NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 3rd March 2013)
"The definition of insanityDemocracy works. Apparently. Although having been a round for 40 odd years, I'm finally coming to terms with the notion that Democracy is no better than a Dictatorship or an Oligarchy or a Plutocracy or Communism or Fascism etc... Essentially they most of them, if not all, share certain traits, yet all are pilloried by members of a different governance model for their perceived shortcomings. In the West, predominantly, Democracy is king. The people vote for the leadership that they believe will bring prosperity to their country.
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Fairs fair, I suppose we all want to have a strong and successful economy so that we can look after the members of each of our society's and to that end govts are generally pivotal in regards to structuring and maintaining the support mechanisms that allow our society's to function. We pay taxes for a myriad of purposes and our govts decide which issues are the most important. This is generally achieved through the use of party policy. If you like what Party A is going to do with your tax money, then you vote for Party A. If you like what Party B is proposing, then you vote form Party B. If you like what Party C is proposing, then you're in a minority.
How many of our country's have more than 2 main political parties? There's usually a left whinge party and a right whinge party that vie for top honours. Sure there are others, usually, but not limited to, some form of nationalist party, some form of centerist party, some form of environmental party and some form of alternative silly hat party. Cast your mind back as far as you can and consider, when was the last time one of the two main party's never made it into government? In my 40 odd years I honestly don't remember there being a government that wasn't one of the two main party's. Sure there has been the odd coalition and alliances forged in order to get certain policy's across the line, but never a Party C stepping up to do something different.
NOW up until a few years ago I really didn't care as there was never a party that I could honestly get behind. Sure certain party's had grand designs on how to achieve certain goals that would have made me happy, but generally that very same party also had a policy or two that was quite detrimental to society. To that end I've never voted. These days I care and I care alot. As there are only 2 main party's, there are only 2 choices for how something will be achieved. The more fiscally prudent of my friends and family would often discuss policy X and policy Y in terms of $ and sense. I'd happily listen but take no part as politics just didn't concern me. So a few years ago I started to pay attention and look at what our governments have been achieving and how they've been doing it. Usually in terms of $ and sense.
From what I've seen so far we have the pro business government and we have the pro government government. They don't seem to get on well, politically that is. Political Idol I refer to it as these days, as do many others no doubt. Whoever has the "nicest" leader generally wins. Their policy could ruin the country, but meh, the leader has a nice smile or has a great sense of humour or has the common touch etc... Every two, maybe three terms, we seem to switch from one of the main party's to the other. This begs the question why? Let's back up the bus a minute here. The leader may have changed, but the rest of the party essentially stays the same, as does the ideology. So voting Party A in in favour of Party B is really a zero sum game. Did we suddenly forget why we voted Party B out the last time? Political Idol seems to be doing the trick.
So what do we get for our money? A political yoyo. Focus groups and lobby groups poll the feelings of the public and policy is geared towards what is likely to gain the most votes. Fair enough I guess. After all it is the public who are going to vote and at any given point in time the "how would you feel if X was implemented" brigade are gauging public response and forming policy. But hang on a minute here. Why has Party A changed it's policy focus from the last time they were in government? The obvious answer is because they want to stay in power or even get back into power. This leaves some rather large questions in my eyes. If you've poured X millions of $ into policy, then lose at the next election, the new Party then spends X millions of $ on their policy (likely very different from the outgoing government), then they get back into power and pour X millions of $ into policy that is different from the last time they where in power rinse and repeat... then who is benefiting? Essentially each party has to allocate the available budget and if that available budget is being pushed from pillar to post, then it's hardly surprising that nothing gets accomplished.
Put it this way. What does your government achieve in the 3 or 4 years (multiplied by number of terms) that they are in power? I'd say next to nothing. Sure they build a little infrastructure and keep the lights on, but poverty still remains, as does crime, as does inequity, as do ever more restrictive and intrusive laws, education becomes more expensive etc... How can this be the case? Aren't they are the main issues after all? Surely we have a society in order to look after every man, woman and child of our respective county's? Why have these core issues not been addressed? From what I can tell poverty is addressed by measuring the GDP per capita and sweeping the issue under the carpet. Crime is dealt with by implementing ever intrusive and restrictive laws. Education is dealt with by borrowing more money and putting education costs upon the person.
Mum, are we there yet? Nowhere near as far as I'm concerned. All of the above issues remain irrespective of the fact that the resources required to "solve" them are available. In ways it's unfair to blame governments for this because we vote them in and vote them out on a whim... ok, we vote them out, no government is voted in, because they were voted out for a reason at least once before, but they make themselves out to be an attractive proposition, an all new party, where in reality they do nothing different, they accomplish next to nothing in their term, they are exactly the same as they were the last time.
I, naively, used to think that the opposition party in government would be listened to by the government. That they would cherry pick the best option for the people even if it meant going against their ideology. Man was I wrong. It's economy over people everytime... because we can't look after the people without an economy. Stop voting for the bastards, it only encourages them is not a viable option. We need cooperation not competition. We're dealing with the lives of billions of people through one of 2 political mechanisms and it simply is not working. NOW or something similar has to be the next logical step. Implement good ideas irrespective of where they come from. Do things because they need to be done, not because they're good for the economy or are politically convenient. If we allow the 2 horse race to continue we're going to be testing out the old Heaven or Hell on Earth meme. I'd rather we didn't thanks. If you ever want to see the damage that this 2 horse race does, go and have a look at any public forum... then tell me that either the right or the left know better and deserve to be in government.
So do you still believe that our current version of Democracy is working? Or indeed are a living under a Democracy? I'm a no for both.
A slight side bar issue, there is an implication that there is a US society or an NZ society or a UK society or a French society etc... So why are these societies so wildly different? We all work, eat, drink, crap, make babies etc... yet French society has a more relaxed attitude towards alcohol according to urban myth. UK society has football hooligans. NZ society has a drinking problem. US society is full of gun totin morons. Swiss society keeps good time. Swedish society is full of nymphomaniac blue eyed blonde women. All very different perceptions and rumours and all either revered or reviled for their particular perceived societal traits or cultures if you will. Moderately amusing given that just about every country has drinking problems and sporting hooligans. Don't believe the hype. We are not different at all. You could be any nationality and you would still be you.
Ready to do thing properly for a change?
A "Begging" Letter.
Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.
The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.
Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.
We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!
A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?
"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?
I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
- There is a Silver Bullet!
- It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
- NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!
With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW
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