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Hear me out... We live in an absurd world.  In a world where high crimes are committed by the wealthy and well-connected, with impunity, without fear of retribution or accountability.  In a world where justice is turned upside down; where good, decent people are systematically victimized and increasingly oppressed by a corrupt ruling class.

This is not normal.  And yet we are being constantly bombarded by a mind-numbing and powerful mass-media-enabled propaganda machine carefully calibrated to make us believe that this increasingly absurd reality is normal.

No more.You don't have to accept this absurdity; you don't have to accept your enslavement, and subjugation, and manipulation, and oppression, willingly.  But not only that; you can join others and take on this new and increasingly fascistic regime made up of an unholy alliance between multinational corporatist interest, their puppets in government, and their useful idiots on the bible-thumping, gun-totting right wing.

Before I proceed please know that I believe to the very core of my being that what I'm about to propose is possible; it's not hyperbole, nor empty words.  Please consider the possibility that as you read, if you are doubtful, or get the feeling that what I'm proposing is impossible, that the powers that be will never let happen, that your fellow man is not up to the challenge, that that negativity and feeling of powerlessness may be the result of the powerful propaganda you are being exposed to on a daily basis.

Remember Occupy Wall Street?  Thousands and thousands of people in hundreds of cities across the country (and the world), rising in protest and activism against corruption and oppression by a criminal capitalist system.  Against a world-wide criminal banking cartel responsible for the wholesale looting of our national treasure (as well as most of Europe), and for plunging millions and millions of people into social and economic calamity and despair.

The movement made great strides, and was responsible for helping millions of people realize the true nature of this increasingly corporatist fascist system, backed up by politicians on the take, a militarized police and national security apparatus acting as corporate goons, and a total information awareness surveillance system.  Purportedly done in the name of security, but actually being used to enslave the citizenry.

Now is not time to slow down, give up, become discouraged.  It's time to regroup and re-engage, but at a much larger, organized, disciplined, and focused scale.

I'm asking you, you, personally, to step forward, become a leader, and help in saving your country, in removing the criminal cartel that has taken over the country.

As a practical matter, it seems to me that if you meet certain characteristics, you could be an ideal leader...

First, reject the evils of rampant consumerism, slow down, and make an assessment of what you really need to live.  Food, water, a roof over your head, some basic comforts.  I write this because I know it is possible; that's the way I feel for myself.  As long as I have a roof over my head, food, and some basic necessities, and as long as I can take occasional walks with my wife by the beach, or a beautiful hiking path, I'm happy.

Not being obsessed with material things, and consumerism, and appearances, and with keeping up with the  Joneses, is actually liberating.

The more I embrace this mindset, the more free I feel, as I think about why Monks do what they do, and about why priests take a vow of poverty--to do God's work (presumably).

I'm not asking you to become a Monk, nor a priest, nor to take a vow of poverty.  I'm just asking you to do what you can to understand why they do so, because the world needs you; we need you to be a leader, and step forward, and do sacred work: the work of saving your country from the debauchery of unimaginably greedy men and the suffering, death and destruction they cause.

As a leader you will understand that you need to do the best you can to unplug from the effects of the mainstream media; you will clearly understand exactly how it numbs the mind, it confuses, it lies, it manipulates the masses to accept absurdity.

As you do these two things, reject the corporate ethos of greed and unbridled consumerism and capitalism, and protect your mind from the effects of the mainstream media propaganda, you will start to understand the current absurd reality much more clearly, and the steps necessary to combat it.

As the noise from your mind clears, you will start to feel an inner peace, and strength, and hope.  And most importantly, the demarcation between right and wrong, between a sane society and absurdity, become clearer, and as this happens, the steps necessary to defeat the criminal plutonomy will manifest themselves--because those steps are obvious.

We know what they are: we need to remove money from politics; we need to defeat the endemic corruption in cities and states, which have become putrid with pay-to-play political racketeering, etc., etc.  What needs to be done is self-evident.  

Clean and clear your mind, find peace, meditate (or pray if you must), think, consider ideas on how to take on the plutonomy.  What are the options at your disposal?  The rule of law?  The U.S. Constitution?

Reach others, teach them, share your knowledge, your insights, your commitment for change, your hope for a better world.

And finally, let's put a plan together; let's make sure that the plan is multifaceted; that it has short- and long-term strategies; that it uses all (legal and peaceful) means at our disposal.

For the rebel rousers out there who reject the concept of peaceful resistance, don't give up on it yet... The easiest way for a nascent fascist regime to put down a "rebellion" is when violence is used by the activists.  They are counting on it.

Think about this: what do you think would unnerve the corrupt powers that be more, a group of people rising up in arms (prematurely), or 10,000 people doing a highly organized and choreographed flash-mob rally in the middle of a big city, and dispersing at once, once the authorities (i.e., militarized corporate police goons) are called?

Imagine finding out a way to do a massive nationwide work stoppage at a corrupt and oppressive company like Walmart?  One day, most of the employees don't show up in the morning at all their store, at the same time.

Before the need for violent struggle, there is almost an unlimited amount of options, strategies, campaigns, tactics, pressure, research, press releases, civil disobedience campaign, targeting political criminal dynasties in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Miami, and hundreds of cities, by massive support of true public servants willing to take on the system.

Truly, the sky is the limit... But you see, there is a lot of work to do; we need you; the country needs you.  Be a leader, step up, sign up, enlist, and let's get to work on saving our democracy, and ensuring a better future for the youth, for the future.

Don't worry about the numbers.  It all starts with you.  One person can affect the future of an entire nation.

Don't be afraid...

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  •  i've actually been thinking about (4+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, mookins, Pluto, SeaTurtle

    coming up with a Rule of Life that would apply to people living in the "real world" but would offer some of the spiritual reflection and serene contemplation of monastery practice

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    Four More Years! How sweet it is!!!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:27:32 AM PST

    •  I would love to hear more about those ideas. (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Is there a KOS group (2+ / 0-)
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      That supports and enables this idea? Or a group that is based on the study of Buddhism and/or Eastern philosophies? I have danced around the edges of such for years and over the past year have decided that now is the time to follow that path as best as I can

    •  this has been precisely my reaction as well (2+ / 0-)
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      I have to settle, heal and strengthen myself first.  And calm myself first.....  We do no one any good being hysterically reactive...  We must get our information straight, think rationally and calmly and realistically.

      To be honest, I wasn't surprised at the corporate connection with the crushing of OWS and WAS very surprised at the upset that a lot of people expressed.  We must get to the point where we SEE reality, yet can metabolize it and are not defeated when we see further evidence of corruption.

      I am reminded of Kipling: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs."  That's the only way to be able to live healthy lives and then conduct what, imo, will be a long campaign.  This thing will not turn around quickly.  The best we can do is to do our part as calmly and as well as we can.  And be a source of calm and reality for others.

      Ray, I think that this is a brilliant diary.  If people don't see its need today, they will on one of the tomorrows to come.  Meanwhile for those of us who do see the need to 'disengage from the Borg' (consumerism and its values,) and engage in an alternative 'reality-based' lifestyle, in order to live calmly, healthily, and with purpose, this diary is an affirmaiton for like minded people.

      I too believe that we need to draw some spiritual/meditative support to this (and god knows I don't mean religion, which has become a toxic dump,) but we need to cultivate contemplation, meditation, etc.

      I am a student of qigong, taoism and chinese medicine; with the emphasis on the word 'student.'  But I meditate daily, do breathing practices, and am working on a qigong practice.  I deeply believe in the body/mind connection, so am trying to ameliorate my own aches/pains with this approach.

      If a group was formed with this in mind as TBM suggests, count me in.

      Thanks Ray.  You are right on.

      We Must DISARM THE NRA The next life you save may be ONE OF YOUR OWN!

      by SeaTurtle on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:47:58 AM PST

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      •  Thank you very much for sharing that. Yes, it (2+ / 0-)
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        seems like we share the same views.  What I'm trying to do is nudge people to find balance in life, and to think clearly, and to unite with others in activism to take on the corruption.

        I think meditating daily is a good idea; I'm looking into starting to do that for a source of strength for understanding, and activism.

        I'm going to think about some ideas regarding a group; I will be in touch.  Have a great New Year.

  •  Your suggestions are... (0+ / 0-)

    ...massively anti-job.  I really don't think that's going to sell in times like these. Even if some individuals argreed in theory, they're not going to impoverish their families to try this.

    Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

    by dov12348 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:16:26 AM PST

    •  I'm not sure why you think that my suggestions (1+ / 0-)
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      are anti-jobs.  I'm actually advocating for people to make an assessment of their current situation and determine needs vs. wants and find a comfortable medium.  My main message is for people to reject wanton or unbridled consumerism so they have more time to ascertain the actual state of affairs in the country, and can be the emotional strength to take on the corruption.

      •  Decrying consumerism is anti-job. (0+ / 0-)

        You want people to buy less.  There goes more businesses and thus the job loss.

        We need MORE consumerism, not less.

        Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

        by dov12348 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:18:50 AM PST

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        •  In the current, corrupt, exploitative and (0+ / 0-)

          rigged system, you are right; it depends on rampant consumerism where the net profits are funneled to the ruling elite and the workers are increasingly kept at subsistence level wages.  Obviously, that can't change overnight.

          The purpose of this diary is to reach out to a very small group of people who would be willing to unplug from the monstrous unbridled capitalist system (as much as they can) in order to dedicate themselves to changing the system.

          I understand that you can't be in the rat race, in a trance trying to get more and more and more, watching TV, muting your senses, and take on the system at the same time.

          You go ahead and keep doing that if you must; I'm interested in connecting with activist-minded leaders with a different mindset.

          •  What is "rampant consumerism?" (0+ / 0-)

            Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

            by dov12348 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:37:45 AM PST

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            •  Rampant consumerism is basically driven by a (1+ / 0-)
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              collective mental state where people feel the impulse to buy stuff at a rapidly increasing pace regardless of the actual need.

              It helps create social anxiety, destroys the environment, and contributes to all kinds of social ills.

              A different scenario is having a local market where most products and services are made or provided locally, and where people trade on those products and services based on needs, and also on "wants" and "desire" and "status," all within a self-sufficient, locally-sustainable micro-economy, where the benefits from market transactions benefit the local people.

        •  This is precisely the problem with the system - (1+ / 0-)
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          it is not sustainable.  The pursuit of endless consumerism assumes that there is no saturation point.  

          It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

          by ciganka on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:02:15 AM PST

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          •  But that's good. (0+ / 0-)

            We have to also assume most consumers are also producers.

            Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

            by dov12348 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:32:56 AM PST

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            •  Not from my observations. (2+ / 0-)
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              It is all based on the perpetual motion machine type idea that profits can continue to increase exponentially by constant purchases.  

              At the same time, the need for ever increased profits require the artificial illusion of more earnings based on wage cuts and shipping jobs off to cheaper locations.

              We have seen these same types of excesses throughout history.  Eventually this one will run aground.  

              It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

              by ciganka on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:17:45 AM PST

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              •  The wage point is unfortunately a good one. (0+ / 0-)

                And we won't hit equilibrium on that until our wages are competitive with theirs.

                Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

                by dov12348 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:32:48 AM PST

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  •  Compliments and correction (1+ / 0-)
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    This was good thinking for first thing this morning, and I want to send you some electrons for doing it.

    One correction: "priests take a vow of poverty--to do God's work" Not all priests do--just monks. The normal priests and Bishops in this country get salaries and make money just like everyone else.

    But thinking about trimming down, appreciating essentials and sharing everything else, is how I want to begin the New Year.

  •  it's different when you choose it (1+ / 0-)
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    I am a very frugal person who dreams of a simple and easy life ... because I see no point in wanting stuff that I can't have anyway because I'm not a billionaire narcissist and psychopath.  I'm not yet at the point of finding fulfillment in suck, though.

    I read somewhere that the most successful labor movements had the material support of their communities, churches, charities, sympathetic middle and upper-class types, etc.  This is because striking workers need to know that their families will be OK without their paychecks coming in, especially in the bad old days when the boss would call in the Pinkertons or the Army to have striking workers shot.  People who would think nothing of walking off the job if their own needs and desires were the only thing at stake will keep going because they know that their loved ones depend on them.

    To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

    by Visceral on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:14:09 AM PST

    •  You are absolutely right about "material support" (1+ / 0-)
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      for striking workers.  I would also add the same for social activists.

      We need to find the answers... I'm trying to elicit them with my questions.

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