HOW TO CURE (YOUR OWN) STUPIDITY

11 12 2010

In closing, and in the spirit of rending that “veil of illusion,” here’s an extended quote from Robert Anton Wilson’s “Illuminati Papers” on various forms of stupidity, and how to heal them.

26. Biosurvival stupidity is imprinted almost immediately after birth, is caused by traumatic fright (due to our primitive child-rearing practices), and takes the form of chronic anxiety. This is epidemic in our society; In 1968, a U.S. public health survey showed that 85% of the population have some symptom of chronic anxiety, eg., heart palpitations, frequent nightmares, dizzy spells, etc.. Chronic depression usually accompanies this, in the extreme forms, one finds autism or catatonia, which are biopsychic or cellular decisions that human beings are just too nasty to be worth relating to, or paranoia, the fine art of finding enemies everywhere, especially among ones’ friends.

27. Biosurvival stupidity causes so much stress on the organism, and so much alienation from other humans, that it creates stupidity on all the other neural circuits as well, and thereby prevents the development of a high level of intelligence on any circuit.

28. Biosurvival stupidity can be alleviated by the practice of various martial arts (aikido, karate, kung-fu, etc.); by asana, the yogic technique of holding ones’ posture for long periods of time every day; or by psychotherapy. Asana and psychotherapy take much longer to produce dramatic effects than martial arts do, but may be necessary in acute cases.

29. Emotional stupidity is imprinted when the toddler is first learning “family politics” (mammalian hierarchy games) typically, the victim confronts all problematic situations in interpersonal relations with one stereo-typed emotional game, (e.g., A good long sulk, a temper tantrum, “depression”, a drunken bender, suicidal thoughts, howling or blustering in traditional angry-primate matter, etc.) One or another of these robotic emotional reflexes can be found in about 99% of the population.

30. Emotional stupidity can be alleviated by the yogic breathing technique known as pranayama, or by Gurdjieff techniques of establishing an internal “observer” who monitors the emotional reflexes, .ie., makes them conscious instead of mechanical. Pranayama produces quicker results; the Gurdjieff techniques ultimately produce deeper, more long-lasting results.

31. Semantic stupidity is imprinted when the older child begins dealing with words and concepts (abstract artifacts produced by the higher brain centers after the human stock separated out from the other primates.) The most pervasive form of semantic stupidity consists of confusing the local (tribal) reality map with the all of reality. Dogmatism, rigid ideological systems and bizarre reality maps (ideological schizophrenias) are also rampant. Symbol blindness ranging from verbal illiteracy, is also common and often found in those who are very skillful in handling one narrow range of symbols, e.g., the painter who can’t solve a quadratic equation, the scientist who can’t or won’t read poetry , etc..

32. Semantic stupidity can be alleviated by a diet rich in lecithin and protein, by courses in remedial reading, logic and scientific method, and by practices in general semantics.

33. Socio-sexual stupidity is imprinted when the DNA blueprint triggers the mutation to puberty. It consists of robotic repetition of one stereo-typed sex role, usually accompanied by a deep-seated conviction that all other sex-roles are abnormal. (“mad” or “bad”)

34. The only alleviations of socio-sexual stupidity currently available are the various forms of psychotherapy, of which group encounter is probably most effective.

35. Alleviating or totally curing these four types of stupidity would produce human beings roughly matching the idealistic definition given by Robert Heinlein in “Time Enough for Love”: ” A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, sail a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight effectively, die gallantly. ”

36. Roughly speaking, if you can handle 14 out of Heinlein’s 21 programs, you have released 2/3 of your potential intelligence, and are 2/3 of a human being. If you can handle 7 of them, you are 1/3 of a human being. Scores above 14 mean you’re probably a genius and probably know it; scores below 7 mean you’re certainly a moron and certainly don’t know it. (.ie., you are convinced, are you not, that the world really is a terrible place and that your inability to cope is due to the world’s evil rather than to your own stupidity?)

37. A quicker intelligence test, which also indicates the trajectory of your development, is this: If the world seems to be getting bigger and funnier all the time, your intelligence is steadily increasing. If the world seems to be getting smaller and nastier all the time, your stupidity is steadily increasing.

music:  The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper Reprise>A Day in the Life”

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SUSTAINABILITY? GROWTH? OR GROWING SUSTAINABIILITY?

