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Integrating the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, mindfulness meditation, and Progressive Christianity with socialism, I personally think of myself as a spiritual socialist--a reformist, democratic socialist, not a revolutionary socialist.  If we use violence, it will create violent repercussions. 

The world, especially the United States, needs to give peace a chance.  I am a socialist because I value economic production for the good of all, always with an internationalist perspective.  I want to live in a carefully planned society and in an orderly world, built from the bottom-up, not the top down, from the neighborhood block club, to the elementary school district, voting precinct, township, county, state, national, and ultimately to the international level.         


The most spiritual and ethical thing I can do now is to understand history, political theory, and economics to help rid the world of U.S. imperialism, militarism, and the gross disparity between the rich and poor within countries and among countries. We have to be the change we want to see.  For me, mindfulness meditation helps me grow spiritually. 

 

The world can be saved as planetary citizens live with ecological wisdom, eat a vegetarian and ideally a vegan diet, remove nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, and gradually phase out fossil fuels. 

  

Regarding the public schools in the United States, I propose allowing the residents that live within the boundary of every elementary, middle, and high school to create their own school boards, which would then create their own educational philosophies and school curriculums.  This measure will promote neighborhood togetherness and local self-determination.  

 

We have to work to achieve both outer peace and inner peace. Meditation, or the calm and detached observation of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, a few times a day can create joy and serenity.

 

For world peace, a socialistic world government, built from the bottom-up, is recommended. Created democratically, it could also be disassembled democratically too, if that is the will of world citizens.    

 

In the United States, I recommend getting a constitutional amendment passed that revises Article V of the constitution so that it would be easier to pass future amendments and also easier to have a future Constitutional Convention in a fair and democratic way to create a better national constitution.  I have written my own version of the ideal constitution, called the Third Constitution of the United States, after the Articles of Confederation and our current constitution.  

 

We should give a voice to every national political party that captures at least one percent of registered voters, and in the final stages of a presidential race, the debate could be restricted to the 7 largest political parties.  If we created a new constitution, there could be a system of proportional representation with a unicameral national legislature.  My constitution would be easier to abolish when a better one is conceived.    

 

Roger's articles have been published at

www.OpEdNews.com   

www.Truthout.org  

www.CounterCurrents.org www.GlobalResearch.ca 

www.InformationClearingHouse.info, www.Tikkun.org www.IntrepidReport.com www.Disinfo.com  www.DemocracyChronicles.com

www.DissidentVoice.org 

 

Roger Copple retired in 2010 from teaching general elementary and middle and high school special education in Indianapolis. He recently moved from Bradenton, Florida back to Indianapolis to support and help his mom and step dad. He is especially interested in political theory, European history, and U.S. foreign policy. After being preoccupied with Christianity, the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga, and Buddhist meditation almost all of his life--Roger now believes that stopping U S. imperialism is the most spiritual and ethical thing he can do. He still does mindfulness meditation in the morning and at night, walks daily, and does yoga stretching exercises.  He is a vegetarian aspiring to be a vegan.  Roger grew up in the subculture of the United Pentecostal Church and remembers going to church four times a week and fearing that he might go to Hell because the Rapture of the Church was imminent, and he was not “saved” with the necessary evidence of “speaking in tongues.” His parents have always voted Republican. His biological father passed away in 1986, and Roger remembers how his father believed that if JFK became President, he would make everyone become a Roman Catholic. Roger’s website: www.NowSaveTheWorld.com  



                               
        
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