First, we must convince a significant number of people that our response to the climate catastrophe is woefully inadequate. Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations no less, is in agreement on that one. This requires going over yet again, all those terrible calamities that will befall us if we continue on the present path.
Second, we must convince a significant number of people that we cannot take the necessary action to avert these looming calamities under the present regime; neo-liberal, free-market, palliative stage capitalism. It is in our favour that the time is ripe for change, big change!
All over the world people desperately want a change to the present system. It feels like we need it more than ever before in history.
Thirdly, we must make it abundantly clear that we do not wish to abolish democracy, quite the opposite. We want to create democracy!
So we have to make it obvious that the present so-called democracy is not functioning as a democracy at all. It is not fit for purpose. It is not capable of dealing with the enormous task at hand.
It is a façade, a charade. It is in fact a democracy in name only. It is a fake!
There are many, many things hindering our system from being truly democratic. We must list all those things so clearly that it is obvious to everyone that our system is not functioning as a democracy at all.
We can do this using empirical evidence.
We can also prove this by using pure logic.
Democracy is fundamentally dependent on ‘informed consent.’
We cannot make a democratic decision such as voting, for example, without informed consent. At every election we have voted overwhelmingly, time and time again, for a policy that will surely lead to our own destruction, as sure as night follows day. Obviously, if we knew that would be the ultimate outcome of our decision, we would not make that decision, would we?
No we would not.
So our decisions are based on a lack of knowledge of the outcome.
That makes those decisions invalid and undemocratic, and let’s face it, these are very important decisions, effecting all of humanity and everyone else besides.
This can be seen in many aspects of our society, not just the climate crisis. We have so many intractable problems that cannot be solved whilst we are in thrall to this neo-liberal, free-market, palliative stage capitalists juggernaut, but we are prevented from seeing that the root cause of these problems is the system itself. This is because there are immensely powerful people doing whatever they can to keep that knowledge from us, in cahoots with far too many people who just don’t want to know. Therefore our consent is not informed consent. It is invalid.
Most of us are painfully aware of this, but we just want get on with our lives because we feel we are powerless and cannot do anything about it. So our job is to come up with a blueprint for a truly democratic society. Then we must present that viable scenario so convincingly that folks cannot fail to believe it can work, and is therefore worth fighting for, worth giving up the seemingly safe and stable lives we have created for ourselves despite the odds.
Obviously it will be a lot easier to convince those who have not managed to carve out a safe and stable place for themselves in a system stacked against them. There are many others it will be more difficult to convince, those who feel they are wallowing in the benefits of this cruel and heartless ideology. But maybe they too will come to see that they are also suffering, but in a different way. I get the distinct impression that the most privileged members of our society can find themselves isolated from the rest of us, mainly because that is what they set out to do in the first place, blissfully unaware that isolation soon leads to a feeling of alienation, and we all know that alienated from the rest of humanity will crush your spirit. You will become but a shadow of your self, and may even lose the will to live.
Lastly, and this is the hard bit, we must create a vision of another way to do things that is so clearly and obviously better than what we have now, that we are ready and willing to embrace it with open arms. To do this we must make an exhaustive list of all the intractable problems we have created with our adulation of this neo-liberal, free-market economic cult. At the same time, and this will be more fun; We must make a list of all the wonderful things we will come to enjoy in a society rooted in community, where money is no longer the primary means of human interaction.
Then we must present a method of transition between the two which looks plausible, ideally without a period of chaos, catastrophe and fascism in between. A smooth and seamless swap-over based on ‘informed consent.’ I truly believe this is not only possible, it is inevitable.
The snowball is already rolling down the hill, it just has to get to its final resting place before it melts. The snowball is melting very fast, but it is also growing very fast at the same time. The race is on!
Alas and alak I for one, cannot see a transition to a true democracy without suspending, temporarily, the fake democracy we cherish so dearly. I am sure this will make alarm bells ring. Some will quake in their boots, as they should. But I can’t see how we can go forward without this intervention.
Those in control of the system will not voluntarily give up their immense privilege without a fight, and they have all the big guns, don’t forget: Money, lawyers, laws and well…big guns!
So we must fight our battles without resorting to big guns, or any guns at all. Not even sticks, not even smashing windows or rolling cop cars into the river, even though this can be a very good way to let-off-steam. We must be squeaky clean. We must achieve all our aims peacefully, without a shot being fired. This is the way we do things now, this is the way of the future. This is more important than all our other goals. This IS our goal!
This is where N.V.D.A. comes in. This is where Blockade Australia is of vital importance. We cannot convince the powers-that-be to suspend their fake democracy via traditional methods: petitions, marches, voting, etc, etc. They will just ignore us, as they have always done.
