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In search of an unprecedented sociopolitical model

One man with courage is a majority.
- Thomas Jefferson

It has belatedly dawned on the gullible American people that the mainstream media and chattering classes are spreading fallacies more than they tell the truth. Yet, most of them still believe in the silly notion that the alternative and social media are more reliable than their mainstream cousins.

How do they know that? Their typical answer is: "Just by intuition." But remember when someone wants to instill a delusive idea in your brain, his first target is your intuitive faculty because it's the most vulnerable part of a human being.

As the dust has settled down more or less on the post-Election America, they are gradually accepting the outcome of the election although at least 70% of the voting-age population still feel cheated by the media and political establishment.

They know very well that reluctantly accepting unacceptable things is the easiest and most effective way to remain uncommitted. Actually these people have already restored their old habit of putting all the blame on others for everything that went wrong. It's out of the question for them to demand a rerun of the whole election process.

This way they are getting poised to repeat the same follies toward 2016. To this end, they make believe they are unaware of the untold truth about the leap-year farce: Obama wasn't the winner.

If you take a look at this Wikipedia entry and do some grade-school arithmetic, you will know the real winners were those 89 million people (40.0-42.5% of the voting-age population) who refused to exercise their voting right. Obama's share of popular vote is shown here as 50.8%. But if you discount it with the extremely poor voter turnout, you will know Obama got only 29.9% against the total voting-age population.

I know most Americans today don't like Jefferson's quote you saw at the top of this post simply because it sounds undemocratic. These people think they should strictly adhere to majority rule. In fact, though, they are now nullifying their cardinal rule on the pretext of the very same principle.

70% of the people, Republicans, independents and those who passed up the meaningless poll, are more or less unhappy with the election results. But it seems they want to look away from the obvious fact because more and more they have developed a defeatist mindset. They know very well losers are excused from painstaking efforts to break this cul-de-sac, and thus, given a special privilege to attribute their own failure to someone else.

Actually it's this sense of defeat and resignation being felt among these auto-suggestible masochists that makes the Kenyan Monkey grin from ear to ear.

Whether you like it or not, the fact of the matter remains that American democracy IS DEAD with the entire electoral system finally falling apart.

Romney might want to correct his concession speech because it's not Obama, but those who didn't cast their ballots, who actually defeated him. By the same token, Obama might want to deliver a concession speech on the day he is sworn in for his second term. But now it's too little, too late, to reverse the process of the decline of America. The country is now headed for its total implosion.

Which is addicted to opiate,
you or me?
This leaves us wondering what to expect from those 40-Percenters who refused to attend the November 6 ritual.

As I always maintain, people's fate hinges solely on the quality of each individual. And needless to say, it can only be measured by his ability of creative and imaginative thinking. This is especially true in the face of the moment of truth such as this one.

The single most formidable problem that is undermining the vigor of the nation is fear of change on the part of its people. It is created by the lack of imagination. For almost seven decades by now, American people at large have been supporting their government's efforts for "nation-building" overseas. But when it comes to the destruction and rebuilding of their own country, they all feel weak at the knees and their imagination freezes before the daunting task.

Although they don't want to admit it, it's not a mission impossible when it is well-conceived. Just for one thing, it should not be that unrealistic for the American people to press their government to immediately withdraw from some multilateral and bilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, the NPT and U.S.-Japan security treaty. When that happens, they will see a completely different situation arising overnight. NATO is a different story because it involves too complex tasks. But that will hopefully help ease people's fear of change.

Quite a few Americans have learned a wrong lesson from the Japanese people. As a result, they are already Japanized to the marrow. Now it's too late to undo the Japanese influence on them. But the rest of the people can still learn many don'ts from the Japanese to avoid repeating the fatal mistakes they have committed.

For one thing, the Japanese people have been strictly prohibited, or strongly discouraged at best, from creative and imaginative thinking since their early childhood. As you may have noticed, Japanese adults, from prime minister, to corporate executives, to yakuza gangsters, to homeless, are all hooked on Manga (cartoons) simply because they are badly in need of a harmless substitute for imagination. (See NOTE below.) Now Manga to Japanese grownups is what sci-fi movies are to preteen kids in the U.S. In short, Japanese comic books and Anime have proved the best recipe to make people remain change-disabled from cradle to grave.

NOTE: According to the official statistics, 968 million copies of comic books and magazines were sold in 2011. This accounted for 36% of the publication of all genres in the year. Remember Japan's population stands at 127 million.

Most Americans would say they can't expect that much from those who didn't cast their ballots because they have no organization to represent them. But they are wrong. In that respect, they should know that the Japanese have developed a phobia about anything that isn't neatly organized. And this trait has taken a devastating toll on the viability of the nation. When one wants to unleash his imagination and creative thinking, any organization serves as a liability rather than an asset.

I think these uninstitutionalized Americans should, first and foremost, make every possible effort to overcome their defeatist mindset and phobia. Only then, a small number of people will hopefully come forward to form a loosely organized group. The time is ripe for them to successfully bring a critical mass of Netizens around their design concept for a brand-new government model. Every precaution has to be taken, however, against the dirty trick Google or any other "independent" SEO (search engine optimization) company could well use to tamper with their effort. These guys constantly un-optimize the traffic to/from harmful websites such as this one of my own.

If I were them, I would put forth a general design concept on the web as a draft constitution for online skull sessions. Our constitution would say the new government should consist of two branches, instead of three, because there would be no professional legislators. The executive and judicial powers would lie with the smallest units of people such as private companies, towns or villages.

