VA Shiva, Revolutionary Inventor, Systems Scientist, and Entrepreneur, Shares the Most Important Principles when Building a Revolution
The World is Poised for a Global Revolution. Read this Article on Key Principles to a Revolutionary Movement in Order to Ensure that such Movements are not Corrupted.
VA Shiva—inventor of email, revolutionary, systems scientist—believes the following key principles must be the framework of any revolutionary movement in order to ensure that such movements are not corrupted. Here they are:
1) Every revolutionary movement must be local. This means that the struggle needs to be taken door to door at the local level. It is easy for liberal movements based in Boston, for example, to talk about saving black Africans that are ten thousand miles away. However, these same liberal “activists” will not even walk several blocks into segregated neighborhood to help change the situation right at home.
2) Everyone, every citizen, must be armed. Historically, every revolutionary movement goes awry when the leadership of that movement disarms the very revolutionaries that helped build that movement. The saying “The people armed will never be crushed” declares an important principle. Every citizen must have weapons education, just as they have driver’s education, and be provided arms by the society, not to kill other citizens but to protect themselves in case the leadership, e.g., the state, attempts to overstep its authority.
3) Equal access to all information. All information must be equally and easily accessible to every citizen. This means that anyone may access any news from the comfort and ease of their own home or business. Academic institutions and university students cannot be the only ones privy to certain journal papers and articles. This also means the hierarchy of academia, i.e., the tenure process, must end, for that entire system is based on unequal access to information as well as control of information under the guise of “peer review.”
4) Limited democratic centralism. This means we recognize that some level of hierarchal organization at the local level is valuable in organizations. However, the nature of this centralism must be modulated by rotation of leadership on a regular basis so that no leader can maintain any position for more than two years and must then return back to public life. This limited democratic centralism takes advantage of the power of hierarchy but ensures that such power does not become institutionalized
5) The recognition of individual interests and talents. Every individual is as unique as a flower in a garden. To this end, each individual must be given the opportunity to pursue their particular interests to varying levels of proficiency and possibilities. Support systems must be enabled to facilitate such education.
6) Innovation any time, any place, by anybody. A structure must be provided so that any individual may fully test the viability of their idea in order to create tangible and useful products for society. It does not matter if there are multiple failures; it is important that the framework recognizes that anyone can innovate. Innovation is in our DNA; it gave us fire, the wheel, and irrigation. The right to innovate will ensure that certain groups of people do not become gatekeepers of innovation, e.g., institutions such as MIT and Stanford.
7) Physical labor by all. Every individual must perform physical labor in service to their local community. It is clear that human beings were designed for physical labor and that physical labor creates a connection between mind-body-spirit and our environment that is critical to our health as well as our connection to others. More importantly, such physical labor can significantly reduce our reliance on energy-utilization based on exhausting the earth’s resources.
These seven principles can be used to judge the nature of any revolutionary movement or organization. All of them must be present to ensure the viability of a revolutionary movement that will not devolve into corruption.
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