Democratic Revolution Handbook
Why we're losing - and how to start winning

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Some recent writings
*It's not 'the left' trying to take over the world and shut down free speech and all that other bad stuff - it's 'the right'!!
*CBC believes Science is under siege - from stupid anti-science Canadians!!!
*Taking on the CBC et-al measles/vaccination mafia/witch hunt mob in 2015
*As goes democracy so goes journalism
Some always-relevant older writings
*Notes on the Creation of the Canadian Narrative: The Canadian Media and the 2008 Election
*What Happened?
*The Beer Story - a true story of "justice" on PEI
*PEI Revival Plan
*Prince Edward Island Rustico Farmers' Bank Scrip

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Green Island, Dave's magnum opus, a story of a modern social democracy where We the People have finally displaced the bankers from our government, and established the first real Democracy on our planet. The old rulers are not about to sit idly by and allow the work of centuries to be undone by a band of hippies, of course, and attempt a regime change with their military arm, the US hegemon. This regime change attempt gets a bit of a shock, however. Green Island too has something a little harder under the green glove.

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A Serpent's Tale - Dave's parable about what we are doing to our planet - when you look into the abyss, even if you have no idea what you are doing - be careful - the abyss is looking back ...

And a book for younger readers too, Dave's an eclectic sort of person - Aquila

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These and Dave's other books can be found at
Dave's Smashwords EPUBS page
- and for the curious, if anyone cares, a few words on
From Hastings to Green Island
- the (very) short form story of Dave's own journey..




Knowledge is like a candle. When you light your candle from mine, my light is not diminished. It is enhanced and a larger room is enlightened as a consequence. - Thomas Jefferson
The Great Green Island Road Show and Democracy Chatauqua - get involved


A revolution that does not dance to its own music is not a revolution at all, just another music box toy with old flat tinny sounds set in motion by the rulers for their own amusement and purposes, when it finishes its little parody-of-song the children will once again be peacefully slumbering in front of the tv - dave ...


Part III - The Democracy Discussions
Intro:
The Pharoah Gambit Declined
(or, as RM might say, go fuck yourself, NWO, we got other plans)


katniss salute  - chanso.deviantart.comThis is a rather large topic, as there's actually considerably more to 'democracy' than voting every few years for your favorite tweedle from a list supplied by your Authorities and then getting back to more interesting stuff on Twitter, as they seem to have most people believing these days, so I'll break it down into a few sections. (and note - this is just a place to start from - I certainly don't have all the answers, any true democracy will be very organic, constantly changing and growing and improving from endless feedback loops, and the point of having meetings of informed and engaged citizens is to talk these things through, and make the best decisions we can make about whatever, together. But this should be a good place to start ....)







The Democracy Discussions - Intro

Getting at it

I think the opening parts of the book make the situation pretty clear - most of those who are fighting for a better Canada, for a reversal of what has been going on the last 30+ years when Those Who Would Be Kings saw the terrible beast of Democracy rising around them and made their plans to degrade and destroy that terrible vision, know next to nothing of importance in terms of the battle we are truly engaged in about either ourselves or our enemy. Our enemy has the serious high ground here - our enemy knows everything about us, and about themselves, and most importantly about Power, the getting and keeping of it, while we know next to nothing about the kind of *real* power those who would be our kings are dealing in. And so our enemy has been winning, and winning, and winning, and we have been losing, losing, losing.

The good news, of course, is that if we equalize that position, if we understand the idea that Knowledge is Power and try to equalize that knowledge a bit so that we become aware of our own weaknesses, and the enemy's strengths, as I have tried to explain in the first parts of the book - the advantage becomes 'we the people', because there are far, far more of 'us' than there are of them, and we have good systems in place already to manage our country if we can just take control of them - and all other things being equal, we'll just overwhelm them by force of numbers. They have the advantage of controlling the means of 'legitimate' violence in our society, of course, but as Chris Hedges has pointed out, the 'grunts' in the police and military and other security forces are drawn from the general population, and there comes a time when they will simply refuse to obey the outrageous commands of their rulers.

Then we win.

