Saturday, December 28, 2013

Beings of the world unite

The world's great nonviolent revolution is taking place at a global level and its in all the news, but its not being named and its not being labeled because its SOCIALIST.  We are witnessing a transnational, multinational, international BELIEF in humankind's social responsibilities towards one another and to all life rise up and overthrow systems of dominance and control which have infiltrated religion, politics, and economics - the social foundations of civilization.

Our contemporary social foundations have been infiltrated and contaminated by the profit motive - the 'what's in it for me?' mentality, which spells disease for the soul and catastrophe for the society.  A profiteering society is doomed to trade its inherent humanity for something less.  The value of a human being is priceless and cannot be measured, but a profiteering society measures the value of human beings and forces them to compete with one another as a means of lowering their price.  Such a commodification of the sacred, if you will, reminds us that both 'number' and 'nemesis' are from the same Greek root - 'Nomos'.  We have allowed our numbers to replace our human values and in so doing we have created ecological and eco'nomic' crises which threaten our very survival.  The profit motive has become our nemesis.

Human beings are not meant to chase after our own fleeting desires; it brings out our worst and leaves us always wondering what our best might be.  Human beings are meant to serve others; it brings out our best and fills us with a happiness that selfishness cannot hope to provide.  Don't take my word for it, just ask a half-decent parent.  Our economic, political, educational, and even our religious institutions have been coopted by selfish interests who consistently foil our collective efforts to end poverty and war, social and environmental inequality, and injustice.  We must purge ourselves, individually and collectively, of our indoctrinated sense of money as the arbiter of wealth.

He who dies with the most toys dies.  The toys go to someone else.  As shameful as it is to acknowledge, generations of young people are being raised with the notion of 'dying with the most toys' as the actual purpose of human existence!  We are told that accumulating material wealth and celebrating excess is worthy of emulation, and much more insidiously, we are denied opportunities to serve out of fear that we'll like it so much we'll abandon the almighty dollar to the fate of Rome!  Such is the weight of this monstrous propaganda we are indoctrinated with.

Humans have a social impulse, and capitalism taken to its natural extreme violently represses this impulse.  Extremist capitalism buys everything and sells it back for profit, and there is no commons, no social framework, no civic responsibilities, no social order, no dharma.  Capitalism must be tempered with human values.

This tempered, ethical capitalism is socialism.  It works just like capitalism, with a floor and a ceiling.  The floor helps out those with basic human needs, and this floor is paid for by the ceiling.  Anyone can get rich in socialism, but no one can get filthy rich until everyone has their basic needs met.  This satisfies our real free-market desire - the desire to live in a society built on serving others.

Albert Einstein, arguably the world's smartest man, calls capitalism 'the predatory phase of human evolution' in his seminal paper entitled, "Why I am a socialist"- viewed here:  http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism.  The nature of competition is such that in the end there is only one winner and a wide field of 'losers' - think of sports playoffs.  Lots of contenders, but only one winner.  It only makes sense that this years winners will have an edge next year - being winners, they will have more revenue from more fans.  This has necessitated the salary cap in sports - otherwise, the winners will make more money, hire better, more expensive players, and never ever lose.

In other words, without a salary cap, competition ends up being very anticompetitive.

Capitalism has no salary cap.  The biggest corporations make all the money, hire the best talent, bribe the government with campaign financing, and never ever lose.  Main street is at a structural disadvantage to Wall street.  Competition is the foundation of capitalism, but extremist, number-centered capitalism without a salary cap ends up being anticompetitive.  Just look at the corporate takeover of main street and you'll see what I mean.

Think of socialism as capitalism with a salary cap.  There will always remain plenty of room to be ambitious and acquire more stuff to die with - or, rather, play with before dying.  But the salary cap prevents capitalism's 'winners' from subjugating the 'losers' - in this case, the weak, the old, the young, the poor, the unfit, the environment, the public commons - in short, socialism defends our social responsibilities towards one another in the face of a selfish drive to care only for ourselves.

Capitalism is built on the rational self-interest of the mind, while socialism gives precedence to the irrational wisdom of the heart.  We are witnessing the pendulum swing away from the terrible extreme created by our selfish and miserable minds as it swings towards our selfless and giving hearts.  Millions of people all over the world are protesting greed, corruption, and the selfish capitalist ethic, because people know that happiness comes from caring for others, and being cared for in return.  Capitalism doesn't need to be thrown out - indeed, all attempts to do so have failed disastrously - but it must be tempered with social responsibilities  if civilization is to endure. 

