On The Possibility Of Political Revolution

It’s been almost four years since my last blog.  There were a number of reasons for this:  The Occupy movement left me feeling disenfranchised, disheartened and disgusted with people’s inability to work together.  I ended up coming down with a very bad case of protest fatigue.  So I chose to take a big step back and focus on my music and simply watch the world’s events unfold, hoping that the day might come again that I might be involved in another movement to dismantle capitalism and create the sustainable, free, equal and peaceful civilization that so many of us yearn for.

And then along comes Bernie Sanders.

Of course he’s been there all along railing against plutocracy and speaking truth to power.  But now after eight years of political gridlock and virtual inaction concerning climate change, it appears that there are A LOT of people who have had enough.  Sen. Sanders is giving voice to those frustrations and his message is resonating with the millennials and the silent generation (the parents of the boomers, not to mention the boomers themselves that have held onto the their hippy tendencies) much more than I actually thought it could.

When I heard that Sen. Sanders had decided to run for president running as a democrat, I was thoroughly disappointed.  The democrats have done nothing but go along with the corporate herd and have done absolutely nothing to curb the power of money in politics. At first I thought Sen. Sanders choosing to run with them was a gravely miscalculated error.  But I soon changed my mind because the two party system that we find ourselves constrained by is more powerful than any one candidate.  So as I reflected on his choice I found some peace with it.  He’s already being marginalized by the media running as a democrat so imagine how much he would get ignored if he tried to run as an independent or a Green or Socialist.  So far he is running a very nimble campaign and his crowds are dwarfing every other candidate’s.

So it’s safe to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that there appears to be the possibility of a legitimate political revolution in the comings years.  Of course, that is completely and totally up to We, The People and how much work we want to do to see some meaningful change.  The word “revolution” gets tossed around so frequently these days that I’m often concerned that it is at risk of losing its meaning.  Everything from tech companies to tennis shoes make the claim that their new product will be revolutionary.  Good for them, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the political revolution which is more accurately described as a non-violent moral evolution.  I’ll go into more specifics about what I mean by this in later blogs.  For now, I’ll attempt to describe the potential revolution that Sen. Sanders is talking about and how such a revolution is crucially necessary this coming election season.

It is a waste of time to articulate all the reasons that this revolution is needed.  One must only open their eyes to the ongoing environmental destruction and political corruption that allows it to continue.  It’s also emotionally exhausting to dwell on those issues so I prefer to look ahead and suggest alternatives.  Sen. Sanders speaks powerfully about these grievances and I agree with him one hundred percent.

First things first:  We, The People need to elect Sen. Sanders to our highest national office.  However, there will be no shortage of obstacles to making happen.  The prevailing opinion of the Democratic National Committee is that Hillary Clinton should be the democrat’s nominee.  At this writing Bernie is trailing Hillary by anywhere from seven to thirty five points according to different Iowa polls.  Hillary’s lead has shrunk from fifty points and Bernie’s numbers are only going up as his name recognition improves.  Polls are one thing but the issues are where Bernie’s true strength is.  Unfortunately Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (chair of the DNC and former Clinton campaign manager) has arranged for only six debates for the democratic contenders.  Compare this with the twenty six debates that were held in 2007-08 race.  The logic here is that Hillary Clinton simply needs to keep her mouth shut to become the democrat’s nominee since she is already considered the front-runner by many of the powers-that-be.  So for Bernie to have a fighting shot he needs to have every opportunity possible to confront Hillary on the issues.  Rest assured their positions on the issues couldn’t be more different and it’s my opinion that Bernie finds the moral high ground on nearly all of them.

Thankfully Bernie has a whole lot of activists supporting him.  There is already pressure being applied to the DNC to persuade them to schedule more debates.  You can help keep the pressure on by calling their office and demanding an openly democratic primary process that includes at least 15 robust debates on the issues:  202-863-8000 (leave as many messages as you want!).  Failure to get Sen. Sanders the exposure he deserves will be a major setback but not defeat by any stretch of the imagination.  In addition to calling the DNC you can also take the #BernieOrBust pledge:  https://citizensagainstplutocracy.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/bernie-or-bust-pledge-is-the-miracle-senator-sanders-needs-to-secure-party-nomination/

Participating in this pledge means that you’ll hold the DNC accountable if Hillary is nominated and you would promise to write in Bernie Sanders name on the ballot.  We all know that nothing in politics happens without the right amount of pressure.

Sen. Sanders is actually trying to rise above politics as usual and so he has decided to run his campaign without a super-pac.  He’s raising money from small individual donors and the last I checked he was at something like $12 million donated by 400,000 small donors.  This gets at the issue of Citizens United and the threat it is to democracy.  This Supreme Court ruling, along with the other horrendous ruling of corporate personhood has allowed the political campaign process to become completely meaningless unless you are a member of the billionaire class who can put millions of dollars behind your politician of choice.  If voters weren’t already feeling disenfranchised by the political process then it was Citizens United that has put them over the edge.

Meanwhile the corporate banks and fossil fuel lobbyists have the Republicans bought and paid for.  Unfortunately they also have Hillary Clinton in their pocket.  Sen. Sanders is refusing to take their money.

Thankfully, this system of “legalized bribery” has been sufficiently exposed and there appears to be a significant amount of will to fight it.  If this political revolution is the real deal then the Supreme Court justices should either evolve and overturn Citizens United or they should be rebuffed and resign so that the people can have a Supreme Court that makes decisions in the best interest of the people not the corporations.

As good as a fair and equal electoral process will be, it is only scratching the surface of what a real political revolution would entail.  It should go without saying that a democracy must be participatory.  However, America has a long history of denying a variety of groups the right to vote.  This is unfortunately still the case with many black and brown Americans.  One of the most important steps we can all take in the months leading up to the primaries is making sure voters are registered and unhindered at the polls.  It’s my hope that the Black Lives Matter movement will make this one of their main priorities.  The robustness and enthusiasm of their voices must be heard and lifted up.

Between the primary debates, Citizens United, and voter enfranchisement there are three powerful tools to begin taking back our democracy from the corporate plutocracy.  These three issues are limited to the political realm and therefore can only get us so far.

A real revolution will entail vast noncooperation and boycotts to hold these corporate overlords accountable and to foment meaningful change.  We can start with the boycotting of the following corporations as they are the worst offenders concerning tax dodging.  In fact these ten corporations have not only been avoiding paying their taxes, they have actually been the recipients of massive corporate welfare thanks to our current “pay to play” system:

  1. General Electric
  2. Boeing
  3. Verizon
  4. Bank Of America
  5. Citigroup
  6. Pfizer
  7. Fed Ex
  8. Honeywell
  9. Merck
  10. Corning

I’ll provide more specific strategies as to how to most effectively raise awareness and simultaneously resist the behavior of corporate culture in later blogs.

Make no mistake about it, all of this is a lot to chew.  And it will take massive coordination to successfully transform these corporate cultures.  It is not like we’re trying to topple a lone dictator, but instead demanding real change from household brand names that individuals might still be quite attracted and attached to.  The American people have been successfully conditioned to trust and support these corporations and implicitly this perverse system which has allowed them to flourish.  But, thankfully, the dissatisfaction with the status quo is becoming more vocal and passionate about transformation.  If the appropriate amount of non-violent pressure is applied at the right time then I believe that we can bring about a profound evolution of business and cultural practices.

While a non-violent revolution will take innumerable hours of work on the street, I believe it will be even more important to hold and maintain a revolutionary headspace.  psychically, emotionally, and spiritually we all need to be meditating and praying for the consciousness of humanity to transcend its baser instincts.  A strong spiritual presence amongst the most active participants will serve to bolster morale, spark creative thinking, and negate the plutocracy’s psychic hold on the minds and hearts of the people.  Of course, for as much as we are able to create and hold a strong spiritual place for the people to embrace; the flip side of that coin is that we must be actively welcoming the plutocrats back into the fold.  They have isolated themselves with their wealth for so long now that I’m concerned that they have lost all semblance of what “equality” is supposed to mean.  At the same time so many of us are outraged at the plutocrats behavior:  Corruption, scams, entitled thinking, environmental abuses…the list goes on.  However, a non-violent revolution must allow for forgiveness of the plutocrats in tandem with a transformation of their worldview.


Politics and religion being two of my favorite topics of conversation, I’m compelled to comment on the Republican National Convention. Since I’ve decided not to vote once again, i won’t have much of say in the electoral process, other than the “say” that I have on the streets, at parties, during performances, and here on the worlde wilde webb…

First, a joke – stop me if you’ve heard it:  A conservative, a moderate, and a liberal walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “Good evening Mr. Romney.”