We know they're not going to do some kind of 'Saul on the road to Damascus' Epiphany and declare the error of their ways and give us our country back - so - how do we go about taking our Democracy?



Well, hopefully, if you've come with me this far, you are now aware that basically you, along with all the rest of us of course, have been lied to all or most of your life, certainly intentionally and in big numbers for the last 30+ years since the corporate reactionary revolution started their serious pushback of our once-almost-democracy, and everything we are expected to believe of any importance about how our country and world are being run is just a bunch of mushroom food for the mushroom colony we seem to have become collectively, at least as a 'Canadian community', although there are of course a lot of 'I don't want to be a mushroom, I *won't* be a mushroom' voices still among us, although sadly ignored, marginalised or even mocked by the often aggressively complacent mushroom colony (chuckle you silly conspiracy theorist haha!!). And of course, if you are making serious plans about serious things, the old computer adage about 'garbage in garbage out' very much applies - if you make plans based on incorrect ideas, or even worse absolutely false ideas intentionally implanted by your enemy for the very purpose of leading you down some useless avenue and you meekly follow along down that avenue, then the plans are not going to be of much use.

If we devote our efforts at democratic change to electing the NDP, we are completely wasting our time, as they have shown time and again for the last 30+ years they are just a junior partner of the big Bay St parties, and although they may try to be a 'good cop' in contrast to the 'bad and badder cops' Libs and Cons, in the end, no matter how well meaning and honest and hard-working the grassroots people are, the party leadership are not going to let them get anywhere near the kind of changes that are needed to create a truly democratic, prosperous society providing the best possible lives for all of us (proof beyond doubt - from Ray to Notley, not a single **word** about using the Bank of Canada to deal with the government debts, etc). Sure it's better to have a good cop smiling at you in a friendly way as he puts the cuffs on you and leads you away with a smile rather than the bad cop smacking you in the head with a snarl, but it's really only a small difference, as you're going to jail no matter who's putting the cuffs on. If you are making plans trying to accommodate the terrible national debt and national economic debt-controlled situation without being aware of how the existing privately controlled money-credit control and creation regime dictates everything that happens with our national finances and all the debt is a massive fraud and scam, you are never going to formulate the necessary policies and plans to get us out from these debt chains. And if you formulate your ideas about 'citizen protection' and international 'defence' policies based on completely false ideas of 'we good they evil' Saturday morning cartoon-level fantasies of what is happening in the world as endlessly featured on the corporate media, you are never going to see the wizard's curtain, let alone pull it back to the level of understanding required to actually start to work for a better world.

Given the various things I have talked about that have been used to keep us in a kind of box shuffling around the various deck chairs trying to deal with the false beliefs they have instilled in us all, or most of us, the things we need to change in terms of what we are doing and believing should be fairly obvious, for anyone willing to turn off the television and put away the newspapers for awhile, and think rationally about our situation.

When thinking of what to do to fight the NWO/CRR takeover here in Canada, we might get ourselves to a place where there is a bit of useful perspective by informing our talks considering a certain line of questioning:

one should not petition for rights, one should take them.Are we losing the fight to the NWO because seniors are getting smaller pensions and current workers told to get used to it as theirs are going to be even smaller? Are we losing the fight because native land rights, or indeed the entire First Nations population, are not being dealt with fairly and we have a terrible record of young native women being murdered and abused with nobody in the government apparently caring much? Are we losing the fight because of the 'glass ceiling' many women face in their careers, or we don't have enough women MPs? Are we losing because of climate change? Are we losing because of burgeoning student debt? Because students find it hard to get a decent job when they leave school? Because the tar sands are environmentally disastrous yet are being developed? Because the senate is unelected and stacked, or MPs do not get enough free votes? Because yet another terrible monster has arisen in the mideast whom we simply must get rid of? Because Rob Ford patted a woman on the bum or some kid called another kid a name on the internet?

I hope it is clear that the answer to all of these questions - and many, many other deck chair issues the corporate media tell us are really, really important things we have to spend time talking about and keeping up to date on the latest words of wisdom from those allowed to talk about them in the media - is clearly 'no'. Many of these are important issues, of course, in our country, some very important and some much more noise and smoke than fire, but they are not the 'key' issues in terms of why 'they' are winning, and 'we' are losing - they are but symptoms proving we are losing.