We must disrupt their operations to the point where they are no longer able to extract their precious profits from our precious natural world and our endless toil. This may lead to a – hopefully short – period of mayhem, the supermarkets may run out of food for a while, heaven forbid, but we will be ready for that won’t we? This will be the right moment to suggest a viable alternative. It goes like this:
We hold a referendum on changing the constitution so that it is truly democratic. No donations for instance, in fact let’s have a democracy that does not involve money at all. A democracy where everyone chips in to get the job done, without a thought of financial gain, much like we do when a bushfire arrives; we pick up a hose or we make sandwiches for the hose-bearers, we rescue the less nimble in the nick-of-time, we do what we can.
Let’s make a society that doesn’t wait until disaster has struck before we find our compassion.
Ben Boyang 6/8/22
‘The Burning of the Ricefields’
Ancient Japanese cautionary tale
Ben you are a National Treasure. Thank you for composing this piece. I believe you are correct generally. Most Australians will agree with you.
BUT. And there is a huge BUT. We are so ignorant about so many things, especially the things you discuss here.
I mean where do you start Ben? Most people do not know that if you wipe your bum from back to front, you are far more likely to end up with one of the most common infections (especially in women). UTI…Urinary Tract Infection. So we can send people into space for years on end, but we cannot wipe outr bums properly!
So where do you start Ben? Several places at once. Kindergartens and preschools to teach our youngest the basics of living and life. Parents Clubs to show how to raise informed children.
And so on and so forth.
My best wishes to you and Jacinta and family.
Where do we start?
First, I highly recommend my ‘Strategy for implementing the strategy’ which is still a work in progress.
As luck would have it, we are living in a time where the failure of the present system is
abundantly obvious to all with eyes in their heads, especially the young ones.
Climate change has done our job for us, showing up the way our power structure operates and who is gainig from our woes. I don’t think we will have to lift a finger to bring the system to its knees, it is self-destructing of its own accord.
All we have to do is be prepared with a viable alternative that people beleive will work. An alternative they are familiar with. Neo-liberal free market capitalism has failed before. In 2008 the entire world capitalist system went bankrupt, but the wishy-washy gutless so-called socialists in governments all over the world, bailed them out with limitless loads of our money. That happened because we were not ready with a viable alternative at the crucial moment when world leaders were desperate for a way out. Let’s make sure that next time, and there will be a next time, sooner rather than later, next time we make sure we are standing right next to the Barrak Obama of the day. We hand him the clearly written solution to his problems: Our freshly minted blueprint for a brand new society. He grabs it with both hands, ever so grateful for a life-line out of the quick-sand.
Afterall, this is how we ended up with this neo-liberal – free market ideology in the first place. Long, long ago the free Marketeers hatched their evil plans for world domination. Slowly and surreptitiously they built their secret network. Then they waited for the moment when Keansian economics was at its nadir. Then they struck, handing the powers-that-be a freshly minted blueprint for a way out of the quagmire (that would also make them all fabulously rich) The rest is history.
Very good Ben- but now you need to come up with the alternative system. And a way to implement it. That’s the truly hard part. X
No, WE need to come up with an alternative system. I have already thought up a really good system and how to implement it. I just need you lot to do what you are told!
Start at the upcoming state election on Nov 26, 2022.
Already significant numbers of terrific “Voices Of” Community Independents (Teals)have nominated. We need more. In every seat including Bendigo West, Gippsland East and the rest.
I met a rusted on ‘Cointry’ party farmers recently. Even HE is interested in Voices Of.
Go people. We must give it a try.
Hi Ben, think you’re way out of your depth on geopolitics. If you think the next ‘Obama’ will receive your ‘blue print’ with open arms.
There is no difference between democrats and republicans, they are all on the payroll of the neocons.
Read ‘Queen of chaos’ about Hillary Clinton, she had Muammar Gaddafi disemboweled for daring to
encourage Africa to create their own currency.
The US dollar is dying, the collective west make up 17% of the world’s population. The rest of the world are forming BRICS [Brazil,Russia, India,China and South Africa] to form an alternative to the US Hegemony and the USA/EU/UK don’t like it at all. Which is why we are seeing war in Ukraine and spot fires all over the planet.
Be prepared, chaos, it’s on it’s way. And that’s what the neocons want.
Well gee whizz Tim, I didn’t expect such a diatribe. I reread my post and I failed to find any mention of Barak Obama or geo-politics, so I fail to see what your dismisive and condescending attitude is based on. I have no ilusions that a fundamental restructuring of society will be accelpted with open arms. The Neocons came up with their theory in the 1920s and didn’t get to implement it until the 80s. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for an alternative to be adopted. I am convinced that the iminent climate chaos that is lapping at our door, will prompt folks to want to try something new and different, maybe even something radically new and different. We shall see.
keep it up comrade
is that old hat?
greetings from the
THE BIG SMOKE
Thanks David, I hope you are doing well down there in Sodom & Gomorra