Sunday, September 2, 2012

8 Ways to Improve Society Without the Political Process

Anthony Freda Art
J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

When a problem occurs or when something is wrong we have traditionally been conditioned to find someone who is “in charge”, a final arbiter of decision making who will have all of the answers and know all of the right things to say and do.

Typically, those who have found themselves “in charge” are no more qualified or knowledgeable than those who are not, yet nonetheless these false prophets continue to swindle generation after generation of people. 

The worst thing about this whole situation is that these so called “authorities” maintain a monopoly on problem solving, meaning they are really the only ones who are allowed to solve problems. Thus over time people begin to believe that those in authority are the only ones who are actually capable of solving problems, when in reality, they are no more qualified than anyone else.

If we apply this understanding to the realm of government, it is not difficult to see that the current system of electoral politics is not an effective or moral way for people to actually create meaningful change in their communities and the planet as a whole. Year after year, administration after administration the faces change, but the oppression continues to escalate. 

Even if your vote is actually counted, which it probably isn’t, it still won't matter who wins in the end anyway because they are all going to carry out the exact same policies with just slightly rhetoric behind them. It should be obvious by now that this system is not only inherently corrupt, but is also failing miserably and currently in the process of collapse.


So what do we do? How do we solve these problems? Do we look to authority? Do we put someone else in charge? Of course not! How has that been working out for us all along? Not so well, right? 

Yet when I suggest that everyone needs give up on voting and take matters into their own hands in their personal lives, people always seem to get the impression that I am suggesting they “do nothing”. In reality the complete opposite is true. I am suggesting that they actually get out and do something to make an impact on the problems that bother them instead of just pushing a button in an election booth, throwing the problem on some politicians lap and thinking that something is actually going to get done.

If anything, that political approach that I just described is the lazy way of going about change, but actually working on solutions yourself is truly meaningful action. There are a ton of ways that you can contribute to helping the global situation without politics. In fact, you will do much better than the politicians at actually achieving the goal. Below is just a few ways that I have recently seen people solving problems in their community by themselves, without the government.

(1) Opt Out in Every Way Possible – Non-Compliance is a long-term strategy and won't achieve overnight results, but this is still a necessary part of this social evolution that I am speaking of. Opting out is a way of pulling your support out of the system, and putting your support in something that will eventually outshine the system and make it obsolete. That is a lot of the idea behind pulling yourself out of the political process and refusing to vote. Voting takes a lot of time and energy, especially if you are donating money to political parties and campaigning for candidates. Opting out will instantly free up that time, energy and money for causes that will be more effective in achieving your goal of improving society.

(2) Be Your Own President – Presidents are not “leaders” as the masquerade to be, they are appointed masters who seek to control the thoughts and actions of large groups of people. You have the choice to disobey any random code or policy that doesn't stand up to the non-aggression principle and natural law. Exercising that choice is a way of finding freedom in a seemingly unfree world. If you break government laws and no one gets hurt in the process, and no property has been damaged or stolen, then you have done nothing wrong. Be your own master instead of letting someone else control your behavior.

(3) Campaign for Philosophy – After watching puppet after puppet go through office we should all know by now that “getting the right guy in there” isn’t any kind of possibility, and even it was a possibility, it would be like giving a really nice guy a sledgehammer to repair a complicated supercomputer. What really needs to happen is an advancement of philosophy and a change in the way that this species looks at the world. All of the answers for exactly how the future will be built is not yet known and truly unpredictable, but the problems in our current system are obvious enough that they are easy to identify. The fundamental flaws with our traditional way of life as a species is that it has been acceptable for people to force their will on one another, through both private and political means. As a result violence has plagued our species for ages when we could have easily shed this neurotic tendency just after the stone ages.

For centuries humanity has been trapped in this loop of violence because a philosophical advancement has failed to occur. We have known the path to take for ages, we all talk about it in every culture, in the hypocritical rhetoric of every government. Equal rights and universal standards, peace, freedom and justice. These are the ideals that we all speak of, but many fail to live by. These are the ideals that will change the world if embraced, but it is not going to happen by voting an aristocratic liar into a position of power. It will only happen through intelligent people talking about these ideas and coming up with new ways to actually integrate them into society.