Henry Thoreau - There are a thousand striking the branches of evil, for every one striking at the rootAnd you do not cure serious illness by tackling the symptoms, you have to go to the root cause.

Very simply, and obviously, it seems to me, 'they' are winning because they control the 'legitimate' democratic processes that make laws and tell the cops and other enforcers who to go after and whose 'crimes' to 'wink wink nudge nudge' about, while we spend our energy running around under the castle walls shaking our fists sometimes when their behaviour annoys enough of us, or wasting our time shuffling around the deck chairs they tell us are important, or just watching tv and avoiding thinking about what is happening around us. Which bothers them not in the least.

I am not suggesting that 'gummint bad!!' as some of the groups concerned with what is happening today try to make us believe - most citizens are not that engaged in the political process, but they do understand the need for law and order, and they accept the 'legally elected' government as the legitimate creator of laws, and the legitimate body overseeing the police in our country, and are not inclined to riot in the streets at the behest of a few others who are unhappy enough to do so. The problem is not 'government' itself, it is who is controlling the 'legitimate' government.

The key questions that would deeply and usefully inform this discussion would be something like - Are we losing the fight because we (who represent a majority of Canadians in most things) have no power where it counts to actually write and enact legislation we want - in the parliaments of our country? If 'we' progressive citizens, as opposed to the 'special interest' group we can think of as the 'elite' who run our country in truth and the relatively small number of others who support this group for whatever reasons, who seriously want to do something about climate change, about student debt, about women's and native's and old people's and young people's concerns, had some serious influence in Ottawa, or the provincial capitals, something more useful than running around the streets in colorful costumes chanting slogans and waving our fists in helpless rage - might we have a bit more success in shaping the policies in a way more acceptable to us?

- to which I would suggest the answers are quite clearly yes, and the difference between these two kinds of questions should give a first moment of clarity as to what we need to be doing if we want to start making our country better, rather than endlessly watching things we do not like, but the wealthy elite who currently control our country, want done.

It seems clear enough to me that the ONLY way we are ever going to start making the country most of us want is through first establishing a true democracy, wherein the 'will' of 'we the people', as established through informed, engaged debate and discussion of all of us who care and who want democracy, becomes the actual way our country is run.

Like any number of things, this is a great deal easier to write down on paper in a few words than to actually accomplish, but on the other hand, you have to state and understand a problem clearly before you can start actually working towards a real solution, and our *central* problem today is not climate change, or corporate malfeasance, or government debt or corruption or unequal treatment for women or natives or anyone else or Rob Ford's antics as mayor - these are all manifestations of our one central problem, which is that we do NOT live in a democracy wherein 'the will of the people' is actually reflected through the people we elect in 'democratic elections', and thus 'we the people' do not have the power to run our country the way most of us want it run.

The path to fixing all of these things we see as problems does **not** lie through colorful protests in the street, nor through electing the NDP, nor through refusing to participate in anything political because they're all lying corrupt bastards - the path to solving our problems and creating a truly modern, progressive country starts right at the very root - making a Democracy here that actually works according to what We the People want, rather than being continually forced into the will of the elite.

(And I might note a corollary of that here - if the places you frequent on the internet are *not* talking about this, then you need to wonder who they are working for. If you go to Rabble, and their main advice (infrequently given amongst the endless commentaries on the various deck chairs we are supposed to be arguing about rearranging) is more demonstrations and/or voting for the NDP - just think about it for a bit. What's their coverage of fundamental things like the money-credit-debt fraud, or the obvious 'many heads but one puppet-master' corporate media, or 'serious' political parties? Are they helping you see and escape the box, or just running you around the various deck chairs? Do you want change in Canada, or just more of what you've been doing the last 30 years?)

If we continue following their rules and letting them direct our activities - they continue winning.

