Sherwood Forest Citizens


I generated the following in response to an e-mail from a rural businessman which I thought that I would share at the risk of beating the issue and solution to death:

“Technology exists to address the rural needs.  Your real problem is as you point out is a level playing field.  Oppression and bullying comes in many forms.  The general populace are peons, people held in compulsory servitude to a master for the working out of an indebtedness, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peons?show=0&t=1297959248, and are subjected to the feudalistic will of a symbiotic self-nurturing relationship between politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists complete with court jesters.  It is a political seesaw of phantom deception of resolve between two political parties inflicted on the masses.  Socialism does exist in America, but most of us peons aren’t in the tier of society to reaps its benefits, like health care and education.  It would appear however our saviour, Robin Hood, is virtual, as in the Middle East. 

Where we are being had is that we’re allowing the privatization of profits and socializing the debt, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privatizing_profits_and_socializing_losses.  Most recently the citizens of Green Bay Wisconsin have shown us how to change this, at least in sports, http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2011/01/those-non-profit-packers.html .  There are responsible capitalistic movements such as Conscious Capitalism, http://www.consciouscapitalism.org/, but no doubt will not be able to make the timely changes for us to be competitive in world markets as we fall further behind.

The solution is actually quite simple.  What you need to do is to form a Community Development Cooperative, consistent with your demographics and needs.  It would be a private/public partnership in that it would be made up of all the residents, businesses, institutions and associations with voting and non-voting members.  In addition, through the auspices of the cooperative you would form a community foundation.  Public lands and private donations could be transferred into the foundation to create a bond issue to raise the funds necessary to address your community’s needs with the cooperative members having first right of refusal.  Funds, such as the Universal Service Funds could be also be granted to the foundation, along with other grants applied for by the foundation.

We all need to stop reacting, and start responding and initiating these processes.  We are either part of the solution or part of the problem.”

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