Jordan Thornton & James Jaeger
1) CREATE A SEPARATION OF BUSINESS AND STATE – Let the businessmen run business, within the laws and public decency, subject to public controls, and harsh penalties. A conflict of interest is not something to be ignored.
The state should also not be sanctioning certain BIG business to the exclusion of medium and smaller businesses. A perfect example are the Federal Reserve Banks, which are government-sanctioned, quasi-private banking cartels acting against the public interest on at least seven counts.
2) REINSTATE CORPORATE CHARTERS – Make them earn the right to coexist with us. These laws were removed by corrupt politicians. If no penalty is harsh enough for them to behave, then put their right to exist on the line.
Insist that corporate charters better define the purpose of the corporation so as to minimize conflicts of interest and place more emphasis on “making good products” rather than just “making money.”
3) REFORM CAMPAIGN FINANCES – Every politician jokes/talks about doing this. We must ensure that it does get done. Make campaigns adhere to a FINITE amount of tax-supported money, equal to all candidates. No private “donations”. After all, politics is not about money … right?
If people or entities want to give (excessive) sums to political parties, at least set up a BLIND POOL that they can contribute to. Altruistic donations should be unconditional. Isn’t THAT the idea of true “giving”?
4) REFORM POLITICIANS’ PAY – “Rich” does not mean “intelligent”. Make pay reflective of performance, like any other job — or actually connect politician’s pay to their performance statistics. In any case, they should not be so disconnected from “real life” that they are completely mystified by it or are rewarded when they make anti-social blunders.
5) TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE LOBBY – Bribery is illegal, and it should be the same within the political arena. “Rich” also does not mean “important”, regardless of what the architects of our system would have you believe.
When such bribery is extreme, we get actions like the government giving the broadcast spectrum to certain television interests/networks and in return these television interests/networks support the election and agenda of the bribing politicians. After all, the highest line-item in a politician’s campaign budget is prime-time network broadcasting.
6) OPEN “TOWN HALL” CENTERS – A place for your elected officials to meet with the People before making decisions “on their behalf”. These structures exist in all communities. They are schools, churches, and they stand empty a good portion of the week. Let’s put them to better use.
And when politicians aren’t meeting people in person, why can’t they be posting and emailing real people on the Internet and in the Newsgroups? Let’s see some shirts rolled up and actual WRITTEN DEBATE happening — not ivory tower thinking and authoritarian speeches/books/TV talk-shows all the time. Words are cheap — especially words floating through the air. Lastly, the voting booth should be open on the weekend, so as to maximize the time a voting option is exposed to the public. And what about instant registration. Certainly this is a possibility in an electronic age.
7) REDUCE DEFENSE SPENDING – We’ve been sold a line, by the same people who profit from this spending. If you’d stop making enemies, and attempt peace, demilitarization would be possible. Hold the people and banks that finance wars and the creation of military hardware accountable. Why should anyone, or any entity, get to hide behind the scenes and profit while young men and women are giving their lives?
8) TAKE AWAY GOVERNMENT’S BLANK CHECK – Put Government spending under public jurisdiction, the People, part of the budgetary process. Don’t just hand them the keys and walk away. That’s stupid.
As part of taking away the blank check, the Federal Reserve System needs to be brought back under Constitutional Law. (See THE CREATURE FROM JEKYL ISLAND by G. Edward Griffin at http://www.realityzone.com/creature.html.) Right now it is a private institution profiting off the system and providing the government, in essence, an infinite amount of fiat money. In the last analysis, the act of lending money for war or conflict should be outlawed by the United Nations, starting with the US. If the UN/US truly wants to promote world peace, then let them vote to outlaw the lending of money by all banks to all governments, so that conflict is not so “convenient” and profitable. War should be a cash-n-carry affair — as the Framers of the US Constitution envisioned. http://grid.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/constitution/const.htm
Unless citizens are willing directly ante-up with the tax money to fight a particular war, the activity is not all that important. When banks lend money to a government for war, yet withhold such loans to other governments, hasn’t the power to determine the outcome of conflicts been transferred from the CITIZENS to the BANKS?
9) GET OFF OIL – Most of the conflicts in the world are over this naturally-occurring sludge, including the ones in question. Alternatives exist, but are suppressed, because the people in power are also intimately connected to the oil industry, and under the control of its lobby. Oil creates the conditions which produce terrorism. The earth is beginning to reject us, because of the unchecked environmental destruction caused by oil. This is a threat to our security.
At the current rate of power consumption/demand, the world’s population must focus its attention on generating energy from PLASMA FUSION as no other alternative energy source (with the exception of ZERO POINT ENERGY) will suffice. The burning of fossil fuels is causing a greenhouse effect and MUST cease immediately. If this gets much more serious, none of the other events on this list will matter.
10) MEDIA REFORM IS VITAL – Before any of the above can be tackled, media needs to be reformed, because the same forces controlling the above, also control the media.
Read a book called, IT’S THE MEDIA STUPID, or INVENTING REALITY: THE POLITICS OF THE MASS MEDIA.
11) ENCOURAGE EXPLORATION – In the same spirit colonists explored and settled the “New World” which later hosted the United States and gave fuller bloom to the principles of liberty and democracy, we need to explore and colonize the Solar System, starting with Mars, so that the human race is not doomed to the fate of stagnation on but one celestial body in an infinite universe. Read, CASE FOR MARS by Robert Zubrin available at http://www.marssociety.org.
12) SECURE THE WORLD FROM EXTINCTION-LEVEL CATASTROPHE – The very real threat of being impacted by a meteor (as evidenced yesterday with the discovery of 2002 T-Whatever), or long-period comet, MUST be addressed because if this one event happens, none of the other events on this list will matter in the slightest. Some night look at the Moon and realize that for every impact crater you see there, the Earth has already experienced about 2 to 3 times as many (due to its larger mass). If the comet that hit Jupiter had impacted with Earth, you, and every person you know, would be dead right now. There is evidence that the number of comets and/or asteroids that will be hitting the Earth may be increasing because of the Solar System’s 18-million year bob in its path around the galactic nucleus. There are an estimated 2,500 earth-crossing asteroids. We have only located about 250 of them. One could hit us tomorrow.
The Earth has had several close calls in just the past 10 years — one of them just last month. Did the mainstream media inform you of this as well as it should have, if at all? Out of the 17% that goes to national defense, veterans and foreign affairs, at least 5% must immediately be re-allocated to locating and handling extinction-level Earth-crossing asteroids and long-period comets. Spending money on frivolous foreign conflicts will not save humanity from a lethal and indifferent Universe. “