Change the Rules – Tom Curren



Disclaimer: The idea we’re about to talk about is something good for all voters. It doesn’t matter where on the political spectrum you fall, it is a tool for American citizens to take back a hefty chunk of the power which currently resides in the hands of a few. I’m sure you’re totally right about whatever political views you hold, so don’t freak out… this really is a tool for everyone.

As you can probably tell by my trepidation, I don’t usually like to talk about politics on this show because I’m so very fragile and don’t wish for half the population to hate me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care a lot about it. As host of a culture and consciousness podcast trying to prevent Planet of the Apes from happening… of course I care about this stuff. It’s just that I think there are plenty of other podcasts already doing a fine job talking about it. However, when something clearly anti-ape presents itself, I feel like I should let you know…

Tom Curren - ChangetheRules.orgI have come across a non-partisan non-profit with a very good idea.Tom Curren is the founder and president of ChangetheRules.org (not to be confused with ChangetheRef). Tom’s creation is a practical, strategic solution to help people fix what ails our political system from the ground up. 

What’s the problem you ask? Well essentially, as far as the political system is concerned, there is no problem.The system works great for politicians and the large donor class. And that IS the problem of the rest of us. Here’s a statistic for you. in 2016, congress had a re-election rate of 95%, but an approval rate of 17%. See… systems working great for the politicians, not so much for you.

Why is this? Because – sometimes with good intentions, and oftentimes with bad…the RULES that govern politics have been gradually morphing over years and decades into something that channels control to a small set of players, and leaves everybody else on the outside looking in.  

But let’s be honest… if the world isn’t ruled by reptilian overlords it is still, at a minimum, an intractable web of corruption and secret handshakes that all adds up to there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. Right?  

Well, no, not really. A little bit, maybe, but I think if the last 2 years of politics has taught us anything, it might be, as Terrence Mckenna once said, and I’m paraphrasing here…

The truth that THEY know and we don’t… the TRUTH that keeps the global elite and the Bilderbergers and the Archons up late at night, the TRUTH that is too frightening for most of us to face… is that NO ONE is in charge. The human race is making this up as we go.

And that means it’s always a good time for people of conscience and good will, especially the ones with good ideas, to take hold of the steering wheel from time to time.  

Tom Curren is such a person with such and idea.  What ChangetheRules.org does is actually pretty simple. Tom Curren, who’s day job is as a high level corporate consultant and strategist, has researched and identified three specific problems – RULES of our system – that could and should be changed to restore power to you and me

… and then he identified 8 strategies that are practical, essential, and are ACTUALLY working right now at the grass roots, city and state levels of the political process in the United States. After identifying the problems and the best strategies to correct them – he then went ahead and identified the best non-profit action groups currently working on each one of these strategies.

And finally, he created ChangetheRules.org  with the mission to help fund them. Change the Rules takes donations from people like you and me – people who like the idea of a strategic, targeted attack on political business as usual, and want to restore power and control of our destiny as a nation… to the majority of people, not the insiders and high rollers only – and distributes 100% of these funds across all 8 of these organizations.

Essentially – Change the Rules has done the research, done the vetting, and created the strategy so that your donations will help change the system in the best possible way, without you needing to join 8 different groups (with all that entails.)

Here’s a little more encouragement and evidence that this is can really help from a recent article in the Washington Post…

By Bruno Kaufmann and Joe Mathews

STOCKHOLM — The new conventional wisdom seems to be that electoral democracy is in decline. But this ignores another widespread trend: direct democracy at the local and regional level is booming, even as disillusion with representative government at the national level grows.

Today, 113 of the world’s 117 democratic countries offer their citizens legally or constitutionally established rights to bring forward a citizens’ initiative, referendum or both. And since 1980, roughly 80 percent of countries worldwide have had at least one nationwide referendum or popular vote on a legislative or constitutional issue…

…Other major democracies — Germany, the United States and India — do not permit popular votes on substantive issues nationally but support robust direct democracy at the local and regional levels. The number of local votes on issues has so far defied all attempts to count them — they run into the tens of thousands.

This robust democratization, at least when it comes to direct legislation, provides a context that’s generally missing when doomsday prophets suggest that democracy is dying by pointing to authoritarian-leaning leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Donald Trump…

…Cities from Seoul to San Francisco are hungry for new and innovative tools that bring citizens into processes of deliberation that allow the people themselves to make decisions and feel invested in government actions. We’ve seen local governments embrace participatory budgeting, participatory planning, citizens’ juries and a host of experimental digital tools in service of that desired mix of greater public deliberation and more direct public action.

 

 

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