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Legalizing Torture
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"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"


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Non-violent Political Change
Living Without an Enemy
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January, 2008
7, Number 1

This Month's Article

Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future

Ideologies may be useful in viewing solutions to problems from various viewpoints, but in the future they must not be obstacles to taking necessary action. In fact, the labels “conservative” and “liberal,” “religious" and "secular,” will have to be subordinate to the labels “effective,” “sustainable,” and “fair.” As needs change, values change. As political consciousness evolves, arguments over philosophy become less important factors than pragmatic programs of effective, concrete actions.

Politics of the future will have to be about problem solving. Regardless of political party or political philosophy, the problems of society, international relations and the environment have produced an imperative agenda that must be addressed. People will want political leaders that present solutions to problems that are equitable and feasible. The ability to build consensus and get things done will be far more compelling than ideology in choosing future leaders.

Imagine big corporations like DuPont, Nike, and WalMart giving us a glimpse of future leadership with new corporate titles like “Chief Sustainability Officer,” or “Vice President of Corporate Responsibility.”[1] While driven by incentives for profits and improved public image, they have at least gotten the message that many consumers want leaders to take action to improve people’s lives. (And, surprise, they are also making more money in the process!) People expect those with the biggest impact and influence to take the lead in solving global problems.

Individuals also consider personal profit in their lives. This profit is characterized by attaining the means for life, liberty, health and happiness. When politicians do not help attain these goals of government, but also endanger them, they are not fulfilling their responsibilities nor do they merit public trust. The state of the world is evidence that political ideologies and politico-religious doctrines have failed to improve life and have rather put life at risk.

Success is a major criteria for survival on our planet. Facing a world where survival is at risk indicates human failure. Enlightened thinkers have always taught that doing good leads to a successful life on a personal and social level. This is not only a religious concept, but “you reap what you sow,” also applies to science, economics, and interpersonal and environmental relationships. It is the basic law of cause and effect. That law is not based on political ideologies; it is based on the law of action and reaction.

While corporations are just waking up to the environmental and social imperatives presented by current problems, idealistic, non-profit organizations are active at present, and have been so for many years. In every country they are trying to ease human suffering, provide help in places of crisis, and give hope where kindness and support are absent. Each one is dedicated to meeting a special human or environmental need. Their activism is a model of what future politics ought to be — it is the politics of working for the common good. [2]

Future politics must be based on “doing good” with no ideological overtones or other self-serving doctrines. People must choose leaders based on solutions that benefit the common good. It is very simple to judge policies strictly by their results: Do they lead to actions that improve life or not? Do they lead to increased good in the world or not? Do they promote survival for all species or not?

To improve the world situation it is essential that a new foundation be established for politics in the future. Nations (and multi-national corporations) must contribute to a political culture that considers the global good — one that is effective in solving the human, environmental, and economic problems in sustainable ways. At the same time it must be guided by all the international conventions that guarantee and protect human rights, individual freedoms, and environmental health.

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[1] Sierra Club Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008, "Keep Your Eye on the Globe — The new world of corporate environmental officers


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[2] View links to organizations that serve humanity and the planet.

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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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