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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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Our New World Order

I propose that our world has reached the point of being able to transcend the capitalist verses the communist, the entrepreneurial verses the socialist debate. I say we can do this if we seize upon one of the most central insights about our nature as human beings--that we are creative and noble creatures, in essence.

What if our paradigm for "success" is transformed from material accumulation for the individual or private interest to creative contribution to all humanity? Is this possible? Are we there yet?

You may respond to this idea generally, considering only its proposition in these three short paragraphs, or you may check out its more nuanced presentation at my Facebook pager here:



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    Nov 14 2012: I agree with Edward Long, laws can not change human hearts (if it could, crimes, racism and sexism would have ended); what is needed is attitudinal change. Which is a function of change from the heart.
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      Nov 15 2012: I feel that the human survival instinct trumps everything else. Once survival is in question, the human being regresses to whatever behavior is necessary to secure it. Therefore if we remove our more primitive social systems posited around the need for survival which might entail competition with our fellow human beings, the more nobler aspects of our nature will be freed up. And we are potentially a very noble race indeed...

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