21st Century Society / 18th Century Democracy

Currently our democracy is nothing more than a commodity traded within the market place. As with any marketplace Capital is the sole arbitrator between people and the commodity, in this case democracy. In essence Capital is the means by which people vote. The corporate aristocracy is a big defender of voting with Capital. The reason, obviously, is because they have so fuckin’ much of it. If one vote equals one dollar it would be nice to have a billion dollars.

“STOP!” you say. “We have one vote per person regardless of wealth” goes your retort.

To which I curtly reply, “This is nothing but catharsis”.

Elections are an outpouring of emotion to keep the multitude of debt bonded slaves (i.e. society) complacent in their mindless cycle of production and consumption. Democracy lies in those with capital and thus power. Take for example Bill Gates. If he desires to have a conversation with government to progress his interests in a situation it is nothing more than a phone call away. Dido the Waltons, Koch Brothers or whatever other corporate capital fascist you would like to name.

Yet the power does not end their. All these corporate capital fascists own the masses media and thus they own our culture, identity and reality. They use this tool of “freedom” in order t stupify their production and consumption debt slaves. Media is a tool of social control, or reality control. This is why they viciously progress the private ownership and centralization of the industry. They control what political thoughts get diceminated to their debt slaves. Thus they control political reality and guide it into cathartic topics like terrorism or

Democratize Capital

Capital must be Democratized by Dencentralizing and Ecologizing Capital. This goes way beyond just an increase in corporate taxes.

One such step would be to nationalize and localize all core extraction industries. What does this mean? Setting up a national selling agency (much like the Wheat Board now being dismantled by our Führer Mr. Harper) which would collectively sell the extracted materials on international markets. The individual extraction industry site would be owned and run by the workers and the communities in which they reside.

Global nationalization of all pharmaceutical industries. How would that work? Haven’t a clue yet but its an idea. Bottom line: much of the important pharmaceutical research is already publicly funded and this is an industry which should be part of the global commons and completely non-profit.

Decentralizing media through regulation of ownership rules and promoting a decentralized community collectively owned model which would be democratized through regular online elections of CEOs and board members.

Democratize the CBC by allowing Canadians to participate in regular elections of its board members. Set the CBC up as an arms length collective institution of Canadians by drastically reducing Ottawa’s oversight and increasing collective Canadian people oversight.

Localize the food industry through subsidization, regulation and a national program to increase local farmers and undermine big agribusiness. Democratize agricultural land usage in order to allow new farmers to be able to farm land.

The bottom line philosophy is to have more of the world’s capital controlled by a plurality of people (workers, communities, government, collective elections) rather than having capital centralized among the elites and capitalist mentality. Most low risk ventures (such as extraction) should be owned by local collectives.

Education.

Bottom line is that the CCL was created to promote te centralization and corporatization of our education. The CCL report is accuret as seen from a purely capitalist framework. People like the CCL talk about “the jobs of the future”. Primarily these jobs are currently controlled by corporations whose primary goal is to exploit and feed upon the workers and consumers of society as much as possible. Since they currently control or set “the jobs of the future” we must logically conclude that they will then dictate the parameters of the education system. However, all of this is based on the core philosophies and ideologies of Capitalism. This standardization and progressive centralization cares nothing about creating or assessing civic responsibility, social networking and cohesion, the ability to function colabrativly, capacity for creative and divergent thought and severely inhibits critical and meta cognitive skills. The OECD standards assess NONE of these abilities and thus penalizes education systems that do (ask Denmark). We have to ask the following questions: Are these the standards we choose to use to asses our educational success? Who are the people who will choose these “standards”? Should we homogenize our education and their outcomes towards a global standard? What does standardization and centralization do to culture?

We need to decentralize and allow more community autonomy and creative diverse educational outcomes. Moreover, since capitalism is ecologically, socially and economically unsustainable, we need to find other more
diverse ways to measure educational success within our respective communities.