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A Sacred Undertaking

Published: March 18, 2011, Author: JayTaber

The failure of the modern state to meet our needs is structural–an
inherent design flaw that renders essential reform of this structure
impossible. Having relegated local and regional participation in setting
social policy meaningless, the plenary powers of state-centric
institutions are an open invitation to tyranny. Indeed, the voluntary
confederation that respected regional autonomy at the outset of the
American governance experiment was abolished by a tyranny of the
majority of colonies, which set the stage for a tyranny of the minority
composed of the inherently wealthy and their sycophants.

As
societies rooted in ancient territorial homelands, First Nations are
locally and regionally oriented, and as such are ecologically conscious
and economically generous. As a practice, indigenous culture is
inclusive, conserving community resources and sharing the wealth.
Bolstering their cultures through cooperation with their non-indigenous
neighbors is only logical.

With the breakdown of modern states as
tools of the powerful and corrupt, Fourth World peoples and their civil
society friends have begun to unite around local and regional autonomy,
thereby starting the shift from dominant hierarchies to power-sharing
democracies. Part of that shift includes finding ways to prevent looting
of communal wealth — whether from state treasuries or local landscapes
— by the private equity tyrannies which have usurped governance of
most modern states.

Weathering the hardships ahead in a
post-tyranny environment will challenge us to the core of our being, but
that challenge is an inclusive one. In order to take back what is
rightfully ours, we will have to work together or be hopelessly lost.

Whatever
the outcome of our united efforts, the coming together itself will
restore some of the human dignity sacrificed by tyrants on their altar
of greed. Indeed, the process of working together — meitheal in Irish — is a sacred undertaking.

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