The Real BIG Question

Practically every progressive struggle -- campaign finance reform, sweatshops, family farms, fair trade, health care for all, unionization, military spending, tax reform, alternative energy, healthy food, media access, hazardous waste dumps, redlining, alternative medicine, you name it—is being fought against one cluster of corporations or another. But it is not that corporation over there or this one over here that is the enemy. It is not one industry's contamination of our drinking water or another's perversion of the lawmaking process that is the problem -- rather it is the corporation itself that must be addressed if we are to be a free people... The piecemeal approach to fighting corporate abuses keeps us spread thin, separated, on the defensive, riveted on the minutiae, and fighting on their terms. Piecemeal battles must certainly continue, for there are real and immediate corporate harms to be addressed for people and communities. But it's time for our strategic emphasis to shift to the offensive, raising what I believe to be the central political issue for the new century: "Who the hell is in charge here?"

- - Jim Hightower

So why don’t we hear more about the BIG problem?

"The American press, with very few exceptions, is a kept press. Kept by the big corporations the way a whore is kept by a tycoon."

- - Theodore Dreiser

Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.
- - Sophocles

Welcome to Big Medicine 2000

This is a campaign to awaken America to the true nature and dominant power of Big Bodies, the mega-corporations that have wrested control of our economy, culture and evolutionary heading. This year the country will finally recognize that these vast social organisms constitute a literal new species, which is both supplanting our own, and causing most of the widespread dis-ease now afflicting our minds, kids, communities and the natural environment. Big Bodies have also clearly usurped our sovereign role in governance, so reclaiming democracy is our first order of business. However, since they also control 90% of our country’s money, media and mercenary lawyers as well as our two coin-operated political parties, this may prove to be an historic scrap. You can help just by reading, developing and diffusing a few BIG ideas. The awakening begins right here...

Candidate Micro-Bio
Born: Wladislav David Kubiak, Kent, Ohio, ‘45 Homes: Kennebunkport, Maine / Kyoto, Japan School: B.S., Psych/Phil/Premed, Bowdoin ‘67 Works: 25 years as activist/journalist/teacher and grassroots media advisor in Japan & India; Board Member, Kyoto Civil Liberties Union & All Japan Direct Democracy Network
dk mugshot First Webmaster: Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia-Pacific (FDLAP) Author/Editor: Memes for a New Democracy Public Office: Virtual Mayor of Kyoto ‘94~’99 Now: working a snowy NH street near you...



Big Bodies have smartbombed the
NH primary, our last low-toll bridge to the national conversation. Inertia, superstition and nostalgia have drawn a fair candidate/media presence this year, but if you do not act now, this is New Hampshire's swan song...

BIG Corporate Bodies have lobbied California, Oregon and Washington to frontload the campaign year with an early vote-rich super-primary. This will overlap New York's BIG Money primary bonanza and drown out any low-rent populist noise from NH for good. Washington and California have already both scrambled forward and since it now costs nearly $5 million to begin play in the California media market alone, this ensures that from now on all visible candidates will:

  • be fixed-grin-deep in Big Body pockets from the get-go;
  • spend 90% of their time staging cynical photo ops in the coastal urban sprawls; and
  • deftly draw media mikes away from the BIG-indicting rants that once rose and reverberated in New Hampshire's narrow valleys.
In other words, the fix is in: all the BIG Partys’ boys will henceforth be fully determined by mid to late March - approximately 4~6 weeks after the NH starting gun. This means MASSIVE media budgets will be even more grossly decisive than now (if that is conceivable), and there will be no time whatever for courageous, BIG-decrying voices to build national recognition or support.

OK, NH will still be first chronologically, but the real importance of this primary was never just symbolic primacy. The state's human-scale allows many citizens to meet and judge the candidates in person. Conversations, ideas and compassionate chemistry still mean something to people here, and it doesn't cost a fortune to reach your minds or hearts. Sure, your overwhelmingly white rural/small town demographics don’t represent anything America has become, but somehow your sense of decency proved a phenomenally prophetic guide to the ideas and candidates that the nation as a whole would respond to. And therein lay the problem. NH and only NH gave a full national stage to the ideas of "populist" outsiders like George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy, John Anderson, Jerry Brown and Pat Buchanan - all of whom attacked the escalating corporate domination of American life from one angle or another.

