and company that we need.
The Nature of a Renewal Group
considerations concerning the future of the art of
original version of this essay was part of the website "some thoughts on
the nature of public life - and an offer of service", at http://ipwebdev.com/campaign/rngp.html]
In this paper I wanted to expressly address certain matters connected to the Idea of "renewal groups", as that is a potential aspect of the emerging citizen governance movement.
paper, Citizen Governance and the Future of the
Republic (see Appendix B), the observation is
made that if one wants to reform our political life, the
gentlest and most sure means is through taking hold of the
public conversation. Up to our time, the content of
this conversation has been dominated by elite groups through
their control of media, and the superficial ways in which
serious political questions are routinely addressed in
television commercials. In effect, there is no
real conversation during our electoral processes, but only a
lot of money spent on trying to bend the voters emotions in
For a Nation
with a constitutional government that is based upon profound
ideas, this fallen means, of
addressing the serious issues of our time through sound
bites, is basically irrational. Outright lies, half
truths, purposely confused media images, falsification of a
candidates true feelings, and the obscuring of the real
reasons various groups advocate their causes - all these are
the norm. This must be overcome, which is
certainly the point of those who advocate for various
campaign reforms. My contribution is that we are not
dependent upon Congress fixing these problems, but rather
have in our own hands the means to bring about the necessary
We do this by
changing the depth and nature of our political
conversations among We the People.
No one can
stop us from doing this. Nor can anyone really stop
the long term effect of such a permanent change at the
fundamental levels of our democratic Republic. An
informed and enlightened electorate forces politicians to
deal with matters in a whole new way. What could be
manipulated because it was hidden, is now brought by our
conversations into the light, where it then becomes no
longer subject to spin and half truths. The Idea of
what America is to be, and what is right for all within our
civic life - this is to be determined in the conversations
of the renewal groups, not in smoke-filled back rooms.
So what is a
anywhere two or more citizens are gathered with the idea of
seeking, through mutually open conversation, the root Ideas
of what we are about - that is a renewal group. This
can be formal and regular, or informal and spontaneous.
The group doesn't even have to think of itself
as a renewal group.
in a car pool to work can have a renewal group.
Someone can invite neighbors over for discussion and
have a renewal group. People meeting for lunch
can have a renewal group. A church can have a renewal
question is what do we do that makes a gathering for
political conversation not a renewal group, because this is
really the norm today. Most political conversation is
not a renewal group.
Why is this?
has to do first with the intention we as individuals bring
to the process of conversation. And secondly, with the
effort we place at listening. Then finally, to what
extent we exclude certain views.
intention is only to give forth on our opinions (don't
bother me with facts, my mind is already made up), then
nothing can be renewed, because no view makes itself
available to growth and change. If we don't
increase our listening skills, nothing can be renewed,
because true renewal also is a kind of "exchange", the same way that new life requires the
co-mingling of genetic material, so new life in our
political conversation requires the co-mingling of ideas.
And finally, by walling ourselves up into groups that
judge each other as somehow less than we, because they don't
hold to our views and opinions, we limit the potential for
new thought, by how much of what is different that we then
Being a citizen is a responsibility, not just a right. Just having an opinion is an exercise of that right, but to exercise the responsibility, we need to allow for our views to grow.
A good way to
foster growth is to hear and genuinely consider other views,
or to add to our factual understanding, or (and this is most
important) to carefully think critically about all the ideas
out there, not only the ideas of politicians and those with
something to gain, but also our own. In a sense,
by critical thinking (not criticism, as in you think like a
jerk - but by analyzing the factual basis and the logic) we
make a kind of idea-compost, a place where a kind of
fermenting process comes into being, which then leads
naturally to new thinking.
This is what a
renewal group does. It brings new life to the Ideal of
what the United States of America is as a Nation, and who we
are as a People. What could be more important as
a future act of citizenship?
- its potential and
its mystery -
version of this essay was first published on my website Shapes in the Fire, at: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/civil.html.
The reader is cautioned that this essay is a bit
complicated in that it brings together in one place a number
of perhaps new and unusual concepts.]
social body itself is life-filled in its nature
(organic), it is moved, just as our human bodies are moved,
by the higher (and lower) principles of soul and spirit
active within it. Thus, the emergence, out
of the general conditions of modern civilization of Civil
Society, is the result of moral/spiritual impulses arising
in human hearts.
reached a critical mass, in part as a response to the
excesses and extremes of our lower nature that have to date
seemed to dominate the formation of the global economy.
Even so, there is much more here than meets the
It might help
our initial understanding to look at the social world
without coloring it with our values - with our likes and
dislikes. We do have this habit of mind that evaluates
people, events, history - everything we might call the
social world, the world of human beings and their
associations and activities. Now even though we
evaluate this shared social existence, we don't evaluate
Nature in this way. Nature we accept as a given,
transformable yes, but not evil. A great storm that
floods and kills millions in Bangladesh is thought to be an
act of chance (or god), and the poor who live on these flood
plains often considered fools.
But a war we
lay at the feet of human hearts. Crime is the fault of
criminals (or poverty if we are knee-jerk liberals).
Depending on our upbringing and many other factors, we
all have our likes and dislikes, our loves and hates, and
our assumptions about who is bad and who is good and who
should be punished and who should be forgiven.
especially odd, if we bother to think about it, is that each
individual has a different set of such values, and while we
tend to join various communities with those who share ours,
the fact is that many of the value systems consider the same
social phenomena, but do not agree on their rightness or
wrongness. If we follow this out to its real logical
conclusion, we will see that the social world, in itself, is
not the values, but rather the values arise because of our
individual relationship to the world. Let's restate
this, as it is central to the theme.
world, in itself, does not have the values by which we color
it. In fact, if we just think about how
frequently others misjudge us, and how often we become aware
of how others' interpretations of who we are is wrong, then
we can see that this is true everywhere. The
valuations come from inside us, but are not implicitly on or
in the object (person, community, race, religion) that is
Now if we
remove these colors, these personal values, from how we see
the world, how will it look?
we can learn to do this with the right warmth of heart, we
will see that the World is a great and wondrous Play,
unfolding in Theme a grand Mystery.
This is not
to belittle, by the way, our own vision of the Good, the
truth we hold dear when we look at the world and find it
wanting, or full, as the case may be. It is
possible, and this I say from experience, to hold both views
without contradiction. In the one view, the one free
of our personal sympathies and antipathies, we see a
thousand miracles pregnant with life and surging human
passion. This view of the social world shows something
apparently unbound, seemingly unfinished, and largely
unknown in its most intimate depths. The other view,
the one colored by our values, tells us more about ourselves
than about the world. Think about it, for here is one
of the miracles.
pick up the newspaper. We read of the acts of
politicians, criminals, terrorists, businessmen, armed youth
in our schools, an endless collection of matters sometimes
too terrible to contemplate, served up to us by educated men
and women in the name of our right to know all the gory
details of the darkness in human souls. Small wonder
we are appalled, and spend our days in contemplation of how
screwed up the world is and how, if just this or that was
done in accord with our personal understanding, then the
world would be better, be more light filled, and humane.
Or we go to
work, and our bosses make unreasonable demands, while
co-workers gossip, and our best friend sneaks out to have an
affair with our spouse. And then we get home,
and the house needs cleaning but we are tired until mom
calls and says she is coming over and out of guilt we rush
about, meanwhile parking the children in front of the TV to
watch a video with too much violence.
For truth to
tell, we can turn our value seeing eye upon ourselves, and
find that we too are wanting, weak, empty of high purpose,
and not at all what we planned to be in our dreamy youth.
Indians of North America called this aspect of the world, the mirror. The world, when we start to awake
to its real nature serves to reflect back to us something of
our own. We value the world, we color it according to
our likes and dislikes, our hopes and dreams, our vision of
the Good. That we do so is in no way a
wonderful thing that we care, for in the heart is the seat
of why we value. We yearn for justice, for wrongs to
be righted, for children to be perfect, for love for
ourselves and all we know. It is the heart which
feels pain at failure, especially our own. Sure
we may feel guilt, but even more we feel loss, a small kind
of death at the difference between what we really are and
what we wish we could be.
consider this some more, for it is central to approaching
the Mystery of Civil Society.
One way we
can see all this is to notice that the social world has an
inside and an outside. The inside seems intimate to us
as individuals. It is a psychological milieu, quite
personal in its texture. In fact so much so that we
consider it the most private realm at all, one we have
trouble even sharing with our closest friends and
would be the behaviors we observe in others.
Like the inside, this outside is incredibly rich
and complex, although in thinking about the behaviors of
others we often reduce our understanding of them to the most
simple terms. We see someone act in a way we do not
like, and easily it comes to our mind an idea of their
motives and reasons. Yet, this is so odd, for at the
same time we know in ourselves that our own behaviors are
not at all based on simple motives and reasons.
In fact, we know that often we ourselves are
unsure as to why we do what we do, even though we know more
about our own inner realm than any other person possibly
Now it is not
the purpose of this essay to investigate this most intimate
matter of our inner lives in great detail. Those
aspects I have placed under the section Mysteries of the
Mind (see: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/contents.html).
Rather what I want us to do here is sum up these
facts, to make wholes out of them for the purpose of a
better understanding of the social world.
To make this
more concrete, let's consider some examples, both on a
micro-level (intimate and personal) and a macro-level (large
movements of communities of people).
We have a
co-worker. They are overweight. We, on the other
hand, eat right and work out. We see this person
everyday and there arises in us a reaction to this person,
to their shape and form and to their habits of eating (we
see them in the lunch room five days a week). This
reaction is not really thought out. It is just there
in our consciousness. We have a value of a
certain kind of health discipline, and someone not
demonstrating that value is judged. Not only that, but
we might think to ourselves that this person has no will
power, and that if they would just exercise their will, then
they too could be healthy and fit.
The fact is,
of course, that we walk through the social world constantly
evaluating the behaviors of others of our acquaintance, and
supposing we have insight into the whys and wherefores
behind those behaviors. It is also a fact that many of
us, when we face this process of judging and evaluation
directly (moving it from the semi-conscious realms into the
conscious realms of our inwardness), exercise a deeper inner
behavior. We notice we have been judging and we
alter that view and become more charitable.
macro-level, consider the Middle East, the nation of Israel
and the Palestinians. These are large congregations of
individuals and we will often have discussions and thoughts
where we conceptualize communities of individuals in
generalizations. We might think that Israelites do
this and Palestinians do that. Like the individuals of
our acquaintance, we judge and evaluate - we "see" - the
world of macro-social events in the light of our likes and
does this. Everyone shines the light of their values,
their likes and dislikes, upon the world. Moreover, we
tend to form associations in accord with finding others of
similar points of view. We might join a church, a
political party, a protest movement - the list is endless of
communities of common interest that arise because of shared
values and world view.
that this seems all to obvious, but it is in our clear
thinking about the obvious that it is possible to find our
way to the deepest social truths. Let's step back a
bit from these facts and try to have a more global view.
are seeing the world from space. We see before us a
big physical place, upon which very large numbers of human
beings live. These individual human beings are also
parts of various kinds of groups - some in accord with
matters of language, culture, religion, race and shared
values and interests. Many individuals act toward each
other with violence, as do many groups. We could
observe from space, over long periods of time, all sorts of
behaviors and movements of associations and communities.
This is the outer social world, a world of moving and
changing social forms.
we can see into the inside of these human beings. Here
lies a whole other world - one of desires, and the most
complex kinds of motives, thoughts and judgments. No
one would question that there is a relationship between
these two worlds, the outer world of social form and the
inner world of invisible psychological dynamics.
elements of this invisible inner world are a wide variety of
views as to what it all means. We have religions and
sciences, mysteries and theories. Then, among all this
vast collection of points of view, there might even be some
elements of truth. But the fact that there are all
these points of view, which frequently do not agree with
each other, this I want us to include in our global picture.
For consider, these views themselves have changed over
time, and give no evidence of coming to final rest, in spite
of what ultimate truth any current view might claim for
itself. These views of what it all means are just one
more aspect of the inner invisible dynamics of the social
I urge the
reader now to read my essay The Future
(see: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/future.html), if that has
not yet been read. If it has been read, then it might
be well to call to mind the pictures contained therein
concerning the changes over time of the outer elements
(social form) of the social world, and the corresponding
inner elements (evolution of consciousness).
Basically as we go forward from this point I
want us to remain simply within the most obvious social
facts, as we have come to know them in their dynamic
movement and complexity.
Clearly what we know of as "civilization" is undergoing dramatic changes in the present. The social world, of outer form and behavior and inner dynamic psychology, is not static, but rather full of change. Moreover, these changes give evidence of much order. Chance hardly seems a word to describe what is actually observed. But the ultimate conclusion to such a question I will leave with the reader, for there is no place here for a debate on causality. The existence of order is obvious, its source a bit more mysterious.
Let us now
turn to Civil Society, the true theme of this essay.
need to accept that the existence of this social phenomena
(civil society) is a matter of debate for many. To
some it does not exist, or if it does it really is only
something already described in the social and political
sciences. The fact is this term is just a pair of
words, whose meaning we are free to determine. So for
the purposes of this essay, I will use Civil Society to mean
a very particular thing, which is only partially grasped by
noticing certain outer social form manifestations (for
example, the loose collective activity of many NGOs -
in the essay The Future, our time
is an age of individual moral choice. It is as if a
fundamental human power was coming awake, a power in times
past more imposed by some authority upon individuals.
In ages past we had commandments, religious
moral systems and teachings, everything but a recognition of
the primacy of individual conscience. But today this
is not longer true. Out of our own striving for self
understanding and expression, there has emerged a demand for
a free and individual rendering of what it means to do the
our sense of what is wrong in the world, and in response to
our personal values - our likes and dislikes, we form
associations to accomplish the Good. Whether it is a
Greenpeace or Amnesty International or the Alliance for
Democracy or church based social work in a third world
country - the names make little difference, in each
case human beings join into communities to act upon the
world out of impulses of the heart. And, behind
these impulses lives our individual moral authority.
Now this in
itself would seem nothing new. But in our time other
events have occurred, which have made the context, in which
this emerging moral freedom arose, have a special flavor.
One of these events is the globalization of the
economy. The second is the arrival of the Internet.
It is no accident that these elements have come to be
at the same time in human history.
is a natural result of economic forces, which have to grow
and combine until a certain limit is reached. If we
really understand "economia" [c.f. Barbara Gardiner's: Aesthetics of
Economics and the Scottish Masonic Tradition (see: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/bgae1.
html)], we will realize that a true economy can only
include the whole - the world. Partial (national and
regional) economies were only stages of growth, before the
true natural scale was reached. It would be more
accurate to see what we have in the past seen as local or
national economies to be local conditions in the Global
Economy, much the same way we understand our local weather
as aspects of the Nature of Climate of the whole world.
believe, the global economy is not dominated by moral ideals
flowing from our individual sense of the Good. Rather
it is driven largely by fears, mostly fears of death.
Those individuals, who dominate the global economy
through their connections to the tyranny of concentrated
wealth (the successor to the older aristocracies), have
other gods than the Good. They serve themselves and as
a consequence the values driving the global economy have
brought it about that globalization has arrived with few
truly human ideals at its center.
times, the suffering produced by the social domination of
the selfish was only known locally. But with the
arrival of the Internet and modern media, our awareness of
these tragic elements of human existence became more common.
The result of this non-accidental confluence of events
(emerging moral individuality, economic globalization and
wide spread information access) was the creation of a moral
social organ within the world community - Civil Society.
This organ is young, and only somewhat self aware, but
it is nevertheless a seed with remarkable potential.
But to really
appreciate this we have to expand our understanding of the
world social organism, so that we can see the real
relationships between it and Civil Society. To do this
we have to become familiar with an Idea, in this case it is
called: the threefold social organism (http://www. threefolding.freeuk.com).
First introduced by the philosopher and seer Rudolf
Steiner, this idea is essential to our understanding of
modern social conditions.
In general on
this website, I have been trying to point out that the
social body of humanity has qualities of an organic nature.
These are not the only qualities, but this organic
aspect cannot be denied, given that the social organism is
made up entirely of living beings. There is
nothing theoretical or abstract about this situation.
It is a quite simple and observable fact.
organism can appear to our seeing-thinking if we take proper
care to observe how organization appears in our social
arrangements. This organizational aspect can be seen
in certain functional relationships, which are essentially
polaric in nature. This fact requires that we first
understand the idea of polarity, which is something quite
different from the idea of mere opposites.
In the pure
mathematics of projective geometry
(http://www.anth.org.uk/NCT/), the idea of polarity comes to
full expression in the various relationships of point, line
and plane. In this sense, point and plane are the twin
poles, while the line is the middle or mediating element.
In the human
form, the head organization is one pole, while the limb
organization is the other. For those unfamiliar with
this way of thinking, this will appear quite strange.
However, if you follow this out carefully enough, the
true nature of what is being discussed can be apprehended.
The head is soft inwardly, while the bony part is on
the outside. The limbs, on the other hand (pole), have
the bony parts on the inside, while the soft parts are on
the surface. It is this relationship between the two
that unveils the polaric aspect. In polaric systems,
one pole is related to the other almost as if they were
inside-out versions of each other. In the human form,
the middle (the trunk organization) is upwardly bony on the
outside (rib cage and sternum), while as we descend in the
form, the lower trunk is all soft, with the lowest parts of
the spine being on the inside. This polaric
relationship of the human form is true in all details, and a
deep and wonderful discussion of it can be found in the book
Mammals, by Wolfgang Schad.
while the form is polaric, this is due to the non-physical
inwardness also being polaric. That is, the head
carries out certain functions (form follows function) of a
sensing and contemplative nature, for which it needs to be
at rest, while the limbs propel us through space according
to our spirit and soul's will and direction. I have
here, of necessity, only been able to hint at the details,
the full expression of which would take us too far afield.
following I am going to be referring to certain "ideals".
To understand the importance of this, there is a
detailed consideration in the essay: Basic Conceptions:
fundamentals of a new social view
(see: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/basic.html) .]
Steiner pointed out, in his book Towards Social Renewal, is
that human activities can basically all be described in such
a way that it is clear that a certain kind of form or
organization arises in the social order, from the inside out
- form follows function. For example, inwardly we have
certain impulses of freedom, and these efforts to express
this ideal appear most dominantly in what Steiner called the
Cultural Sphere, in which he included science, art, religion
and education. Thus, in the main, the impulse to
freedom is most realized in Cultural Life.
opposite pole, is the ideal of brotherhood. Freedom is
very much an individual expression - we do it out of
ourselves. But the ideal of brotherhood requires that
we join together. It is the Earth we share together,
and thus, at the root of Economic Life is the ideal of
brotherhood. In the present, of course, we do
much in our social life that deconstructs this naturally
appearing order. For example, many assert freedom in
the realm of Economics, where they want wealth only for
themselves or their associates. Yet, there is only one
Earth, and only so much wealth, and the ideal which seeks to
emerge in Economic Life remains brotherhood - the sharing of
what is available among all.
these two poles, the individual pole of the ideal of freedom
and its polaric counterpart, the sharing pole of the ideal
of brotherhood, lies a middle realm. This is the
Political-legal Sphere, or the Rights Life. Its ideal
is equity, or equality. In law we balance the apparent
competition between the impulses to freedom and the
necessity of brotherhood. Through political processes
we determine what rules apply to all - or, how we are equal
to each other and in what circumstances.
This then is
how the threefold social organism tries to appear in human
societies. Profound Ideals seek to emerge, through
human activity. This functional process then forms our
social order. We should keep in mind, however, that
this process of the forming of the threefold social organism
is something that is occurring over vast periods of
historical time. It develops according to rules, and
depends upon our slow maturation as human beings. As
we mature, more and more the social organism will acquire
Globalization and Civil Society are interim phenomena appearing in the history of the development of this threefold organism - natural stages in long term processes, whose eventual full realization will require our conscious participation.
Let me give a
very brief sketch. The older social structures, such
as the ancient Egyptian, were theocratic in nature.
The kings were also priests. Even in modern
times, remnants of this way have continued, for example, up
until the Chinese invaded Tibet it was a functioning
theocracy. In this sense, something out of Cultural
existence dominated societies. Yet, this form of
social organization was incomplete. It only really was
valid for the particular stage of the evolution of
consciousness applicable to that time. Today, a
theocracy is a dam to the real needs of any people (witness
theocratic approach to social organization eventually gives
way to some kind of idea of the political State. With
the early Greeks and Romans, we have the emergence of the
first iteration of the Political-legal life in the formation
of the State and the recognition of the Citizen. So,
now (or then actually) we have a Cultural Life and a Rights
Life simultaneously. The threefolding process is still
immature, while yet being appropriate for humanity's inner
Now we come
to more modern times. Human individuality is
flowering. The Economic Life has reached a kind of
youthful climax with Globalization. The Rights Life
has matured, and in the latent ideal of citizen governance a
seed planted at America's founding begins to grow into the
light. In the Cultural Life, human freedom in the
realm of science, art, religion (as in choice thereof) and
education (think about the real issues underlying current
struggles) is exhibiting tremendous power.
More and more
we are determined to think what we want to think (our
society, family, education, religion, science be damned),
especially about the moral, the nature of the good, and what
is right to do in any circumstances of life.
If I may make
a personal note, my life spans an interesting period of
time, having begun in 1940. As a youth I was taught to do
what was expected, something that was thrown over in a quite
revolutionary way in the 1960's. This insistence on
freedom of moral choice has since matured (although between
the generations there is a lot of misunderstanding).
Even so, out of this emerging moral freedom is forming
a new social power in the form of Civil Society.
That which lives in the moral center of
individuals is slowly finding various forms of community,
and these communities themselves are gathering together in
the secure knowledge of their common moral strength.
At the time of this writing (early March, 2003)
this community opposes the efforts of the sitting government
of the United States (the 2nd Bush Administration) to start
a war against Iraq. A new power awakes in the world,
refusing any long to let elites of wealth or blood maintain
their historical dominance and self serving rule.
If we step
back a little from this situation, we can come to see the
World itself threefolding, with a global economy on the one
hand, an emerging cultural-spiritual force in the moral
power of Civil Society on the other, while in between,
whether in the United Nations, or the International Court in
the Hague, a mediating world life of Rights also surges
forth from the inwardness of many human beings.
We need to
look at this again.
Less than a
hundred years ago, when the various European nations that
brought us World War I were busy doing what nations do when
they get ready to kill a lot of people, the ordinary people
of the world basically had to stand by, passive guests to
the machinations of powerful elites. That is no longer
ordinary people of the world are beginning to know and
experience their moral power as a group. They no
longer stand by passively, nor do they accept their own
government's choices. Everywhere, people resist the
excesses of those obsessed with power, and it is now clear
that sitting governments are near the end time of that
mischief they can cause the ordinary and once powerless
gentle folk to whom this planet really belongs.
ages ago, hierarchical castes ruled the ordinary human
being, such as the Pharaohs of Egypt or the Caesars of Rome,
this time has passed. A new ordering principle awakes
in the world, rising from inside the individual human being
as a heart directed moral impulse, forming from there into
communities of action, determined to impose its collective will on world social order.
This will can not be
expected to achieve all that it might wish to overnight.
But no one - no one - should any longer fail to see
the active presence of the moral impulses underlying
Civil Society in the unfolding of the future.
Declaration, as it was, with additions and changes noted in bold,
was removed (contained within parentheses and in italics).
Declaration of Independence of the People of the United
States of America (Thirteen Colonies) In cyberspace at the beginning of the Third
Millennium (CONGRESS, July 4,
Declaration of the People (thirteen) of the United States of America
When in the
Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political and economic
bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of
Nature and of Nature's God entitle them (as various
individuals understand Him out of their own freedom), a decent respect to the opinions of humanity (mankind) requires
that they should declare the causes which impel them to that (e) separation.
We hold these
truths to be self-evident, that all human beings (men) are created
equal, that they are endowed by the (ir) Creation (or) with certain unalienable Rights, that among
these are Life, Liberty, (and) the
pursuit of Happiness, and rights of privacy and information*. --That to secure these rights, Governments
are instituted among human beings (Men), deriving their just powers from the consent
of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem
most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience has shown (hath shewn), that human beings (mankind) are more disposed to suffer, while evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms
to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it
is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security. -Such has been the patient sufferance of the American People (these Colonies); and
such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter
their former Systems of Government. The history of the
present rule of financial elites (King of Great Britain [George III]) is a history of repeated injuries and
usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment
of an absolute Tyranny over these the People of the
United States. To prove this, let
Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The Lords of Finance, through their corruption
of the political and social processes of the Western
Democracies, have imposed on the world, and on the American
People, a system of banking and of monetary rules and
policies entirely for their own benefit. Any study of
the true history of the creation of Central Banking proves
this assertion. Just consider that by this means of creating
economic structures totally for their own benefit, the
result is that 1% of the people in the world control 50% of
They - the Lords of Finance - have, through
their surrogates the Democratic and Republican Parties,
impeded all efforts to reform our social and
democratic processes, such as by our making serious
and real changes to campaign financing, thus permitting
neither reason or truth to rule our social and democratic
process, but rather only wealth and the raw power it is able
They - the Lords of Finance - have first
promoted a false Cold War, and now an equally false War on
Terror, for the sole purpose of creating in America a
permanent Military and Arms industrial base, intended not
for the protection of the People of People's, but rather for
the use by the Lords of Finance as a tool for their imperial
They - the Lords of Finance - have used the
military might and covert might of American power to
manipulate, ruin and destroy - where ever and when ever they
felt necessary - systems of government throughout the world
that did not bow to their will.
They - the Lords of Finance - have raped the world's environment, enslaved third world peoples economically, destroyed the world's agricultural riches by the introduction of dangerous chemicals and unproven new genetic forms into the eco-system of the whole world, all in the search for ever greater power and money.
This is not to say, that no benefit to humanity
has arisen from some of these changes and developments, but
rather that at every juncture where it was a choice between
improving the lot of life of ordinary people or enriching
themselves, the Lords of Finance choose that path most
beneficial to themselves, well all the while, corrupting
government processes everywhere possible in the vain pursuit
of this immoral.
It becomes a question then of how do We the
People, already in possession of one hard won Constitution,
remove this insidious influence from our shared social and
political existence, for one of the evil means by which the
Lords of Finance rule is by remaining anonymous and
On this basis we reject as no longer workable
this beloved and now flawed and corrupted original
Constitution, declare it null and void, and assert our right
to replace it with that which we believe more carefully
addresses and protects us from the over-reaching of
We recognize that this task will have as its
main difficulty the removing of the existing financial
structures in which all the Peoples of the world have become
ensnared. The separation of the original 13 Colonies
from the English aristocracy was far easier. Here we
need to rise above something far more entangled in every
aspect of our daily lives.
In addition, we will have to confess our
addiction to the comforts this concentration of wealth has
made possible for a majority of the American People.
The truth is that we cannot move from our current
conditions to those which are yet possible without owning
our own responsibility and participation in the
concentration of 80% of the world's wealth among only 20% of
the world's people.
In this declaration then we have to declare two
I. The Lords of Finance need to be taken out of their anonymous and secret rule and made to face, as named individuals, the judgment of the world for their crimes against our rights as human beings, the crimes against our free choice of government and their crimes against the planet and the environment we all share.
II. The People of America need to confess
our own excesses and own up to our own responsibilities, and
by this means replace the rule of elites and their surrogate
political tools - the Democratic and Republican Parties,
with Citizen Governance.
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(He has refused his
Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the
He has forbidden his Governors to pass
Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended
in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and
when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to
He has refused to pass other Laws for
the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those
people would relinquish the right of Representation in the
Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to
He has called together legislative
bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from
the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose
of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses
repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions
on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after
such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby
the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have
returned to the People at large for their exercise; the
State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers
of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the
population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the
Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass
others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration
of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing
He has made Judges dependent on his
Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount
and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New
Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our
people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of
peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our
He has affected to render the Military
independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed
troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial,
from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on
the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all
parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our
For depriving us, in many cases, of
the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be
tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free System of
English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein
an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as
to render it at once an example and fit instrument for
introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters,
abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering
fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures,
and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate
for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by
declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our
Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our
He is at this time transporting large
Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of
death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with
circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in
the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a
He has constrained our fellow Citizens
taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their
Country, to become the executioners of their friends and
Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections
amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants
of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known
rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all
ages, sexes and conditions.)
stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in
the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been
answered only by repeated injury. These Merchant
Princes, (A Prince) whose character is thus marked by every act
which may define a tyranny, are (is) unfit to be the
rulers of any free people.
Nor have We
been wanting in attentions to our American political (British) brethren. We
have warned our elected officials
(them) from time to time of their attempts to serve themselves instead of the
people by their legislative (ture) efforts to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over our civil
liberties, at the same time they reward themselves with
privileges and benefits (such as medical coverage) they deny
to us. We have reminded them of
the circumstances of our privations and dissatisfactions (emigration and settlement here). We have appealed to their native justice and
magnanimity, and we have entreated (conjured) them by the ties of our shared humanity (common kindred) to
disavow these usurpations such as the abuse of constant
re-districting as a means to keep themselves from being
challenged for election, which has placed them
outside our rule through the ballot. (, would inevitably interrupt our connections
and correspondence.) They (too) have also become (been) deaf to the voice of justice and of
consanguinity, in that we ask for and need a protected
ballot, safe from electronic theft with a paper trail so
that all will know our real wishes.
