Citizens Assembly: From Occupy Movement to a Permanent Political Force

| February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try
and change the problematic model.
You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller

We well know that our systems of governance are problematic to put it mildly and if we follow Fuller’s advice then we ought to create another model to make our existing system obsolete.

I am not sure how much more Fuller had to say about the matter or what he was referring to specifically when he said or wrote that statement. But in this article I will apply it in relation our plight with a thoroughly corrupt political system.

The Occupy Movement is still a minority movement, despite its growing popularity. Though it seems to be composed of people who are thinking and dreaming big. Occupy participants are brimming with hope in action and they have placed that hope not in some man or woman, but in themselves as a collective with a just and common cause.

They seem determined to change not only their own broken institutions, but they are also looking to band with Occupy Movements from other countries in the hope of creating a better world for all concerned.

But how do we go about changing our monolithic and seemingly all powerful institutions? They have mountains of money, they make the laws to suit their aims and they command military-police forces.  We are learning that we, the 99 percent, are still much bigger and even more powerful than the Establishment.

But to achieve our goals we need more than greater numbers and raw power—-we need organization. Every complex agency has an organizational system that enables it to accomplish its goals. The Occupy Movement will need to evolve from rag tag protest movement to a permanent political force in order to achieve its goals. The Occupy Movement could very well be the seedling of the exo-establishment structure (Citizens Assembly) we need to replace our pathetic government. Let us please come together to make it so. Any bright future for all concerned will depend on it. Make no mistake about it our generation will decide either the legacy or the tragedy of humankind.

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to
exercise their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”

– Thomas Jefferson
principle author of the Declaration of Independence and
3rd President of the United States.

Jefferson was addressing the founding members of the United States when he made that statement.  In their time only the wealthiest members of society where educated and they alone filled the ranks of the new congress.  “We the People” may have been a platitude for the voting masses of his day. We don’t know how sincere his statement was when he said “if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”

If that principle had been acted upon then we would not find ourselves in the current predicament.  For government as we know it can only exist by misinforming the people about its activities and the issues of the day.

The people who founded the United States of America had an ideal. They provided us with a blueprint for balanced governance and they recognized it to be the people’s right to disband and/or reform their government when those in power have failed to do their duty.

…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and institute new government,…

– Excerpt from the US Declaration of Independence

There is no question that the US government has become destructive not only to the founding principles set forth by the US constitution, but has now become the world’s greatest menace.  We have no other alternative, but to alter or abolish our government and institute a new one.

 

ENTER THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT

The Occupy Movement has coalesced into a vigorous and promising widespread social movement that seems to be gathering more support every day and that is very heartening indeed.

However, we need more than a movement of protestors and both labels must evolve into something permanent and respectable. I have argued the case for the creation of a Citizens Assembly that operates outside the current political system.

The current political system is far too entrenched in its rotten ways to think that we can simply vote better politicians into office. My complete case for the creation of a Citizens Assembly as the only way out our collective nightmare is presented in A Movement to Unite All Good Will Movements: The Occupy Movement Anticipated. Our collective problems can only be addressed collectively.

Entire article at EmergentCulture.com

Category: Politics

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