objective…. “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time trough spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – Bucky
little film about revolution ..
the emperor’s new clothers (trailer) – out april 21 2015:
Paxman interview about voting, revolution..
i don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm which is quite narrow
revolution is happening…
We should include everyone, judging no one, without harming anyone.
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book links to amazon (2014)
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god, please make me a channel of your peace. the first line of the st francis prayer, popularized by mother teresa, bastardized by margaret thatcher, and cherished by those of us who have fallen through the cracks and floated ourselves back up with crack.
the peace exists; i don’t need, thank god, to create the peace.
that’s what i’ve been trying to do my whole life – get out of myself, get out of my mind get out of grays, get out of the feeling that i’m not good enough, that i’m alone, that i’ never going to be happy or loved…
ch 1 heroes’ journey:
lakeside seemed like the answer, that’s for sure, but what was the question?
what kind of void can there be in the life of a thirteen yr old boy that requires a shopping center to fill it?
choice is the key. ….what excited me then ….was the possibility of choice, and for anybody o be simulate by the idea of choice, the precondition must be a lack of choice. which is a way of saying a lack of power, a lack of freedom.
what i believe is that we’re only just beginning to understand the incredible capacity of human beings, that we can become something unrecognizable, that we can have true freedom, not some tantalizing emblem forever out of reach. not weary compromise and nagging fear.
drugs and alcohol are not our problem, reality is our problem; drugs and alcohol are our solution to that problem – (quote of someone else) ..but isn’t that all addiction really is, “an extreme case”?… aren’t we all in one way or another, trying to find a solution to the problem of reality?
p. 8 – 85 richest people in the world … contain more wealth than the collective assets of half the earth’s populations… 3.5 billion people
6 heirs to the walmart fortune have more wealth than the poorest 30% of americans. there’s six of them. they can’t even form a football team, how are they going to stop a revolution when we act on the unfairness of that statistic.
you can hear that is crazy, you can see that’ it’s wrong, you feel that this is beyond disturbing. we’re told there’ nothing we can do about it, that this is “the way things are.” naturally, of course, that verdict emanates from the elite institutions organizations and individuals that benefit from things being “the way they are.”
p 10- really though, i’d like to scratch the record off, to rake the needle across the grooves and say, “what the f*&k are we all doing? what gravity is this that hold us down, who installed this low, suffocating sky?
p 12 – i meditated, feeling a little guilty that i have he space to. a space for peace, to which everyone is entitled.
..that’s what money buys you. is it possible for everyone to have that life? is it possible for anyone to be happy when such rudimentary things are exclusive?
on # of vegies a day – with this conclusion the obligation is not on you as an individual to obediently skip down to waitrose and buy more celery, it is on you as a member of society to fight for a fairer system where more people have access to resources.
the idea that voting is pointless, democracy a facade, and that no one is representing ordinary people is more resonant than ever as i leave my ordinary town behind.
ch 2 serenity now:
p 15 – the most potent tool in maintaining the status quo is our belief that change is impossible. …. how extraordinary that any alternative that is offered is either studiously ignored or viciously discredited.
coming to believe that my life could be different, that i could be restored to sanity, was an integral step in my recovery for addiction. i believe it is vital too on a social scale.
ch 3 one clapping hand:
p 20 – .. wondering quietly in some antechamber of my occupied mind what the fuss had been about but never stopping to reflect… it never occurred that the objective was flawed and the rules were skewed.
echo chamber ness
don’t be you. don’t be you.
p 24 – all the desires are the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with god. – radhanath swami
p 26 – the reason i became a drug addict was because it was too painful not to. what’s more, i had no means to describe the pain and no way to access any kind of solution. in the absence of any alternative, self-medication was a smart thing to do. even now, eleven years clean, i still feel the feeling that led me to drink and take drugs, but now i have access to an alternative way to change my feelings. the techniques are simple but not easy. i believe that by sharing these methods we can overcome together, not only addiction to substances but our addiction to a way of life that has been intoxicating us all.
ch 4 – top right corner
who are you really? .. in my mind, even as i type an adhere to the metaphorical codes of language, there is another awareness… around those incessant thoughts. … this awareness is often neglected in favor of fear and regret or projected need.
can we execute the perfect jailbreak wen we have become our own jailers?
ch 5 – is everybody in?
p 37 – the world is awash with colors unseen and abuzz with unheard frequencies. undetected and disregarded. the wise have always known that these inaccessible realms, these dimensions that cannot be breached by our beautifully blunt senses, hold the very codes to our existence, the invisible, electromagnetic foundations upon which our gross reality clumsily rests.
map – already written in each heart. it’s there. are we quiet enough to see/hear/read/feel it. the revolution comes when 7 billion people have (believe they have) the space/permission to listen to that.
p 38 – expressible only through symbol and story, as it can never by known by the innocent mind. the stories are formulas, poems, tools for reflection through which we may access the realm behind the thinking mind, the consciousness beyond knowing and known, the awareness that is not connected to the haphazard data of biography. the awareness that is not prickled and tugged b capricious emotion the awareness that is aware that it is aware.
either i’m not understanding this.. or i would question the first line – perhaps it’s already known by the innocent mind.. ie: that child in the back of the church ish bldg.. not needing words.. like everybody else..
p 47 – as i leave i feel the value of shared ritual, community, common unity, and a forum in which to express energy and sensations that don’t have any safe context in secular society. we are paying a price for that. where do we see this sense of abandon?…. where are we relieved from the bean counting, box ticking,horizonless mute-horror of our technological gulags? ..
ch 6 – tiny problem in infinite space
p 48 – we’ve forgotten that we’re free. there’s so much to do, so much on tv, that we’ve forgotten that we’re free.
my belief is that we do not currently operate on a frequency of consciousness that is capable of interpreting the information required to understand the great mystery.
turtle w/o shell. ness.
like idea of earth flat – today it’s – humans are machines… because the mechanistic, reductive dogma of “scientism” – the belief that everything i n the world can be explained using the scientific method – i is about to be similarly overthrown.
p 59 – if all there is is only that which we can prove, then we live as disconnected condemned animals. we need faith now more than ever, because our ideologies are obscuring the fact that we have more important things in common than in conflict.
