I consider the content of my previous post to be of the utmost importance, and I encourage people to start start having ‘that kind’ of discussion with their own friends, families, acquaintances, and in their own communities.
This implies that one needs to read the post, an activity that might not appeal to everyone due to the considerable length of that post. So instead, I offer in this post first the most important two points regarding what are the main ‘sore points’ of the current political dispensation – two points that are clearly causes of the effects of continued poverty, hopelessness, and resource-scarcity in the country.
Then I outline what could be a way to spread awareness of these issues and encourage open discussion about potential solutions – it is a simple social media # (hash-tag) approach, the starting point for people to realise that they don’t just have to vote for another puppet that perpetuates corporate policies after the next election. Instead, the people can specify the criteria of a legitimate government.
I will also offer two more crucial areas of focus: the transformation of the monetary system in South Africa, and the steps needed to transform our physical reality.
First, the two sore points I have referred to above:
- The corporation of the RSA government ‘lost’ R62 billion rand last financial year. The recovery of even a small fraction of this amount of funds, and the channeling of it in the direction of meeting the real needs of human beings in the land that is South Africa in basic and accessible ways, would go incredibly far towards eliminating poverty and scarcity.
- The current debt, interest, and inflation backed currency of the RSA CC, to quote Mario Ambrosini, “is not meant to, and does not intend to bring about the emancipation of the poor, and that hundreds of years from now the same huge differences we now have between rich and poor countries will continue to exist”. This is thanks to the relationship between the government of the RSA CC and the Reserve Bank, where the Reserve Bank prints money out of thin air and ‘loans’ it to government who in turn must pay it back with interest.
Second, the # (hash-tag) approach to encourage and spread awareness and discussion of the above two points, and also to encourage and spread discussion about our political duty to force government to become accountable to and administrators for the people (and not to and for corporate interests):
- The first could be the meme ‘#vote-stop-the-loss‘ – the idea here is to get the people to demand of their administrators that ALL of the country’s funds are accounted for. How people would voice this demand is open to discussion, a discussion that the people need to be having – indeed, having the discussion is the first step towards solving the issue. But an online database of government spending of public funds would be very easy to implement and insist upon.
- The second is the meme ‘#vote-for-regulation‘ – the idea is much the same as the above meme, with the specific focus on re-instituting independent regulators in administrative realms to hold accountable elected administrators.
- The third is the meme ‘#transparency‘ – the idea is again similar to the above two memes, with the focus now being on online transparency of all administrative decisions and expenditures. The public must have this information clearly available to them if government is to be legitimate, because government’s legitimacy relies on it administering on behalf of the people – it can hide nothing if it claims to be administering on behalf of the people.
Third, the crucial issues of transforming the monetary system from a Reserve Bank backed currency, i.e. a debt, interest, and inflation based currency, to a government backed currency.
- For a clear explanation of this point, see the late MP Mario Ambrosini’s letter to MP Ebrahim Patel: http://www.republicofgoodhope.org/reform-of-the-monetary-system-to-introduce-debt-interest-and-inflation-free-money/
Finally, to summarise clearly what the ingredients are for a completely transformed physical reality that can be achieved with the appropriate channeling of public funds that will become available after the above three goals are achieved:
- Build healthy soils in all local communities
- From these soils, grow local and organic food
- Build homes and communal areas from sustainable materials, equipping them with renewable energy devices and water -harvesting and -recycling facilities
- Create ‘cool’, healthy and sustainable jobs just by focusing on points 1, 2, and 3
- Create and equip community centres throughout the country with networked computers that use open-source software for the people to pursue educational and informative developmental tasks. These centres can become hubs for direct democratic participation, where people can discuss what they want and need and what is possible to do and have based on technical reality, and these ideas can be disseminated via the networked computers, i.e. via online political forums
- Gradually reclaim public spaces and transform them into food-forests where local wares can be sold or exchanged. These spaces can become skill-building areas as well, thereby empowering people towards self-sufficiency
- Points 1-6 gradually eliminate poverty and create meaningful, healthy and safe environments in which people can begin to thrive
- Points 1-7 will turn South Africa into an eco-tourist hotspot, further increasing our capacity to generate funds towards a resource-based economy
- The ‘ivory-tower’ version of government that has persisted for so long, as well as the debt, interest, and inflation based economy of the present, will be seen as embarrassing evils of the past, not unlike Apartheid