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1) Imperialism 2) Racism 3) Capitalism 4) Nationalism 5) Materialism 6) Patriarchalism 7) Ecological suicide 8) Speciesism (species-ism) and 9) the Discrimination against the LGBTQ community: These 9 Social Sins must be eliminated so that the citizens of our nation and the people of the world can be happy.
Speciesism (species-ism) is probably least understood--See here Speciesism the Movie article from Huffington Post. Speciesism is the assumption of human superiority that leads to the exploitation of animals. Without a doubt, our ecological balance would improve if everyone desired to be vegan. See Full Transcript: Gary Yourofsky on Animal Rights and Veganism (1hr 10min) . And according to Michael Greger, M.D., founder of www.NutritionFacts.org and author of book How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease--a vegan or plant-based diet will make a vast difference in our health, especially if we start when we are young.
Socialism is the alternative to capitalism that we need. Not just ecological socialism or democratic socialism, but spiritual socialism--socialism with a spiritual focus. To bring more people into our fold, we leftists can learn from subjects like yoga, Buddhism, the Bhagavad Gita, mindfulness meditation, the study of nondual reality, the study of consciousness, the increasing literature about Near Death Experiences and AfterLife Evidence, and from Progressive Christianity. See the 8 points of Progressive Christianity here. Here is an article about nondual awareness.
Meditation can enable us to renounce the world and not be attached to it. It can help us live in the world but not of it because our joy and peace comes from within and not from external circumstances.
According to Christian tradition the seven deadly sins and their antidotes are 1) pride--Humility 2) greed--Generosity 3) lust--Purity 4) envy--Compassion 5) gluttony--Moderation 6) wrath--Forgiveness, and 7) sloth--Diligence. Here are the Seven Antidotes together: Humility, Generosity, Purity, Compassion, Moderation, Forgiveness, and Diligence.
An Anglican priest named Fredrick Lewis Donaldson created what originally were called the Seven Deadly Social Sins in 1925: "1) Politics without principle, 2) Wealth without work, 3) Pleasure without conscience, 4) Knowledge without character, 5) Commerce without morality, 6) Science without humanity, and 7) Worship without sacrifice." Mohandas Gandhi, a Hindu, liked this list and published it in his weekly newsletter Young India. He also wrote the list on a piece of paper and gave it to his grandson on their final day together shortly before his assassination.
In 2008, the Vatican newspaper published a list of seven modern social sins: destroying the environment, genetic manipulation, obscene wealth, creating poverty, drug trafficking, immoral scientific experimentation, and violations of the fundamental rights of human nature.
The 9 Social Sins (2018) are an updated, more specific description as to why the world is so "screwed-up." Eliminating the 9 social sins could be one of the goals of the radical democratic left. Support for participatory, grassroots democracy and of the anti-war, nonviolent peace movement should always be vital to the radical democratic left.
The term "Radical Left" is insufficient without the word "Democratic" in it, and the term "Democratic Left" is insufficient without the word "Radical." "Radical Democratic Left" is the best term to use to identify the movement that can lead our nation and bring hope to the world. Radical means getting to the very root, to the very grassroots of everything.
Let's make our nation and the whole world happy for the first time. Let's start all over--new country, new diet, new everything. It is conceivable. We will create a largely stress-free world when we do all the necessary things that are needed. What is the truth that makes everything fall into place? We are all spiritually connected, as the parts of the body are physically connected. We are all One and we should live in that Oneness.
We have so many amazing technological gadgets, but our human progress is nothing to write home about. The Human Progress Report Card grade is F. Who is responsible for this? We all are, but some corporations and individuals and countries are more at fault. We have all been brainwashed in so many ways, and we have to start looking at things anew.
American History and World History must be taught in new ways. Let's start telling the truth, the whole truth about things, about what has really happened, and about what is happening right now--all over the world, and inside our own bodies and minds--right now. Honesty and transparency are necessary for our spiritual and social growth. Honesty and transparency will set us free individually and collectively.
Mindfulness Meditation can reduce the vast individual suffering. Democratic socialism can reduce the vast social suffering. A plant-based diet for environmental, ethical, and health reasons can start a healing process for this earth. And not just political democracy, but workplace democracy, is what we need to create democratic social progress.
