I am Not an Idiot
Our entire political system from the politicians, the media and and the people who follow it is idiotic. They are wrong about basic facts of reality. They confuse economics with money & finance. The economy is our resource base, production & consumption, while finance is a system of management, and money is it's primary unit of measure. This system is failing to manage the economy and is why we are having financial crises. Alternatively we are at the greatest economic point in the history of human kind. We have access to more resources, more food production, and most advanced technology ever, yet there's not enough money to take care of everyone on the planet. The problem is money.
@wombatastic #OWS #OPDX I am not an idiot. Our entire political system from the politicians, the media and and the people who follow it is idiotic. They are wrong about basic facts of reality. They confuse economics with money & finance. The economy is our resource base, production & consumption, while finance is a system of management, and money is it's primary unit of measure. This system is failing to manage the economy and is why we are having financial crises. Alternatively we are at the greatest economic point in the history of human kind. We have access to more resources, more food production, and most advanced technology ever, yet there's not enough money to take care of everyone on the planet. The problem is money.
We believe money facilitates transactions, but the opposite is true. We use money within our financial system because it is more efficient than barter or coinage. Under barter if you have something I need, then I have to have something you need in return, and if I don't we have to have a medium of exchange; but if you trust your needs will be met, you can just give it to me, making exchange unnecessary, so the problem is lack of trust that our needs will be met. Some have suggested a decentralized credit clearing computer system, but at least now we have people with a shred of humanity left managing the system but turning it over to a computer would be worse! What we need is trust.
The most important job in the world is taking care of people. There are many people in the world who's needs are not being met, so there is not a lack of jobs, just a lack of jobs that someone is willing to pay you money for, but if we all knew our needs would be met, we could start doing the work that needs to be done now. There is an awesome economic opportunity to trade in our money and time for trust, by taking care of each other. It is okay to use money to do that because that is what we have now. Once we develop that trust we can stop using money.
The goal is to create seven billion happy productive people. Imagine what that many people could accomplish working together. The problem is most people are neither productive nor happy now and it is because of money. We are told we have to pay rent or buy food even though we didn't ask to be born on this planet. If someone is born on this planet we should take care of their needs. Most of us are doing this now, we are just being held back by money. There is food in the grocery store going to waste, clothes on racks not being used and houses in foreclosure not being occupied. There is no reason for children in Africa to die of diarrhea when we have the technology and resources to provide them with clean water and medicine.
If we started taking care of each other, traded in our money for trust, and stopped using money, those of us in jobs that were necessary to take care of each other would just continue working. Those of us in jobs that no longer made sense or who didn't have jobs could start doing the work they dream of. All the normal laws of supply and demand would still apply. When you go into a store you would take what you need, not more, because it would look silly to take more than you need when everything was freely available. People who stocked shelves or managed inventory would still do their jobs as normal, instead there just wouldn't be things going to waste in the dumpster because no one could afford to buy them.
At Occupy Portland we developed a general assembly for airing ideas and voting on proposal. We developed committees and affinity groups for doing work. We developed spokes counsels of those groups, plus families and tribes to hash out the details of proposals. We used Livestream to broadcast meetings, and Facebook and Twitter to allow leisurely discussion for those who could not be there in person. This same system of self governance will be used to manage all affairs of work and state. As we occupy everywhere each office and site can incorporate these methodologies or create their own. Managers will still be necessary as they perform the function of coordinating work, however their role will be more as a facilitator than as a boss.
There was lots of criticism of Occupy Portland because of all the problems that arose. However these same problems existed before, and their is no shortage of criticism for the rest of our society as a whole. What was most elating to me was how we changed lives. There are many stories, but just last night I witnessed a man under the bridge screaming he didn't want to be a junkie anymore, that he wanted to be a web designer, and his dreams were so close, but slipped through his hands. This didn't sadden me cause I know we will do it again, and him and other will have a second chance at being rehabilitated and realizing their dreams.
I am working with a group that is working on a campaign for a Pay It Forward society, where we stop using money December 21st 2012. It's the last day of the Mayan calendar, end of the old system and a good time to start a new one, and at the moment no one else is using it. We are going to kick off our campaign one year ahead of time on December 21st 2011, so we have a year to make the transition. I propose this Christmas we give the gift that keeps on giving and never stop. The major religions teach God is Love, and to love god first and our neighbor as ourselves, so we are to love Love and take care of each other. We must value each other equally, and we can no longer do that with money. Love is the true measure of all things.
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