A NEW RELIGION IDEA

A new religion

I am reading a book about the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. I shook my head in bewilderment as I read where the evangelical pastor Ian Paisley (apparently) incited Protestants to fire bomb Catholic homes. He would use his power of persuasion and actually give the addresses of Catholics living in areas that he deemed to be Protestant territory.

He so incited people with his poisoned dogma so that when Catholics staged a peaceful march, his followers used a tractor to deliver stones to Protestants lying in ambush so that they could be pummel them with bricks and quarried stones.

This type of action of course can be found everywhere throughout history so it is not unique to the Irish. As my ancestry is both Irish and English, I thought that I could use them here as a small example of our universal cruelty.

Years ago I sat on a bar stool beside a work colleague, somewhere in Arkansas as I recall. He asked me if I believed in any religion. To this I suggested that if I were developing a religion, then no one would gain salvation from his/her deeds from just one lifetime. Each individual would have to live multiple lifetimes. (Perhaps 40) Why should someone who lived a sheltered uneventful life gain salvation when other less fortunate persons were cast onto damnation’s fire? Why indeed? There would be a score card where you gained or lost points depending on how you behaved over these multiple lifetimes of rebirths. There would be challenges like the following.

Each consecutive rebirth would alternate so that half your lives would be male and half female.

Over time everyone would be born with a different skin color and different racial features and would be born into different belief systems.

Everyone would have the opportunity to least once to be diseased and deformed in some way; to die in countless wars; to be blessed with more or less grey matter in their successive new heads.

A crowning feature might be that if you hated someone of another religion or race you would be reborn as one of those you scorn. (I won’t carve that one on the stone just yet.)

At the end of the trial period of 40 or so lives, our demerit points would be tabulated and we would be judged accordingly.

I have yet to name this new religion. Maybe ?? Any thoughts?

Message to Extinction Rebellion

I would like to offer some suggestions on how we should be working as individuals and groups; how we should be prepared to work at every level of society, from schoolboards, city councillor, Provincial legislatures, Federal lawmakers, and internationally; I will suggest how to use NGOs and activist groups to contribute to the success of our goals.

First as individuals we need to be prepared to show the world that we are concerned and are working together in all 193 nations. We need to visually display to all that we have one mission even if our particular objectives many be different.

To do this we need to adopt a symbol that we are prepared to display openly on our person so that all will know our objective. We need to do it all the time and not just on rally days.

I have chosen to wear the XR hourglass symbol on my hat. As I could find no source for the symbol I made my own with old campaign buttons (of which I had quite a few.)

I made several with the hourglass, one with Greta’s  HOW DARE YOU and one that simply says “SENIOR CITIZEN FOR CLIMATE’ for those who do not recognize the XR group and wonder what the heck I am doing.

As an individual I will display my XR buttons everywhere I go. No one has asked me about it even though I have my morning coffee in the university restaurant with students and staff coming and going.

As an individual, I write to councillors and politicians and anyone I think might be swayed by my ideas.

As an individual, I tagged along with students and others at a rally of Cambridge City Hall. I was prepared to offer suggestions to councillors should any venture out to talk with me – none did. (more on this later)

As a member of a student group (or seniors for that matter) they collectively might actually prepare a list of things they expect the city Councillors to do if we ever get to speak with them. What is the point of hollering for attention and then having nothing specific to offer when asked?

As a place to start, how about asking city level lawmakers to pass a bylaw that eliminates plastic signage during elections or passing a bylaw that regulates minimum and maximum heating and cooling levels in municipal buildings.

As a group we might actually prepare letters to send to corporations asking them to be better corporate citizens. Like taking plastic out of tea bags, taking plastic stickers off of fruit and vegetables etc. These requests (for corporate participation) could be made without legislation of any kind.

At the Provincial level we might ask for legislation for the protection of arable land or for natural burial that eliminate embalming and the subsequent leaching of chemicals into ground water resources.

As groups, at the Federal level we could address bigger and bigger problems. In the category of human rights we might demand action of female genital mutilation; we might demand that oil and gas companies refrain from burning off waste gas as it is wasteful of a natural resource and creates greenhouse gas.

We could ask NGOs and activists to share data bases and resources to categorize and to make prior zed lists of what the heck they want done and when.

As combined concerned citizens of 193 nations we could use the Avaaz model and create demand petitions on a regular timetable and repeating order to address the priorities set by mutual consensus, to all nations simultaneously.

We need to work at every level in a better organized manner if we are ever going to put some structure into this challenge; and we need to make our personal concerns visible just as if you were proudly wearing a uniform.

There are more ideas at civismundi.net

Democracy/Voting

This page has been prepared by Matthew Foster. It will be regularly revised.

If you are knowledgeable on this topic or on any other please feel free to edit.

Democracy/Voting

Many years ago I found this entry credited to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The entry actually addresses two issues with this single entry — the British style electoral system and Representative Democracy:

“The case for Proportional Representation is fundamentally the same as that for representative democracy. Only if an assembly represents the full diversity of opinion within a nation can its decisions be regarded as the decisions of the nation itself.”

This is one of many American quotes that state much the same thing.

“Legislatures should be an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large, as it should think, feel, reason, and act like them.”

— John Adams

These both are noble quotes and express what many believe to be true to British, Canadian, American, and many other, democracies, but the truth is quite removed from what we believe. Democracies which use our method of counting votes can never ever achieve a full diversity of opinion within our nations and that is just the way business motivated people want it to remain. Only by forming a movement which is actually powered by people will we overcome politicians and governments powered by elites and their moneyed cronies.

If you have ever wondered why some nations have universal health care, free college and university, subsidized childcare, maternity leave, shorter work weeks, longer vacations, better working conditions, longer life spans, less incarcerations, lower infant mortality, more gender equality in business and government, lower remuneration for corporate executives, better worker wages, better infrastructure, better education, better environmental laws, less pollution etc. etc., you need look no further than to the way votes are counted and the way some groups (including the Religious Right and Left) interfere with the process of voting; be prepared to act on these problems or be prepared to leave a bitter future as a legacy of our being here in these crucial times.