The real joy of life is found in giving.  What the filthy rich refuse to accept is that acquisitive greed is the source of tremendous misery, not the path out of it.  Jesus says, 'it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven,' and also says, 'the kingdom of heaven is within you'!  Rich people can't access the kingdom of heaven within them because they are reluctant to experience the joy of giving - the joy of sharing - the joy of caring, and being cared for. 

Lets grow out of the predatory phase of human evolution.  The shared human belief in our social responsibilities to one another and to all life is rapidly garnering the momentum needed to assume the shape of a political vehicle, and socialism is that vehicle.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Asylum vs. Facebook


Lets build an online social network committed to keeping the NSA out that competes with facebook for customer loyalty.

C'mon, wouldn't you dump facebook for a social network equivalent dedicated to investing its resources in keeping your content private?  it would be expensive, but we could crowdfund it, couldn't we?  We could at least crowdfund the beginnings...

We've all heard of public broadcasting, right?  What about public multimedia broadcasting?  That is, what about a nonprofit, donation-based, NSA-free, public service online social network connecting virtual communities across the globe, solving governments' intractable problems with ease and cost efficiency?

I bet a nonprofit, donation-based, NSA-free public service online social network could end poverty, for example.   Certainly faster and more cheaply than government ever will.  Government will only end poverty by subsidizing huge corporations to grow nutritionless food which is then distributed via petroleum to the masses of poor who are indentured to a disease-care system designed to profit from nutrition based illnesses while maintaining some kind of population control.  yea government.

A nonprofit social network composed of intelligent and compassionate beings would probably just make how-to videos about gardening, for example.  Lots cheaper, and more useful.

I bet a nonprofit, donation-based, NSA-free, public service online social network could end war, even.  If the bees get saved, we will have social networks and social networkers to thank.

How could government end war?  Government depends on war for its very existence.  In the presence of peace and the absence of war, central authority breaks down and decentralizes.  Our best chance of ending war comes from the private sector, not the public sector. 

Of course, its possible for a for-profit,  NSA contaminated, privately-owned, lucrative online social network to end poverty and war but the users of such a network are probably not going to stop there.  To be consistent, such users would probably organize online to crowdsource the funds to start up competition with the very social network they first organized on, in order to make the social-network economic model less profit oriented and more service oriented. 

Because people do not want to be spied on, and people do not want to be lied to, and people do not want to be manipulated, and people do not want to feel betrayed by those in power. There is a powerful economic incentive to giving the people what they want, and the people want truth, and the freedom to choose it.

And the truth is, capitalism doesn't make people happy.  Communism doesn't either.  Neither does socialism.  Materialism fails to make us happy.  In order to reveal happiness to the world, we must enter the realm of spirituality.  This is the quantum revolution of the 21st century - spirituality is trumping materialism in the field of causality.


a monk in Burma wrote, "people think that lots of money, and security guards with guns,and armored cars and helicopters, is protection.  but these things are not any protection at all - we still all die.  True protection is wholesome thought, wholesome speech, and wholesome action."

Materialism does not follow us into the realm of death, and spirituality does.  Spirituality, then, is capable of answering man's deepest questions in a manner that materialism never will.

And yet materialism is how the powerful maintain their power.  Were we to blossom in our spirituality, the materially powerful would lose their empire and their servants, and while it is only then that freedom and happiness would be available, still the powerful move heaven and earth to remain so, and our job is to joyfully wake them up-



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ganjanomics

What is Zion?

Zionism is coming to the forefront of counterculture media these days, because it seems that many, if not most, of the investment banking families who own (by proxy) the private, money-printing Central Banks and Federal Reserves of the West are Zionists, and no one exactly knows what that means.

mmm.  How awkward.  Bear in mind that usury is forbidden by Papal Bull within Catholic Christendom, the current mentality of 'look-the-other-way' and 'if-you-cant-beat-em-join-em' notwithstanding.  Likewise, usury is forbidden in Islam.  In the context of neo-imperial wars of conquest it is interesting to note that the war of Terror against Islam may be interpreted as a war of Terror against banks (and the governments who protect them) who refuse to adopt the Imperial Ponzi scheme of usury.  Islamic banks refuse to practice usury as a matter of conscience, with Jesus' seal of approval.  This is quite embarrassing.

Zionism at its worst is simply a secular attempt at total domination of global resources through usury, the lending of money at interest. One may note that this is not religious, has nothing to do with religion, and is completely distinct from religion.  Zionism at its best is the manifestation of Zion, an altogether different swarm of bees.

Now for the interesting part:  Ganja was burnt as incense in the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, and is reputed to have grown over the grave of Solomon, destined to be the 'healing of all nations.'  And Ras Tafari is Solomon's direct descendant.  Ganja may actually lead to Zion itself.  Imagine that.


The Asylum Project wants to grow ganja legally in the great state of Colorado.  We don't want to sell ganja.  We want to give it away to those in need, as a community service project in the spirit of Jah Rastafari.

Our intention is to grow ganja as a spiritual sacrament freely distributed to those in need.  One of our aims is to build momentum for a ganja union.  We promote the unionization of local growers to keep family farms from being driven out of business through corporate competition, the economies of scale, and neo-liberal capitalism.   The union functions to set prices and maintain consumer loyalty, keeping the market open in the face of global corporate dominance.  The union may or may not corner the market in ganja, but by establishing prices and maintaining a loyal consumer base we keep family growers in business, maintaining a viable way of life for farmers everywhere and protecting the economic well-being of small family business.  We defend ganja's main street from Wall Street.  We promote ganjanomics, a hemp economy, and gardening as the centerpiece of public education.

Give a man a fish feed him for a day.  Teach a man to garden feed him for a lifetime. A hemp union promotes gardening as the centerpiece of public education.

Gardening as the centerpiece of public education leads to kids who are capable of growing their own food, and much more.  These kids will practice rainwater catchment in high school while building greenhouses (and people houses too).  This will naturally lead to a population of young people inclined to plant trees, and fully prepared to grow lots of hemp for food, clothing, shelter, fuel, medicine, and recreation.  This is a career track that leads to a healthy planet and a healthy population.

These are the basic necessities of life:   Food, shelter, community, recreation, water, purpose, etc. Life's basic necessities will consequently be provided for in cost-effective fashion through public education, with gardening as the focus.  By the time students graduate high school they will be professionally trained public servants dedicated to the public good and the preservation of the commons.  All this is highly profitable, by the way.  The market will veer in the direction of support for true sustainability.

Think about our current schools, and our current system.  We have experts capable of creating chemical and biological weapons, but our high school graduates cannot provide food or shelter for themselves.  Why do we presume ourselves to be educated?  A true education must leave a human being more self-sufficient than before - and while this is bad for central authority, its good for our planet and our civilization.  This is not to say that reading, writing, and math are to be abandoned - rather, they must be taught as essential complements to the art and craft of gardening:  Feeding our children for lifetimes.

The American people were once famous for our self-sufficiency and our can-do spirit.  That spirit has been surgically removed by the money-printers in order to keep us dependent on their version of wealth.  But their version of wealth is actually poverty - real wealth comes from God, manifested in Nature.   Its time to give back to Caesar that worthless fiat paper, and build the Kingdom of Heaven as per the instruction manual.

Ultimately, gardening is valuable not merely for its capacity to feed, clothe, shelter, entertain, and educate huge populations of people, but for its capacity to compost and digest environmental wastes and toxins such as radioactivity, garbage, plastic, heavy metals, industrial and human waste through the use of toxin-digesting mushrooms (mycology?) algae, fungi, bacteria, hyphae, and so on.  In a true market economy, the ecological processing of nonbiodegradable and hazardous wastes into raw ecological inputs will be an incredibly lucrative niche market with enormous responsibilities and fierce competition, collectively in pursuit of optimally composting feedback loops.

In the future we may build vast swamps full of toxin-ingesting microbes and fungi into which we dump our garbage.  The garbage would get bio-recycled ecologically, creating a toxic compost that breaks down environmental 'bads' naturally through many generations of recycling.  Encircling the contaminated 'swamps' would be concentric circles of lessening degrees of toxicity, until finally healthy plants and animals would thrive.  This may be our best chance of responsibly breaking down our nuclear waste.  Such topics will be the Ph.D theses of tomorrow, and the lucrative corporate businesses of the future.

