8 ways to improve society when you opt out of voting and campaigningSubmitted by haze on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 18:16
An excellent blog post I ran across:
When a problem occurs, or when something is wrong, we have traditionally been conditioned to find someone who is “in charge”, a final arbiter of decision making who will have all of the answers and know all of the right things to say and do. Typically, those who have found themselves “in charge” are no more qualified or knowledgeable than those who are not, yet nonetheless these false prophets continue to swindle generation after generation of people. The worst thing about this whole situation is that these so called “authorities” maintain a monopoly on problem solving, meaning they are really the only ones who are allowed to solve problems. Thus over time people begin to believe that those in authority are the only ones who are actually capable of solving problems, when in reality, as i mentioned earlier they are no more qualified than anyone else.
If we apply this understanding to the realm of government, it is not difficult to see that the current system of electoral politics is not an effective or moral way for people to actually create meaningful change in their communities and the planet as a whole.
Below is just a few ways that I have recently seen people solving problems in their community by themselves, without the government.
(1) - Opt out in every way possible
(2) – Be your own president
(3) – Campaign for philosophy
(4) – Support or start Mutual aid groups
(5) – Support or create Alternative currency
(6) – Support or create a Community garden
(7) – Support or create alternative media
(8) – Act with kindness and compassion in your own life