… as paxman would later insist i provide an instant global infrastructure for a post-revolutionary utopia..
ch 7 a few rotten apples:
p 61 – “people died so you’d have the right to vote.” no, they did not; they died for freedom…. i don’t imagine they’d’ve been so willing if they’d known how tokenistic voting was to become.
p. 63 – the system that exploits us cannot function without us – without our labor without our compliance, without our consent.
1\ rein in the power of big business 2\ re-localize food and farming 3\ prioritize life over profit
p 66 – on what basis can an energy corporation claim to own gas at the earth’s core?
p70 – after telling about dairy/carbo/protein daily requirements coming about from people in that field.. in a way this revolution will be a doddle because it isn’t so much about creating new systems; it’s more about disregarding obsolete ones.
technology ness – like making ie: money, politics, school, .. irrelevant..
.. it is downright irrational if one holds on to an old technology that is not naturalistic at all yet visibly harmful, or when the switch to a new technology (like the wheel on the suitcase) is obviously free of possible side effects that did not exist with the previous one. And resisting removal is downright incompetent and criminal (as I keep saying, removal of something non-natural does not carry long-term side effects; it is typically iatrogenics-free) – Taleb, Antifragile
ie: the food industry in its present form is obsolete. a food industry is necessary, but we have to remove from the system all components that are superfluous. flying beef around the world, like a dead, carved-up rent boy, because it serves the agenda of big business to the detriment of the planet and its people doesn’t require the contemplation of a sociological or economic genius, we just have to stop doing it.
the reason they don’t explain this to us is that they know that if we find out the extraordinary lengths that they’re going to to f*&k us over, we will overthrow the current system and replace it with something fair. that’s why all this important stuff is made to seem inaccessible, boring, and abstract. that is why our participation in politics has been sanded down into an impotent nub. stick your “x” into this box and congratulate yourself on being free.
it’s a simple message. listen to the rhythm. every day.
ch 8 – i am an anarchist-a:
p. 74 – authorities are trained to deal with a a particular kind of conflict, violent conflict, so by using violent means you are entering the territory that they are best qualified to control.
i could see what he’d been like as a boy, probably always fenced off in the electronic penitentiary of a too-fast mind.
david is most well known for his idea of debt cancellation.
david explained.. debt repayment has a powerful moral charge in our culture, that people feel ashamed about debt and guilty about nonpayment. 75% of americans are in debt, 40% owing more than 50000, whilst an estimated 9 mill british people are in “serious debt.”
what david graeber, the anarchist, is suggesting is that all personal debt, debt for normal people, is canceled.
what graeber says in response to this (that this is crazy and can’t be done) is that $700 billion was written off and trillions were lent to banks as the result of the 2008 financial crash. that sounds like a lot, but i can’t get my head around economics. i’m not supposed to get my head around economics, none of us are; it’s designed to be obtuse.
how can we conceptualize a trillion dollars? merrill lynch, jp morgan, and lehman brothers were all lent in excess of a trillion dollars to get them through that crisis; that doesn’t seem fair.
at this point it’s worth noting that the economy is not a areal thing; it is a man-made system designed to serve us, an ideological machine.
it has gone wrong and is tyrannizing us. we wouldn’t tolerate that from a literal machine: if my vacuum cleaner went nuts and forced me to live in economic slavery, i wouldn’t roll my eyes say, “oh well,” and humbly do its bidding.
(2008) i don’t remember there being many consequences at all… oh, and 13.1 million american people had their homes foreclosed. because their debt, it turns out, was real; it was only the debt within the financial sector that was imaginary.
so we’re not discussing whether or not debt cancellation is a possibility we know it is, we’ve seen it, they’ve done it. all we are discussing is who it is possible for. them or us.
p 79 – money and the economy are just symbols, ideas, tools. if they don’t serve us, if they don’t serve the planet, then they have to change. they are not serving us or the planet, so why are they not changing? where is the resistance coming from? it must be benefiting somebody. ..
david as an anarchist is opposed to centralized power in any form. he believes that people should be entrusted and empowered, that given the opportunity, released from the chains of authority and the spell of corrupting media, we will form fair and functioning systems; they may not be perfect, but, remember, we’re not competing with perfection, ..
i asked him if we could formulate a centralized revolutionary movement to coordinate transition… “well, my own approach is to avoid constituting any sort of new authority, … my dream is to create a thousand autonomous institutions that can gradually take over the business of organizing everyday life, pretty much ignoring the authorities, until gradually the whole apparatus of state comes to seem silly, unnecessary, ...
the transference of $4.2 billion of us military equipment to local police authorities across america is an indication of what the state regards the role of the police to be…. it’s as if they know a change is coming.
ch 9 it’s big but it’s not easy
that couple of hours had widened the crack. i’m lucky in that i’ve been able to be so gently awoken and reminded,..
ch 10 – ich bin ein monarch
p 90 – prof slingerland – “..capitalist consumer culture inures us to unfairness.”
my belief is that all conflicts, though, are about resources or territory and the theological rhetoric merely a garnish to make it more palatable.
i first met matt in zuccotti par, manhattan, in the middle of the occupy wall street protest in 2011.
dang. at occupy.
.. at the time he worked for the govt… he told me the establishment was afraid of occupy. they were afraid because, typically, protests are backed by nonprofit organizations, themselves accountable to foundation who have boards who have members who can be harassed and intimidated. occupy doesn’t work like that. it is a spontaneous, leaderless co-operative, and that makes it harder to squash.
p 92 – i asked mark for ideas that would aid revolution; … “no more private security for the wealthy and the powerful, …. one economist argued in 2005 that roughly one in four americans is employed to guard in various forms the wealth of the rich. so if you want to get rid of rich and poor get rid of guard labor… the definition of being rich means having more stuff than other people. in order to have more stuff, you need to protect that stuff with surveillance systems, guards, police, court systems, and so forth…..america employs more private security guards than high school teachers. …when there’s ineqaulity, there’s got to be someone making sure, with force, that ti statys that way.”