Gardening must be the centerpiece of public education.  We must replace scarcity with abundance, and teaching kids to garden is the solution as to how.   As kids learn to garden, even high-school dropouts will know how to feed themselves, have a basic self-sufficiency and contribute to an economy - but as kids learn to garden, high school dropouts will probably drop back in.

An abundance of food, hemp-based clothing, fuel, and shelter material, and know-how leaves us with a world in which there is enough for everyone and a carefully tended spirit of generosity, which is the prerequisite for creating a culture of peace and tolerance.  Industrial hemp answers the challenges of the 21st century in a manner uniquely capable of addressing our most pressing needs, and a union which encourages small-scale growing and diversity will keep a value-centered economy from being overwhelmed by a profit-centered economy.

the Asylum Project is an anarcho-socialist artist's collective dedicated to giving away ganja to those in need  as a community service project in the spirit of Jah Rastafari.  This spiritual service is provided as an example of Free Market Socialnetworkism - privately financed social service competing in the online market for consumer allegiance and winning market share.  This spiritual service is provided as an experiment in observing the rational self-interest inherent within free market investment in the commons.

Giving away ganja brings awareness to a needed spirit of deep generosity capable of earning marketshare and maintaining customer loyalty.  We are at a time wherein the meme of consumerism is being replaced with a meme of sustainable service.  Giving away ganja reorients our focus from 'what's in it for me?' to 'how can I serve?'  while promoting awareness of the culturally rejuvenating properties of industrial hemp.  C'mon, the American Flag was sewn out of hemp and the Declaration of Independence was printed on hemp paper.  The Founding Fathers grew hemp.  At one point people were required to pay taxes in hemp!  Hemp is a food source, a biofuel source (did you know that a socialist named Diesel invented an engine meant to run on veg oil so that the workingman could grow his own fuel and thus avoid subjugation by capitalist elites?), a source of fabric, fiber, and construction material - and giving away ganja raises awareness of our responsibility to teach our children to garden, that they may feed and clothe themselves for generations.

So we give away ganja, as a marketing tool to promote hemp and gardening, which in turn leads to economic prosperity and ecological well-being.  This is a strategy aimed at transferring our dependence away from the money-printing banks and towards wealth-providing nature.   This is the hempification of the global economy, and it begins with an anarchist collective in Colorado giving the herb away for free to those in need.  If you can afford to buy your ganja, then buy it from the growers union - and support cultural evolution.  Invest in Zion, invest in the growers union, and invest in the asylum project.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A world of service

We are all related.

  Relatives, we are making a journey from our heads to our hearts. This is not an easy journey- it is the longest, most difficult journey we will ever make. We do not make this journey alone- we make this journey together, as one family. This is an opportunity to celebrate, for we are making history, and creating a new world, by willingly enduring the hardships and suffering requisite to this, our defining journey: the journey from our heads to our hearts.

We were raised with a moral philosophy which defined our purpose in life as, "He who dies with the most toys, wins."  Incredibly, this blasé phrase is actually the philosophical foundation of the modern world.  And it is self-apparently failing to inspire the generations coming of age.  It is quite obvious to us all that he who dies with the most toys remains dead, and the toys go into someone else's possession.  We are not satisfied with such an artificial, manipulated sense of purpose.  Indeed, it is becoming clear that powerful financial interests have been caught feeding the world propaganda, tirelessly working to convince us that being a 'master of consumption' is the highest state a human may aspire to achieve.

Yet we know better.  Rational self-interest does indeed demand that our ambition focus on being a master of consumption, but this is no argument for rational self-interest.  Rather, it is an indicator that rational self-interest fails to encapsulate the deepest motives of human behavior.  Humanity aspires to happiness, which comes not from rational self-interest but from the irrational wisdom of the heart.  We do not want to be led with our heads, we want to be led with our hearts.  Our heads have led us to a world where we are masters of consumption, and miserable.  Our hearts will lead us to a world of service, where we find ourselves thriving with a sense of purpose, meaning, and solidarity.  We are moving away from a world of consumption and towards a world of service.  Consumption doesn't make us happy, and serving others does.  The secret to happiness lies in serving others, and this knowledge is in the process of nonviolently (and thus invisibly) tearing down materialistic capitalism and its foundation of rational self-interest.  We as a species are awakening to the paradoxical wisdom of helping others in order to help ourselves. 


