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Channeling Citizen Solidarity into Productive Channels of Action

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19. Start to reclaim our democracy at the local level first, then as a local populist power base is established, real citizens can reclaim their birthright of  political power that's  been usurped by our present political mercenaries that are controlled by special interest groups and multi-national corporations at the state, federal  and global level.

20 . Work with all of our local business and industries to shift out of economic connections to the military/industrial  complex. 60% of all public funds are spent on military largesse and outright waste. Huge portions of the general economy are hard wired into the military industrial complex. This is not sustainable and it will crash. We can maintain real "defense" with an intelligent and effective alternative to our current corrupt empire building oligarchy.


The fact is, we are at the end of an era, the end of Empire. The new world we are building will be much happier and much healthier for us in the present. The changes we are making will also insure a good future for our children and grandchildren.   Making this shift into a sustainable society is a great adventure.   Human beings are most happy when engaged in real enterprise.

Empire building is always based on violence and economic overreach through military exploits.  There's never been a sustainable military empire in human history.  The current U.S. empire is no exception. We're at an epochal crossroads; Make a conscious choice to shift into a sustainable economy, or let history repeat itself one more time with collapse.

The average U.S. citizen consumes 32 times the resources of the average person anywhere else in the world.   We cannot have it both ways.  We cannot claim to be against war and global climate change as long as we participate in this orgy of consumption every day.  If you do not want to support the death and destruction of war and you do not want to endanger your children with the effects of unmitigated climate chaos, then only you can make the change in your own day to day lifestyle.  Opt out of the mass consumer economy.  Power-down your own family lifestyle to a sustainable "low consumption/high value" lifestyle.   Oakleaf Village is our small contribution to this effort.   We can vote for a new world with the way we live today.   

                        "Be the Change that you want to see in the World."   -Gandhi




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