I sometimes think that it would be fun and useful to teach a class about how to engineer a non-violent economic revolution. You hear a lot of talk about such things but no one out there in mass media world ever comes out with a plan or a strategy. Everybody gets distracted by the election show and nobody ever focuses on the fundamentals. Well, I do have a plan or strategy. Unfortunately, I also have a fairly significant case of social anxiety. I can medicate my social anxiety with heavy doses of alcohol but I don’t like the way alcohol makes my body feel. Am I willing to sacrifice my health and sanity for the sake of the revolution? Probably not. I would rather build stone walls.
Anyway, if I ever did teach the class, it would involve about 20 detailed discussions of inter-related topics. The syllabus or overview for the theoretical class on non-violent economic revolution is presented here. All you political revolutionaries out there who just got burned again by the election game need something to do. Well, here you go.
A Fairly Simple Plan
Non-violent economic revolution? How to do it? It’s really not that complicated. It won’t be easy to implement but the basic steps to follow are fairly straightforward and understandable.
First, create a not-for-profit corporation that is legally capable of soliciting tax deductible donations to advocate on behalf of the public welfare. I believe it is section 501 (c) of the IRS code that defines such organizations but I’m not sure. Wanted; a few people with good credit to serve as board members and a couple of revolutionaries to file the paperwork and set up official legal bank accounts.
Second, explain the concept of dynamic economics or organic economics (I don’t know what name is better) such that it is easy to understand. The basic idea unifies theoretical communism and theoretical capitalism as the yin and yang of economic impulses and creates a system that utilizes the communal side of human nature and the individual side of human nature. The purpose of the not-for-profit is to implement the concept and donations are collected toward that end from anyone who is interested in the “revolution”.
Third, market the “concept” and collect donations. This is the hard part. I hate marketing and I have social anxiety so someone else will have to do this part. Wanted; good speakers with charisma to “sell” the “revolution.”
Fourth, accumulate money in a centralized account because a fairly large amount is necessary as backing to implement the plan. The total amount collected should always be public knowledge. Indeed, the growth in the size of the account could be part of the marketing plan.
Fifth, define the territory within which you want to implement the concept. The fundamental problem with the U.S. economic system is a centralized oligarchic money system. We wish to transform that not by taking over the large unruly linear money system that presently exists but by creating an alternative localized dynamic money system that works. A main difference between the present economic system and the proposed economic system is that the present system is dependent upon growth/expansion/conquest/imperialism while a dynamic system works within fixed boundaries or established parameters. I don’t know the optimum size of a territory for an independent dynamic currency system. I definitely think the United States is way too big. But perhaps a state is about right. The smaller the state the better. Perhaps Hawaii or Vermont will take the concept and run with it. I don’t know. But, just for the sake of discussion, I am going to localize even smaller. For the last twenty years, I have lived back and forth between Delaware and Otsego counties in upstate NY. I am going to combine those two counties into a single territory for purposes of creating a theoretical currency union.
Six, name the territory. I’m going to call my new theoretical territory “Paradise” because, well, I like metaphors and usually I really think it is Paradise to live here.
Seven, choose a very large number to represent the total theoretical economic value of “Paradise”. A billion? A trillion? The number is arbitrary (a democratic choice?). I don’t know. You want a number high enough so that it can be divided into a practical number of useable pieces of currency (pieces of paradise or pps).
Eight, set about the long and difficult task of convincing people and teaching people to price economic value created locally in theoretical pps as well as dollars. If all of Paradise is worth a Trillion pps, how much to rent that apartment in Oneonta? Please note that most shelter, food, healthcare and education is created and provided locally.
Nine, after you have accumulated enough dollars as backing and educated the community about alternative pricing, introduce the new currency that operates on dynamic democratic principles instead of linear oligarchic principles. This is the stage at which the plan or revolution will run head first into the laws of Empire. According to the Constitution, only the US Federal Government can issue money or create currency. But in reality, private corporations (banks) create money. This is what the revolution is all about. Democracy or Oligarchy. Is money a thing that they control? Or is money the symbolical representation of your legal right to use economic resources in the community where you live? Does money come from the agreement of the people or from the power of the far away masters? I would suggest that the best strategy for overcoming the constitutional hurdles and legal challenges here would be to argue that the currency you are introducing is not really currency. It is something else because it operates on different principles. Don’t worry Feds, it’s not real money, it’s only a game we are playing. These are just game pieces. Come on, we call them pps for pieces of paradise. You can’t take this seriously as a threat to Empire?
Ten, in order to introduce the currency, you have to convince a large number of people who live within the geographic parameters to “play the game” or participate in the new economic system. All people who play agree to accept pps for payment for labor or local good or service provided to other game players. All people who play receive a monthly investment of pps equivalent to the fair market value of food, shelter, education and basic healthcare in Paradise. In exchange for the guaranteed monthly investment of pps, all the game players agree to give 50% of everything they earn back to Paradise. It is important to note that game players are not restricted to using and accepting only pps. They can use dollars or rubles or euros or yen or any other currency. But everything they earn in whatever currency, half of it they give back to Paradise. It’s a good thing for Paradise if it has a basket of currencies in its reserve account rather than just US dollars. Theoretically, game players will do so willingly because they like receiving the guaranteed monthly investment and they like making sure everyone in their community receives their guaranteed monthly investment as well.
If all goes according to plan, at some point, the system should become self-sustaining. In other words, the pps going out through investment are equal to the pps coming in through taxes. When the system runs a surplus, the extra can be used to fund community projects. When the system runs in the negative, you can create more currency to achieve balance.
Theoretically, if the geographic area within the parameters of Paradise has the economic capacity to provide all the people living there with food, shelter, education and basic healthcare (it does), the system should become self-sustaining. People could still use dollars, of course, but they wouldn’t have to. The new money system would run parallel to the old and people could choose which game they would rather play.
For a while, of course, everyone would play both games. They would use both dollars and pps in their everyday lives. Eventually, however, the revolution will have to take the next step. Revolutionaries will have to make a moral choice of conscience. Do you want to trade in the blood soaked dollars of the Empire or peaceful pieces of Paradise?
The reality is, the revolution can only succeed if the people stop using the oligarchs money. In the modern world, this is not practical. If we created an alternative dynamic money supply system, it would be possible. Hopefully, other currency unions will sprout up across the country as well and peaceful currencies will trade with each other. Once enough people stop believing the oligarchs illusion, Paradise is possible. In the meantime, buy local and try to keep your transactions off the big computer (use cash or barter).
That’s about it. The revolution in a nutshell. Good luck implementing it. I have stonewalls to build and a toddler to chase after. Give me a shout if you have any questions.
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