Marijuana-Cannabis-Hemp--the most versatile plant on earth for industrial, medical, and agricultural purposes--is also much safer as a recreational drug than alcohol; however, as a recreational herb, it is most appreciated after periods of abstinence--in other words, when not engaged in too often. Rick Steves, the Travel Host, says "We have the power now to end prohibition once and for all. Let's do it." (www.Norml.org/marijuana )
Ideally what is needed is a new constitution that equally empowers the 7 largest national political parties, and even better than that, a new constitution that gives a voice to any national political party that captures at least one percent of the national vote.
Proportional Representation with a unicameral federal legislature could be implemented. The Electoral College System for electing a president should be abolished forever.
Article V is the part of our constitution that tells how to make amendments to the constitution. We need a new Twenty-Eighth Amendment that totally rewrites Article V of our Constitution. A New Article V would make it easier and faster to pass all future amendments in a more democratic way, and it could make it legally possible to have a Constitutional Convention to create a new constitution in a highly fair, safe, and democratic way, without any shedding of blood. My own version of a new constitution is called the " Third Constitution of the United States" after the Articles of Confederation and our current Constitution.
Many people on the far left, far right, and in-between are opposed to the idea of a new constitution: the right does not trust the left; the left does not trust the right. If we could equally empower the 7 largest national political parties, there may emerge some new parties that we don't like, and maybe some parties that we really like, but it would certainly be a better, more democratic system than what we now have. What valid argument can be used to oppose the advocacy of a system that is completely fair?
As the state of the world and the planet move into an even greater crisis-mode, let's hope that more people will realize that the system is not working and that something has to be done about it right now. People will realize the importance of having a Constitutional Convention to create a new Constitution when they start believing it is our one last hope. It would be in the interest of all third parties to promote this idea--all third parties, from the left to the right.
All third parties united together should agree on what would be a much better Article V first and foremost. All Third Parties can at least agree on the Procedural Guidelines for a Constitutional Convention. Third Parties could then suggest that their new Article V that could include the Procedural Guidelines for A Constitutional Convention be presented to the nation-at-large to let American people vote for or against it.
Many activists have given up on electoral politics, but with a new Article V and ultimately a new constitution, things could be much better. In fact, we could create Procedural Guidelines for a Constitutional Convention that are good enough to be used when we create both the third and fourth constitutions of the United States. We need sustainable practices and policies that will be good seven generations from now. There is much we can learn from our Native Americans.
Cut-throat, competitive nationalism was never a good idea, and it never will be. I am now in the process of examining international organizations such as the Earth Federation, the Earth Constitution, and the Democratic World Federalists. All of these organizations are now working to achieve world peace and happiness. Maybe the three organizations already share common dreams and they can unite together, but probably they are longing and wanting and doing essentially the same things. Please sign The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World. David Swanson, author of the book War is a Lie, is involved with two very effective peace organizations: www.RootsAction.org and www.WorldBeyondWar.org.
For a greater understanding of capitalism and imperialism, I would recommend to non-leftists and leftists alike all the YouTube video lectures of Michael Parenti, Richard D. Wolff, and Noam Chomsky. That will really wake up people. William Blum's website and books--about all the countries that the U.S. Empire has interfered with since World War II with its military interventions and its CIA covert operations--will also help wake up the people. For the best understanding of racism, I would recommend the website www.BlackAgendaReport.com. If we had a more matriarchal influence in society, things would become more balanced with gender equality.
My favorite websites are InformationClearingHouse.info, GlobalResearch.ca, and OpEdNews.com, which has published 68 of my articles. I especially like the writers Paul Street and Chris Hedges from TruthDig. I also really like the comedian Jimmy Dore and citizen journalist Abby Martin. Philosopher and Theology Professor David Ray Griffin's youtube lectures and books about 9/11 probably makes him my all-time favorite hero.
The fact that the United States, with less than 5 % of the global population, uses almost a quarter of the world's fossil fuel resources according to WorldWatch.org is certainly proof that materialism and conspicuous consumption are dangerous to the carrying capacity of the planet. Conspicuous consumption is the opposite of voluntary simplicity. Can we live simply, so others can simply live?