I don't know how soon the virtual government would supplant Washington, but there's no reason to believe you can't do something of the same magnitude that the empty-headed kid by the name of Mark Zuckerberg could generate in a matter of a few years. At any rate, don't make believe the current system is more or less functioning. If you still want to live in delusion, you should stop criticizing the media and political establishment for good.

I don't care if their design concept bears little resemblance to my sketchy description of the edifice I'm inclined to call e-Democracy because the name of the game is just narrowing the yawning gap between potentially change-enabling technologies and totally change-disabled sociopolitical systems which are centuries apart now.

But I want them always to keep in mind that there's no room for ideologies in their endeavor. Any ism, be it capitalism, socialism, conservatism, liberalism, or even anarchism, is just the cinders from the past revolution. That's why Gordon G. Chang and his fellow ideologues look very much like hobos scavenging for kitchen waste.

I also think there are some other countries to watch, such as China and Greece. It seems to me these peoples from the cradles of the oldest civilizations are now taking an uncharted course with their inventive, down-to-earth, bold, tough, delusion-free, and ideology-free mindsets and attitudes.

The American people should learn invaluable lessons from these peoples who are courageous enough to face up to the reality that practically everything in this world is dysfunctional despite the "disruptive" web-based technologies which would potentially be networking all of us in a completely different way. ·

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In search of a new political model
Authored by: samwidge on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 09:17 AM JST

It seems odd that the peoples of other nations so frequently study and quote our leaders when we know so little about their leaders. That you would even have heard about Thomas Jefferson amazes me.

This compliments America but at the same time criticizes us for our isolation.

As far as the problem of a tilted and dishonest media, a large percentage of us have acknowledged that problem since 1945. In fact, in my next speaking engagement, I will be asking people to understand the causes behind Left-Wing control of media. In essence, my theme is it's-our-own-fault.

You and I agree strongly that the public perception of deliberate manipulation by media is wrong.

It is true that US citizens have some faith in alternative and social media. This is only because of the Internet. We tend to distrust everything and investigate more than ever before. When alternative and social media are proved correct, we remember that and disdain mainstream media even more. When alternative and social media are wrong, we are not surprised.

One would think that all this would force us to be a more intelligent and caring nation. Instead, we are increasingly divided.

I certainly am among those who feels cheated by media. I catch outright dishonesty every day! I have been lied to, lied about and cheated by big names in media and media manipulation. It is personal!

"... unhappy with the election results?!!!" We are devastated. It is a funeral over here. What we lost this time can never be recovered. This goes unspoken but the undercurrent is pervasive. We lost monetary command and international respect. Because of the Obama reelection, China appears a far greater threat than ever. Our national missteps in media control leave the Taliban far stronger and potentially more destructive. Okinawa should have solved itself but now any agreement will be a loss to all.

The only light in this tunnel is that India rapidly grows stronger. We believe that India is too healthy to be irrational or unpredictable. Japan remains too comfortably stable to adjust.

Many of us point out that our system is not actually a democracy. Whatever it is, we believe more than ever, that it is crumbling. We see crushing disdain for both capitalism and industry. We see outright hate for our own nation.

It is true, as you say, "Americans could learn an invaluable lessons." We could but we won't.
In search of a new political model
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 10:09 AM JST

It always amazes me that after all these crazy years, the American people still think only in terms of right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, capitalism vs. socialism, terrorism vs. patriotism, etc. This is exactly what the mainstream, alternative and social media want them to believe.

Ten years ago, Bernard Goldberg wrote a book titled Bias, in which he fiercely attacked the "liberal bias" rampant in his former employer CBS and many other news organizations. It seems the Americans have stood still since 2002 because they failed to learn that life is not so simple as Goldberg wanted them to believe.

As I wrote here, there's no diversity in the U.S. today. Almost all Americans are defeatists and conformists who invariably fear change more than anything else like the Japanese. They never admit the simple fact that neither the Democrats nor the Republican won this election. And they will never.

Now you talk about the Indians as a people who the Americans could learn from. But specifically what lessons? Do you think the Americans will have overcome their defeatism and change phobia when the Americans graduate from the Indian school?

Small wonder Mark Zuckerberg still remains an American hero of this century.

Yu Yamamoto
In search of a new political model
Authored by: samwidge on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 09:00 PM JST

Mr. Yamamoto,

Again, your thoughts are so complex that there are no simple answers to give. It is true that we Americans try to divide things into left vs. right. Without that crutch, the acts and wishes of millions of people become far too complex to decipher or predict.

In passing, you mentioned that, "... the Japanese people have been strictly prohibited, or discouraged at best, from creative thinking since their early childhood." Interesting that you should say this; It demonstrates the core stereotype of the Conservative -- afraid or unwilling to experience new things.

With or without the concept of left and right to predict attitudes, all peoples are like that. It is true that our Left-wingers, Liberals, Democrats, Centrists, Republicans, Conservatives and Right-Wingers all include people who conservatively avoid new things. They run from creative thinking.

You and I lament in different ways about the same things. I spent this afternoon listening to a lady trying to tell me that government has lots of money stored away somewhere to pay for needed social programs. She was adamant that budgets do not need to be balanced because government always has more money.

Our problem then is not merely that attitudes of high leaders need their directions altered. It is that all of us need to alter our own understandings.

Sometimes it seems that the only solution is for someone powerful to come in and tell all of us how to live. That someone would not tell us that things will be easy but will merely act as a thug with a club and threaten any who step out of line.

That idea is of course, absurd (although it seems to have worked in China and elsewhere).

Absurd. That is the problem. Nothing seems to work completely. Nothing seems to fail completely... not for everybody anyway.

In the end, all I wish for is some way to help the people to find ways to work together and succeed at something. Anything.