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Home, Work, School, Organization, Play & Institutions without formal 'Satyagraha', 'Truth-search', 'Debate' & 'Dialectic-Rights' for all, are autocracies in violation of human intelligence

Powerlessness, lack of human-organization, aggression & violence occur when there is a lack of formal processes for participant dialogue & dispute resolution.  We are all responsible in the homes, communities, business & governments in which we live to provide formal process.  'Debate' is the simplest process & must be seen as a fundamental right for all individuals in all social-economic situations. 'Debate' must be well defined for each of us & in society at large.  When individuals do not formally engage the other enabling a public meeting space with an equal-flow of reciprocal dialogue, & publishing of the results, then there is not debate.

'Debate' (French 'de' = 'undo' + 'bate' = 'the-fight') is a formal process of meeting within the limits of a fixed time (typically 90 minutes), recording (audio/visual) & publishing of the results in appropriate widespread media. 'Debate' is not 'idle-banter' between those casually meeting without fixed time, recording & publishing.  According to this definition, there is very little debate happening anywhere resulting in widespread truth subterfuge everywhere & a lack of mutual-aid in our species.  Debate or 'Dialectic' ('both-sides') Rights are an ancient 'indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generating') heritage.

Debate creates a finite 'two-sided-ledger' ('balance-sheet') for comparison & verification of facts/perspectives as well as the exploration of logics. When violations of convivial relations, law & human rights are made, then debate enables participants to identify, call-for-response & reparation to be decided upon.  The human mind is organized to make assessment & decisions according to comparisons, so real-debate is ideal for empowering everyone to discern the truth & be part of the solution.

Mohandas Gandhi a community lawyer based 'Satyagraha' (Hindi = 'truth-search') in dialectics with the simultaneous question to both-sides, "What are your best intentions & how can we help you fulfill these?".  Even through the British (with a significant Canadian contingent) were continually involved in serious massacres & human rights violations in occupied India, Gandhi still included them in dialogue initiatives.  All humans everywhere are part of a common responsibility understood in all cultures.  In Judaism this is represented by Pekuach nefesh ["Save life," the Prime Directive of Jewish law].

The human mind is drawn to dialectics when both sides have the opportunity to speak equally.  Aggressive gangsterism works against such dialectics by institutionally keeping the other-side out of public media, unrepresented in court, silent in education, unpaid for essential human services (women's work, forced-labour, unrepresented-status etc), unrepresented in political democracy & unrepresented in economic democracy for multiple stakeholders.

Its crucial that all people engage in debate at all levels as: families, multihome-buildings, villages, business participant-stakeholders, founders, workers, suppliers, consumers, schools, governments, institutions, organizations & judicially. When debate is present recognition of similarities & differences with the other enables a unity of collaboration. Debate absence feeds social-economic hierarchy, inequality so as to usurp the authority of all. Debate presence enables us to organize our resources at all levels so as to recapture our natural & economic authority.

Come & join Indigene Community in making Satyagraha & Debate as tools of fundamental human organization & liberation available wherever we are.

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