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Back when I first entered the business world, nearly 45 years ago Joe Blow was full of “white” hope and a storehouse of expectations. My father, a “Gypo” logger in those days, bought property, built a modern home, raised his family, had a good reputation within the community, and was moderately properous. When he offered me the opportunity to become his equal partner I jumped at the chance. Some of my goals for the business were to make family and social (community and enviornment) interests as a priority objective. Financially, the goal was to operate from a sound base, never needing to operate or make payments or living from one paycheck to the next. It was obvious to me that the old ways were failing and a fundamentally new approach was required if we were to survive long term. My Father, however, had bought into this idea of “phantom money” as sound wealth. The rest of the story, of course, is history. 50 or more years of dark age thinking based upon the deceptive lies of medieval beliefs has taken America and the World to the point of no return.
Mr. Korton, however, still seems to think that there is a chance for America. Even though he plainly says its very “clear that we have a failed economic system”. Hand in hand with that reality also proven during the past 50 years is that we also have a failed political system. Both systems are an illusion. Hope in hope. Faith in faith. Belief in hope. Belief in faith. Belief in opinion. All are as illusory as smoke. They are the object of themselves, without substance or any basis. Nothing more than superstitious beliefs in the Hoper. It’s obvious Mr. Obama, even at this early stage, do not have the pedigree necessary to fix the failed systems even if he wanted to do so.
Real hope is defined by men like Mr. David Korten. Read what he has to say and why then compare that to Mr. Barack Obama, what he said and what he is currently doing and you just might come to understand the difference.
We encourage you to consider what David Korten offers as a better way, a way we could start or improve on right here in Humboldt County.
David Korten, co-founder of Positive Futures Network and publisher of the magazine YES!. He is also a former professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and the author of several books, including When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. His newest book is just out, called Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. In it, David Korten argues the nation faces a monumental economic challenge that goes far beyond anything being discussed in Congress. He writes that now is an opportune moment to move forward an agenda to replace the failed money-serving institutions of our present economy with the institutions of a new economy dedicated to serving life.
DAVID KORTEN: Well, it really starts with being clear that we have a failed economic system. And we’ve seen very dramatically the consequences of the financial failure. But what we’re not talking about is the connection to the environmental failure, the destruction of earth’s living systems, and the social failure of an economic system that by its very design, particularly as manifest on Wall Street, is designed to increase inequality. You know, having worked in international development for many years, I’m very familiar with the argument that the way to deal with poverty is, through economic growth, to bring up the bottom. But, of course, what we see—and we’ve seen this for decades—is that, in fact, economic growth tends to raise the top and depress the bottom.
Now, part of it’s coming to terms with the fact that we live on a finite planet. We’ve got finite resources. And the question is, what are our economic priorities? How do we allocate those resources? And it requires a fundamentally different approach to the economy: evaluating economic performance by the things that we really want, in terms of human and natural well-being, rather than a system that is purely designed to increase financial returns to the already very wealthy.
JUAN GONZALEZ: Your book’s subtitle, From a Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth—what is phantom wealth?
DAVID KORTEN: Yeah. This is part of understanding the current Wall Street system, which is built around an illusion, the illusion that money is wealth, which then translates into the idea that people who are creating—or who are making money are in fact creating wealth. And what Wall Street has become extremely expert at is creating money out of nothing through financial bubbles, through pyramiding lending to create fictitious assets that become collateral for more bank lending, and then combining that with the predatory aspects of usurious lending and deceptive lending and the use of credit cards as a substitute for a living wage—all the games that Wall Street is playing. And it’s actually based on a philosophy that says we don’t need to produce anything as a country, if we can—you know, if we can do all this financial innovation that allows us to create financial assets without producing anything of real value. I mean, it’s absolutely insane. And yet, it is the—it’s been the foundation of our economic policy in this country for decades now.
AMY GOODMAN: You have spent your life focusing on issues of sustainability. You talk about excess consumption. What is the model that you could see right now? What is the model that we have right now? And what is the one you want to see built?
DAVID KORTEN: Yeah, well, the amazing thing is that our system is built on driving increased consumption, but particularly it is driving the most destructive and wasteful forms of consumption, of course, starting with war, moving on to automobile dependence, and which is not just about the energy issue, but it’s about the fragmentation of society, as we move out into the suburbs. It’s about the breakdown of the family, as we put more and more stress on the family. So you have to have two or more people in the household working more than one job each just to keep the household together, which means the children are without caretakers and so forth.
