July 4th, Independence Day

"I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Thomas Jefferson, 1816. When they gained independence America, like ireland, simply swaped one hierarchical system with a ruling elite for another. The framers of the American constitution came to regret this. Now we have a core group of tycoons benefitting from a malformed market ideology that serves to make us all, as a species, compete rather than come together in solidarity. The only proper attempt to build an alternative to market capitalism has been Communism, any attempts at Anarchism or other forms of Socialism were sadly drowned at birth. Communism involved a central planning system that eventually resorted to the use of secret police and the like in order to coerce the average citizen into obeying the wishes of the state. Like capitalism, Communism resulted in elite groups holding all the power, all the information, and all the cards. By the amount of sheer suffering, degredation and bloodshed that have come as the by-products of both Capitalism and Communism I think it is safe to conclude that both social experiments are resounding failures. It is time for us to start talking alternatives. From the sounds of life in Chiapas, in the reclaimed farm lands of Brazil and in the worker owned factories of Argentina it seems that some people have started putting ideas into action already. These people have had to do so. Books like 'Parecon' by Michael Albert and Monbiot's 'Age of Consent' are also trying to come up with something new as are the advocates of localised bio-regionalism. many of these voices clash but the more our world changes the more these fragmentory concepts will cohese into something implementable. Then we'll have an independence day worth celebrating.

Created By: Garret Shanley