So, I do have an opinion and some unique speculative insights.  At this point in time it appears that the polls have Romney and Obama as neck and neck.  In fact some of the stuff I see online has Romney ahead by a couple points.  THIS concerns me because I don’t think he really has America’s best interests at heart.  His background with Bain Capital and his intense interest in privatization and his “corporations are people” comment are downright terrifying when I consider the condition of our environment.  Further land exploitation and destruction must stop.  A prime indicator for me is the Keystone Pipeline which Obama has thus far not allowed to be built.  I believe his decision on this matter to be the final test of Obama’s ability to govern with a sound mind and heart.  If he is re-elected then my main issue for him is whether or not he decides against the continued construction of that.  It is a disaster of an idea.

However, my suspicion is that Romney, if elected, would give Keystone the green light without second thought.  If there is some sort of supposed “eco-apocalypse ” down the pipeline; then I’m pretty sure that Keystone would ignite it.

In my inspection of Romney (which is by no means thorough) I haven’t heard him say anything meaningful about the environment.  While he might never say it to the media, I imagine that he probably subscribes to the “drill baby drill” ethos.  I’m hoping that Obama will give the topic some play during his speech with the Democratic National Convention.  The ONE thing that really matters is the treatment of our landbase.  It is the economy.  How many people really consider the economic crisis as interconnected  with our continued ecological pollution?  I pray that we’ll realize that drilling and burning fossil fuels is simply no good.   And I’m confident that when we return to nature, our recession or depression, or whatever it is that people are so compelled to talk about on the media, will be resolved.  But until then – humanity has a lot of waking up to do.

But before the full awakening happens, we will probably have a fair amount of austerity to go through as a country.  If Romney is elected  I’m speculating that the levels of austerity would be more severe and probably happen more swiftly than with Obama.  However, our taxes (if you’re really compelled to pay them) will in all likelihood go up with either candidate – the debt is simply too massive.  Likewise, I imagine that the bulk of their foreign policy decisions would probably be handled similarly.  I still like Ron Paul’s foreign policy the best.  But please don’t call me a RonPauler – cause I’m not.  Though I do have a lot of appreciation for the Tea Party and their revolutionary zeal.  As I keep insisting:  This stuff shouldn’t be about left/right.  I’d like it to be something more like slideways…a fair amount of compromise needs to take place.

I’ve decided to take a fairly extreme stance in my life as I’ve continued to maintain the philosophical position to not believe in money.  Of course  I use it everyday, and am at peace with the hypocrisy and see it more as political theatre than anything else.  What can I say other than I value my sense of humour?  However, I do mean what I say and say what I mean and I would prefer to live in a world without money.  Money at this point is still a necessary evil.  The system is too dependent on it.  People are too addicted to it.  I realize that many readers would find this ridiculous and quite possibly insane.  And by much of society’s standards you might be right.  It is true that I don’t occupy a position of most people’s cultural norms.  But I don’t have a problem doing that since I’m compelled to follow my conscience and be true to my own beliefs about the world.  And if pepole claim to value diversity and freedom of speech than they need to allow me to say what I need to say.  Money is a game, a fiction, a tool of manipulation – and to call it anything else is putting too much weight on its value.   Being true to myself requires that I speak my mind and so I will.   I’ll grant you the same right.   Besides, you don’t have to believe me.   Just I like I don’t have to believe in your money.

So, since I’ve taken an extremist perspective on money – I think a reasonable compromise with the majority of our culture would be to completely eliminate money from our politics.  Some people insist that this might lead to a form of some kind of anarcho-capitalism, but I reject all forms of capitalism.   And while I’m not comfortable with the libertarian label, I also have a thick enough skin to not really care what you call me.   All I know is that the money has become corrupted.  Believing in it won’t develop any meaningful trust so we need something to happen for the public trust to be restored.   True transparency is a great start.  However this would probably mean an unprecedented loss of privacy.  I’m comfortable with this since I don’t have anything to hide – but I realize that not many people are comfortable with a total airing of their dirty laundry.  But I have to ask – what are you so afraid of?  The truth sets us free – so transparency would be a step towards real freedom.  This is a value of mine so I continue to pursue it.  Neither Romney nor Obama can give us freedom.  We all already have it, we just need to start acting with the responsibility necessary to make it more than empty rhetoric.  Because as long as we’re slaves to the money and to the machine we’ll never have a system in which the most profound kind of freedom can occur.

