Why Occupy responded the Way they did and why transparency is needed more than ever
Many means and efforts have been applied in attempting further growth of society instead of just repetitive patterns that happen at large. Therefore, movements such as the Occupy movement tried to address the troubles and traumas happenening out amongst society yet never seemed to truly address the issue of privacy versus further transparency which I believe is far more the issue at hand. We do not need to be more concerned with our privacy as people as we are concerned with being even more transparent so therefore we get it wrong by stating that we need to watch over privacy issues because when you think of it all truthfully we never really have had true privacy because we have been giving our information to the government since day one. Let us be honest with ourselves that privacy is only between yourself and all people on a subconscious level as well as a conscious level. It is your responsibility to be as a private as you want to be or as centralized as you want to be or as giving and as sharing as you want to be as well, and never a higher Government’s responsibility for doing so but we want it to be because then it would be easier for us all. Let us delete this elitist thinking by taking our own responsibility for our own privacy and our own creation of transparency amongst society.
The more transparent you become as a person, the more influential and meaningful you become for others surrounding your vicinity. Occupy Wall Street NYC as a movement locally and globally, was a natural continuation of the work that the country’s founders started, and occupy as a movement intended to keep and build upon, those core principles. There’s a philosophical discussion here of the kernel of individual freedom: recognizing your individual sovereignty, as countless leaders and prophets have put it, that must be reflected in the organizational structures and institutions that society build for ourselves. Our institutions belong to us, we do not belong to our institutions.
Asserting that fundamental human sovereignty as belonging to every human was the bold move that electrified the world in 1776, and has given America so much to be proud of. It’s time to elaborate on what proceeds from that.
We have been taught since childhood that what proceeds from that is our freedom, which is true. But we have made some questionable choices about what we allow that freedom to mean- we feel there is wide agreement about this across our country, though many different people state the same idea in different ways.
This is where it’s useful to introduce Gandhi’s idea of Swaraj. Swaraj literally and narrowly means “self-rule.” And it can be used in a conventional political sense, as in, “British, we’d like you out of India, this is our country and we’ll rule it ourselves, thank you very much.” But it also has a more spiritual and personal connotation that, when used to speak of the self-rule of an individual person, has a sense of one’s “sacred duty.” The idea being that each person has a sacred duty to find their way to be in the world, that only they can determine, and that when each of us does well at meeting that duty, the result is what we experience as the freedom so prized by the American heart.
To add to the heart an astonishing business model that I thoroughly appreciate is called Holacracy or businesses without managers handling business within a circle structure and or distributed leadership throughout the company at hand. Holacracy itself therefore is a self-organizing system. The founder of the system itself Brian Robertson explains the success of the model in this video below.
The occupy movement has been fundamentally for the purpose of seeing that our society is organized so that each person may most fully realize their own Swaraj. And though our founders didn’t use that exact word, we believe a look through their writings shows it is this idea they were getting at.
The Purpose of Occupy
The “how” is simply by maintaining a forum for direct and open consensus Democracy, modeled on the Occupy Wall Street format, and providing a place where people can exchange ideas and organize themselves as they see fit, openly and candidly. The idea being that the more open information is instead of being classified and withheld, the more open society will become. The more places political discourse can take place in the more change can occur.
Over the last two years the movement has went from occupying public spaces such as public parks in cities internationally and nationally to internet campaigns such as the likes seen on change.gov which leaves plenty of space for many different specific approaches to be tried, regardless of what “traditional” ideas of left/right, liberal/conservative inform the approaches. The purpose although was to be actively engaged amongst the discourses and events for changes taking place. Organizing events for working groups, executing them, and acting on solutions for societal changes even if a slow approach has been the case is worth the effort.
A key element of the importance of the specificity of “how” has been the central role that the advanced information, communication, and transportation technology has played in facilitating this process of such a vast movement. These advances have accelerated humanity’s political metabolism to the point that these new ways of achieving the goals our old institutions; which were put in place for are now feasible. As such, access to them must remain equal and open as a top priority.
From examining Lessig’s, Anderson’s, Benkler, and several websites and social media platforms pages on the subject I have a more complete understanding of how transparency and government must go together to work. As a collective society we can not expect to change the way that things are by merely doing the same actions over and over again as you may have heard. Yet what clarifies this point poignantly is Rob Paige from Conscious Self Governance.Ca in which he states just like our founding Fathers of America would that , “I believe the only way to have true freedom, prosperity and peace for all is to leave the system. I believe we must rebuild outside the scope, influence and control of the system with freedom, prosperity, peace and liberty as foundational principles.” Therefore there never can be an open government without people themselves being more transparent and open by letting others know their worst fears, secrets, troubles, and problems to the public. The Book of Revelations in the Bible also has a prominent verse stating this as well Revelation 18:11-13
“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.” Meaning do not be one to sell yourself short or merely give your soul over to just possessions, goods, and or material things for you can be out of balance with a purposeful life.
Although many people in our current society today will fear that an end of the World is coming to them due to the way many dramatic and drastic changes are coming at such a rapid pace. Yet I do not think this to be true and that the apocalypse that was written on in the Bible’s Revelation passage cited above is merely about a reawakening of mankind to become far more consciously aware and capable of creating a better World for all to live on together.