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!!!
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*What Happened?
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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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From Hastings to Green Island
- the (very) short form story of Dave's own journey..

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil for every one who is striking at the root - HD Thoreau

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
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Woody Harrelson: '...we live in a completely corrupted world where every government is just a bunch of businessmen working for a bunch of bigger businessmen and none of them give a shit about the people.. The sad fact is no one knows how to change it, because no one knows how to take on the corporations.'

[[we're gonna give 'er a try, Woody - come to Green Island and sign on...]]

Part I Intro:

Our Pretend World

One way to help understand our situation, the main reason we are losing, is because we don't understand what is going on around us. Oh sure, we all think we do, or at least those of us fighting what Harper and his cons were up to, or the larger Big Money influence in our politics, but we, or at least most of us, don't, not really, not in the deeper sense. We, most of us involved in opposing the neocon rightwing takeover of our country and world, are fighting pretend dragons with pretend weapons, whilst the real dragons sit high above us directing everything, sending out all kinds of decoys and setting up all kinds of barriers to make sure we never even recognize the true enemy, let alone start directing some useful efforts towards fighting them. Sure many of the pretend dragons are real enough in their limited way, and must be dealt with at some point, but they are also baby dragons, troll spawn of the parent dragons who would largely simply cease to exist if the big main real dragons were identified and slain, baby dragons dressed up as decoys with the very purpose of looking scary and making lots of colorful smoke and noise and getting our attention, to keep us away from the main gates of power, the big dragons with deadly and terrifying fire but also vulnerable bellies or Achilles' heels when you know where to direct your deadly arrow or spear.

This needs to be the starting point of our exploration into why we are losing. If your enemy spreads a bunch of decoys around, and you spend all your time fighting these decoys - you're never going to win. If your enemy convinces you there are places you cannot go, and rules you must follow, and people who are on your side you must let advise you who are actually working for the enemy - your chance of winning gets even less, more or less to the point of non-existance. The enemy abides, the resistance is drained of will at so much time and energy being expended for no gain.

We need to take control of our brains away from the enemy, if we want to start formulating effective plans to fight them.

The first thing we need to do is look around at our society, some of the main things we believe about our society, that we have been taught to believe since we were children - things of which are partly true but leave out some important parts, and other things about which we are not taught at all. Part of what we will be looking at is that the enemy has been controlling things for a long, long time - controlling our 'democracy' so that no matter who we 'elect', the enemy controls them; controlling our money, so they always have an endless supply and we are fighting daily for survival; controlling our education systems and the media through which we get our information.

Controlling, in other words, our perception of the world, of our country. Controlling the dragons we are fighting, controlling our perceptions so we do not see the real dragons we need to be fighting if we are to start winning here.

Let's take away some of their filters, and look at things as they don't want you looking at them.

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