If we want a democracy, we make it and take it ourselves, in the same way *they* wanted to rule us, to create an oligarchy masquerading as a 'democracy' which they controlled in all important ways, and have done what they had to do to accomplish that.

And that is what the last part of this book will be about - getting some discussions underway about what a democracy really is, how we as citizens have to behave and what we have to know to organise such a society - and what we have to do to get rid of the oligarchs and establish **our** democracy.



Some Refs and other things

TalkingStickTV - Mark McDermott - Fighting for Our Democracy
good advice from Sam Smith How to jump start a progressive movement; - Sam has a lot of good writing on what is wrong around us, and what to do about it - Activism essays
- maybe the Gandhi quote, slightly modified - 'democracy {he said 'western civilisation'} - a nice idea, you should try it sometime .. '
It's obvious a lot of people are not entirely settled with the box story as presented by our politicians and media, and are not happy with those trying to make us believe in the box - 'It's hard to know who is most despised as politicians and the press vie for bottom place in public trust.' - Polly Toynbee, the Guardian

(Canada too - Politicians, journalists not trustworthy, says poll )

Gar Alperovitz - working together to create new democracy Working together to create a new democracy

Robert David Steele Open Source Everything - a very good eye-opener about many things

Naomi Wolf - The End of America, Revisited - another person who sees things as they really are, and is trying to help people wake up

- - listen to Chris Hedges, on how we are all manipulated

- another excellent film, Obey

***"Democracy is not a noun, it's a verb.' David Cobb

Machiavelli - 'Before all else be armed..'

George Monbiot - the same hymn book - some good ideas about working together, what we have to do

"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency is great and unendurable, and oppression and robbery are organized. I say, let us not have such a machine any longer. I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize." - Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Buckminster Fuller "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

- and of course Jefferson: "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government..."

Russell Brand on Revolution- '...they are uninformed of the Left's great legacy as it is dismantled around them ..' ... '..Along with the absolute, all-encompassing total corruption of our political agencies by big business, this apathy is the biggest obstacle to change...' ... >>AND>> '...We have succumbed to an ideology that is 100 per cent corrupt and must be overthrown. The maintenance of this system depends on our belief that "there's nothing we can do..'

Story Chris Hedges often tells - ... Nixon is standing in the White House with Kissinger, crowds of angry protesters outside the White House gates, wringing his hands, saying "Henry, Henry, they're going to break through the barricades and get us.." - and that's just where we want people in power to be ....

You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get your freedom; then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it. - Malcolm X

Power never takes a back step willingly - only in the face of more power. -Malcolm X

I don't fight fascists because I can win - I fight fascists because they are fascists - JP Sartre

Chris Hedges, Days of Revolt

George monbiot - True revolution comes from the ground up

Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man. - Malcolm X {{you might notice that this is what the rulers do - they might engage in cutthroat competition among themselves, but when challenged by any kind of popular representative about their predatory ways, they stand firmly together in defence of their privilege...}}

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. - Malcolm X

Hitherto philosophers have only interpreted the world - the point, however, is to change it .. KM

Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children. -- Sitting Bull

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started - and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot

When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive -- when these thing can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government. -- Thomas Paine

We've got to figure out a way to work with each other ... Ying Lee

'You can protest forever, and you won't change the world' - Leo Panitch

Power concedes nothing without a demand - Frederick Douglas

These people aren't in power by mistake, they know what they're doing - but when the people decide this is over now, then it's over now. Russell Brand

Let us together rebuild this world, that we may share in the days of peace ... Aragorn

June Jordan "We are the ones we have been waiting for."






one of many, many great Cohen lines, they don't allow people to talk like that on the CBC anymore or what that might mean (as for 'democracy is comin' - cue big laughter...) - the box has a lot of cracks right now, but most people are looking inwards and not out, and can't see them, let alone understand what they mean. That's our job - to get people to see the cracks, see the light coming through the cracks, realise they're in a big dark Plato's cave prison like the people in Brave New World - and get them turned around and wanting some real freedom. It'll be scary for some of them at first, but it's like moving away from home - you're never going to really be 'all you can be' until you actually start taking some serious responsibility for not only your own life, but the life and actions of your country.




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