HAPPINESS

Happy is he who beholdeth no ill event in circumstance.

Happy is he who giveth greetings unto beauty and riseth not up to dispute with the scornfujl.

He is like unto a river of pure water that runneth through green pastures.  He maketh all things to laugh by the aspect of his countenance.

Great things are designed, great things are executed, great things are made potent.

But the greatest things are made beauteous by the hans of him who runneth like the river toward the sea, unmindful of its course except that it be forward.

(Golden Scripts 121:12-14)

Look to this day!

For it is life, the very life of life.  In its brief course lie all the veritie and realities of your existence:  The bliss of growth; the glory of action; the splendor of achievement;

For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;

But today, well lived, makes every yesteray a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!

           Salutation to the Dawn translated from the Transkrit

 

Potential of America’s Youth

The efforts to install a National Cooperative Commonwealth must involve every segment of our society.  Only  the total population can provide the necessary clout for change.  Only the total society participating in change is there protective understanding to sustain change.   Clearly, no single segment  of our society can achieve change for itself.

I want to note a segment for change, largely unorganized, but that potentially could become the most dynamic force for restructuring the society.  That segment is the nation’s students, from the elementary grades through college, and into graduate studies.

The nation’s students, America’s youth, have the most at stake in the society.   They are the least inhibited and encumbered by involvement in the economy.  They possess energy in reserve, have mental flexibility and untapped imagination.  They only lack defined goals and the assurance such goals are within their grasp.

The behavior of some, of course, is lamentable.  However, we must face ujp to the disturbing fact that along with a mismanaged socio-economic system, we have a mismanaged educational system.

Telescoped into its smallest package for evaluation, we have an entire system of education which is training its students how to become “successful” in an aberrated and inequitable society.  They are brainwashed to believe that our way of conducting the nation’s business, and carrying out its political decisions, are the best in the world and real opportunity  awaits each student upon his or her graduation.

However, more and more students are realizing the harsh reality that exists of economic stresses, a trillion dollardebt burden,  not to mention layoffs in the ;professional fields, affecting them directly.   To most, the future prospects are dim and disconcerting.  Without assured employment, all hopes of marrying, buying a home and bringing new life into the world are shattered.

The real frustration is their sense of helplessness. What should they do ?  What can they do?  That is the vacuum that needs filling.  The real hope, and anticipation, is that they will be in the vanguard looking toward theirs  and the nations liberation by installation of a National Cooperative Commonwealth.  .  .  .

Need for In-depth Dialogue

The problems and injustices are formidable.  Yet it isn’t the problems and injustices per se that are the most formidable.  They are solvable.  It is the absence of clear and in-depth dialogue as to the problems and the realistic and attainable solutions that await the people’s endorsement and embracement.

There are too many people in this nation who cannot think, who are fools. There are too many who will not think, who are bigots.  And there are too many who dare not think, who are political slaves.  They should not be derided or dismissed from our considerations, or from our concern and compassionate awareness, in that they too are struggling and aspiring human beings like ourselves.  They are simply the ones most misinformed and the ones most miseducated.

Bigots, fools and political slaves are by no means confined to the least formally educated in our midst.  These categories are equally stocked with those with academic degrees and whose who enjoy the so-called good life and are toasted at lush dinner occasions as being outstanding “achievers.”

How sad, that in terms of security, of non-violence, and of a personal inner sense of peace, they are in many ways greater victims of a sorely aberrated society.

We as a total people are in a common struggle for true liberation.  The  only “weapon” that we need to achieve it is honest and unprejudiced communication.  Our of mutual understanding will come the courage to act with commpn purpose.

It would seem that no group of people, either as a community, or as a nation, are stranded without its way-showers in time of crisis.  It would seem to be a fiat or provision stemming from a Higher Wisdom that impacts on this mortal earth.  It is, however, not a leadership that arises in our midst seeking adulation or positions of power over others.

True leadership is the ability of taking all people, good, bad and indifferent, and giving them a sense of constructive direction by interpreting the present in light of the future.  It is so instructing and inspiring others that the resultant motivation and conclusions can be accepted by the people as self-engendered and formed.

That is the task before us!  .  .  .