Unfortunately, many of the world's poor think that if they could just have the lifestyle of the average American, they would be happy. But it has been said that we would need four earths for everyone in the world to have the lifestyle of the average American, as mentioned in the book Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist. This is a highly unsustainable way to live. This is insane, and that's an understatement. It's also stupid. Just now I found this sentence from Parley for the Oceans: "We need to find ways to synchronize the economic system of humankind with the ecosystem of nature."
We on the left need a pastor's heart to reach all the misguided souls in the world. Studying the New Testament in a scholarly scientific way will help more people rightfully question the virgin birth, the trinity, and the so-called Battle of Armageddon when there will be a great battle between the forces of good and evil.
"After the destruction of the Beast at the Second Coming of Jesus, the promised Kingdom is set up, in which Jesus and the Saints will rule for a thousand years. Satan is then loosed "for a season" and goes out to deceive the nations, specifically, Gog and Magog..
What pastors learn in liberal seminaries, they do not share with their parishioners because the parishioners would all leave with their pocketbooks if they heard something contrary to what they learned as children. Download this podcast interview of Professor Ernie Bringas , author of Jesusgate: A History of Concealment Unraveled--StrategiesForLiving.com . In conservative churches, many people literally believe that the Old Testament Tower of Babel story really happened, and that does not make them very receptive to the idea of Democratic World Federalism. We can eliminate the 9 Social Sins to remake society--we can create a democratic society and a democratic world, and no loving God will be jealous or feel threatened by our accomplishments.
Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of books like Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism shares here his take on the 3 biggest biblical misconceptions.
Many individuals who are into yoga and meditation have given up on trying to save the world and the planet and have instead focused on just their own personal spiritual growth and enlightenment. We are not being spiritual--if we are not also focused on seeing and relieving the actual suffering of the millions of people in the world right now, or if we are not focused on doing something about the deplorable conditions caused by the pollution of our air, land, and seas and by global warming.
Many of us are rightfully fearful of the emerging New World Order that is being forced upon us by the combination of the wealthiest one percent, the Deep State, and the Shadow Government. But having a democratic world government that We the People of the World actually choose is totally different from having a world government that is forced upon us. The CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, and other related government agencies are not our friends. They represent the interests of the Shadow Government.
Kevin Shipp, an ex CIA member, makes an amazing distinction between the Deep State and the Shadow Government in some of his youtube videos. Kevin Shipp is an evangelical Christian who totally exposes how the CIA works at all levels. Though he thinks the CIA should be totally transformed or abolished, he does have great faith in the U.S. military.
My favorite passage in the Bible is the one about turning our swords into plowshares. When the whole world becomes enlightened, we can dismantle all nuclear weapons and all nations, especially the United States, can dramatically reduce the size of their militaries. What is needed is a democratic world government built from the bottom up that has a military more powerful than all the nations that comprise it. If a nation has a military almost as powerful as all the other nations put together, it is really more an Empire than it is a nation. Living under a democratic world government would be far better than living under an Empire. Ultimately we can eliminate all weapons of war and study war no more.
In my Third Constitution of the United States in Article XVII, I discuss building government from the bottom-up:
ARTICLE XVII: Bottom-up Organization of the 50 State Governments: State governments will be encouraged to rewrite their state constitutions so that they are organized from the bottom-up, not the top-down: from the neighborhood block club to the voting precinct level to the township up to the city council or county up to the state level. Each level of legislative government could make, not just legislative decisions, but it could also make executive and judicial branch appointments. Elected legislators at each level would vote among themselves to send a legislator to the next level above it. This method is better than the previous system [this previous system is still the system that we have now] in which state and local citizens voted a straight ticket for many officers from just two parties for candidates whom they knew nothing about.
Each state and nation should rewrite its constitution more often to reflect the ever-changing times, especially since it can be done in a fully-participatory, democratic way. Thomas Jefferson thought we should have a new constitution about every 17 years, with each new generation.
At the national level, we need a system of proportional representation with a unicameral federal legislature. The legislative branch must always be more powerful than the executive and judicial branches of our federal government. The legislative branch of government represents the people the most. Moreover, we need at least seven equally empowered national political parties instead of the current two.
As a retired public school teacher, I propose that we radically decentralize public elementary schools, something that has never been tried before (possibly middle and high schools later) by allowing the adult residents who live within the boundary of a particular elementary school district to choose their own school board members who would then implement an educational philosophy and school curriculum that reflects the views of the neighborhood, using public funds. This can promote a long, lost sense of neighborhood togetherness, local self-determination, and independent thinking about the things that really matter--the education of our children.
