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Localize Freedom- A Critique of the rEVOLution

NOTE!!!

This is a huge work in progress essay that I'm putting on here to see what sorts of questions and ideas it raises. Many might take offense to some of the things I write, and that is a welcomed reaction, but please, if you have something to say then do so intelligently and with tact. I'm a former state coordinator for Restore The Republic, so I'm no government operative or some other such fantasy. Just a dude with some perspectives that I want to share with you.

This article, for now atleast, is devoid of any links but for now I think that will suffice. There is enough google-worthy words and people to get people started looking into these things I talk about. Peace.

LOCALIZE FREEDOM

Hello all. This revolution is well intentioned and certainly full of great energy and information. BUT. There are great short comings in this movement.

Long story short:

We all see a collapse coming. Economic is our angle. We can also put other goggles on and see other collapses imminent like resource scarcity, climate destabilization, etc.

What is our response to the situation? Protests, signs, self-spread publications, youtube videos, unknown political campaigns, etc. Ineffective in the face of a juggernaut. I submit that the system we are fighting actually ENCOURAGES us to behave the way we have been for the sole reason that it is and will do nothing to stop the iniquities of the bankers, ceo's, etc who are fucking things up. Also, we are not coming anywhere close to really changing the tide of public opinion and discourse towards something effective.

Now, before you go off spouting how much support Ron Paul had(of which I was a part, mind you), how many CNN spots he's had, how many mentions of the Tea Parties you all garnered, etc. Save it. While we have had these small gains, the greater war has gone on unscathed. You think "Audit the Fed" is something that gets the bankers shaking in their boots!?!?!? The Fed is DESIGNED to fail!!! It was not meant to last, but only to bolster Britain, help Israel, put money in bad people's pockets, and eventually bring America down.

So. What do I suggest? I have given what I see as a problem, our lack of effective and our natural desires to attack the obvious windmills. I do have some suggestion/solutions, but they require you all to think outside of your rigid boxes.

I suggest you all start thinking about how your current "adversarial activism" isn't working, and start transitioning towards "social process activism".

More Here at the blogspot.

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I think you have excellent

I think you have excellent ideas that are worth a second look. Truly, the only way to get things accomplished "on the ground" is to start at home.

I did read your whole essay and found your recommendations good. However, it seemed a bit scattered to me, as far as organization. It's a lot of information to absorb in one read. Perhaps some bullet points at the beginning so that you have a bit of an intellectual road to follow as you read. That would have helped me a bit in my understanding.

You seem to have gone from community organizing to models of organization. I might have discussed the models first, and then singled out the one you chose to speak of. It would have given me better understanding overall.

I, personally, saw nothing wrong with your grammar or spelling, but I didn't look too hard in that area either. Usually though, if there is something wrong it will stick out to me. Nothing did. So I think you're good there.

Anyway, hope the critiques help! And, I definitely think you're on the right path.

Blessings )o(

Blessings )o(

Thank you. I'm thinking

Thank you. I'm thinking about splitting this up into 2-3 smaller articles actually. It is a lot of new information to absorb, I realize that. This area of work I'm mapping out for everyone is such a different octave from the sort of activism we're all used to, it's only fair to not shove it down people's throats all at once.

Thanks for the feedback!

(secretly I'm hoping for more oppositional viewpoints!)

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Just don't bring up the war

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB_5XSUWJdM&feature=related
Related to this, is there a special ass that I need to kiss to be able to post a thread around here? This is getting really old.

Mike, I'm really trying to

Mike, I'm really trying to figure out what this means man! I'm scratching my head here. . .

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Sancho23, I am very much on the same

page with you. Relocalization, bioregionalism, alternate currencies, yes!

In my blog http://blog.choosewings.com/ I post non-partisan articles aimed to awaken independent thinking and action toward creating a world of freedom and peace. It's oriented to practical solutions, so I don't include a lot of in-depth theory; I try to keep it positive and open to anyone, helpful, not scary. My posts cover a lot of subjects, both local action and those of wider concern. There's some overlap with the DP. I'd also appreciate suggestions and comments.

