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Occupy your mind

“Show solidarity !”, they tell me. “Support the evolution !” “Strength through unity !”, they cry.

Well, I can’t support a revolution, except in the mind. So my call is : occupy your mind.

Don’t let the rich buy your votes with false promises. Organise for political candidacy from the poor, the women, the marginalised of the country.

Don’t let the media suck out your soul. Stop buying television. Stop playing violent computer games, stop believing violent films. Stop supporting warfare.

A mass demonstration, a street occupation, lasts a few weeks, a few months, then evaporates. How are you going to make long term change happen ? How are you going to form the communities of the political future ?

Stop with the “litany of complaints”. Don’t demand a cloud in the sky, demand a single stepping stone of change.

Don’t demand unfeasible goals. Think more clearly. More strategically.

Change your own minds, then try to change the minds of the others through a facilitated negotiation.

Feel the liberation of thinking for yourself and then learn how to work with others thinking for themselves.

Liberty for me means liberty for you, or I won’t have true liberty.

Go ahead – occupy your street, your town, your square, your banking district. It won’t last, and when it’s over, you need to have a plan about what to do next.

Revolution doesn’t work. It causes upheaval, but doesn’t resolve any problems. How do you move from dissent, protest and revolt to working together productively ?

How do you avoid adopting irrational beliefs ? How do you avoid divisiveness ?

Who will do what in the new social structures of the future ? Who is fit to fill the roles in the organisations serving the people ?

What do we want ?

Don’t talk about “jobs” : many “jobs” are an opportunity for somebody to make profit on the back of your labour, and a theatre in which to abuse you mentally, financially, emotionally.

Don’t talk about “money” : if we all work together for the benefit of all, the medium of exchange and trade becomes “public service”, not “money”.

Don’t talk about “inequality” : you can’t fight inequality until you have systems of employment and production that don’t automatically discriminate between people, and reward some more than others.

Occupy your mind. Get smarter, collectively smarter.

One reply on “Occupy your mind”

–Stop buying television. Stop playing violent computer games, stop believing violent films.–

Each to their own.

–Stop with the “litany of complaints”. Don’t demand a cloud in the sky…Don’t demand unfeasible goals. Think more clearly.–

I totally agree, demand the sky! 😛

–Organise for political candidacy from the poor, the women, the marginalised of the country…Liberty for me means liberty for you, or I won’t have true liberty.–

Surely the alienation caused by parliamentary democracy, specifically hierarchy, is a negation of liberty? Indeed, you and I have no control DIRECT control over how our workplaces/communities are run. Stuff corrupt politicians and their promises, you can’t achieve a self-organised society by abdicating your agency. Fyi, Obama was black and working-class and still look what happened!

–Don’t talk about “jobs”: many “jobs” are an opportunity for somebody to make profit on the back of your labour, and a theatre in which to abuse you mentally, financially, emotionally.–

ALL jobs are like this. We’re slaves to bosses* who ultimately have to make a profit, it doesn’t matter if it’s the State sector or the private. And to my mind, you can’t reform the destructive nature of work.

*If you’re ‘lucky’ to have a job that is

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