We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which
denounces as essentially treasonous the behavior by
which they preferred the wishes of the Lords of Finance over
the real needs of the America People (our Separation), and
hold them, as we hold the rest of humanity (mankind), Enemies in
War, in Peace Friends.
therefore, the Representatives of the People of the united States of America, via cyberspace
communion (in General
Congress, Assembled), appealing to
the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our
intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the
good People of these many States (Colonies), solemnly publish and declare, That these the People of the United States of America (Colonies) are, and of
Right ought to be Free and Independent of the economic
tyranny of the Lords of Finance and their surrogates, the
Republican and Democratic Parties (States); that we (they) are Absolved from all Allegiance to the economic rules
created by the Lords of Finance and any allegiance to the
present standing government of America, which has usurped
excessive powers, failed in its sacred trust, and acted with
conscious treason against the Republic (British Crown), and
that all political connection between us (them) and the present sitting
government of these many States, standing as it does solely
for the benefit of the Lords of Finance (State of Great Britain),
is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and
Independent People (States), we (they) have full Power to engage in civil
disobedience, refuse to honor claims on our wealth by the
many banks, ignore levies for armies, refuse to pay taxes,
print our own money and any other acts of freedom necessary
to resist the continued rule of the Lords of Finance, or the
excessive and dishonorable abuses of power by the Republican
and Democratic Parties (levy War, conclude
Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce), and to do all other Acts and Things which an Independent and free People (States) may of right
do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm
reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually
pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred
Appendix F: Some material about
the author, Joel A. Wendt
Most of this
material is going to consist of URL addresses to my various
websites and writings. For the reader's general
information, I am presently 66 (and retired on social
security), the father of five (through two wives), and most
of my adult life I was working poor. I began life in
better straits, gaining degrees in pre-seminary (a BA at the
University of Denver) and law (a JD at the University of
Montana), but during my about 14 years living in and around
Berkeley California (1969-1983), I became an addict (mostly
marijuana), and have been in recovery since September 1987
(a little over 18 years). The years in this
cosmopolitan community of Berkeley were not wasted, however,
for there I received a rather remarkable introduction into
both spiritual and political self-education. Following
this I mostly worked for restaurants, or in mental health,
although the last three years of my work life (59-62) I
worked in a light industrial factory. If you explore
the links below you will see that I have been thinking and
writing for a long time, and there exists a great deal of
A list of all my writings can be found at: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/fullindex.html
My main website is called Shapes in the Fire and can be found at: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/
My last presidential offerings can be found at: http://ipwebdev.com/campaign/
Also there is Celebration and Theater: a people's art of statecraft, at: http://ipwebdev.com/celebration/
In addition, I have a blog: Hermit's Weblog: everything your mother never taught you about how the world really works, which I only use occasionally, and few have read: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/blog/
Printed versions of my works are slowly becoming obtainable at Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/), an open source based free on-line publishing service, where one only pays for the cost of reproducing each individual book.
wants to more deeply understand my relationship to America,
they need to read the following four poems, quietly out loud: An American Quartet: (1) Some of Us Remember;
(2) the Rape of the Republic; (3) America Sings; and, (4) a
gift from another's eyes; beginning
a wonderful contribution by the author
of Babylon Five, J. Michael Straczynski.
were written for the character G'kar, a Narn, in this
remarkable television series (the battle of good and evil,
on the level of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, written for
television, using the metaphors of science fiction).
The first three and 1/4 years of the five year story
arc of this Great Tale involved the battle for good and
evil, followed by that last 3/4s of season Four which were
devoted to a civil war concerning the Earth, while season
Five was devoted mostly to the civilization to which these
wars gave birth, especially as regards a new minority -
those with special spiritual (mental) talents (telepaths).
For those who know this series, it is remarkably
prophetic, especially as regards its considerations of Earth
Here is how
it was written in the original in Episode 5.3: The Paragon of
"The Universe speaks
in many languages, but only one voice. The language is
not Narn, or human or Centari or Gayam or Mimbari.
It speaks in the language of hope. It speaks in
the language of trust. It speaks in the language of
strength and the language of compassion, which is the
language of the heart, and the language of the soul.
But always it is the same voice. It is the voice
of our ancestors speaking through us, and the voice of our
inheritors waiting to be born. It is the small
still voice that says: We are one, no matter the blood, no
matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star.
We are one, no matter the pain, no matter the
darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. We
are one. Here, gathered together in common cause we
agree to recognize this singular truth and this singular
rule: That we must be kind to one another. Because
each voice enriches us and ennobles us. And each voice
lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the
soul of Creation, the fire that will light the way to a
better future. We are one."
... finding victory in the war the
rich are making upon the poor
by Joel A. Wendt
social philosopher and occasional fool
This essay makes a very large assumption, which
is a bit complicated, but which can be stated as follows ...
(several paragraphs) ...
Much that happens in the world today is
strongly influenced by certain groups of human beings who
look upon the life conditions of most of the people in the
world with a great deal of callous indifference, ... i.e.
they could care less what happens to us (economic and social
collateral damage) as they battle among themselves for
dominance. All the same, some, who don't think very
clearly, might consider that what is to be said in the long
essay that follows is the work of a conspiracy nut job. The only problem with this point of
view is that it is history itself that teaches of
conspiracies, and someone who insists there are no such
groups at work in the social-political world of humanity is
living in a fantasy world.
Conspiracies have always existed where power
was to be fought over and where great wealth could be
obtained through temporary cooperation. Most
members of a conspiracy don't need to always have the shared
ideology often thought, but in fact can share only the
historical understanding that a momentary association of
power and wealth hungry individuals and small groups can
dominate for a time, those who do not consciously combine
their forces. Conspiracies of this kind only
require similar goals, and a willingness to divide the
spoils. Japan, Germany and Italy cooperated to a
degree during World War Two, not because of a shared
political ideology, but simply because it was useful for
their own goals. Russia, under Stalin, wouldn't
cooperate and became an enemy of the Axis powers for that
On a smaller scale illegal and secret collusion
were common during the time of the robber barons in America,
on the bridge from the 19th to the 20th Century; and,
recently such collusion appeared in the cooperation among
five major investment banks, who worked together in an
effort to dominate the still mostly unknown derivative
markets, where they bought and sold various
speculative instruments in the top end of the ponzi scheme
that the tame press keeps mislabeling the sub-prime loan
crisis. In all cases these activities were illegal
(one of the reasons such conspiracies hide their activities
- if it was legal they would do it right in front of
everyone). That they don't get prosecuted for such
activities comes mostly from the corrupting effect and
influence large wealth has on government.
The difficulty with what might be called most
kinds of conspiracy theory is
that those who try to prove such things exist, basically try
to be too specific in the details, as if it was possible to
penetrate to the inner workings of something that was set up
in the first place to carefully hide itself. We don't
have to go into the specifics in order to perceive the
conspiracy. We only have to read the signs as it
were, the tracks such activity leaves in various actions
taken by individuals, governments and businesses. It
is the same as when we observe patterns in the weather -
this enables us to anticipate a coming storm front. In
a like fashion then patterns in various social and political
events reveals that hidden associations, temporarily
sharing common goals, are at work behind the scenes.
There is also a kind of thinking of which we
are aware today, which can help us with this need we have to
see behind the scenes and deeper into the minds of those who
with such callous indifference can act so selfishly in the
face of the suffering that is caused others. A
typical example of this callous indifference was the recent
crisis in Myanmar, where the ruling military leaders (an
obvious conspiracy of lawless individuals) cared only for
their own interests and let hundreds of thousands of their
people suffer and perish. We live in a world where
this is happening on a very large scale, with quite
significant amounts of power and wealth at stake.
We need then to get inside the minds of such
groups, and the science that has explored this on a very
small scale is the kind of work that the behavioral science
people in the FBI do - that which is engaged in by those we
call today profilers. This
is dangerous work, by the way, for the soul that lets itself
like such inhuman willful lovers
of evil, exposes itself to all kinds of problems.
Yet, it is essential that such a process be
enacted, in spite of personal cost, for this is one of the
keys to learning how to perceive the patterns. If we
think (momentarily and carefully) with the same callous
indifference as those who would rule us from hidden places,
we then develop a greater ability to discern among the many
detailed phenomena of modern life, the trail left behind by
those who would harm so many for such disgustingly selfish
In the long essay that follows I will tell the
story of what can be perceived, that is I will profile the dominant conspiracy actors who are willing
to sacrifice so many for so few. I do this not to
identify them as individuals, however. I do this so
that we can see the detailed nature of the war being waged
upon ordinary people in the world today, and from this
understanding of the nature of this war, how we then may
make the Counter-Moves
that limit the effects of those who would so easily harm so
Certainly in this effort I will not be perfect.
I don't even expect to get it all right. I do,
however, very much want to do something that most conspiracy
theorists do not do, namely to offer solutions, not just a
lot of negative hand wringing. It isn't enough to
perceive that lovers of evil seek to harm us, but we have to
understand that we don't have to stand passively by, and can
in fact engage in actions which limit and contain this
At the same time, we need to realize that we
cannot do this with the idea in mind of achieving total
victory of any kind. A perfect world is not ours
to obtain - that's a fantasy. We can, however,
ameliorate a great deal of what comes toward us, by all
kinds of activities, many of which are already in place.
By this I mean to suggest that we already make all
kinds of socially
healthy instinctive choices, which
protect us from this evil-loving callous indifference.
We are not to be overwhelmed, especially if we
learn to perceive - to appreciate the profile - and form our own counter-associations, our own
communities and groups from which we draw the necessary
spiritual and psychological strength out of which our
survival can be created (in spite of what the dominant
holders of wealth and power seek to achieve).
Those familiar with my other writings will know
that there are a number of different ways this can be
approached, and here in this long essay I am just coming at
the situation of modern existence from a particular point of
view. There are many other points of view from which
our contemporary existence can be approached, and I hope as
we progress into the next years, people will seek out the
many other voices of wisdom that have much to offer to the
shared trials of humanity.
In my books, the Way of the Fool and American Anthroposophy for example, I discuss how we deal with such problems as individuals and communities, from inside our own soul and spiritual life. In my book Uncommon Sense I discuss what can be done in a more macro-social sense following the legal potentials hidden and unrecognized in the U. S. Constitution (in which this essay will be included in the appendix). I do the same in the book called: On the Nature of Public Life. Below I am going at this situation from again another direction, through the process of elaborating in great detail the patterns in our shared social and political existence left by those who want to dominate, and what these patterns can tell us that might be useful in support of our need to respond. The reader will get a clearer picture of what I mean here when we get into the actual details.
A. Wendt, Summer 2008
THE LOOKING GLASS
We need to begin with simple observations of
various phenomena. It is no use to immediately judge
them or already assume such phenomena "prove" the existence
of any government and business conspiracy. Let us just
begin to assemble various facts, and see if a pattern
emerges all on its own.
For example, we could start anywhere, but I'd
like to start with something that was a detail of the 9/11
catastrophe, and which precisely because it is still
unresolved, could be very important to note.
This is the anthrax scare/panic that began,
according to reports, a week after September 11, 2001,
supposedly on September 18th. This attack was
directed right at Congress and was ongoing up to the time of
the passage of the Patriot Act (passed and signed into law
by October 26th, 2001). Five people were killed, and
as many as two dozen injured, all mostly postal workers or
office workers. So we have 9/11, then a week
later the beginning of a bio-terrorism attack on Congress,
during which the Patriot Act is offered and then enacted
The Patriot Act, at over 300 pages, could not
have been written following 9/11, but had to have
substantial portions of it already on the shelf, as it were,
well before 9/11. Later, as the Country more and
more woke up to the reality of the Patriot Act, legislators
began to confess to never having read it. All of this
is carefully analyzed elsewhere on the Internet, but I do
think it is an interesting kind of fingerprint as it were,
of a certain kind of careful thinking, if we take the view
that this whole scenario was engineered in advance.
Suppose you wanted to get certain laws enacted that
you wanted in place later for larger purposes in the near
future. Can you think of a better method for achieving
this? The law is ready, the time is right [9/11], and
the final pressure to be applied to Congress - a direct
deadly attack - is commenced.
Eventually (seven years later), the main person of interest
in the anthrax attack was exonerated
in a civil judgment, which awarded him substantial funds (a
payment for his willing collaboration in the attack and for
being a suspect?). Following this award, another
supposed person of interest
committed suicide, and then in the press was leaked all
kinds of facts supposedly in support his guilt. Now if
I was the case manager of this problem for the extremely
wealthy and power hungry, I would be glad to keep the public
following one trail (certain to eventually dead end) of
explanation for the anthrax attacks, but not so stupid as to
think that would suffice. I'd have a back up plan, and
even better, a stooge. Thus, when the first person of interest
was finally exonerated, I'd be able
to not only substitute a new one, but conveniently have him
kill himself (right, if you believe in the tooth fairy).
At which point, the not very bright press and
mainstream media, after an appropriate flood of news stories
designed to convince the public, will consider the situation
About those assumed convincing stories, let me
just give one example. Recently it was reported that
the FBI has discovered the container in which traces of the
exact matching anthrax spores could be found. Here
comes the kicker though, and the reader should keep in mind
the subtle nuance of the FBI report. The container was
found to have been in the suicide's possession. Note the word possession, and recognize that they do not say they found
his fingerprints on the container - that is they have no
evidence he actually handled this container (anyone could
have planted it in his office or home or wherever).
Recently a new law was offered to Congress, and
seems to be well on its way to being passed. It
advances an idea contained in the Patriot Act, which
basically so loosely and carelessly defines domestic
terrorism that what we have for years accepted as honorable
civil disobedience would be now criminalized to a high
degree, including giving the State extra power to
investigate and prosecute outside previous rules limiting
the power of the State under our Constitution. (HR
1955 titled the Violent
Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of
Another recent news story explains that the FBI
is to be given authority to open case files (and thus
investigate with all their powers) any American citizen at
all, whether there are any facts suggesting we should be
suspicious. No evidence at all. Just a desire in
an investigating arm of the Government to investigate
In fact, if we look at the legislative history
of the last 30 or 40 years, especially when Republicans
controlled Congress and/or the White House, the State has
more and more intruded into our lives. This slow
accretion, of the power of the State at the expense of the
citizen, has been noted by many. Some of the
deeper thinkers on this problem have compared this situation
to the story of the frog in the boiling water, who sitting
in the very slowly rising temperature never jumped out of
the pot. We, to this thinking, are that frog, and the
boiling water is the slow erosion of our civil rights.
