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When I tell people that I am not voting, they often say that my decision is irresponsible. They ask why I am so against voting? Yet really the answer is that I am not so much "against" voting so much as I am for direct action. So I have decided to change my personal slogan to something more appropriate, "Don't (Just) Vote!" Just as most people tell me that I am irresponsible for not voting, I can't help but think something quite similar about them (really about me, too). It's extremely irresponsible to not act directly to CHANGE things. Too many people sit around and HOPE that the ballot they turned in will fairly represent their voice, yet they do nothing more than this one simple act every four years. It is a myth that we live in a democracy… a complete myth. Yet to that charge people often reply by defending representational democracy. But representation is not democracy, especially when we are only given two parties to choose from, two people who only get to that place because they have the already popularized opinions that their predecessors have left us with. Anyone who strays from the norm simply has no chance… There are 13 people on the ballot, but only two have a chance of winning. How is this CHANGE?
Direct democracy is the only kind of democracy worthy of the name. And the good news is that you don't need permission to exercise it! Voters assume that the best way to be heard is by a silent vote, non-voters believe that the best way to be heard is to speak up. MLK understood this. He marched straight to Washington and told the government what he thought, what the people thought. He created change within the system by working outside of it. This is the way things ought to go. This is the oxymoron most don't understand.
So I say, Don't (Just) Vote! But also don't let the illusion trap you into thinking that you are powerless to change the system (or subvert it) otherwise. That's why they want you to Ftv
vote… the revolution will be drowned in the ballot boxes, which is not surprising, since that's what they were made for.

*I don't mean this to be negative. yet I often feel like going against people's hopes and dreams often seeming very negative. Obama is an inspiring character to many, and I don't mean to demean that. I mean this post to be inspiring as well. Open your mind to a new paradigm of politics. As the slogan goes… another world is possible!


A New Community of Cooperation

Posted: October 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

Mark 10:42-45

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. {43} Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. {44} And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. {45} "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word "archist" from which we derive our word "anarchist." Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists."