Thoughts on a Post 9/11 Truth World
By Drew Noftle
Vancouver BC - Today various members of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society got together at Queen Elizabeth Park to brainstorm various ideas about how we (Canadians) should rebuild our economic and political structures for the coming Post 9/11 Truth World. 9/11 may have thus far changed Canada – and America for that matter – for the worse, but it has also helped millions of us open our minds to the truth behind government secrecy and corruption like never before. 9/11 Truth will open many doors to the possibilities of a restructured government that have not been opened since the founding of our nation. This, combined with modern communication capabilities, can give us an opportunity like none other in the history of modern civilization. Now is not too early to think about which doors we would like to venture through, and which ones are better left to be left behind.
Below are eight things that I would like to see changed in our political and economical structures of today. First off, I would like to mention that I am strongly in the opinion of visionary realism. Prof. Peter Dale Scott speaks of visionary realism in his latest book The Road to 9/11. He speaks of it as an answer that lies in “a middle path between absorption into the existing political process and the futile rejection of it.” Furthermore, Prof. Scott continues that visionary realism is the “restoring of political process by first strengthening civil society. This will require visionary cooperation with existing elements in society. Drawing on the experience of the civil rights movement and Solidarity, the initial emphasis will be less on reforming or breaking down old top-down institutions than on developing and strengthening alternative ones from the ground up.” 
With this in mind, I would also like to note that these are a selection of first thoughts only, and are in no way a flawless or finalized list. I am writing this article merely as a starting ground for further brainstorming. Furthermore, it is intentional that I have laid these ideas out in a highly simplistic manner.
1 - Abolish the Monarch
Canada’s Head of State is the Queen of England. The Queen's Privy Council for Canada is a body of government that is appointed for life, and its members are sworn to secrecy. Upon entering the Privy, one must take an oath declaring “I, [name], do solemnly and sincerely swear that I shall be a true and faithful servant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second… I shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed to me in this capacity, or that shall be secretly treated of in Council. … I shall do as a faithful and true servant ought to do for Her Majesty."  The Monarch, as the Canadian Senate - where members are also appointed for life - is a redundant body that can serve not good purpose today. We ought to be opposed to government secrecy, and we ought to seek transparency in all government actions.
2 - Bottom Up Delegation of Power
Here in Canada, our government often passes Bills that run counter to the wants and needs of its citizenry. This is due to the Canada’s top-down style of government. With a top-down system, decisions that effect local economies are made at the top by non-locals who have no idea what the repercussions will be. What we need is what Vandana Shiva calls a “Living Democracy.” A Living Democracy is based on a Bottom-up structure where all decisions are made at the local level and are then delegated upwards to the national level for implementation. Living Democracies reclaim from national and provincial Governments the rights and responsibilities that belong to the community, and reclaim from the global level what belongs at the national level. 
3 - Population Based Limitations of Government
No body of government should have executive power over a population of more than 10 million people.
The average Chinese citizen is one in 1.4 billion and has zero chance of influencing its government or even having his or her voice heard. The average American, who is one voice in only 300 million, still little or no chance to be heard by their government, but has more of an opportunity than his or her Chinese counterpart to make an individual difference. Canada, with a population of only one tenth of the United States, has much more opportunity at the federal level for the average citizen to be heard. The smaller the population, the more controllable the government becomes, and the more influential its population becomes. This, needless to say, is desirable. I believe it is desirable for Canada to be split into 3 separate entities. America into thirty. Furthermore, smaller nations have smaller opportunities to dominate other nations, and even smaller opportunities to dominate globally. Global domination is of course one of the largest quagmires we are facing today.
4 - Banishing of Arms
In a Post 9/11 World, I suggest all nations abolish all weaponry and decommission all armed forces. A working you-drop-your-gun-and-I’ll-drop-mine scenario seems like a tall order, but it is something worth striving for nonetheless. I consider all military budgets to be a sever misallocation of tax payers money, not only because killing is wrong, but also because there are other realms that it could be used for.
5 - Universal Health Care and Education
Canada is losing its health care system and institutes of higher education are exceedingly unaffordable. Critics of Canada’s health care system speak of how there is just not enough money to keep up with the increasing demand. This is not due to a lack of government money on a whole, but due the previously mentioned misallocation of funds. While Canada’s 2008 Budget leaves both Education and Health with only hundreds of millions of dollars to work with, yesterday Defense Minister Peter MacKay revealed details of a spending of $490-billion to modernize our military.
6 - Limitations on Personal and Corporate Wealth
Capitalism is not our enemy. It has brought us great economic prosperity and has allowed us to advance human civilization like no other economic system ever has. One only needs to look at the history of various other economic structures to see why we need to have a visionary realist’s attitude when brainstorming the restructuring our economy. However, capitalism indeed has serious flaws that we should look at fixing. In my opinion, capitalisms largest flaw has to do with the accumulation of wealth by the elite. The elite’s desire to accumulate wealth is what has caused owners to underpay workers, lower the quality of production, and so on. This desire is also what has put a Wal-Mart and a McDonalds in nearly every city in the first and developing world. What if governments put a limit on personal wealth? What it no man or woman was able to accumulate more that $100 million dollars? What if no business could employ more than 1000 people or no business could produce a net income of more than $200 million dollars? Not only would this begin to rebalance the distribution of money and shrink the gaps between the rich and the poor, it would also allow re-diversification of the world, and revive cultures that are giving way to western qualities. No longer would Bangalore, Paris, Shanghai, and New York all look alike.
7 - No IPR
Intellectual Property rights have no place in a civil society. We are constantly told that they are needed to allow musicians to protect their songs from plagiarism or so Microsoft can protect it’s OS systems in order to raise money for research and development so they can bring us even greater desktop capabilities. What we are not told, is that IPR prevents vaccines or medicine from getting to those who need it most, or that it prevents alternative energy sources from becoming profitable.
8 - No Usury
The charging of interest is the number one reason why people and governments alike are in debt. Banks charge an interest to accumulate wealth, not for survival. Furthermore, usury is a fundamental no-no in all 3 Abrahamic faiths:
If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.
– Exodus 22:24
Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.
– Deuteronomy 23:19
“Those who charge usury are in the same position as those controlled by the devil's influence. This is because they claim that usury is the same as commerce. However, God permits commerce, and prohibits usury.”
- Al – Baqarah 2:275
With the abolishing of the excessive accumulation of wealth, usury could also come to an end.
These changes would of course take not only the revelation of 9/11 to become possible, but also a sever change in how we educate our youth. These days, youth are not educated, but indoctrinated. Education involves more than attending school and playing soccer. It involves building a sense of community with those who live around you. It involves getting a world perspective of all things, and allows for an open-mindedness that seeks constant correction and growth. Our modern communication tools will make this more possible. The revelation of 9/11 will make it desirable.
I welcome all comments positive and negative. Also please add any other ideas that you have for a Post 9/11 Truth World. I would like to see this brainstorming sessions og beyond the park in Vancouver, and have it collaborate with intellectuals and activists from all over the world.
 Peter Dale Scott – The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America p. 256-257
 Vandana Shiva – Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace p. 84