This is a revision of an older title, “Presidential Webinar.” It includes those questions that I would hope the growing global cooperative sector, including food cooperative justice advocates and Permaculture Designers, would expect our state and national candidates for office to be capable of answering with some level of integrity and basic comprehension:
Moderator: Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the first on-line webinar Presidential Debate, sponsored by our good friends at http://www.ebay.com, the people who know all about selling your stuff to the highest bidder.
Tonight you may submit your questions via email or text as early as possible, if you have not already done so. These are currently being collated for redundancy of interest, and combined into the most frequently co-arising issues emerging from real-time on-line participants.
Our candidates tonight are Senator Bland, the Business-As-Usual Party’s nominee and Senator Farmer, nominated by the new Polyculture Party, restructured from what was the Democratic Party, with the motto, “We sync polyculture with party.”
Our first question is forming right now through our bicamerally networked uracil/cytosine bionic mainframe (0)-centric “placeholder” in-formation system, designed by our good friends at http://www.apple.com, “If you seek binomially, bilaterally, bicamerally balanced intelligence, have you looked inside a symmetrically regenerative apple?”
This first question will go to Senator Bland, and then to Senator Farmer.
The current status of our crowd-sourced question is:
“Senators, you have presented yourselves as candidates for future professional public service, to include CEO responsibilities for our nation’s economic investments and disinvestments to secure the future well-being of our children, and their children and grandchildren. We are asking not only for our biological children but also our biological cousins, all DNA and even RNA-fueled living systems are part of our extended family tree expecting your wisest, highest and best investment for our interdependent health, well-being, happiness, contentment, and social security, assurance, and insurance.”
“What percentage of your own personal investments lies within our cooperatively structured ownership, responsibility, and authority locally based, eco-justice businesses, industries, residences, nourishing the emerging cooperative vocational employment sector; and how much is invested in competitive Win-Lose financial suboptimizing outcome assumptions, with their concomitant tendency to produce inordinate toxic byproducts, including uncooperative working and discernment and empowerment environments for underpaid and undervalued workers, dispossessed with less consideration than might be expected for any other form of abortion of life’s rich potential? We ask about your own integrity of practice because many of us feel that our national political culture assumes we are an over-populated herd of cattle on our way to inevitable slaughter, once we have eaten up our commodified and domesticated value, especially with violently competitive busyness of post-industrial era Lose-Lose corporate decisions to invest our kids, progeny, our futures and commodities, our goods and bads and services and diservices, in bullying and killing each other, along with any other species that happens to explode as collateral damage.”
Senator Bland? Where are you invested local-cooperatively v. competitively. It sounds like “cooperative” is being defined as defaulting to a Win-Win “both-and” logistical stream, rather than a Win-Lose, “either-or” assumption, with an investment priority option favoring geographical proximity.
Senator Bland: I’m so glad for this question. As you know, my family has been invested in public service since before God was born. I actually came out of my Momma’s chute, a Cuban refugee, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in four-part English-only harmony. So, I am 100% invested in USA economic growth.
As for personal investments, as you know, those have all been turned over to a blind trust so I have no idea who is killing or beating whom or what or why with my money, but I am sure that disinvestments of that sort follow the bottom line: if you have to lose, lose next year, and certainly not during the present quarter, and not on my watch.
After all, I could hardly be here representing the Business-As-Usual Party if I thought my investments were following some alternative, suspiciously socialistic, economic agenda.
Moderator: Thank you, Senator Bland, for that uncharacteristically succinct, and somewhat on-topic response, however uninformative and benighted it might have been. Senator Farmer, cooperative v. competitive proportional comparison of your personal financial investment experience is our active, actual, real-time question for you.
Senator Farmer: I’m an organic farmer. My farm is part of a cooperative network growing, cooking, preserving, weaving, recycling, networking, investing in, and employing, a wide variety of people, food, fiber and other natural re-construction products and services.
When I have more income than needed to reinvest in farming co-operations, I put it in a self-directed IRA, administered by a local cooperative Credit Union, loaning no-interest money for other worker-owned businesses, resident-owned housing development, and cooperative networking services.
All my insurance investments go to a local cooperative self-insurance fund, including property, life, and health insurance. Here also, any money our collective social insurance fund doesn’t need to pay claims, worker-co-owner staff, and other operating expenses, is invested through the cooperative no-interest Credit Union.
My utility bill payments all support cooperatively owned and managed group purchasing guilds fueled by renewable energy sources.