When we do eventually realize what has been going on,
it may well be to late.
Lets ask the question: Who, and for what
reasons, might want to achieve such an end? Who has
something to gain if American civil liberties are slowly
dissolved, and replaced with more and more central
authority? Who could do this regardless of which Party
controlled the White House or Congress? Why
would they do this?
Lets take up another thread...
In recent years the problem called global warming has become a popular political issue.
Environmental degradation is nothing new, it was
noticed many decades ago in Rachel Carson's Silent
Spring, as well as other places.
Acid rain was another clue. The original
Clean Air and Clean Water acts were efforts to notice that
the industrial revolution was out of control and was having
all manner of side-effects that
were dangerous to the future. Is there anyone who also
might have known about this, but for seemingly obscure
reasons wanted to just let it continue (perhaps knew it
couldn't be stopped), but saw some way to take advantage of
We are also today more and more waking up to
the reality of banking and money, because of the ongoing
economic crash. The veil is being lifted, and many are
starting to understand that the real nature of the economy
is not what we are told. More and more people are
looking at the creation of the Federal Reserve. Others
are noticing the meetings in Davros Switzerland, where
elites of all kinds gather. Google Bilderberger for a
big can of worms going on right in front of us.
People of power and wealth meet, and their
collusion is becoming more and more obvious.
In my book, Uncommon Sense, I write of what I call The Lords of Finance,
who are a loose association of the very very rich who sit at
the top of the ponzi scheme that is modern debt-money
banking (Google Money as Debt for
details). When you have a huge amount of wealth, you
can hire the very best for-hire minds, which we know of today as think tanks, of
which the earliest versions (that still exist today)
were called: the Trilateral Commission (Rockefeller banking
money, mostly American in nature) and the Council on Foreign
Relations (Cecil Rhodes wealth, and English banking money).
There is a lot of research available on the Internet
on these institutions as well.
An image out of history is important here:
bread and circuses. The Roman Emperors, in the
late (declining) stages of their empire, knew that to keep
the masses more or less satisfied the Emperors had to
provide minimal food, and significant distractions (bread
and circuses). We have that today in America.
Plenty of things, lots of food (denatured and
unhealthy, but those in charge don't actually care), and
multiple distractions (TV, movies, video games, shopping).
What they don't want is a culture, or a people, that
At the same time, many today are becoming aware
that what we are told about how the economy works is more
like the dogmas of a religion than the principles of a
science. For example, how money actually works has
basically been completely hidden from the general public
knowledge. While we were told over and over again to
have faith in free markets (the prime economic religious
mantra), the rulers of the financial world knew that
debt-money effectively enabled the bankers to become
parasites on the workers in all those economies where
central banks were the norm. The truth was that
almost all the money in circulation comes into existence as
a debt on the spender. It not only has no value, it
really has a kind of negative value, because every time the
financial elites took out their very large blood surplus for
their own benefit, the debt on the rest of us increased.
Through complex misdirection, which had to be
intentional (why our economics teachers and scientists
didn't notice this is a quite remarkable unanswered
question), it has never really been explained to people in
the Western Democracies just how money works, what banks do,
how they make money and dozens of other questions that would
have caused ordinary people to demand extraordinary controls
over the financial institutions on which we all depend.
On a colossal scale we've had the economic wool pulled
over our eyes.
Now this was not always the case. Our
Founders and even Lincoln completely mistrusted the bankers
(and the banks own higher ups in the food chain of
concentrated wealth), and battle lines had been drawn as
long ago as the very beginning of the Nation (see my Uncommon
Sense for details). Who
would do this? Why would they do this?
Some of these questions are also addressed
Let me summarize: One can have a fun ride getting at this information by reading Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle - 6 novels in three books for a total of 2700 pages, which is, among other marvelous things, an adventure saga covering the period in time in Europe from about 1670 to 1730, during which the basic directions of banking and finance were determined, as well as the basic directions of natural science.. During this period an understandable conflict arose between the aristocracies of blood (Kings and Queens etc.) and the emerging class of bankers and merchants. Kings and Queens kept ruining bankers and economies by their undisciplined impulses to start wars, borrow money they could not repay, and live high on the hog (so to speak). Great political and social power resided in hereditary blood. It was the dominant way the world was run in the West.
The bankers didn't like watching their wealth
disappear down the appetites of these elites of blood.
When human beings eventually began to throw over the
elites of hereditary blood (the American and French
Revolutions), the arrangements of political power became
more fluid for a time, and thus it happened that as the U.S.
Constitution was formed, the banking elites worked hard to
maintain a place at the table of power. Hamilton was
one of their main representatives.
A second large battle between the impulses for
a truly free government of the people, by the people and for
the people, occurred during Lincoln's presidency. The
bankers were reluctant to loan money to the North for the
Civil War (they want over 30% interest). They
had kept their ability under the Constitution to issue
specie (bank notes), but Lincoln understood the danger to a
point, and confounded them by issuing for the first time
government money (Lincoln Greenbacks) to finance the War.
Even so, the battle had been lost all the way
back during the time before even Stephenson's novel, when
banks established the right (by practice, more than by law)
to lend more money than they had on deposit.
Understanding this is why runs on banks occur even
today. We know their actual current cash on hand
resources don't cover all their deposit obligations as these
exist on paper.
With the Federal Reserve Act in the early part
of the 20th Century, the banks finally won the main
political battle, and private Central Banks now became not
only responsible for the money supply and control of
interest rates, but taxpayers had to pay all the costs of
the newly printed money in circulation. During this
period was already put in place the fake religion-like ideas
about money and banking, and this effort at illusion
creation was intensified. What would be kept
secret in the cold hearts of bankers, could be managed in a
democracy as long as people falsely believed they lived in a
free society, and were taught to worship the dark gods of
the imaginary free market and to accept the rights of wealth
to take profit and property at the expense of persons.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, an elite
now stood well poised to control major macro economic
decisions world wide. These powers most strongly arose
in Western Civilization, which cultural influence was also
the most adept at natural science. Much of history in
the last 120 years can be explained by a conscious decision
among the super elites of wealth and power in the West to
control the whole world economically (recall the Colonial
and Trading Empires). For example (a few among many
possible examples), English wealth helped the Russian
Revolution start, in part to give a second front in WWI, but
for other reasons as well. America, to continue the
example, has sponsored a dictator in Iraq (and other
dictators) for years. Why?
Consider for a moment the conscienceless soul
of a serial killer - what is usually the subject of
profiling. Imagine that same conscienceless impulse
coming awake in the blood lines of bankers. Over time,
this conscienceless impulse (moving in secret) rises to the
top of the successor aristocracy. An
aristocracy of wealth then covertly replaces the
aristocracies of blood at the table of real financial power,
while the illusion of control among the people of the
Western Democracies becomes the main teaching element in
civics and other cultural influences that are subject to
manipulation and which create our world views.
If you look into the broad creation of public
schools, during those 120 or more years, you will discover
that a prime goal was to control urban youth, who otherwise
(having little to do) tended to lawlessness. Rural
youth were excluded from the laws requiring school
attendance when needed on the farms, but in the cities the
truant officer was meant to be an agent of great social
control. Public schools were not really intended to
educate (the elites had their own private academies, many of
which still exist all over New England), but to give workers
basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.
We are fed a dream about how our social life is
ruled (we're a democracy we are told, after all we vote),
and half asleep we become the serfs and peasants of an
aristocracy of wealth able to purchase all the clever minds
it needs in order to rule from secret.
Is there more?
- its for the greater good -
First paragraphs from a column by Maureen Dowd in the Nov. 11th 2009 New York Times:
The Great Vampire Squid has gotten
In an interview with The Sunday
Times of London, the cocky chief of Goldman Sachs said he
understands that a lot of people are “mad and bent out of
shape” at blood-sucking banks.
“I know I could slit my wrists and
people would cheer,” Lloyd Blankfein, the C.E.O., told the
reporter John Arlidge.
But the little people who are
boiling simply don’t understand. And Rolling Stone’s Matt
Taibbi, who unforgettably labeled Goldman “a great vampire
squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly
jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like
money,” doesn’t understand.
Banks, Blankfein explained, are
really serving the greater good.
“We help companies to grow by
helping them to raise capital,” he said. “Companies that
grow create wealth. This, in turn, allows people to have
jobs that create more growth and more wealth. It’s a
virtuous cycle. We have a social purpose.”
When Arlidge asked whether it’s possible to make too much money, whether Goldman will ignore the people howling at the moon with rage and go on raking it in, getting richer than God, Blankfein grinned impishly and said he was “doing God’s work.”
Where did this gentleman get these ideas: "its
for the greater good" (whatever that means), and that he was
"doing God's work"?
Any evil seeks a self justification.
The pedophile believes he loves the child he
rapes and abuses. Of his own satisfaction he makes a
kind of personal religion. This isn't because of a
need to salve conscience, but rather because each individual
world view has to have some degree of internal consistency.
Too large a paradox in the fundamentals of our
personal world view, and an uncontrolled insanity can be the
The callous indifference of the elites and
super elites of wealth needs a similar justification.
We get glimpses of this justification process when we
recognize that there is some purpose to such social forms as
the Skull and Bones Society (Yale's elite fraternity), or to
the annual gatherings at the Bohemian Grove in California (a
gathering of already co-opted politicians, business leaders
and others). What we find out about these events is
that frequently there is a religious or rite-like ceremony
as part of them. Is there some psychological
principle being applied here?
Most of us are familiar today with cults, and
how a cult works at brainwashing someone. Suppose that
very very very smart people were to do something similar,
but far more sophisticated. Not so much mind control,
but nevertheless something that lets them entice others with
inducements that bring a needed degree of submission to the
will of those at the top, yet doesn't disturb to openly
(many so seduced like to be half asleep as well) the sense
of rightness of those who consent and agree.
Imagine, for example, potential future American
business and political leaders being awarded Rhodes
Scholarships, and then going to England, to Oxford, for
These individuals are themselves then profiled, and their weaknesses and strengths cataloged.
Those with the right psychological disposition are
then drawn further into the inner circles of extreme wealth
and power. Tempted with various kinds of
addictions, some sexual, they are shown that they can be
princes of the world of the elites, and satisfy any
indulgence at will. Should they fall, or
otherwise act in such a way that they are noticed by the
press, the elites then show the ease with which they can
kill any story, or otherwise make their proteges immune from
Lets pause and consider the idea of addiction
for a moment. The greatest addiction is power.
The addictions of the senses - of the mind and of the
feelings (heroin dreams, nicotine, sex etc.) are small
compared to addictions of the will - of unlimited power to
do whatever you want. A secondary aspect is, oddly, a
kind of love. Our culture of celebrity celebrates special people. They too get what they want.
Think now of Dick Chaney. Enormous secret power.
Can help his friends in the circles of wealth do
almost anything they want in government. He's not
alone of course, but lets just focus our profiling
imagination of one person.
When he goes to the private homes of the
elites, in perhaps Virginia or at Aspen in Colorado, what is
his experience when he walks into a room. The most
powerfully and secretive man on the planet is adored by his
surroundings as if he was a god and a great hero.
To return to the process by which one joins
this worshiped and powerful elite...
At some point a special few are even made aware
of the slight of hand involved in the making of a fake
economic religion, with enough truth in it to explain much,
but with the real effects and benefits for the super elites
still carefully hidden until the neophyte inductee has so
committed themselves that it would be suicidal to leave the
group. As many of these individuals will have intact
consciences (which like all of us, we can be induced to
ignore it), something has to be given to them that lets them
believe in the Way of Wealth
We don't have to know exactly what was given.
The details are not important. I'll sketch some
possibilities, but at the same time will focus on
religion-like social processes, because as we all know,
Western Civilization is strongly influenced by Christianity,
and so most people raised from their youth in Western
Culture will have certain values. They must be given a
justification for accepting their roles as princes who lie,
without too far disturbing their early church experiences
and ideals. While the super elites of the
aristocracies of wealth will produce their share of
conscienceless individuals, most members of these groups
will need to become true believers in a religion-like world
view that seems itself to be superior, just as their life is
to be superior as a member of these high elites. This
is the secret written in the phenomena of the Skull and
Bones rituals and the annual rituals enacted at Bohemian
Grove in California.
Extreme wealth is able to purchase anything
that is for sale, whether the price is wealth, or power or
something perhaps even more addictive - a kind of religious
enlightenment or initiation ecstasy which brings either true
or illusory direct spiritual experience. I want
to emphasize that it is not significant (from one point of
view) to decide whether or not what is offered to the
princes of elite power and wealth is a true or false
spiritual achievement. We just have to appreciate how,
for some, such enticements will be quite powerful.
Here I want to take a small side trip, to make
an as if argument. Lets assume (for the moment) that
the spiritual is real, and that spiritual initiation is
real. Lets also assume that such spiritual Ways have
both a left hand path and a right hand path. In
spiritual literature this is already well known, so I am not
so much speculating, as borrowing what already is discussed
among those who consider the spiritual real.
For example, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) taught
what he called Spiritual Science, and among his teachings
one can find material about what he called Occult
Brotherhoods. He taught that behind much that arose in
England and American that led to WWI, and also was certain
to influence our time, there existed, from behind the
scenes, systems of spiritual enlightenment or initiation
that already had long traditions in the West. To make
things simple (a bit dangerous, but not too much so), I'll
make some distinctions. There appear to be many Occult
Lodges of perhaps centuries hidden existence, and rumors
have been everywhere for years (the Illuminati, for
There are (to my mind) three main Ways: the
Blacks, the Whites and the Grays. The Blacks serve the
Dark and get involved in black magic and powers, and also
get lost thereby in a kind of spiritual cul de sac.
The Whites serve the Good, and believe personal
individual free choice of all human beings is the highest
value, which is why (for example) Steiner gave 6000 lectures
in which he revealed all the secrets which had been kept for
years by the Grays, who coveted worldly power, and used
their secret spiritual knowledge to win a kind of dominance
even more secret and powerful than that of the super elites
The view of the Gray Occult Lodges is that the
world order is fundamentally spiritual, and includes the
belief that those, who understand the spiritual rules behind
existence, have an advantage, and a responsibility. Basically the Grays succumb to a
characteristic of Lucifer's Rebellion, and believe that
ordinary human beings can't be trusted to manage macro-human
affairs. Only a privileged elite can do so, and
by this message, and a demonstration of unusual psychic
powers (clairvoyance of various kinds) the Lodges of Grays
seduce certain of the potential princes of England and
America (as well as some Europeans) into their spiritual
ideology, which works from one basic idea.
Someone, with the appropriate skills, must
lead. They are told: You have been selected to
be part of this unique community of world leaders, and you
are engaged in a battle with the East, which would bury the
Christian West under its false views and inhuman values.