But that’s a long, musical, road that I’m going to walk and that I hope others might keep walking too.  I know some occupiers are definitely already there.   Cheers and blessings to all those that will be having some sort of occupy reunion on Sept 17th.   I beg you to keep it sane and peaceful.



An American Harmony

This is a documentary that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the future of this country.

In case you, dear reader, had any doubts – I should make it explicit that I believe in transcending left/right divides. I believe that it is a false paradigm that we are forced to live in and that all people should be free to expose the lies of partisanship.

This being an election year, I’m really quite interested in the next steps of us government policy. I think obamacare at this point is a wonderful possibility but I have some pretty serious questions about how it will work for me personally. I’ll be sure write about that in a future post about the government and technology.

As a confessing christian anarchist, I’m not compelled to formally vote in this election once again. I’m committing myself to cheering on the best man (who is obama, but not by much) but I simply can’t formally encourage them by voting. But if you are a voter, then I hope you’ll vote out every single one of the incumbents. That includes obama. Though if Romney is actually elected then my suspicion is that the revolutionary atmosphere that the tea party and occupy movements have begun will get significantly amplified.

It is no secret that Washington and the federal government is broken and unable to effectively help the people that need it most. It is also no secret that the biggest problem with our so-called “leaders” is the money. The government has become increasingly corrupted by the money and there needs to be a re-examination of some meaningful values before there can be any sort of legitimate government (if that’s even something that we want anymore… not for me, thanks).

However, it doesn’t need to be that way. There is a high road to take. There is a correct, and right, and just thing to be done. Our politicians can still do it if they could only learn to compromise. And in order to see that thing done, I have an humble suggestion to make to them: Congress should sing together. They should harmonize and revel in the beautiful moments that sweet harmonies can make. They should sing together and do it with more heart than than any speech they’ve ever given. And I’m not just talking about the national anthem or some other patriotic nonsense – I’m talking about a wide breadth of music from folk to metal to arias to spirituals and everywhere in-between. If congress began every daily session with 15 minutes of singing then they might actually be clear headed enough to compromise.

At this point, there is nothing but noise from Washington – noise which is unhelpfully amplified by the mainstream media.

While I believe that noise has its place in society (of which politics should be a mirror), I also believe that singing together, especially in harmony, always has a stronger effect on creating social bonds. Making noise together is always fun and we can learn a lot from the noise created. But music will always be more powerful.

Concerning the music, I’ve sworn the hippocratic oath: Do no harm. Truly, music is probably the least harmful thing that anybody can do to themselves at any point in life. So what do the members of congress have to lose? While they probably deserve to lose their position of power, I’m pretty sure that singing together would at least let them go out with a smile.


Apologies for not writing in such a long time. My life has been quite productive in the musical realm so I’ve not been paying as close attention to my writing nor the revolution. But it is certainly still happening.

I’m increasingly disconcerted. The Aurora shooting and now the Oak Creek shooting compounded by a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond and a mosque arson in Missouri are all further indicators that the social fabric is rapidly unraveling.

But can you blame these people for snapping and committing unspeakable acts of violence? The future looks bleak with the continued drought and the possibility of an impending food crisis. Meanwhile there is no real justice for the wall street bankers that have destroyed our economy. And the upcoming election is nothing but more meaningless political theatre. And so I imagine that more and more people will be going on the “offense” in our culture.

One person’s sense of offense will most certainly be quite offensive to another person. And so being on the offense is contradictory to the golden rule. But we are in a culture war… and information war. There is simply too much at stake to start killing each other.

And yet what is offense? Our amerikan media has so successfully desensitized the masses of our public that I’m concerned that people will feel the need to perform increasingly destructive actions in order to feel like they have a voice or any sense of power in our society.

To assume that we can turn this country around is naive. In all likelihood we’ll simply see martial law declared by the federal government. This is an affront to my sensitivities of freedom and so I won’t let it stand. The only reasonable thing to do is to start trusting people. There is too little faith in this country. And for those that do have some sense of faith, they are unfortunately compelled to split hairs about abortion and gay rights rather than talk realistically about the social problems of amerika.

