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On June 21st, the Summer Solstice, I will announce my candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for the First District in the state of Ohio. The seat is currently held by Steve Chabot, a typical Republican who takes an obstructionist stance toward creating policies that support the common good.

We do not need to dwell on the glaring dysfunctionality in Washington these days as it is clear to anyone paying attention. A better focus is why I am running, and the platform I'm running on.

My "credentials" as an Occupier come from joining with sisters and brothers in Cincinnati as we held ground at Piatt Park, located downtown. I stayed engaged with the local movement even after we were removed from the park, and throughout the winter of 2011-12. Our fragmented efforts became ever less effective as our numbers dwindled and the press learned to ignore us. Soon after I wrote a blog about "The Trouble with Occupy" -- pointing to its negative focus [we stood against Wall Street and the 1 percent] and its leaderless nature.

So how would that experience lead me to run for Congress? It didn't. It only confirmed that we need a serious movement to effect real change in our dysfunctional political system. And that this movement must be based on principles like integrity and the recognition that we're all in this together. These are Occupy ideals, but they're grounded in World 5.0.

World 5.0 is the idea of a new cultural operating system, grounded in life and based on principles like peace, love, integrity, justice and balance. It sees that Life exists only Now, and that Here and Now is our shared and only reality. World 5.0 understands that without integrity there can be no trust, and without trust we cannot find happiness together. And so I run for congress with the primary goal of bringing integrity to our political system.

THE WORLD 5.0 PLATFORM

1] We require a just government, and we demand it at every level. The issue is not big versus small government. At issue is integrity and the Return on our Tax Investment. Term limits are key.

2] We abhor war and violence, and stand for peace and love in our being and in all we do. A core function of government is to secure peace.

3] We work for peace and love by engaging with our neighbors and communities. This focus enables safety, abundance and trust.

4] To increase our security and sustainability, we support the local production of food, energy, products and services.

5] In centering our lives around local food, we share, learn and grow together while taking control of our food back from global corporations.

6] We must save our Earth from the ravages of globalism and corporatism. Corporations are not people, but an instrument of commerce. We must end "too big to fail."

7] All things have natural capital, and hold value for the Earth. Corporations must not be allowed to extract and pollute and "socialize the costs, while privatizing the profits."

8] We require that labor and investment be taxed equally. Worker-owned businesses, unions and cottage industries are heartily encouraged.

9] We support hemp and marijuana. The benefits of each are clear, and they can create a host of local jobs. We recall that the plants were made illegal by greedy industrialists.

10] Education is key to a successful life and a healthy culture. The focus of learning is to understand, not to be a cog in the corporate system.We advocate for public schools.

Life is Now and our only reality. We all stand Here together. In our designs and actions, we intend laws and policies which reflect the principles of World 5.0.

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So, that's it. Ten common sense ideas that can transform our lives and our culture. While I lead this effort, I do not act alone. There are family, friends, citizens, activists and Occupiers who support this work tangibly, and millions who have never heard of World 5.0 and yet live lives of integrity, compassion, peace and love.

The choice is stark. We either continue to watch our quality of life deteriorate as corporations control culture by buying our government, or we take a stand together to create something new and life-supporting. Something wonderful. Something where the principles of peace, love, integrity, justice and balance guide our days, and something that brings health to a broken system. This something is World 5.0, an idea that recognizes our inherent kinship as children of Life.

Please join us in this urgent and noble effort. Let's fix a broken system. Support an Occupier for Congress. And welcome to World 5.0.

Originally posted to jimprues on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Encouraging (3+ / 0-)
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    AoT, snacksandpop, judyms9

    Thanks! A minor detail, are you running independent or with a party label or ? Not that it matters to me. I like the Occupier label and World 5.0 too.

    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -- Benjamin Franklin

    by catfoodnation on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:15:06 PM PDT

    •  There is no Occupier Party (0+ / 0-)

      There won't ever be.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:33:57 PM PDT

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      •  For the record: (0+ / 0-)

        So far, this candidate

        1) Rejects the basic organizational model Occupy has adopted.

        2) Has not been accessible to commenters (which is completely against the accessibility and transparency that Occupy would expect). This holding himself aloof and above others, and unaccountable to his equals, is contrary to Occupy principles of horizontality in relationships.

        3) Has unilaterally declared himself to be an "Occupier for Congress" despite the lack of consensus and endorsement by Occupy.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:09:26 PM PDT

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  •  dont't forget to run as a Democrat (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Horace Boothroyd III

    we can all help you somehow...snacks

    •  no, maybe he shouldn't. (3+ / 0-)
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      AoT, judyms9, historys mysteries

      democrats have a hard enough time in Ohio.

    •  This is getting more and more fascinating (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic candidates are "handled" by the Dem Party. In order to get funding, they must play ball according to Dem Party goals. They must cooperate enough to get support from the party bosses. If another candidate comes forward in a primary that the Dems consider more viable and compliant to Democratic Party goals, that candidate will get the funding. This is how they get compliance.

      Remember Lieberman vs Lamont? And that the Party went for Lieberman?

      How would an Occupier work that out? Does anyone here actually know anything about Occupy?