As a consequence, to participate in the
establishment of elaborate lies is necessary in order to
make the world safe for true Christian initiation and
enlightenment, thus some special few must make hard choices
for the greater good.
Ordinary people can't be trusted, which is why
we (the Grays and the super elites) let them have their vain
dreams and dogmatic Christian religions. We, the
spiritual elite, who serve the Light Bringer (Lucifer, who
in their spiritual ideology is painted differently from
typical Christian theology), know better. We will take
care of those who are less competent, and for the sacrifices
this requires of us, we need to live the good life, for we
have to have the same financial standing and power as the
rulers of the decadent Middle-East and Far East. With
such great responsibility over the true destiny of humanity,
one has to have access to great financial and political
power, and there must also be equally great rewards.
Getting a sense of the necessary ideology?
It doesn't have to be exactly like this in its
details. I am only sketching (profiling) a general
Excuse me for a moment while I retire from
writing and let my mind work free from its necessary swim in
this degenerate anti-Christian and immoral insanity.
just how far are they willing to go
Some of the ideas that can be part of this
religious-like (but fundamentally irreligious) ideology
concern the problems of death and suffering. Among the
kinds of knowledge, the Grays believe they have access to,
are ideas of reincarnation and the immortality of the
spirit. Other ideas include detailed matters
concerning the afterlife - that is what happens in between
death and a new birth. These views were seen
historically as heretical (to institutional Christian
churches), and this justified as well the secrecy involved.
The Occult Lodges are old.
Since the human spirit is, from this point of
view, immortal, then death is seen (for this ideology) as
simply a transition to another state of existence for a time
(until the next incarnation). In addition, a version
of the processes in the afterlife are also taught in some of
these circles, so that a bastardized view of divine justice
is presented. I suspect that what is taught suggests
that those who take this on the responsibility will receive
their rewards in heaven (as well as on earth) for such
sacrifice (just like the Islamist idea of virgins in heaven
for suicide bombers, only far more sophisticated).
Suffering and death are taught then to be a part of existence as ordained by the Gods, and the ruler-ship on the Earth of the Grays (the Occult Brotherhoods or Lodges - keep in mind this is still mostly male and patriarchal) is also part of the Divine Plan. Its a tough job, but someone has to do it. For pointing out the holes in such views, Steiner was eventually poisoned, after his main Temple to the Truth (the original Goetheanum in Switzerland) was burned to the ground.
In any event, many of these super elites belong
to various cults espousing allegedly superior religious
views that paint them as the morally just holders of worldly
power. They have little need to worry about the death
and suffering of the masses, for the immortal spirit will
have a just afterlife and then be returned to another
earthly life. What matters is that the West dominate the
East, otherwise the true values of this superior and occult
based Christendom, will be lost. The world is the
scene of a great battle between the truly Godly and the
In this battle any lie, and almost any act, is
justifiable, because it is clearly needed to win (for the greater
good). The world must
be Christianized, but not in the outer religious sense so
many fundamentalists and Zionists and Islamists believe, but
from a secret brotherhood that has come into incarnation
just to deal with these battles.
Two such battles occurred in the first half of
the 20th Century: World War One and World War Two.
A very significant theater of these battles in
the earthly realm was Central Europe, especially Germany.
Like the United States is being painted today
(by these same powers) as the author of horrible deeds in
the world, so Central European culture, with its remarkable
spiritual potentials (it gave us after all, in the 19th
Century, the complete basis for modern natural science), had
to carry its own Cross - to become viewed, not as a source
of truth and initiation in the mysteries, but as decadent
and uncaring, as well as capable of any unspeakable crime
(the holocaust). For similar reasons it was
important to these powers that America openly take up
torture (and other grossly immoral acts), for there is
coming a third great war, again to be fought mostly in the
Center, between East and West. America too is to now
carry a Cross.
The world is a giant game of Risk (a military
board game), and if you are a Nixon or a Kissinger or a
Clinton or a Rockefeller or a - pick any family name from
the elites, you must use the productive might of America to
make a powerful war machine, provide fodder for armies from
the poor, and rule (for a time) from the Executive Branch,
as the world goes through a well understood and predictable
(by all those well-paid and seduced fine minds) transition
in the West from Nation States to feudal-like independent
Corporate Trade Empires.
The world will go through a time of great
chaos, flirt with a new ice age (global warming is just a
prelude), and many will die (be recycled through
reincarnation), while the Corporation as an Entity (read the
first six novels of William Gibson, who gave us the term
cyberspace) free of human control (but needing to be well
taken care of by human servant management) becomes the
dominate social form all over the world (the free and wanton
capitalism of the West is to consume the East, both from the
outside and the inside - China and India, for example, in
their headlong rush into free market capitalism don't really
yet recognize their peril). A hierarchical social form
(all structure and no heart) is to be set free, and there
combined with the numeric powers of more and more advanced
The fear of the Grays has some reality behind
it. For if the East were to triumph, the Christianized
West would likewise be consumed (a process already begun due
to the many in America who have taken undisciplined* ideas
of Buddhism into their naturally Christianized souls (see my
Natural Christian). An
imagination of this possibility (control of the world by
decadent culture from the East) is contained in the eight
remarkable novels of the Chung Kuo Series, written by David Wingrove.
*[Just being spiritual may satisfy a curious
soul, but we also have to be awake to the long term cultural
implications of differences between Occidental and Oriental
philosophies. There are profound reasons why there is
a cultural East and West.]
As these developments unfold, however, many in
the West will wake up (also predictable), so it was
necessary to bring into play a complete degeneration of
civil rights, particularly in America, in order to control
and imprison any and all dissent against the terrible social
processes that must be allowed to freely occur (in the world
view of the Grays). Long in planning, certain final
callous and indifferent moves were made during the Bush II
administration, with Karl Rove as the master overseer (the
one with the most callous mind of all - a genius unique in
world history, known to be coming into incarnation by the
Brotherhoods, and thus helped at every turn to eventually
sit inside the web of political power in the United States).
Now he has moved into the Media, where with the help
of Rupert Murdoch he works both for Fox News and the Wall
Street Journal, enabling him to provide for the laity of the
elites of wealth all the self-centered moral justification
needed during this transition through social chaos to the
new world order of free Corporate Entities and number driven
computer social controls (just think today about all the
software that exists allowing management to intrude right
into the work stations of the modern office worker).
Of course, the scientific materialism of the
West, helps foster great disbelief in such an understanding.
What better way to keep secret a ruler-ship of the
world, than mask it with a world view (scientific
materialism) that casts doubt on all possible religious
understanding. The work of the Lodges has been well
thought out over centuries of time. Keep in mind,
however, that they are not unopposed (e.g. Rudolf Steiner -
and of course many others, including this author).
As just pointed out, there is another
difficulty in this. Some in the East are not
asleep either. There are those in the East
who seek the same victory, but they lag behind the stream of
events, and also are always catching up to technological
advances. Their advantage is untapped natural
resources, a willingness to pollute to the max, and huge
expendable populations (both India and China, as well as
Russia to a certain extent). They are also more
obviously callous in opposing dissent.
From this picture it can seem as if those of us below the elites in the social commons are to be toast (everyone is aware that in the present the middle class in America is disappearing). Well there would be little point to this essay if this was truly the case, so now let us move from these too too dark thoughts and find some light and warmth.
One more point, however. In reading the
above we can't just skip over the process by which the
spiritual gifts of Central Europe were intentionally
scourged and had set upon its genius a crown of thorns.
Now this genius (a part of the natural genius of the
whole world - see Teilhard de-Cardin's idea of the noosphere) must be resurrected. While a
similar scourging and crowning with thorns is being applied
today with regard to the genius of the American Spirit, that
genius would do well to recognize that in going through its
own cross bearing, crucifixion, death and resurrection, that
it will serve the Good in the best way, by helping restore
the cultural health of the Center and the East as well.
The world is a whole, and we serve ourselves best,
when we serve the whole (wash the feet).
Civil Society, the Wise-Earth, Blessed Unrest*
and the Mystery of America
thanks to Paul Hawken for this insight
Probably the primary thing to first realize is
that those who build a wall to keep others out, also build a
prison for themselves. The Berlin Wall kept
communists in as much as it kept the West out.
The Wall in Israel dividing Israelis from
Palestinians does the same. It appears in place as an
effort to contain and control something, and at the same
time is a trap for those who impose it. The elites of wealth
(and their priests in the Occult Lodges) suffer the same
error of focus. The more they try to control and
dominate the more they are trapped in the narrowness of
vision of that methodology. Each seeming effort at
controlling by the application of top down hierarchical
social power ties the manager to more and more limited
opportunities and consequences. The box they seek to
use to contain us, just as much contains them, albeit in a
Our main strategy is then to think outside
the box. I know, it is an
awful pun in a way, but a truth as well.
There is another strategy that helps. The
martial art known as Aikido: "the way of unifying (with)
life energy" or "the way of harmonious spirit" gives a hint.
When an aggressor comes toward you, you move in such a
way that the energy of the aggressor moves through and
around you as if you weren't there.
To give another really strange hint here -
consider the possibility of not moving toward dissent at
all. A system expecting rebellion in masses of
dissatisfied people through protest, doesn't know what to do
if you do something else, something entirely off the wall so
to speak. Suppose all that was needed was to elaborate
the truth of the subterfuge placed in the world by the super
elites and their priests (expose it) and then declare
Another off the wall strange idea: the movie
War Games (if you don't know it, rent it). A computer
hacker discovers a war games computer run by the military is
about to launch a nuclear war. He makes the
computer play tic tac toe over and over again, so as to
learn this lesson: the only way to win is not to play the
game at all.
By creating a game (gaming the world) the super
elites are bound up in that game (the box that confines
them). By understanding their defect (their lame
thinking), we don't play that game, but create another.
Instead of either/or, we do what happens in a both/and
solution - something not on the table yet, emerges. They
make war on us, we make peace on them.
This won't be easy. Consider the impulse
to activism so common today, such as Green politics,
environmental protest, PETA, move-on.org and so forth.
In a lot of this activity life energy is spent
trying to fix the system - trying to induce changes in a
macro social structure which isn't actually capable of
change. It is too old and too rigid, and as we expend
our life energy trying to change it, we avoid doing as much
as possible to change ourselves. By the way, don't
think they don't promote this. Remember all those
smart minds they can buy? You can bet they have
people (who don't even know the elites support them) just to
lead this activist dissent activity, which misdirects us
from what we can actually do (keeps us busy in the game,
when not being in the game at all is what we need to do
Blessed Unrest (see Paul Hawken's book of the same name) is a first stage of perception by the ordinary people of the world, living in the social below - the social commons - of their shared trials. We are waking up to each other, as much as we are waking up to the gamesmanship of the super elites of wealth, and their priests in the Occult Brotherhoods.
Think of the school yard. One pushes the
other, the other pushes back. Each push energizes the
other, until war breaks out. All the time we
spend trying to force the high elites (and their political
surrogates) to change, only has the effect of giving them
strength to resist. The '60's and '70's in
America actually invigorated and entrenched conservative
thinking as a push back in reaction to the push from the
left. Today, they once more are expecting our
resistance. If we don't resist (if we aren't there in a kind of way) they will overbalance and
fall. They shove, we move gracefully aside, keeping
our center through our Wise Earth communities, and then
overbalanced by their aggression, they fall.
It will be hard to understand, but there is a
wise governance to the world that is itself superior to
anything the super elites and their priests can imagine.
Some of them know they are living in this wise world,
but still want earthly power and perhaps even believe they
can game the perceivable and true spiritual order of human
existence. Their problem is that this wisdom is a
distributed system (check this out with regard to computers
if you want to understand it in a coarse way). The way
the wise guidance of the world works, as a distributed
system, is that the main factors in its unfolding are
ordinary human beings.
While the Grays worship Lucifer, the Light
Bringer, the White Brotherhoods trust individual human
freedom and marvel at what ordinary human beings do and
accomplish, because in them lives the Christ Impulse (like
the Buddha Nature described in the cultural East, there is a
Christ Impulse - a non-institutional spiritual instinct for
moral self sacrifice and wisdom in most all human beings)
(again see my book: the Natural Christian*). Don't we hear many people say today:
religious, but I am spiritual.
The ego or I of ordinary human beings is collectively
(in communities) a kind of genius far superior to whatever
the elites seek and produce, because the real authority in
the world is moral. The meek shall inherit the
*[See also Ben-Aharon's America's
Responsibility: individuation, initiation and threefolding. As well as Steiner's: The
This is what lives, and has so far manifested,
in Civil Society etc. Moral human action. In the
wise guidance of humanity and the world, the elites actually
suffer the consequences of their personal out of balance
appetites for power and wealth, only to end up by this
activity serving the distributed moral intelligence of the
world (the noosphere) by
creating just enough chaos to goad it into waking action.
We can legitimately declare victory because in waking
up to the truth of our situation we have already won (the
creators of the movie The Dark Knight instinctively understood this). Yes,
there are agents of chaos, but the effect of that is to
prompt into action something wonderful (yet dreaming) in the
soul and spirit of individuals.
The rest is details, and as these are
important, I will next begin relating those thoughts which I
can offer as my contribution to our shared distributed
wisdom - Blessed Unrest and the Wise-Earth.
counter-moves - some examples
Great wisdom is obvious in: think globally, act
locally. Because the real
wisdom, that is superior to the lost-in-illusion super
elites, is a distributed system based upon individual moral
action, the work is always where we are. Right in
front of us in our biographies. This is one of
the reasons we can let go a lot of vain activity which seeks
to coerce a system that if left to its own inner nature will
collapse in on itself.
A characteristic of this old system is that it
is hierarchical (top down) and mostly male dominated
(patriarchal). The emerging new system is circle like
(based on sharing) and returns once more the previously set
aside matriarchal understandings (think the social ways of
the Iroquois Federation). An old social order is
dying, whose inner dynamic is based on dominion over, to be replaced by a new social order whose
inner dynamic is communion with.*
*[See my book: the
Way of the Fool. for more details]
Of course, not everyone is going to understand
the psychological Aikido of not playing the game by
declaring victory. Once the mob had been romanticized
in the Godfather movies and the Sopranos, and corrupt cops
in The Shield, no one should be surprised that Sons of
Anarchy will soon romanticize biker gangs. The world
takes all kinds, and we each have choices that will lead to
For those willing to take on the tasks
required, to be a wise earth spirit, unresisting (in only
certain ways) in relationship to the overreaching of super
elite aggression, there are certain basic tools, all of
which are related to compassion (our individual Buddha
Nature) and love (our individual Christ Impulse).
For the simple reason that I like the "l" sound
at the beginning of the word love, I'll label these three tools: language; law, and liquidity.
