Manifesto

My aims are to establish in America a social democracy, disestablish Reaganomics, enact a welfare state along the lines of pre-Thatcher Britain or Sweden or Norway or France, control the excesses of profiteering and foster the humane care for children, different cultures, the impoverished and those with mental disorders. And, that’s just for starters. So, to these ends and others I shall add, the Manifesto states the following.

1. For all living things in the world, twin problems have existed since cities and civilizations emerged: overconsumption and social hierarchy. The problems can be erased. Lessen consumption. Become aware of how large the carbon footprint is for the individual and family. Are all those purchases necessary? Take mass transportation rather than drive an automobile. Drive a more fuel-efficient automobile. Walk. Lessen social hierarchy by re-apportioning commonwealth by law, first by distributing excess wealth into health, education, and infrastructure such as mass transportation, roads, greenways, city parks and national parks. Increase taxes on the wealthy, restore progressive income tax tables. Study hunting and gathering cultures for their leisure time and comprehension of the universe. Hunting and gathering cultures have more leisure time than industrialized or agricultural cultures. Lower consumption, lose weight. Criticize or ridicule the emperor and citizens wearing excessively expensive clothing for posing purposes.

2. Any rollback of overconsumption and social hierarchy is good. Small steps to lessen consumption add up. Public lectures on the essential equality of men and women may turn opinion. Denounce racism, sexism, and free-market economy. What differences exist among humans are not generally that significant, but we make it seem that way by opinions about superiority and inferiority. Women run fast and can fight in combat. Men take care of children and nurture.

3. Men and women do not have the courage or skill to harvest their own food. The city depends upon the agricultural production (surplus) of the country side. If you harvest your own food and dress your own meat, you will have an organic connection to the life you take. Taking the life of the chicken or beef animal, you see what it takes to put that drumstick on your plate or patty on your burger. If you have to extinguish life in order to live, you might eat one patty on that burger rather than two.

4. Cities are crystallized guilt (Norman O. Brown). Cities live off the surplus of the countryside. Citizens don’t make their food, harvest their food, or dress their meat. They depend on others to do so, the labor of others to do so. The connection to living things is broken when you live in the city. The connection can be seen in the city, but its colors are quite faint.

5. Religion can be charitable, but it has caused and is causing war. See the aftermath of the defenestration of Prague: Thirty-Years War.

6. Social Darwinism and the Republican Party are in wedlock. Both are corruptions of historical authorities. Read Darwin. Look at the historical roots of the Republican Party and see where it is today. In the nineteenth century, the Republican Party fought for free soil and free men. Today, it’s the free market and lower taxes. Expose the crassness and egotism and selfishness of the Republican Party. Either turn them around or send them to the historical wastebasket with the Federalist Party.

7. Media talking-heads and radio hate-jocks are skirting the edges of Nazism. Watch some old film of Hitler. See how he rages and spews sarcasm and distorts events. See Hitler in the Bundestag making fun of President Roosevelt’s proposals for European peace. See the Bundestag and Brown Shirts laugh and chuckle with The Fuhrer. How giddy can they get? Well, listen and see the Fox News today imitate, unknowingly, the Bundestag Nazi-chuckle-heads. Hear Rush Limbaugh spout through his spittle the hatred of a small heart.

8. Man does not have dominion over nature. Natural forces prevail. Needs no explanation, but consider the pandemic of 1918, and the volcanic eruptions of 1816 and 2010.

9. Civilization is discontented and alcohol, drugs and other addictions shut out the discontent only temporarily (Freud). Seek to limit consumption of narcotics and alcohol. Help the addicted to recover.

10. The decay of language is the decay of man (The Center Magazine.) Strive to speak the truth. Write the truth, validate opinion through facts, not revelation.

11. When the soul speaks, it is no longer the soul that speaks. Be aware of the limitations of speaking and writing. Before there was writing, there was art; before there was art, there was life.

12. Men and women will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest (Diderot). An extreme statement, to be sure, but Diderot was right on: freedom is greatly constricted by kings and religion. Distortions of sacred writings that continually call for violence against the Other are inherently erroneous. See certain aspects of the history of Christianity and Islam. Yet, on the good side, see Frederick the Great of Prussia and the charitable efforts throughout history of religions, i.e., helping orphans, the sick, and the poor.

13. Bureaucracies are inherently evil because they restrict the liberty of man (Niebuhr). Bureaucracies are necessary evils and should always be questioned and held accountable to the liberty they constrict and the compliance they seek. We need, however, bureaucracy to apply policies. In no way should bureaucracy be abolished. Like all centers of power, check and balance it.

14. Educationists are assessment-obsessed for the money or business factor. Educationists are failing to see the difference between what a process costs and what it is worth–two very different things. The cost of learning how to appreciate music or understand the importance of algebra is one thing, but the enduring worth of knowing math and beautiful refrains and fugues exceeds any monetary or assessment graph calculation. An assessment multiple-choice question: it is a small measurement of education, a brief snapshot of 1/125th of a second on the survey. A human being lives on the average, seventy-five years. Go figure the significance of one multiple-choice question (brief snapshot, 1/125th of a second) in relation to a lifespan of seventy-five years. Put assessment back in the hands of the teacher and wrest it away from administrators.

April 18, 2010
Updated February 25, 2017