Monday, June 21, 2010

The Deep Green Social-Democratic Revolution Starts NOW!

A Call to Immediate Action

Welcome to Pinko / Myopsy, where the dead horse of 'Capitalism' shall be thouroughly flogged and subsequently eviscerated on the Altar of Truth by the Blade of Reason.

Let's put our social capital where our mouth(s) is and get some green up on that flag.

We here at Pinko understand that modern 'Capitalism' (Corporate Socialism) is what author Douglas Rushkoff would call "legacy software" -- that is to say, an outdated, societal 'operating system' that no longer continues to serve it's intended purpose. While 'Capitalism' did great things for us back in the 20th Century (defeated the Nazis, rebuilt Europe, etc...) ...It's pretty much out of steam. It cannot continue on it's current trajectory without dire consequences -- both ecological and economic. In-fact, it's insulting to even call it 'capitalism' any more... More like: 'Capitalism' with a Capital 'C'. More like: Corporate Socialism. If it were pure capitalism - free market capitalism - we would all be independent contractors. True capitalism is dead. We killed it... multinational corporations (Capitalists), the people who buy their products, the politicians who take their bribes, the voters... All of us... Oops.

Never Fear

Not to worry, 'Capitalism' was never particularly compatible with democracy to begin with. In fact, some would say that Capitalism is antithetical to democracy.

Thankfully, we here at Pinko are prepared to offer a free, open-source upgrade from the anti-democratic, BS 'fake-capitalism' to the: new and improved, highly democratic: Capitalism 3.0 (Socialism 2.0)... Or: Socio-Capitalist Deep Democracy.

Or as we like to call it: Deep Green Socialism (DiGS)
(we're still working on finding a name that's not going to offend someone)

Green Social Democracy

What GSD is

Deep - This is a reference to the term 'deep-democracy', coined by American psychotherapist, Arny Mindell to describe a political system that enables a deeper, more democratic level of socio-political interaction. In a deep democracy, citizens will have direct influence over public policy, without the need for the parasitic political class that we have grown so accustomed to. It is now possible to achieve this with the aid of the Internet.

Green - 'Green' of course, refers to the concept of 'green politics' - which is to say - a political ideology which places high importance on environmental goals, while achieving these goals through broad-based, grassroots, participatory democracy (thus, 'green politics' are inherently 'deep democracy' politics by virtue of their grass-roots approach). Green politics are advocated by supporters of the Green movement, which has been active through Green parties in many nations since the early 1980s. We here at Pinko believe that the goals of green politics are essentially compatible with the goals of the 'Zeitgeist Movement' (TZM) -- a grassroots movement whose stated focus is on increasing society's awareness of the suggested need for global social change for the better of all of the world.

Socio Capitalism?

Yes, Socio- Capitalism. A true, 'free-market' capitalist economy -- just like democracy -- is a social construct in which all participants are given equal legal protections and access to information and resources. In a truly democratic capitalist society (a deep democracy) the corporation is replaced by the community and members of that community are permitted to contract with one another for the goods and services that they need to prosper.

Socialism - Social problems typically result from scarcity of one form or another, or the perception thereof. Be it a scarcity of valuable resources needed to live, or a scarcity of social, political or economic power. With few nations controlling most of the world's resources, international disputes are a foregone conclusion. If we hope to ever end (or at-least mitigate) the horrors of war, crime, hunger, poverty, terrorism, territorial disputes and nationalistic fervor, we must work toward a future in which all resources are accepted as the common heritage of all people.

Can You DiG It?
The problems we face in the 21st-Century simply cannot be solved in a culture of money, waste, and human exploitation. Today, money is used to regulate the economy for the benefit of the few who control the financial wealth of entire nations. Unless the underlying causes of planned obsolescence, environmental neglect, and outrageous military expenditures are addressed immediately, we as a species are doomed to extinction.

Wait... What is Myopsy?
'Myopsy' is a neologistic portmanteau of biopsy and myopia or 'visual impairment'. Used figuratively, the 'short view' is the myopic view. Thus, if someone cannot think beyond their immediate frame of reference or does not have the ability to see the far reaching consequences (long view) of their actions, we would call that person myopic - suffering from the condition known as 'myopsy'.

Modern society - capitalist society - is increasingly myopic in a manner that has the most devastating consequences. Modern capital speculation is a quick-flip industry that cares nothing for what it produces and exists only to extract value. Thus, we end up working harder to produce less. Despite being one of the richest countries on he planet, American workers have less leisure time than workers in any other developed country.

Clearly, markets do not, cannot and will not regulate themselves...
One example of a myopsy would be the passing of NAFTA and it's impact in the American manufacturing industry. By exporting essentially all US manufacturing jobs out of the country to places like China, manufacturers simultaneously destroyed a huge portion of their own customer base. Who will buy American goods if they don't have jobs? Thus, the American economy is now largely 'service-oriented', with very few people left in the US workforce who still actually make anything. And fewer still who can afford to purchase anything.
Another example of 'myopsy' would be discussing the Gulf oil disaster as though the only pressing concern was it's impact on local tourism and whether or not people will spend their vacations there. Forget the fact that we might never be able to eat a fish again or that this one incident alone could conceivably destroy life as we know it on this planet.
Anarchy is not the Answer
A lot of progressives (Pinko staff included) have been drawn to the Anarchist's platform over the years. At one time or another the government is always perceived as being at the root of society's ills. This is understandable. Traditionally government has been the biggest threat to individual liberties. However, the landscape has changed dramatically in the past couple of hundred years (both literally and figuratively), with the biggest threat to our planet and our democratic freedoms now coming from - not just 'big government' - but big business as well.
Big business loves 'anarchy' because it is so easily converted into corporate mercantilism. Who will stand in the way of corporate interests if we abolish government? This is humorously illustrated as follows:
Big business loves 'anarchy' because it is so easily converted into corporate mercantilism.
Anarchists can make it happen
Paradoxically, it is the anarchist's DIY ethic, grass-roots approach and spirit of self-determination that offers us the best hope for reigning-in corporations and putting an end to closed-door 'crony-capitalism'. Anarchists (who not unlike conservatives, believe in little or no government), joined together with Green Party members, the unemployed, the under-employed, Tea-Party crossovers (waking up to the fact that - not only have they been backing the wrong horse - but that their platform is essentially racist) and anyone else who is tired of the iron-grip of two-party politics in this country.
A List of Possible Stakeholders
- Laborers & Unions
- Deep Democracy Supporters
- Existing Green Party Members
- Socialists,Tea Partiers & Libertarians
- Feminists, Minorities & LGBT Communities
- Anarchists, Green Anarchists & Anarcho Syndicalists
- Everyone
A Comprehensive Solutions Package
- Open Source Democracy
- Small Corporations
- Small Government
- Resource Based Economy
- The New New Deal
- Systemic Worldview
- Synergetics
- The Myth of 'Rational Self Interest'
- Overcoming the Myth
- Approaching a Meta-Politik
- Social Capital
- Authentic Representation
- A Viable Third Party
- Demands
- Consensus
- Pinko's Recomendations
- One Year from Today
- We need you.
Open Source Democracy

The term 'open source' comes to us from the world of software development and refers to a set of production and documentation standards that promote access to the end product's source materials or 'code'. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept.

'Open source' eventually gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the corresponding need for a massive retooling of computing source code. This in-turn enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. A new, three-word phrase: "open source software" was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created.

Author Douglas Rushkoff defines an open source democracy as 'what happens when the open source development model is applied to the economy'. In 'Applying the Theory' he observes:

"...It would mean coming to appreciate the rules of the economic game for what they are: [arbitrary] rules. Operating in a closed source fashion, the right to actually produce currency is held exclusively by the Federal Reserve. Quietly removed from any relationship to real money such as gold or silver by Richard Nixon in the early 1970s, US currency now finds its value in pure social construction.

"Whether or not we know it, we all participate in the creation of its value by competing for dollars against one another. For example, when a people or businesses borrows money from the bank (an agent, in a sense, of the Federal Reserve) in the form of a mortgage they must eventually pay the bank back two or three times the original borrowed amount. These additional funds are not printed into existence, but must be won from others in the closed source system. Likewise, every time a student wants to buy one of my books, he must go out into the economy and earn or win some of these arbitrarily concocted tokens, US currency, in order to do it. Our transaction is brokered by the Federal Reserve, who has a monopoly on this closed source currency.

...It is the anarchist's DIY ethic, grass-roots approach and spirit of self-determination that offers us the best hope for reigning-in corporations and putting an end to closed-door 'crony-capitalism'.

