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The infinit yes presents

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What is a true government?

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Government represents nothing more than the processes

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that control how decisions are made within a society.

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Today, monarchies and dictatorships are widely recognized as

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socially destructive forms of government,

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because one person being entrusted with total power

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inevitably leads to corruption.

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So people fought for, and won, the right to choose their leaders,

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and not just one leader,

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but bodies of leaders, assemblies of decision makers

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that would, in theory, represent the interests

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of the people who elected them.

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It was a beautiful idea,

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and it was certainly better than any system that it replaced,

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but times continue to change and we are beginning to see more clearly now

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some of the problems with representative democracy.

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But let me backtrack here quickly and talk again about government.

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Think about this for a second:

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While the rules and laws which are set down by our elected officials

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do have major effects on how we live our lives

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the biggest governor on what we do,

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how and when we do it,

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and how we make all of our decisions is - money

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and our access to money.

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When we get right down to the basics,

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our planet's environment, its resources, and how they are distributed

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and maintained is controlled completely by the flow of money.

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If you want to buy something, it depends on how much money you have,

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if you want to go somewhere it depends on how much money you have,

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if you want to do almost anything,

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it depends on how much money you have.

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Truly, today, we are governed not by our elected officials,

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but by our economic class system.

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This type of extreme inequality which is prevalent in the United States

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yet presents itself accross the world

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is completely unsustainable, and not to mention unnatural,

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and by that I mean not in sync with the forces of nature.

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However, like I said before, decisions of elected officials

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can and do have major effects on our lives.

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Unfortunately, like us, our elected officials

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have become governed by money.

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The influence of international banks over the UN

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and all of the world’s most influential governments and decision makers

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is undeniable.

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When we utilize the game of monetary exchange and accumulation

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to manage our resources, by default,

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we put more power into the hands of people with more money.

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In our current system, this has allowed wealthy international bankers

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to gain major influence over our elected representatives

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through campaign contributions and lobbyists,

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and even over the popular opinion of the public,

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through major media control and advertising.

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Many people believe that these things don’t affect them,

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and they are immune,

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but the fact is that everyone is affected, myself included,

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for no one can separate themselves from their environment.

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And we see a lot of advertising.

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Even if we go back to the ideal form of representative democracy,

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behind a bureaucratic facade,

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we really just have the election of hierarchical rotating monarchies.

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The problem with monarchy is that the concentration of decision making power

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into one individual inherently corrupts that person,

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and history has shown that this also seems to apply

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when power is concentrated into groups of people,

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as it is in a representative democracy.

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As well, a voter is always forced to compromise

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when they elect a ‘representative’,

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because of the inherent limitation in choices.

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Be it a two party system or a ten party system,

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the chances of there being a candidate who represents all of your ideas

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are slim to none,

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yet when you vote for them you have to vote for all of their ideas.

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The apathy towards voting, we witness in many people around us,

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shows us that people are feeling the futility of this now almost purely symbolic action.

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When people vote, and see that nothing changes,

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they naturally conclude that there is no purpose in voting.

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To sum up, representative democracy is a system

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in which instead of having one corrupt ruler make our decisions,

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we elect corrupt groups of people to make our decisions.

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And let me quickly make the point,

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that it's not that the public is making the wrong decisions

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in electing corrupt people.

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The problem is that power corrupts.

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And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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I gave him the only thing a poor person has - and that's a vote.

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And I expect the answer,

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If he doesn't do that, then we'll know and we can all grieve

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because America is dead.

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The America that John Adams had dreamed up

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when he said that noble men were just as important as the small men,

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when he said we deserve clean air, we deserve clothes on our back -

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it's gone. And what do we get?

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We get lies, we get commissions, we get meetings, we get hearings

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but for God's sake, Jesus did not hold a commission about the lepers, he went out and helped them.

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We need to implement a system that allows for maximum freedom of action

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in all areas of life.

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Many people today advocate a direct democracy.

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This is one method of electing ideas, rather than leaders.

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The thinking behind direct democracy of course,

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is that the "one man-one vote" paradigm

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provides the maximum amount of freedom and participation for the individual.

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The problem is that while this allows for equal participation,

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it does not allow for maximum participation or freedom for that matter.

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For it also doesn’t always lead to the best conclusions.

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Direct democracy is vulnerable to mob rule,

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and could quickly turn into a tyranny of a majority over the minority.

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There are.... [ringing]

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There are countless other systems of referendum based democracy

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advocated by many different groups,

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but the problem with most of these systems

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but the problem with most of these systems

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is that they still utilize money as their method of resource distribution.

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Even under strict guidelines,

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money presents every person with the goal of wealth accumulation,

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which as I said, incentivizes greedy behaviour,

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and though people may be born with a genetic disposition for greedy behaviours,

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studies have shown that gene expression is largely based on environmental triggers.

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For example, a person who may be born with the genetic markers

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that can produce sociopathy,

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but it would take some kind of precipitate action

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to elicit actual sociopathy in that person.

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That is why throughout history,

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in any form of monetary system, no matter what the controls are,

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some people always find ways to circumvent them, to gain power and dominance

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because that is what the environment encourages.

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That is why money, when utilized, ultimately becomes our true governor.

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In order to maximize freedom, our social construct must take into account.

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Every person, every resource, every park and tree.

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Through a completely holistic resource management system,

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we can align our actions with nature,

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understand and work with it rather than battle against it.

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In this type of system there is no need for money,

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because people are provided for equally and maximally,

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with the only true government on this, being the earth,

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and our current technological capabilities.

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This is called a “Resource Based Economy”,

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because it focuses on the intelligent management of resources.

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Now, you may be asking

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"So, who makes the decisions in this ‘holistic resource management system’?",

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and it’s an important question, because as I’ve been saying,

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making our decisions based on people’s opinions of what’s ‘best’ doesn’t work.

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What’s actually ‘best’ is determined by the only true governors of our actions:

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the sustainability of our planet, its environment, including humans

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and their needs for freedom, dignity, respect, equality, and most importantly,

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the ability to participate in society and in the decision making process, which, again,

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is governed not by opinion, but by holistic, sustainable, egalitarian values,

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coupled with what we, as a species, actually have on our planet

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and are capable of doing, together.

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By removing money as our governor, and replacing it with these attributes,

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we can build a truly sustainable society,

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since people’s actions would no longer be despotic, self-serving,

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profit-oriented and short-sighted, but rather would be aimed at the common good,

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because without having to direct our energies towards working,

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often at completely useless jobs, in order to ‘earn our living’,

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every person would become free to explore new ideas, investigate,

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suggest things, try new things, be creative, see what works best,

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free to study and test their own ideas and the ideas of others

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and of course, vice versa, creating a totally non-centralized system of data gathering.

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Once the data is gathered, volunteers freely associated

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(meaning anyone who wants to participate, can,

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as much or as little as they want, and with whomever they want)

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can collate that data on a global level, finding the best solutions to technical problems

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and disseminating that information freely to everyone.

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How these freely associated people take that data and use it is entirely up to them.

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So this creates a whole new set of worldwide experiments

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upon which more information is gathered, which produces a continuous progress loop.

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In short, this system can be summed up as:

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the election of ideas using the scientific method

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to achieve maximum freedom and sustainability on this planet.

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This is the system proposed and advocated by the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project.

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There are two kinds of people in this world,

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people who got no dreams, people who got dreams and don't do nothing about it

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and people who go out and fulfill their dreams.

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I don't know about you but I'm the third kind.

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So you gonna help me out or not?

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And I want more than anything, my children to know I fought with everything I had,

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every single thing I had, not to lose not one more time.

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Written and Edited by: Aaron Moritz