US Politics

A Solidarity Strategy for Political Reform

By Joel S. Hirschhorn
Published July 12, 2007

All over the Internet are sincere efforts to reform and improve America's political-government system. The downside is fragmentation of the subpopulation that has escaped brainwashing, cultural distraction, and self-delusion. Strategy solidarity is missing, but is possible.

Millions of discontent, dissident and truly patriotic Americans see our federal government as corrupt and untrustworthy, disrespectful of our Constitution, under the grip of moneyed interests, subservient to corporate and globalization elites, unresponsive to the needs of ordinary people, and very much on the wrong track. But they are not united.

This subpopulation no longer believes that electing different Democrats or Republicans will turn around the nation. Many have stopped voting. Some believe violent revolution is necessary. Some think that only national economic disaster will produce necessary change. Most find hope in a particular reform strategy that has attracted their attention and respect. However, so many reform efforts reduce prospects for success.

I am talking about political-government reforms, not party reforms. Many successful websites often described as "progressive" seek changes in the Democratic Party. On the political right others hope to reform the Republican Party. Party reform is not the same as reversing the many declines in American democratic institutions.

Devotees of popular sites like, and, for example, still believe that electing different Democrats is the solution. Being passionately anti-Bush/Cheney does not change their loyalty to the two-party system, while true dissidents have given up on that.

Fragmentation Impedes Critical Mass

For the dissident subpopulation, fragmentation impedes building a critical mass that can precipitate a tipping point for revolutionary change that solves systemic national problems. Fragmentation results in large measure because of the ease of creating new groups with their own websites. Dissidents align with some web group (and sometimes several), hoping and perhaps praying for success, even if they admit the probability is low.

Admittedly, our monumentally negative and complex national situation will not receive some quick magic-bullet solution. Many will argue that we need multiple strategies and that many of them are complementary.

Yet the fragmentation-critical mass issue must not be ignored any longer, especially when we acknowledge the myriad, powerful forces supporting our ugly, oppressive status quo system and their demonstrated capability over many decades to beat back serious reform attempts.

Success requires solidarity. If we do not take the fragmentation problem seriously, untold numbers of micro-reform groups will remain marginalized. Just what status quo forces want.

Realistically, reaching consensus will be resisted by many reform-groups that would not be selected as the priority, solidarity option. One cannot ignore the considerable egos of activists that have energetically created a web group, and that have attained supporters – though rarely in significant numbers.

They sincerely believe that their strategy is the best one and having relatively few supporters does not deter them. Many are as opposed to alternative reform strategies as those in the status quo establishment, but not all.

Most celebrate their long shot status with a religious zeal bordering on obsession. Instead, we need passion for a solidarity strategy.

Possible Strategies

This requires maturity and open-mindedness from entrepreneurial activists to acknowledge that some other strategy offers more promise of wide scale success. Joining together in common cause is necessary to save our nation.

Umbrella Strategy: What we can strive for is that many reform advocates can support another strategy that does not contradict or oppose their own one. In seeking a solidarity strategy, we want the capacity to serve as an umbrella movement that ultimately can assist others to succeed or at least fairly compete against each other for public support.

Unlikely Mass Action: The solidarity strategy should not be dependent on changing the behavior of enormous numbers of people. Many sincere groups believe that millions of converts will change more than their thinking or values – they will change their behavior. They trust that their information stimulus will produce their desired response.

One group aims at convincing people to have only one child per couple as the planet-wide solution. Another preaches voting out incumbents. Another wants supporters for replacing our representative democracy with direct democracy – despite being antithetical to our constitutional republic framework.

Such micro-movements hope that true believers will voluntarily choose to behave in the desired fashion. But how can one person confidently believe that millions of others will behave likewise? Such groups typically exist for years despite no objective evidence that their message is causing millions of people to behave similarly.

Unlikely Lawmaking: Many other groups, such as those pursuing specific electoral reforms, base success on Congress eventually passing the desired law. But if we are talking about profound reforms, passage is unlikely. Powerful moneyed interests spend whatever is necessary to preserve the status quo through lobbying and campaign funding.

Getting dissidents to send letters to members of Congress, sign petitions and participate in street protests are tactics that rarely succeed against the corrupt power of money. Moreover, many of these groups pursue beneficial but narrow reforms that will not profoundly change our system.

Note that I am not talking about worthy issue-specific actions that often mobilize large numbers, such as the recent success to kill the attempt to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and as yet unsuccessful attempts to impeach Bush and Cheney, stop the Iraq war, and stop globalization.

Another Solidarity Strategy: Article V Convention

It comes to this: Is there a solidarity strategy for achieving deep reforms? Yes. Some time ago I anguished over the decision to dedicate my time, energy and money to a movement that I had researched and concluded had the capacity to produce many major reforms.

An Article V convention could be the successful solidarity strategy. The Framers of our Constitution created this option exactly because they anticipated the loss of public confidence in the federal government. That day has arrived.

This strategy is a clear constitutional right. An Article V convention, moreover, would provide a legal venue for consideration of many possible amendments. Indeed, when I examined countless reform groups, the clearer it became that many goals could be instituted through constitutional amendments – our ultimate lawmaking opportunity.

Why so many failed attempts to get an Article V convention? Powerful groups on the political left and right had opposed the convention. They wanted to retain their ability to greatly influence public policy and feared a convention that circumvented all three branches of the federal government. The great hypocrisy was that those professing to honor and love our Constitution opposed using exactly what our Constitution offers us.