 

 

 

Bellamy’s “agitators” give us a sense of action

Two paragraphs out of the “Parable of the Water Tank give us in capsule form the underlying conceptual thinking of both the problems and solutions we confront.  When the “agitators,” the enlightened leaders of the people, finally got the people’s attention, they addressed the people in this manner:

Behold, what need have ye at all of these capitalists, that ye should yield them profits upon your labor?  Lo!  it is only because they order you in bands and lead you in and out and set your tasks and afterward give you a little of the water yourselves have brought and not they.  Now, behold the way out of this bondage!   Do ye yourselves that which is done by the capitalists, namely, the ordering of your labor, and marshalling of your bands, and the dividing of your tasks.  So shall ye have no need at all of the capitalists and no more yield to them any profit, but all of the fruit of your labor shall ye share as brethren.  .  .  . 

And the true leaders of the people spoke further:

Choose ye discreet men to go in and out before you and to marshall your bands and order your labor, and these men shall be as the capitalists were; but behold, they shall not be your masters as the capitalists are, but your brethren and officers, who do your will, and they shall not take any profits, but every man his share like the others, that there may be no more masters and servants among you, but brethren only.  .  .  .

And the people went and did all the things that were told them of the agitators to do.  And it came to pass as the agitators had said, even according to all their words.  And there was no more any thirst in that land, neither any that was ahungered, nor naked, nor cold, nor in any manner of want; and every man said onto his fellow, “My brother,” and every woman said unto her companion, “My sister,” for so were they with one another as brethren and sisters, which do dwell in unity.

And the blessing of God rested upon that land forever.

The society that we live in is considerably more intricate and complex than the society portrayed in the “Parable.”  However, it is uncanny how that skeletal portrayal pinpoints the structural flaws of our current socio-economic-political system and points to a National Cooperative Commonwealth effecting the people’s “deliverance from bondage” and freedom from both want and exploitation.

Throughout the presentation of an evolving Commonwealth, we have constantly emphasized the central goal of achieving the optimum quality of life for every solitary human being as a member of the society.  We stressd that every child is born into life with equal human rights and all institutions, all laws, and functions of government must adhere to and implement those inherent rights.

Bellamy’s “agitators” poignantly spearheaded the adoption of a National Cooperative Commonwealth!

 

 

Desiderata

We live in very troubling times and we are mentally and spiritually jarred with the cacophony of economic and political jargon that lacks focus on the root causes of the nation’s serious and unsolved problems.   We need respite from  the constant barrage of rhetoric from economic pundits and  political opportunists.   Our lives require spiritual quietness and insight that comes from the heart!   Sit back and listen to the comforting words of the prose poem Desiderata:

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  as far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak  your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.  Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations of the spirit.

If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.  But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.  Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  Your are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.  With all it’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy.

 

 

 

Forerunners to the Commonwealth Idea

The voices of many persons have been raised since the inception of our nation which have decried economic injustice and political abuse, and have proposed innovative change.  We are singling out three forerunners most pertinent to our current consideration of national restructuring and revitalizing of our whole economy.

The following three dynamic crusaders encompass writings and activities that give us a composite picture of “An Idea Whose Time Has Come!”:

Edward Bellamy:  

In my books I have already given you a sprinkling of insight into the analytical and futuristic thinking  of this courageous individual who was a whole century ahead of his time.  If his voice had been heeded, untold suffering, and death, would have been averted up the ensuing decades.

He was born in Chicopee, Mass., on March 25, 1850, spent most of his life there, and died of tuberculosis on March 22, 1898 in the same town of his birth.  His life had spanned a mere forty-eight years.

At age eighteen he traveled in Europe where, as he later wrote, “my eyes were first fully opened to the extent and consequences of man’s inhumanity to man.”  On his return he studied law, was admitted to the bar, but forwent practice to become a writer.  He was on the staff of the New York Evening Post for a number oif years, wrote for the Springfield Union, and then spent the balance of his life doing creative writing during which he wrote thirty stories, three novels and the futuristic books Looking Backword and Equality.

Bellamy’s “Parable of the Water Tank,” included in his book Equality, was purposely selected for our reading because in a dozen pages we have a microcosm of how our economy is flawed and how the people can organize their work so as to bring prosperity, security and tranquility to their lives.  The simple presentation contains all the elements of our predatory, exploitive “open market” economy.

Writing a over a century ago, and having national prominence as an author, Bellamy dignified contemporary reform movements and spearheaded social and economic structural change.   He backed his efforts with organizations and set up numerous Nationalist Clubs for the purpose of educating the public.

Above all, he saw the folly in trying to resurrect the “competitive system” and pleaded that on its ruin “build a Temple” that truly functions in the people’s interest.   A thread of spirituality is vividly interwoven throughout both his physical and intellectual writing and activities.

Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr.

The second crusader that we want to salute is Congressman Lindbergh who was maligned and pilloried for his relentless battle against the “Money Trust” and the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.  From 1908 to 1918 he was a U. S. Representative from Minnesota and during that time he waged an incessant battle against the powerful private banking interests, not only in the Halls of State, but in the writing of several books and in his campaigning for governor of Minnesota.

Like Bellamy, his books were suppressed up the years by the nation’s capitalists whose exploitive functioning was dependent on the populace ignorance.

Lindbergh’s son, of course, was America’s famed hero, “The Lone Eagle,” whose daring exploit of being the first person to make a solo trans-Atlantic flight gave him an heroic fame that has resounded up the decades.  Father and son had a very close relationship and while their challenges in life were quite different, their steadfastness in pursuit of goals bears out the same genetic drive they both shared.

Every person who is concerned as to how our socio-economic system is wrongly structured, and how powerful predatory forces have risen in our midst in consequence, should read Congressman Lindbergh’s books and speeches delivered on the floor of Congress.  We would be remiss if we didn’t include here two excerpts, one each from two of his books.

In his book “Your Country at War,” written in 1917, Lindbergh sums up the contradiction of the technological ability to provide a good life for everyone while at the same time there exists misery and poverty.  On page 203, he wrote:

Most men are in a condition of poverty now.  Also we absolutely know that the trusts, as a result of the centralizing of the control  of the industrial agencies and material resources, operated in connection with their juggling of credits and money, have made us dependent upon the trusts for employment.  This is the industrial slavery that the capitalistic interests prefer to chattle slavery.  If we were chattle slaves, they would have to care for us in sickness and old age, whereas now they are not concerned with us except for the time during which we work for them.

Knowing these facts, will the people continue to remain in such a state of bondage?  Certainly not!  The trusts have taught us the principle of combination.  If it is good and profitable for the trusts, it is good and profitable for the people.  It would be better to have one great trust created by all of the people for their common benefit than to have our actions controlled by several trusts operated for the individual benefit of a few persons.

Created by all of the people for their common benefit is a fitting preamble to the National Cooperative Commonwealth!

William Dudley Pelley

The third American we want to single out is William Dudley Pelley, author, philosopher and crusader, whose contributions are unparalleled in unmasking economic exploitation, and offering proposals that would completely eradicate unearned profiteering from the economy.  He was the stormy petrel of the 1930s, during which the most severe depression that this country has ever known, and no economic fraud or conspiracy was so small  or so big that it escaped his vitriolic and scouring pen.

Along with Congressman Louis T. McFadden, who was the chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, Pelley launched a  documented expose of the privately owned Federal Reserve System its tie with internationalism, its financing of both political parties, and how under the guise of “free enterprise” the wealth of the nation was inexorably concentrated in the grip of an “iron fist” while the majority became increasingly burdene with taxes and indebtedness.

However, in the eyes of those who would subvert and pillage mankind Pelley was to commit the unpardonable sin.  It was one thing to expose and indict the miischief-makers in society, the debauchers of all that is moral and wholesome, the usurpers of a people’s money and government.  It was even tolerable that patriots band together in organizations such as the “Silver Legion” which Pelley had brought into being.

But it was intolerable that remedial measures should be proposed that would place in the hands of the people absolute control and direction of their economic, political and cultural life.

In his book No More Hunger Pelley spelled out the fundamentals of a Christian Commonwealth in which every citizen would be a common and preferred stockholder in a national corporate economy.  In a broad sense, a basic sense, Pelley had drawn together and updated the dual thinking of both Bellamy and Lindbergh.  On page 40 he stated that the “Christian Economy” which the people are striving for and working toward is “a government of mutuality where the people themselves are triuly sovereign under the form.”