12 09 2010

I recently read the “Sustainable Tennessee Agenda,” issued by the Tennessee Environmental Council and Tennessee Conservation Voters.  You can find it online yourself at www.SustainableTN.org.  I had to double-check the date to make sure it wasn’t really written in 1980, at the close of the Carter administration, when the steps recommended in this report would have had a better chance of succeeding.

I know people who are involved with these groups, and I know their hearts are in the right place, but I would like to ask them a few questions, like:

“Are you candy coating the depth of what we face for mass consumption?”

“Are you soft pedaling what we need to do about it because you’re aware of how little political traction this will get in a legislature that’s barely willing to grudgingly admit that the world is not flat and wasn’t created in 4004 BC?”

“Do you really think our knuckle-dragging legislature would go for even these half-, or more realistically, quarter- and eighth measures, anyway?”

Sorry if I seem kinda unfriendly, guys.  It’s just that it’s time to stop fretting about replacing the Titanic’s incandescent bulbs with compact florescents and get our butts into some lifeboats.  Let me count the ways:

They start out on the right foot, giving us a good definition of “sustainability”:

The concept of sustainability can be defined simply as, “no waste”. Waste is a measure of economic efficiency, and a simple metric Tennesseans can utilize to measure how sustainable our lifestyles and communities have become. We can monitor waste generated, or lack
thereof, to track our progress toward sustainability as individuals, organizations and societies.  Sustainability can also be defined in more complex terms that include economic criteria, natural resources and equity of access.

Unfortunately, the very next paragraph steps off into liberal la-la land, with its invocation of the magic g-word:  “growth.”

A sustainable strategy for Tennessee will position our state to stimulate a growing Green Economy and Green Jobs sector. The Green Economy potentially represents an economic future like Tennessee has never seen before. It is a retooling of our failing infrastructure in a manner that promotes Tennessee heritage, our communities and our quality of Life. This strategy insures that labor-intensive Green Collar Jobs are created locally and training programs are initiated so segments of the population currently unemployed or underemployed can benefit from stable well-paying opportunities.

Initially, you might think a lot depends on interpretation: are they daydreaming about the never-never land of a “growing,” but somehow “sustainable” economy?  Or are they simply recognizing that our “green economy” is currently miniscule, and will need to grow to replace the functions of the “growth economy” as it rots like a dead cow in a hot field?  The report’s repeated invocation of “growth” gives me the distinct and disappointed impression that the writers of this report are clinging to the idea that “growth,” the cancerous destruction of the natural world, will still be happening in our future, somehow made “smart” and “green” by higher standards and new laws.

I doubt it.  The report talks of training “at-risk youth and young adults” to do energy conserving retrofits on existing buildings.  I got news, folks–there’s already plenty of well-trained construction workers with families and mortgages (or just the rented roof over their heads) who are “at risk” of becoming homeless if they don’t find work soon.  And the money for this project is coming from…..?  Sorry, we’ve got a war to fight, no money for domestic make-work programs.

But, if the housing and commercial real-estate boom, which has been the main driver of our economy ever since manufacturing jobs started going overseas, if that boom has busted, the only boom left is the coal and natural gas extraction industry, which aims to pulverize Tennessee’s countryside so we can keep the lights on in the cities.  Hey, nobody can afford to live in the middle of nowhere anymore, who cares what it looks like or if you can drink the water?  The report takes a strong stand against mountaintop removal and gas fracting–the idea of injecting fracting chemicals into Tennessee’s cave-riddled topography sounds like a recipe for nightmare to me, but since we’ve got a nightmare legislature (that’s probably only gong to get scarier), there’s no telling what they will approve for the sake of those generous campaign contributions.  I will stand with you on this issue, folks, even if I think you’re more than a little out of touch when you talk about “growth.”

Likewise, the section on solid waste recycling is…solid, calling for increased recycling and composting and an end to Tennessee’s bizarre practice of labeling landfilled construction materials as “recycled.”  Talk of composting leads to the subject of local agriculture, which the Sustainable Agenda, of course, strongly supports.

Calling for better public transportation, on the other hand, is one of those too-little-too-late platform planks.  Our entire infrastructure is built around the private automobile, and the result is that there are not a lot of “masses” needing transportation–points of origin, destinations, and times of travel are so fractured that it would be difficult to locate a mass-transit system that would actually be serviceable for most people.  And then there’s two other factors:  construction money, and the continued existence of jobs to which people need to commute.

The “education” section talks about the importance of creating a “no child left inside” program, and generally instituting conservation/pollution awareness/environmental programs in our schools.  They don’t mention the movement towards hands-on gardening as a school project, but I’m sure they would approve of it being in the mix.  Maybe they thought it was a little too radical to mention out front.  I don’t know.

So, I’ve been a real Mr. Smarty Pants about this report–what would I do different?

Let’s start with education and “green jobs.”  Through most of history, most people have spent most of their time producing food, or providing the technology needed to produce it.  We’ve had a couple of hundred year break from that, but the break is drawing to a close.  Farmers, herders, hunters, gatherers, blacksmiths, basket weavers, barn and granary builders, harness and buggy makers are the wave of the future…oops, no jet backpacks….sorry ’bout that!  We also need clothes, at least part of the year, and shoes come in handy.  Weavers and spinners and tailors and seamstresses and shoe makers will once again be important as well.  It won’t all be a throwback to the past.  There will be plenty of work recycling and repurposing the detritus of our current consumer culture.   And, let’s not forget millers and bakers, and the facilities they need to ply their trades.

But we do not live by bread alone.  We need to educate people not only in these practical skills, but in the expressive arts as well.  We are not “going back” to lives that are “brutish, nasty, and short.”  We are going forward with the cultural heritage of the entire history of the planet.  Gilgamesh and James Joyce, Beowulf and the Beatles.  Local manufacture of paper and ink, and local printers, will be important.  The internet will not be with us forever, I suspect.

I  believe it is not too late to create a future in which nobody needs to, as Thoreau said, “lead a life of quiet desperation, and go to their grave with the song still in them.”  We need musical instrument makers, and millions of people to play, really play, those instruments, millions of people who are not afraid to sing while they work and when their workday is done, in millions of neighborhoods, not for fame and profit, but just for fun.

We also need to educate people to celebrate our heritage and history, to understand our triumphs and mistakes and our place in the cosmos, not to mention fostering an understanding of how our own minds work, and we will need truly creative teachers to foster this kind of education.

I haven’t even mentioned “the healing arts”…but I’m running out of time.

The “green jobs” future I foresee may not be “well-paying opportunities” as we think of them today, for the simple reason that there will not be that much “money” around in the future, but it will, in the report’s words, be  “an economic future like Tennessee has never seen before….a retooling of our failing infrastructure in a manner that promotes Tennessee heritage, our communities and our quality of Life.”

We won’t be rich, but we might just be a whole lot happier than we are on the current treadmill.  Whatever it turns out to be, I’ll see you there!

Burning Times, “The Only Green World”





THE SCARLET “M”

11 02 2007

A recent Nashville newspaper featured a story about a young teenager who went to a party where she was offered marijuana, which she tried. She decided she didn’t like it, and when she went home she told her ma about it—ma rewarded her honesty by grounding her and taking away her cell phone. Thanks, ma!

Should be end of story, right? Wrong. Girl is waiting for schoolbus Monday morning, reaches into backpack for lip gloss, and pulls out—a baggie of weed! Surprise! Must have been a surprise—no kid in his or her right mind who was intentionally bringing a baggie to school would pull it out and wave it around at the bus stop, for cryin’ out loud!

So, some of the kids waiting with her saw it and reported her to the principal, who showed up at the girl’s first period class with two police officers, took her out of class, and, in accordance with the school’s “zero tolerance” policy, suspended her from school for a year. Since there was no dispute about the fact that she had a baggie of marijuana in her possession, her mother’s appeals on behalf of this honor roll student were denied. This has also led to her losing her driver’s license, so she’s mostly sitting at home reading books and thinking things over. She certainly has a lot to reflect on. She’s really been taught to respect authority, hasn’t she? Authority sure respected her, by golly, didn’t it? Welcome to the machine, kid!

This story does a lot to demonstrate how the “war on drugs” has turned America into a police state. Just for openers, she was snitched off by the other kids at the bus stop. Then, instead of calling her quietly to the office and asking for an explanation, the assistant principal showed up with two uniformed police officers, took her out of class, and cut her no slack for the accidental appearance of a baggie in her backpack. I’m inclined to believe her. I mean, why would she tell her ma she didn’t like it and then bring a bag to school? Unless mom and daughter are presumed to both be lying, it doesn’t make sense!