 We see the effects of  "rational" self-interest everywhere- it permeates our economics, our politics, our business, our relationships, our psyches, our education, and our environment. It defines our world, and relatives, our world needs redefining.  Irrational selfless interest - the irrational and selfless wisdom of the heart - is not analytical and does not deduce 'whats in it for me'.  That is the realm of thinking, the realm of the head.  That is our starting point, not our destination.

  The vast economic forces responsible for the creation of our educational paradigm do not want us to challenge the notion of "Winning by dying with the most toys."   A deeply insidious propaganda campaign maintains the illusion that by accumulating more and more toys we will get somewhere, but our own inner compass knows better, and we are revolting en masse.  Don't take my word for it, just look at a newspaper.  This revolution is noticeable only in the manner in which people consume less and serve more - it is the world's quietest revolution.  But the quietness of the revolution is drowned out by the cacophony of wails as our grand, consumption based economy with its hundreds of millions of satiated and spiritually unfulfilled 'consumers' violently spins into excess and self-destruction.  The powers that be don't want us to make the journey from our heads to our hearts, because that journey will take away their power.

And we have begun our journey, relatives.  The power and attractiveness of infinite consumerism wanes, even as the power and attractiveness of infinite love waxes.  the philosophical motto of the new dawn lies in the knowledge that "(s)he who dies with the most service, wins." 

This is the West's great encounter with karma - our materialistic, selfish focus is the cause of our collective misery.  This is the West's great first encounter with dharma - a service oriented life creates happiness and fulfillment.  This is the culmination of western psychology(the science of happiness), the apex of game theory(win-win scenarios), and the foundation of a newly arrived quantum, relativistic, science of spirituality.  We are not mere matter.  We are mind, and our material existence is merely an aftereffect.  We are spiritual beings having a seemingly material experience, not the other way around.  And this quiet revolution, this transformational journey from our heads to our hearts aligns our priorities and values away from materialism (which cannot satisfy us) towards the nonmaterial - the realm of spirit, the realm of consciousness, the realm of the heart. 

Believing our reality to be materialistic is a means of keeping us prisoners within it.  Knowing our reality to be mind-made gives us the keys to the kingdom.  Be aware of your own journey, and usher in a world of service!  We've got a lot to accomplish...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

socialnetworkism

Yes, its a word. If socialism is capitalism with a floor and a ceiling, then socialnetworkism is socialism without the central planning.  Free market, online consumer socialism takes voluntary responsibility for the least among us, the voiceless, and the organism as a whole.  In this case, not just humanity but all of mother earth.  It does so by persuading the general public to invest in the commons.  And it does so in the open market, by competing online for the attention of people who want to be part of the solution.  By building a social network of private nonprofits who are each highly efficient in their own niche, a self-regulating nonprofit collective evolves which is neither capitalist nor communist but competitively socialist, compelled by market forces to maintain optimal efficiency while remaining mission-driven to address the social issues of our time which government remains content to ignore.  This evolving cybercollective will someday address the issues of poverty, violence, and war in a manner far more appropriate, helpful, and cost-effective than government ever could. 

This evolving cybercollective is being born.  the Asylum Project promotes it, by reframing our overstanding of the times.  In the end, the market will likely reward any business entity that entertains us with the truth, or at least a potent version of it. 

and the truth is - socialnetworkism. Consumer built online socialism. don't blame me, its not my idea.  Its yours.

doo ba dee doo
          asylumproject

the future of social networks

Eventually the consumers of social network technology will realize that government is never going to end hunger or war, and they will do it themselves. 

You read it here first:  Consumers will organize online anonymously and non-hierarchically to feed the hungry, end poverty, and end war in a manner far more effective than government ever could. 

This consumer-based social network will use the technology provided them to compete with/against government and win marketshare in the public service sector, as a consumer-created social service nonprofit.  Which happens to be nonhierarchical, holarchical, and thus organizationally anarchist...

Government is vested in the propagation of poverty and war, which is very out of touch to the modern marketplace.  The modern marketplace views poverty and war as boorish, patriarchal, and obsolete.  This means that the modern marketplace is looking to invest in a more holistic, win-win vision of global economics.  The anarchist consumer nonprofit will provide this vision, simply through the democratic process of allowing the best ideas to percolate through the core of the social network's distribution chain.