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, I’m compelled to state that I might be going on the offense soon myself. I remain nonviolent and so my offense will take the form of more blogging and more time invested in my music and political activism. Oakland has no shortage of outlets for this. And I’m quite interested in how aggressive I can make my music, since I know that until this point it has been extremely non-threatening. I feel this to be a strength since I don’t want to scare or threaten anybody. But at the same time, no one really pays attention to weak sauce music.

Centrism and Privilege

I apologize for a month of not writing. When I started this blog I told myself that I would write something – anything! every day until I started seeing some of the meaningful change that I thought this country and needed. I’ve drastically failed at the goal, but I’m glad that at least “something” is happening here. Even if that “here” is only Oakland. It’s fun to be part of a van guard town. As St. Simon said: “Let the avant gaurde be the van guard.” Or something like that.

I don’t take much philosophy seriously. And I’m skeptical of people who do. Philosophy is like music to me – it is meant to be something played and experimented with. To adhere to a rigid and static philosophy or ideology is tantamount to death. I think that most amerikans suspect that this is true and this is also why congress’s approval rating is around 13.8%.

Speaking of percentages: I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – the “99%” rhetoric is a lie. It’s a bell curve – there are the 1% elite banksters that hold financial power over this country, and then there are the 1% elite occupiers that are trying to spark a social movement to restore balance to a woefully unequal world.

Anyway, both of these 1%ers have a lot of privilege left to confront. One of the frequent critiques of the occupy movement is that it’s a bunch of bourgeois white kids that are fed up with all the cultural bullshit. So they started applying their technological skills to effecting real change. That might be true, but it’s a limited perspective on most occupiers. There are many, at least here in Oakland, people of color involved. My own whiteness sometimes feels like a drag on people – but I am who I am and I can only try to be someone more like I think the world needs.

And I think that this country needs a fair amount of anarchy. It might not need to last for long, but I think that everyone should start refusing to cooperate with the governmental system as it stands. But that’s just my perspective. And I’m quite conscious of the fact that I am on one of the 1% sides.

But centrism is where true democracy can function. And so I’m glad to see Mitt Romney pulling the Republicans into the realm of the “further left.” To be fair, Obama is already on the “further right” side of the Democrat party. And to be clear, the difference between Demoncrat and Repubicrap is zilch. The problem is that both parties are in the financial pockets of the 1%.

But maybe people are okay with being slaves…

As an artist and a person who finds joy in self-expression; I have to maintain my freedom. As illusory and perhaps insane a concept, freedom is the thing that keeps me going. But the only way for us to have a truly free society is if it is also equal.

As a person of “privilege” (as much as I hate to admit it), I’m desperately hoping that all people of “privilege” can revolt against such a mentality. It’s a selfish, greedy, and downright evil mentality. It’s the mentality of domination and entitlement.

I think it’s preferable to shun the concept of ownership and to refuse to believe in money. “Ownership” seems like a foolish and greedy thing in the first place. And money has become corrupt and un-trust-worthy.

But the good news is that amerika is moving more towards the center again. People are unifying in their detest of the two separate 1%ers.

Of course, I believe that the only honest way to live is to see humanity as the 100%. This might actually even be too much of an anthropocentric perspective. Why not call it the 100% universe? Yeah, I can live with that.

Forget the Feds. Think Global, Act Hillbilly.

If the revolution is successful, historians might look back at our current place and time and point towards one of catalysts as being the capitalist globalization slogan:  Think global.  Buy local.

From the first day I saw that slogan I thought it to be true.  I thought that it was important to be thinking about the whole world, but buying stuff where I lived…  And then I began considering our interconnected web of human activity.  I believe that we’re intrinsically and extrinsically all connected in thought and deed somehow, if for nothing other than the virtue of our humanity -and I believe that the pain amongst us is shared by all.  This is called empathy.  Ignoring the human trend towards empathy is what has allowed the psychotic and sociopathic into many places of leadership.  Empathy is what is required of any true leader.  And it is a collective power of humanity that has not been truly harnessed yet because of the pain and suffering in our world.  We are our own best resource, but only if we work together.