This is where some will jump in and assume I am a ‘Pinko Commie Socialist’; they regularly use a host of other words meant to demonize any contrary ideology, but to my way of thinking people are pretty much the same everywhere on the planet and those that have compassion for others are not all socialists.

There are a minimum of 18 ideology positions on my political chart. (which I will deal with separately)

There is the Left and Right which makes two (Remember that if you ask a radical Conservative who is a socialist he will tell you that is anyone with less than radical views even if they are also Conservative.)

There are the Centrists who move back and forth trying to find something that matches their aspirations but most of the time they stay home and don’t vote. This makes a minimum total of three.

If you look at the Right it again divides into two as they look for Conservative values or Free Market ideology. This makes 8 when one further divides them into Acceptable, Tolerable, Radical and Fanatical factions. This makes it a total of 8 on the Right.

If you look to the Left side we have the same Monistic and Pluralists subdivided into Acceptable, Tolerable, Radical, and Fanatical factions. This makes it a total of 8 on the Left.

If we then throw in the Environmentalists (Greens) we have 18.

Unfortunately there are people who will never see their views represented in the current voting system so – if we really want to see our governments reflect a cross section of society we need to change to a Proportional Representational system where almost all votes elect representation.

Before going further, let me explain what happened in Canada in the last two Federal elections. Whenever I mention to someone that we now have a Canadian Liberal government that received 39.5% of the vote and has 100% of the power they look at me somewhat skeptical. When I tell them that the last Conservative government received 39.6% of the popular vote and got 100% of the power, they generally ask “how is that possible?” The answer is all in how votes are counted and not in how people voted.

We in Canada and the US have what are known as WINNER TAKES ALL systems. (generally called FIRST PAST THE POST in Canada) Much of the world uses what is known as PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATIONAL systems. In a Proportional Representational System there are always more political parties – never just 2, 3 or 4. When the votes are counted, (Using the Canadian election as an example) if the Liberal Party received 39.5% of the vote it would get 39.5 % of the seats in the Parliament – not the 54% which they actually received. The Greens with 3.5% of the vote would have received 10 seats and not just one. If that isn’t enough to get you interested in PR consider the additional ways that the privileged screw us around.

Gerrymandering – by manipulating the boundaries of ridings it is possible to turn a 40% public support into a win of 60% of the seats.

Caging lists: This is sneaky way of disqualifying registered voters.

Robo calls: Used to direct people to the wrong polling station or telling them that the election is won and that it is not necessary to vote. see Canadian scandal.

Manipulate the media: Have so-called experts tell the people that their candidate will win easily to make them complacent.

Create line ups at polls: create delays at selected polling stations to frustrate voters into leaving and never voting

ID Requirements: A tactic used to challenge voters, to frustrate and embarrass voters, so they leave and do not come back the next time.

Intimidate aliens: Falsely informing aliens that it is illegal for them to vote and frighten them into staying home

Purge registered voter’s lists: If a voter has the same name as a criminal simply purge him or her from the list making them prove they are not the criminal if and when they come to vote. This is where the provisional ballot comes into play

Pulpit endorsement: Religious groups acting as agents of a political party should perhaps lose their tax status.

Financially support a fringe party: This works well if you want to take a vote from the left and give it to a Green, thereby reducing the vote count for the candidate who might otherwise have won.

.Provisional ballots: apparently don’t often get counted according to investigative reporter Greg Palast.

Other Tactics: include stuffing the ballot box, forging absentee ballots, falsifying tallies or conspiring to prevent people from voting by intimidation or other means. Yes – there are more. Sever candidate registration rules, bribery with alcohol , and drugs, orchestrated foreign influence,(possibly by operatives of opposing parties), Conservatives running as progressives when progressive parties are in favor,

Summary: One would think that democracy should be all about fair play but it is not. Only the force of people working together and determined to put things right can actually create legislations which can closely mirror a cross section of society so that it thinks, feels, and acts just as they would act. After achieving the ultimate goal of getting Proportional Representation, (or perhaps a Mixed Member Proportional system) citizens can expect to achieve the same policies as other nations using such systems.

Democracy and voting is one of the 26 categories for consideration in the long ranged plan. It is not for me to say what needs to be considered in the scheme of things, but here are some thoughts. Never forget that business interests will always favor anything that offers a profit and will fight against anything that hinders such opportunities for profit. In the minds of many, democracy is not sacred and is and will continue to be manipulated against the interests of people.

Before we condemn democracy we should do everything in our power to strengthen it as business interests will continue to do everything in their power to make it theirs. Someone said that the cure for democracy is more democracy, and that means that its weaknesses need to be exposed for what they are, and corrected through public action.

Another category in the proposed plan will be INFORMATION AND EDUCATION. It is mentioned here because business interests have a strangle hold on information so what you are highly influenced by their unrelenting efforts. You are in fact programed to be their servant from birth to death. If you support changes to Democracy, so that the resultant legislations closely resemble a cross section society, then support anything else that can help you in your efforts.

Consider the failings in everything and prepare a 25 year plan to correct them.

Recommended reading:

The Spirit Level

Video links by others (What are you suggestions?)

Fairvote Canada Video

Groups reporting on this category (what are your suggestions?)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-palombo/why-oh-why-ohio_b_4873715.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html

Wikipedia article  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_system

Center for Voting and Democracy http://www.fairvote.org/

Fairvote Canada http://www.fairvote.ca/

The World of Electoral Systems http://www.idea.int/publications/esd/upload/esd_chapter2.pdf

International IDEA http://www.idea.int/publications/esd/upload/esd_annexes.pdf

 

It would help if you supported some of these groups

Demonstration

Demonstrations are necessary, but generally ineffective and soon forgotten. However, fifty million signatures on a worldwide E-Demand/Petition would get  the attention of everyone and could not be forgotten.

Basic rules for social justice advocates, and environmentalists, worldwide –

  • List all of your concerns
  • Categorize your concerns
  • Prioritize your lists
  • Submit your priorities to a site solely dedicated to working on your behalf

What CIVI MUNDI would do for you (if it existed)]

  • Put structure and order into a worldwide demand for action
  • Create an E-Demand/Petition to your specifications and requirements
  • Present the E-Demand/Petition to the membership for  consideration and signatures
  • Distribute the E-Demand/Petition to the lawmakers in all 193 nations.
  • Give every category equal weight and attention
  • Repeat the process when all categories have had their E-Demand/Petition processed
  • Create a spread sheet that would tell the world what we want done over the next 25 years so that no one is unaware of our concerns.

 

MEETING AT U of WATERLOO RE SYMPOSIUM

Address to students for Jan 16th 2019

This is the spread sheet that is associated with the Civis Mundi plan for addressing social and environmental problems over 25 years.

First off, I am not a specialist in environmental or social issues. My background is in manufacturing and more recently in poultry incubation as a research and development Director. I ask that you keep that in mind.

About 30 years ago I decided to look at the problem of our inability to resolve both social and environmental injustice. I set a goal of 1 year in which to do this. Somehow after 30 years I am still at it.

First I looked at political parties including both business interest parties and people interest parties, corporations, NGOs, activist groups, the education system, communications, democracy itself etc.

It didn’t take long to see that all of these fail us for a variety of reasons. The reasons we fail are many but I believe that most can be overcome with concentrated people power.

I next started to create a long list of all of the problems that I found as I watched the news, read the paper, or scanned the internet. I also read every book that I could find at the library. I won’t say that I found them all by any means, but I had enough so that I could divide them into categories. I searched for headings and found that by combining I could whittle it down to about 26.

MADE LIST OF CATEGORIES.

I went through the list and put them into the 26 categories. Some categories had a large number of issues whereas others had few but as I do not profess to be all-knowing, I left this open so that others could refine the lists.

PROPOSED LIST OF 26 CATEGORIES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

1.Air quality, 2. Democracy/Voting, 3. Drugs, 4. Energy, 5. Farming/Forestry, 6. Fishing/Whaling,7. Food, 8. Genetic engineering, 9. Health, 10. Human Rights, 11. Information & Education, 12. Land/Soil Degradation, 13. Mining, 14. Institutions, 15. Nuclear Issues, 16. People’s Commons/natural resources, 17. Plastic Dangers, 18. Population, 19. Species (or biodiversity), 20. Toxins, 21. Trade and Labor, 22. Transportation, 23. Waste/Recycle, 24. Water Resources, 25. Open category, 26. Open Category

LONG RANGE PLAN PROPOSED

I thought that we obviously needed to have a long range program to resolve such a large number of issues so I chose 25 years as an optimistic time frame.

HOW MANY PROBLEMS ARE THERE THAT NEED RESOLVING?

If we look at the categories as being 26 and the program as being 25 years into the future we need to compress everything into 650 separate and defined problems.

WHO ARE WORKING ON THE PROBLEMS?

Next I looked into how many NGOs and activist groups were trying their best to resolve all of these problems. I found that Wikipedia suggests that there are 10,000,000 NGOS both great and small with about 1.5 M in the USA. There are undoubtedly many more activist groups.

HOW WOULD I PROPOSE THAT WE SPACE OUR DEMAND PETITIONS?

If we decide that 26 categories is the number we need then we could address one every 2 weeks for the next 25 years. More frequently would be hard to manage and going every 4 weeks would take 50 years to address everything.

WHAT WOULD A DEMAND PETITION LOOK LIKE

I’m using plastic here as an example, as I see it a major problem. I have a list of the major problems with plastic on my site under Plastic.

The first global petition on PLASTIC might look something like this: 

Directed To: The governments of all 193 (more or less) countries of earth. 

“As concerned citizens of this planet, we urge you, our political representatives, to immediately ban the food industry’s use of plastic identification stickers from fruit and vegetables grown, packaged, imported and distributed within all countries on Earth. Clear and effective action is needed immediately to reduce the flow of plastic waste from our collective landfills, water-ways and food chain and the subsequent harmful effects of such stickers — (the list of problems created by plastic would be added to support the demand) ” – Of course the first item proposed need not be fruit and vegetable stickers – it could be microbeads, coffee cup covers, coat hangers, egg cartons or drinking straws. The important thing is to get a start. (And to start with something that is easy to support – annoys many people – could easily be substituted with other materials. Not to mention THE inevitable backlash) Remember – we would also be relatively unknown and need to grow quickly

PUTTING A CATEGORY INTO ORDER OF PRIORITY

If we want to reduce all PLASTIC concerns to the fewest number possible, there needs to be some combining. I will again continue to use plastic to develop a (rough draft) sample 25 year list.

  1. YEAR ONE – labels on fruit and vegetables plus Plastic straws,
  2. Plastic microbeads
  3. Plastic netting as on garlic, onions, potato bags, wine bottle sleeves etc.
  4. Plastic fillers in food packaging plus the elimination of plastic signage
  5. Plastic inserts in bottles plus plastic seals in beer and beverage caps.
  6. The elimination of plastic in all toy manufacturing (as we now tackle a complete industry)
  7. The elimination of plastic in the snack food industry
  8. The laundry and cleaning products industry
  9. The appliance industry
  10. The elimination of plastic in the fast food industry
  11. The indoor and outdoor furniture industry
  12. The beverage industry
  13. The health care industry
  14. The stationary industry
  15. The apparel industry (manufacturing and packaging)
  16. The shoe industry
  17. The plumbing and electrical industry
  18. The automotive industry
  19. The waste collection and recycle industry
  20. The throwaway products industry
  21. The aviation industry
  22. The building industry
  23. The eyewear industry
  24. All other industries using plastic.
  25. other

WHAT IS THE USUAL APPROACH TO RESOLVING A PROBLEM?

Every group doing their own thing; Raising money, recruiting, emailing, direct mailing, demonstrating, organizing, petitioning, writing letters, phoning politicians, boycotting, etc. – in every community, state, nation etc. but no one taking their PRIMARY issue to potentially of all the planets people (who have access to social media) and then delivering the resultant demand-petition to every legislative assembly on the planet.

DO WE NEED TO PUBLISH OUR DEMANDS?

It is very important that everyone on the planet knows what is being planned for action – everyone must be forewarned

WHAT IS PROPOSED?

