The Purpose for Creating this Website
by Chambis Kiatipis
The Purpose for which this Website was created is of twofold character:
On the one hand, the Purpose of these pages is to help people form a Rational, but True World Outlook and to contribute in their own way to the formation of a true content of social consciousness (mainly in philosophical and scientific form), (this is the theoretical aspect of the purpose), and
On the other hand, the Purpose of these pages is to help people to create a Global Movement for a Classless Society, who's ulterior objective must be the replacement of the socioeconomic system of the Class Society and Representative Oligarchy with that of the Classless Society and Direct Democracy. (That' s the practical side).
The two aspects -theoretical and practical -are dialectically interrelated so that, we can say, that in order to succeed in creating and developing the one aspect depends on whether we succeed in creating and developing the other and vice versa. In other words the two objectives go hand in hand.
In order to create a new organisation within the framework of the existing social order, people need to have a common consciousness and a set of common interests and goals. In order to create a universal or global or international organisation common consciousness about everything is needed. But, of course, we do not expect to create in a day either a global organisation in which all members of humanity will become members, or create in a day common consciousness about everything. We think that we can achieve both aspects of our purpose in a long process of development, during which both aspects will develop in mutual dialectical relations and interaction during which the pace of developing of one aspect will infuence the pace of developing the other and vice versa.
2. On the formation of a Rational, but True World Outlook and of True Social Consciousness.
We regard that the creation of a Rational, but True World Outlook, that will include true knowledge and understanding of abiospheric (nonliving), biospheric (living) and noospheric (human/social) phenomena, could not be the result of a single persons mental activity and contribution, but the mental contribution, that will come from many philosophers, scientists, artists and other intellectuals. The experience accumulated by manually working people will also be of vital importance in formulating a true social consciousness, especially on issues concerning the production processes and social relations in general. Therefore, these WebPages will play an important role as the media, through which the common consciousness of the people will be gradually formulated. These WebPages will give to anyone who has something true to say, the opportunity to express it, so that the members of the Movement and the people at large will learn it. The presentation and discussion of ideas and theories will, of course, have to be done in a planned and organised manner. To achieve this goal we have created the specialised web pages under the title name: Classless Society and Direct Democracy
We might witness different opinions and ideas about the same issue; we might witness very different answers to the same question, even polarised, opposite or contradictory ones, that is answers that negate one another.
Who will then be the judge that will determine which ideas, conceptions, theories etc are true or not?
After conducting a planned and organised discussion on an aspect of the objective reality or on a social issue, the members of the Movement will be asked to decide upon, in a way to be determined by them, what they co0nsider to be true and what not to be true. Even so, it is possible that the members might make a mistake in their judgement. That's a chance they have to take and they have to respect the outcome of a debate. Then they have to admit that practice really will be the ultimate judge of what is true and what is not true.
Therefore the content of social consciousness formulated by the Movement For A Classless Society and Direct Democracy will have to be reassessed from time to time in comparison with what practice and new objective and subjective conditions tell us. This will be necessary, because many of the aspects of the objective reality constantly change and the changes occurring will have to be truthfully reflected in the common consciousness of the Movement. Besides we shall have to develop a true Theory of Knowledge, that will help us to determine with fairly good accuracy what is true and what is not true, and also to determine what is absolutely true and what is relatively true.
3. On the Creation and Functioning of a Global Movement For A Classless Society and Direct Democracy.
An Organisation or a Social Movement, seen in a process of creation and in a process of development, is of a contradictory character: it is an opened<=>closed system, that is characterised by two dialectically interrelated and interacting sides: its structure and its functions. The Structure of an organisation follows certain fundamental principles and so does the functioning of the organisation. These are the Principles of the Structure and of Functioning of the Organisation. Because of the interrelations and interactions existing among the two contradictory sides of every organisation, its principles of structure depend on and are determined by its principles of functioning, and vice versa.
In our case, the structure of the Movement For A Classless Society and Direct Democracy is made up of people, of adult men and women of certain age and over. Determining who is an adult person is not for me to say. It must be a decision taken by the Movement and reassessed from time to time. The direct and indirect relations, established through specific structural bonds, among various individuals (irrespective of sex, profession, race, nationality, citizenship, religion, etc. that might exist) within the structure of the Organisation, constitute the fabric of the structure of the Organisation. This fabric might establish direct relations among individuals and indirect relations among them through specific organised bodies, which could be established in order to function in an organised collective manner to achieve certain goals that the Organisation bestows upon them. The definition of the relations among the members of the Organisation and among a member and the organised bodies of the Organisation, and vice versa, is determined by the Principles of the Structure of the Organisation. As we mentioned above, these Principles are depended upon and are determined by the Principles of the Functioning of the Organisation, and vice versa. This means that the functions of the Organisation as a whole, the functions of individual members and the functions of a specific organised bodies or organs of the Organisation, depend and are determined by the number of the members of the Organisation as a whole, by the number of members working in each specific organised body and also by their qualitative characteristics.