The most dynamic offering in his proposal for a corporate commonwealth was the abolishing of debt-money and a circulating medium of exdhange, thus breaking for all time the strangling and stultifying impact of interest-bearing debt and all forms of liens and foreclosures.  It meant liberation from the tentacles of private banking and the introduction of monetary reform that automatically provided working capital that released the full work potential of the nation.

We would be remiss if we didn’t note, at least briefly, other writings of this most prolific author.  Many Americans who lived during the 1920s and 1930s are familiar with Pelley as a nationally known fiction writer whose name regularly appeared on the covers of Saturday Everning Post, Redbook and The American Magazine.  They might even know that he had two hundred and forty-eight short stories published, as well as several full-length novels, two of which were madei nto movies, and that he wrote in addition a score of movie scenarios.

Others are more familiar with his profound research in science, philosophy and religion and the over thirty books that have come from his prolific pen on these subjects.

More pertinent to our current focus are all his writings and organizing that led to his arrest on the political “crime” of sedition because he was forewarning his fellow Americans of the dangers to their very survival, and he was proposing solutions that would take away the abnormal and predatory power of the military-industrial-banking complex that was entrenched in Washington.

Against the background of the war hysteria of 1942, and our alliance with Stalinist Russia, it was but routine to get a conviction against Pelley.  He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  The documented case of William Dudley Pelley unmistakably demonstrates that political trials and political prisoners are by no means confined to foreign lands.

So determined to silence Pelley were his antagonists that they included him in the infamous Mass Sedition Trial of 1943 using the same “evidence’ against him that has been introduced in the Indianapolis trial  despite the constitutional prohibition, “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twie put in jeopardy of life and limb.”

On November 22, 1946, Chief Justice Bolitha Laws, of the Ul. S. Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed the Mass Sedition Case by  citing that to allow the case to continue would a “travesty on justice.”

To all intents and purposes Pelley has been exonerated of the conviction in Indianapolis but he passed on in 1965 before any court would grant him relief from the original sentence.  He served seven and a half years as the Twentieth Century’s most outstanding political prisoner.

Up the centuries true leaders of the people have always been made to endure vilification, persecution, imprisonment, all too often death itself.  Yet the circumstance of their fate has not been difficult to comprehend.  Invariably, each was years ahead of his time and possess the rare quality of being able to interpret the present in light of the future.

The three crusaders we have saluted possessed that rare quality!  .  .  .

 

 

Founding Fathers envisioned a Cooperative Commonwealth

One gains a real uplift in working toward the adoption of a National Cooperative Commonwealth by reading “declarations of Independence” that were written by Labor Groups, Farmers, Woman’s Rights Advocates, Socialists, and Blacks during the period 1829-1975.  These declarations are found in a book called “We, the Other People” by Philip S. Foner and   published by the University of Illinois Press in 1976.

On July, 1879 at a celebration by Chicago labor a series of resolutions were adopted in favor of the eight-hour day.  They were viewed “as a vital first step in achieving a fundamental redistribution of wealth that would eventually result in the decline of capitalism and the inauguration of a cooperative commonwealth.  With realization of this new society, the promises of the original Declaration of Independence would be fulfilled.

Another interesting reference is found in a “Declaration of Independence” which was published on July 4, 1895 by David De Leon, leader of the Socialist Labor Party.  After citing similar opening phrases of the original Declaration of Independence, and then a list of grievances, the new declaration promised to “complete the original manifesto through the establishment of the Cooperative Commonwealth.  With the triumph f the toilers over their combined despoilers will end class privilege and class rule.  Thus would the “American Revolution be completed!”

Our efforts and goals would seem to be in line with those groups that came before us and that endeavored to make this a just and peaceful society.  It is somewhat troubling and frustrating to realize how a nation so bountifully blessed with resources, and so amply sprinkled with men and women of wisdom, and so populated with a whole people equal to every challenge of toil and adventure, could ultimately become the hapless victims of the present.

What forces could have thwarted the visions of those who saw in the progressive improvements of tools and knowledge the betterment of peoples?  What economic arrangements would make the people politically incapable to eradicate injustice from their midst and to shape their own destiny?

Answers to these questions is the purpose of this Website.  When they are understood it will be self evident what proposals and actions can and must be made.  The will to make them, and the decision to make them, rests with the sovereign people!