Archive for March, 2011
We in the WI Green Party were lucky enough to have the trustworthy
Brenda Konkel, from Madison, there to video the scene at the Capital.
Yet another awesome TED talk.
I think flavor remains the best case for a more green world,
Dan Barber's talk of one way to sustainable fish is the best argument I've heard yet.
it's all about the flavor.
Here's an article about the same "fish farm"
This nation has had our knowledge of our own unanimity buried far too deep, for far too long; mostly by those who would profit from obstruction and destruction.
My early phase of Higher education and speculation in Political Science, with an overview of the history and terminology of Liberal Arts and the Sciences, the 15 years I could not further my formal education, spent in service and blue collar work, my more recent capping of my bachelor's degree with the study of Information Resources, and my work throughout, organizing for peace, social justice, and sustainability, have taught me one thing above all else; it's all about what the people feel right now, and nothing else matters much. When there is a real need for more people power, we take it, just as soon as we can see the way clear. When we don't collectively see a way, there is no collective way.
It is good to have a backgrounding in many things, and to know the best sources and how to judge a good source. It is very much imperative to know not to repeat history, and to stand up for what you believe in. But, no one can stand up and shout a demand or exultation, and suddenly have something the people do not understand, nor believe, happen for us all.
In the last ten years I have spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to use Information Technology to help organize our opinions and preferences, in consensus based structures, for finding agreement upon, and planning, a more altruistic world. Nonetheless, if the people want to organize on Facebook and Twitter, than that's where you go if you want to help. If the people don't think they can organize, prepare yourself for helping to change that, when it begins to change organically for everyone.
If lots of people are calling for referenda, or direct democracy initiatives like recalls, then that is what you help them organize. This is how the people poll themselves to find their own voices and common ground.
I am fond of saying that we live in a post-ideological world.
I say that not only because endless discussion of ideology obstructs finding and planning consensus based concrete acts towards our goals, but also for many other reasons. The study of ideology is not so bad, it's an important part of 20th Century History! It's plenty alright for discussion over a few beers, but I do not have time to read any more about it, and we do not have time for it in our planning meetings and main events.
I think the culture of the recent occupation of the Capital has shown that praxis is much more important than ideology today. When ideology is useless, we see more widespread use of the word progressive. This is a good marker for the rise of the popular will, but no guaruntee of it. Like the also populist word "Fascism", the main fault of the word "Progressive" is that it has no real historical self-definition, and thus, ideologically, has no meaning. There are two sides to viewing progress, and all too often the corporate side has ruled our majority perceptions.
A good ideological debate requires an agreement upon terminology, but a good agreement on terminology requires an ideological debate. By the time we're ready to start, we're already kind of done, and yet no actual agreements or plans have yet been made. Ideology is about models, and in a democracy we each are struggling to build our own models; between finding our own best model, and finding where most of our models agree, we don't really currently have the luxury anymore of working out yet another, more consensual, model. This can wait until we have consensus on immedite actionable priorities, and how and why to discuss longer term models.
The technology that our culture fosters has much more cultural impact than ideology, especially when we use technology to organize, communicate, and learn. We must re-learn to want to build a world that fits babies and other living things, rather than the world that fits our social machinery well.
In practice, I'm a firm believer in Majoritarianism and Consensus Seeking. I do not see them as in opposition. I see them as in a dynamic tension. Both should be sought, without letting the perfection of either be the enemy of robust participation and effective action. Minority viewpoints must be heard and organized, but I do not believe they should ultimately be able to suppress a majority sentiment. This is called Integrative Majoritarianism.
I feel similar about religions as about ideologies. Most of them agree on most of the most important things! They are all chock full of good stuff; legends of wisdom and such. If we just discuss the great volume of what we all already agree on, then we can get a lot done right now.
This could well be the most profoundly world changing paper of our lifetimes
let's hope it helps bring enough unity of purpose to the human community
to survive our own consequences.
It has already changed the way that the most important and controversial
findings are vetted, every thing about info is steadily becoming
more democratic or participatory, in this case many many experts
have been asked to weigh in, and the paper has been made public,
before "publication in an accredited journal".
Richard B. Hoover not only makes a solid case for his interpretation of the fossils,
he collects together, many previously "suspicious" bio markers,
in many meteors, including metabolites of chlorophyll.
For some time i have wondered how the very existence of
"Carbonaceous Meteorites" did not have more resonance
during the course of the last century and a half,
even before extremophiles were observed.
With this many supporting meteors,
I find it very unlikely that the asteroids are not our former sister living planet.
An instructional lesson in the scale of possible disasters out there.
It now seems very likely that there is life deep in the crust of Mars,
and on other bodies in our solar system,
even if they all descend from earthly hydrothermal vents,
like it increasingly seems we do ourselves.
It is possible these meteors are extra solar,
not from the asteroids at all, but i doubt it,
though i do not have the expertise to judge,
or even guess at, relevant statistics.
I find it intriguing that Earth's vents may well have received life
in the same way, many extremophiles are in theory able to survive,
as spores, for some time, even in the environment of space.
At the link above, below the following, is the entire paper by Richard B. Hoover.
Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites
Richard B. Hoover, Ph.D. NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Richard B. Hoover, Ph.D. NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center