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November 09, 2011

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I like this topic. I consider myself somewhere in the horizontalist-anarchosyndicalist "small is beautiful" camp, but I live next to a big farking lake, with a big farking pile of humanity next to it, and the wonderful sparkle-based consensus building of OWS doesn't really cut it when it comes to processing a million gallons of water a minute.

We have an elected board that runs the Municipal Water Reclaimation District, and it's the biggest pile of corrupt crony horseshit in an already unimaginably huge pile of corrupt crony horseshit.

So, if representative democracy lends itself to abuse, and direct democracy isn't likely competent to do the job, and private systems will rob us blind because, well it'd be a shame if we didn't get our hard-earned quarterly profit increases *knock over a vase*, who should turn lake water into coffee water?

Great post, great topic. I think sometimes we confuse lecturing and educating. My telling you how to be a better person is not, actually, all that effective because a) I'm kind of an asshole and b) who am I to tell you anything anyway and c) my experience and yours, however similar, will never be exactly the same.

I think we just have to make the world better, is what I've come around to after all these years. I think we just have to do stuff to make whatever is around us less fucked up, and people will see that and either approach us and ask about it, or they won't. But you don't lead people by telling them to follow you. You lead people by going somewhere your own self, I think.

A.

We are of a similar mind there, A. As t-shirty and bumper-stickery as it has become via appropriation, "Be the change you want to see in the world" is not just great wisdom but a very sound navigation standard.

Few years back during very dark times I wasn't sure how to get out of, my internal encouragement was "If you can't manage anything else, just try to just be useful."

I think the First-Draft community does a good job that way too. We don't just talk, we do shit. Thanks for running a good ship.

oh, and pratfall, I'm not surprised. Water regulation, like lots of other public sector regs, too often falls into the hands of the corrupt, no matter what the scale.

Money always sniffs out scarcity. Water is growing scarcer by the minute. Follow the money...

"Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water. "

Few years back during very dark times I wasn't sure how to get out of, my internal encouragement was "If you can't manage anything else, just try to just be useful."

THIS.

Days I forget this stuff, this community reminds me.

A.

"If you can't manage anything else, just try to just be useful."

My dad has sometimes remarked, "Everyone screws up, and everyone tries. At the end of the day, there are people who help solve more problems than they cause, and those who cause more problems than they help solve. Try to be the former."

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