Of these, the most powerful is language, so
lets begin there:
the coming transformation to a new oral culture,
through the reinvigorating of our appreciation of
the hidden possibilities in Language and
This next process I seek to illuminate has
already began, and while often thought of as a flaw by many
elites of culture, the move away from the cannons of Western
literature, in the West (and perhaps elsewhere) is a hint of
things to come. As one of the places language is
artistically displayed in is song, lets observe a cultural
process that took place since the middle of the 20th
Century, so as to see what this process can teach us of the
coming future. This is just one example of many that
could be put forward.
In 1955 or thereabouts, Elvis, the King of Rock
and Roll comes along. He's not the cause of, or even
really the leader of, but sometimes cultural changes have a
fore-runner, someone who stands out as the wave of social
change begins its more visible movements. Anyway,
Negro (today we say Black, but then we used other terms)
blues music (which has a distinctly sexual aspect) gets
united with Anglo (white) culture's pop love songs, and Rock
and Roll charges into the world. Being as English and
American culture are deeply related, it isn't too long
before the Beatles and others join in, and something comes
out into the whole world that was never there before.
The world responds, in a lot of different ways.
Reggae music (Bob Marley etc.) sings back, and
something that the awake DJ's start to call World Beat comes
back toward America (Paul Simon catches some of it in his
intriguingly named Graceland album). Rock and Roll and
World Beat have a kind of cultural intercourse, as the wise
hearts of musicians and songwriters all over the world get
involved in talking to each other through song and music (a
lot of this never appears on commercial radio and TV in
America, but it nevertheless took place). Not to soon
thereafter, out of the depths of certain northern city black
ghettos, and in part in response to World Beat, Hip Hop is
born (some of this later morphs into Rap). Now Hip Hop
is three things. First it pares down the musical
element to almost just rhythm - just the beat. It also
is poetry, but poetry as a story. Oral stories you can
dance to. Basic. Fundamental. It is also,
in its pure form, out of the social commons (a kind of
instinctive communion with) and
when it remains there it is free of the corruption of
Everyone now should be able to look at
world-wide cultural developments among ordinary people and
see there the wise earth transformations.
Schools have failed to keep up with the changes
in the lives and nature of the human beings attending them.
The education system, having run out of ideas
(old dying culture), can't really speak anymore to the real
life in the big cities (much less elsewhere, for example,
the story telling in Country Music speaks volumes about the
ordinary life of a lot of people). Time (in the
sense of change) is speeding up and the history of popular
culture from the '50's on tells this story in a big way
(except in commercial radio - fake imitative culture, which
driven by the profit motive and greed, doesn't get the true
spirit of these changes at all). But true new culture,
such as Hip Hop, even thought it fits within what those who
can't get over worshiping the past decry as the loss of
interest in the written word - Hip Hop is genuinely new.
Just to give an example that this change is a
bit noticed, a poet laureate of England, when asked in an
interview whether there were any voices out that that he
thought special, said that people should pay careful
attention to Eminem (Marshall Mathers), who he considered to
be the new Bob Dylan (the poet-seer deeply in touch with his
time). There is no Eminem (a shooting star whose
time quickly passed) without the Eight Mile section of
Detroit and Hip Hop. That white culture still borrows
from Black culture could be seen as a problem (and is by
some), but is better appreciated for the fact that it
represents a profound spiritual-cultural intercourse that is
world-wide in scope.
The thing is that oral culture is more alive.
The word dies when it is rendered into print on a
page. It needs the reader to resurrect it.
But oral culture, in a social situation, jumps
from one to the other, like a kind of electric arc. It
enlivens. If we were to wander the hidden cultural
byways of the world (and in America) we'd see that down in
the social below, the social commons, story tellers are
becoming important again.
In the colleges and the universities - the
ivory tower - there is too much intellect and not enough
heart (the organization is dominion over).
Especially when times get tough as they are doing now
in a big way. Now I am not saying no more written
literature at all. Just that like anything there
is excess, and one of the nice things that happened to the
world (as on odd kind of after effect) was when China began
their take over of Tibet in 1949 and began shoving all those
Lamas (teachers of deep Buddhist ways) out into the world.
Tibet, as a cultural source, had been a kind of slowly
cooking wisdom soup pot, and now the genius of history
kicked that pot over and sent its nourishment rushing all
over the world.
In a similar kind of way, by wrecking (for a
time through WWII) the cultural life of the Center (Central
Europe), this forced certain cultural forces (including
communities of spiritual beings for those willing to look at
it that way) toward the East and the West, looking for
incarnated individuals receptive to their wisdom. This
in a way has brought about the beginning of the fulfillment
of an ancient American Indian Prophecy (the Hopi Prophecy).
This too will take an oral form, just as the
Buddhist wisdom cooked slowly in Tibet is best rendered
In Europe, the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner
mostly rested in lectures and in books, imitating the
European ideal of the university (their center, in
Switzerland in the Goetheanum, has something that is called:
the School of Spiritual
Science). This modern Christian-like wisdom
(heretical to the max when compared to the fake Christianity
of most organized Christian religions) is itself waking up
to its conversational or
oral capacities in a new way.
I mention all this, the Hip Hop street poetry,
the Buddhist soup pot from Tibet and the heretical Christian
wisdom of Anthroposophy, to show that this change to oral
culture is everywhere. It takes a lot of
different forms - just think about a Twelve Step meeting.
It consists, when best, of the oral representation of
personal stories and mutual confession. These
are deeply powerful forces for change. Books will
still be important, but what is said from one person to
another person will again outweigh all that. In fact,
the core of this little book is a story. The profile is a
story. No one is required to believe it, nor
will they be tested on this material like in a school, nor
will they be part of a community that will shun them if they
don't mouth the right dogmas.
Language* then is born, in its most vital way,
in conversation and in story telling. In ages long
a galaxy far far away, ancient
story tellers were everywhere (that's what George Lucas is,
a story teller using the medium of modern film - also M.
Night Shyamalan - remember modern wisdom is
distributed). The Gospels were stories. The
fables of the Greeks were stories. Buddhism was
originally oral. However, and this is a very important
however, the inspiring genius behind these stories, which at
one time tended to concentrate into a few (Virgil, Homer,
etc.), is now diffuse and distributed.
*[See the poem The Gift of the Word in the
Steiner, for example, in creating the
Anthroposophical Society, created what he called Branches
and Groups, and even pointed out that in the future this is
where the real work was to be done. The social
commons, while collectively owned (as it were), is really
just who is there at any given moment sharing in the
conversation. The wisdom source lives in us all
now, in our individual thinking. The Wise Earth -
Civil Society - filled with Blessed Unrest.
While we have it (it can fail or become taken
over) the Internet gives us wide ranging abilities to tell
our stories. Millions of blogs.
FaceBook pages. Everyone has
something to say. The coming resurrection of new oral
culture will be entirely unlike what oral culture was in the
Here we will be challenged to craft, with each
other, what the world means. Will we tell a story of bad people in
corporate office buildings who all must die and be blown up
in order to save the rest, or will we tell the story of all
the places in the world, whether they are a skyscraper in
New York City, or a brothel in Thailand, such that we learn
to see that all are temples to that which in that place is
worshiped by those who are confused and lost and don't yet
recognize their brothers and sisters?
Will we speak of the confusion between the
impulse toward dominion over, and
the impulse for communion with, or
will we teach the children that those who are other,
must be hated? Will we be top down and hierarchical,
or circle-like and sharing?
Will we spread harmful gossip, or will we
illuminate each other with grace? This is the
fundamental question of the application of language - of the
gift of the word - as a vehicle for new oral culture.
redesigning the organizational structure of societies
through our understanding of the real living
nature of the Law
The law, that most of us know today (at least
in America), has its roots in the time of the Roman Empire.
Many of its ideas are still couched in Latin (for
example, res ipsa loquitur:
the thing speaks for itself; or habeas corpus: show or bring the body). Like anything
else, a legal system can grow old, and as I have suggested
elsewhere in my writings - that we live in a time of the End
of Western Civilization, then no one should doubt for a
moment that the law (as conceived centuries ago) has become
socially exhausted and spent.
It is unwieldy and excessively detailed.
Its last towering ideal impulse was during the
time of the Warren Court, when so many of our civil rights,
originally recognized by the Constitution, became truly
universal (it only took almost two hundred years?!?).
The coming descent into social chaos may produce
pockets (some quite large) of anarchy. We need only
look to Africa and parts of Asia to see how large such
pockets of anarchy can be. Petty dictators seize
governments and old tribal allegiances are borrowed by thugs
as justification for murder and theft. In America, we
have a quite odd, yet remarkable tradition, the gun rule of
the old West. Cowboy justice, sometimes good, and
often just another kind of mob rule, is likely to return -
its true mission unfinished.
The Corporations have no real interest in
justice, for they want to be a law unto themselves. At
the same time, they don't have an interest in controlling
everything either. William Gibson, in his future
oriented novel Virtual Light, had this to say through his characters:
"You know," Sammy Sal said, pausing before a first shallow sip, " you shouldn't have this kind of a problem. You don't need to. There's only but two kinds of people. People who can afford hotels like that, they're one kind. We're the other. Used to be, like, a middle class, people in between. But not anymore. How you and I relate to those other people, we proj their messages on. We get paid for it. We try not to drip rain on the carpet. And we get by, okay? But what happens on the interface? What happens when we touch?"
Chevette burned her mouth on espresso.
"Crime," Sammy Sal
said, "sex. Maybe drugs. He put his cup down on the
wagon's plywood counter. "About covers it."
Where Corporate control wants it, there will be
one kind of law. Theirs. Where they have
no interest, in the communities that are truly separate,
there will be another kind of law. Ours.
In the middle, in the vague in between where the
two kinds of order touch - something neither. By theirs, by the way, I don't mean other people, but
what is required by a social form that has freed itself from
human control. Lets look a little more closely at
Many readers will know that the lawnow (in its
decadence) considers corporations to be persons.
There is a rather insane history in this, but
the practice is too embedded in legal culture now.
Legal rules also require of management that they serve
the stockholders over almost every other value (workers
needs, environmental needs etc.). The doctrine in its
widest form is called due diligence.
So, the Corporation is a person, and its
managers must serve, with due diligence, the interests of
the owners (the stock holders) over every other value.
Many corporations own their own stock.
Can you see where this is going? The legal structure of a Corporation is emancipating itself from
human control. Its technical ownership is diffuse. Neither stock holders or the
managementreally run the Corporation anymore, which has a
great momentum as a social form. A kind of idea
incarnates in the Corporation, which as we know is kind of
callous and indifferent to most others affected by that
social form (uses the workers, lies to the consumers of its
products, corrupts political processes, grossly enriches
management and a few stock holders, etc.). As Western
Civilization dies, a decadent social form will live on for a
time, a kind of ghost of some of the worst moral impulses of
that Civilization. The individuals living out these
selfish and callously indifferent impulses will die, but the
created by this activity will continue.
Keep in mind that corporations have a culture -
a Way. Some are overt, some more secret. These
views in the future will become more and more religious-like
(even cultish). Human energy will design them.
The textural structure of the rule of the Occult
Lodges will seek to seep into these cultures.
The separation between this creature of corporate
control and communities of free individuals doesn't have to
be physical, either. Its not a question of place, but
who you are with and what are the circumstances. Nor
will all corporate control, or all free communities, have
the same laws and social rules. A Corporate
Entity that wants a longer future will take better care of
its human servants. A free community that wants a
longer future will take greater care in creating its serving
and hopefully living laws.
In a certain sense, the realm of law, or of expressed (perhaps written, perhaps
oral) social order, is a middle realm between language and culture, and economics and money (liquidity). It partakes of both (see Steiner's
ideas on the
Threefold Social Order here).
Laws after all are formed of words and ideas,
while money and liquidity concerns things (objects), and the
relationships of people to such objects. In an
economy, objects, even money, must be in movement
(liquidity). In a culture, ideas must be free and
living (again in movement). They can't come to rest in
fixed words (dogmas). In the middle realm, there needs
to be that which is moving, that still somehow has the
character of an object.
This is what a law is, in a living way, freed
of the old barnacles of dead Roman thought. In the
arguments of the Supreme Court we hear echos of these
conceptions of the law in the ideas of living meaning, versus original meaning. Some want to fix the meaning in
the 200 plus years old thought of the Founders (as can best
be understood), while others want to free the meaning of
laws to adapt to the reality of the human present.
This is why my book Uncommon Sense suggests we write a new Declaration of
Independence and a new Constitution. If we don't
modernize the law during the death of Western Civilization
(the transition from Nation States to feudal-like Corporate
Entities, swimming in a vast disorganized sea of free
functioning anarchies), the law will continue to crack and
fracture until it falls down around our heads.
If, in fact, we want to participate in the
process by which the Corporate Entity arises to a kind of
independence (and it must for a time so arise - it can be a
necessary and stabilizing historical force after a period of
chaos), we have to participate in the law creation process
as it is. It is really very useless to protest that
laws favor the rich, or stand with signs outside places
where the elites and super elites gather. Instead,
those who would influence politics have to run for office,
and get their hands dirty in all that troublesome mess, from
local politics on up. Can't be an idealist
there. Have to compromise. Oh, a protester
can be an idealist, but not someone in real politics.
At the same time, we can do politics better
than those who do it now do it. Again - distributed wisdom.
Think globally, act locally. As long as people
have avoided the legislative halls, whether they are just a
school board, or a city council or a state assembly, much
less the Senate or the Congress, this has left the field of
battle, over the meaning and processes of social order,
abandoned to the super elites, or the smaller and sometimes
more insideous religious fundamentalists, and they haven't
been asleep at all. There is sweat capital that is the
equal of money capital. Human energy. Life
energy. Political Aikido as dance. This kind of
local polticial activity needs to be the locus of bottom up
political capital. Not the political capital of the
elites, or the surrogates the political parties, but the
common sense participation out of the social commons - the circle-like communion with.
If we really use the Wise Earth distributed
wisdom born in Blessed Unrest politically, we can do a lot.
After all, politics is about story telling.
Sure it has a lot of lies, but there are lots of ways
to tell a true story. If Hip Hop and Country
Music married each other, for example, in the production of
political songs for individual candidates, distributed door
to door by activists (bored with protesting), who know what
might happen? A protest sign is one thing, street
entertainment another. One is negative and against,
the other is creative and for.
Think Jon Stewart. It is possible to do
parody that doesn't demean, but merely punctures what is
over-inflated. Variations are endless, and the amount
of distributed creativity out there is already enormous.
Sweat political capital can equal money political
capital in the present and coming political battles. People
just have to get off their couches and from in front of
their TVs, stop shopping and go participate.
The best way to learn about the law is to try
to make new ones. My Uncommon Sense has a lot of ideas along this line.
