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I believe we have the answers to address the biggest challenges in society.  But the power structure is preventing us from taking a common sense approach to basic issues, including economic activity, health care, food, housing, technology, and the rule of law.

We live in a nation where doctors destroy health; lawyers destroy justice; universities destroy knowledge; governments destroy freedom; the press destroys information; religion destroys morals; and our banks destroy the economy.

-- Chris Hedges

It is preventing us from doing so because it does not represent, nor does it act on behalf of the people, as it was intended to do.  Instead it is controlled by, and acts of behalf of corporatist special interests.

So we need to find ways to bypass this subjugation, this control, the insistence that we accept a socioeconomic model designed to exploit the population, and enrich a very tiny group of people.  I do not accept that proposition.

I want to do something about it, other than report on the latest dastardly acts by right-wingers, Republicans, weak and corrupt Democrats, etc.

And I don't want to do it in obscurity, at the fringe.  Why should we?  How come decency, and truth, and common sense, and logic, don't have a stronger advocate and defender than deception, exploitation, false narratives, and propaganda?

This is a direct invitation to all people of good will to join in a nationwide network meant to develop ideas and strategies to take real, concrete, and fruitful actions against the imposition of the Corporate State, and in favor of a decent society, based on justice and equality for all, and solid economic principles that reject the creation of monopolies and oligopolies, and plutocracies.

We will develop ideas related to exposing and combating corruption in government, the development of a true free and independent non-profit news media, the widespread acceptance of economic principles based on egalitarian and sustainable principles, including collectives, employee-owned businesses, widespread unionization, and political activism.

Anybody can participate; you don't have to do anything special, or sacrifice too much of your time, or change your lifestyle in any meaningful way (unless you come to your own realization about it).  All you have to do is sign up, and share your ideas; ideas which will be aggregated with that of others, until we identify best-practices to move our agenda forward.  Either way, this is about taking action.  About making history, and letting others report on what we do; on our boldness; on our resolution; instead of us reporting on what others do.  

Here's what I propose initially: To make it fun, pick a nom de guerre or pseudonym and use it to join the network.  When registering just enter your nom de guerre, city, state, email (which will remain private and will not be shared with anyone), and a brief statement about your interests when it comes to social justice and anti-corruption activism.

Once a week we will send an email blast with information about new ideas, initiatives, and activities across the country, all focused on combating the imposition of a Corporate State, in favor of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

I'm very excited to report the addition of two activists to the network: "Sun Panther," and "Utah Cornelius."

Yes, there is a playful aspect to the nom de guerre concept, but why not have a little fun as we tackle these very serious issues?

Here's what "Sun Panther" contributed:

The power of the corporate cartels is enhanced as work shifts from people to machines (and the only people who make money off that are the people who own the machines.) Finding ways to encourage and support employee-owned companies and co-ops is one of the few ways to counteract the concentration of wealth that follows from this industrial shift.
I'm also very impressed with the contribution by Utah Cornelious:
I would love to participate in a larger, more organized form of Occupy development around D.C. In this model, an ever-growing network of semi-collectivist communities would be created in pockets around D.C. The purpose of these collectives would be many-fold. First, they would be a form of direct action in as much as they would comprise increasingly self-sufficient communities that run parallel to and increasingly off-the-grid from the mainstream, corporate, consumer culture. Second, they would be the incubators of solutions for the replacement of mainstream, corporate, consumer culture over the long-term. Third, they would incorporate community-based solutions to Climate Change within their missions and operations. And fourth, they would provide a capacity for applying pressure on traditional government, by experimenting with and developing effective methods of- consensus-building, decision-making and governance.  Click here to view the entire post.
I look forward to seeing yours!  As we put this nationwide group together, the emphasis is going to be on coming up with very focused, well-throughout, strategic, and impactful initiatives.

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The current state of affairs.  Let's change it!
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Some energy driving us... Murmurations
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Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street and TrueMarket.

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