If you are not yet a member of the Polyculture Party, you might not realize that, like all polycultural communities and guilds, our natural business-as-usual practice is Win-Win cooperative. This is an organically essential attribute of regenerative capacity to sustain the positive evolution of interdependent life.
When the power of competitive self-marketing exceeds the monocuture’s Business As Usual tolerance levels for failure to thrive, inclusive diversity, so some survivalist-mode, overcrowded people and other species begin to wilt and fade, then we are living within a fading polycultural environment, on its way toward becoming a formerly over-populated, passive-aggressive, sometimes rabidly expressed, polarized and cannibalistic-suicidal monoculture (sometimes referred to as “Business As Usual”).
Moderator: Thank you Senator Farmer for your cooperation with our time constraints, and sticking with the issue at hand. (Very refreshing and organic indeed!)
Now for a second question:
“Every four years we endure this passion-play liturgy called the “Presidential Election”, but the drop in political effectiveness return seems to negatively correlate with the alarming rate of our skyrocketing collective campaign investment dollars. This is the worst of two worlds, run-away political depression with run-away economic inflation.”
“Why should we continue investing in this system, or would you support political system reform that might reverse this trend? If so, what would you change and why?”
This time Senator Farmer, you are first responder. Is it time for system reform to recover cooperaive political and economic balance, or do you see some hope in staying the course?
Senator Farmer: No, “staying the course” is the other Party.
The Polyculture Cooperative Party emerged at this time because of a revolutionary consensus that now is the time to re-organize our political and economic structures in a more ecologically balanced way.
In nature, there are forms of cooperative governance systems that include (1) some element of challenge thresholds, (2) these are endosymbiotically regulated; (3) we do not find predominate competition within a healthy organism; (4) we call these tumors and cancers and blight of over-commodified monocultures, with lack of healthy co-relationships, “fat deposits”. These are monopolistic power systems in the process of failing as Left-brain dominant systems.
So, what do we suggest? A number of ideas are on the table. perhaps the most important consensus is that we need to increase the accessibility and diversity of our listening and public discernment capacity at a more multiculturally inclusive table–perhaps by removing the word “debate” from public discourse. We need more pubic forums for discernment, not debate. Debate already buys into Win-Lose outcomes. Discernment retains faith in polycultural Win-Win resolutions and resonance. Evolution is a discernment process, not a ‘winner takes all” debate.
Fear-mongering, creating and reinforcing a culture of unreasonable doubt about our co-parasitic Golden Rule, steps into the long-term disintegration of debate, a polemic of rhetoric that continues to lose our future to a monopolistically trending and anthropocentric elite. Continuing this debate as something less than an opportunity for mutual listening and absorption of shared ecological healthy values and nutrients is to concede defeat of a polycultural platform.
Continuing with the Business-As-Usual Platform results in a pyric victory, at best. We have created an over-commodified identification of power with value, resulting in a Goliath Culture that is not so secretly in love with the more co-redemptive and cooperative, more flexible and purposeful, more lovely and graceful Beloved Community. Polyculturing Co-Operatives are a natural revolutionary response to Business-As-Usual Debaters and Haters and Gamers, overly invested in Win-Lose assumptions.
Moderator: Well, you are out of time, so let’s quickly turn to Senator Bland’s response.
Senator Bland: Well, if you are expecting me to huff and puff until I blow your platform down, I guess maybe that’s kinda right.
I tire of wishy-washy weakness and “can’t we all just get along” non-violent diversity mongering. I applaud the Polyculturists’ love of peace but not at the cost of absorbing an injustice for those who enjoy and benefit from Business As Usual. While this may seem difficult for the Senator from Organic America to appreciate, Business As Usuals are people with dignity and rights to own and live with freedom and fairness to the status quo of history as it inevitably stands today.
It’s not colorful enough, but we are who we have become by growing mountains of wealth and power deposits, not by flowing to the lowest common denominator like water.
Moderator: OK, well then, we have time for each of you to wrap up with final thoughts. Perhaps that’s what you just said, Senator Bland, but now is your moment; if you have anything to add.
Senator Bland: Perhaps my opponent and I agree that Business As Usual is rooted in a scientific and cultural view of evolution, progress, purpose and meaning carved out of nature’s survival of the fittest, strongest, richest, most powerful, most mendaciously clever and calculating. We do not claim to be the Messiah, and if you want to vote for those who would save you from yourselves, then you do not want to vote for me.