I am currently using this email tag line to explain the concept – CIVIS MUNDI Recommending an entirely new approach to resolving social and environmental challenges

If I may quote Greta Thunberg here; as she is saying what I have been saying for some time.

One – “Imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to”

Two- “real power belongs to the people

What is proposed at CIVIS MUNDI is a single social media site where we put all of the issues to the world’s people one by one, until we have addressed all 650 problems in a logical sequence.

End of part one

If there are any Engineering students here they might give me their thoughts of using a Gant Chart to set our goals and timetable. We might start with the following considerations initially and refine them as we gained input from the vast libraries of knowledge and research available in a million or more NGOs data bases – In the following I may repeat some of the steps I mentioned earlier.

  • Define the problem and the objectives.
  • List all of the elements of the problem (In our case it is social and environmental issues that negatively affect all of earth’s people in all 193 nations.)
  • Separate the issues into distinct categories (not to exceed 26 if possible)
  • Reserve one category for issues that arise unexpectedly or are hard to categorize.
  • Contact all related NGOs and activist groups and include their concerns. (This generally is a problem that should go away once they see the benefits of cooperating while they give up nothing)
  • Using the consensus of all, prioritize the issues in each and every category.
  • Establish criteria (a few simple rules) for the inclusion of issues, as it is easy to be distracted by emotion and forgo logic. Perhaps something like these renderings- — does this action benefit the welfare of the planet, and does this action undo or prevent an injustice against all humankind?
  • Select one issue from each category to be the one which will start the program (It will by necessity be something minor and easy to defend as we garner support. (Take baby steps as we learn how to walk – remember that initially it will be easier to eliminate the manufacture of plastic straws than to eliminate the manufacturing of all toys in plastic )
  • Be prepared to update the list of issues as groups and individuals offer more issues for consideration and inclusion. (there will be one year to decide the next issue after the first is offered for consideration.)
  • Be determined to give each category equal weight within the plan as my concerns will be different from yours and others.
  • Develop a social media site dedicated to the movement’s objectives. (like saving the planet for human habitation)
  • Define a mission statement which is simple to understand and readily translatable. (E.g. STOP = save this our planet, and actual stop signs could be used as a place to hang ribbons which identify our movement anywhere on the planet.)
  • Choose a name for the movement – something in Latin would be nice as it should have few adversaries.
  • Choose a logo and a colour theme to rally under – I will suggest the colour of terra cotta, as it means “burnt earth” and that seems to be appropriate
  • Consider the promotion of visibility for supporters – Like putting on a uniform E.G. displaying something in the chosen colour. (Cap, kerchief, ribbon, sock, etc. – one pair of socks for two people works for me)
  • Consider promotional ideas –e.g. Membership cards, (Use humour to some effect – Eg ?) Stickers for cars and mailboxes, ribbons on street signs, paint on tree trunks etc.
  • This link is from my old site – Consider having a register where supporters and members can show their commitment to the cause and get their “regimental number” (maybe include the county code of members as part of the id.)
  • Publish a full list of the movement’s objectives, as no one should be unaware of our concerns, demands and our timetable. (i.e. Put the whole world on notice)
  • Make rules regarding civil disobedience (Mischief will be necessary as it always is in such efforts)
  • Prepare a translation for the movement name in all languages to show the international aspect. Done
  • Consider how translations of the objectives will be handled. (kind of like the UN site)
  • Consider just how the initial issues will be put to the membership for consideration.
  • Consider whether we are gathering names either for petitions or to make actual demands of our government representatives – demands with consequences. Note E petitions are now Ok in Canada
  • Consider how we can take our demands directly to our government representatives all at the same time. (Not to a single legislative body but to all 193 legislative bodies at the same time)
  • Prepare for backlash, ridicule, opposition and SLAPP lawsuits. (Strategic lawsuit against public participation)
  • Consider how frequently an issue will be presented for consideration – I suggest we consider once each two week period so that all categories can address one issue per year.
  • Allow members to choose the categories that concern them personally so they need not be subjected to issues which do not concern them
  • Consider how the name, objectives and logo might be used in other ways e.g. political party names, awards programs, product endorsement (not recommended) drop in centres, seniors groups, TV network, TED talks, Wikipedia page, a foundation, etc.
  • Consider a membership “medal” made from a bit of the most precious material of all – a bit of fired earth.
  • Garner media attention whenever possible as growth is paramount
  • Cultivate relationships with philanthropic individuals and celebrities as money and media attention are helpful.
  • Remember that seniors could very well want to participate with funding and promotion. Remind them that they made the mess w ae in.
  • Consider crowdsourcing for funds
  • Many issues can be cross referenced –IE Plastic chocks, clogs, leaches, suffocates, kills fish, and notably the albatross etc., so they can be cross referenced to TOXINS, WATER RESOURCES, SPECIES, FOOD, HEALTH, FISHING/WALING AND WASTE/RECYCLE

NOTES

Most E petitions I have read, would not meet the criteria for this movement — Browse petitions

Remember the whole idea is to have symposium to see if this can lead to a youth driven movement

In closing, our present approach is like ants attacking a Sherman tank. It is not a “fair fight” like David and Goliath where David at least has a chance. We need to get millions of ants inside the tank where our numbers can effectively stop the seemingly unstoppable.

Sincerely Matthew R Foster -Civis Mundi Sum

Maybe mention that Canada eliminated lead in water pipes in Canada but it took the Montreal Protocol to ban Freon worldwide.

Dissidents are seen as a threat to power and this will be no different

Translations of WORLD CITIZEN here

Categories and list of problems here

Spread sheet for 650 issues over 25 years

JUST IMAGINE

JUST IMAGINE

Preamble

There are 10,000,000 million NGOs according to Wikipedia and probably many more activist groups than that. There being that many is not the problem, the problem is that they collectively have no single platform where their demands can be taken to an international audience of all 193 nations in an orderly fashion.

Just imagine that there was a social media site dedicated to social and environmental issues; assume again that this new upstart simply asked these groups, and concerned individuals, to provide a list of their concerns. These would then be separated into 26 categories (more or less)

Next through consensus, the list would be prioritized so that they could be spread out over 25 years into the future.

