Preface: Originally this book was going to be called ‘The Anarchist’s Manifesto’ but I know that the word anarchist upsets people because they think that anarchy is the same as chaos and violence. I was also concerned that people may not be familiar with a ‘manifesto’ and its uses. So what follows is the definition of anarchy with which I will be working in this book:
“a theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unneccessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary co-operation and free association of individuals and groups.” There, that’s not so bad is it?
And a manifesto? Wikipedia says: A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. And that’s just fine with me.
‘Bring Down the Government’ is much a more descriptive title in that this book concerns bringing the top-heavy, increasingly tyrannical nature of government in the UK and US to a bottom up, ‘power to the people’ kind of thing.
In more technical terms it is about changing from the representative democracy that we already have (allegedly) to a participatory democracy, where all the people make the all decisions, just like in the UK’s Brexit vote – via referendum – but online. This book gives a case for why it needs to happen. It describes how it might happen and what you can do to help bring it about – if you consider such a thing desirable – and this book aims to persuade you of such.
Bring Down the Government is a plea for you to think, to really think whether we need this endless stream of self-interested idiots (mostly) called ‘government’, of whatever party, dominating every single aspect of what we think, do, eat, and dream? It is a cry for our personal liberation to evolve and a recognition of our capacity for taking personal responsibility.
Capitalism has failed along with ‘representative democracy’. Successive governments single-mindedness to support it has taken our environment – our ability to sustain the conditions for life on earth – to the edge of a precipice. Like any sensible person I would prefer this journey of our culture to ‘a new way of relating to the earth’, to be a gradual transition in which as few people suffer as possible.
I am not going to make any apologies here about the large number of quotations and extractions in this book. This is a book ‘written with a hundred pens’. It is not an academic paper. I am not going to re-word what people much cleverer than me have already written in order to claim it as my own.
My role as ‘author / editor’ of ‘Bring Down the Government’ is to integrate the pre-existing ideas contained within into a cohesive and structured argument to help you, the reader, see what is going on, what is being hidden in front of your face and to help you decide what level of involvement to take in creating a future for us all. I am working as an integrator in this book, not within a specialist ideology.
I have included a list of source books at the end that have been helpful to me in waking from the nightmare of the socio-economic system that is capitalism.
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1. THE PURPOSE OF HUMANS 1
Motivation to Breathe 4
Paradigms of Philosophy 7
Paradigm 1: The Mechanistic View 8
Paradigm 2: The Anthropomorphic View 9
Paradigm 3: The Gaian View 9
Eco Philosophy 10
The Wisdom of Indigenous people 16
2. THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT 21
Society v Individual 21
Government Protects? 22
Government Fosters Wellbeing? 24
Government is Honest? 25
Representative Democracy? 27
National Debt 31
Dedication to Capitalism 31
The Pirates 32
Puppet Government 33
Trade Agreements 36
Codex Alimentarius 36
Investigatory Powers Act 41
The Ministry of Truth 43
Taxation and Slavery 45
The Myth of Sustainability 47
Free Market Economy 48
3. THE CONTROL SYSTEMS 50
Education and Training 74
Spectator Sport 77
Marriage, Families and Sexuality 80
4. THE BREAKDOWN 88
5. FIGHT OR FLIGHT? 96
Positive Hope 103
6. SHIFTING DEMOCRACY 107
How Can Government be Changed? 107
Random Democracy 112
Participatory Democracy 114
7. RESISTANCE IS FERTILE 124
Detaching from the System 124
All Our Actions Are Political 128
Forms of Resistance 135
Healing Wetiko 148
8. MAKING THE NEW 151
New Currency 154
Gift Economies 157
Real Education 160
Community Governance 162
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