So, now she has a one-year suspension for “drug possession” in her permanent record, which will make leading a normal life difficult for her in many ways. Hopefully, she will respond to this monstrous injustice not by buckling under, but by devoting her life to changing the inhumane system that has branded her with a scarlet “M” for something she didn’t even intend to do.

So this starts as a story about America’s descent into being a drug-induced police state, but at a deeper level, it illustrates our country’s incredible schizophrenia about illegal drugs. It’s been said that marijuana is a drug that causes panic attacks and irrational behavior in people who hear about other people using it, and that’s certainly what we’re seeing here, and in many other cases where “zero tolerance” has wrecked teenagers’ lives for utterly trivial reasons.

Because–meanwhile, millions of completely functional Americans use marijuana regularly, all the while going to school, working, and raising families—just as millions of people all over the world have used marijuana for thousands of years. What is it about “getting high” that the current world order is so afraid of? Why are marijuana users (not to mention mushroom eaters, etc.) demonized?

Let’s just leave that question sitting there and go to what might at first seem like an unrelated issue—abortion rights. Immediately, though, we see parallels. Some people who would not have an abortion themselves firmly believe that it is wrong for anyone to have an abortion, and want the law to reflect their religious belief. Forget secular government! My religion is the only true one! In fact, some are so deeply committed to what they call “respect for life” that they will murder people who perform abortions. (Does not compute? Try harder!)

Another parallel is that, ultimately, the anti-abortion movement is an anti-pleasure movement—based in the concept that if a woman is going to have sex, she should be prepared to have a baby as a result. That’s the real reason the “abstinence only” and “anti-abortion” messages often go hand in hand—with “just say no” as the third major right-wing control message (and in many ways, their most successful)—because, as everybody admits, getting high and getting laid both feel good—the argument is over whether it’s OK to feel good thataway or not.

The issue of control is where the drug and abortion pieces lock in to the Iraq piece of the puzzle. When Bush crowned himself as “Il Duce,” excuse me, I mean “The Decider,” he wasn’t just talking about Iraq. He was talking about drugs and abortion and education and welfare and social security and the environment and every other issue where his rule has meant windfall profits for the wealthy. And this is where we see the grand scheme of things. If the powers that be can convince enough people that marijuana is a terrible scourge even though it patently isn’t, if enough people will believe that abortion and loose sexuality are terrible scourges even though they aren’t, then it’s that much easier to sell war in the Middle East when it’s really as justified as the Nazi invasion of Poland. If they can get you to buy one lie, it’s that much easier to sell you another, and another, and another….

Green Party politics—what does any of this have to do with Green Party politics? It has to do with the need to change the discourse in this country, to change the view, to change the—dare I say it?–paradigm. Is that word too “New-Agey” for you? Tough beans! The old paradigm is running the planet over a precipice and we gotta do something radical to deal with it really soon—prevention is no longer an option. We’re going to have to settle for damage control.

“Ecological wisdom” and “Future focus” are the two key values of the Green Party that come to mind. “Ecological wisdom” in this case, means getting our priorities straight and refocusing our cultural attention from peoples’ private lives to the overall health of the Earth. Future focus, in the case of the young Nashville schoolgirl, means that we do not make what should have been a minor faux-pas into an incident that’s likely to skew the rest of a kid’s life. You should have to be smarter than that to run a school system.

music: Joan Baez, “The Story of Isaac

Comments

While reading thru your posts I noticed that there weren’t alot of comments, and I began to wonder why not? After long consideration I have concluded that the reason must be that your logic is so thoroughly sound that nothing more can be added. Have an iced ay!
Posted by revelation on 02/12/2007 03:16:34 PM

geez…i hope i’m not the smartest guy in the room! thanks…
Posted by brothermartin on 02/14/2007 05:35:27 AM





A PENNY-ANTE FAUSTIAN BARGAIN

15 09 2005

There’s a special election in Nashville this week over whether to raise the sales tax another half cent on the dollar to pay for improvements in the school system, or what the tax’s proponents call improvements in the school system. When it comes to public schools, I tend to agree with H.L. Mencken, who asserted that the aim of public education “is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.” (Thanks to Adbusters Magazine for that), but as a somewhat practical guy I have to admit that most people in America right now are not living lives in which they could organize their children’s education from scratch, and so public school, like the Democratic party, is a necessary evil.

