Luna Crow writes on Facebook:
If you want to hit Wall Street where it hurts, hit them in the wallet. Find your local credit union and take your money out of the big banks. Step one...next step, embrace sharing and bartering as an alternative form of economics. Form communities that are integrated and interrelated...interconnected and self sustaining. That is the path to ending corporatocracies' control. Consume less, produce more and make the economy an exchange without empowering the manipulative bankers and elite orchestrating corporations who own global politics through their filthy energy and their corrupt banKING schemes.
Luna is tapping into a major area of change. Our monetary system. We must get our economics out of the hands of the international bankers' elite and place it back into our hands, as a community, and as individuals. I would also add that our economy needs to be varied. As any two steps in a forest reveals a wide variety of life, our economy must be varied to be robust and able to change according to conditions. For example, there is an increasing interest in local time banks where groups of people offer their services in exchange for "time dollars." Each dollar is thus equal to one hour of work. For example, a craftsman who builds a chair that takes 10 hours plus materials may charge 10 time dollars plus the dollar cost of materials. If the materials were bought at time dollar rates, then perhaps it would cost 15 time dollars.
Another area we need to change is how we make decisions as a community. As I watched a video on the Occupation of Wall Street, I saw where people who were not allowed to use microphones or bullhorns working together to make messages and questions heard. I also saw a type of consensus decision making process that truly empowered all those involved. I have worked in small groups using consensus decision making practices, and it does indeed empower each person in the decision making process that ultimately affects their lives. In the case of the people in the video, the process was on a much larger scale than what I was accustomed to.
The point is that this type of governance is indeed placing power in the hands of the people. At present we are told we live in a free democracy, but any working class woman or man knows better. Their lives are under the control of the corporations they work for, the corporations they pay their mortgage to, the corporations that make their clothes and the corporations that provide food for a cost.
Unfortunately, the consumer of the products, be they clothes, food or some other commodity, are at the mercy of the corporations that often enslave the people manufacturing and processing those clothes or that food. Furthermore, it is those same corporations that often employ the consumer. In these days, if people are working, they are working for less money, less benefits and oftentimes have to work more to make ends meet.
Is this ok? Or do we make some drastic changes?