.. all are encompassed by this system (rich and poor) and none of us are free while it endures.
his next idea: get rid of all the titles.. “these are all titles that capitalism relies on to justify treating some people better than other people…. if they aren’t allowed to be dominant, to be shown as being dominant, then the system cannot long be sustained.”
ch 11 – a pair of dames…
p 115 – if you put a golfball and a football on a table in front of you the difference in size seems significant. if you go to the other side of the room, less so. if you go down the street the difference is even less significant. if you looked from the moon it would be hard to notice. .. we are talking about a realm beyond contextualization. … a potentially limitless realm in which we can engineer and then project new realities..
… from out there on the moon international politics look so petty – edgar d mitchell
p 117 – jerry seinfeld on tm: “it’s like plugging your phone into a charger twice a day for twenty minutes.” … there two 20 min interludes, one in the morning, one in the evening, also serve to remind me that there is more to life than what i’m doing and thinking, …
talk to self daily.. could change the world.. no?
ch 15 – spectacular
p. 135 dave degraw – “we are ready for liquid democracy; with liquid democracy you can designate your voice on any issue to any person of your choice..”
wait- what?.. doesn’t that assume there are certain people and certain issues already… to pick from.. that’s so not where we could be with liquid ness… that’s spinach or rock ness. why would we do that?
“for example, if there is an economic policy that is coming up for a vote, but you don’t understand the policy that well, you can give your vote to someone you trust who does understand the policy. with the level of technology that we now have, that’s a common-sense sensible political system that would provide a vibrant democracy and legitimately reflect the will of the people.”
whoa..this is a description of a micro of what we have now.. this isn’t revolution.. so not legit or vibrant. why have policy..? why vote..? how does it reflect the will of the people if some don’t even understand it enough to vote on it…? we have the capacity now to simply trust people. no need to oversee with policy or voting.. it’s a conversation w/in that affinity group/tribe.
p. 137 – what the results of direct democracy in switzerland indicate is that even measures that seem to put power directly into the hands of the people are redundant if we are not given access to reliable information.
access to reliable info matters little if it’s 1) about something that isn’t deep enough for everyone and/or 2) everyone isn’t free enough in the first place. not voting for something could have many underlying reasons. ie: none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free… no? – seems we’re not zooming out to the moon far enough.. get deeper.
p. 142 – with the trillion dollars they most recently handed out, you can give every unemployed person in america a $50000 – per – year job.
or deeper.. make money irrelevant. realize like referenced earlier.. man-made construct.. that perhaps has passed its time (kevin surace et al)
while us millionaires have $50 trillions in wealth, an all-time record number of people are toiling in poverty, hunger, prison, and sever debt. when you fully grasp the situation, you realize that this is the greatest crime against humanity in the history of civilization.” – dave degraw
add in there hours spent obedient in schools.. and/or on meds.. so they can sit in schools.. et al. noting too that all these people.. hungry in prison et al.. are ones that have brilliant solutions to problems we haven’t yet been able to solve.. and freeing them up – as the day – to do their thing… wipes out health/crime issues..et al .. et al.. et al…
the answers are all around us, cluttering up the culture like a magical amulet ignored in a junk shop.
ch 17 – war – what is it good for? capitialism. obviously
p 151 – dave degraw – “due to the mainstream media, the average person has no understanding of this unprecedented increase in wealth. imagine if the average american understood that us millionaires now have $50 trillion in wealth.
$1 trillion is 1000 billion. for an estimated $30 billion you can end world hunger. you can wipe out the entire national debt of the us with just 25% of that wealth.”
if people are informed, enlightened, awake, change will come. well, that’s easy enough; we just have to communicate with one another.
having a revolution will be easy. maintaining the revolution will be where we face challenges.
sustainability.. base the revolution on a common why.. a&a.. and a self-regenerating energy..
imagine what we could do together..
p 162 – … as log s there are maligned and persecuted groups, it remains impossible, by definition, for anyone to inhabit a far society.
p 166 – why are we pretending that we don’t live in a culture where, in spite of record-low voter turnouts in political elections, millions of people every saturday night demonstrate their democratic right to vote for who they want to progress on x factor? i’ve never voted in that either, but its success infers that the technology exists and an engaged populace will vote for something they care about. we can be all snooty if we like, but tv talent shows engage people emotionally in a way that politics doesn’t.
p. 168 – the agricultural revolution took thousands of years; the industrial revolution took hundreds; the technological, tens. the spiritual revolution, the revolution we are about to realize, will be fast because the organisms are in place; all that needs to shift is consciousness, and that moves rapidly.
p. 169 – … that’s how i made my life bearable in the past, by filming it.
p 186 – they are a symbol of ideas that do nothing but hurt: that class is okay, natural, normal, good. privilege, excess, violence, oppression, nation. the abolition of the monarchy would be a powerful symbolic victory for a new world. a significant and necessary victory, though, would be a demonstrable cowing of our real opponents, the real masters of our universe: global corporations.
p 187 – like the – take a couple years to try it out.. if it doesn’t work – go back
p 189 – the 100 largest corporations in the world produce $7 trillion in sales and have $10 trillion in assets. with this money they control governments through lobbying and donations, fund academic research so that the “scientific” view of the world adheres to their perspective..
when they were first set up, corporations had built-in expiry, as they were only designed to fulfill a specific task, like pave a road or build a tobacconist. they then lobbied for the right to exist beyond the completion of specific tasks; this is when they began to incorporate other roles and grow.
corporations haven’t been around that long, only a couple of hundred years, and i think one of the problems we have in our hypnotized state of despondency is that we forget that we are not listless little subjects…
p. 193 – .. he doesn’t become the thing he’s trying to defeat.
