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Mandy Fisher

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Revolution! ... or peaceful protest? What is the best method for change, and why should we be talking about it?

So, you want a revolution.

Is America due for radical change? What changes would you make? How would you go about making them? What methods bring real results?

And finally, what do you believe is the breaking point for revolution/rebellion?

My opinion to come shortly.


Closing Statement from Mandy Fisher

The conversation may be closed, but the topic is only beginning to brew. Thank you all for your comments. Let's continue the conversation, and perhaps we'll find we arrive at a feasible solution.

Until next time...

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    Aug 24 2013: Many people here have proposed that the best way to achieve change is through individuals making that change in their own interactions, and examples have been given of where that is happening. I have proposed a "club" to unite these individuals under a common banner to increase their impact. Some concerns have been raised that this could be dangerously divisive. I'd like to explain why I think it would be helpful.
    Firstly the club does not exclude people. It only includes people who choose to be a part of it. The club does not select people. People select the club. It does not fall into the trap that Orwell shows us in "Animal Farm" of "Four legs good, two legs bad." On the farm, it would just say "Four legs good".
    I'll use the language of economics to illustrate why the club is necessary. Economics is based upon the objective of increasing an individuals happiness. I think we're all OK with that part. Next it says that an individual can increase their happiness by acting in their own interest. This is a very simple rule and has been very popular throughout history. People like simple rules because it means they don't have to think about things too deeply. But there is a thing called emergence that means a lot of entities following simple rules can result in very complex mass behaviour. Economists measure happiness in terms of an individuals access to resources. They recognise that there is a scarcity of resources. Following the main rule in an envrionment of resources scarcity means that you can only increase your happiness at the expense of anothers. This is where the concept of "Possession is theft" arises. So within minutes of the game starting, society is beginning to divide. After a while, self-interested individuals discover that they can obtain more resources by clubbing together and using their united power to take from a larger number of people. The corporation is born. And so the simple rule generates the complex society we have to day.

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