And, speaking of evils, Tennessee’s tax system is disgusting. A sales tax of nearly ten percent and no income tax is about as regressive as it gets. The state might as well hire special police to shake down poor people. Wait—we do that already—it’s called “the lottery.” I think it’s ludicrous to load the sales tax up like this.

But on the other hand, it’s a half cent per dollar, another nickel on ten dollars, an extra fifty cents on a hundred dollars. If you spend two hundred dollars a week on taxable items, (I don’t) you will be contributing an extra fifty-two dollars a year to Nashville city schools, an extra fifteen cents every day. You know and I know that we can spare that kind of change—so why fuss? The principle? “Sales taxes are regressive—no more?” That certainly resonates–but what about the principle of generosity—the schoolteachers in our community—and a great many of them are idealistic about teaching children—they certainly aren’t in it for the money—would appreciate another fifteen cents a day from me—why turn down such a modest request?

Caught between two principles, I’m still making up my mind.





NASHVILLE SCHOOLS

18 07 2005

The big story in Nashville lately is the school budget and the need for a tax increase to fund it. The backstory on this is that Dr. Pedro Garcia came to Nashville promising to raise test scores, and it hasn’t happened.

Now, the first thing I think about this is that it’s a bit of hubris to think you know how to raise test scores, even if you are superintendent of schools. There is a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle pressure these days to keep people as stupid, uninformed, and distracted as possible. They make better consumers that way.

But I digress. I’m trying to get to the root of the Nashville schools situation—that’s what us radicals do, is go to the roots of problems where they can be solved, rather than bat at their hydra heads forever like a bunch of Democrats. I start my analysis with two considerations: the notion of defining academic quality by standard tests, and the function of school in our culture.

Root one: defining academic quality by test scores, now mandated nationwide by the so-called no child left behind act, which i think is about the stupidest thing Teddy Kennedy has done since he drove off that bridge in Chappaquidick. Defining academic quality by test scores is a very mechanical/industrial way to look at schooling: Children are empty vessels sent in to be filled with facts, and their ability to repeat those facts on demand indicates whether their teachers are doing a good job.

Teachers I have talked with are troubled by this interpretation of their occupation. They report that they now are compelled to “teach to the test”most of the time—that is, the academic curriculum is defined by what is on the standard tests, leaving very little room for individual initiative on the part of teachers or students.

This leads into the second root of the Nashville public schools question: what are we sending our children to school for? To be able to regurgitate facts on demand? It’s not much of a life skill. I was very good at taking tests in school, always scored well, but I have yet to find a paying position that involves answering multiple choice questions.

The question of what we are sending children to school for is partially answered by “to prepare them for adult life,” which according to what the schools are doing, will involve increasing levels of surveillance, regimentation, and rigidity, and less time for creativity, relaxation, play and experimentation. Did you know that the art supply budget for Nashville’s primary schools, according to a teacher in the system, is only $1.50 per student per year?

From a Green perspective, not only Nashville’s but our nation’s educational priorities are all wrong. We are spending billions to prepare our children for a future that will not exist as it is being visualized. The world is changing faster than we can imagine. We need to spark creative thinking in our children, not just as in art projects, but as in problem solving. We need to teach them the scientifically circular nature of the world—we are in a closed system in which everything that happens affects everything else. We need to teach our children to know themselves and speak their truth, and to be tolerant of the differences that arise among honest people. We need to make sure every child has some kind of hands-on experiential skills—how to make, grow, or fix things. We need smaller schools, local schools, where parents and students and teachers are part of a real community—a community of people who live, work and play together.We’re a long way from doing that here in Nashville. We could start heading in that direction by electing a school board that will raise thoughtful hell with the status quo, and I think you, dear listener, might just be the person to do it. Go out and run for school board. Talk to lots and lots of people about how it is and how it oughta be and how to get there from here. Go for it. You can’t win if you don’t try.





A VISION FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE

14 07 2005

What’s the Green Party’s vision for middle Tennessee?
Did you know that Tennessee used to be among the top ten fruit and vegetable producing states in the country? Right up there with New York, Michigan, California and (at the time) New Jersey?That was in the early part of the twentieth century, when most of the people of Tennessee lived on small, highly diversified farms—highly diversified because the farmers had too much at stake every year to put all their eggs, so to speak, in one basket. Yes, lots of people kept chickens, hogs, and cattle, grew peppers and cabbages and blackeyed peas and strawberries and pears and peaches, back in the day when Nashville had a farmers’ market because there were so many farmers in Davidson County.

