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Revolutionaries: The Best Way to Tear Down the System is to Build Something New

Instead of spending energy fighting against the system, be the change you want to see.
Original post:  http://www.activistpost.com/2012/02/revolutionaries-best-way-to-tear-down.html

Due to gross injustices built into the current system, angry mobs of disenfranchised protesters are pushing most of the world to the edge of global revolution. It's wonderful to see people find solidarity in opposing the destructive nature of the system.

However, the idea that the public will ever force the entrenched corporate-states around the world to bend to their will because they're on the streets is very unlikely. Even if the protests become violent riots like in Greece, the controllers will not release their clutches. In fact, history says they'll only tighten them.

Additionally, those seeking systematic solutions all seem well-intentioned and deserve credit for offering ideas. But the more we understand that the system's creators and beneficiaries don't want it to change, the more we realize that even apparent solutions will never take place unless they're co-opted to fit the needs of the controllers. Therefore, so-called collective solutions forced by the current system of control are not likely to benefit the general public even if it appears that more crumbs are offered to the peasants.

There seems to be an awful lot of energy being spent fighting against the system, which is akin to swimming upstream.

We're getting nowhere fast and it's zapping our energy, as it seems intended to do. We mustn't concern ourselves with what other people are doing. Their behavior is and always will be out of our control. Attempting to control people's behavior is at the heart of what's wrong with the current system; therefore, why would we think that imposing our flavor of control would taste any better? It won't.


What if each of us focused our energy on figuratively building our own rafts to float against the current? What if each raft represented a productive individual solution? And what would happen if each disenfranchised protester stopped demanding something, and, instead, simply started creating the change?

I'm not talking about solutions like drafting a petition or a certain piece of legislation and collecting signatures to influence government. That is the perfect example of swimming upstream. Even if successful, it will just use the guns of government to force your ideas on the public, which will never work no matter how noble your collective solution may seem.

I'm talking about taking a systematic problem that you're most passionate about, identifying a change you can make in your personal life to limit your contribution to the problem, while also finding a tangible alternative to fully support. Ideally, this tangible alternative would be market-based to allow you to make a living while being the change you wish to see in the world.

For example, if you're passionate about clean energy as part of the solution, don't waste time railing against dirty energy. Focus on what you can do in your own life. Limit your use of dirty energy, install solar panels on your house, start an alternative energy blog or business, organize an energy cooperative for your community to become cleaner and more self-sufficient, or all of the above.

If enough people took to this initiative on their own terms, the diversity of action would destroy the current energy paradigm much faster than holding a sign and screaming about nuclear energy, oil cartels, or safer working conditions for coal miners.

Or, if you oppose corporate farming and factory food production, don't just spend all of your time informing people as to the evils of such a system -- also live the change and help others to do so. Produce your own food and share with your local collective, or simply buy directly from your local farmers. Teach courses in organic foods or better farming techniques. Raise funds or produce management or marketing tools for local organic farmers. In other words, harness all of the energy you can muster into productive personal goals, and the solutions will blossom around you.

As such, if each of us removes the fuel that we contribute to the inferno, its flame would burn out. While at the same time, we'll find fulfillment in living out our passions for the material betterment of ourselves and the collective benefit of society.

If each of us does something we believe in and are passionate about, no amount of force can stop the entropy of the change. There won't be one message that can be co-opted, or one law that can be written to stop its advance, or one group of protesters that can be minimized. The weight of collective energy of individuals creating something new in a multitude of arenas will cause the old abusive system to cave in on itself. No hate-filled slogans necessary. No demolition needed. No violence required.

It's time to be the change.

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lets build 10.Feb.2012 14:15

kili

So to use an analogy from the industrial corporate sector: When industrial crystals are grown, large vats are used. So a supersaturated solution is put into the vat and then a seed crystal is introduced. The seed crystal starts the pattern that the resulting crystals follow. So all of the crystals produces have the same pattern as the seed crystal. Sometimes a contaminant will get into the tank, and all of the crystal will grown following the wrong pattern. Once a contaminate gets into the tank, it cannot be cleaned out. The tank can no longer be used to grow crystals. It is then destroyed and a new tank is used.

We have a contaminant in our system, causes all of our systems of social organization grow the wrong way, and once our systems contact other cultures, they become contaminated as well. It is time to destroy the tank in hopes of removing the contaminant, and it doesn't matter what you try to build it will become contaminated because you haven't removed what is causing the system to go wrong.

. 13.Feb.2012 12:39

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We would love to build something new, but the authoritarians, statists, corporatists, and other sociopaths are physically and violently preventing us from doing so. The key instrument they use to enslave us are the institutions of absentee ownership of land and unlimited ownership of land by individuals, corporations, and governments. Wherever you go on this earth to find an unused or under-utilized piece of land, a small plot on which to build a shelter, start a vegetable garden, or set up an artisan workshop, you will encounter the same thing over and over. A group of thugs with badges, batons and guns will show up and tell you that you are trespassing on land that "belongs" to someone else. And you will be violently removed and possibly imprisoned. As a result we are forced off mother earth and into the cities where we have to participate in the wage-rent cycle of slavery. Many of us are further ensnared by taking on debts denominated in fiat currency. We are further brutalized by tax-collectors and the same group of thugs in blue who stand behind the tax-collectors. It would be wonderful to start an autonomous, local, gift economy without the institutions of absentee-ownership/rent, moneylending/debt, authority/taxation, employment/wages. If you tried to do this, you would be beaten with batons until you submitted to their institutions of economic exploitation. I think we need to do both things. Build as much as we can of the autonomous, local, gift economy as a demonstration of what could be. And work to demolish all institutions of economic exploitation and social/managerial hierarchy at the same time as these entities are physically blocking us from creating the alternative on this planet.