And in the precious months of lag between NH and the so-called "major" primaries in the South, East and West, there was a chance to kindle a NH-recognized message into a heated national debate. "Yeah, what about our billions blown on corporate welfare? Or the agrobiz extermination of family farms? Or NAFTA's wholesale sellout of American jobs? Or Big Lobby custody of our pusillanimous Congress? Or WTO's God-like veto power over our hard-won health, labor and environmental laws? What about that, guys?"

Who can ever (noticeably) spotlight those questions again? This fierce state that once fired early campaigns with incendiary debate will soon be reduced to a few soundbite sparklers.

Do not go gently into that cold corporate night.
Rage, Rage against the buying of the light.

What to do? It is no doubt impossible to de-mob the primary schedule very soon, but NH might be better served (and avenged) if its libertarian ideals were mobilized for a final assault on Big Body dominion. The US has been rightfully leery of Big Corporate Power for a century, especially in the home of Live-Free-or-Die.

Today as corporate powers swell and converge, darkening the sky and our hopes for individual rights and popular rule, the 2000 election offers one last rare chance to challenge their supremacy and control.

Voting for the Kubiak would make the point, but you might also vote boldly (and actually) for yourselves. Let this write-in signify that We the People still take our sovereign role in this democratic passion play seriously, and therefore demand the expulsion of Big Bodies (and their coin-operated candidates) from our halls of governance for once and for all.

After all, what possible legal, moral or rational justification is there for giving vast artificial, autocratic and profit-obsessed bodies any political role whatever in a democratic society, let alone predominant power?

In the short term, this means we must strip corporations of their political and "human" rights as "legal persons," and thus their dominant power over our leaders, institutions and political processes. (Big Bodies can spend unlimited amounts on lobbying, donations & political advertising because a benighted court once ruled that sluicing money is how corporate persons express themselves, and any limit upon this torrent would violate their "Freedom of Speech." Strange logic, sick humor, but alas now legally true.)

"The government has ceased to function,
the corporations are the government."

- - Theodore Dreiser

Long term, it means we must rethink our own lives in the world and recognize that there are both ethical and pathological limits to a social organism's scale. Once a corporate body grows beyond a certain (rather small) size, it threatens both its members' psychosomatic evolution, and the health of the living surround. As a political and public health measure, therefore, these entities must be irresistibly "encouraged" to diet or divide. The protection of democracy, our youth and the planetary future will of course require other basic reforms, but the barbarians at the gate right now are Big and demand the most abrupt attention. Not only are they fast despoiling our lands, politics & children's consciousness, they have cynically sacked the shrine of New Hampshire, and sooner than later they must pay...


Ban Big Body Electoral Buyouts Forever
With public funding (for the per capita price of a half decent lunch), we can clean the corruption of Big Money out of our elections for good. Christ and Gandhi fasted for 40 days. We should be able to stand 4 hours.
Reclaim our Airwaves during Elections

  • It's economical - free in fact. We shouldn't have to pay Big Corporations hundreds of millions for the air time to study our candidates in depth. The airwaves are ours. We own the damn things and can borrow them back whenever our national interest requires.
  • It's legal and well precedented. Our military and even police have always had the recognized right to commandeer vehicles in the line of duty, especially public duties affecting national security or general safety. What greater public duty is there then than a national election and who discharges it more rightfully than we do, the Sovereign People in Chief?
  • It's logical and natural - we own the damn things.
Distribute Primaries by Lot
After the Iowa and New Hampshire contests, set the dates for subsequent state primaries by lottery, spreading them out over a four month period. The current frontloading of the system ensures that only Big Body-backed candidates can ever afford to play or be heard. If large corporate dominated states balk at these simple reforms, unilaterally set the NH primary two months (instead of two weeks) ahead of the next scheduled contest. Do it now while the Force is still with you...

Restore human rule

Frequently Asked Questions
About Big Medicine

Isn't this campaign just out to demonize business or capitalism?
Not at all. Our only demon is monstrous corporate scale. It’s a Tower of Babel issue. Small business, human-scale business and capitalism are vital, creative and already offer over 80% of our nation’s jobs. With a little help, they can pick up the slack when the Big Bodies begin to melt down.

