Letter published in Nov/Dec. 1995 NEXUS
Regarding "Question Authority" (July/August): Many religious
leaders have exploited their flock for money (selling indulgences
in past centuries, tickets to eternity, etc.) or sex (why Mia
Farrow and the Beatles fled the "Maharishi"), spreading
confusion and even death (Naropa's late leader Osel Tendzin giving
HIV to young students, thinking his power would prevent its transmission).
Yet true teachers exist you can trust your soul to. It is said:
"There's fake gold because there's real gold."
In the political realm the same holds. Here most leaders are
fleecing the flock. But there's now "the world's first post-modern
revolution" (says author Carlos Fuentes) in Mexico, whose
leaders the Mayan Indian "Zapatistas" say they "lead
by obeying", and have instituted true democracy, with all
the Indians and supporters voting in "consultas" (referenda),
by which means the "Women's Laws", etc. were instituted.
The Swiss people have made their own laws since 1848, now voting
four times a year for the future they all want.
Connecting the two realms was the inventor of the word "synergy",
Buckminster Fuller, whose book _No More Secondhand God_ proposed
citizens "voting by telephone on all prominent questions
before Congress" in 1940. He wrote: "If direct democracy
is not tried now, future generations will again champion it and
there will be world civil wars until it receives adequate trial."
The Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela are among those proposing referenda
on their countries' futures. This is also the goal of Boulder's
Voting by Phone Foundation, which uses the name of the tool (successfully
tested by the National Science Foundation) that makes it easy,
environmental, and inexpensive, as well as more secure than current
For information on the history, status and future of real democracy,
please see our world wide web pages, linking to Mexico, Tibet,
Switzerland, Canada, Germany, California and even Alabama, at:
http://www.vote.org or contact us at 440-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The great liberation is near.
Evan Ravitz, Director, Voting by Phone Foundation
University Hill, Boulder
(Nexus ran a story on us, in 1992, as I recall)