24 Interim Thoughts on Interim IOPS
1. Base truism: IOPS is not a global self-federation from below of strong grassroots movements
2. Thus maybe the IOPS paradox: top-down encouragement of bottom-up self-management?
3. I’m wary of ‘organizing’. ‘Organizing’ is subject-object and authoritarian, self-organizing spontaneous and free. Self-organizing can’t be organized, democracy dictated
4. Should we be madly ‘recruiting’ or attracting by passionately ‘doing our own thing(s)’?
5. As with narcissists, it would seem the more you strain to attract, the less attractive you are
6. Just personally, I’d rather be a tiny germ of yeast than a big vat of dough
7. I didn’t join IOPS because I agree with every word of the Parecon Vision
8. I joined because IOPS seems to be a politically coherent expression of radical One World Consciousness, the next step in human spiritual evolution needed for humane survival
9. I joined IOPS because the Vision was close enough to mine to not care about the details
10. Rather than argue now, I’d leave the details to the movements out there in the real world
11. I love reading the bios of each new member arriving from all over the world like a lost friend
12. For most, Lonnie Atkinson’s tunes are probably a greater turn on than Michael’s tomes, but we need both
13. Let not the theoretical letter of IOPS kill the living Spirit, o ye brothers and sisters in the faith
14. Given the present and future social and ecological storms, maybe some of the blog forum stuff is a proverbial storm in the teacup. Maybe that’s just human, but maybe we should try to talk about the former storms more than we do about the latter
15. When details or the ego ping-pong get too much of a hold, maybe we should focus on the Big Pic, e.g. the collapsing system, the planet and One World Consciousness
16. Like Walt Whitman, we are large, we contain multitudes and contradictions, and that’s great
17. 2000 members, 1% with an inclination for talking online, 99% heavily involved in life itself and IOPS-silent online. That’s OK. I’m also spending too much time online
18. Thought for the future: when we get that far, could we formalise the right to dissent by having publicised majority/minority positions on non-consensus issues?
19. Left brain/right brain: in IOPS, as in deep social change, the non-rational and imaginative (‘utopian’ symbols, images, artwork, music, poems) could be seen as equally important as the rational and verbal; so could a moral emphasis
20. As we old fogies used to say: Be realistic, demand the impossible, and l’imagination au pouvoir. Does the IOPS utopia need more utopian juice and spirit (beyond The Simpsons)?
21. The time paradox: we’re in it for the long haul, but we don’t have time for the long haul
22. Paradox, irony and humour all help humane discourse, even among the politically engaged
23. Maybe all the above is pissing beside the pot and as useful as putting legs on a snake
24. And a big thanks to Jason for running the site