I hope you believe, as I do, that our best operational strategy is to optimize our strengths, even if these are not yours because they have been purchased by others before you, to fulfill our full-powered human potential as a society, rather than cater to the parasitic weaknesses of others. Evolution teaches that parasitic others’ gain could become the current Host’s loss. We believe in continuing to protect and defend a strong American hosted economy of freedom and liberty for all, relativistically speaking, of course. Those who are poor in political freedom and economic liberty to compete with level-cooperative-field access will always be with those of us residing in more momentous and substantial terrain.
Thank you very much for hosting this important forum for our future continued strength. God Bless America!
Finally, in case anyone doubts my commitment to the future of your kids,
“I pledge allegiance to the U.S. of America flag, and to the holy Republic for which it stands (desite our so-called “fat deposits.” One Nation, God’s liberty and justice for all.”
Moderator: Thank you, Senator Bland for that opportunity to stretch my legs and notice that you left out an important word. Senator Farmer, you have the last word.
Senator Farmer: I guess the Senator didn’t finish his Darwin.
From my soon-to-be-released systematic teleological book, “Incubating Permacultured Seeds and Political-Economic Embryos”:
While endosymbiotic evolution,
indigenous to any one species,
can devolve to survival of the fittest,
this is most likely in these times
of ecosystemic crisis,
especially problems of monocultural over-population,
resulting in PreTraumaticStress Disorder,
an emotional response to cognitively dissonant
chronic cultural stimuli,
high anxiety plus high dissonance populations
suboptimize their regenerative health
through Win-Lose assumptions
and strategies of more competitive logistics
than co-operative logic.
exogenous to any one species or tribe
supports thrival of the most interdependently balanced,
between organically individuated systems.
Ectosymbiotic and endosymbiotic evolution
are both symbiotic,
but ecto tends to have more revolutionary
and transcendently polycultural regenesis trends.
Symbiosis is synergetics,
Positive Systemic Development,
co-operative and co-arising,
negatively correlated (dipolar) with,
dissonance and stress,
competitive over health-wealth issues,
rather than default-co-operative
integrity of synergetic symbiosis.
This is Darwin’s
Cooperative Beloved Community understory,
a nation’s or religion’s
or any enculturing system’s
exquisite design of co-arising relationship,
proportional balance co-communication
within and between RNA/DNA-syntax,
speaking in voices of time’s seasonal-reasonal
folding and unfolding;
an understory somehow omitted
by Business As Usual cultural narratives,
rather than story-tellers
of Darwin’s deep ecology.
Yet, what we too often miss in Darwin’s notes
are also logical assumptions common to two mathematicians,
Buckminster Fuller and Charles Eisenstein,
prime dissonant double-binding temporal-boundary
between competing dominant cultural economies (proton v negelectron)
is where we choose to draw our line
of neutronic co-gravitational balance,
around us-inside v. “them”outside.
If “us” is only
non-marginalized human success stories
within our nation’s
geometric spacetime boundaries,
then Business As Usual Universalists
intend to defend
yet overly commodified,
monolithic and monochromatic monoculture,
until this system negentropically wilts
for lack of fuel, nutrients, health
clean air and water
into confluent absence
(relative, yet still co-gravitationally bilaterally timelessly relational)
of 4-dimensional primal-neural spacetime.
are also “us,”
if “us” includes all mutually-parasitic eco-subsidiary forms
of RNA/DNA regenerative and organic intelligence,
then we are co-mentoring refuge,
already a Polycultural Party
seeking a more inclusive
cooperative self-governance economy
refugees and refuge-providing interdependent parasites
call ourselves “Beloved Community”
and/or Polyculturally Climax Optimization
and Health-Sustenance Symbiotic Guilds,
with nondual co-arising
co-gravitational bicameral landscape design
and metaphysics of health development,
EarthTribal beautiful relationships,
proportional barter transactionalists
and cooperative network developers,
Thank you for this opportunity to hear these two helpful questions, which included some interesting commentary and trend analysis as well.
I will close with this post-millennial adaptation of a sonnet by Laotse entitled “Rulers,” or “Governors.”
“Of the best governance
The polyculturally governed can only have enduring faith that this evolutionary system actually emerges co-arising positive oucomes;
The second best anthrocentric polyculturally governing-mentors they love and praise as wise to value regenerative well-being above all else;
The powerful monopolistic tyrants they fear and revolt against;
And the weakest lack of self-governing integrity they revile and do their best to continue laughing at such blatant hypocrisy.
When governing systems do not command the governed’s faith,
Some permaculturists will merely lose faith
And then later join those in critical revolt!
But, of the polyculturally cooperative best, when their permacultural design and development task is climaxed,
their work is done for years to come,
The cooperatively self-governed congratulate themselves, “We have done it our polycultural selves.”