BIPOLAR AMERICA - FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS, by Ed Cobb - www.lewrockwell.com
- September 15, 2001
Ed Cobb is a northerner by birth, a southerner by choice, and a Catholic.
"Don't feel like Satan but I am to them.
So I try to forget it any way I can."
~ Neil Young
Most of us recognize that we fall short. If we are honest, we acknowledge that others might have legitimate grievances with us. For a man to dislike me and perhaps even wish me ill it is not necessary for him to be evil or stupid or misinformed. All that is necessary is for him to see not my aspirations or my efforts to fulfill them but the dark chasm that divides the two. Being able to see yourself as others see you is a blessing, however difficult and distasteful the sight might be.
But as Americans, we seem not to recognize this same gap between aspiration and actuality in our national behavior.
The reasons we ignore it are many. Not least among them is the fact that our rulers and their media lapdogs misdirect and misinform us for the very purpose of keeping us ignorant. They like their power and their privilege. They like us fat, dumb and happy. Those sins are theirs to answer for but their sins do not excuse ours.
A man is not excused for the evil he does because those around him tell him what a great guy he is. It is up to each of us to discover and act on what is right. And the fact that our politicians, media, and power brokers tell us that America is nothing but wonderful and that is why some other people hate us does not mean that we are excused if we fail to find and acknowledge the truth for ourselves. This is not a call to self-loathing but to truth. And the truth, and the truth alone, will keep us free.
When another country is struck by disaster - earthquake, hurricane, flood - America and Americans are the first to help. We are also the first to rain bombs down on other nations. We did it in Serbia. We continue to do so in Iraq nearly every day. If the people of the nation in question do not do as we wish - dump Saddam, give their homeland to the KLA, whatever we want that day - we drop more bombs. Our bombs kill innocents, women and children. They destroy churches and marketplaces and pharmaceutical factories. This is also a true thing about us.
We say that the people who have perpetrated Tuesday's terrorist attacks on us are different from us. We say that they do not place the same value on human life as we do. Is that true? Do Islamic fundamentalists kill a million and a half of their unborn babies each year? I don't know if they do or not, but it seems like a reasonable question. I know that we do. It is one more true thing about us.
We rebuilt Europe, enemy and ally alike, and Japan after World War II. Americans fed, housed, and doctored most of a continent. We asked for nothing in return, which is exactly what we got. Americans can't even get a kind word from many of the people we put back on their feet let alone a few bucks worth of the interest on the loan. But we would do it for them again. Even the French. Another true thing about who we are.
Today we enforce economic sanctions in Iraq and Cuba that inflict extreme hardship on the people of those nations. That hardship includes denying food and medical care to women and children. People die because of our sanctions. We do it because our government does not like their leaders. Does not like their systems of government. The Iraqi embargo is as much a true thing about America as the Marshall Plan.
For how long can we continue to reconcile these two sets of truths about America?
Will the politicians, the military-industrial complex and their media flunkies suddenly see the light and begin to act toward other nations as the people of America act toward the people of other nations? Or will we inexorably slide down the slippery slope into the pit of our shortcomings?
In the coming time, America will attempt to exact justice for the evil that has been done. Not from more innocents, we all hope. In my view, that action is both necessary and appropriate.
In the coming time we will hear calls from the usual suspects asking us to give up freedom in return for security. They have already begun. We must resist. We have already given up too much freedom and security remains an illusion. The only way to be safe is to never feel secure. We cannot protect ourselves by becoming someone else. We must become more American, not less.
In the coming time, we will grieve for the dead. We will build monuments to those we have lost. This also is necessary and appropriate. We need to mourn loss. Heroism and innocence should be honored. But if that is all we do, all of it will come to nothing or worse.
As a people, we must look at ourselves and see the dark of the chasm of our own failures while never forgetting the light of our aspirations and our efforts and our successes. The American nation frequently fails to behave as the American people would behave at their best. This can no longer go unnoticed, unremarked, unchallenged. Americans must remake our government into something more like ourselves. Something more truly American.
Americans are live-and-let-live people. America is no longer a live-and-let-live country because our government and its acolytes want to rule the world. I, for one, do not believe Americans want to rule the world. Do you? Certainly, the world does not want to be ruled by America. Would you? Americans must learn to see ourselves as others see us and to treat the people of the rest of the world as we would have them treat us.
If this great tragedy can awaken us from our bipolar dream state so that we acknowledge the difference between who we are becoming and who we want to be, we might yet create the best possible memorial to our dead. We might yet bring a halt to the American Empire that bombs and starves our neighbors. We might yet rekindle the American Republic that lives in peace with its neighbors.
