At times in America, it seems like there are at least two very different but parallel realities in existence. In one of these realities, the population has accepted total government/corporate control over the entirety of their lives; whereas, in the other, the population has rejected that notion.
Likewise, there appears to be a universe where perpetual war is accepted by the masses as a necessity; while, in the other, the populace recognizes the necessity of ending it.
Concurrently, one philosophy holds that a ravaged planet, large-scale death, and a constant culture of want is nothing more than collateral damage, while the other is doing its best to envision a world in which these conditions no longer exist.
Of course, those individuals participating in the second version of reality – the one seeking to free humanity from the clutches of the first – have a vast disagreement on how to do so. While some may approach the implementation of much needed changes from the left, others may approach it from the right. Others may approach changing the establishment from a completely unique position.
Regardless, it is undeniable that it is the first set of individuals who are granted virtually all of the air time and all of the so-called “credibility” in any given debate. In polite and traditional society, alternative (itself a pejorative term) ideas are ridiculed if they are ever able to slip by the gatekeepers of the phony left-right paradigm seeking to relegate the human mind to malevolently-constructed boundaries.
However, on October 23, 2012, it seems that alternative voices did manage to slip past those boundaries even if it was only for a brief hour. Of course, this was not because there is a groundswell of American voters who will be voting third party this year; and it certainly was not because the mainstream media decided to abruptly shift gears and begin covering legitimate news and opinion. It was because, despite the enormous roadblocks placed in front of any third party candidate, four “third parties” simply went ahead with a debate that they have been banned from having in front of a mainstream audience ever since recent memory permits.
In keeping with the “parallel universe” theme, the third party debate — thanks in large part to the participation of Larry King who brought with him some level of mainstream media capital — aired an alternative path to many Americans watching the Obama/Romney theatre. The true positive aspects of the airing of the debate was not in the outcome in the upcoming election (no one truly has any expectations of this), it was in the fact that in an election year where the two candidates struggle even to appear different in the presentation of their messages, visions of an alternative America, for a split second, managed to slip through.
Obviously, we should not overemphasize the effects of the third party debate. We cannot allow ourselves to be overtaken with false hope or an inflated sense of what has taken place. However, we must not fall into the trap of hopelessness either. If anything, the third party debate should encourage those of us who are actually fighting to change the wasteland that is America into a garden of plenty that much more reason to continue our work.
Wars cannot be won using a purely defensive strategy. Nor can they be successful by using only one type of offense. Civil disobedience, non-compliance, and education all have their place and all three are indispensable methods of resistance. However, we cannot ignore the political system as a mechanism for bringing about the change we desire to see.
On October 30, 2012, a second “third party” debate between the candidates who received the most votes from the viewing audience at the first event is scheduled to take place. This time, the hopes are that even more attention will be focused on the event than there was the first time around, particularly the attention of the average American voter.
The second debate, organized by Free and Equal, comes three days on the heels of the United Front Against Austerity conference, which takes place on October 27, a gathering of noted individuals opposed to the economic and civic implosion of the United States and specifically the implementation of austerity measures upon the American people. Most notably, it is the goal of the UFAA to hammer out a platform of demands by which to base a true revolution and political movement.
The development of a set of demands has, of course, been one of my own talking points for the better part of a year as one may read in my article, “The American Corporate Party and the Derailing of Revolution” and my book, Five Sense Solutions.
The UFAA conference will involve a series of addresses, both live and recorded, from distinguished speakers, as well as 4+ hours of moderated presentation of proposals and subsequent debate.
The UFAA is not only focused on a platform, however, it is also focusing on the development of organization, a strategy and road map for political success, and the attraction of leadership to the cause.
In the end, for all of the obstacles that we face and with the overall worsening of the condition regarding the fate of free humanity on a global scale, there are avenues of resistance that not only provide outlets for that resistance but for its success. These two gatherings – the next Free And Equal third party debate and the UFAA – may very well be the first hints of motion by one of the many vehicles we may use to free ourselves.
Without a doubt, we must take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way.
For more information on the dates and times or other general inquiries into these events, please see the following:
Tuesday, October 30 2012
INN World Report Auditorium
56 Walker St. New York City, NY
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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 175 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.