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Our Revolution (3)

September 7, 2016

We’ve begun to organize our What Next committee! While that’s happnin I’ll share a few more of my preliminary ruminations about democratic principles that can provide the basis for the political philosophy of our local grass roots progressive political organization.

Being animals, humans naturally form relationships, families, and communities (of course other people do this, not just animals). They organize these forms of their lives, for their own wellbeing, to include governance. They can choose to use their governance to serve their mutual needs, by choosing and organizing individuals and groups to function together to get things done (especially things that, as Lincoln put it, couldn’t be done so well—efficiently and/or justly—or even at all, without this kind of community effort). That only makes sense. They designate a portion of their own power and authority to that governing body, and then cooperate with its efforts to accomplish needed tasks.

In an attempt to optimize the likelihood that these governing persons and groups will attend to their needs, they can adopt a democratic process by which to transfer power to persons who seem most likely to represent their needs and desires, and take that power back, if they want to give it to someone who will do a better job for them.

That system can work quite well. Or it can be corrupted by dishonest, even predatory, individuals. Democratic election is not the only source of power within a community, or power over a community. Others include extra-governmental organization such as corporations and criminal enterprises, police authorization, and persons with superior wealth. Unscrupulous individuals and groups infiltrate government and bend it to serve their private interests, at the expense of the good of the citizenry. So, within communities, citizens need to be strongly empower themselves to select honest public servants and to protect themselves against predators.

An organization such as we are proposing might contribute to such empowerment of neighbors and citizens in our community (and city, state, nation).

On the next page I’ll make a start on thinking about practical application.

[Pages one and two of this episode.]

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