by Bryan John Dini
Dec. 17, 2007
Ron Paul, Money Bombs and Internet Politics: What It All Means (to a Philosophy Major)
The relative success of the Tea Party ’07 Money Bomb shows us that a group of individuals working together voluntarily on the local level is able to exert an undeniable collective influence and pressure at the top.
This has taken us to a whole new era: a new way of doing politics.
We will continue to exert this kind of decentralized, local, voluntary, cooperative, holistic, bottom-up pressure regardless of whether or not Ron Paul wins the nomination.
This is the way we will influence the market, as well, introducing a new level of corporate responsibility and accountability. If the “captains of industry” don’t respond to our needs, if the bureaucrats in Washington don’t represent our interests, we will redirect our wealth elsewhere. We will vacate the rascals and their various “departments” and get our own people into offices of our choosing. We will invest in our own enterprises: not necessarily corporate, probably cooperative; our human resources and natural resources, always adaptive and infinitely renewable.
We will respect private property as the boundary line and limiting point beyond which the fruits of a minority’s labor cannot be extracted by collective mandates and mob coercion. We may find it useful, however, to re-define “ownership” to include the “labor and energy we mix with something” rather than the strictly land-based sense of property that allows privileged landlords coming from a long line of entrenched aristocrats who benefit from a system of socialism for the rich to collect infinite rents from their wholly subservient “tenants.”
We still respect the creative capacity latent in market forces and free enterprise capitalism, if we understand this to mean a system of private property based on voluntary exchange and mutual cooperation, but we hope for the day when hard labor will largely become mechanized and the major factor determining the success or failure of individuals and organizations will be the strength of their ideas, the depth of their knowledge and information, translated into new inventions and goods with intrinsic value, rather than mass-produced plastic items to prop up a bankrupt economy dependent on counterfeit borrowing and crumbling credit expansion. All this, of course, produced at the local level by uniquely crafted hands that will benefit whole communities–a new age of “intellectual capitalism,” as it were.
Each and every one of us will be CEO in our own little department of “We the People” incorporated, and we will dominate the paltry competition that comes from greedy plutocrats and their parasitic corporate hierarchies who insist on hoarding all our wealth and depleting all our resources as though it were granted to them by the divine right of kings.
The internet has created a whole new social entity, an emergent life form that is neither a homogeneous collective nor a mere loose collection of individuals. It as as though bones and flesh and fiber optic cables have coalesced around certain core animating *ideas*, a form of postmodern Platonism. If the individual is a recent invention, as we gradually emerge as autonomous beings from tribal collectives, then the individual, in concert with other fully developed individuals, has morphed into something completely new. If tyranny is ancient, then the “new politics” will be dedicated to liberating the infinite potentialities latent in this new hybrid creature.
The old politics was based on an old way of looking at the world; it relied on the central planning of a “creator-deity” that is carried out by various divinely appointed authorities in the metaphysical hierarchy of angels, men, women and beasts. Now we believe in a world governed by spontaneous, emergent, self-organized, de-centralized, non-linear teleological forces of development. We have abandoned Plato’s Republic. Now, it is time to realize a uniquely American Republic, fully aware of all the imperialistic slave-inducing impediments that hindered its birth in the past.
The new politics will reflect this new order, while the “new order” promoted by elitist control freaks around the world will be shown for what it really is: an esoteric myth from archaic phases of human development that has outlived its usefulness and credibility. Laughable as the primordial deities they call forth in their mock rituals to implement policies that their own conscience balks at in relentless self-defeating narcissistic injury.
*Their* ideas are ancient; our ideas are characterized by their inability to be implemented in any other age than our own. Anthropologists and cultural theorists will no doubt study this phenomenon in future periodicals.
It’s about *us* now. It’s about the ideas *we* are launching into the representative system, with Ron Paul as our metaphorical figurehead.
We are going to take back this country, indeed, we are going to take back the world, and no one can stop us, because:
We are greater than the sum of our parts, but every single part is cherished as irreducibly unique and fundamental.