RBE Alternatives to Controversial Social/Political Issues
I've been seeing a lot of gun control debates springing up like weeds on Facebook over the past 12 hours, and it's no surprise that all of them are a result of the Colorado Batman movie shooting that happened last night. I saw many people begin their argument with a status like "Gun Control Now" followed by the opposing comment singing to the tune of "statistics have shown that the more people are allowed to have guns, the more respect everyone has for firearms and the less likely are incidents like these to happen." All the while I'm sitting back and thinking to myself, "If we were in an RBE, this wouldn't even be an issue." This is easy to say for someone like me who just "gets it" but how can I argue this point to people who haven't even been introduced to such a simple, yet complex, solution?
I wanted to tell these people they were all wrong and it's because the socio-economic system that we live in inherently provides the need for a lot of people to feel that they need a firearm to protect themselves. I wanted to say that in a society that virtually eliminates the likelihood of occurrence of mental illness such as the one evidently seen in the perpetrator of these shootings, and where there is no incentive to harm others to hunt for food or really behave violently in any manner, that firearms or any reason to create such violent tools would hardly exist in any state except in a digital history file in the mass database of human knowledge created to help run an RBE. I wanted to say all of this, and I wanted all of the "Zeitgeisters" out there to be able to clearly argue this point and take advantage of an opportunity to actually change people's minds about such a controversial issue. The fact is, however, when I googled the Zeitgeist Movement's take on firearms and the like, I came up with one very small clip of a response in one of Peter Joseph's radio shows about whether firearms would be allowed in an RBE. The answer was good enough for the time he was allowed to answer it, but unfortunately not detailed enough to create a convincing argument to those looking for a good Facebook debate. I have seen the problem, and I would like to propose a solution.
Gun control, abortion, gay rights, all of these issues are highly debated in the US and around the world, and if we as activists can find a way to snag these debates at the opportune moment and say, "Hey, you may all have a point, but I happen to have a solution," then I believe we can really make a statement on issues that currently just keep swinging from the right to the left and never really come to a real solid solution/compromise. I propose in our FAQ section on our main website that we highlight these what-today's-society-deems-to-be-important issues, and that give clear, concise, and, most importantly, official answers to questions such as "Would owning personal firearms be allowed in an RBE?" and "Would abortion be allowed in an RBE?" That way, when debates start popping up all over the Internet about these issues, we can easily have firm and complete arguments ready to reference by the click of the mouse and really establish a precedent in these debates. It'll be as easy as copying and pasting.
Now, I would love to draw up some first draft answers to these questions in my next blog post, but I would also love to here some feedback on my proposal as well. Maybe something like this already exists and I may have overlooked it? Sound off in the comments! Thanks for reading!