With respect to Electoral Reform, first the group considered Summary of NYC GA Working Group on Politics and Electoral Reform Preamble and Specifics for Electoral Reform provided as a two-page hand-out.
Later in the meeting the group received a personal presentation [will be linked here as soon as it is loaded by the professional who did the taping] of about seven minutes from me on why Electoral Reform is the one thing that can unify every US voter and eventually all other voters in their own countries, and two handouts:
There was a great deal of discussion, with two general views: first, that Electoral Reform is NOT sufficient, needed is a Constitutional Convention to overturn the entire system and install Direct Democracy everywhere; and second, that Electoral Reform is one thing we can all agree on and move forward with, while everything else develops on its own schedule.
I tried to emphasize that the formulation of the Statement of Demand and the project reading date of 5 January 2012 would take all the pressure off OWS encampments (their “Valley Forge”) and shift the focus to confronting Governors (who have to lead Open Ballot Access changes that are at the state level), Senators, and Representatives. Below are two relevant lists.
The P&ER working group is hoping to elevate the electoral reform issue, a viral campaign for a constitutional convention, and a new pilot project on direct democracy to the full NYC General Assembly within ten days. I urged them to use whatever they decided upon in the way of a Statement of Demand and the specifics of an Electoral Reform Act of 2012 as a model to share with all other Occupy groups in the USA and world-wide, to stimulate two months of deep discussion on what I regard as the one non-violent option we have of getting America the Beautiful back on track through the restoration of electoral integrity and the eradication of institutionalized corruption in the two-party tyranny (one bird, two wings, same shit).
Intellectually what I find most stimulating about all this is the convergence of Marxism properly understood on the left, and Libertarianism properly understood on the right–BOTH are about the sovereignty of man over the state, the eradication of state power as an autonomous out-of-control and therefore virulent entity. Below explores that territory.