.. the manner in which these institutions are overthrown should be in themselves a defiance of their dogma and that the systems that follow cannot be an echo of their droning hypnosis.
p 214 – there have of course ben loads of successful revolutions in history, where people have come together and overthrown a system that no longer represents them. the problem, you will have noticed, is that they are usually replaced by another system that doesn’t represent them. like in egypt in 2011.
what this implies is that any worthwhile revolution has to have an inbuilt protection against any demagogic exploitation and that the will of the people needs to be perpetual and perennial, constant and continual..
p 215 – unless we address the need for absolute change, unless we agree on a shared story of how we want the world to be, we’ll inertly drift back to the materialistic, individualistic magnetism behind our current systems.
p 219 – what is important is that for the first time in history we have the means to implement a truly representative system, the means to globally communicate it, and the conditions that require it.
p 223 – “there’s someone in my head, but it’s not me,” said pink floyd. is that possible? is it true? do i want things and pursue things because of conditioning? a kind of psychological implant? almost certainly. can i be free of this programming? of course i can.
p 224 – this is worth giving up the rooting-tooting boots for: belief, togetherness, equality. this is why people get obsessed with festivals, or clubs, or drugs or football, or other temporal approximations of togetherness; these distilled vials of the elixir are craved by our starved souls. i’m as materialistic as the next man, probably more give that the next man is george orwell, and i’m prepared to relinquish my trinkets for a shot at living in that ramshackle paradise.
the revolutions that we’re taught about are ones that wind neatly back to repression of one flavor or another and convey the bleak, despairing narrative that makes the forms of impoverishment we live with now, whether financial or spiritual, seem preferable. no one, absolutely no one, will tell you that an alternative is possible, and the ways and means are strewn all about us.
an alternative is possible.
the revolution we advocate ought to have two irrefutable components: 1) nonviolence, and 2) the radical improvement of the quality of life for ordinary people
all people.. no?
..it’s time to wake up and take back authority.
or perhaps.. make authority irrelevant.. no?
.. we can still have things. we can still have xboxes, waxed jeans, football teams, magazines, and beauty queens, if we want them, but we might find that we don’t want them as much when we’re free.
let’s make a promise to each other that if (when) we ever find ourselves in a position where we throw off the shackles of oppression, we’ll leave them off and stay in charge of ourselves. not just pick some new shackles with nike on them and get on with our subjugation. (after referencing george washington denying to be king but rather had a constitutional republic)
this requires diligence. as david graeber said, any authoritative measures supposedly for our benefit must be resisted. we must insist on total self-governance.
the american constitution was designed to keep rich men in charge; the only significant change was the accent and crowns. they swapped a lion for an eagle and crowns for hair cream. the same people that were shafted then are shafted now. any country that puts the word “united” in its title has got something to hide, and i would suggest that it’s conflict.
p 228 – it’s odd that those in power condemn people who want change for being whimsical and impractical, but actually what is being demanded is pragmatism, systems that function. people get the resources they need, the resources are managed efficiently, and the conditions required to create resources are respected. none of that happens. it can’t because they’ve prioritized a bizarre, selfish, and destructive idea over common sense.
mincome ness – unless we don’t even need money
p 233 – gnp commends nations that have had disasters, like a hurricane or whatever, because that requires them to spend money on aid and reparation, which in gnp lingo is good.
it commends nations where crime and cancer are rife because dealing with those problems requires industry and expenditure. he (james goldsmith) explains that the qualities that gnp is measuring and evaluating as successful are not only divorced from but often detrimental to the happiness of the population.
economics of happiness et al
goldsmith describes the institutions that benefit from this doomed ideology as “winners of a poker game on the titanic” and says that unimpeded, this mentality will deeply wound our societies and lead to brutal consequences.
.. aligns with Helena … we need to return to localize, organic farming. everyone is saying the same thing, in fact – return to a more harmonious way of living. since industrialization, we have moved rapidly out of synchronicity with nature and our own nature.
here’s to betting on the sync..
a clearer shared objective…. “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time trough spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – bucky
ch 27 – america – what they’ve really mastered, like all good racketeers, is the business of scaring the shit out of people and then telling ’em that they’ll take care of them.
i didn’t know before i read this chomsky piece that the american govt subsidizes the development of weapons. they literally give massive companies grants to make missiles and whatnot, as well as creating ridiculously favorable tax conditions for them to proper in. that’s state-funded industry – america does believe in communism but just communism for the rich.
in spite of creating this corporate kindergarten environment for their pals, if anyone else tired doing it, especially arabs or latinos, america will f&*k them up. in el salvador – along with israel and egypt, one of the countries that gets a lot of us military aid and, in a common corollary, has one of the worst human-rights records..the us trained a military unit at their facilities to wipe out half a dozen latin american intellectuals, mostly jesuit priests who were opposing the el salvadoran govt.
p 343 – there are almost 60000 homeless veterans in teh states – 12% of all homeless people. in the uk it could be as high as 25%.
homelessness is a bit of a scourge on our society, a shrill whistle from the canary in the cage of our collective conscience that ll is not well. recent studies have shown that it’s not cost-effective for a society to have human beings scattered around like living litter, .. according to separate research in florida, north carolina, and utah, hardly enclaves of pie-eyed hippiedom, it’s proven to be three times as expensive to leave people lying around like half-finished suicides that to stick them in a flat.
regardless of money.. it’s keeping us from our potential.. we need all of us.
we know it’s wrong; we all feel a bit of a cramp of entanglement when we walk past a rough sleeper, especially when alone, like it’s an ex-love or something.
p 244 – the act of illing… anwar plays the role of a victim in one of the murders that he in real life carried out… this makes incredible viewing, as this literally visceral ejection of his self and sickness at his previous actions is a vivid catharsis. he gagged at what he’d done. after watching the film, i thought… how can people carry out violent murders..what it must be is that in order to carry out that kind of brutal murder, you have to disengage with the empathetic aspect of your nature and cultivate an idea of the victim as different, interior and subhuman. the only way to understand how such inhumane behavior could be unthinkingly conducted is to look for comparable examples from our own lives. our attitude to homelessness is aposite here.
it isn’t difficult to envisage a species like us, only slightly more evolved (or more restored) being universally appalled by our acceptance of homelessness..
“what? you had sufficient housing, it cost less money to house them, and you just ignored the problem?”