You begin to put this all together, you say, well, if we began to really organize our economic activities around the things that really matter, we’d be looking at things—well, how do we organize our economy so that it actually builds human relationships, so it supports families, so it creates an environment in which our children can grow up both physically and psychologically healthy? And we begin to say, well, first of all, it would be a good idea to end war. And, of course, most of our wars are about competition for resources to maintain our wasteful lifestyle. So let’s really get serious about world peace. Then we’ve got to start reducing our dependence on automobiles and recognize that rather than reemploying autoworkers in making automobiles, we should be employing them in building bicycles, building public transportation and so forth, all the things we need. Instead of investing massively in advertising, you know, redirect those creative communications resources to education. You begin to see, in almost every aspect of our economy, the opportunity to redirect resources in ways that actually increase our well-being—they’re not about sacrifice, ultimately—and bringing ourselves into balance with one another and with earth.
The Joe Blow Report 2 disclosure says, “Joe Blows self-evident observations on Truth, God’s gift of equality, unalienable Rights and Justice before Peace.” These words are taken from the Declaration of Independence. Most Americans don’t have a clue as to what these words mean for them and their neighbor. Howard Zinn on “War and Social Justice” says:
“When the government does bad things, the most patriotic thing you can do is to criticize the government, because that’s the Declaration of Independence. That’s our basic democratic charter.”
The Dictionary definition of “charter” is: “A document, issued by a sovereign or state, outlining the conditions under which a corporation, colony, city, or other corporate body is organized, and defining its rights and privileges.”
The Declaration of Independence is the document upon which the American people established their legitimate right to exist as a commonwealth nation. Our continued right to exist depends wholly on the American people’s absolute compliance and enforcement of that Charter. History however reveals that the American people have forfeited their legitimacy and Howard Zinn outlines some of the “mindset” that is responsible when he continues to discuss the rights and obligations of each citizen of these United States as compared to their government:
Here are some of the elements of the mindset that stand in the way, in the way for Obama, in the way for the Democratic Party, in the way for many Americans, in the way for us. One of the elements in our mindset is the idea, somehow, that the United States is exceptional. In the world of social science, in, you know, that discipline called social science, there’s actually a phrase for it. It’s called American exceptionalism. And what it means is the idea that the United States is unique in the world, you know, that we are different, that we—not just different, we’re better. Right? We are better than other people. You know, our society is better than other societies. This is a very dangerous thing to think. When you become so arrogant that you think you are better and different than other countries in the world, then that gives you a carte blanche to do nasty things. You can do nasty things, because you’re better. You’re justified in doing those things, because, yeah, you’re—we’re different. So we have to divest ourselves of the idea that, you know, we are somehow better and, you know, we are the “City on the Hill,” which is what the first governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop, said.
Exceptionalism is one part of the mindset we have to get rid of. We have to see ourselves honestly for what we are. We’re an empire like other empires. We’re as aggressive and brutal and violent as the Belgians were in the Congo, as the British were in India, and all these other empires. Yeah, we’re just like them. We have to face it. And when you face that, you sober up a little, and then you don’t think you can just go all over the world and say, “Ah, we’re doing this for liberty and democracy,” because then, if you know your history, you know how many times that was said. “Oh, we’re going into the Philippines to bring civilization and Christianity to the Filipinos.” “We’re going to bring civilization to the Mexicans,” etc., etc. No. You’ll understand that. Yeah, that’s one element in this mindset.
The second element of the American mindset is:
But when you start criticizing, when you start making an honest assessment of what we have done in the world, they say you’re being unpatriotic. Well, you have to—that’s another part of the mindset you have to get rid of, because if you don’t, then you think you have to wear a flag in your lapel or you think you have to always have American flags around you, and you have to show, by your love for all this meaningless paraphernalia, that you are patriotic. Well, that’s, you know—oh, there, too, an honest presidential candidate would not be afraid to say, “You know, patriotism is not a matter of wearing a flag in your lapel, not a matter of this or not—patriotism is not supporting the government. Patriotism is supporting the principles that the government is supposed to stand for.” You know, so we need to redefine these things which we have come—which have been thrown at us and which we’ve imbibed without thinking, not thinking, “Oh, what really is patriotism?” If we start really thinking about what it is, then we will reject these cries that you’re not patriotic, and we’ll say, “Patriotism is not supporting the government.” When the government does bad things, the most patriotic thing you can do is to criticize the government, because that’s the Declaration of Independence. That’s our basic democratic charter. The Declaration of Independence says governments are set up by the people to—they’re artificial creations. They’re set up to ensure certain rights, the equal right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. So when governments become destructive of those ends, the Declaration said, “it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish” the government. That’s our basic democratic charter. People have forgotten what it is. It’s OK to alter or abolish the government when the government violates its trust. And then you are being patriotic. I mean, the government violates its trust, the government is being unpatriotic.
It is worthy to note, on the subject of police misconduct, that the police, in all its forms and incarnations works for the “artificial creation,” the “Government.” They do not work for the people or the general public, the home owner, the business owner or the voting public. As a “peace officer” the only “peace” they bring is the peace of the grave to anyone that dare threaten the status quo of their employers. Therefore, when the police, by their very nature become a threat, or in the extreme brutalize the general public (as a matter of policy) the government violates its trust to the people granted by the Declaration of Independence and reaffirmed by the Constitution of the United States. The citizenry, to maintain their legitimate right to exist as a Nation, State, County or City are not only obligated to abolish said government, they are enforced by law to equally defend and protect themselves and their families.
This is the second part of Harold Pinter’s speech published on Democracy Now. The first part is printed below.
We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it “bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East.”
How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? 100,000? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore, it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. But Bush has been clever. He has not ratified the International Criminal Court of Justice. Therefore, if any American soldier or, for that matter, politician finds himself in the dock, Bush has warned that he will send in the Marines. But Tony Blair has ratified the Court and is therefore available for prosecution. We can let the Court have his address, if they’re interested. It is Number 10, Downing Street, London.
Death in this context is irrelevant. Both Bush and Blair place death well away on the back burner. At least 100,000 Iraqis were killed by American bombs and missiles before the Iraq insurgency began. These people are of no moment. Their deaths don’t exist. They are blank. They’re not even recorded as being dead. “We don’t do body counts,” said the American general Tommy Franks.
Early in the invasion, there was a photograph published on the front page of British newspapers of Tony Blair kissing the cheek of a little Iraqi boy. “A grateful child,” said the caption. A few days later, there was a story and photograph on an inside page of another four-year-old boy with no arms. His family had been blown up by a missile. He was the only survivor. “When do I get my arms back?” he asked. This story was never referred to again. Well, Tony Blair wasn’t holding him in his arms, nor the body of any other mutilated child, nor the body of any bloody corpse. Blood is dirty. It dirties your shirt and tie when you’re making a sincere speech on television.
The 2,000 American dead are an embarrassment. They are transported to their graves in the dark. Funerals are unobtrusive, out of harm’s way. The mutilated rot in their beds, some for the rest of their lives. So the dead and the mutilated both rot, in different kinds of graves.
I have said earlier that the United States is now totally frank about putting its cards on the table. That is the case. Its official declared policy is now defined as “full spectrum dominance.” That is not my term, it is theirs. “Full spectrum dominance” means control of land, sea, air and space and all attendant resources.
The United States now occupies 702 military installations throughout the world in 132 countries, with the honorable exception of Sweden, of course. We don’t quite know how they got there, but they are there all right.
The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. 2,000 are on hair-trigger alert, ready to be launched with fifteen minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters. The British, ever cooperative, are intending to replace their own nuclear missile, Trident. Who, I wonder, are they aiming at? Osama bin Laden? You? Me? Joe Dokes? China? Paris? Who knows? What we do know is that this infantile insanity, the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons, is at the heart of present American political philosophy. We must remind ourselves that the United States is on a permanent military footing and shows no sign of relaxing it.
Many thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States itself are demonstrably sickened, shamed and angered by their government’s actions, but as things stand, they are not a coherent political force—yet. But the anxiety, uncertainty and fear, which we can see growing daily in the United States, is unlikely to diminish.
I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.
If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision, we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us: the dignity of man.
Joe asks, how then does man define the “real truth of our lives and our societies” in order to maintain some sort of dignity? By the wanton extermination of all peoples that do not agree with us, our political opinions or religious beliefs or to America’s God-given right to “full spectrum dominance”? By impressed conversion to America’s Christianity; forced subjugation to Democracies Freedom of wanton anarchy and chaos?
Personally, Joe says, he’d rather have Almighty God define his truth. Not some worthless “political vision” espoused by fanatical religious lunatics.
On one of the more celebrated Christian holidays of the year that is about “peace on earth and good will toward man,” the Times-Standard ran this frontpage story on the Jew’s competing holiday celebration – Sharing the message of Hanukkah. This “sharing” the T-S reporter Donna Tam points out is a celebration of the “miraculous Jewish victory over the oppressors,” a way for them to “practice their traditions” and “remember their heritage,” a heritage and tradition that is ensconced in corruption and war.
On the Opinion Page was this picture. And he will be called Prince of Peace. He, of course, being Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew.
Jesus said to the Jews on occasion: “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ and again, “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Words neither so-called Christian or Jewish nations have learned. On this same day, these are just some of the words of the Jews posted about their peaceful nature.
“If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over,” Ahmadinejad said, according to the English translation of the Farsi-language speech. … The Board of Deputies of British Jews – which represents the Jewish community in the United Kingdom – said the broadcast was offensive. “To invite him to deliver a Christmas message, even a so-called alternative one, fills me with disgust,” said the group’s president, Henry Grunwald.
The Israeli ambassador to London condemned the speech as a “bogus message of good will.”
Lessons never learned about corruption: In Madoff scandal, Jews feel an acute betrayal
And just today: Israel moves closer to Gaza invasion
These Jews won’t be happy until they have the whole world involved in World War Three. And why not? When a majority of Americans, those that think they are the only ones that are important or matter believe that God will save them at this time when they are all Raptured off to heaven and then save the Jew no matter what because Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem to set up his government.
So, if you haven’t figured it out yet, that is why we should care about Hanukukkah.
ADDENDUM :: Saturday, December 27, 2008:
The Jews show their colors: Israeli jets kill ‘more than 200’ in revenge strikes on Gaza “Israel yesterday launched its largest raid on Gaza with two waves of air attacks that killed at least 205 people and injured more than 700, according to Palestinian doctors.
And the Bush Republican White House explains why:
It was “completely unacceptable” for Hamas, which controls Gaza, to launch attacks on Israel after a truce lasting several months, said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
“These people are nothing but thugs, so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas that indiscriminately kill their own people,” Johndroe said in Texas as President George W. Bush was spending the week before New Year’s at his ranch here. “They need to stop. We have said in the past that they have a choice to make. You can’t have one foot in politics and one foot in terror.”
It’s okay for Israel to daily violate that truce with the constant murder of Palestinian civilians, reduce their existence to a total state of starvation and deprivation for more months, but when these people try to get some relief they are called thugs and told they have a choice, agree that you are thugs and that the Jews have a God-given right to desecrate you or die.
The latest: Gaza raids expose Israeli failure You never beat, starve or rape anyone into submission, unless you are a Jew. You only make a viseral enemy. So unless the United States and Israel intend to exterminate the Palestinian people, they’d better learn how to make peace. That’s the Christian thing to do.
ADDENDUM :: Monday, December 29, 2008
Israeli Attacks Kill Over 310 in Gaza in One of Israel’s Bloodiest Attacks on Palestinians Since 1948
Make you proud to be an American?
Only the GOP in America or the Nazi party in Germany could have destroyed a nation so efficiently and have the nerve to brag about it. Now, as we prepare to witness a collapse not seen since that of Rome, we conclude that Bush Jr finished the job begun by Reagan, that is the economic destruction of the United States –its economy, its education, its source of wealth, its future, its security!
Iraqi parliament OKs US troops for 3 more years
Saddam was right all along. Iraq was a closet whore, an unfaithful bitch and given the opportunity, would prove it to the world. So, he invites the United States and it’s British counterpart, the penis covered with a condom, to have a go at her, the Iraqi people. After five years of horrendous deprivation, torture and billions of American dollars in payoffs the Iraqi whore gives up and caves in, she decides it wasn’t rape after all. It may have been rough sex, but no rape; no humiliation. There was no illegal occupation of her body. The big US military penis had a right to the intercourse. Everything bad that happened to her was her fault and for being so non-responsive.
Bush and his cadre didn’t take long to declare that justified right either. On November 19, 2008, Dana Perino: “SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) Means U.S. Can ‘Celebrate The Victory’ In Iraq”
Iraq’s parliament in Baghdad, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, votes to approves a security pact with the United States that lets American troops stay in the country for three more years – setting a clear timetable for a U.S. exit for the first time since the 2003 invasion. The vote in favor of the pact was backed by the ruling coalition’s Shiite and Kurdish blocs as well as the largest Sunni Arab bloc, which had demanded concessions for supporting the deal. The Shiite bloc agreed to a Sunni demand that the pact be put to a referendum by July 30, meaning the deal must undergo an additional hurdle next year. Under the agreement, U.S. forces will withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30 and the entire country by Jan. 1, 2012. Iraq will have strict oversight over U.S. forces. At top right are Sadrist lawmakers chanting and raising placards reading: ‘No, no to the agreement.’ (AP Photo/APTN)
War and Rape/Rape and War – Life after rape, Iraqi style.
There’s still a chance for the Iraqi people to redeem themselves before God, the Universe and the world should they get that opportunity with the agreed upon referendum by July 30, 2009. So far, the Sunni people are the only ones with any dignity, sense of self or any self-respect as a people or a nation state. Bush did good though. Now he and his thug cadre won’t have to stand trial for war crimes nor will the American people have to pay the Iraqi people reparations for destroying that country and its people.