Disclaimer: This article contains blatant and severe #overgeneralizationsbydavid
Most of the debate from all sides of the political spectrum and about the legal system is still from a colonized mentality.
|The common question||The underlying assumption.|
|How tough should we be on border regulations?||giving power to imaginary lines we’ve drawn based on exploits of war and commerce|
|How should we punish people who break “the law”?||giving power to man’s law (and rich man’s law) not the laws of the natural world|
|How is our economy doing?||profit is a good thing regardless of how it’s obtained|
|Who owns property?||that humans can “own” pieces of the natural world|
Some of these questions that we ask in political arena, such as ones regarding social services such as healthcare are good ones, as we live in civilization, and these policy decisions affect our lives. However I don’t think we’ll come to any good answers or find more than remedies for things we fucked up when we ask the wrong questions and making toxic assumptions about what is good, what is real, and what is freedom.
Little do I hear of true freedom to live, die, and be in connection to the natural world as a policy point or as a legal possibility. There is a lot of rhetoric about freedom but to me, freedom is autonomy, freedom is supporting others in their autonomy, freedom is choice to live one’s life as we see fit, so long as it doesn’t harm others and freedom is protecting clean water, clean air, and clean soil that we all need to survive on this planet. Anything else is insanity!
I heard that the Democratic Party is coming up with a “Third Way” to keep the establishment in power while making progressives “feel heard”…
How about the “Third Way” of listening to indigenous elders who speak of a completely different way of life and mentality, and shed light on the insanity of modern-day civilization? I heard a call somewhere for fielding an indigenous elder candidate for the President of the United States…let’s elect a wise grandma for once, not some toxic maschismo fascist or power-hungry, bank-pocketed neoliberal.
We should read stories of the accounts of the horrors of slavery from the beginning of the Atlantic Slave Trade all the way to modern day slavery in the form of mass incarceration, sweat shop labor, and child labor for the smartphones we read our news stories on.
If we keep asking the same questions and narrowing the scope of what’s acceptable debate to Red/Blue, Left/Right, and Capitalism/Communism/Socialism we will continue to be fucked and destroy the planet we live on, and continue to erode our freedoms and connection to the rest of the natural world. That is all.