In today's world, neighbors and parents could get many innovative ideas from the Internet. We don't have to live in a monoculture. There can be more diversity at local levels on several issues. Many of the problems such as teacher burnout, parent unhappiness, and poor schools are caused by the top-down hierarchical system of control from the state level to the township level. Instead of having that, we need to empower the people who live in a particular school district. Ideally school districts across America could become like intentional communities or tribes with a global ecological focus. Now that would be radical. There also could be an emphasis on locally grown organic, composted food production--garden in the backyard and maybe the front yard too.
We live in an insane world, and that's an understatement. Instead of production for private profit, we need production for the people and the planet. The only way to create an open, fair, democratic, and happy world is to give Power to the People for the first time.
Some Buddhists make Engaged Buddhism their practice. In short, they value personal enlightenment and world betterment equally at the same time. Also, in a similar way, a Bodhisattva is someone who forgoes their own final liberation in order to help other individuals find individual liberation or enlightenment.
Many Western Buddhists identifying with the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold path have doubts about supernatural beliefs such as reincarnation or rebirth and about the existence of various deities. Western Buddhists usually take a more naturalistic approach.
According to Robert Wright, the author of Why Buddhism is True:
"Two of the most common Western conceptions of Buddhism--that it's atheistic and that it revolves around meditation--are wrong; most Asian Buddhists do believe in gods, though not an omnipotent creator God, and don't meditate." Robert Wright, the best-selling science writer, argues that evolution programmed humans to suffer and that there's a powerful antidote: the practice of Buddhism.
But if reincarnation were true, and even if it is not true, it seems like working on personal enlightenment and world betterment at the same time would be a higher mission or calling. Can we have a spiritual and political revolution at the same time? That would be radical.
Living in a truly democratic society would be like creating heaven on earth if we individually find our Self or our true nature that gives the peace that passes all understanding.
The Radical Democratic Left from all the various socialist, Green, and communist parties and including all the leftists who are not affiliated with a particular political party must develop a practice and lifestyle, if not Engaged Buddhism or Progressive Christianity then something else--to work on their own individual self-realization, as they simultaneously work to achieve ecological world betterment.
Liberals and leftists can support CFAR2018.com, the Contract for American Renewal (CFAR). Essentially we can agree to vote for candidates if they agree to do the things on a list that 62 percent of Americans already support. You can watch a 7-minute video about it here. This could be effective. We can be aware of the list, periodically update the list, and if the candidates do not abide by the contract, we can refuse to vote for them next time.
Leftists must give electoral politics a chance. Leftists and all third parties must realize the need for a Constitutional Convention. Without a new constitution that dramatically maximizes democracy, there is not much hope for electoral politics otherwise, and using any violent means will lead to violent ends.
In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson said that the people have a right to abolish the government. However, Article V of our Constitution says we can pass new amendments in two different ways, but it says nothing about how to have a Constitutional Convention to create a new Constitution. So to lawfully create a new constitution is simply not allowed, which is why Article V must be totally changed. If we change Article V, we can pass future amendments in an easier, faster, and more democratic way, and we can properly have a Constitutional Convention to create a New Constitution when the people are allowed to vote for it at the voting box.
Currently to pass a constitutional amendment, it takes a two-thirds majority of both Houses of the federal legislature and three-fourths of the state legislatures--something that is very difficult to achieve even when the idea is popular. To pass an amendment that is not very popular is extremely difficult. To be honest, right now it is almost impossible to pass a constitutional amendment that rewrites Article V. But though it seems impossible to create a new Article V through the amendment process, that is exactly what we must do (or we're cooked) if we want to create a democratic society and a democratic world.
A new Article V within our current constitution, as mentioned above, would make it possible to pass future amendments more easily, more quickly, and in a more democratic way. For example, an amendment could still be passed with a two-thirds majority of the federal congress, but instead of being ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, it could be ratified by a 51 percent referendum vote of the American people.