"Meanwhile, the actual value of this currency, and the effort required to obtain it, is decided much more by market speculators than its actual users. Speculation accounts for over 90 percent of US currency transactions in any given day. By this measure, real spending and the real economy are a tiny and secondary function of money: the dog is being wagged by its tail.

"What if currency were to become open source? In some communities it already is. They are not printing counterfeit bills but catalyzing regional economies through the use of local currencies, locally created 'scrip' that can be exchanged throughout a particular region in lieu of Federal Reserve notes or real cash. The use of these currencies, as promoted by organizations such as the E.F. Schumacher Society, has been shown to accelerate the exchange of goods and services in a region by increasing the purchasing power of its members. There is no Federal Reserve surcharge on the creation and maintenance of cash, and no danger of government currency depreciation due to matters that have nothing to do with actual production and consumption.

"Rather than viewing technological socialism as one side of a zero-sum trade-off between free-market individualism and centralized authority, it can be seen as a cultural OS that elevates both the individual and the group at once."

"Like any other bottom-up system, the creation of local currency develops transactional models appropriate to the scale of the actual transactions and the communities in which they occur. While Federal notes, or Euros for that matter, might be appropriate for a merchant to use across state or national boundaries, local currencies make for greater fluidity and accountability between members of the same community.

"Thanks to the dynamic relationships permitted in a networked society, we need not choose between local and closed currencies. A post-renaissance perspective on economic issues has room for both to exist, simultaneously functioning on different orders of magnitude.

"In a society modeled on open source ideals, 'think globally, act locally' becomes more than just a catch phrase. The relationship of an individual or local community's action to the whole system can be experienced quite readily. For example, an open source software developer who writes just a few useful lines of code, say the protocol for enabling infrared communications to work on the Linux operating system, will see his or her contribution interpolated into the kernel of the operating system and then spread to everyone who uses it. He has done more than distributed a line of computer code. He has also enabled thousands of people using Linux to connect cell phones, PDA's and other devices to their computers for the first time. And he did it from his home, in his spare time.

"Likewise, a developer who leaves a security hole open in a piece of software quite dramatically sees the results of his action when a software 'worm', written by a computer criminal, penetrates the mail files of thousands of users, sending replicates of itself throughout the internet, sometimes for years to come.09

Clearly, markets do not, cannot and will not regulate themselves...

"Members of an open source community are able to experience how their actions affect the whole. As a result, they become more conscious of how their moment-to-moment decisions can be better aligned with the larger issues with which they are concerned. A programmer concerned with energy consumption and the environment might take time to consider how a particular screen-saver routine impacts the total energy consumption pattern of a particular monitor. The programmer already understands that if the code is used on millions of machines, each effort to reduce energy consumption by a minuscule amount can amplify into tremendous energy savings. (Indeed, it has been calculated that the energy required to power all the televisions and computers in America that are currently in sleep mode equals the output of an entire average-size power plant.)

"The experience of open source development, or even just the acceptance of its value as a model for others, provides real-life practice for the deeper change in perspective required of us if we are to move into a more networked and emergent understanding of our world. The local community must be experienced as a place to implement policies, incrementally, that will eventually have an effect on the whole. For example, the environmental advocate who worries about the Brazilian rainforest will quit smoking himself before racing off to the next rally held to save the lungs of the planet. The woman organizing against genetic engineering in agriculture will refuse to let her children eat at McDonalds, even if it requires them to bring their own lunch to a friend's birthday party. A consistency between belief and behavior becomes the only way to make our designs on reality real.

"Closed source: no justice, no power

"An open source model for participatory, bottom-up and emergent policy will force us, or allow us, to confront the issues of our time more directly. Using the logic of a computer programmer, when we find we can't solve a problem by attacking one level of societal software, we proceed to the next level down. If necessary we dig all the way down to the machine language.

"For instance, today's misunderstood energy crisis provides a glaring example of the liability of closed source policy-making. The Western World is unnecessarily addicted to fossil fuels and other energy commodities not because alternative energy sources are unavailable, but because alternative business models for energy production cannot be fully considered without disrupting the world's most powerful corporations and economies.

"It really is as simple as that."

Kevin Kelly of Wired writes:

"Rather than viewing technological socialism as one side of a zero-sum trade-off between free-market individualism and centralized authority, it can be seen as a cultural OS that elevates both the individual and the group at once. The largely unarticulated but intuitively understood goal of communitarian technology is this: to maximize both individual autonomy and the power of people working together. Thus, digital socialism can be viewed as a third way that renders irrelevant the old debates."

Small Corporations

Debating the size of government without discussing limitations on the size or scope of corporations is useless. Corporations need to be held accountable to the communities that they serve. This includes the people that they employ. Bottom line.

Small Government

As tired as the Republican/Conservative rhetoric regarding 'small government' is, they do make a valid point. Our government spending -- particularly on on defense -- is bloated and wasteful beyond belief. Once again, we can fault corporate lobbyists, crony capitalism and shady backdoor deals. The sooner we achieve transparency and responsible spending, the sooner we can reinvest in our schools, our crumbling infrastructure and developing a sustainable, green job market.

Resource Based Economy

In a 'resource-based economy', resources are held in a public trust as the property of the people, moving beyond the need for the artificial boundaries that separate individuals in a community. Ideally, in a global, resource-based economy, all of the planet's resources are held as the common heritage of Earth's people, transcending the need for the artificial boundaries that separate all individuals and cultures. This is the unifying imperative.

The term 'resource-based economy' was originated by designer and futurist, Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few.

A resource-based economy utilizes existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population.

Our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival. Modern society has access to highly advanced technology that can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed open-source economy, everyone will enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a highly technological society.

As Comedian Lewis Black recently pointed out while brandishing an iPhone: "This thing has more power than a cold war supercomputer and I can't have clean energy?!" Black also thinks we should "Invade BP". Not a bad idea. They could use some wealth-redistribution right about now. And they call themselves a socialized industry.

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[BP] could use some wealth-redistribution right about now. And they call themselves a socialized industry.

The New New Deal

A resource-based economy will utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we will easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all while simultaneously reducing our levels of consumption and waste by stream-lining the production, distribution and organization of resources.

Consider the following examples: At the beginning of World War II the US had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer: No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war.

Unfortunately this approach only seems to be considered in times of war or national emergency. Between the state of the economy and the current crisis in the Gulf, we'd say a state of national emergency exists.

A resource-based economy will overcome scarcity by using renewable sources of energy, food and materials, as well as computerized, semi-automated manufacturing and inventory and the limitless resource of human potential and collective will. It will maintain safe, energy-efficient cities featuring advanced, ecologically-sound transportation systems, and will provide universal health care, relevant education and universal access to employment. This can be accomplished by creating a new set of economic incentives based on humane values and environmental concerns and which negate the shallow, self-centered goals of individual wealth, property, power and privilege.

This dovetails perfectly with futurist scholar R. Buckminster Fuller's 'systemic worldview'.

Systemic Worldview

Buckminster Fuller was one of the first to propagate a systemic worldview, exploring principles of energy and material efficiency in the fields of architecture, engineering and design. He cited geologist François de Chardenedes' opinion that petroleum, from the standpoint of its replacement cost out of our current energy "budget" (essentially, the net incoming solar flux), had cost nature "over a million dollars" per U.S. gallon (US $300,000 per liter) to produce. From this point of view, its use as a transportation fuel by people commuting to work represents a huge net loss compared to their earnings.

...Primitive societies intuitively understood the interdependent, cyclic nature of the Earth's ecology. How did we forget?

Fuller was concerned about sustainability and about human survival under the existing socio-economic system, yet he remained optimistic about humanity's future. Defining wealth in terms of knowledge, as the "technological ability to protect, nurture, support, and accommodate all growth needs of life", his analysis of the condition of "Spaceship Earth" caused him to conclude that at a certain time during the 1970s, humanity had attained an unprecedented state.

He was convinced that as a result of our accumulated knowledge, combined with the vast quantities of recyclable resources we had already extracted from the earth, we'd attained a critical level of progress that rendered competition for resources largely unnecessary. Cooperation had instead become the optimum survival strategy. "Selfishness," he declared, "is unnecessary and hence-forth unrationalizable.... War is obsolete." While this may sound overly idealistic or 'pie in the sky', it should be noted that the corporations that succeed in today's economy, often do so by virtue of their ability to cooperate with one another.


Fuller also observed that the natural analytic geometry of the universe -- which he termed 'synergetics' -- was invariably based on arrays of tessellating, interlocking and nesting tetrahedra. He developed this idea in several ways, from the idea of close-packing spheres (like cells in an organism) to the number of compressive or tensile members required to stabilize an object in space (spaceframe). This is an apt metaphor for our interconnectedness on this planet - be it environmental or economic.

Sounding like a zen master with a PhD, Fuller once wrote: "...I am not a thing -- a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe." The ancient figure below illustrates the timeless permanence of Fuller's insight. So called primitive societies intuitively understood the interdependent, cyclic nature of the Earth's ecology. How did we forget?

The Myth of 'Rational Self Interest'

In a society who's primary economic philosophy consists of stating flatly: "self interest is rational", any form of altruism or desire to help others becomes ipso-facto: irrational. We now know that this somewhat bizarre line of reasoning (known as: 'social-Darwinism') is a deeply flawed relic from some former, harsher, more patriarchal period of history that we have thankfully stepped out of. Clearly, markets do not, cannot and will not regulate themselves effectively.

On a small planet with finite resources -- where we all breathe the same air, drink the same water and eat the same food from the same oceans and farms -- there is simply no logic in competitive behavior. Thus, the cultural meme of so-called 'rational self-interest' will be inoculated - as ignorance always is, eventually - by a deep, shared understanding of 'Enlightened Self Interest' or: 'sustainable altruism'. Examples of sustainable altruism range from micro finance to crowd-sourcing and even include collaborative technologies such as Wikipedia and Drupal.

Overcoming the Myth

This will be a difficult task, but worth it in every way. The real challenge comes from our own cherished, unexamined beliefs about the world. We are collectively inundated by the doctrine of rational self interest on a daily basis by every pundit, politician, product placement and PowerPoint presentation we come into contact with. The American establishment spends billions of dollars keeping that steady drumbeat of propaganda rhythmically and ceaselessly pounding into our collective head.

In order to effectively inoculate ourselves against this 'thought virus' that has infected the body politic, we must learn to identify it and attack it at every opportunity. It is a Jingoistic hook designed to keep things exactly the way that they are... Until recently, it's worked pretty well.

But people are waking up.

Social Capital

Someone somewhere once said something along the lines of: "Unbalanced severity or force is cruelty, whereas unbalanced mercy is a weakness which would permit cruelty." Another way of looking at this goes something like: "Total selfishness is evil, but total altruism is a weakness that would allow the evil of selfishness to go unchecked".

Likewise, our perceptions about wealth, value and worth have become perverted and warped as the meaning of what constitutes 'value' is perpetually redefined and muddled by the confusion our schizophrenic society and it's traps of disinformation.

All societies socialize some resources and capitalize others depending on an essentially arbitrary set of values that are ascribed to each respectively. In the US, examples of socialized resources include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and and Workers Compensation.

Why not give this guy a job instead?

That old saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is as true now as it's ever been. This is due largely to the dynamics of 'social capital'. However, it could be stated that social capital is the only actual capital that exists in that human beings must invest an object with value by desiring it. Thus, unless an object is desired by someone, that object is considered worthless. Overwhelming in it's simplicity, this concept - the entire basis of our economy - has become skewed and twisted by the endless co-modification of meaning. Likewise, our perceptions about wealth, value and worth have become perverted and warped as the meaning of what constitutes 'value' is perpetually redefined and muddled by the confusion our schizophrenic society and it's traps of disinformation.

Thus, the meme of 'rational self interest' is like a recursive, self-perpetuating meta-meme in that it spreads by undermining social capital and inhibiting all attempts at cooperation by tainting the dialogue with the assumption of self interest.

"Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss" is the iconoclastic mantra of the baby boomer generation -- and thank god for it! But implicit in this observation is the assumption that any attempts to challenge or alter the status-quo are motivated by the "rational self interest" of the respective 'boat-rocker'. Any attempts to assert otherwise are met with swift skepticism.

This will really need to be addressed if we are going to get anywhere. Perhaps a simple policy of 'No Gods, No Masters' will suffice.

Lack of Authentic Representation

It can safely be stated that the Republican party fits the role of 'unbalanced severity' (cruelty). This the party of big business and (when it' convenient for them) BIG government. No matter what they say to the contrary. Military spending? BIG! Biometric security devices to make you high school seem more like a prison? BIG! Social programs for underprivileged children? "We want small government!"