This is better than government, and better than business.  This is social(network)ism!

Social action networks are destined to exchange real-time information through worldwide webs, which will lead to the exchange of goods and services at optimal levels of ecological advantage. This isn't just consumerism, this is a cost-effective, highly leveraged social service. And as we know, ecological investment leads to economic dividends...

These same social action networks will 'feed the hungry, end poverty and end war' by promoting a platform of solutions built around the vision of gardening as the focus of public education.  This is a very simple thesis.  If it were too complicated to fit into a sound bite, it wouldn't work.  I'm serious.

Listen:  If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.  So why is it a boy can go to school for ten to twenty years without learning how to fish?  Or garden? 

If we grow up without learning how to grow our own food, build our own shelter, take care of ourselves and others, then we have no business calling ourselves educated.

This country was founded on principles of self-reliance, which turns out to detrimental to central authority.  Central authority demands a certain level of self-insufficiency, as it were.  Self-sufficiency needs no higher authority than itself. 

So thanks to the machinations of a very manipulative central authority (by which is meant government by which is meant the Illuminati/Babylonian banking bloodlines of the Federal Reserve) the great mainstays of American society, the can-do spirit and the get-er-done mentality has been replaced with dependency on the state. 

For a short time, anyway.  It turns out you can't eat money, and it doesn't keep you warm at night, either.  Regaining our self-sufficiency requires that we remember how to feed and shelter and clothe ourselves.  This is the economic revival we have been waiting for, it just comes at the expense of our leviathan, militaristic state.

And it is ushered in through the legalization of industrial hemp.  Otherwise known as ganja.

So.  by promoting gardening as the focus of public education while at the same time demanding debt forgiveness, the social action network holds our pernicious central authority at bay while incubating a culture which is sustainable, healthy, ecologically and economically sound.  And this creates a knowledge reservoir of ecologically-oriented survival skills that will, in time, become America's greatest export:  Innovation and wisdom.


Dharma culture

Health is wealth.

Restoring people's health restores their wealth.  In this era of  vanishing wealth in America, restoring people's health is the basic first step.

To restore people's health we need to replace profit-centered agribusiness with health-oriented permaculture, agro-ecology, and gardening.  Gardening needs to be the centerpiece of public education.

To get rid of agribusiness and pro-agribusiness educational curricula, we need to get rid of Wall St. dominance.

To get rid of Wall St. dominance we need to get rid of the Federal Reserve.  We need the Treasury to print hemp currency and mint its own coins.

To get rid of Wall Street, end the Fed, and get the Treasury to print hemp currency we need to organize as a Debtor's Union in support of debt forgiveness.  This is prophecied in the Bible, actually.  The Bible refers to it as a Jubilee Year.  We need a Jubilee.

To organize as a debtor's union, we need a unifying philosophy; an axiom which declares matter to be composed of energy.  Energy causes materiality, and thus material wealth can never satisfy our spiritual needs.  Materialistic culture and consumer capitalism are unfit to provide the human race with anything resembling genuine happiness and well-being.  We need a spiritual path through the world of form.  We are on a quest for dharma.

The world is mind-made, and thoughts are things.  We've got a lot to accomplish.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

mammon under siege

deep within the heart of the gospel of Christ is the seed of a socialist revolution.  Mammon has been under siege for 2000 years.

This is why so many followers of the Way were martyred.  Not because of their faith, but because of the socialist practices their faith demanded of them.  The practice of the Way of Christ is enough to topple governments, world orders, and the economics of consumption entirely.  The Way of Christ overthrows the empire of mammon, and mammon has survived this long only through propaganda and deceit...

The rich and powerful have been terrified of the gospel of Christ since the very beginning of his ministry.  In fact, the old Empire invented a dogmatic, state-sponsored religion called Christianity to distract the faithful from following Christ's teachings, and believe it or not, this ruse actually worked.

...but it won't work forever.  Repent of materialism, for its end is near.  Fiat currencies are falling.

So what is this socialism that Jesus was killed for preaching?  Well, its not communism.  Jesus didn't say give up your things or else.  Jesus said give up your things  and be saved.  Giving up our private property is part of the spiritual path but everyone walks down this path at a different speed, and the teaching is not a formula but a guide. We share a destination but our journeys are unique.