(4) Support or Start Mutual Aid Groups – As an article pointed out this week, mutual aid groups were one of the most popular ways that people ensured the welfare of their families and neighbors before the government created programs to make everyone depend on them for help. Years later we can see the results of this approach, as these programs are in total disarray because their purpose was never actually to help people, and those involved have no real incentive to make these programs productive because they aren’t even a part of the community that depends on them. This is what makes mutual aid groups different. First off, these are all programs which are joined by choice and funded voluntarily and they allow people to directly interact with whoever they are helping and with whoever is helping them. These programs are highly efficient and realistic even in today's world. As I pointed out last week a variation of this idea is already becoming popular among jobless people in Spain, who have been using mutual aid organizations called time banks, to help each other weather the tough times.

(5) Support or Create Alternative Currency - There are alternative currencies popping up all over the world, and all over the Internet as well. Bitcoin has been the primary currency used online, but the market is open to competitors so Bitcoin will have to actually continue to satisfy customers, or it will surely give way to a more user friendly currency, something that the Federal Reserve System has never had to do because they monopolize the currency. For close communities and urban markets coupon based, community backed currencies are starting to develop, which allow people to opt out of the Federal Reserve System, and barter with their neighbors using a mutually agreed upon medium of exchange which has no tie to politics at all. In Baltimore many use “Bnotes” to trade amongst themselves, out west they have something called mountain hours that works in much the same way. If there is one of these currencies in your community see what you can do to get involved, if not there are plenty of places online that will tell you how to start this kind of project yourself.

(6) Support or Create a Community Garden – Food prices are getting high and quality is getting lower, making times extremely tough for anyone trying to be healthy. If there is already a garden in your community, try to get involved and support them as much as possible. If there isn’t one in your community, think about starting one yourself!

(7) Support or Create Alternative Media – It's no secret that the mainstream media is a dying entity that has totally lost the confidence of the general population. CNN has been reporting an 80% decrease year after year, and the outlets on either side of the aisle aren’t doing much better either. They are all losing their audience to the people-powered alternative media which is run by large networks of individual activists, most of which really need and deserve some support from the people who appreciate their media. Cancelling your cable subscription and putting that money towards your favorite alternative media organization is a big step in shifting the control of information back into the hands of free people exchanging ideas, instead of government monopolists.

(8) Act with Kindness and Compassion in Your Own Life – Self-explanatory, be excellent to each other.

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J.G. Vibes is an author, and artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with him and his new 87 chapter book Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, as well as his show Voluntary Hippie Radio at www.aotmr.com


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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's all about human nature and incentives. That's specifically why the world is in such dire straights and rapidly progressing even more that way. With the further consolidation and control of food, water, healthcare, productive jobs in the global scheme of things, the author's thoughts and suggestions are pleasant and mean well, but effectively I liken it to repainting some of the artillery in a war you're currently fighting and losing. It may look a little better to some, but it cannot have much of a meaningful effect to change things. Our system through many years of corruption and evolution, philosophically derived by human nature's 2 most profound aspects -- which are greed and incentive. I am afraid the only hope we have in the big picture is to somehow find principled intellectuals that are willing to walk through the pathway of hell to reverse and change things both economically and socially to recast our destiny into a sustainable and peaceful future for all.

I have over 20 years experience in observing the natural traits and desires of typical people outside of the system that want to volunteer for change. It was in a community organization. Primarily, the two types that show up to "help" were economic predators and clueless community wannabe's that have to be totally lead.

The current state of our unpleasant country and world must be miraculously changed from the top down by intellectual volunteers that are motivated by satisfaction from witnessing progress and performance as a result of their efforts. Unfortunately, those type of individuals are few and are under the radar of the established and rigid political systems, fraternities, religious institutions and the tenured elite in universities.

Everything reverts back to human nature. That's why real and pure progressive change is always such a monumental struggle.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful article. It is the change of govt. & not the overthrow of the government. It cannot be sedition, but only change in the way things are working (or not working).

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with most all of the points listed in this article. The opposite of communism is community reliance and self sustainability; people being responsible for them selves and their respective communities.

The ponzi scheme of government programs is close to its apex of sustainability and the subsequent increase of taxes or systemic failure, will likely move more sheeple in the right direction.

I returned my sheeple card about a year ago and I am pleased with the rebuke of authority propaganda and flow of information. People are starting to wake up to a small fact: Our world we live in, is a complete illusion.