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:33:13 PM PDT

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  •  Good! (4+ / 0-)

    I hope that some of the people who's primary complaint about Occupy was the lack of election candidates will step up and help.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:24:48 PM PDT

  •  You have my full support. I will contact you. nt (5+ / 0-)
  •  Of course, since Occupy is a leaderless movement (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    ...you aren't a spokesman for Occupy, since Occupy has no official candidates (though I certainly wish you success in your personal efforts). There is a reason for the choice to forgo the typically vertical, top down, hierarchical organization in favor of a horizontal, egalitarian organization based on equality. Occupy is based on direct democracy and consensus, and thus no single person can define its theoretical basis and goals.

    I'll let Graeber, one of the core founders of Occupy, explain it, with an excerpt from his book, The Democracy Project, A History, A Crisis, A Movement:

    Almost every time I'm interviewed by a mainstream journalist about Occupy Wall Street I get some variation of the same lecture:

       

    "How are you going to get anywhere if you refuse to create a leadership structure or make a practical list of demands? And what's with all this anarchist nonsense - the consensus, the sparkly fingers? Don't you realize all this radical language is going to alienate people? You're never going to be able to reach regular, mainstream Americans with this sort of thing!"
    Asking why OWS refuses to create a leadership structure, and asking why we don't come up with concrete policy statements, is of course two ways of asking the same thing: Why don't we engage with the existing political structure so as to ultimately become a part of it?

    If one were compiling a scrapbook of worst advice ever given, this sort of thing might well merit an honorable place. Since the financial crash of 2008, there have been endless attempts to kick-off a national movement against the depredations of America’s financial elites taking the approach such journalists recommended. All failed. Most failed miserably. It was only when a movement appeared that resolutely refused to take a traditional path, that rejected the existing political order entirely as inherently corrupt, that called for the complete reinvention of American democracy, that occupations immediately began to blossom across the country. Clearly the movement did not succeed despite the anarchist element. It succeeded because of it."

    The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

    by David Graeber

    http://www.akpress.org/...

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:54:49 PM PDT

    •  He was pretty up front about that (3+ / 0-)

      I support a diversity of tactics and I think we've made clear that no one represents occupy. He's an occupier and running for congress.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:24:14 PM PDT

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      •  The moment Occupy (0+ / 0-)

        becomes vertical (as a diverse tactic) I will part company. I think most still want horizontality.

        And no one here is more representative of occupy than another (I'm wondering who you are referring to by "we").

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 06:57:43 PM PDT

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        •  Once a person runs for office (0+ / 0-)

          he or she become the leader of a campaign. The candidate decides the platform, hires and fires aids, and is solely responsible for whatever message he or she wishes to run on.

          If the candidate claims to be running as an "Occupy candidate," the campaign then appears to be representative of Occupy. This person calls himself "an Occupier for congress" using the Occupy coattails to attract support. And yet he eschews the most basic approach of Occupy, which is tantamount to rejecting the entire approach of Occupy.

          Soon after I wrote a blog about "The Trouble with Occupy" -- pointing to its negative focus [we stood against Wall Street and the 1 percent] and its leaderless nature.
          Thus, is this person really an Occupier, still? With the ambiguity, this becomes completely muddled. All policy statements will be taken to be an expression of Occupy views and ideals, and yet, already this person is impugning one of the basic foundations of Occupy, which is the horizontality.

          This is why the concept of consensus and direct democracy isn't compatible with electoral politics, which is by definition vertical.  

          So, no one is an "Occupy candidate". And using the expression "occupier running for Congress" is only a subtle difference. This is a contradiction in terms. I hope we can agree on that. However, a candidate can certainly be a person who was part of Occupy who is also running for office. But I strongly object to running as an "Occupier running for Congress," because it is extremely misleading. Such a candidate could only be decided by the movement as a whole, but even then, once such a candidate actually wins, Occupy has absolutely no ability to recall the person, or to enforce a mandate.

          This is how Occupy works, which of course, this person has already indicated he is in disagreement with. So, he will run on his own, attaching himself to the Occupy label, while deciding without consensus he doesn't want to follow Occupy's basic approach.

          "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

          by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:36:03 PM PDT

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        •  I don't see this as occupybeing vertical (0+ / 0-)

          I see it as someone who is part of occupy running for office. I can definitely understand your concerns around that, and I have some myself. But I don't see this as occupy becoming vertical, I see it as an occupier running for office, and including the fact that they were a part of occupy as that run.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:41:58 PM PDT

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      •  One more point: (0+ / 0-)

        Once this gets out, he will likely find that Occupy, as a movement, puts out a statement distancing itself from him. I'll lay odds on it.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:44:10 PM PDT

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  •  Good luck. Keep us updated. nt (2+ / 0-)

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:07:49 PM PDT

  •  Please clear up some things: (0+ / 0-)
    There are family, friends, citizens, activists and Occupiers who support this work tangibly, and millions who have never heard of World 5.0 and yet live lives of integrity, compassion, peace and love.
    Has the Occupy movement endorsed your campaign?

    So far you haven't engaged anyone here. That isn't exactly the sort of accessibility that "Occupiers" would expect.

    As an occupier, I'm seriously questioning your use of the Occupier term.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:51:43 PM PDT

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