As the degree of social chaos increases (its
actual depths can't be predicted, just its general shape),
where anarchy is local (government ineffective), then so
must law creation become local. Think Katrina and the
Super Dome - only lasting for months, perhaps years, instead
of days and weeks. In such circumstances we can't
stand around waiting for help from a government that has
proved itself actually incapable. We have to
organize our selves. We have to work with each other
instead of waiting for the big father in Washington to do
the right thing. Native Americans can well tell
the story of that illusory promise.
Sharing the Earth: things, money, Liquidity and
There is a lot of good work out there already on the nature of debt-money. We all need to understand it. Just don't get one-sided. Remember the wisdom is distributed, so use a lot of different resources. Steiner wrote a book: World Economy. There is the Small is Beautiful Schumacher Society. There's the book Muddling Toward Frugality, by Warren Johnson. People are creating community farms. Co-ops are in a lot of places. Credit Unions are better than banks. There's the alternate currency movement. Local barter centers in church parking lots.
The best debt-money material is by Richard Kotlarz, whose columns on A New View of Money can be found on the Internet here: http://www.concordresolution.org/column.htm Nobody has the handle on it he has. A couple of points that he makes are worth mentioning right here.
If we understood how money actually operates (in its true, but hidden, sense), we would know that our idea that we put money in the bank when we deposit our paycheck and then take some out when we write a check to pay a bill - that idea is an illusion. What actually happens is that when we write the check (and also with a lot of other banking-related transactions) the money doesn't come into existence until that moment in time. The check allows the bank to create the money and charge the macro economic structure interest (thus, debt money). The way this system works is that the amount of debt constantly increases, because it is never fully retired due to the interest payment hidden in the the bowels of the money transaction process. We've reached a point today where the weight of this debt money interest is so huge, the world economy is falling apart. The sub-prime mortgage crisis was just one of many places in the world economy where it began to fracture due to this mamouth excess of unpaid interest-debt.
The way out is for governments (and that is ultimately us) to issue the money, not the backs. Read Richard for the details. Knowledge of this is crucial to navigating the future. Government issued money carries no debt and the consequences for our economic life are considerable.
In the War the rich are making upon the poor
there are two kinds of approaches we can make from the
social commons in terms of dealing with the problem of
liquidity of money and other objects that we need.
Some are strategic and some are tactical. Moving away
from bank issued money to government issued money (remember
we are the government) is a fundamental strategic
approach. It is large scale. Other kinds of
activities that need to accompany the coming changes are
tactical - that is local, something like an IED (those
roadside bombs in Iraq). But these are social weapons,
not physical weapons.
For example, the super elites think on the
macro scale. They are tied to old ideas of
hierarchical organization and top down management styles.
Remember they took over from the aristocracies
of blood, and just made themselves secret Kings and Queens.
But as our distributed wisdom tells us: all politics
is local. Try as the elites might (even with
computers) there's a limit to the detail they'll be able to
Their influence dissipates - it spreads out and
becomes less concentrated (and thus less effective as
it moves away from its top of the pyramid. The
computer gives it a tool to try to micro-manage, but all
computers can be hacked. The hacking
intelligence of humanity is also distributed. What
happens to the software inside a corporation that tries to
micro-manage all its office workers if a hacker gets in
there, but not in a big obvious way? Instead, a wise
way. Back doors, little code tricks like in computer
games that let the office worker trick the system from his
end. Hide the code tricks in mnemonic stories, just as
certain secrets were once embedded in nursery rhymes.
We don't confront these corporate wrongs
directly. We out think them.
For sure, one possibility (and a hard one at that) is that a lot of what ecology minded folks want may just come about through broad social collapse. In worse case world-wide environmental chaos scenario, the industrial world dies. In that case there isn't enough social order at the top to keep the big hierarchically managed systems running. No electricity, no running water. No trucks running all over America moving food. No big farms to make all that overabundance of nutritionless food. Lots of isolation and lots of anarchy.
What we need is skills. As such a collapse looms (to whatever degree it actually manifests - think the precautionary principle), we need the distributed wisdom to appreciate the need to preserve knowledge and pass on skills. Here's one idea. Its strategic in conception and creation, but tactical in local application.
Think open source. Open source computer
people created on-line free software (such as Linux) that
was better than what was being created by the corporations.
Windows sucks - its too open to being hacked.
Linux isn't, but is only slowly making its way in the
world, replacing an operating system that is crap. You
know why Windows sucks? Because they never
delete any of the old code. Its this huge fat pile of
mostly old code that only works because processing speeds
have increased enough to run through all the old code on the
way to finding the new stuff (unless it balks somewhere in
all that junk computer software dna, in which case you get
the famous Blue Screen of Death - a Windows crash).
Open Source communities need to create a Library for the Future. If the collapse gets too out of control (something the super elites are willing to risk, because with all their power and private armies they will survive), the knowledge generated by Western Civilization could be lost (along with all the other cultural treasures of East, Center and West).
If you are in an isolated community,
experiencing a long period of anarchy, do you know how to
recognize and treat dysentery, cholera etc.? Can you,
if you have a water source, build a water wheel? If
you have piles of old electronics, can you recycle them into
something you need and can use? Do you know how to
make insulin from sheep? What about sewing up a bad
If you check out survivalist websites on the
Internet, there is a lot of information. There
could be a lot more. A DVD of the right storage
capacity can store something like 20,000 books. The
Media Lab at MIT has created a tough cheap laptop that runs
on a crank (you just turn the crank and make the
electricity). Such a laptop and such a DVD (with some
appropriate yet unwritten search software) takes the
knowledge and skills our society has concentrated in single
individuals, and passes it on to the whole.
Distribute several million of these worldwide,
in all kinds of languages (remember the Internet is this
huge huge structure for sharing information, and if it gets
its collective mind around a task, tens of thousands of
people will do the grunt work for free).
One of the things you'll get is a variety of
DVDs. Or, a website (or a hundred websites) where you
can create the DVD you want, selecting what knowledge you
want, for your personally designed Library. You don't
have to use the crank laptop, but can keep the one you have,
if you just find on the Internet where to get what you need
from Radio Shack and the like, to turn your bicycle into a
machine that will generate the right tickle of electricity
when you pedal it.
Once, in America, there was the Whole Earth
Catalog. Guess what the Internet is? It just
needs some folks to fill in the gaps in the organizing of
information, and showing how to distribute it to the local
places that need it. Think globally, act locally.
The same whole earth distributed wisdom
resource can design new products for those people who want
to plan ahead. Could an alternate barter currency
system come awake on the Internet? In a functioning
anarchy, what is the "government" the issues the currency?
Keep in mind that the super elites are no doubt
planning to either crash the system (the Internet) or over
control it, if it starts getting too rambunctious.
There will be a window of opportunity and then it will
close. At the same time, if a lot of people are
acting, then a process we can call synergy happens. We don't have to ourselves
over-organize the same way an old tired hierarchical social
The social commons we all share, with its
distributed wisdom systems, will naturally form synergistic
structures. These will arise, and then pass
away. People will form associations that live
for a time, and then dissolve. Remember, the
nature of the Sharing of the Earth can be captured in the
idea of liquidity. Life
Energy in movement. Money, ideas, goods, services,
whatever. We just be careful not to let it come to
fixed conditions of rest. The old pyramidal social
over) the Corporations seek to
preserve won't continue very long, for it contains a
constant urge to become more and more rigid, which
eventually must lead to its death.
The circle form of new communities (communion with) is fluid enough to adapt, either within the
Corporate structure, or outside it. The Wise Earth is
alive, and life (as was said in
the movie Jurassic Park by the Jeff Goldblum character) will find a way.
One of Rudolf Steiner's ideas about money (in World Economy) is that it comes into being in relationship to the original transaction (such as selling produce), and then exists for a time, and then dies. Money is like the spiritual blood stream of the economy, and just like the blood its substance lives for time and then dies to be replaced by new substance.
Another of his ideas is that labor should not
be treated as a commodity, nor should land. Under a
real appreciation of the nature of economic processes, to
treat either as a commodity causes all kind of indirect
social ruin. For example, capital dies when it
becomes invested in land. In that place it can't
continue to circulate. Land
is a kind of choke-point. We saw this in the
recent housing bubble collapse. All kinds of value got
locked in land, and the whole system kind of choked on it.
People's work (their labor) can't be a
commodity either. Labor is best viewed as a gift from
one to another. We don't work for ourselves, we work
for each other. The social organism under the ideas of
Threefolding is meant to be seen as living (liquidity).
Think of what we call the division of labor.
In more ancient times if you had land, you could
(in some circumstances) wrest your living from it.
Normally you didn't do this alone, but together
with others. Paying for labor is not universal, in a
cultural sense. Native Americans, true Cajuns etc.,
had a strong ethos of sharing. Buying and selling
labor is a by-product of economic confusion, rooted in a
tradition of slavery, serfdom and peasantry. Don't we
call ourselves: wage slaves?
Recall our idea of distributed wisdom. It
is the nature of the division of labor that it is distributed as well. You fix a car. The
dentist fixes your teeth. Your neighbor fixes your
dentist's toilet. We are interdependent. We
already work for each other all the time, we just don't
notice it. If you treat the single parts of that
process (the labor) as a thing, as a commodity that can be
bought and sold, we mistake what needs to be honored
essentially as a spiritual gift from one human being to
another (our labor) the same way we treat a shirt.
If you are getting the idea that this is all a
bit strange and complicated, good. Remember, we've
been living in a fake religion of economic ideas, all
designed to benefit one class - the class of aristocrats of
wealth that succeeded the class of blood aristocrats before
Another of Steiner's unique ideas is that
capital (which can function in a true economy) would be
managed from what he called the cultural sphere (that area
above were we talked about language). People not
necessarily involved directly in banks and financial
institutions would evaluate the proposals of entrepreneurs
seeking capital. Their question would be how would the
product serve the whole, not which small group is going to
make the most profit making something people don't really
need, by abusing workers and ruining the environment.
I can't here teach you everything about the
Threefold Social Organism, or Richard Kotlarz's New View of
Money, but with the ideas of language (cultural activity) and law (political-legal activity) and liquidity (economic activity) you've began to become
acquainted with something much wiser than the fake religion
of free markets and unrestrained capitalism.
Lets return now to the beginning, in a way, to
recall and complete the spiral movement of thought unveiled
in this essay ...
We started with a quest. How do we
understand the world we live in? What are the real
dynamic forces working in human social life? So
much seems insane and crazy - is it possible it is not just
accidental, but something various people do on purpose?
I proposed thinking about social and political life in the same way a profiler does. Look at it from the same point of view of the people who don't care. What might be that point of view? How might they think? Does history and our common knowledge of events and political realities justify our having truthful knowledge that such point of view exists?
For some readers, what was then discovered may
have seemed to have gotten pretty out there. Talk
about a conspiracy theory! All the same, we didn't
stop there. We looked at our own situation, at
the reality of ordinary people in the social below - the
social commons. Are we helpless victims, or something
I believe I showed how this was not the case -
we were not victims and not helpless. We were in
fact a step or two away from appreciating our real powers,
powers (sweat capital or equity) equal to that of the super
elites. We gain much just by actually knowing how the
world works. They seek to game us, we see this and
don't play at all. We do our own thing. We
form communities within the social commons, using our
incredible counter-force in the synergy of our own
distributed wisdom. We think globally (understand how
the world actually works) and act locally. We take our
Blessed Unrest (our waking up to social reality) and use the
already developing Civil Society and Wise Earth culture to
be smarter and wiser than the elites who seek to rule.
We confound their seeking power and wealth (dominion over), with our ability to work with each other (communion with). They fight and compete, we
cooperate. They tie themselves to social structures
that can't do anything but get more and more rigid and then
die. We create living social forms, full of life
and love. We make peace and love, not war.
meek will inherit the earth.*
Wake up. Declare victory, and go find
some local politics to get involved in. Participate!
Trust the distributed wisdom and the principle of
synergy. Think globally, act locally. And, have fun
doing it. Dance, sing, and create art. Work and
*[Of course, this essay doesn't answer a lot of
questions. If you want a more general examination of
some of the spiritual secrets of the world, read my the
Way of the Fool, and New Wine. For more on politics, read Uncommon
Sense as well as On the Nature of Public Life.]
Jim Garrison's summation to the jury in
the Clay Shaw trial
of the JFK assassination.
May it please the court. Gentlemen of
the jury. I know you're very tired. You've been very
patient. This final day has been a long one, so I'll speak
only a few minutes. In his argument, Mr. Dymond posed one
final issue which raises the question of what we do when the
need for justice is confronted by power. So, let me talk to
you about the question of whether or not there was
government fraud in this case--a question Mr. Dymond seems
to want us to answer. A government is a great deal like a
human being. It's not necessarily all good, and it's not
necessarily all bad. We live in a good country. I love it
and you do too. Nevertheless, the fact remains that we have
a government which is not perfect.
There have been indications since
November the 22nd of 1963--and that was not the last
indication--that there is excessive power in some parts of
our government. It is plain that the people have not
received all of the truth about some of the things which
have happened, about some of the assassinations which have
occurred--and more particularly about the assassination of
Going back to when we were children, I
think most of us--probably all of us here in the
courtroom--once thought that justice came into being of its
own accord, that virtue was its own reward, that good would
triumph over evil--in short, that justice occurred
automatically. Later, when we found that this wasn't quite
so, most of us still felt hopefully that at least justice
occurred frequently of its own accord.
Today, I think that almost all of us
would have to agree that there is really no machinery--not
on this Earth at least--which causes justice to occur
automatically. Men have to make it occur. Individual human
beings have to make it occur. Otherwise, it doesn't come
into existence. This is not always easy. As a matter of
fact, it's always hard, because justice presents a threat to
power. In order to make justice come into being, you often
have to fight power.
Mr. Dymond raised the question: Why
don't we say it's all a fraud and charge the government with
fraud, if this is the case? Let me be explicit, then, and
make myself very clear on this point.
The government's handling of the
investigation of John Kennedy's murder was a fraud. It was
the greatest fraud in the history of our country. It
probably was the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in the
history of humankind. That doesn't mean that we have to
accept the continued existence of the kind of government
which allows this to happen. We can do something about it.
We're forced either to leave this country or to accept the
authoritarianism that has developed--the authoritarianism
which tells us that in the year 2029 we can see the evidence
about what happened to John Kennedy.
Government does not consist only of
secret police and domestic espionage operations and generals
and admirals--government consists of people. It also
consists of juries. And cases of murder--whether of the
poorest individual or the most distinguished citizen in the
land--should be looked at openly in a court of law, where
juries can pass on them and not be hidden, not be buried
like the body of the victim beneath concrete for countless
You men in these recent weeks have
heard witnesses that no one else in the world has heard.