I'm also re-posting a recent DP link in case you missed it:
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/108961

Cool man! You should

Cool man! You should consider a links sidebar, always a nice touch. Might I recommend the C-Realm podcast, as well as my own show, The Next Step? ;-)

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Wow, your podcast site is awesome,

good work. You might want to post a link in this thread, to make it easier for others to find and check it out. I'll go back and listen when I have more time.

I took a look at C-Realm, seems to be nearly a world unto itself, Lots of layers, content, dense with ideas.

Thanks for your suggestions; a links sidebar, definitely coming in the future. Very busy right now with a new project rather beyond my skill level, taking time experimenting to see how it develops.

Dead on

I really like the way you think. It was way too long for me to read, but I jumped around and found it to be an excellent message. Focus on the local communites and learn work with people of different political beliefs. This is very important, we scare too many people away. If we don't learn to do this, we'll spin on the dead hamster wheel of third party / fringe beliefs forever.

I have terrible grammar and spelling, but -
There are some major grammatical errors in the essay. Also, there are peroids where comas should be, and some sentences are ending too quickly. You should also edit out the cursing, there are funnier ways to shock people, use a thesaurus and spellcheck.net. Please, for the love of your message, shorten this work. It needs to be shared, but I think many people are like me, and before I read something, I will look to see what the length is, this is just way too long for me to read, and I am really on board with your message. You can find a way to shorten this up. Also, for the intro you posted here, you should not refer to your opinions as "important" it just wreaks of arrogance.
One last thing, spellcheck.net should fix this for you, but "Atleast" is not a word, it is two words

I am looking forward to reading the rest later tonight or tomorrow

Cheers and great job

Yes, we need to really embed

Yes, we need to really embed ourselves into the community and just by doing that our ideals will spread to many more people then otherwise. Also, our connection with the community creates a safety in numbers effect, imagine entire towns becoming autonomous even! State governments wouldn't know what to do. I do think many people are scared off by lack of real connection with the local scene, whatever that may be.

Thanks for the tips. A revised version will be up later tonight. As for the length, well, I'm making it an easier read. . .but shortening will take more editing time then I'll have in the next week so we'll see. Thanks again!

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Rather than posting a book,

Rather than posting a book, think about starting a blogspot page and link to it.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Yeah, point taken. I forgot

Yeah, point taken. I forgot I even had a blog. . .

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bump!

I will confess that I did not read or absorb it all. but you make some really good points. it seems to me that the biggest problem right now is the OVERWHELMING ignorance among our people. my efforts of late has to been to try and alert people to what they DON'T know.
americans don't know;
1 what money is or where it comes from.
2 what form of government we have.
3 which "catagory" thier own personell beliefs fall into.
I explain that 2 world wars and many empires have collapsed over these three subjects.

" the important thing is to never stop questioning, curiousity, has it's own reason for existing..
Albert Einstien

Thanks man. I'm going to

Thanks man. I'm going to rewrite this soon just based upon my own re-reading(this was taken from a stream of consciousness first run).

I will say that knowing about money is a key issue. Realizing how the Fed works(Read Eustace Mullins) is key. I'm in the process of learning how local currencies function within a national currency system.

I do think it's important that people know more about our type of government, including what type it is(not a democracy). Although, in general the Founding Fathers wanted our system revised when necessary- it's necessary. The Wisdom Council idea can be applied immediately with little cost. 10 million of the "bail out" dollars could have established a nation wide wisdom council process that would show the world what matters to America. . .

Categorizing personal beliefs is important, more important to me is questioning one's own beliefs. That is a hard one for most people. Being open to other belief systems is also a hard one. What I'm introducing the revolution to is stuff that allows for a more easier sharing of perspecitves then what we have already.

Keep reading though, and thanks for the bump.

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on the DP, you are talking to your peers.

when you walk out the door tomorrow, you will be talking calculus to monkeys. they cannot define socialism and are not aware they have a fiat currency. most will also say democracy, your post got me to thinking, maybe we should be ragging on our teachers more than we should our reps?
why is our message not bieng heard? why are these things not taught?
maybe we need to educate the educators?

" the important thing is to never stop questioning, curiousity, has it's own reason for existing..
Albert Einstien

Good teachers will accept

Good teachers will accept offers of a free drink or two. . . ;-)

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