FOR LIFE AT THE CROSSROADS MANIFESTO
- Thank you for sending
me the Dictator Watch Manifesto which I fully endorse, but I am not sure if
I can commit myself to taking a full active part in it as I am now fully occupied
with working for the cause of the Shans. This is difficult enough and I do not
have any spare time.
Sao Noan Oo/Nel Adams (author, and activist for the Shan people)
DW Response: Of course I understand about the depth and demands of your involvement
with the Shan.
Our situation is duplicated again and again with activists
all around the world. We are so involved in local situations that we can never
unify more broadly against the system from which all such problems ultimately
derive. I believe that we have to work towards formulating a common agenda,
which we can then devote some effort to, if only a little, and behind which
we can all unite.
- I totally agree with your statement. I do not want to see a war without end
coming from this illegal administration here in the US.
Mr. Richard Roth
- Hallo! I have just encountered your Manifesto, which I have read carefully,
and find extremely instructive.
I have put a link to Dictator Watch in the Over My Dead Body
website (www.overmydeadbody.org). The Over My Dead Body project is a world wide,
online, virtual demonstration, politicising the major themes of globalisation
and the economy, the environment, etc. The federating platform is the promotion
of the politics of generosity to unblock the stranglehold of corporate
and nationalist self-interest upon the worlds destiny.
People are invited to participate, and are represented symbolically in the demonstration
by their name, place of residence, and if they so wish, photo, and virtual placard.
Thus people from the four corners of the globe may fraternise and march together.
- I found this letter very insightful, especially the paragraph about the clash
between two dictatorships (Islamic theocracy and US economic, George
Bush, etc); slightly different perspective than what I am used to hearing, even
from alternative sources.
- People of the world,
Stand up straight against injustice and corruption, or we will all be finished.
We must stand up with both strength and compassion.
- I could not agree more. I am working on the Thai translation for you.
- I pretty much agree with everything in the Manifesto with the exception of
the appeal to reason as the answer to selfishness. Not that I am opposed to
reason and rationality, but I think that a lot of what has gotten us into this
predicament has been based on reasoned approaches. The question
arises, Whose reason(s) should prevail? I am sympathetic to the
post-structuralist critique of Reason as well as the approach of the more interesting
members of the Frankfurt School. Reason itself must be subject to criticism
and questioning. That said, please list me as an endorser.
R. Miles Mendenhall
Political Activist, Writer, Teacher
DW Response: I agree that the results of any line of reasoning must be completely
open to criticism and debate. Also, in my longer writings (my book) I discuss
the risks of relying solely on reason as our guide. One example of my ideas
in this area is given in the Ethics chapter from the book, which is on the DW
- This is an endorsement for GENERAL agreement. Logically speaking in daily
life, due to unavoidable (NOT given as a reason) multifactor causations make
human beings to be as a dictator. (I am NOT supporting to dictator as a system,
but in reality at CELLULAR LEVEL/MICROSCOPIC LEVEL human beings are practicing
at least although you do not want - you have to.
Think about within your family, within your close community.
Although human beings are trying to manipulate the nature, we cannot avoid with
nature. At least we are thinking various things Right or wrong are
generally speaking in majority it is perception. It is NOT the truth.
Think about very basic phenomenon. If you are working, the next step is going
to touch the floor. If you think very carefully, it is perception. That perception
will Right 99.9999999
. But in terms of truth, it is
NOT 100% (Of course, we have to act on this perception, we have no choice)
Even we are thinking with our brain (even it might be perception) this brain
is NOT ours, NOT yours, NOT mine. It is directly based on nature. Next minute,
we will think different ways. Then we accuse to this person He is mad.
In fact, in very serious thinking, madness is very subjective.
Anyway, as a system, generally speaking, I agree with you.
DW Response: You raise an interesting point: can one avoid dictatorship completely,
including within our bodies and minds (if only as a consequence of reflex)?
I'm not sure. For a discussion of the mind, may I suggest that you read the
Education chapter of my book, particularly the second half of the chapter, which
presents an alternative theory of the brain and consciousness. It is on the
For a Free Burma!!!
- Without researching the individual facts for myself, but only going on the
overall premise of what you had to say, I have to endorse your letter as a thoughtful
Homo-sapiens. Keep your fire strong, and keep me posted.
Note: IF THIS IS A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY TO MAKE US IDENTIFY OURSELVES, I HOPE
YOU PUT MY NAME DOWN TWICE!!!
- I wanted to let you know that I endorse this open letter to the world. There
isn't much time left. I'm with you.
- You have your basic Islam wrong. I think that the majority of Muslims disagree
with the idea that jihad against infidels comes straight from God. I believe
that that idea was simply a sign of the times. Like when Jesus said to turn
the other cheek. Back when Jesus was alive, if someone were to slap you,
they would have done it back-handed (that was the kind of slap they would have
used on a slave or lower-class person) so he was telling you, after they had
slapped you, to turn your other cheek to the person, so if they wanted to slap
you again, it would have to be the opposite of the first time, they'd use the
palm of their hand, and that would mean you'd be an equal to the slapper, not
a lower-class person. That difference between slappings was a part of the culture,
a sign of the times, similar, I think, to the jihad against the unbelievers.
Just thought I'd straighten that out.
Other than that, I loved reading that long whatchamacallit. Very good. I entirely
DW Response: RE Islam, I am not a scholar although I have read the pertinent
passages and Surahs from the Koran. I agree that they are open to interpretation,
and also that there is much in the Koran that forbids violence against peaceful
non-believers. Still, within scholarly circles there is substantial debate about
how these passages should be interpreted, if the Koran does call for Jihad,
particularly in light of Mohammeds actions in the last few years before
he died. In any case, the Koran contains the revelations from God to Mohammed,
his Prophet, so the key question is not does it come from God, but what interpretation
should be used.
In other writings I have said that it is up to the Muslims of the world to define
their faith, to choose which interpretation to accept. Is Jihad simply the
struggle to be a better Muslim, or is it a call for Holy War? This was
actually the sentence in the manifesto that I considered most. I would have
left it out, were it not for the fact that in many mosques and Islamic schools
around the world, mullahs are preaching the Jihad of war. They are preaching
it as if God, through Mohammed, called for it, and to me actions count for more
- I read your manifesto and I liked it very much.
(Dr. Andreas Toupadakis has spoken about peace and the urgent need for nuclear
disarmament at the United Nations as well as numerous colleges, universities,
and other venues in the US, Japan, and Greece. He was a featured speaker at
the 2000 World Conference on Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
Japan. The City of Berkeley adopted a resolution honoring him for the courage
and personal sacrifice he displayed in leaving his job at Lawrence Livermore
- Spotted your Dictator Watch Manifesto on the Activist
I wholeheartedly endorse the Manifesto, and have great admiration for the way
in which you've managed to express our situation so clearly. The views you express
resonate so deeply with my own thoughts on this that its really quite uncanny.
I have been casting around for some time now for a way in which such views could
be expressed and presented, and indeed for a method whereby their implementation
can be effectively achieved, and my immediate reaction is that you've sort of
solved the problem for me.
Mike, Co-ordinator, Britons vs Bush, http://members.fortunecity.com/britonsvbush
- I agree with the letter you sent out, and offer endorsements from the following
groups - based on the fact that these groups are already trying to live by the
principles you list:
Mountain Forum for Peace
September 11 Community Forum