Quiet Revolution

Form small groups of people consisting of a farmer, a hunter, a builder, an engineer concerned with the environment and intelligent design, a nurse, a plumber, an electrician, a scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a teacher, a cook, and those with other important skills and strong work ethics.  As a group, gather all your money, credit cards, loan documents, house keys, car keys, and walk together to the bank.  Throw all these things into a heap at the front door, but do not burn the pile for that is illegal.  Now, gather your driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, voter registration document, and toss them into a big box and ship it via the U.S. Postal Service to Washington DC.  Walk away together and find some unspoiled and unpopulated land.  Let the bankers, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the Wall Street insiders, the media complex, the marketeers, the leaders of mammoth businesses, and politicians play with their valueless papers while we begin anew and find a better way.  They may arrest us for occupying land we did not pay for, but they can’t take anything away from us since we gave them all we had that had any meaning or worth to them….and kept and preserved what has meaning to us.

5 thoughts on “Quiet Revolution

  1. Let me know when you have found a group willing to take that journey. It has been tried but so often flounders on human differences that finally seem to pop up and causes the experiment to peter out in discord.
    I read in todays paper some good news. In America those large and dreadful shopping malls are losing popularity and the corner shop coming back in favour. Might this be the beginning of the end of terminal materialism?

    • Indeed Gerard…peter out in discord is the perfect description. This is why I emphasize small groups to enable variation and experimentation. Only through risks and attempts and failure do we move forward. But, beyond the fantasy, the crux of the post is that the best way to take down our corrupt fascist gridlock in the United States without bloodshed and a meaningless misguided revolution when all disgruntled people jump on the bandwagon with hundreds of demands — is to hit the power center in the gut and for hardworking and competent people to go their own way. The corner shop will never survive if we don’t deliver a powerful blow to the gut knocking the wind out of the self perpetuating money and debt machine. I could very well be going insane, but I look to the rest of the animate non-human world and they seem to figure out how to cooperate and function without money and debt.

  2. Loved this. It in a very simple way shows that people only can hold pwer over us when we let them. Yet at the same time, taking the step in the story is incredibly scary if you think about it. My thoughts are that not many people would have the courage to do it. I don’t know if I could, but I do admire those that do. They are braver than I am.

    • I am glad you loved it. There is…as Gerard made clear, much fantasy and unrealism in the short post. I am not brave enough to do it either. I am not a revolutionist or a protestor type, but I see a system in the U.S. and the western world and a philosophy in the United States that just isn’t going to work long-term. But, I do believe in the young little people. It isn’t our young little people that cause the problems, rather, we impose our problems and structure on them. My very first post on this blog was about a world without financial institutions, debt, and money…is there another way? I am not looking for complete equality, but I am looking for a way to utilize the energy and talents every human possesses.

  3. In the past 200 years we are now flying through the sky using artificial contraptions. We can speak to people on the other side of the planet in an instant, we are growing organs, on ground we have vehicles that travel faster then any other creature on the planet, we have illuminated the earth at night with artificial light, we have traveled into space and landed on the moon, and we have split an atom. This is the most important time in human history ever and we have only been treading water for the last couple billion years until now.

    While I think your idea is interesting, it’s a little sour with unrealistic idealism. The reality is there has never been any political system that has stood the test of time. Capitalism, facism, and socialism have all been tried to their extremes and have failed. The problem is most humans don’t understand that political and economic failure is a part of evolution. When things fail and collapse what remains is the strongest bits.

    There is no such thing as a long-term lasting political/economic system and if there was it means we have reached the apex of our possible evolution. However it is important, despite unavoidable failure, that humans strive for the best possible systems. I don’t think this would be accomplished by starting completely fresh. In the grand scheme of things the largest corporations and the most greedy politicians are relatively small blip on the human radar.

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