Message to Foster Gamble and the Thrive Movement...A message to Foster Gamble and the Thrive Movement:
Foster, you had to have been in post-production with the Thrive documentary movie, last July (2011), when I released the first version of The Reset Button. It really shouldn't be surprising to anyone that a number of people had made a decision that the state of affairs - in the US and around the world - had come to such a deplorable condition that it was impossible to not try - at least try - something major. You, your wife Kimberly, and your crew were working on Thrive. Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers banded together with numerous activists - kind of the who's who of modern American activism, including many anti-war activists - to create the October 2011 Movement to descend upon 'Freedom Plaza' in Washington DC, and then the explosion in Zuccotti Park in New York: first tens, then hundreds, then thousands of activists were creating Occupy Wall Street, inspiring subsequent Occupations across the United States and around the world.
Foster Gamble and Kimberly Carter Gamble, on the Thrive set.
What is a surprise is that someone that grew up surrounded by affluence (the Proctor and Gamble corporate enclave) and was being groomed to slide gracefully into a position within (I assume) the upper echelon of Proctor and Gamble management, would have the conviction, integrity, and courage to walk away from it and pursue something else. That something else, by your statements in the Thrive documentary, was a life quest to figure out why in the world we - the citizens of planet Earth - were not thriving. This closely resembles the compassionate actions of one of my heroes, John Robbins (who walked away from the Baskin Robbins fortune and top-tier management/ownership in order to pursue his quest to find out what had happened to the food industry, and what to do about it.)
A 'thank you' seems small in comparison to the work that you and Kimberly have done, and for what you walked away from, financially, in order to pursue your goals and to create and deliver the message in the movie Thrive. But it is obvious that you do know the true value of sincere gratitude, and that is what I offer: my sincere and heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done.
In addition, I want to say thank you for now allowing the Thrive documentary to be seen, in its entirety and for free, on YouTube. I have created a link to it here on the 'More/Videos' page, and hope that literally each and every man and woman will take the time to stop and watch this very important film. I would guess that you have not even covered production costs with the sales you have made, (and did not create the documentary to make money), and so I encourage as many as can afford it to buy a copy. (I did.)
I would be honored if you would list The Reset Button on the Thrive Movement resources page 'Solutions/Liberty', and do whatever you can to help spread the word that The Reset Button is indeed a powerful step towards regaining our sovereignty and freedom from financial tyranny. I recognize that your vision, and the vision of others (such as Stefan Molyneux and other von Mises advocates) is not the vision expressed in The Reset Button Candidate Position Issues essays, though I would hope that these two things are abundantly clear:
- Without winning a bloody revolution (which I doubt is possible), or having a successful non-violent revolution to gain control of the government by citizens and throw-out the minions of the Financial Elite (the goal of The Reset Button Movement), absolutely no change will occur. No positive change, that is.
- Ideas for changes in governance must not be dictated to the people, but must be offered, suggested. Your visions, the visions of the von Mises Institute - perhaps they will be embraced wholeheartedly by the citizens of the US - but my visions and your visions remain a distant fantasy until we control our own destiny by controlling our own governance.
Quite frankly, I have never really allowed myself to imagine that the citizens of the United States would make a giant leap in governance - to a totally new system of governance. Honestly, we have never experienced the one we are supposed to have, a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people", and it sure would be nice to try that out first, don't you think?
The Venus Project (the brainchild of Jacques Fresco), and the 'stateless society' that some von Mises advocates speak of, or even a social democracy are all immense leaps from where we are. I just want to get out from under the corporatocracy, (or the oligarchy disguised as a corporatocracy), that is our present condition - and getting out from under their nefarious control and achieving a government filled with ordinary citizens with no ties to corporations is an idea that can be embraced by the vast majority of US citizens, right now. That is a critical distinction.
We could wait 100 years, producing documentary after documentary, educating people to our present conditions, and to the future possibilities we could someday hope to leap to... or, we can rally behind a critical first step - and get that step done right now. We know that the driving force behind all of the on-fire activists and current social movements is not merely the change in the electoral paradigm outlined in The Reset Button - we know that once ordinary citizens are in positions of governance, many of the critical issues of the day (as exposed in the Candidate Position Issues section) will finally get solved. Who knows - we may find that is not enough, and perhaps the US citizens may then want to explore further in governance - possibly into changes in the structure of governance (or in dismantling some of the structure of governance.) That is for the future. Right now, we are at war with international bankers that control the US government. Let's win that war first.
With love and in solidarity,
Dennis T Leahy
Please read, sign, and spread The Reset Button. Step 1 is actively causing it to immediately 'go viral.' This is critical, and needs your help.