Great thread. Kudos Purplechiten.
Just poking my nose in to make a few comments. Of your choices, I prefer numbers 3 and 4, more Power to the States. But skip number 1, that’s what
got us into trouble in the first place, and as for 2, granted there are times when arbitration is needed, but the current system is not working
properly in that regard because some federal representatives and senators have more power than the others as they sit on special committees and so
many of them are willing to sell that power to the highest bidders in individual states (or countries or corporations). So other than voting, or
writing polite letters to our reps or signing harshly worded petitions ~ all of which is ignored ~ those routes seem always to be blocked by big money
and influence. So “they” aren’t going to do anything besides what they’re already doing and it’s a fool’s game to think we can MAKE them
Reading the comments it looks like we pretty much want the same things overall, but what I want most is for us all to take note of what we can do and
what we cannot do and get creative about the borderline issues to find workarounds that might ultimately unblock some of the stalemates.
However, to EvilSadamClone, as I suggested on a different thread, if you wanted the government out of your marriage you probably shouldn’t have
signed that license application, which when you boil it down merely grants permission and comes complete with ever changing rules. So maybe check out
how being incorporated is possibly a superior workaround for marriage in terms of getting them out of your personal hair and even improving your tax
situation. Write your own bylaws. Shoot, no one would even ever have to get divorced, just split the assets and dissolve the corporation.
The only way we can put our people first is if WE
put our people first. Government isn’t about caring, its about control. They’ve even made
it "against the law" for individuals to feed the hungry, so we need to find some workarounds fast if we’re going to get anything done about that.
And I still see the incorporation of like minded people as a possible avenue going in a better direction. Even non profits and foundations could be
set up. Of course how to fund such organizations is the next question and the first thing that pops into my mind are grants ~ everyone should learn
how to write grants, which are available through government at all levels, as well as from corporations and already established foundations. An
individual will play hell getting any of that money, but organizations can usually find a niche to fill. Here is an example:
Just don’t get buried in all the opportunities because once you get started on it the sheer number of possibilities
can be overwhelming.
Also, while complimentary/alternative/local currencies do have their limitations, its all in how they’re set up to function and how they’re
managed that counts. There is a ton of proof that they work well to put local buying power in the hands of people who are desperate for money and it
puts shoppers in stores that are just one sale from boarding up the windows. A lot of research and development and actual experience has already gone
into the benefits of these currencies. I suppose the Ithaca Hour is the best example of how well it can work, although there are hundreds more local
currencies operating across the US and other countries.
Another workaround example is “The Public Banking Institute”, which is larger in scope and has great
But we need to get out from under the too big to fail failures and find things we
CAN do by working together.
Lastly, we don’t need to get even with "them", or even ahead, but it would probably be a good idea to start using some of the tactics they’ve
used against us so successfully.