You've seen the Zapruder film. You've seen what happened to
your President. I suggest to you that you know right now
that, in that area at least, a fraud has been perpetrated.
That does not mean that our government is entirely bad; and I want to emphasize that. It does mean, however, that in recent years, through the development of excessive power because of the Cold War, forces have developed in our government over which there is no control and these forces have an authoritarian approach to justice--meaning, they will let you know what justice is.
Well, my reply to them is that we
already know what justice is. It is the decision of the
people passing on the evidence. It is the jury system. In
this issue which is posed by the government's conduct in
concealing the evidence in this case--in the issue of
humanity as opposed to power--I have chosen humanity, and I
will do it again without any hesitation. I hope every one of
you will do the same. I do this because I love my country
and because I want to communicate to the government that we
will not accept unexplained assassinations with the casual
information that if we live seventy-five years longer, we
might be given more evidence.
In this particular case, massive power
was brought to bear to prevent justice from ever coming into
this courtroom. The power to make authoritive
pronouncements, the power to manipulate the news media by
the release of false information, the power to interfere
with an honest inquiry and the power to provide an endless
variety of experts to testify in behalf of power, repeatedly
was demonstrated in this case.
The American people have yet to see
the Zapruder film. Why? The American people have yet to see
and hear from the real witnesses to the assassination. Why?
Because, today in America too much emphasis is given to
secrecy, with regard to the assassination of our President,
and not enough emphasis is given to the question of justice
and to the question of humanity.
These dignified deceptions will not
suffice. We have had enough of power without truth. We don't
have to accept power without truth or else leave the
country. I don't accept either of these two alternatives. I
don't intend to leave the country and I don't intend to
accept power without truth.
I intend to fight for the truth. I
suggest that not only is this not un-American, but it is the
most American thing we can do--because if the truth does not
endure, then our country will not endure.
In our country the worst of all crimes occurs when the government murders truth. If it can murder truth, it can murder freedom. If it can murder freedom, it can murder your own sons--if they should dare to fight for freedom-- and then it can announce that they were killed in an industrial accident, or shot by the "enemy" or God knows what.
In this case, finally, it has been
possible to bring the truth about the assassination into a
court of law--not before a commission composed of important
and powerful and politically astute men, but before a jury
Now, I suggest to you that yours is a
hard duty, because in a sense what you're passing on is
equivalent to a murder case. The difficult thing about
passing on a murder case is that the victim is out of your
sight and buried a long distance away, and all you can see
is the defendant. It's very difficult to identify with
someone you can't see, and sometimes it's hard not to
identify to some extent with the defendant and his problems.
In that regard, every prosecutor who
is at all humane is conscious of feeling sorry for the
defendant in every case he prosecutes. But he is not free to
forget the victim who lies buried out of sight. I suggest to
you that, if you do your duty, you also are not free to
forget the victim who is buried out of sight.
You know, Tennyson once said that,
"authority forgets a dying king." This was never more true
than in the murder of John Kennedy. The strange and
deceptive conduct of the government after his murder began
while his body was warm, and has continued for five years.
You have seen in this courtroom indications of the interest
of part of the government power structure in keeping the
truth down, in keeping the grave closed.
We presented a number of eyewitnesses
as well as an expert witness as well as the Zapruder film,
to show that the fatal wound of the President came from the
front. A plane landed from Washington and out stepped Dr.
Finck for the defense, to counter the clear and apparent
evidence of a shot from the front. I don't have to go into
Dr. Finck's testimony in detail for you to show that it
simply did not correspond with the facts. He admitted that
he did not complete the autopsy because a general told him
not to complete the autopsy.
In this conflict between power and
justice--to put it that way--just where do you think Dr.
Finck stands? A general, who was not a pathologist, told him
not to complete the autopsy, so he didn't complete it. This
is not the way I want my country to be. When our President
is killed he deserves the kind of autopsy that the ordinary
citizen gets every day in the State of Louisiana. And the
people deserve the facts about it. We can't have government
power suddenly interjecting itself and preventing the truth
form coming to the people.
Yet in this case, before the sun rose
the next morning, power had moved into the situation and the
truth was being concealed. And now, five years later in this
courtroom the power of the government in concealing the
truth is continuing in the same way.
We presented eyewitnesses who told you
of the shots coming from the grassy knoll. A plane landed
from Washington, and out came ballistics expert Frazier for
the defense. Mr. Frazier's explanation of the sound of the
shots coming from the front, which was heard by eyewitness
after eyewitness, was that Lee Oswald created a sonic boom
in his firing. Not only did Oswald break all of the world's
records for marksmanship, but he broke the sound barrier as
I suggest to you, that if any of you
have shot on a firing range--and most of you probably have
in the service--you were shooting rifles in which the bullet
traveled faster than the speed of sound. I ask you to recall
if you ever heard a sonic boom. If you remember when you
were on the firing line, and they would say, "Ready on the
left; ready on the right; ready on the firing line; commence
firing," you heard the shots coming from the firing line--to
the left of you and to the right of you. If you had heard,
as a result of Frazier's fictional sonic boom, firing coming
at you from the pits, you would have had a reaction which
you would still remember.
Mr. Frazier's sonic boom simply
doesn't exist. It's part of the fraud-- a part of the
continuing government fraud.
The best way to make this country the
kind of country it's supposed to be is to communicate to the
government that no matter how powerful it may be, we do not
accept these frauds. We do not accept these false
announcements. We do not accept the concealment of evidence
with regard to the murder of President Kennedy. Who is the
most believable: a Richard Randolph Carr, seated here in a
wheelchair and telling you what he saw and what he heard and
how he was told to shut his mouth--or Mr. Frazier with his
sonic booms? Do we really have to reject Mr. Newman and Mrs.
Newman and Mr. Carr and Roger Craig and the testimony of all
those honest witnesses--reject all this and accept the
fraudulent Warren Commission, or else leave the country?
I suggest to you that there are other alternatives. One of them has been put in practice in the last month in the State of Louisiana--and that is to bring out the truth in a proceeding where attorneys can cross-examine, where the defendant can be confronted by testimony against him, where the rules of evidence are applied and where a jury of citizens can pass on it--and where there is no government secrecy. Above all, where you do not have evidence concealed for seventy-five years in the name of "national security."
All we have in this case are the
facts--facts which show that the defendant participated in
the conspiracy to kill the President and that the President
was subsequently killed in an ambush.
The reply of the defense has been the
same as the early reply of the government in the Warren
Commission. It has been authority, authority, authority. The
President's seal outside of each volume of the Warren
Commission Report--made necessary because there is nothing
inside these volumes, only men of high position and prestige
sitting on a Board, and announcing the results to you, but
not telling you what the evidence is, because the evidence
has to be hidden for seventy-five years.
You heard in this courtroom in recent
weeks, eyewitness after eyewitness after eyewitness and,
above all, you saw one eyewitness which was indifferent to
power--the Zapruder film. The lens of the camera is totally
indifferent to power and it tells what happened as it saw it
happen--and that is one of the reasons 200 million Americans
have not seen the Zapruder film. They should have seen it
many times. They should know exactly what happened. They all
should know what you know now. Why hasn't all of this come
into being if there hasn't been government fraud? Of course
there has been fraud by the government.
But I'm telling you now that I think
we can do something about it. I think that there are still
enough Americans left in this country to make it continue to
be America. I think that we can still fight
authoritarianism--the government's insistence on secrecy,
government force used in counterattacks against an honest
inquiry--and when we do that, we're not being un-American,
we're being American. It isn't easy. You're sticking your
neck out in a rather permanent way, but it has to be done
because truth does not come into being automatically.
Individual men, like the members of my staff here, have to
work and fight to make it happen--and individual men like
you have to make justice come into being because otherwise
is doesn't happen.
What I'm trying to tell you is that
there are forces in America today, unfortunately, which are
not in favor of the truth coming out about John Kennedy's
assassination. As long as our government continues to be
like this, as long as such forces can get away with such
actions, then this is no longer the country in which we were
The murder of John Kennedy was
probably the most terrible moment in the history of our
country. Yet, circumstances have placed you in the position
where not only have you seen the hidden evidence but you are
actually going to have the opportunity to bring justice into
the picture for the first time.
Now, you are here sitting in judgment
on Clay Shaw. Yet you, as men, represent more than jurors in
an ordinary case because of the victim in this case. You
represent, in a sense, the hope of humanity against
government power. You represent humanity, which yet may
triumph over excessive government power-- if you will cause
it to be so, in the course of doing your duty in this case.
I suggest that you ask not what your
country can do for you but what you can do for your country.
What can you do for your country? You
can cause justice to happen for the first time in this
matter. You can help make our country better by showing that
this is still a government of the people. And if you do
that, as long as you live, nothing will ever be more
See also (if you dare) Oliver Stone's version of these events in the movie JFK, where the actor Kevin Costner gives a much expanded version of this summation.
Dennis Burke's Eulogy for Granny D, Dublin, New Hampshire, March 14, 2010
Thousands of news services, from Peterborough to Bangkok, from personal diaries to the New York Times, have reported these last few days on the life and death of Doris Haddock. In her life, she did not cure a disease or end a war. She did not write ten symphonies or do whatever normally occasions such notice. So what did she do? It is worth thinking about in this moment.
If people no longer spoke aloud, or if they no longer looked at things with their own eyes or through their own thoughts, if they let others do those things for them, then they would take it as unusual if one among them suddenly spoke up and dared see the world independently, describing without filter or permission the vivid colors and true conditions of the world.
It is difficult to understand why a lady from New Hampshire who did little more than take morning walks--though she sometimes did so without coming back for several years--should be so lionized in death, unless we also consider what has become of the world around her that made her exceptional by comparison. She is seen as exceptional perhaps because the rest of us have become a little too reticent, a little too slow-moving, in response to these times of high challenge.
A thousand people have told me that, when they reach her age, they want to be like Granny D. I have always agreed with them, but we have had it a little wrong. We must not wait until we are 90 or 100; we have to be, even today, a little more like Granny D. Our challenges will not wait for us to age.
Walking down long highways, I remember that sometimes she would want to look at the small things killed beside the road that others could not bear to look at. She was a great artist in fibers and colors, even in how she dressed. No one had a better sense of hat. She would see rich beauty in places where some would never dare look. She seems to have turned off her hearing aids for the lecture when the rest of us were told we must not look here or there, and told how some things must be presumed beautiful or ugly, true or false. She simply and always wanted to see for herself.
Too often we are told what to think, even about ourselves. We are encouraged to trivialize our lives; to participate in our own reduction to mere consumers of products, passive witnesses to history. She wanted to see for herself what she might become, what she might be capable of doing that was helpful to the people she loved, whom were honestly everyone. She could see no defects in others without measuring them against her own shortcomings. Her anger was real and righteous, but it was about things and actions--it never lodged in her heart for long against people, even those whose actions she most opposed.
Because she could see our present democracy clearly, and because she could remember in properly punctuated detail the conditions of this self-governing country in her youth, this young lady of Lake Winnipesauke, this product of New England’s town halls, this elder resident of the lanes where Thornton Wilder wrote “Our Town,” this friend of ours who will be more durable to history than any Old Man of the Mountain, was the truer granite measure of where we have been going as a people and where we must go, one step at a time, into the American future.
The important thing Doris Haddock would have you remember was that she was no more special than you, and that you have the identical power and the responsibility to make a difference in the community and the world.
She received tens of thousands of messages from people who told her they had decided that, if a woman her age of bent back, of emphysema and arthritis, could step forth to be a player on life's stage, to make a contribution, then so could they, and so would they. And so they did. Those people live all over the world. We can never know what good that legion of people has done and will continue to do. Have they cured diseases, ended wars, written symphonies? Remarkably yes, they do important work now all over the world, and they live their lives, by their own accounts, with more satisfaction and meaning because of what they learned by watching our Granny D. And politically, if you care to trace the origins of the present progressive movement, you will find at its root a bare handful of people, including Granny D.
Her youthful energy lives on through those she touched, just as the youthful energy of the people who raised her and taught her many years ago continued on through her. You could hear the voice of Jesse Eldridge Southwick of Emerson College of Oratory in Doris's every word, and see in Doris's constant energy the creative joy of her Laconia High School teacher, Grammy Swain. If Doris was partial to the poetry of Robert Frost, it was because she knew him. He was her husband's freshman English teacher at Amherst. If you ever heard her recite “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” as I did on a desert road, you may as well have been in Frost's presence. All of those people lived on past their own lifetimes through her.
She was an extension also of those much younger than her, who are with us today. She was an expression of Jim and Libby Haddock's supportive love and many sacrifices, enabling her to become what she became. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her inspiration to keep working for a better world for them. She was an extension of the love and learning of her study group, led by Bonnie Riley and a remarkable circle of friends. Beyond their warm living rooms, Doris traveled on a river of their love and energy. If there were ever a list in marble of the names of the people in her personal world who supported and propelled her, who, in turn, were inspired and loved by her, it would extend three thousand and two hundred miles across America, and then across the seas.
Doris was always a little confounded by her late-life fame. She deeply believed that she was merely fortunate enough to find herself in a good play with a good cast. The old drama student never wanted to be more than a very supportive player, so that the leaders of our democracy might better move us toward the honest, just and kindly democracy ever just ahead, a vision that she kept as close to her thoughts as that old feather in her hat.
She would have us remember that our country is Our Town, that we each have the power and the responsibility to make a difference while we are alive, knowing that what we set in motion today will make a difference long after we are gone. Far more important than the old bodies we find ourselves patching up and hitching along, we are each also an idea and a vision of the world. We give the rising gift or dark weight of that vision to each person we deeply know. And that idea, that vision, is like the manuscript that grows from an old typewriter that will soon rust away to earth, leaving but the living manuscript. The Idea of us is the real us. The Idea is the living thing that survives because it lives on in our friends, survives in their hearts to help them better interpret and shape the world.
So, at the next turn of history and of opportunity, will we not wonder what Granny D would have said, would have thought? It is a part of us now, a measuring tool, something new in us that thinks like her. That is Doris alive and still walking with us.
Finally, she would want us to remember to keep working at things and to take walks every day if possible. To send Thank You notes. To keep asking for and expecting honorable change. To stay strong. After the recent Supreme Court decision that did damage to the bill she walked for, she asked me if I thought she might walk across the country again. I told her that she might only be able to do five miles or less a day. She had last month been in Arizona working on a book and doing three miles a morning. She calculated how long it would take her to get to Washington at 3 to 5 miles per, and decided she needed a quicker way to fix the Supreme Court decision. Well, now it is up to us, of course, and we won’t let her or our country down.
Thank you Doris. You didn’t fear death very much--you told me so. You needn’t have feared it at all.
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