..maybe as they talked us through the suffering our indifference caused, we’d gag too.
if, as the washington dc meditation experiment implies, we are all invisibly connected, then this suffering is dragging us all down. we don’t even need to look at academic studies; just feel what happens to you when you walk past.
p 250 – there is no heroic revolutionary figure in whom we can invest hope, except for ourselves as individuals together.
they are prepared for activism, protest, and moaning. they aren’t prepared for revolution.
which is perfect.. no prep is perfect. and the they.. is all of us – no?
p 252 – it doesn’t matter who is doing violence or to what end. violence is wrong.
capital punishment is wrong, torture is wrong, armed struggle is wrong, revenge is wrong. ..nonviolent palestinians and nonviolent israelis have to nonviolently unite to oppose violence.
p 255 – the only thing that makes britain britain is our consent; the only thing that makes money money is our consent.
p 264 of the successful revolutions we’ve thus far discussed, the one we ought most emulate is the spanish revolution. one thing we don’t want to do is replace on ruling class with another; we want power to be shared, not concentrated, … the means by which we achieve this, too, is important. perhaps there is a corollary between the violence that brings about revolution and the corruption that tends to follow.
why emulate when it’s a revolution…? – or – is there one to emulate.. doesn’t us needing one mean it didn’t work..?
any corporation selling us products on the basis of anything other than utility should be revoked and shut down.
p 269 – the democratic models that some of our contributors have mentioned are contingent on participation; this is where we really address the accusation that the withdrawal of participation in fraudulent democracy is apathetic. .. don’t vote, build your own system.
p 275 – 11. our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain persona anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
..what is implicit in this principle is the obligation to make your primary focus your own conduct, not telling other people what to do – ..
p 276 – “tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance,” said the filmmaker albert maysles, referring to institutions or individuals who oppress truth to ensure that their version of reality dominates.
once we’ve culled (lulled them/institutions to death) them, their resources and materials can be returned to communities to run themselves.
p 281 – mayor, hey? how did he get that gig? i don’t remember voting for him. the title “mayor” would have to go in matt stoller’s utopia and the incumbent of the role entirely beholden to the people in dave degraw’s. like with the revolutions we’ve read about, we’re under no obligation to replicate their ideologies wholesale; (or at all no?) we can democratically cultivate our world together.
the budget council meets…. sounds like a lot of bureaucracy… that’s what politics should be: admin. no power, just clerical work, enacting the will of the people.
given that we’re all meant to be deeply apathetic, our refusal to vote regarded as slovenliness rather than an unwillingness to participate in a system ..
p 284 – the structures exist (voting for tv talent shows), the resources exist; the only thing that stands in the way of this necessary revolution is the venal entitlement and self0interest of the people who benefit from things staying as they are.
the good news is,.. the people that do all the work in those institutions are getting shafted like the rest of us and will only go so far for a pension. their compliance is kind of a habit. habits are hard to break, but – and this i know from personal experience – you are more inclined to break them when they stop working for you.
as the degeneration of our governing institutios becomes more blatant, more and moe of the brave men and women that have sworn to protect and serve the people aregoig to see that oath runs direacly counter to what they’re being paid to do.
what would happen if we tried to create regional participatory democracy?.. what if we tried this out in london, new york, or barcelona?
model another way – a people experiment. one city changed.. enough.
alternative to a dying system – as hospice – two loop
the corrupt structures cannot be maintained without our compliance.
p. 292 – the unknown is constantly addressing us; it doesn’t use our language, but it’s here, quite clear among us.
dmt .. in the human brain no one knows it neurological function, but many assume it’s connected to dreaming… dreams: more immersive and psychedelic than any drug and occurring whenever we sleep, unbidden, a nightly reminder that mystery reigns within.
incrementally indoctrinated, we have forgotten how to dream; we have forgotten who we are. we have abandoned our connection to wonder and placed our destiny in unclean hands.
we don’t need to grow compassion in a petri dish; everyone’s fine – we just have to scrape away a few repellent systems.
my mate matt says that when he takes his two-year-old son down to the park, he has to fight not to impose a predefined version of the experience onto the spontaneous boy, who, not knowing the script, may wander off after an ant or pick daisies when he’s supposed to be playing football. is here a limited number of times that a child will insist on remaining wedded to the moment? do we eventually all become cowed and beat down and just sit in the swings like we’re supposed to?
we all have this in common, but we have been convinced that we are alone. this energy, though, that compels one cell to become two, that heals wounds that spins quarks and planets, is within us all. and all language can do is rest on top of it, or point to it, never really describing it.
do we really need words.. ness
this force, this undeniable compulsion to come together – we all know that it’s there and we all know when it’s absent and we all know that we must be open to it now. and in spite of its ethereal and indefinable nature, we all know that it’s love.
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oct 2014 – interview on his book – revolution – on newsnight:
nov 2014 interview on democracynow:
Russell Brand on Revolution, Fighting Inequality, Addiction, Militarized Policing & Noam Chomsky
the degree of systemic change is so significant
what i’ve noticed – in starting to talk about politics – is this idea that i’m not allowed to talk – ie: look at my hair, my accent…
creative, local, direct action is the answer
on running for mayor – i don’t think i’d want to be part of that political system.. more interested in ordinary people… taking control of places they live
all a revolution is – is to create structures outside of the existing structure.. my personal change… reaffirms the ability of radical change
people addicted to drugs because of a deficit of apathy/happiness/community
i want to help ordinary people structure a new system.. not help perpetuate the system we are in
my hope comes from the fact that i know everyone wants change
My hope comes from the fact that I know that everybody wants change. I know that people are not apathetic, I know that alternatives are possible and that you constantly see how hard the establishment has to work to maintain order.
dec 2014 – drug documentary:
can only watch in uk. poo.
letter from cold lunch at the bank dec 2014:
nov 2014 on education protests/debt et al:
aug 2014 on fox & ferguson et al:
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the time is now.. (find via upworthy):
perhaps a people experiment would hasten it…?
we’re waking up – no? pluralistic ignorance unfolding/unpacking…
he’s promoting the new statesman:
I don’t vote because to me it seems like a tacit act of compliance; I know, I know my grandparents fought in two world wars (and one World Cup) so that I’d have the right to vote. Well, they were conned. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing to vote for. I feel it is a far more potent political act to completely renounce the current paradigm than to participate in even the most trivial and tokenistic manner, by obediently X-ing a little box.
Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot. Is utopian revolution possible? The freethinking social architect Buckminster Fuller said humanity now faces a choice: oblivion or utopia. We’re inertly ambling towards oblivion, is utopia really an option?
Buckminster Fuller outlines what ought be our collective objectives succinctly: “to make the world work for 100 per cent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous co-operation without ecological offence or the disadvantage of anyone”. This maxim is the very essence of “easier said than done” as it implies the dismantling of our entire socio-economic machinery. By teatime.
yet we can.
The absurdity of our localised consciousness and global ignorance hit me hard when I went on a Comic Relief trip to Kenya.
Like most of the superficially decent things I do in life, my motivation was to impress women more than to aid the suffering. “A couple of days in Africa,” I thought, “and a lifetime cashing in on pics of me with thin babies, speculate to accumulate,” I assured my anxious inner womaniser.
After visiting the slums of Kibera, where a city built from mud and run on fear festers on the suburbs of Nairobi, I was sufficiently schooled by Live Aid and Michael Buerk to maintain an emotional distance. It was only when our crew visited a nearby rubbish dump that the comforting buoyancy of visual clichés rinsed away by the deluge of a previously inconceivable reality. This rubbish dump was not like some tip off the M25 where you might dump a fridge freezer or a smashed-in mattress. This was a nation made of waste with no end in sight. Domestic waste, medical waste, industrial waste formed their own perverse geography. Stinking rivers sluiced through banks of putrid trash, mountains, valleys, peaks and troughs all formed from discarded filth. An ecology based on our indifference and ignorance in the “cradle of civilisation” where our species is said to have originated. Here amid the pestilence I saw Armageddon. Here the end of the world is not a prophecy but a condition.
That these are not dislocated ideas but the two extremes are absolutely interdependent. The price of privilege is poverty.
David Cameron said in his conference speech that profit is “not a dirty word”. Profit is the most profane word we have. In its pursuit we have forgotten that while individual interests are being met, we as a whole are being annihilated. The reality, when not fragmented through the corrupting lens of elitism, is we are all on one planet.
The maintenance of this system depends on our belief that “there’s nothing we can do”
The system is adept at turning our aggression on to one another.
Take to the streets, together, with the understanding that the feeling that you aren’t being heard or seen or represented isn’t psychosis; it’s government policy.
Time may only be a human concept and therefore ultimately unreal, but what is irrefutably real is that this is the time for us to wake up.
Noam Chomsky part of the new statesman
Jason Cowley – http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/jason_cowley
Interview on This Morning 5/3/13
Russell Brand Hijacks MSNBC Morning Joe and Shows Them How to
When you take a breath and look away from the spectacle it’s amazing how absurd it seems when you look back.
This shadow is darkly cast on the retina of my soul and whenever I am dislodged from comfort my focus falls there.
It is 10 years since I used drugs or drank alcohol and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.
The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational. Recently for the purposes of a documentary on this subject I reviewed some footage of myself smoking heroin that my friend had shot as part of a typically exhibitionist attempt of mine to get clean.
The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help they have no hope.
This is the reason I have started a fund within Comic Relief, Give It Up. I want to raise awareness of, and money for, abstinence-based recovery. It was Kevin Cahill’s idea, he is the bloke who runs Comic Relief. He called me when he read an article I wrote after Amy Winehouse died. Her death had a powerful impact on me I suppose because it was such an obvious shock, like watching someone for hours through a telescope, seeing them advance towards you, fist extended with the intention of punching you in the face. Even though I saw it coming, it still hurt when it eventually hit me.
What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done.
Russell with Jon Snow – on drug and then entire new system:
10 min – a diff solution for democratic voice – quiet revolution..
From Daniel’s interview with Russell on mindshift:
what do you think is the means to a revolution..
everyone just needs to be nice..
the system requires us to be selfish.. when we leave that.. the system dies
oscar wilde‘s essay on socialism..
via Daniel – artists as engineers – to talk to the world about alternate routes than consumerism
more on Russell:
..He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013. He was cast in the lead role for the film Arthur in 2011.
Brand has received significant media coverage for controversies such as his dismissal from MTV, his eccentric behaviour as a presenter at various award ceremonies and his drug use. In 2008, he resigned from the BBC following prank calls he made to actor Andrew Sachs on The Russell Brand Show, which led to major changes to the BBC’s policy. His prior drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity have influenced his comedic material and public image.
mix of interviews 2013 – awakened man:
8: 32 – i would prefer a culture that didn’t perpetuate the worst qualities of men.. (paraphrase)
what’s behind 2014 commercials
I want to address the alienation and sense of despair that you see all around us.
oct 2014 on renee z:
Russell Brand And David Graeber Talk ‘Mafia Capitalism’ And Cancelling Debt
19 min – wow.. 1 out of 7 have bailiff order on them?..
drone – debt resistors operational manual
20 min – holding the system up is scare propaganda..
23 min – has to be international.. don’t think it can happen through election – david
30 min – grassroots – but aren’t we on a bit of a time clock? via russell
terrified of people coming together and realizing their neighbors aren’t crazy, no longer needing politicians.. – david
ha. furious – that’s the logic of debt
this are things we made up – we can make them up different – david
debt cancellation, basic income, (the rolling jubilee – reset button)
i’m an anarchist – so i believe in solutions that involve the govt doing less – david
46 min – key is to help people realize they are capable.. the moment you realize things aren’t impossible – changes entire conception – everything else falls into place – david
perhaps prison as service – norden.. ness – 51 min ish
55 min – the word anarchy frightens people in power so they make sure everyone else is frightened too
59 min – talking what kinds of debts to wipe out
1:01 – talking pluralistic ignorance – once we bold up – govt already has a way to cancel all debts et al..