GOD'S KINGDOM - AVAILABLE TO ALL by Brother Gregory [from Kingdom History, Chapter 13, www.HisHolyChurch.net]
God gave us the commandments to aid in our growth and maturity and Jesus told us to obey them. Moses and the Messiah expounded upon those commandments, so that we might understand them and better implement them fruitfully in our lives.
Mat. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
We are to love God and have no other gods before him. We know Paul says there are gods many and Jesus says that you also are gods. A god is someone who makes laws and exercises authority over others. When the Bible was written, a god was the title of a ruling judge in courts of law and administrative courts. We know that God told us not to bow down nor serve those gods, that men make for themselves. We are told not to make covenants with the people under those gods.
Ex. 20:5-6 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Jude 1:8-12 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity
Jam. 1:26-27 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
He told us not to say that we put our trust in His name and then actually give our trust to someone else. He told us all this because he took us out of a governmental system called Egypt, where we did not own our labor or our land .... He also told us to never ever go back there again. When the Israelites were in Egypt and Moses came to free them, he did not say disobey Pharaoh.
When Jesus came to set the
How can we say he is Lord and continue
People say we need taxes to support government. Yes,
we need funds to support government, but do we need to force those
funds from people in order to get them to contribute? Is that the
kingdom of heaven, or
Pro. 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule
Have you been seeking the kingdom
Where to start seeking the kingdom of God? Rome was
not built in a day, but brick by brick. The kingdom of God is not built
in a day either, but stone by stone. The stones of the kingdom are not
piled one upon another, but are a free gathering of living stones.
Those stones of the true followers of Christ form living altars of
faith, hope and charity. We have been taught many forms of government,
but not God's government. We have been told that the kingdom is not at
hand, contrary to Christ's words. We are told that our applications and
contracts with other governments
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Salvation is first about repenting and going another way, God's way. It is about following after Christ and obeying His commandments, because we love Him and the Father who sent Him. It is about seeking Christ in His Kingdom of God, by serving Christ, by feeding His sheep and loving our neighbor. It is a journey, a path, a way, and each man and woman must decide daily how they will make that journey, working out their own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philip. 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Heb. 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Under the perfect law of liberty and at the altars of
Abraham and Moses, each individual or family exercised faith, hope and
charity. While at the altars and temples of the City State, obedience
and compliance were the ruling spirit and force
Eze. 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
In the Bible men are often represented by stones. Even word for assembled council was the same word for a pile of stones. To tell the truth, the altar made of earth by Abram was really a group of goodly men, set aside to do special works for the people.
Luke 22:29-30 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;  That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The reason Jesus
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Many would tell you that His kingdom was not of this world and try to intimate that his kingdom was merely spiritual, although it's clear he came in the flesh, not just the Spirit, and that he was the highest son of David and King of Judea.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:
The word "world" in the above text
Mat. 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
All things include the kingdom of heaven
Other kings and wise men knew
Mat. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Mat. 27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Pilate and therefore Rome knew he was king.
John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
Pilate proclaimed that Jesus was king in official Roman documents, which has been proclaimed throughout the land and the ages as the message on the cross sealed in blood.
Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, Latin and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This superscription was not a wooden plaque scratched
in mocking ridicule, but an official order of Rome written in three
languages on a white slate with black lettering by the Procurator of
Rome and Grandson-in-law of Tiberius
John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Jesus did not give Rome jurisdiction over himself, for he would not appeal to Rome. Did Rome have lawful authority to turn Jesus over to the Edomite Jews, who had seized power in the Kingdom by the murder of Zacharia?
John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Christ was king and appointed
Mat. 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Many people still wait for that kingdom to be
restored, because they seek a kingdom like the other nations, but that
is not God's way. He is our loving and charitable father, who has sent
his son, so that the kingdom would be at hand for us to seek. If you
leave God out of your heart in any way, deception will come in and play
its mischief and works in you. You will be deceived that the kingdom is
not at hand, or that it is like the kingdoms of the Gentiles, or that
you are saved by saying "Lord, Lord"
Mat. 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity
If you are unrepentant, unforgiving, impatient, judgmental, intolerant, quick to anger, slothful, avaristic, vulgar, arrogant, you have opened the door to evil and excluded the character or name of Christ from your life. If someone says you are saved by grace, or the grace of Christ, but does not speak of the kingdom and the whole of the Gospel, then they are not preaching the whole truth of Christ, the anointed. They are preaching a half-truth, which is, of course, a lie.
JOIN THE KINGDOM, NOT THE ARMY
© 2005 Lloyd Kinder
Jesus' kingdom has been available for anyone to join, since he came to establish it 2,000 years ago. He said the temple would be destroyed and he would build it up again in three days. He was referring to his body as the temple. His body was killed, but he raised it up again on the third day.