We’ve come a long way, haven’t we, now that we bring well over ninety percent of what we eat in from thousands of miles, or even a hemisphere, away, as the price of the fuel that brings it here starts its speeding spiral upwards? But I digress…The downside of Tennessee’s agriculturally and otherwise more self-reliant culture a hundred years ago was widespread poverty with its attendant ignorance and physical and emotional suffering. Tennessee was effectively part of the third world.

The Green Party does not yearn for that past—it’s the Republicans who are doing their best to drag us there, in all the worst ways.The Green Party wants to revive the best part of old Tennessee—community self-sufficiency,whether in food, health care and medicine, fuel, culture, clothing, or decision making. Our current economic structure is basically a siphon that sucks money from individuals and local communities into the pockets of large corporations and their already wealthy shareholders. Our current economy is a treadmill—the faster it goes, the faster we must go, and the faster we go, the faster it goes.

Both major political parties support this, arguing only over how much to siphon and how much to speed up the treadmill.The Green Party proposes to take out the siphon and turn off the treadmill. A great deal of what needs to happen will have little to do with government, except that government needs to be willing to step out of the way and let it happen. Other things will need a strong, coherent government in order to happen. We believe it is the purpose of government to stand up for the people. What we have happening now is government by and for special interests—specifically large, for-profit corporations.

Enough with the noble rhetoric, you say. Give me some details! What can we do? How could we actually, rubber-meets-the-road improve the quality of life in middle Tennessee? We got an automobile plant on the best farmland in the area. Most of the farms that used to feed us have been turned into subdivisions. Most people don’t garden or even live walking distance from a grocery store, and they’ve all gotta drive miles on the same roads at the same time to get to work. Watcha gonna do about it, greenboy?

Well, as one of my favorite frogs once remarked, it’s not easy bein’ green. A lot of damage has been done to the human/ and natural ecology of middle Tennessee. Sometimes I despair about this—it seems like a debate over where to put bandaids on a dying man—and friends, it may be. We may be too locked in to the self-destructive pattern of late-period capitalism to avert catastrophe, but we have got to try.

The Green Party does not, however, have a vast, overarching, detailed program of how to do this. The Green Party approaches things differently from the Democan-Republicrat—“let-us-tell-you what you need and whether it’s working for you” song and dance. One of our primary principles is to give people power over the decisions that shape their lives—so we do not have a top-down solution that we intend to impose on you the people.

What we would do as the party in power is use the government to grow solutions from the bottom up—get people together in neighborhoods and communities and facilitate discussion of issues and answers. As a governing party, we will help people learn what they need to know to make intelligent decisions, and then use government as a tool to implement what the people want, rather than what the wealthy and their lobbyists want, which is the way it works today.

But wait, you say, people in Tennessee are crazy as outhouse rats—they’re against an income tax, even though it means most of ’em would pay less in taxes—they’re for a lottery, which is an increased tax on the (mostly poor) people who can’t do math very well—they’re against gay people being able to adopt children, even though it’s spare-the-rod-and spoil-the-child Christians who are more often in trouble for child abuse. What makes us naïve Green Party people think that turning decision making back to the people will result in intelligent decisions? What is to keep it from resulting in widespread repression—nightshirts and ponies, creationism, cars up on blocks in front yards in Brentwood? AAGGHHH!

Well, I would like to propose that if the y’all are smart enough to put the Green party in charge, y’all are smart enough to figure out your own lives without hurting anyone else. And if y’all keep voting in the same old same old, things will keep going round and round just like always, further and further down the drain, and then we will still have to figure it out for ourselves, only from an even more difficult position than we are in already.

Now, I was a young man back in the 1960’s,(“you made your own amusements then”) when we first had this vision and called it things like “participatory democracy.” and “sustainable culture.” Forty years ago, it would have been easier to take the path we propose. The forces of greed, ignorance, and selfishness have done everything they can to throw roadblocks in our way since then—but they can’t outspin the fact that they are running America over a cliff. We in the Green Party have a better idea. We invite you to take charge of your own future.








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