Furthermore, we need a new Article V that clearly delineates how we can use proportional representation to select the Constitutional Convention delegates, who will create a new constitution based on proportional representation in the federal legislature if they value democracy. With proportional representation, we could eliminate our current bicameral federal legislature (by abolishing the U.S. Senate since it is not democratically represented: compare California's population with Wyoming's) and have a unicameral legislature instead.
If push comes to shove and there is mass rioting in the streets, if we have Procedural Guidelines for a Constitutional Convention already written and available that are fair to everyone--the federal Congress and the state legislatures may approve them very quickly to avoid utter chaos and a violent revolution.
May I suggest my Twenty-Eighth Amendment Proposal That Totally Rewrites Article V: The New Article V For This Generation? Included in this New Article V are procedural guidelines for a Constitutional Convention in the section called "The 24-Month Timeline for Creating the Third National Constitution." The whole process of counting the people in all the national political parties, having public debates, having a constitutional convention, creating a new document, and having the American people vote on it should take at least 24 months.
To create the necessary change, it has to be done through the electoral process, or most likely there will be a lot violence and bloodshed that ultimately leads to a totalitarian fascist government in complete control, much worse than what we have now. Our motto can be "New Constitutional Convention Based on Proportional Representation" to create "New Unicameral Legislature Based on Proportional Representation."
Third Parties could request that the American people be allowed to vote on whether or not they want a Constitutional Convention every four years based on the Procedural Guidelines--Guidelines that could even be used when we consider the Fourth Constitution and beyond. Can we start planning for seven generations into the future?
The people would need a 51 percent majority vote to approve whether or not to have a Constitutional Convention, and the people, with a 51 percent majority, could also approve the new proposed constitution that the Constitutional Convention delegates create.
One hundred delegates selected through proportional representation from the largest national political parties could create a new document if 51 percent of the delegates approve it after working on the document together for a full three months. Maybe the delegates could approve it with an 80 percent majority. If the new document only gets a 50 percent or less approval either by the delegates or later by the people, the document becomes void and the current constitution continues to be official.
We the Radical Democratic Left can lead the way convincing everyone that eliminating the 9 Social Sins is truly in our best interests. We can work to build democratic government from the bottom-up, decentralize the public schools, study spiritual philosophies such as Buddhism or yoga and practice spiritual disciplines such as meditation, create a democratic world government, support the Contract for American Renewal (CFAR), and rewrite Article V to ultimately create a new Constitution.
The top one percent--who have vast amounts of all the wealth-- currently control the government and the mainstream media. And as a result, they control and brainwash the minds of unawakened Americans. In the struggle between the people and the oligarchy, the people must prevail or everyone loses when the capitalist system implodes.
We smile when we see individuals holding signs that say "The End is Near--Prepare to Meet God [at the Judgment Day]." But it will be the end if our lifestyles destroy the planet, and there actually is a spiritual and political battle going on between the forces of good and evil, between the people and the plutocracy. With knowledge, wisdom, truth, and love--we shall overcome individually and collectively at the same time.
All third parties, the Radical Democratic Left, all the people of our nation and all of the people of the world can be enabled to become individually enlightened or self-actualized or liberated as we share our common values and global dreams.
Equipping and Enabling citizens in our nation and the whole world alike so that they can reach their fullest potential can be our goal.
Roger Copple is 68 years old. He retired in 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly 3rd grade, and also middle and high school special education in Indianapolis. He is especially interested in political theory, world history, and U.S. foreign policy. After being preoccupied with Christianity, the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga, and Buddhist meditation almost all of his life--Roger now believes that stopping U.S. imperialism is the most spiritual and ethical thing he can do. He is a vegan for environmental, ethical, and health reasons.
Roger grew up in the subculture of the United Pentecostal Church and remembers going to church four times a week and fearing that he might go to Hell because the Rapture of the Church was imminent, and he was not "saved" with the necessary evidence of "speaking in tongues." His parents have always voted Republican. Roger's biological father passed away in 1986, and Roger remembers how his father believed that if JFK had become President, he would compel everyone to become a Roman Catholic. Roger currently lives in the Tampa Bay area, and his fiance is from Ukraine. Recently he started a meetup.com group that originally was called World Peace, Inner Peace, but now it is called Vegan Buddhist Socialism. Roger is very glad that he began questioning all religious and political authority when he started college. Roger's website: www.NowSaveTheWorld.com
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