Bigger Than Revolution

BEGINNERS in political activism generally focus on one crime, one politician, one party. But that’s just one symptom.

TRUTH is elusive; we’ve all been fooled. Whistle-blowers, not war criminals, are locked up. The public’s short memory lets the plutocrats lie about everything. The biggest lie is one of omission: The corporate press (NYT, MSNBC, FOX, etc.) never mentions the real basis of our society, nor the very different world that is possible. My own favorite non-corporate sources are: RT, Counterpunch, Greanville Post, Popular ResistanceBlack Agenda ReportCommon Dreams, Truthout, Rad Indie Media, Ted RallLee Camp, Caitlin Johnstone, Richard Wolff, Jimmy Dore, Howard Zinn. Links for those sources (and for the rest of this leaflet) are at https://LeftyMathProf.wordpress.com/primer

Our CULTURE, for 12,000 years, has been one of vicious rivalry; that’s about to kill us all. But for the previous 200,000 years we shared as friends and equals. That’s still what we teach our kids, still where we turn in crisis, still who we are genetically. That’s what we can and must resume, to survive and thrive.

HIERARCHY is how we’ve arranged government and business. We’d be better off with horizontalism, because hierarchy concentrates power. Power corrupts, as we see in workplace bullying, prison torture, killer cops, and unending mass murders called “wars” and “sanctions” that are based on lies to make a few rich men richer.

MARKETS concentrate power too. If we don’t share, we must trade – for labor, food, rent, interest, influence, – for everything. Trade brings profit to both traders, but generally more to the trader in the stronger bargaining position, making him stronger still. Thus trade, even when honest, increases inequality, which is now huge. That creates poverty, plutocracy, and corruption. It’s every man for himself, so the ecosystem gets trashed (an externality) and we’re heading for extinction. That’s the opposite of the market’s alleged “wisdom” and “efficiency.”

GLOBAL  WARMING is about to explode, due to feedback loops and tipping points. As the crop failures become more widespread, we’ll all starve. Big changes might still save us, but plutocrats are incapable of thinking beyond the short-term private profits keeping them in power for another day.

DEMOCRACY is no panacea: Misled by corporate lies, we can’t vote wisely. Divided by property, we bicker; 51% tramples 49%. And so-called “representative” democracy is hierarchy, which inevitably corrupts. What we really need is caring and understanding, resulting in consensus. … At any rate, we don’t actually have a democracy: Gilens and Page proved statistically that, regardless of elections, our public policies favor the rich. Our taxes subsidize oil and arms companies that kill the world for profit. The USA has been a plutocracy thinly disguised as a democracy ever since its “founding” in land theft, genocide, indentured servitude, and slavery.

ALIENATION makes us crazy: Our workplaces are dictatorships which objectify, exploit, and discard us; that’s why we hate Mondays. Separate property creates separate lives despite shared threats such as global warming and pandemic. Competition kills empathy, leaving fear, lies, greed, hate, authoritarianism, random shootings, wars.

Global ecosocialist AWAKENING is our only hope. It’s bigger than revolution, more than just changing laws and leaders. We need to see the world in a new way. In our hearts and our institutions, we need a culture of caring and sharing that leaves no one behind, so no one wants to hurt us. The first step is to get more people talking about it. Call a meeting, post a video, write a leaflet, or copy this leaflet if you like it.

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2021 Oct 30, version 8.10. Underlined words and phrases are links to related materials. The leaflet fits on two sides of a half page. Here are direct links to sections after the first: Truth, Culture, Hierarchy, Markets, Warming, Democracy, Alienation, Awakening. The video is based on version 7.84.

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