Thus, when viewed through the proper filters, everything that comes out of a Republican's mouth can quickly be recognized as a Trojan horse designed to further the meme of 'rational self interest' and to thereby further their profiteering. However, in this map (a computer-generated 'cartographic visualization' of the political maps of US from the 2008 election published by Mark Newman, of the University of Michigan that uses red-blue gradient of purples instead of the traditional blue/red to provide a more accurate visualization of voter breakdown), it looks less like a horse and more like a chimp.

Democrats on the other hand, are the perfect example of 'unbalanced mercy' - a weakness which permits cruelty to take place. Willfully complicent bystanders - they sit back and do nothing to reign in the greed and avarice that the Republicans party propagates.

Are we really expected to believe that these two entrenched parties represent the American people? As comedian Bill Hicks once observed "I think the puppet on the left best represents me. No, I think it's the puppet on the right..." Either way, it's capital that pulls the strings.

Many of us feel as though the act Blogging is more democratic than the act of voting anymore. So why aren't we using our blogs to cast our votes? In the race for public consensus, that's exactly what we do.

This Map uses the same gradient color scheme, but with each of the counties scaled in size to visually show their population. Producing an oddly shaped but recognizable map. It's remarkable it resembles oil floating on water.

...The entire basis of our economy - has become skewed and twisted just as our perceptions about wealth, value and worth have become perverted and warped.

A Viable Third Party

It seems like a coupling of some sort is missing. A valuable component that would act as a sort of limited-slip differential between these two otherwise useless camps of political clowns. A self-organizing populist crap-filter to shed light on whatever tacit collusions are polluting the political process. Something Green.

Approaching a Meta-Politik

This looks much more fair and balanced. More like an accurate representation of our country's diversity. A diversity that we run the risk of losing if we allow the further encroachment of corporate monoculture. What will the potato famine of the future look like? With a viable 3rd Party, we can finally have a high-resolution 'RGB' Democracy and a corresponding 'CMYK' Economy - One that is transparent and represents everyone.

[Update!!! This blog entry has since spawned a website dedicated to Metapolitical discourse, you can find it here:]


We will not get anything from the politicians unless the American people demand it. If the healthcare debacle showed us anything, it's that any even a remotely progressive bill will be dead on the floor before it crosses the room. The only way that we will make this happen is to organize and make serious demands with time-lines attached to them. Truth be told, it's probably going to require all of the people who currently cannot feed themselves to walk to Washington DC and march on the Capital. Seeing as how -- between the unemployment rate, the under-employment rate and the general sorry state of the economy -- that's about 33.3% of the population. It shouldn't be too difficult to muster the political will.

"Rather than viewing technological socialism as one side of a zero-sum trade-off between free-market individualism and centralized authority, it can be seen as a cultural OS that elevates both the individual and the group at once."

En-Mass Consensus

We will have to come to a consensus as progressives/radicals/whatever-you-consider-your-orientation. It is our divisiveness that keeps us week. The forces that we are up against are like a seamless wall in their solidarity. The only way to successfully take them on will be with a unified front.

We will need to decide: Exactly what form is this revolution going to take?

Pinko's Recomendations

First off, let's do away with the idea that we need to raise money to participate in the political process. No we don't. Tell a sea of 50-100 million people that they need to cough up some $$$ before they can participate in the democratic process. Go on, I dare you. We are the populist party. The American Labor Party. The Moneyless Party. The Party of Social Capital. And we are richer by far.

One Year from Today

Calling all Laborers! Calling all Environmentalists! Calling all Futurists and Philosophers! All Saints, Sinners and Epistemological Messiahs! All Lambs and Lions! Vegans and Carnivores. All Hippies, Punks and Rastas. All Anarchists and Libertarians! Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Atheist alike! Black, White, Red and Yellow! Come one, Come ALL! We don't need no stinking permit!

If you believe in Equality, Social Justice and a Clean Environment...You're that child. As we are all 'god's children'... We need you.

"Be the change that you want to see in the world"

Today is the Summer Solstice. June 21st, 2010. One year from today should be enough time for us to get our act together don't you think? Leave your ego @ home.

See you at the Lincoln Memorial:
June 21st, 2011

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