1:04 – we just need to open it up – we don’t have to have it all figured out – then it wouldn’t be democratic – inventors never know what they’re going to invent.. – david
1:12 – banks have to loan – that’s how they get their money
if everybody stopped paying debts tomorrow – that would mean we’re all already connected enough – to have made that happen – the moment we get together and coordinate – games over.. that’s why it’s so important for there to be means to keep us apart
1:14 – a debt – a promise that’s been perverted (because non-changeable) .. society is just a bunch of promises.. so there can be good debt
1:16 – why people don’t care – because this isn’t really a democratic system
TTIP – How We’re Lied To About Food: Russell The Trews w/Helena
the people have the wisdom, not politicians, that the old paradigm is broken and will not be repaired. That the future is collectivised power. Parliamentary politics is dead,
In the “practice question” Farage says it’s okay to hit children “it’s good for them to be afraid” he said. There is a lot of fear about in our country at the moment and he is certainly benefiting from it. But the Britain I love is unafraid and brave. We have a laugh together, we take care of one another, we love an underdog and we unite to confront bullies. We voluntarily feed the poor when the government won’t do it. These ideas and actions that I saw in the food bank and across the camera bank are where the real power lies and this new power is the answer, no question about it.
Final Episode Of The Trews – Goodbye, Good Luck: Russell Brand The Trews (E366)
to study.. learn..
love others more..
Trump. Right. Okay, the world’s gone nuts: Russell Brand The Trews (E372)
we have to provide an alternative
no longer possible to pretend politics is alright.. to pretend that we don’t need real change
Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) tweeted at 7:50 AM – 26 Apr 2017 :
Who Are The Slaves Now? – Under The Skin with Prof. Paul Gilroy is now on YouTube! https://t.co/Drz4YQio6Qhttps://t.co/A4jmW1e7g6 (http://twitter.com/rustyrockets/status/857230332223000576?s=17)
reading/skimming recovery (12 step.. in his words/experiences)
i have heard 12 step support groups referred to as a cult and it could be argued that any group w a system of beliefs is a cult. i don’t feel i’ve joined a cult but that i’ve been liberated from one.. the cult that told me that i’m not enough.. that i need to be famous to be of value, that i need to have money to live a worthwhile life..we are in a cult by default, we just can’t see it because its boundaries lie beyond our horizons
intro – by russell brand
i first encountered daniel thru his 2010 documentary 2012: time for change
time for change doc [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cNJupgsD0o]
like daniel i have come to understand that we first of all need something like a revolution of consciousness and a profound transformation of our social systems if we want to avert short term regression into the primitive authoritarianism with which we are not threatened, as well as long term ecological meltdown..
i agree w him that this revolution is not imply a matter of changing our political or economic system; the solution has to be primarily spiritual and secondarily political
rather.. it just has to be deep enough to reach/resonate w 7bn people today..
(daniel’s doc intro’d me to bucky): buckminster fuller succinctly outline what ought be our collective objectives: ‘to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time thru spontaneous cooperation w/o ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone’.. isn’t that simply sensible.. considering the ever increasing power of our techs, and the new communications networks that link humanity together instantly..?
indeed.. has to be 100% of humanity.. or it won’t work
one thing daniel seeks to do in his book is to offer some elements of a possible new mythic structure, along w a blueprints for th future. his ideas have been drawn from tribal shamanism and quantum physics, as well as evolutionary biology and the cutting edge of developments in the fields like energy, sustainability and industrial design.. he envisions a system based on cooperation rather than competition that will allow our children and their children to live in relative peace and harmony, w/o further annihilating the earth’s fragile ecosystems, as we are now doing ast a rapid clip..
emmet fox: ‘regardless of another person’s behavior, the christ w/in them is calling out to you’
quite obviously, the old ways of looking at things are no longer helping us. we need new ideas and insights..
daniel proposes we approach the multilevel crisis of civilization now confronting us as a great opp for awakening and initiation.. we can focus on the great task that fuller set for us: to make the world comprehensively successful for all..
we already live w/in successive cycles of revolution that are occurring faster and faster. the agri rev took 1000s of yrs; the industrial rev took 100s; the tech rev took tens.. the spiritual rev is coming – as soon as now – and we have only an instant to act
The man is speaking sense. https://t.co/w9UQ1IDwuH
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/joshkodroff/status/1023687220488757249
thanks library – read recovery – published 2017
that’s why we call this process recovery: we recover the ‘you’ that you were meant to be
and it has to be all of us.. eudaimoniative surplus
is your plan to go thru your (finite) human life motivated by unexamined dread.. at the heart of so much activity and interaction is deep and unaddressed fear..
it is my belief and indeed prayer that we will *form support communities that cover all issues all over the world. that these communities will form the basis for our continuing social evolution towards a society founded on a harmonious relationship between the inner and outer world and love and support of one another until social systems based on economics and outmoded hierarchies become obsolete..
it’s not about allocation of blame.. it’s about moving to a diff perspective where we can live in peace
i’d never before acknowledged the role of fear in m life, that many of my behaviours were unwittingly governed by fear: that may fear of rejection led me to seek out relationships that precluded real intimacy
it was a great revelation to learn that my problem was not alcohol, heroin…. but a twisted system of beliefs brought on by trauma and shame that had become the basis for my unconscious program for living..
this is a beautiful step. for me it spelled the end of the loneliness and isolation i have always felt and that i have continually tried to medicate against..
it is commonly understood that the opposite of addiction is connection.. that in our addictive behaviours we are trying to achieve the connections.. think of it: the bliss of a hit or a drink or of sex or of gambling or eating, all legit drives gone awry, all a reach across the abyss, the separateness of ‘self’, all an attempt to redress this disconnect.
i felt like i had hacked into my own past. unravelled all the erroneous and poisonous info i had unconsciously lived w and lived by and w necessary witness, the accompaniment of another man, reset the beliefs i had formed as a child and left unamended through unnecessary fear
we live in a society in which we all, as individuals and as nations, compete for resources. we are told this is nature’s way. my nature cannot long abide it.i become too lonely.. locked w/in my skin..
no one wants to be miserable but few people are willing to do the work required to enact change.. on justifying our misery we recommit to it
those of us who find this world a little hard to bear must query what our discomfort is telling us..
remember, vitally we work this program one day at a time. it is this manageable time frame that makes many of the absolutes that preclude egocentric conditioning conceivable. i am still astonished by my tendency to adorn and adore the bars of my cage.