 As an example:  There is a genuine distinction to be made between the householder and the renunciate, and the householder is not expected to make the same journey as the renunciate.  Indeed, the householder is expected to provide the material requisites necessary for the renunciate to pursue the spiritual journey.  Both sides depend on the other.  Ancient cultures are aware of this, but America is hardly ancient.  And between these two opposites lie worlds of varying relativity, all of which recognize the ultimate impermanence of the world and its occupants.  In other words, even the 'worldly' householder knows of the impermanence of his household and does not place faith in his household's ability to provide him with eternal truth.  The eternal is the cause of materiality, not the other way around. 

We live in an interesting age, where the line between renunciation and worldliness has become a porous boundary.  Spiritual seekers have careers and relationships, and so do spiritual teachers.  The 'either/or' dichotomy so prevalent in logical, dualistic and patriarchal thinking is being replaced by a 'both/and' dichotomy which reveals paradox to be inherent within the fabric of reality itself.  This paradoxical reality is inherently nondualistic, where students teach and teachers learn, where renunciates work and householders meditate and pray.  It is critical to recognize that our individual dependence upon materiality is a deeply personal decision, unique to ourselves and uncritique-able.  Our material needs are known to us alone and no other.  We must choose for ourselves our degree of relationship with the physical world.  The state cannot take away our right to choose for ourselves what we need, nor did Jesus.  However the state can encourage us to want less and serve more, just as Jesus did.  This is bad news for mammon and good news for our hearts. 

Think of socialism as capitalism with a floor and a ceiling.  Everyone in the middle just experiences capitalism like we do now, but under socialism there is a safety net that catches anyone who falls into poverty.  Poverty is regarded as a social ill that must be remedied, and with the elimination of poverty, violence and survival stresses decrease.  By committing to provide for the global community's basic needs we eliminate the existential paranoia which leads to nationalization, war, and corporate profit (i.e.plunder).

The expense of this social net is paid for by the ceiling.  Everyone is allowed to get rich under socialism, but no one is allowed to become filthy rich until after everyone's basic needs are met.  Material wealth is understood not to satisfy people's spiritual poverty.  This way everyone feels life is worth living - the poor, and the rich.  This is the kingdom of heaven - pretty simple, actually!

the point is that within this social net lies the opportunity for spiritual seekers to renounce materialism and focus exclusively on the path of spiritual realization.  This opportunity is anathema to consumption economies, where any nonmaterialistic human purpose or agenda threatens institutions of authority. 

Despite the obstacles this movement is inevitable.  The material world is ephemeral and as such cannot provide unconditional happiness.  Those who yearn for the unconditioned must renounce the primacy of materialism.  This is the real Copernican revolution of Christ.  The world cannot provide us with inner peace.  To find inner peace, we must remove our longing gaze from the world.  And as we do, any society built on worldly consumption loses its legitimacy. Capitalism does not allow for this nonmaterialistic mode of living and as this mode of living inexorably grows so must capitalism wane.

and the key element of socialism - the key element that Jesus died preaching and practicing - is that everyone's basic needs deserve to be met, regardless of who they are or what their karma is.  Just because he's a drunk and she's a hooker doesn't mean we get to judge them and find them wanting.  The practices of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion are very powerful and must be built into the very fabric of any sustainable culture.  Without this moral practice, society is destined to consume itself and collapse.  Those who are not worthy or deserving of our time and our energy are nonetheless worthy of a hot meal, a decent place to sleep, some hygiene, some healing, a little company, some respect and some compassion.  Not because they deserve it, but because none of us deserves it, and we are all undeservedly and equally blessed with the grace of life.  As such we have a moral responsibility to share the blessings of the world to the deserving and the undeserving alike, for none of us is truly deserving and none of us is truly undeserving.  We are all incomprehensibly miraculous.

For the last 10,000 years society's challenge has been getting the corruption out of the distribution of resources.  Governments, once established to legitimize wealth distribution, coopt the wealth distribution process and perpetuate their own genetic heirarchies rather than the societies they are meant to serve.  It is critical to realize that the health of any society is measured by the degree to which we provide for our weakest and most vulnerable members.  By this criteria capitalism is a social failure and a moral disease - the 'predatory phase' of human evolution. 

but don't take my word for it.  Please read what Albert Einstein has to say in defense of socialism here:    http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism