All right, folks, the SAP campaign begins in earnest today, ironically by offering our best chops to Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the real world Green POTUS candidates. Have just sent the Open Letter below to their campaign and will keep ye posted on their response. Meantime, please review the ideas offered for yourself and imagine the possibilities they present. I sure as hell don't see any other way out of the corporate duopoly trap or our lethal global predicament.
Open Letter to Jill and Cheri re the Necessary Miracle
- Big magic & shadow cabinetry for a Green 2012 win and a post-corporate renaissance
"4 more years of tech-accelerated corporatist business as usual will irreparably cripple our democracy, eviscerate our freedoms and critically wound the biosphere."
I approach you both with great respect and a wild sense of urgency to suggest some new memes that could help you prevail this year - not just in the noble quixotic sense, but as honest-to-god victors in ways that really count. Specifically, we propose a unifying Big viral message, America's first shadow cabinet, and an evolutionary death knell for all monstrous orgs on Earth.
Premises: Known knowns
Despite all thy genial hustings cheer, you are obviously in one agonizing dilemma. You're aware all your work thus far, and in the months to come, is neither likely to dislodge the corporate duopoly nor even usefully impact its lavish Punch & Judy show. Yet you are also fully conscious of tipping points, our velocity of decline, and the fact that megacorps are killing the world so fast we just don't have any more time. So failure not being an option, let us visualize a win.
Admittedly, your odds do seem pretty dim at the moment given the media blackout, the duopoly lockout and the exorbitant firepower the corporate parties wield. As things stand you, Gary Johnson and Roseanne Barr will collectively pick up less than 1% of national political funds, 0% of presidential debate time and 3~5% of the November vote.
This is both clearly realistic and totally unacceptable since 4 more years of tech-accelerated corporatist business as usual will irreparably cripple our democracy, eviscerate our freedoms and critically wound the biosphere.
Besides the Herculean opposition noted above, you face two more tough but soluble problems:
1) the absence of a contagiously revolutionary insight/vision/message to crystallize the angst and outrage of the 99%; and
2) the public’s inability to imagine an outsider surviving let alone governing in the duopoly shark pool of DC.
Holistic Message Massage: Targeting the Big cause
The insight/vision/message shortfall, I will argue, can be remedied quite deftly by appealing to our species’ instinctive fear and loathing of big orgs – huge corporations, bloated governments, oversize hierarchies of any kind. Generations of research and common sense show it is the inhuman scale and cancer-like growth of our "great" organizations – commercial, military, financial, etc. - that cause most eco-social ailments the world suffers from today.