That’s where thinking global can get us.  But of course, we are individuals and we are all beautifully unique.  And this allows us to BE local instead of having to buy local.  We’ll realize that we’re all already rich simply because of our humanity.

Have a little hope in your neighbor.  They’re a beautiful unique snowflake in their own right.  If we truly started simply being local we would begin to realize that we don’t need all the other stuff in our lives.  We only need each other.

And I’m not talking about communism here.  I’m talking about true equality and the real freedom to be one’s self and be embraced unconditionally by a community of equals.  I’m talking about anarchism in its least corruptible sense.

This works at a state level as well.  If American corporations and the complicit government would stop exploiting and destroying land-bases  –  then it is my urgent hope that China and the rest of the world may very well extend a hand of forgiveness to us.  This might just be wishful thinking, but  I’m a person of faith and an eternal optimist.  We could just call it Planet China.

We have a lot of trust that needs to be built with our global neighbors.  I’m personally embarassed to identify myself as American these days.  I’ve loved this country all my life, but now I see that the American Dream I was told to believe has led to the exploitation of the rest of the world for nothing more than money; and the cost of environmental destruction.

It’s wrong – and we have to stop.

I believe that most people want to do good with their life.  And many people already are.  We all know that there are people that are stuck in cycles of violence and oppression – but surely even they would rather do good than bad.  So who decides what’s good?  Surely the government, nor religion cannot be trusted to be the judge.  So is “good” simply a relative and flexible concept?  Just another postmodernized truth?  Can we find consensus upon it?  The internet offers us this opportunity – however unlikely it may appear to be.  And yet the prospect of a peaceful planet where everyone has “enough” doesn’t seem to be such an offensive idea.

It will take massive cultural change.  In fact we may need to invent a new language to make it possible.  But that stuff happens all the time – so what’s stopping us?

As any diligent occupier knows, at this point in time we are being repetitively and forcefully stopped by the police and their handlers.  Since Occupy quickly became a national issue the feds obviously have their hands all over it.

In fact, I’ve inadvertently been re-printing CIA propaganda.  It recently came to my attention that Gene Sharp and his book Waging Nonviolent Struggle and From Dictatorship To Democracy is essentially a “by the book” explanation of how to destabilize governments in order to establish democracy.  Now this is not a bad thing in and of itself.  It is only a bad thing if another government takes the place of the formerly destabilized and delegitimized one.  The only type of government that any one needs is simply “self-governance.”

I don’t acknowledge the federal government’s authority.  Nor any government’s authority for that matter.  I am a free, autonomous individual who knows what’s best for myself.  And I desperately wish that more people would see that being a slave to the machine or to a capitalist system is self-destructive and not in anyone’s best interest.

So forget the feds.  Treat them as people just like you would anyone else, but don’t buy into their bureaucratic rigidity.  Life flows and the government by its own standards will never keep up with the flow.  Anarchy will though.  For it to work we will need trust in one another to a degree that most people are probably scared to death of.

But if we can all be radically transparent.  If we can all tell the truth all the time.  It was what sets us free after all.  I’m positive it would work.

As for me, I’m thinking globally and acting hillbilly.   For full disclosure, however, I’m from Iowa – I’ll leave it up to you whether or not that qualifies as hillbilly status.

Jean-Luc Melenchon

The French are having an election like us Yanks this year. And I was recently excited to hear that there is a man running under a platform of anti-capitalism. Here is the wiki for Jean-Luc Melenchon.  And it would probably be good if millions of global anti-capitalists would like his facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/JLMelenchon He’s polling at 14% as of today so we’ll see what sort of momentum he can get going.

It’s incredibly refreshing that someone in the political sphere of the eurozone is actually putting forward an anti-capilalist message.

I had the idea a couple months ago to try to run for the Oakland district 3 city council seat.  It’s open this election cycle and so I thought that it might be sort of fortuitous that I live that district.  Though this would go against every ounce of anarchist in me.  So I decided against it – at least this year.  The only way that I can see politics being truly useful to people is if we begin treating the political system as terminally ill.  We need a hospice administration to deliver a graceful death to capitalism and begin seeing the new emerging system begin to blossom.

Monsiour Melenchon appears to be thinking similarly and so he is definitely someone for occupiers to be paying attention to.  It will be up to our global political leaders to begin articulating the meaningful changes that need to happen in order to make a free, equal, transparent, and sustainable society.