i also consider the part of my own being that has sat in witness to the events of my life so far. the part of me that has observed the chaos and yearning somehow unimpaired, .. the prayer ‘i am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad’
i like the acknowledgement of the good and bad. i like the humility of placing my life in a context that exceeds the pursuit of my own petty, trivial desires.. adam curtis: ‘we have been taught that freedom is the freedom to purse our petty, trivial desires. real freedom is freedom from our petty, trivial desires’
we crave connection, but so much of the time we are not alive, neutralized. who are you when you’re listening to the radio in traffic? you are not you, you are on standby.. mostly we are free floating and disengaged, lost in the spectacle.. when i fixate on the object of my addiction in any given moment, it is because i believe it will give them relief from disconnection. even if it will ultimately make things worse, i will feel the connection .
i cannot control the past but i can control the present thru forgiveness..
freedom has a clause.. it’s forgiveness.. by maintaining personal museum of resentments, we imprison ourselves w/in it
the reality that i hold within, is not absolute, it is a construct. if it does not serve me, if it s not objectively authentic, then why not change it?
i am often wrong in my interpretations of other people’s behaviour and that i am better off not to judge them at all
consumerism and materialism are creating a culture of addiction. we are all on the scale somewhere because we are kept there by the age we live in
i enjoy having a quiet space inside myself in which peace and serenity are not contingent on the behaviour of others..
the importance of self-talk as data/focus.. and first thing.. and everyday..
it’s hard to pause and reach w/in to the quiet wisdom, your individual part of the divine that wants to guide you
when my obsession and compulsion are removed, i am a diff man..
we’ve learned to live w shame and pain, we’ve learned to live disconnected.. we have forgotten that we can return..
you’re lucky if you’re addicted to crack or smack, they are fast they are fast haemorrhaging, fast failing systems.. they provide anaesthetic and distraction but are so bloody medically unsound that they are quickly exposed as dupes. sex and food can sustain a longer masquerade.. .. the inner condition is what we must address..
when you start to drink, wank eat, spend, obsess you have lost your connection to he great power w/in you, the great power in others, the great power around all things.. there is something in you speaking to you and you don’t understand it because you’ve never learned its language..so we try to palm it off w porn and consuming but it is your spirit calling and it craves connections… spend time alone, write, pray, meditate, this is where we learn the language..
the point of undertaking this program of picking up this book is to change the way it feels to be in your own head because on some level you don’t like it in there.. it is makin you unhappy.
the word for a hindu priest is a ‘swami’ which means literally ‘he who is w himself’..
before i worked this program i did not spend much time ‘w myself’ i did not sit alone and quietly reflect or focus on my breath or upon spiritual axioms.. i could sit alone and have a panic attack, or ruminate and worry, or project and fret. in fact that is what happened when ever i was alone so i tried to avoid it.. i used to like being alone if i could smoke.. or use and drug that slows the mind and creates a temporary chemical haven.. when i first stopped using drugs one of the things that struck me most was how profound my inability to be alone was.. i couldn’t bear it; a creeping dread began to seep under the door like fog if i even envisaged being alone.. the company of friends was seldom enough.. i wanted the comfort of consequence free intimacy.. it takes time and self analysis and a good deal of awareness to reach a point where this pattern can be recognized as toxic and addressed..
if you are new to recovery you can be lenient w yourself regarding solitude. spend time in the company of people who care for you and that understand you are living differently now..
i have always been looking for something. i see that now, for as long as i can recall i harboured fantasies of how some object or experience would heal me, would make me whole..
to cope w the condition we have in common.. this condition of disconnection..
as soon as credit is sought you are in the domain of the ego..
how do you avoid making it about the result? you just do your best and let go of the outcome
the whole word is a waiting room for them
i feel too that there is hope, that this resource, this power that is within us all and if we are willing to let go of old ideas of what life is and what happiness is, a world awaits us that is more beautiful than we have the power to imagine..
this video about robert downey jr shared just now on fb [https://www.facebook.com/goalcast/videos/278603726245382/]
i love ch 13 – birth ing a baby
i thought that if i was that, a movie star and philanderer, i would be other; i would no longer be me. in spite of my narcissism, which is undue and unhealthy sell regard, i did not like myself at all..
reading from fromm on distraction and disobedience (2 min clip):
Disobedience & Distraction.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rustyrockets/status/1047938085781217282
on podcasts – under the skin : deeyah and gabor
suggested to library to buy – thanks library
“Greatness looks like madness, until it finds its context“
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rustyrockets/status/1088802614945501190
people thought she was nuts. greatness looks like madness until it finds its context
clearly there are parallels in academia, but anyone who’s been to school knows that mass ed can be pretty inconsistent and the avg harried educator has too many bureaucratic and financial burdens to mindfully endow more than a handful of pupils w the elixir of mentorship
how to be a mentor et al.. from forever ago
in my experience, mentorship is more successful when there is no financial component
so too.. all of life.. ie: money less ness
he was first person i was able to ask for help in a way that felt safe and free from hidden/unclear obligation
i now know that instead of appointing a female to make me feel complete, i must access the ‘female’ aspect of myself and honour that.. this means an open relationship w my creativity/emotions/wildness..
it is painful to become awakened because you feel the presence of patterns to which you were previously numb
are you not astonished that the space fo rhuman reflection has been colonized by consumerism and commerce?
amma’s practice may exemplify a simple solution to our spiritual sickness: we can start to change the world by loving each other (unconditionally.. everyone wants to be loved)
let me as their father instil, or awaken, what they already seem, by their faces, to deeply and wordlessly know
after a life of rejecting who i am and where i am from in order to survive/grow, i now see that i was born w everything i need
Pandemics & Infodemics – Wisdom In The Time Of Covid-19 | Russell Brand & Dr. Gabor Mate – 25 min video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FEoQOurpGo]
17 min – g: bruce alexander .. written 2nd book on addiction.. called – globalization of addiction.. about dislocation.. addiction is mark of social dislocation.. people were dislocated from the commons.. gave rise to gin craze
very deep.. perhaps we try to get commoning ness back..