I know, I know -- this all depends on education and over the past 30 years the moneyed interests have seized it and dumbed it down as well. They can thwart protests and other forms of participation and they obviously do. This is all the more reason FOCUS is necessary. We cannot afford distractions with dozens of vital issues while we ignore the nest of corruption itself. We must understand the power of this system outweighs all else. If this remains dysfunctional then strides we make in any other endeavor, civil rights, war and all the rest will ALWAYS be minimal and marginal because their money system and its institutional ownership will divert and bypass anything and everything even when we win successes elsewhere.
The government's real mandate in a functionally advanced society is create and ensure expanding freedom and justice for all. The government's mandate is not to clear the way for giant unresponsive, unaccountable institutions to accumulate money, power and control. In the final analysis the government's functions are pretty straight forward and it has neglected and even devolved many of its mandates. This seems so simple to the positive thinkers, and those less consumed by fear and scapegoating. In an advanced society, an advanced world and for advanced thinkers, the issue of money and especially how it functions is simply very far behind the other advancements of our modern world. It only works because we have integrated its dysfunction into every aspect of life and accepted its restrictions as the primary obstacle to everything we do. We rarely question its efficacy while chastising the bankers for wrong doing "within the existing process" when we need to be questioning the process itself. A few days ago Josh Mitteldorf of OEN provided us with a concise explanation of what this might look like to a more enlightened person with little knowledge of our system with this:
An alien lands in New Orleans and asks an Earthling about the devastation. "So -- is there no building material for repairing the damage?" "Actually," says the Earthling, "there are building materials stockpiled just out of town." " So, there are no workers to do the job?" "Actually, there are hordes of unemployed workers who would love to have the work." " So -- what's the problem?" " Well, the way things work here, we need these pieces of green paper before we can get started..." " Beam me up! There's no intelligent life on this planet!"
It may take a while for this to sink in but when it does, you quickly see that money, a product of a system based on someone going into debt, is the obstacle retarding all progress and doesn't allow for even the smidge of experimentation which the banks call failure -- it is insanity. In addition to the new methods of creation, circulation, valuation we must add that money needs to precede value if we want this work. In the alien scenario above there should have been plenty of money available from government determining a need and understanding value needed rebuilt (Houses etc.). But the essence is that in modern society we need not "invent" ways of profiting on everything especially for these basic needs. Those basic needs are a part of commons. Money would have been created and circulated to the proper parties in this case including the expenses incurred for needs during rebuilding because that whole process creates value. The beautiful part is the actual fixing falls to the private sector to make profit from materials and earn money through labor. Initially these costs might be considered high until we realize people will work for reasonable wages even when basics are usually not denied creating a better more holistic community. Free markets would then be truly free. Free markets would have to be creative to get people to purchase your ideas or products. The money to buy labor and materials would have been available. Simply put we all participate in the commons, we all participate in the new found justice and freedom derived from sound money systems.
A modest proposal for example to OWS would be to drop everything and focus your forces on the most dysfunctional, the most powerful, the most unprogressive institutions creating massive mayhem in OUR world. Put all effort toward educating all activists in your movement and others as well as the public through all the innovative strategies you have developed. You want non affiliation? Then know the truth about real power and educate your followers about this. Educate them on solutions and force the political class by virtue of mass demand rooted in full understanding of monetary systems, that they be addressed. We must make this the number 1 issue for ALL justice derives from this core system.