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The Mahasamatta Manifesto

The Mahasamatta Manifesto

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Published by Feisal Mansoor
Mahasamatta was the first king, asked to arbitrate in a dispute in return for a one-sixth share of rice. The king embodies mahasamatta and sets the standard of the kingdom by his example. This was the ancient way of life of the denizens of Lanka, the ancient Serendip of the Arabs from which the word serendipity has its root. Myth says that on still ancient moonlit seas ancient mariners glimpsed Lanka's Butterfly mountain reflected in the water in the yantra or mystical key of Lord Kataragama which later cultures adopted as The Seal of Solomon or the Star of David: as above, so below.
Mahasamatta was the first king, asked to arbitrate in a dispute in return for a one-sixth share of rice. The king embodies mahasamatta and sets the standard of the kingdom by his example. This was the ancient way of life of the denizens of Lanka, the ancient Serendip of the Arabs from which the word serendipity has its root. Myth says that on still ancient moonlit seas ancient mariners glimpsed Lanka's Butterfly mountain reflected in the water in the yantra or mystical key of Lord Kataragama which later cultures adopted as The Seal of Solomon or the Star of David: as above, so below.

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The Mahasamatta Manifesto 
 
Democracy is dead. Consensus is all. Society has only two rules. Do what you sayyou will and don't mess with anyone else
. Any change in society must be byunanimous decision, even the least member of society must be able to peacefullyresist change if he/she would.Such consensus can be exercised through our civil institutions like corporations byspecifying that all group decisions are unanimous and withholding one's consentmust be justified.Such provision can in no way restrict the activities of the group for if anindividual is found to be so out of kilter with the group that no consensus ispossible with that person, that person maybe invited to start their own group.The limit to the size of group in which such consensus is practical will reflectthe civility of society.There is scant mutuality in a safety in numbers that has gone beyond the simpleprotection of the local thug who became the chief of chiefs on the way tobecoming the king.The bedrock of any civilization is the protection of its weak from its strong.Representative democracy is fatally flawed: promoting mob rule but servingvested interests.For some five thousand years and much longer in myth, Lanka nurtured andcherished the land by ritual worship in a traditional way of life. The first essayin the
Dance of Siva 
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by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy will perhaps illuminate what ismeant by: "To know the Tradition, one must live the tradition."The god Mahasamatta made a consensus with humanity that as long as thepeople lived in
dharma 
the land and everything in it would be safe.In Jambudvipa
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and beyond, the sovereign embodies mahasamatta by his exampleand sets the standard for the kingdom. If the King was to break with
dharma 
hislife would be forfeit.However history is replete with the excesses of kings and one must accept thatby definition the Portuguese could not have conquered Lanka if the institution of 
 
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mahasamatta was not already in some decay.Still it is hard to see why modern technological human society requires a centralauthority telling everyone else what to do.We have to accept that biggest guns do tell us what to do and if we do not paythe protection
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money they demand they will throw us in gaol along with thechild molesters, pimps and contract killers or put us out on the street withoutfood, clothing or shelter.The ugly truth the papers will not print in case the people find the homes of their leaders and bankers and burn them, is that since the game is rigged, everycrisis of credit and resultant economic crisis is nothing but profit taking thatimpoverishes society and ensures it never becomes completely autonomous.The Internet makes all those forms of social interaction redundant and stifling.We are able to transact business or exchange ideas instantly from miles apart,giving cooperation a qualitative boost we are yet to properly experience.Together with this enhanced level of human interaction, technological advancesmake human labour increasingly redundant in a Clash of Civics and Technology notCivilisations.The only meaningful definition of freedom is individual liberty: which Major C HDouglas called being able to choose to do something or not.In a society free of the protection racket, only the parties to a transaction needknow details of that transaction.The only legitimate information that society need know about any transaction isthat the buyer and seller agreed a price, are both satisfied with the deal andhave assigned to it a specific accounting code.How they pay each other when they pay each other, is none of our concern. Onlythat when they do they each acknowledge that a specific value has beenexchanged.Only the buyer and seller can maker an accurate estimate of value.The means to freely exchange goods and services may be provided with a websiteand an exchange mechanism
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in the public domain.
 
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Only "free" money on which no one pays anything, not interest not income tax,can establishing a “fair” price between a buyer and seller.Any price set in a currency whose value is arbitrarily set by any party outsidethe contracting parties necessarily allocates a portion of that transaction tothose who set that value.The less one has to interact with authority in one's everyday life, the lesscontrol over one's actions that authority has.We need an alternate
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wealth system, a sustainable economy underlying theindustrial economy based on the two rules of common law, contract and tort.This economy will not recognise monopoly
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patents but will actively promotelicensing of patents for the payment of a royalty.From an entrepreneurial point of view, a wealth system is a meansof transferring goods and services to a consumer and obtaining currency
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withwhich you can purchase other goods and services.Which is why we need an alternate wealth system separate from a central bankrun debt driven financial system, funded by income tax and interest.But they are bigger than us and no matter what guns we buy they will alwayshave bigger and better ones.A non-violent response is a necessity as well as a philosophy, but it has to besmart and when it finally attracts the attention of the powers that be, it musthave too many anonymous
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participants to be bullied.Ultimately
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if enough people exchange enough goods and services using a mutualdebit card they will be buying and selling from each other, and spending whatthey earn on the website and creating the alternate wealth
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system thatbelongs to no one.The website is in the public domain so there is no title to it. There is no bank, sothere is no bank manager so no one other than the person updating needs toknow or can know the content of each individual account.One subscribes to the sustainable economy by consensus while one submits to thestatus quo and renders to Caesar what he demands.The sustainable economy is by definition a return to Mahasamatta.

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