We humans exist and develop as intelligent beings, because our precursors had acquired, in a long process of development, specific biological and cultural characteristics. Among these characteristics is the ability to produce and use simple and complicated material objects, as tools, machinery, vessels, vehicles, etc. It is the ability to use various natural forms of energy that replace the human physical energy in the various processes of production of means of production and of consumer goods and in the various processes of exchange of the produced goods and for providing various services to individuals and organised bodies. Therefore, a social organisation cannot exist and function without the use of material and technical means, without the use of one form of natural energy or the other, beside the specific human form of energy of its members. A social organisation must use the existing material and technical means and the forms of natural energy produced and provided by humanity as a whole.
Therefore, the Principles of Structure and Functioning of an Organisation depend upon and are determined by the quantity and quality of material and technical means and of the energy it possesses and uses for both its internal functioning, as a closed system, and its external functioning, as an open system.
For example, an organisation that its existence and development depends on the use of violence or the thread to use violence, needs arms and trained armed people. It needs not just any arms, but specific arms for specific kind of fighting. It needs not just any kind of armed people, but people well trained in the use of the specific arms and in the tactics of specific warfare. In a world such as ours, in which the use of violence is a way of solving social conflicts, the creation and development of armed organisations, such as states with military, police and other armed units, is a real science.
On the other hand, an organisation that strives to resolve social conflicts in a peaceful manner has to use other kind of material and technical means, not arms. So the Principles of Structure and Functioning of an Organisations depend and are determined also by the methods it uses to achieve its goals and vice versa.
We do not want to create yet another national or international movement that will promote the interest of one group of people, of one social class, of one profession, of one of the sexes, of one nation, of one state etc. We do not want to force our will and ideas upon anybody either in a violent, psychological or any other manner. We want to create an organisation, a movement really that will have as its central objective to create the proper social conditions that will benefit all people, irrespective of biological and cultural differences. We are not creating an organisation to promote the interest of any special group of people, but the interests of society as a whole. And this kind of interests could be only formulated on the abstract level of thinking, on the abstract level of cognition. So we shall have to formulate on the abstract level of cognition and consciousness what these universal interests of the people are.
Because the Movement For A Classless Society and Direct Democracy will have to promote the interests of all people, we deem necessary that the following conditions must be met at the very beginning:
The Movement, as a closed system, will have to be organised (structured) and will have to function according to the principles of organisation and functioning of a classless society. The principles of functioning of a classless society are know also as the principles of Direct Democracy or just Democracy.
This means that all decisions must be taken by all members of the Movement after organised discussions and that all members must participate in materialising the practical aspect of the decisions taken.
The Movement, as an open system, will have to intervene with its decisions and activities in the life of society at large. The main purpose of the Movement will be to convince people to consciously accept and implement the principles of structure and functioning of the classless society. We envisage that the principles of structure and functioning of the classless society will be implemented in one institution after another, and therefore one day they will become the norms of structure and functioning of the whole humanity, that is on the universal level of organisation of humanity. This process by necessity will be a peaceful one. It won't be a violent one. It is impossible to formulate a common social consciousness for all by using any form of violence. Only by convincing everybody that the establishment of a classless society will be in the interest of everybody and of the whole humanity living and future will we succeed.
Existing organisations will have to be asked to negate and abandoned the principles of structure and functioning of the class system and adopt the ones of the classless system. We foresee that not many will accept this demand. So, the Movement will have to create new organisations that will function according to the classless society's principles. A peaceful struggle for survival among the two types of organisations will begin. We foresee that, on the one hand, the organisations functioning on the basis of the principles of the class society will one after another wither away and disappear and on the other hand, the organisations organised and functioning on the principles of the classless society will flourish.
4. Class Social System <Versus> Classless Social System.
Why did we come to consciously reject the class social system and the representative oligarchy and took a conscious stand for the classless system and direct democracy?
To answer this question, we must first state what we negate and what we want to be abolished and after that what we stand for. First, we state what we negate and we want to be abolished.
What we negate and want to be abolished.
In general, we are against, we reject, we refuse to support and we want to abolish the existing Class Social System and the Representative Oligarchy, because its essential features do not guarantee in practice the smooth all-around and free development of each and every individual as a prerequisite for the free and all-around development of all.
In particular we negate and want to abolishthe following:
What we Stand for
In general we are in favour of a Classless Society and of Direct Democracy or Democracy and in favour of the struggle for its implementation on a universal scale, that is, we envisage a classless social system that will function on Democratic principles not only for one State, not only for one Nation, not only for one Race, not only for the members of one social class, or a particular organization, but for the whole Humanity.
We expect that when the principles of structure and functioning of a Classless Social System will replace the principles of structure and functioning of the Class Social System, on all levels of social organisation:
The classless society will guarantee not in words (empty promises) but in practice:
It is understood that the Principles of Structure and Functioning of a Classless Society will be formulated in detail during the process of development of the Movement For A Classless Society and Direct Democracy.
5. People's different stand on various social issues.
Many people believe that the way we are as human beings and the way society is today, is an act of God. They believe that whatever happens to us personally and whatever happens in society, are due to the will of God. They say that God created everything and us too, and only he can change things and us. So they propose that only by praying to God and offering valuables to the church we could see any changes for the better.
Some other people consider the kind of social practices we are experiencing today as natural and we have to live with them, because it is not possible to eradicate the causes responsible for them. They profess that this notion is derived because, as they say, people coming from the animal kingdom, they bring with them beastly instincts. A man is a wolf for another man they say.
We consider both notions to be wrong or simply they are not true.
Many others have come to the conclusion that all the vices experiencing people today owe their existence to the fact that society is divided into antagonistic classes. Or because people are divided into manually working and mentally working. Or because people are divided into rich and poor. Or because people are divided into privileged ones and non-privileged ones and so on. These notions are relatively true. Most people who profess these notions have no idea of the origin of antagonistic classes. They have no idea of how and when people were divided into manually working and mentally working folks and why. They have no idea of how rich people became rich and why they remain rich, and why poor people are poor and they remain poor.
As a true notion we consider the one saying, that the people of today and the various social conditions existing today in various countries, are all the result of the process of development of living matter on Earth in general and of humanity in particular. An objective process that started a few billion years ago, it continues at present and will continue in the years to come. Nothing remains forever the same. Everything can be changed. Many things change everyday, without us being conscious of the occurring changes. Some things change by themselves due to their mutual objective interinfluences and interactions and others change because of the activities of people.
All past and present generations of people have contributed, in one way or another, and on various degrees to be what we are today, both as individuals and as a human society. Some people feel satisfied of what they are and of what the social conditions existing today are. Normally this kind of people does not want any kind of change at all. They belong to the conservative persuasion or ideology and they like the things to remain as they are. An individual belonging to this persuasion is only interested to advance his own strictly personal selfish interests, and he can succeed to do this only when others fail to promote their own interests.
The truth is that not many people are satisfied with their present personal situation and with the existing social system. In reality, most people are not satisfied and want a change. The changes people are asking for, range from simple things that affect their everyday personal and family life to changes to the existing relations of production and exchange, that is changes to the relations that constitute the foundation on which the whole existing social structure and social relations are build upon.
All kinds of change occur from one day to the other, but nobody is sure where all these changes lead to. Nobody knows what the next day will be like for him, for his family, for his nation. Nobody is sure whether he will wake up and find himself/herself in conditions of war or peace. No rich person is sure whether he will wake up next day and still be rich. No salaried person is sure whether the next day will still have a job. Millions of small changes occur in one day all over the world. But nobody knows what the sum total change of all these small changes is, what it signifies, what impact will have the next day to the individuals and to whole peoples.
We are living in a class society where blind forces govern its development and consequently blind forces guide our lives and destinies. Objective laws of development determine what changes occur towards various directions and no individual or whole states could do anything about it.
The fundamental objective contradictions on which the class social system is built on, lead the people, day in day out, to engage in all sorts of antagonism among themselves. Antagonisms lead at one point or another to all sorts of violent conflicts and clashes at all levels of social structure, from the family level to the state level. It's hard to find something pleasant to talk about. This is reflected in the mass media. You don't read, or see or listen to anything pleasant in the newspapers, on the television or the radio. People around the world just don't have really pleasant things to talk about.
Every day new laws are adopted by the various legislative institutions, in order to achieve a smooth functioning of class society, but to no avail. Statistics show that the situation is worsening. Old conflicts are coming to an end while others are already there to take their place. Rich people still become richer and poor people still become poorer. Both productive and non productive capital is being concentrated more and more in the hands of fewer and fewer people. The number of permanently unemployed is going up from year to year. Crimes of all kinds are on the run. It is impossible for any institution, however big and powerful is, to record the suffering of people around the world today, because of the number of people suffering from one vice or the other is enormous.
Some people come quickly to easy answers in their endeavour to explain what causes the suffering of the people. Many know the causes but have no remedy to offer.
In reality, the class system offers no remedy to the sufferings of the people. It itself reproduces them day after day. Only the abolition of the class system itself and the building in its place of the classless society that will function on true democratic principles will remedy the sufferings of the people once and for all.
Only the classless system can find and establish ways that could satisfy all the various needs of every individual and of the people as a whole. In order for someone to come to the above conclusion will have to overcome many weaknesses both in the spiritual field and the sentimental/psychological.
The articles contained in the site Classless Society and Direct Democracy are meant to help overcoming our spiritual and psychological weakness that the class system had bestowed upon us. Please read them and then respond to them.
Help to make the possibility of the transition from the class society to the classless society a reality.
December 12, 1998