I would probably add one important thing to this list. #9 Join your state De Jure government and do not consent to the de facto establishment. It is in line with #1 and the understanding the federal gov inc. only has jurisdiction in a 15 mile distrcit of columbia radius. Unless you, your county or state contracts with the fed inc., they have little authority over your lives. In fact, support your local county sheriff because he ultimately has more authority (on a local level) than the president.

Thank you and keep up the good work AP!

Anonymous said...

"Presidents are not “leaders”…, they are appointed masters who seek to control..."

Our gov gives presidents power only for specific assigned duties.

US Constitution, Art. II, Exec Branch, Sec. 1: Before he enter on the execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the 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"

Sec. 2: The President shall be Com in Chief of the Army and Navy of the US, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Sec. 3: He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the US.

The Oath is legally binding. The 1st law statute of the USA, enacted in the first session of the First Congress on 1 June 1789, was Statute 1, Chapter 1: an act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths, which established the oath required by civil and military officials to support the Constitution.
The wording of the Presidential Oath was established in the Constitution in Art II, Sec 1, Clause 10.

The requirement for all Federal and State Civil officers to give their solemn and binding Oath is established in Art VI, Sec 1, Clause 4. They are BOUND by their Oath to support the Constitution, and should they abrogate their Oath by their acts or inaction, are subject to charges of impeachment and censure.

Solemn: “Legally binding, Common legal phrase indicating that an agreement has been consciously made, and certain actions are now either required or prohibited; The other requirement for an agreement or contract to be considered legally binding is consideration - both parties must knowingly understand what they are agreeing to”
Bound – “Being under legal or moral obligation; To constitute the boundary or limit of; To set a limit to; confine”

The Oath is binding for life, unless renounced, refused, and abjured. It does not cease upon the occasions of leaving office or of discharge.

Our gov, the Military, all Law Enforcement, heads of the States, all fed employees do NOT take an Oath to support an individual leader, ruler, office, or entity.

If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why does each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

Tim said...

Good piece. The bottom line for me is, and I tend to find agreement between the lines here, that leaders are most effective in smaller targeted enterprises. The US government has long since breached that optimal size and scope. State governments have done the exact same thing. Instead of county and local governments standing on their own and working hard to on their own problems, the state and federal governments have played the role of drug pusher, addicting them to added revenue in the form of direct aid or grants, matching funds, etc... Leaders emerge. I believe this to be the natural human tendency, and works reasonably well unless or until the size and scope of the project reaches a certain level. Whether these leaders are paid or unpaid, academic or lay, rich or poor, does not matter. The author of the article above eschews political solutions. Anonymous #1 eschews economic solutions. Both are simulataneously correct and incorrect in my view. We don't need presidents or other high elected officials to lead us, nor do we need elite intellectuals to lead us. We simply need to scale back the size and scope of the commons and allow the best leaders to emerge, specific to the situation. As long as this one fundamental is met, corruption becomes much more quickly and easily indentified and dealt with - in essence a self-policing enterprise. There is no way to know what will work best for all of american society. That's because there's on such animal - america is composed of thousands of different "societies". This is the aspect of america that makes us incomparable to other western countries, especially the european countries. We are very young and very different. We should think smaller; take advantage of our inherent diversity; use it to experiment and evolve.

Anonymous said...

This is not well thought out, more a set of bromides.

1. You do not mention worker owned coop businesses, which are growing in this country and many are doing quite well. Check out the US Federation of Worker Owned Coops. They have been the only effective strategy to remove ownership of the means of production from the capitalists.

2. It's all very nice to put yourself ideologically above the political process and advocate not voting, especially if you are among those who will not be materially harmed by a Republican victory. The poor and the bottom half of the middle class will suffer more under the Republicans than the Democrats. And so will women and children, especially poor women and children.

3. Having grown upon a working class block in NYC that had a well functioning mutual aid system more effective in taking care of everyone's material and cultural needs than a time bank system would, and observing how my Mexican neighbors work within a mutual aid system similar to the one I knew, and being familiar with the Family Independence Initiative, I know that mutual aid systems work. But most Americans have lost the cultural context to make mutual aid work. They would need to formally learn how to make one work.

Anonymous said...

Local control? Like the great freedom that local governments created under Jim Crow and anti-union violence.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead, join the Oath Keepers and set up right wing local dictatorships.

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