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US IS THE IS OF THIS POLIS: a poem for Occupy Wall Street

What we demonstrate when we demonstrate
is a logical argument.
It is most logical argument any of us can think of.
We demonstrate that this is our polis,
that we all have power
to make good decisions
and that recently some of us have made poor ones.
We assert a major premise:
US IS THE IS OF THIS POLIS.
And a minor premise:
THIS POLIS HAS DENIED US US.Therefore, our conclusion is
WE WILL BE US.This conclusion is a culture
and culture just is us
all together all over the world.
Every person living life.
So we don’t really have ‘demands’.
But we can generate some little proposals
consistent with our conclusion.

For example:
First, regarding the money civil society gave to its banks.
Its location must be revealed. Where is the gift we gave?
This was a public gift
a gift for all of us.
So we ask that those who received the gift
tell us where it is
and what it was used for.
It is ours too.
$787 billion.
We propose that those of our polis who received the gift
use it to relieve debt throughout the polis
and employment and infrastructure projects
and other reparations for damage done thus far.
Second, regarding future ‘economic crises’
like the one that necessitated the aforementioned gift.
There will be a new court system
that decides whether economic transactions
of a certain size
that affect a certain number of those in the polis
are just or unjust.
It will be an economic court system
with lawyers for both sides
and judges
and a jury of peers
so all the fathers and mothers and children
anywhere in the polis
–which is everywhere, not just here–
can live and grow together well.These are little proposals
and we can make more. So many more.
as many proposals as there are humans being.
Because that’s what we are doing.
We are demonstrating
that we are.

Essay on Yasuní-ITT published in n+1.

Thanks to Ben Kunkel and everyone at n+1 for helping with me this history of the Yasuní-ITT proposal, published recently.

Yasuní-ITT is signed.

Yesterday official documents were signed by the UNDP and the Ecuadorian government to leave roughly 850 million barrels of oil beneath the Amazon rain forest. This is a great victory and a great step towards a “post-petroleum” world. Here’s a few of the articles covering the news today.

BBCManila Bulletin3 NewsArgus PressABC NewsCanada EastFOX News CB Online

I’ve been following this issue since November of last year, as I was living in Ecuador when it was being batted around in the political discourse. There has been a lot of skepticism, but yesterday confirms that Ecuador will push forward with the initiative, the first of its kind in the world. For a step-by-step news cycle and analysis of the proposal since February, see my old blog.