As an example of this I will use the category of PLASTIC. Let’s assume again that we have gathered all the problems which range from, plastic straws to microbeads to complete industries like toy manufacturing to plastic fish nets or construction materials. We now have a list that needs to be prioritized. As we are still a small upstart movement we might put microbeads as our number-one priority. It is something that most agree is a problem and should easily gather public support for a ban.

To illustrate how this would work, think of it as Avaaz on steroids. BUT rather than gathering support and sending it off to a single legislature, we would send it off to every legislative body in all 193 nations. In effect we would demand a ban which would make it illegal to make, sell or profit in any way from microbeads anywhere.

After two weeks we would go to another category and do it all over again until we have addressed one issue in each and every category.

If all of PLASTIC groups told their member about our collective effort they would hopefully tell their members to support it. This alone could be millions of supporters all waiting and wanting to have their voice heard. If all NGOs and groups did the same as their issue was due for action, the movement would no longer be just and upstart.

Part 1

So, if we need to empower the meek and the weak people who have little or no voice in what is happening, what would such a movement of empowerment look like? Well, as a former Director of R and D, I can be pretty sure that it would start with determining the full scope of the problem and then discarding all of the things that don’t work; then we can make a preliminary plan to resolve the problem. In my varied career choices, I have had numerous projects that needed a plan and this is no different; installing a porcelain enameling plant with virtually no experience in the process; moving a few manufactured product lines between facilities or working on a project where we recorded sounds from under a broody mother hen and then replayed the sounds in an incubator to improve hatchability of chicken eggs – they all had to have a plan. (And yes, chick embryos do communicate with the mother hen through the shell and viscera)

If we consider using a Gant Chart to set our goals and timetable, we might start with the following considerations initially and refine them as we gained input from the vast libraries of knowledge and research available in a million or more NGOs data bases –

  • Define the problem and the objectives.
  • List all of the elements of the problem (In our case it is social and environmental issues that negatively affect all of earth’s people in all 193 nations.)
  • Separate the issues into distinct categories (not to exceed 26 if possible)
  • Reserve one category for issues that arise unexpectedly or are hard to categorize.
  • Contact all related NGOs and activist groups and include their concerns. (comparable to herding cats perhaps, but necessary)
  • Using the consensus of all, prioritize the issues in each and every category.
  • Establish criteria (a few simple rules) for the inclusion of issues, as it is easy to be distracted by emotion and forgo logic. Perhaps something like these renderings- — Does this action benefit the welfare of the planet, and does this action undo or prevent an injustice against all humankind?
  • Select one issue from each category to be the one which will start the program (It will by necessity be something minor and easy to defend as we garner support. (Take baby steps as we learn how to walk – remember that initially it will be easier to eliminate the manufacture of plastic straws than to eliminate the manufacturing of all toys in plastic )
  • Be prepared to update the list of issues as groups and individuals offer more issues for consideration and inclusion.
  • Be determined to give each category equal weight within the plan as my concerns will be different from yours and others.
  • Develop a social media site dedicated to the movement’s objectives. (like saving the planet for human habitation)
  • Define a mission statement which is simple to understand and readily translatable. (I have ideas but I will try to refrain from using them here.)
  • Choose a name for the movement – something in Latin would be nice as it should have few adversaries.
  • Choose a logo and a color theme to rally under – I will suggest color of terra cotta as it means burnt earth and that seems to be appropriate
  • Consider the promotion of visibility for supporters – Like putting on a uniform E.G. displaying something in the chosen color. (Cap, kerchief, ribbon, sock, etc. – one pair of socks for two people works for me)
  • Consider promotional ideas –e.g. Membership cards, (Use humor to some effect) Stickers for cars and mailboxes, ribbons on street signs, paint on tree trunks etc.
  • Consider having a register where supporters and members can show their commitment to the cause and get their “regimental number” (maybe include the county code of members as part of the id.)
  • Publish a full list of the movement’s objectives, as no one should be unawares of our concerns, demands and our timetable. (Put the whole world on notice)
  • Make rules regarding civil disobedience (Mischief will be necessary as it always is in such efforts)
  • Prepare a translation for the movement name in all languages to show the international aspect.
  • Consider how translations of the objectives will be handled. (kind of like the UN site)
  • Consider just how the initial issues will be put to the membership for consideration.
  • Consider whether we are gathering names either for petitions or to make actual demands of our government representatives – demands with consequences
  • Consider how we can take our demands directly to our government representatives all at the same time. (Not to a single legislative body but to all 193 legislative bodies at the same time)
  • Prepare for backlash, ridicule, opposition and SLAPP lawsuits. (Strategic lawsuit against public participation)
  • Consider how frequently an issue will be presented for consideration – I suggest we consider once each two week period so that all categories can address one issue per year.
  • Allow members to choose the categories that concern them personally so they need not be subjected to issues which do not concern them
  • Consider how the name, objectives and logo might be used in other ways e.g. political party names, awards programs, product endorsement (not recommended) drop in centers, seniors groups, TV network, TED talks, Wikipedia page, a foundation, etc.
  • Consider a membership “medal” made from a bit of the most precious material of all – a bit of fired earth.
  • Garner media attention
  • Cultivate relationships with philanthropic individuals and celebrities as money and media attention are helpful.

Part 2

If this humble message reaches an audience, I would ask for serious evaluation of the principles and process so that it can be refined and made acceptable to a wide segment of 193 societies. It needs a lot of input and refining but I think it will be worth the effort.

Sincerely Matthew R Foster

Appendix

Here are the 26 categories as a place to start debate. (Needs refining)

  1. Air quality, 2. Democracy/Voting, 3. Drugs, 4. Energy, 5. Farming/Forestry, 6. Fishing/Whaling,7. Food, 8. Genetic engineering, 9. Health, 10. Human Rights, 11. Information & Education, 12. Land/Soil Degradation, 13. Mining, 14. Institutions, 15. Nuclear Issues, 16. People’s Commons/natural resources, 17. Plastic Dangers, 18. Population, 19. Species (or biodiversity), 20. Toxins, 21. Trade and Labor, 22. Transportation, 23. Waste/Recycle, 24. Water Resources, 25. Open category, 26. Open Category

RADICAL RIGHT WING IDEOLOGIES

RADICAL RIGHT WING IDEOLOGIES

“I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class”
—Frederick Douglass

Preamble:
I am attempting to write up acceptable, tolerable, radical and fanatical ideologies from both the left and right sides of my political chart. This is my first try at capturing it all in a list form. I invite any readers to help me edit this paper.

The following Basic Radical right winged fascist Ideology, was gleaned, for the most part, from an article by Dr. Lawrence Britt – a political scientist. (Any errors in interpretation and misguided additions are mine alone)

  • There is/was an outward display of pride for anything military.
  • There are/were extreme expressions of nationalism.
  • Anything foreign is/was suspect – bordering on racial intolerance.
  • Opponents to the government are/were demonized.
  • Secrecy is/was a major tactic in hiding abuses to citizens.
  • Torture is/was used to gain information.
  • The government uses scapegoats to put fear into the minds of citizens.
  • Scapegoats are used to shift blame and hide mistakes.
  • There was great disdain of anything on the political LEFT. I.E. communism, socialism, and labor unions.
  • Racial minorities, mentally ill, and infirm were/are targeted.
  • Active opponents to government were/are intimidated or are classed as terrorists.
  • Ruler are often linked to the military as doing so is seen as an expression of nationalism and patriotism.
  • Rulers often like to wear military uniforms in public and like military parades.
  • Rulers are often linked to the military industrial complex.
  • A disproportionate share of resources was allocated to the military at the expense of domestic needs.
  • The military is used to intimidate other nations, and to assert national and corporate economic goals.
  • Foreign nations are forced into arms races to achieve a degree of security and defence. (now it is generally a quest for an atomic arsenal.)
  • Greater and more powerful weapons are constantly developed and deployed.
  • State religion generally supports the male dominated, homophobic, anti abortion attitudes.
  • Rulers portray themselves as protectors of the state’s dominant religion.
  • Most regimes attached themselves to the prominent religion of the country.
  • Ruler and propagandists like to portray other groups as “godless”.
  • Women are generally suppressed and viewed as second-class citizens.
  • Members of other religions are targeted.
  • The “Business Interest” media can be relied on to support the ruling party line.
  • Government abuses of power are seldom if ever reported to the public.
  • Population is subjected to constant propaganda and misinformation.
  • There is always an obsession with state security.
  • National security is used as a cover for secret state abuses of power.
  • Questioning of government activities is portrayed as unpatriotic.
  • Organized labor is suppressed, demonized, and made powerless or eliminated altogether.
  • The poor are viewed with suspicion, disapproval and contempt.
  • Labor is exploited everywhere and businesses have in the past used government provided slave labour in the past.
  • There is disdain for human rights.
  • There is disdain and suppression of intellectuals.
  • Intellectual and academic freedom are considered suppressive to national security.
  • Universities are tightly controlled. (in past regimes)
  • Faculty with ‘unorthodox’ ideas were harassed and eliminated.
  • Art and literature that served the national interest was all that was allowed in past regimes.
  • There is a phenomenally large prison population.
  • Police are glorified and are relatively unchecked.
  • There is/were a lot of trumped up charges against political opponents.
  • Fear is promoted as an excuse for more policing power.
  • There is/was rampant cronyism and corruption as corporate people, and plutocrats used their positions to enrich themselves.
  • Those who are/were in power also enriched themselves through the power elite.
  • Corruption was never exposed in the controlled media.
  • Elections are/were generally fraudulent. Gerrymandering, purging of voter lists, hacking of voting machine, robocall, making voters wait to long, etc)
  • Voters are/were often disenfranchised, intimidated, or their ballots were discarded.
  • As a last resort, regimes turned to the judiciary, which was beholden to the power elite.
  • Rulers are/were self-declared dictators and puppets of Theocratic, Aristocratic, Big Business, the Oil Industry, the Military Complex, and Oligarchic forces.
  • Rulers exempt (ed) themselves from all laws and treaties.
  • International treaties are abandoned or ignored.
  • Global warming and environmental protection is now considered irrelevant.
  • The pulpit has become a soapbox for preaching right wing dogma, creationism as fact and science as obscene.
  • Many adherents of the right accept as few as a  single idea as being all important while ignoring all the rest -Eg. abortion, gay marriage ((I prefer the word Pairage), birth control, euthanasia, etc..
  • Christianity itself has been systematically bastardised to incorporate greed and the possession of goods as noble.
  • The United Nations, as was the League of Nations, is treated with distain and hatred.

Conclusion.

Note the warning from Ike, who knew well the horror of war against Fascism and Totalitarianism.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
— Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961

TWO YOUNG LADIES

Imagine a world where 10,000,000 NGOs and uncountable social and environmental groups from 193 nations would agree on what needs to be addressed over the next 25 years, and displayed it on one social media site – all categorized and prioritized in a concise plan of action. That is the objective of civismundi.net JUST IMAGINE that such a platform already existed!

Two young ladies explain the worldwide movement to a skeptic-

I thought that rather than try to explain why and how we needed to come to the aid of people and planet through a unified worldwide movement, I would write this as if it had already happened; this then is how it would be discovered by someone yet unaware of what has transpired. So to set the scene – it is 2020 and social and environmental crises are only getting worse. The planet is unable to cope with our toxins, waste and our ever increasing numbers. The planet is dying. There appears to be no hope in changing the direction in which we are headed when –

I am driving on a country road when I see a young man painting a bright color band on a tree trunk beside the road; he is wearing a cap of the same color as that on his brush. A little further on I notice what appears to be a mother and young daughter standing beside their bicycles at an intersection. They in turn are tying strips of cloth onto the posts of stop signs. The cloth is the same orangey-red – the color of clay pottery. I am now curious and I pull over on the shoulder and ask “what are you people up to?”

The young lady comes to my window and says “We are trying to save the planet for the future, would you like to help?”

I smile politely and somewhat patronizingly I ask “What does the ribbon signify?”