Why do you insist on rescinding corporate civil rights?
A century ago, a deranged court awarded Big Corporate Bodies the same Constitutional rights as natural persons without our legislative consent. They have since exploited these protections and their enormous wealth to subvert our institutions, leaders and public agenda. Corporations are hierarchic living systems that deny their members the most basic democratic rights and thus can hardly be expected to value or nurture democratic values in society as a whole.

Big corporations now control so much of our society and economy. Shouldn’t that give them some political rights?
Never! Democracy became our political ideal because people, real living persons, can generally be trusted to act from an extended sense of self-interest that encompasses economic advantage, familial welfare, social justice, community well-being, moral values, spiritual/sensual response to the environment, etc. Big Bodies are just not that evolved. They are monotonic social organisms that can only see the world economically, as a food source or toilet, and are obviously too primitive to deserve social power.

What do you really hope to achieve?
To assure the people who already have eerie misgivings about huge corporations that they are right: Big Bodies are alive, in charge and out of control; and to show our citizens we still have the time and power to do something about it.

Why run for VP? What is the point?
The NH VP Primary is an edifying relic from bygone days when we could elect the VP ourselves - the same nostalgic era, in fact, when we could even elect a president ourselves without $50 million PR budgets or Big Body supervision. This campaign could help us remember those days. And VP may one day signify a Virtual President, who exercises leadership with contagious ideas instead of authority, force or fear. We’d sure like to help inaugurate that...

The BIG Transformation

   HELP US get out the BIG word and generate so many forms of ingenious resistance to Big Body dominion that they will finally lose heart (or at least their rapacious esprit de corps), melt down (relatively) peaceably, and stop fighting to rule the beings they were intended to serve. To that devoutly desired end, all contributions are lavishly appreciated. In particular we solicit:
   More vital than your vote or bread is your focused attention - for when that is engaged all else will follow. If you possess the slightest social conscience, once you see that shrinking and democratizing Big Bodies will cure 80% of our most painful eco-social ills in a single stroke, whatever you do afterward -- with or without us -- will doubtless be the Right Thing.
   Although Big Bodies are historically quite new, trying to think of life without them today is as difficult as imagining life free of aristocracy in the Dark Ages or without the all-powerful Party in Stalinist Russia. For children of this century, Big Bodies and their propaganda have always been with us controlling our media, our politics, our opinions of our bodies, worth and lives. We ignorantly yielded them that power, but we can take it back.
    After Big Bodies, what? Would you believe community based media, worker run factories, individualized education, a rebirth of craftsmanship, meaningful jobs, small cities, non-toxic family farms, et perfectly credible cetera. In other words, we envision a sensual renaissance of regional character, values and diversity attuned to the local environment and responsive to the people’s will. Ask yourself, what do we really need as a society that networked groups of 500 or less could not produce or provide? We now have the tech and know-how to effectively supply autos, electronics, energy, even aircraft at that scale of organization. What does a sustainable sensuous world really need?
   Once you see the BIG problem, we ask you to devote a personal Time Tithe to its solution - in this case, 10% of our national per capita TV time or about four hours each week. You could spend that time studying BIG pathology, helping this campaign or working in your own innovative unauthorized ways. (We indeed sincerely urge you to practice Big Medicine without our license. We hardly want to build another Big Body of our own, since inhuman scale in any organization perpetuates the very plague we’re fighting. When you see we that must drastically downscale all our reigning corporate bodies, your ideas will likely be as good as ours and your tactics more suited to your scene.)
   For those who wish to help this campaign directly, we need a whole range of talents - networkers, artists, educators, futurists, hackers et creatively diverse alii. And yes, we also need cash - only a few percent of what a "normal" BIG election campaign costs, but serious money nonetheless. If you can assist in any way with this effort, please contact us immediately at the addresses below, and may SMALL blessings rain upon thee

Send all queries, comments, contributions to:
Big Medicine 2000
Box 13, Kennebunkport Maine, USA 04046
Tel: 207-967-2390 Fax: 207-967-2808
Email: bigmed@nancho.net
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