12.13.2004

Do you believe?

If you believe that we are in a State of Emergency . . .

If you believe that the United States' government is now controlled by anti-democratic interests determined to bring the country to economic, political, and social collapse . . .

If you believe that the political system is fundamentally broken and that "adjustments" within the two-party system will not prevent further decay . . .

If you believe in the potential for democracy only through empowerment and nonviolent, sustained movement toward fundamental systemic change . . .

If you sense that liberalism and neoliberalism are as improverished as conservatism and neoconservatism . . .

If you believe that personal responsibility, consensus, and cooperation are as important as individual rights in rebuilding society . . .

If you believe that local, national, and international networks of people can be inspired and organized to act in the spirit of nonviolence, true democracy, progressive populism, and positive change may create a better world . . .

If you believe that we cannot make peace by making war . . .

If you believe that local, national, and international networks of people can be inspired and organized to act in the spirit of nonviolence, true democracy, progressive populism, and positive change may create a better world . . .

Welcome to P!

P! will "officially" debut in mid- to late-January, 2005. In some ways, P! will be very much like other "lefty" blogs: analysis, commentary, essays, and so forth.

The critical difference, I hope, is that we can create a network which communicates, advocates, and celebrates actions and ideas for peaceful, positive, and sustainable solutions for a nation and world in dire straits. The goal is to generate populist action based on progressive, reformist ideas and ideals. Perhaps the people of this country can do what the goverment will not: allow us to be good citizens on this planet by building alliances, not picking fights.

I cannot do this alone. If you support the notions and values I've suggested here and can commit to (a) posting thoughtfully at least once each week and (b) participating in consensus management of editorial policy and site content/format, I invite you to consider being a Contributing Editor.

If you have a blog already, that's great: cross-posting is encouraged. If you're not currently a blogger, but are a good, clear writer and are bursting with information and ideas, let's talk.

If you have a "specialty" (alternative economics, technology, movement building, etc.), we really need you. If you are non-white, non-male, and/or English is not your first language, we value you.

I hope you'll join me. Please leave me a note in the comments section and I promise to respond.