“This is the color that was chosen to represent our worldwide movement – it is called Terra Cotta and it means Burnt Earth – kind of appropriate right? – considering the mess we have made,” she says as the young girl joins us. I note that she is wearing a kerchief of the same cloth while the lady has a terra cotta ribbon pinned to the shoulder of her blouse.

“If you would like to support our movement, I can give you a Terra Cotta paper sticker for your mail box or your car bumper,” kerchief girl says. “It will show that you are willing to consider remedies to anything that diminishes our hopes for future generations.”

I smile again and say, “girls, I have a drawer full of campaign ribbons, lapel buttons, political badges and even a few kerchiefs from every sort of activist, environmental and political group you can imagine – why should I wear this one?”

Ribbon lady says “Well – for a start this simple color is our ‘uniform’ – we wear it, or display it in all 193 countries, so that we are readily identifiable to one another anywhere we go – Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas – everywhere. Because we are visible we can share ideas and show solidarity with whoever has a concern for both the environment and social issues – If you have a concern that needs to be addressed then you are one of us”

Kerchief interjects, “It means we are as mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore – it means listen to the voice of the people – it means we are putting politicians everywhere on notice – it means pass some laws to fix the problems or we will put you out of office and put someone in who will fix them. It means that the wealthy and powerful cannot protect their own interests at the expense of the rest of us. For corporations we are saying you are being given notice that things are going to change. Wear the ‘uniform’ and you are automatically a part of the Civis Mundi community and movement”

“And what does Civis Mundi mean?”

Ribbon lady says “In English speaking nations we are known as World Citizens but International we are known as Civis Mundi simply to avoid any animosity where one language is favored over another – in Quebec and France we are proudly identified as Citoyen du monde – in Germany we are Weltbürger – every nation uses their own words for world citizen”

Kerchief looks at me and asks “In all seriousness, do you have an issue that bothers you? – one you would like to see addressed on a global scale?”

Glumly I said “Yes – plastic in the environment – particularly in the oceans is a threat that is killing everything and we cannot seem to accept that we need to severely regulate manufacturing in this deadly and toxic material – manufacturers should be charged a tax of $1,000,000 for every pound they use just to cover the cost of removing it from the oceans”

Ribbon lady says “Plastic is one of the 26 categories of problems we at Civis Mundi consider – one issue from each category is addressed once each and every year until we eventually get it under control; we suggest a long range plan of 25 years overall – one issue per year – we would start with something we all can readily agree on, like stopping the use of plastic micro beads and then moving up to tougher and tougher problems.

I try to counter her enthusiasm with ”How can you possibly hope to find resolutions to every problem on the planet with one small group of people? – that’s insane!”

Ribbon says “That’s not the way it works – consider your category of plastic concerns. All of the hundreds of NGOs and groups working on plastic issues come together separately and independently; they are asked to come to a consensus as to what is the one single issue that they want addressed in year one and perhaps in years two and three. They write up their decision and give it to the Civis Mundi site for presentation to the membership. The membership either support it or they don’t support it but once it is signed it is sent off to all legislative bodies on the planet – all 193 nations – it is not just sent to your local city council or your provincial or federal legislation, it is sent to every legislative body that considers problems and makes legislation – like it or not, these are the only people that can change things”

“OK” I say “I get that – pollution and social problems have no borders. Can you tell me why you have tried to put all of the issues into 26 categories?”

Ribbon continues with “There are 52 weeks in the year so each of the 26 categories would get a chance to be considered once per year – there is a two week period between categories – no single category would be dominant – all would have equal weight – Water, Human Rights, Waste and Recycle Programs, Population, Land and Soil use, Toxins, Food to name some – all are equal.”

“How can I possibly get involved in so many issues?” “You only subscribe to the categories you are interested in and you can add or delete categories whenever you like. You won’t be overwhelmed with information unless you ask for it; you will only be asked to consider the categories and issues you have selected from the 26 categories – personally I subscribe to Nuclear Issues, Genetically Modified Organisms and Water Resources – my friend here has other concerns like Democracy and Voting as she wants to get a Proportional Electoral system and for her vote to count for something – you may wish to be informed only when Plastic issues are addressed which would be once per year.”

“How large is your group?”

With a big smile, ribbon girl says, “We have been active for about a year now and we have close to 25,000,000 members. At the rate we are gathering support, we expect to pass 500,000,000 in two or three more years; I think that with this many we will be taken seriously”

“Amazing! How do you handle translations?”

“The Civis Mundi web site is something like the United Nations where everything is in every language. It is all done by volunteers” she adds.

I question – “So you send your petitions to all legislations?”

“These are NOT petitions. These are DEMANDS – do something about this or find another job”

“Is there a role to play in the movement for us old folk? We’ve got time on our hands and generally more assets than young people”

Seniors could put their talents and time to good use. Knitting skills could be used to make terra cotta toques and socks for new members. Old sewing machines could be brought out of closets and used to make terra cotta ribbons and turn old cotton shirts and sheets into handkerchiefs – Just think of the trees that alone would save. I like the idea of sewing on a terra cotta colored pocket on shirts as a ‘uniform’ – who doesn’t need an extra pocket for sunglasses or cellphone? I’m sure you could find something to do; here is my membership card; it has the paint code number on it if you want to get into mischief.”

I am now getting more enthusiastic and ask “It sounds like something worth considering – do you advocate civil disobedience?

“Civil disobedience is perhaps necessary in extraordinary times – like today; we are here “defacing” these trees and posts with our ribbons, but violence and property destruction are not tolerated. I know that a lot of acts of civil disobedience were justifiable when looked at it in hindsight – look at what rights and privileges we now have because others took it upon themselves to disobey the law or convention.”

“Yes, look at history” I add. “We can learn a lot from Gandhi and his mission to free India from Imperialistic Britain. The Indian people took direct action and would have to share and endure the physical, and the verbal abuse of those in control; in addition, they accepted the scorn of fellow citizens who were truly afraid of the unknowns that independence might bring. They accepted the initial hardship, and the prospects of future hardship, from their action – whatever the hardships might be, knowing full well that the cause of independence for India was worthy of their efforts and physical pain – if you want to change the status quo you had better be prepared to get pushed around, tear gassed or even jailed for your efforts.”

Changing the subject back to my plastic concerns, I said “I have often thought that I would like to put paper stickers on fruit in the grocery store that says “Do not buy fruit with plastic stickers attached” I said as I grinned at the prospect of this 80 81 year old getting unceremoniously escorted out of the super market.

“That would make a really great campaign” Kerchief girl said enthusiastically. “We could do that anywhere on the planet – they are cheap to make and not polluting, providing the glue is safe of course – how about you put them on the doors and windows of the store and see how much they like removing and recycling them – when they take them off you could put more on the checkout conveyors so they go around and around for all to see – we could have a thousand campaigns that used this one idea. The stickers could be terra cotta in colour of course”

“OK I’m sold on the idea – where do I sign up?”

JUST IMAGINE IF THIS WAS ALL TRUE.

If you have any thoughts on how we might continue with our little story please contact me.

PAPER STICKER CAMPAIGN

COULD WE USE PAPER STICKERS AS A NONVIOLENT TOOL FOR CHANGE?

Consider a small adhesive paper sticker, strategically placed, to be similar to a small flyer or handout which we might use, to pass on information, gain public support, change attitudes and practices. Read more –

One day I had this simple idea which made me speculate. If food producers could put plastic stickers on fruit and vegetables, and make the public responsible for removing them and recycling them, then why could the public not do the same thing? We could conceivably put paper stickers in conspicuous places asking the public to stop buying products (or cease other destructive practices) that are creating a hazard to the health of our planet, and to ourselves. E.g. Like the aforementioned plastic stickers that get washed into the planets water systems. This of course is just a simple example of what could be communicated with a worldwide sticker crusade. Other examples might include stickers as follows –

  • On a product shelf – This product contains plastic micro beads – do not buy
  • On a display counter – This product contains a hormone mimicker chemical – do not buy
  • On a store window – For a healthier planet do not buy plastic toys this year and stop buying battery operated toys.
  • On a display shelf – This packaged food product has excess sugar/salt/fat/nitrates/ etc..
  • On a flower shop window – do not buy imported flowers as the impact on the planet is profound.
  • Tell your favorite political party that you will never put up a plastic campaign lawn sign – put a sticker saying this on the sign painter’s window so that all customers will see it.
  • On a funeral home window one might place a sticker that says – please provide formaldehyde-free burial to protect ground water.
  • On a restaurant window one might place a sign that says stop cooling this place below 75 degrees to avoid wasting finite energy.
  • On a supermarket window – Do not shop here until they stop selling GMO produce
  • On your car window or bumper – support a worldwide ban on Female Genital Mutilation
  • On Leaf Blowers – Buy a rake and save fossil fuel for something important, like the future for instance.
  • On plastic bladed snow shovels – the plastic on this implement will wear away and become part of the oceans toxic soup.
  • On the window of a carpet store – If you must have carpet buy only natural fibers as synthetics shed into the environment and become part of a toxic food chain.
  • On your car bumper – support Proportional Representative electoral systems, where a political party cannot have greater representation than it deserves.
  • On a car – Next time please buy something with less horse power.
  • On your own car – I promise – My next car will be more environmentally friendly.
  • On a power boat – Buy a sail boat and stop corrupting our waters
  • On the counter next to the coffee maker – Refuse to drink coffee made from single disposable K cups.
  • (added April 12 2019) A vote for any Conservative party is a vote for business interests and a vote against the interests of people

If we assume that the planet is in trouble then we should see it as our responsibility to do something about it. This is certainly something anyone could do to expose the many problems we have to address.

It would not be difficult to print and distribute stickers pretty much anywhere on the planet. The language needed would match the area being considered. They are cheap and non-destructive providing the proper adhesive is used.

We can go the political route, the activist route, the NGO route, the letter to the editor route, the prayer route etc.; we can read everything on the internet and in the alternative press but little is going to change without a common collective action. Working both domestically and locally are fine but the movement for change (like India’s goal for independence) needs to be global and all inclusive.

I offer this idea for public debate and consideration. Your thoughts are important.

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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF E-PETITIONING IN ANY LONG RANGE PLAN?

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF E-DEMAND/PETITIONING IN ANY LONG RANGE PLAN? (changed from E-Petitioning 10 Feb 2019)

Following the making of an extensive list of everything (my humble listing) and putting them all into categories, a decision must be made as to which issue in each and every category will be put to the membership as a campaign. Once a consensus is made, the information and an E-Demand/Petition would be distributed to all who have signed on as Civis Mundi*. Whether individuals choose to participate in any campaign is their personal decision, as no one should support anything they do not wholeheartedly believe in. Remember, to maintain some order, and to minimize chaos then only one campaign per category will be addressed per year. Each and every one of the 26* categories would follow a predetermined rotation over the course of 12 months, and then the order would be repeated, following the completion of the full order, with new demands. (I.e. second priorities)

As an example, if we collectively agree that in the category of PLASTIC  we might choose ‘the use of micro beads as the issue for worldwide attention. The relevant information and an invitation to sign an E-Demand/Petition would be conveyed to members via email. The email might read “Tiny particles of plastic have been added to thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These microbeads, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. one campaign is here

The E-Demand/Petition, after an appropriate period of time, would be forwarded to each and every governing legislative in all 193** countries simultaneously in their own language.

This action meets the first two criteria that were noted earlier. It is certainly an essential demand. It is certainly nonviolent as all we are asking through our E-Demand/Petition, is for all governments to do their collective duties, and to pass laws to immediately eliminate microbeads from each and every product produced, and sold, within their nation’s borders.

The third criterion specifies that we need to communicate the desire for support in our efforts. If actual fact, in our communications, we are not only recruiting members to the Civis Mundi* movement we are asking all environmentalist and environmental groups to participate. They have the information, knowledge and memberships to add to the effort. Civis Mundi* would help to make their campaigns known to the world; they in turn would provide ideas and encourage their members to adopt the name Civis Mundi*, to wear the terra cotta uniform’ and to be part of the worldwide movement – everyone wins. Accepting the title of civis mundi* or world citizen* simply puts us all into one communication and action network. It takes nothing away from any individual or activist group or NGO

*If that is the final choice

** more or less