Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A Call To Intellectuals And Activists - The People Of The World Need A Unified Body Of Advanced Thought
My name is Sharee Anne Gorman.
I am a cyberpoet who goes by the name annienomad-cyberpoet.
I've been feeling pretty disheartened lately...but I had a thought:
If intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, Dean Baker, Michael Hudson and activists like Ralph Nader, Michael Moore, Naomi Klein and others were to come together as a body to inform the citizens of the world of their true potential as a united front, I think people would listen to them.
A group/committee such as this, a non-party affiliated group, that has dedicated their lives to exposing misinformation and speaking truth to power, would have nothing to gain by lying to the people.
And let me tell you, though I'm sure you already know...people are tired of being lied to...tired of being fooled...tired at being at odds over false and deliberately misleading "information".
They need real information from a unified source. There must be some way to get caring, angry, confused and desperate-for-real-information citizens on the same page - A Same Page World Forum.
People could pose questions to The Same Page Forum. They could address issues like,
"Does voting still work?"
Seeing that it takes over a billion dollars to run for president, it is clear that candidates will only "promise" to serve the will of the people...as their first priority will be to serve power in the hopes of staying in power - which, of course, makes voting a depressing and pointless pantomime.
Since the emergence of global corporate entities, democracy is no longer democracy (or maybe it never was). There is no effective legal body to limit the power and control of multi-nationals. Armies serve the powerful, making the world safe for neo-liberalism, and widening the gap between rich and poor.
Evolution requires that when an old paradigm is no longer working, a new paradigm must emerge to take its place. We need a global form of democracy to match the globalization of power.
Here would be my suggestion:
Organized Consumerism...citizens who want a hand in their own future need to concentrate on Profit.
Changing quarterly profits, to be specific...just a point or two will cause CEOs and shareholders to take notice - and the average world citizen would suddenly have the undivided attention of the top 1%.
Perhaps if people came to understand that corporate entities only understand the language of commerce, then they would see that their political leverage is as a Consumer, rather than a Voter. And there would be a fairly decent chance at establishing a balance of power. The power to stop corporate abuses, be they environmental or labor/wage related, would suddenly be a possibility rather than a distant and unattainable hope.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for the sacrifices you make to help inform others,
Sharee Anne Gorman