The Bible says his kingdom will ultimately smash and replace all other kingdoms, but without using physical force. The warfare described in Revelation is spiritual warfare, symbolic of how man's evil ways and plans will be destroyed. Humanity has had 6,000 years to experiment with worldly ways based on force, dominion, hatred and cruelty. 6 is the number of man, but 7 is the number of God. In the next [seventh] thousand years, we have the possibility to end our evil worldly ways forever, starting soon.
Sociocracy is the name of a method of unanimous rule, instead of majority rule. Sociocracy means "society rule," but it's really Godly rule of society. And it works. It's basically the method of decision making used by the Israelites after Moses and the Nazarenes after Jesus and the Quakers after the Protestant Reformation. It's been practiced and honed for hundreds of years at a time and is ready to change the world for good.
These peacemakers have found how to work together to do great good for the world, loving neighbors and enemies as themselves. Instead of using brute force of majority rule, they use loving agreement among themselves, though imperfectly of course. Their methods promise to end abuses of the poor and the down-trodden in all societies. When governing bodies deign to use unanimous rule, or consensus, no cruel or inconsiderate decisions can be easily made. Jesus promoted this method implicitly in Matthew 20:25-28 and elsewhere. Whoever adopts this method is practically assured of great successes, as explained in the following article. So I urge fellow conservatives and Christians to adopt sociocracy. See after this article for how we can work together on this.
SOCIOCRACY by Gerard Endenburg and John Buck
Review © 2005 Lloyd Kinder
Advantages of Sociocracy
Win-win-win for investors, management, staff
Higher staff commitment to and identification with the organization
Fewer and better meetings
Lower sick leave
Better safety record
More awareness of costs
Improved client orientation
Sociocracy has developed most in the Netherlands and has attracted interest elsewhere in Eurasia, in Latin America ... and recently in the United States.
The sociocratic circle-organization method relies on four ground rules derived from recent discoveries in the science of systems theory etc. The four rules are simple and easy to follow. Any organization can implement them without changing existing command structure. Once in place they provide a flexible means to develop that structure.
The Basic Rules
Consent - The principle of consent governs decision-making. Consent means a policy decision can only be made if nobody has a reasoned and paramount objection to it. Day-to-day decisions don't require consent, but there must be consent about the use of other forms of decision-making.
Elections - Election of persons for functions and tasks takes place in accordance with the principle of consent and after open discussion.
Circle - The organization maintains a structure for decision making, consisting of semi-autonomous circles (i.e., groups of individuals). Each circle has its own aim and organizes the three functions of leading, doing, and evaluating results. A circle makes its own policy decisions by consent, maintains its own memory system, and develops itself through integral research, teaching, and learning re its members. A circle makes consent decisions only in special circle meetings.
Double-Linking - A circle is connected to the next higher circle with a double link. This means that at least two persons, one being the functional leader of the circle and at least one delegate from the circle, are full members of the next higher circle.
The Order of a Sociocratic Meeting
A. Opening round:
Give each person a copy of the proposed agenda;
Ask each person in turn to say briefly how they are doing;
And ask them to make any comments on the agenda, if they wish.
B. Administrative concerns:
Ask if everyone received a copy of decisions made in the previous meeting;
Ask for consent to:
the minutes of the last meeting;
And mention the time available for the meeting,
and the date of next meeting.
[List agenda items in order]
E.g. Elect a new circle chair;
Discuss concerns about a new competitor;
Decide on work assignments for certain days.
D. Closing round - evaluate the meeting process:
How was use of time?
Did the facilitator maintain equivalence, i.e. equal time and power to all?
How could the decision-making have been more efficient?
Did everyone arrive prepared?
What agenda items should be on the next meeting agenda?
1-Give job description and period of time elected person will perform job.
2-Give out ballots & everyone fill out ballot and hand to election leader.
3-Each person say why you made your nomination.
4-Ask if anyone wants to change votes based on arguments heard.
5-Election leader propose a candidate after step 4, or ask for discussion if the arguments are unclear.
6-Election leader ask each person if he or she consents to the proposed person, asking the person proposed last.
7-If anyone does not consent, go back to step 5 and propose another candidate in the same way.
Sample Ballot: I, ..........NOMINATE: ...............
(Your Name) (Name of Candidate)
1. State issue(s) to be decided.
2. Any member propose a suggested decision. Often a person or persons may be asked to prepare a proposal and bring it to the next meeting.
3. Restate the proposal to clarify it.
4. Ask for quick feedback on the proposal.
5. Ask proposer to amend the proposal, if needed, based on the feedback.
6. Record any objections on a flip chart, without discussion.
7. Ask everyone to improve the proposal to deal with all objections.
8. Ask for consent - go back to step 6 if there are more objections and repeat the last steps.
Top management should lead the implementation of sociocracy to ensure that it proceeds holistically. Attempts by factions to implement it from the bottom or middle of their organizations can lead to considerable friction. Some people mistakenly perceive sociocracy as a revolutionary tool to use against management, to get rid of the boss. It's not. The boss stays put. The logic of sociocracy sets aside the "either/" logic of old conflicts such as workers versus management. Sociocratic logic is often expressed in "both/and" statements. For example, a sociocratic business places control of a company in the hands of both management and workers; it typically uses both authoritarian and egalitarian decision-making; it provides both a security assurance and a creative stimulus; it is concerned with both profit and human values. By combining seemingly incompatible concepts, both-and thinking stimulates creative thinking and causes that seemingly chaotic thinking to self-organize into very practical solutions.
Because the implementation process is both emancipating and motivating, conflicting feelings of skepticism, elation, frustration, fear, and well-being may arise during implementation. Careful planning can minimize the discomfort and avoid disruption of the ongoing work process.
Implementation begins in the imagination of those in currently in charge, the owners or the board. They have to see the sociocratic circle-organization method as a possible strategy for achieving their values and vision for the business or organization. Gaining this insight is the first step in implementation. Those in control might not express their vision in grand terms. They are likely to say they are looking for better communications, more creativity to stay ahead of competition, a more stable labor force, or simply more profit. These are all valid reasons for starting experimentation with the sociocratic method, but it helps if those in control can articulate their dream for the company. Having a clear idea of their vision helps them integrate the sociocratic method with their other strategies for realizing their vision. It is important for top management to make a clear commitment to support experimentation with the sociocratic. Because management retains the power to stop any sociocratic procedures during the implementation process, the organization will sense any violation of the consent principle by management and see it, correctly, as the latest authoritarian manipulative trick.
The second step is usually to form a special Implementation Circle consisting of the CEO, other selected top managers, and persons from other levels of the organization. The Implementation Circle receives training in sociocracy and deepens its learning by conducting its own operations sociocratically. The Implementation Circle's job is to plan, guide, and evaluate a series of implementation steps. For example, the Circle might decide to try implementing sociocracy in one specific department of the organization and gauge the results. If successful, the Circle would probably expand the sociocratic method to more departments. The second step ends once the whole organization has a double-linked circle structure and in-house trainers able to train newly elected roundtable meeting facilitators and new staff in the sociocratic method.
The third step, that can partially overlap the second step, is to install "sociocratic engineering" methods. These methods organize all work processes on a dynamic basis and create a structure to guide the organization's own evolution. Once these methods are in place, the organization will be virtually ready for ISO 9000 quality certification. The quality methods will feel integral to the normal work processes and not imposed from outside, as is so often the case when companies and organizations seek certification.
The fourth step focuses on the Board Circle. The sociocratic method includes simple formulas that let everyone feel the "profit measurement" - both profits and losses. The formulas ensure that each staff member or investor, each circle, and the company as a whole all have explicit financial feedback about their performance. The formulas include a regular minimum payment for investors, management, and staff as well as short-term and long-term incentive payments. The formulas divide income for each group in proportion to their contribution to the company so that all participants in the organization receive a fair share - as would any group of partners. In addition to financial system adjustments, the Board Circle may wish to revise its incorporation and by-law structure in accordance with the sociocratic corporate model. This ingenious approach to incorporation makes consent the legal basis of decision-making. But the corporation retains an ability to raise money through sale of stock. Because the basis of decision-making is consent, not ownership, a hostile takeover becomes impossible.
One attraction of the sociocratic circle-organization method is the freedom it offers to use it in whole or in part. The implementation process can be paused at any of the steps just discussed. It is also possible to make limited functional areas of a large organization operate sociocratically. Doing so offers a practical way to gain experience with the model. For example, an organization could organize all of its safety officers sociocratically, or everyone who deals with computers, or everyone participating on a special project, etc.
Thus, if a large, geographically dispersed organization with several regional offices planned to launch a big automation project using sociocratic principles, its first step would be to establish management support for the idea of using the sociocratic engineering model. Then, it would create sociocratic circles in the targeted regional offices, consisting of users and automation systems support staff, at least one circle to each region. It would establish a national level circle and double link the regional circles.
On the other hand, on a small scale, a church
committee or a group of volunteer parents supporting a children's
soccer team might select a meeting facilitator and assign tasks to each
other using the sociocratic election process.