Posted by The Happy Tutor
Jon Husband in an email to me awhile back pointed out that most of the good material in WB comes from those (particulary Harry) who contribute links via email or write extended, laboriously linked comments. Elsewhere, T.V. wrote that he sometimes writes better in the WB comment section that on his own blog. (Go figure.) One of my favorite posts in a long time is, And Who Are You? at The World We Want, a reprise of of old WB posts and comments. The psot is very much a joint work product, and shows what might be done if we collaborate under the very noses of the country's wealthiest donors and most eminent citizens (present company, obviously, excluded).
What I am wondering, then, is whether there is interest in turning WB into a team effort? An Open Society of sorts, Wealth Bondage as a Commmons.
Thoughts towards a Gang Blog
Each poster would have an avatar, or more than one. Tigg would be a good example, or J.J. Morans. The byline would link either to a fake (Ah, but what is real?)bio on WB or to the poster's own blog.
We would set out with a social purpose, not only to document the aphorism, "there is no outside of Wealth Bondage," but also to break out and lead others out of bondage to wealth and materialism via poetry, satire, carnival, spirituality, community building, and giving. From Midas to the present those most in need of release from bondage to wealth are the wealthy. We might provide that service, don't you think? As have Fools since madmen first passed for Kings.
Specifically, we would try to document key leverage points for positive social change, to draw attention to them, and to encourage funders and volunteers to take note. We would also work to teach wisdom to wealth, chastening vanity, and driving home the lessons, one masterful spanking at a time.
T.V. once said, quite rightly, that WB is mostly rubbish (as you would expect in a Dumpster Driven Community), but contains occasional jewels. As a group we might polish those jewels. We could and rework certain themes until they drew the attention of those who, with their Dumpster friends all over the web and throughout our towns and cities, really could change the world for the better within some shared sense of "better," a shared sense that would include democracy, open society, the commons, and mutual respect, whether Royalty or Clown.
Now Candidia will say that all of this is inside Wealth Bondage and as such remains her fucking intellectual property. Maybe she is right, but perhaps we can steal a few moments each day (time theft) from WB to connect with others for a more open society, before she throws us all out with the garbage.
You could just let me copy and paste from the comments with your avatar, as I did recently with a comment by Harry.
However, WB now has the Workflow plugin that would allow you to post directly subject to an editorial over-ride. You post; I approve. Or it could be that you have equal posting privileges. Since I am holding the legal liability, and my name is easy to find, I guess I would prefer to start out as the gate-keeper just to prevent other people insulting Candidia or Smoky Joe, let alone Captain Blowtorch, and leaving me to take the heat. It is a free country, I know, but with these snag and drag operations, the ones they call "special renditions," we would all do well to kiss Candidia's boots to thank her for keeping us free and to protect our own behinds.
All thoughts, pro and con are welcome. Do not feel obliged in any way. You all have your own blogs to work on, and we are all spread thin. Your thoughts?