Why is this site censoring comments? They just seem to disappear without addressing the reasons for it.
Please define the word "compellingly" to me. I cannot find it in any dictionary.Thanks in advance.
What he cannot imagine is listening to his neighbor. I wouldn't give him another second's attention, because he isn't even reading what you write. His cynicism controls his entire spirit & being.
Many US corporations demonstrate those things more compellingly every day. Don't let the deniers & self-deceivers bug you.
Anarchism has not yet discerned how to overcome its tendencies toward violence. When it comes with the UP FRONT NON VIOLENT PARTICIPATION ONLY commitment, then, and only then, do we have any way of holding its adherents accountable to any common decency.
As for the author initial puzzle in the article, perhaps the author could trust his body a bit more and learn something from it. "While I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when someone at a conference asks why CELDF’s community organizing doesn’t take on capitalism directly, the question still startles me." When one's body is startled, one's body is screaming at its inhabitant: HELLO?
Analyzing the question is no way to address the respondent, or to address the fact that the question predictably startles.
Perhaps having a competent answer would help; and why not present it as a question: "How do we more directly confront capitalism than by organizing citizens to work together to manage it properly?"
We all know we have no national governmental capacity to govern capitalism.
If we do not do it where we live, there are no more options.
The planet will remove us because we cannot find enough conservative instinct, capacity, or effort to save ourselves from our own nonsense.
Species are dying off now at a rate comparable only to the previous five great extinction die-offs. We humans have no guarantees that we are any more resilient than the last species that died off. All we have are numbers.
We know from history that nature can remove masses of us in minutes.
You don't need a lot of money, you need people. People who are organized behind something are much more powerful than money.
Well, if you want to start acting and changing, you best get a really BIG, BIG box and fill it with money.
You see, MONEY is what it takes to pay bribes.
That's how the American worker was cheated out of his union and ended up working a TEMP job that pays $2 above minimum wage.
There is one other way that I know of.
Attack and kill the rich, who own everything.
Mankind is doomed to extinction. Has been since the Dark Ages and the time of pyramids and pharoahs.
Greed and lust and taking everything and sharing nothing are the emotions that control the world.
I know this, so I simply sit back and await my own death.
That's my golden parachute exit strategy from this chaos.
You really need to begin by CHANGING the very emotions that cause one man to hoard billions of dollars while the employees that created that wealth starve in the cold, out on the sidewalks.
Sadly, we just do not live in a "Share and share-alike" sort of world anymore!
And a real fool accepts things in the fear that they will not change. It takes dreams, and people willing to think outside the box, and act on it. Only when we can identify a problem, and work on a solution can we work to alleviate the problem. If we just accept a problem and do nothing about it, nothing gets done to change things for the better.So, instead of "Gee wouldn't it be nice if there were no hurricanes and no floods," we examine the situation, and say, "What can we do to defend our selves from hurricanes and floods, and what can we do to prevent them," we can start to work on a solution to the issue. Even if the floods and hurricanes are going to kill us in the present, if we pose a solution that future generations can work on, then we have at least have done half of the job.
Hey, good for you!
Your little make-believe world sounds fine and dandy, to be sure.
Unfortunately, the people who have the money are driven by GREED and a total LACK of CONCERN for everyone else.
So, as nice as your way sounds, the reality of it ever happening is less than the odds of winning the mega-lottery!
"Gee, wouldn't it be nice if there were no hurricanes and no floods?" the fool asks, as the water rushes over his head. He'll be dead in the next two minutes, of course.
See the world as it IS, rather than how you wish it was. Cause all the dreamin' and hoping in the world will add up to NOTHING!
Why is it that in the "greatest" democracy in the world, the de facto economic system is governed more like a dictatorship than a democracy? In a democracy everyone gets a say in what goes on, In a dictatorship one or a few people get to say what goes on. In order for capitalism to survive, it must become a democracy, and have everyone who works for a company make the decisions as to what happens with said company. Yes, the owner makes the initial investment to create the company, but without his or her workers, there would be no business. This is especially true in larger businesses. Capitalism cannot survive if only a few make profits, and make decisions. If workers had a stake in the business that they work in, they could probably come up with better decisions for our economy, especially the local economy than if a small board of directors made decisions only to benefit themselves. Time to think about worker owned and operated businesses. Not small board of directors owned corporations.
"Is wholesale replacement necessary? Perhaps, but the economic models drawn up in lecture halls likely aren’t the substitutes. Those are generally mired in the “old left” way of thinking—placing trust in government rather than in private market actors."Anarchism avoids both extremes, of top-down government rule and the dog-eat-dog social Darwinism of the "free market". Decisions are reached by the people themselves, deciding what is best for their communities. Zapatismo shows how communities can be organized and run without government.
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