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Carne Ross is the founder and director of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. Carne Ross taught in Zimbabwe before attending the University of Exeter where he studied economics and politics. He joined the British foreign service in 1989. Ross's testimony in the Butler Review directly contradicted the British position on the justification behind the invasion of Iraq. He resigned when the UK went to war in Iraq.
raw interview notes-- very raw
these are mostly notes on the questions I asked.
You told Bill Moyers, back in April, "We're almost at a level of paradigm shift. GOvernments will not provide the answer, no matter how well meaning they may be. "
advocating something with some similarities to anarchism.
Pact between citizen and government, -- you refer to Popper
Failure of government to be able to deal with complexity
quote about terrorists and criminal most effective international networks"
"in order to fight terrorism most effectively, government must...
How is your solution similar and dissimilar from anarchism?
"order is created from the bottom."
You talk about the failure of government in trying to ...
anarchy vs institutions-- institutions protect us from ourselves.
Government tries to simplify.
1increasinginly interconnected systems
2-action and education
3-Engagement and discussion
My goodness you trust people. Maybe that's why you left government.
You strongly criticize government but I don't get the impression that you are Libertarian thinking.
(He discusses libertarianism vs anarchhism)
Our primary obligation is to each other, to society, to the community, our duty is to reduce suffering.
Occupy and Mondragon-- your thoughts?
Your chapter, Kill the King". about killing top down, killing hierarchy, killing patriarchy
him: in chess there's only one goal, killing the king-- solving the problem
Kill the king--
1- excavate your convictions know what you care about.
2-Who's got the money who's got the gun
3- act as if the means are the end (a quote from Ghandi)
lesser of two evilism
4 refer to the cosmopolitan criterion
5-address those suffering the most (Karl Popper)
Happiness, not measurable, but suffering is.
6 consult and negotiate
7 big picture little deeds.
my website http://www.smallacts.org
8 use non-violence
9- Kill the king
My model of bottom up-- a million years of
We're almost at a level of paradigm shift
Popper talks about how people who are invested in the old paradigm fight the new paradigm and it's proponents viciously.
Distinction between democracy and current form of govt.
You've said we have a Broken Capitalist, Top Down leader model.HOw do you see it being replaced?
DO you think it wold be possible to have an institution that helps localization?
"All institutions are ultimately corrupted."
UN as example"
What furthest edges of your vision of leaderless revolution have evolved since you started writing this book?
What a leaderless, government less, institution less world look like?
You write about fascism-- p215.
Can you make a living doing this-- do you work, applying these ideas?
Quote P 216
Told Steven Colbert that you're calling for a new kind of banking.
Journey that got you to your current philosophy.
Israel Palestine, GLobalization.
Government is fundamentally detached from the reality it is trying to manage. It cannot manage highly complex events. We make these assumptions about the world that are grossly simplistic.
We ignored alternatives to War. War should be the last alternative
Economic sanctions". harm the wrong people " grotesquely.
Too my shame" worked on sanctions"
Self-organized action-- most effective mechanism for political change
OWS working group alternative banking you called it "the occupy bank" on Bill Moyers"
the book is about a method.
We need to move from words and protest to action-- that is the most powerful form of political change.
Politicians see "get ME elected and I will make change.
sterile, inconsequential act of voting.
Imagine the world without institutions.
You hate hierarchy.
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