From a political perspective, the following 21st Century Populist Declaration of Independence is all well and good. To be successful, however, there is a foundational concept which must be applied, and a realistic goal put forth that speaks to our commonly held values, and thus enable humanity to reclaim its sovereignty.
The foundational concept addresses the root cause that has created the state in which we find ourselves today. This cause is our disconnection from the natural world, the nature that binds us to one another, and our very own inner nature. This disconnection has allowed the rise of force-based ranking hierarchies of domination and separation, and the subsequent belief in the myth that this reflects the natural order.
It can be easily shown that this is not the way that life works when left to its own devices, free of manipulation and imposed control strategies. Life works to create more life. The prime activity of living systems is to self- organize for the creation of mutually supportive relationships that strengthen and diversify the web of life. We can find supporting evidence for this in modern physics and biology, the social sciences, and in ancient wisdom traditions.
The antidote to our disconnection is to reconnect all 53 of our senses to their roots in the natural world in order that our senses can meet their natural expectations of fulfillment without reliance on addictive substitutes. These substitutes only serve the self-interested ends of a small group of elites who have become unaware, or are in active denial, that they're also just bozos on
this celestial bus we call the Earth.
A process to reconnect is readily available, easily learnable, and easily teachable. It is known as the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) and has been developed and refined by Dr. Michael Cohen and his students over the past 40 years. In an interconnected and interdependent world, we must simultaneously, actively, and responsibly participate in healing the Earth and our selves. The NSTP helps us remember that we must, and can, do more than just rationally understand, but also sensuously experience our connection to that seamless whole we call the web of life. A documentary on Cohen has just been released, and you can find a link to the trailer here: .
Our commonly held values--that cut across political and cultural boundaries--are those articulated by the Earth Charter: ecological integrity, respect and care for the community of life, social and economic justice, and democracy, nonviolence and peace. If you're looking for a political party that embodies those values, you need look no further than the Ten Key Values of the Green
The goal, which embodies and builds on these foundational concepts, is also available. It's called sustainability, and this goal can be reached through the process of relocalization. Relocalization provides a practical methodology to implement the principles of bioregionalism, permaculture, and a steady-state economy as we become self-reliant (not self-sufficient) at the local level in
providing our food, energy, and governance as we head into a post carbon world that's coupled with climate chaos.
Sustainability can be found by deeply examining and experiencing a healthy, vibrant, and resilient ecosystem. An ecosystem thrives by following four natural systems principles: mutual support and reciprocity, no waste, no greed, and increasing diversity. Since humans are a part of nature, and naturally embody these principles, we can use them to create lifestyles, organizations, and communities that display the same degree of sustainability as a climax
It comes down to a simple choice of which human tendencies and traits do we desire to focus our attention and energies on? Which do we truly value more? Which makes us feel more alive and fulfilled? Cooperation or competition? Compassion or aggression? Love or fear? Creation or destruction? Global warming, Peak Oil, and corporatism are all direct outcomes of the reliance on
exploitation, waste, and toxicity that dominator control hierarchies have used to create the Industrial Growth Society and its system of economic cannibalism.
We have the capability to become the first species in history to use our intelligence to reverse our course as it becomes impossible to any longer deny we have taken the wrong path. We can create (or more accurately, recreate) a partnership society built on a foundation of ecological wisdom and social justice that meets our present needs, provides increasing opportunities to reach our potential, and ensures that future generations can actualize their potential instead of cleaning up our messes.
Reconnect and relocalize. It's all that's required to come back to life.
For the Earth...
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Natural Systems Solutions
Sustainable lifestyles, organizations, and communities
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ReceivedWed, 04 July 2007 07:53:36
Subject A 21stCENTURY POPULIST DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
THE CALAMITY HOWLER
July 4, 2007 Independence Day
EDITOR\PUBLISHER: A.V Krebs
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A 21stCENTURY POPULIST DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
" Patriots who believe in the rights, wisdom or virtues of the Common
WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS, it becomes necessary for We the People
to dissolve the political bonds which have connected us with 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 entitled us, a decent respect to the
opinions of humankind requires that the People should declare the causes which
impel us to that separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men\women are created
equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to
secure these rights Governments --- of the people, by the people and for the
people --- are instituted by the people, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed.
Whenever that Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is
the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
power in such form as the people shall seem most likely to effect their
Safety and Happiness.
Whenever a long train of abuses and usurpations are designed to reduce us to an
absolute Oligarchy, it is Our right, it is Our duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security.
Our nation is in a crisis. Our Constitution is being trashed, our
infrastructure is crumbling, the education of our young neglected, the
environment trashed, the lives of young men\women are being wasted in an
illegal war, and the welfare of our veterans jettisoned. We are creating
enemies all over the world while Our government is using fear to stay in
power, enriching itself at the expense of present and future generations.
We live in a society where our government seeks to impose upon its people an
economic, social, political and ecological order designed, not to serve the
People, but rather one that is self-serving and monopolistic in character, and
which has created a gigantic Military-Industrial-Congressional complex that
permeates our entire social, economic and ecological environment.
Such has been the patient sufferance of the farming, working and producing
classes in our nation´s rural and urban communities, and such is now the
necessity which compels us to declare that we will use every moral and
democratic means, save a resort to violence, to overthrow our fascist
despotism and to insure that the common good is served by adherence to the
ideal of "equal justice under law."
THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN CORPORATE STATE has become a history of repeated
injuries and oppressions, all directed to establishing the impersonal as the
dominant institution within our society. The corporate state has carefully
schemed to protect and insure its privileges and powers. It has successfully
managed to protect its interests by cloaking itself as a "person" within the
language of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, while at the same time
manipulating that Document and its Bill of Rights to its own selfish ends.
By establishing "economic growth by means of corporate priorities, corporate
elites and banking elites, not simply having a disproportionate amount of power
and influence," have acquired at the same time "such power and influence rarely
being part of public discussion" such that the public "can question it and
interrogate in a concrete way."
By successfully coercing politicians, in the name of corporate socialism, it has
established a huge corporate welfare system composed of billions of dollars in
tax abatements, tax preferences, grants, inflated contracts, bailouts and a
never-ending number of subsidies to industries and corporate agribusiness.
By promoting its own selfish financial interests it has pitted workers
against workers, race against race, national-born citizens against
immigrants, cultures against cultures, men against women, young against old,
class against class.
By using such empty promises such as "greater productivity," "cost
management," and "efficiency," it has endangered the health, safety, and
economic livelihood of thousands of our workers and family farmers while its
executive´s have remunerated themselves well beyond reason and equitable
By creating an extravagant and wasteful Military-Industrial-Congressional
complex, of dubious value in protecting the people from terrorism, and
endangering our national security, it has deprived Our nation of the
necessary funding for important domestic programs and infrastructural needs ---
such as universal health care and a challenging public education system,
essential to our survival as a nation.
By misleading its own people into believing that we have not only the right but
the obligation to be an imperial nation in a multi-cultural, multi-religious
world, it has enabled thousands of parasites, "the gamblers in the necessities
of Life", to use such wars and the threat of threat of such wars for the purpose
of exacting exorbitant profits working not to beat an enemy, but to create more
By using bribery, "political action campaign" money and honoraria, primarily
designed to unduly influence and favor our law makers, it repeatedly has
betrayed the true interests of the People to the degree that we now have one
ruling political party beholden to the same corporate paymasters.
WE THE PEOPLE, therefore, aspiring to live in a truly democratic republic,
assembled and conscious of our Populist tradition appeal to the Supreme Judge of
the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do solemnly declare that we will
use not only all lawful and peaceable means to free our ourselves from the
tyranny of the corporatist state and its monopolistic ideology, but will create
a Populist movement designed to humanize Democracy
Reflecting on recent history one can justifiably measure the success of the late
18th "Populist Revolt" by the manner in which corporate America subsequently
reacted so viscerally in the century that followed, For the hallmark of that
"revolt" was that both family farmers and industrial workers defiantly
proclaimed that one cannot have political democracy without economic democracy.
While economic democracy was a stated goal, as members of the Farm Alliance
stated in their Omaha Platform of 1892, it also represented a rebellion against
the American political party system of that day. In order to restructure the
nation´s financial and political structure, the Populist revolt came to reject
both major political parties, which it accused of being in "harmony with
If populists in alliance are to replace today´s corporatist culture, we must
adopt an ideological framework built on aggressive advocacy and create a
"movement culture," Such a populism must be characterized by an evolving
democratic culture in which people can see themselves working together and
aspiring to a society conducive to mass human dignity.
We must also recognize clearly the imminent dangers of the "corporatist"
culture and educate and work together to bring that corporate state under
Thus, rather than isolate and concentrate on a myriad of issues, modern
populism must focus on the system, for the system has become the issue. In
proceeding to build the "sequential process of democratic movement-building" we
can learn valuable lessons from our Populist ancestors.
We must develop horizontal communication between groups of Populist-oriented
people and individuals both within our own communities and nations and then
advance an effort to build an international populism. By teaching each other
what each of us learns and knows and what mistakes we have made --- we can
develop what can be described as "movement forming." In developing such a system
of communication we also create a forum and environment whereby we can continue
to attract masses of people --- "the movement recruiting."
Keeping in mind a commitment to the creative nonviolence and the democratic
process, and remembering that Populism seeks to replace corporate power with
democratic power, We can begin a culturally unsanctioned level of social
analysis --- "the movement education."
Finally, 21st century populists, in alliance, can create an institutional means
--- not by forming another political party --- where new ideas, shared now by
the rank-and-file of a mass political, social and cultural movement, can be
expressed in an autonomous political way --- "the movement politicized."
WE THE PEOPLE MUST ACT NOW. We may not achieve all our objectives but we
must constantly strive toward doing so. We owe it to our children and to
their children. We must join forces and arouse the here-to-fore silent
majority. If we stand together on mutually accepted moral and democratic
principles, we can change the world into a better place for all life.
THAT TO THIS END WE HEREBY DECLARE ourselves absolutely free and independent of
all past political connections. We will give our suffrage only to such men and
women for office as we have good reason will use their best endeavors to the
promotion of these ends, and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm
reliance on Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our
fortunes and our sacred honor.
[This Declaration is derived from the works of Thomas Jefferson, Cornel West
A.C. Townley, Lawrence Goodwyn, J. Glenn Evans and all those populists who have
believed and sought to promote the democratic ideal. Final draft composed and
written by A.V. Krebs.]
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