I first wondered why Congress had not proposed an amendment to remove the convention option. But then I realized that Congress has chosen to conceal its opposition to a convention. But two of our greatest presidents backed it: Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

I linked up with other conventionists and now we have a major web presence for Friends of the Article V Convention. We are nonpartisan and will not endorse specific amendments. We have shown the potential for wide scale success by achieving remarkable rapid growth in membership in just a few months and have begun building state chapters.

If you are a true dissident looking for major political-government reforms come with an open mind to our website. Access a wealth of information and analysis that refute any fears you may have about a convention (because of propaganda from anti-conventionists). If you have a reform group or are committed to one and can envision a constitutional amendment to reach your goal, consider affiliate membership for your group.

In solidarity there is strength. Much strength is needed to meet our common reform goal of restoring American democracy and rebuilding a trustworthy government.

Joel S. Hirschhorn, Ph.D., is the author of Sprawl Kills - How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health, and Money. He can be reached through his website: Check out Joel's new book at

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By John CAO WFS Canada Chapter (anonymous) | Posted July 28, 2009 at 20:25:10

What would you say if someone told you that you are not obligated to have a government? Would you be surprised to discover that this is true? It is in fact true. In all of the commonwealth countries, the only lawful government is a representative one. Would it then be lawful to represent you without your consent? Certainly not. You can only be represented if you choose to be represented. This is one of many facts that our current government really does not want you to know. Through the tacit consent of the population of this landmass called Canada, a small group of individuals have placed themselves in positions of authority and have ignored the fact that they are "public servants". We, the population of this Earth, have allowed this to happen and have only ourselves to blame. They create statutes and call them laws, then demand that we adhere to these statutes under penalty of imprisonment or financial loss. We have allowed them to reduce our status from sovereign beings, in control of our own lives, to little more than corporate slaves, servicing the whims of government for their own ends. The World Freeman Society is not anti-government, but rather pro-good government. We believe that the elected servants should act for the good of the people and not the interests of themselves and their corporate buddies. Through education and enlightenment, we strive to make a positive change in the lives of everyone in this country and throughout the world by showing that we have tools to hold the people that choose to take power for themselves accountable for their actions.

The first steps to obtaining an understanding of the processes used by these "leaders" to control is to explore the mechanism of their control: words. We use words throughout our daily lives and rarely give a second thought to their actual
power. We have grown accustomed to the belief that words mean what we have been taught they mean. This is a very important falsehood that everyone needs to understand right from the start. Words can be redefined by the user to mean whatever
they want them to mean, a very common practice in law and one that has caused many to be held responsible for breaking the rules that simply don't apply to them. We here in Canada have an Act created by the government called the Interpretations Act.
It's only purpose is to redefine many words that are used in law to mean different things than we would normally expect. Even without the Interpretations Act, many words have been altered to mean things that we wouldn't expect. The word "understand" is one of them. To pretty much everyone this means to comprehend, but when used in conjunction with a law or statute it means to "stand under" or accept the authority of. When you are asked if you understand something by a judge or police officer, they aren't asking if you comprehend the words but if you submit to the authority of the words: a very different meaning and one that can deceive you into accepting a position of servitude when there isn't any right for that individual to hold power over you in the first place. I know that many will read this and discount it as drivel or the ravings of a lunatic as I did the first
time I heard it. I assure you that there are volumes of evidence to support that these concepts are indeed true and real.

Words like "apply", "submit", and "register" are used to gain control over your affairs. We would read these words and without a thought believe that they are innocuous and necessary. Apply, by definition in law means to "beg". By requiring
you to apply for something, they are demanding that you beg for that thing. Who has the authority to demand that you beg? Submit, in law, means to recognize the authority of another. We have been led to believe that it means to enter into record or start a process. In truth, to submit an application is to beg that someone take authority over you. Register is even more disturbing. To register means that you are abandoning the thing and turning title over to the body you are registering with. You are giving up ownership and transferring it to that agency. By registering your house, automobile, children or anything else, you are relinquishing control to an organization that holds its own interests as paramount. These are only a few of the words used to enslave you. There are many more.

As food for thought, here are a few definitions that you may not currently comprehend. A statute is a "rule of a society that has been given the force of law". If a statute must be given the force of law, how can it be a law? A society is " a
group of individuals gathered by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act for a common goal". The operative word here is "consent". You cannot be compelled to be a member of any society. You must consent to be a part of it. So it begs the ques-
tion, what society is responsible for the current statutes that we are expected to be subject to and if we don't consent to being a part of that society, do the statutes actually apply to us? This is not a license to do whatever you want. You must be responsible for your actions and although statutes may not apply to you, you have the responsibility to uphold the common law which is actually very simple. Do no harm to another, do no harm to another's property and do no deception or mischief in your contracts. These laws are universal and make sense to everyone. By living with love and personal responsibility, the huge volumes of statutes in our country become unnecessary.

This only scratches the surface of the issue. Come and take the red pill and we can show you just how deep the rabbit hole actually goes. All we offer is the truth.

The World Freeman Society is dedicated to uncovering these truths and finding remedy to this imposed servitude for all. We have amassed a vast library of information through many thousands of hours of research by our members. We have
support forums to assist in the learning of these concepts and more. We extend an invitation to all to visit our society to learn how to take back the right of sovereignty and personal responsibility that we have all been born into. I am certain that you will be shocked and amazed at the depth of this deception imposed upon us by our trusted officials and, if you are like me, will find real answers to unspoken questions that have been nagging at you for most of your life.

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