Futurist Party and Organization
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I have argued for creating a futurist party for a long time and proposed a futurist party platform [http://www.ghandchi.com/348-HezbeAyandehnegarEng.htm] four years ago and since then many related topics [http://www.ghandchi.com/index-Page10.html] have been discussed. One issue that is still not getting the necessary attention is the issue of organization . How is this organization going to be created?
Some futurists think what is holding the formation of the futurist party is discovering the proper organizational structure for such a party. In other words they think nobody has come up with a new structure, different from parties of the past, something to distinguish it from political parties like the Jefferson's U.S. Democratic Party or Lenin's Russian Communist Party of the past.
I think what finally becomes the structure of the party is not necessarily the structural models chosen in advance, but is how the actual organizers of the party, using their practice and past knowledge and experience, will finally form the rules of the party, and vote the party structures, and make it, whether they are activists in a country like Iran or in the U.S. Robert Rules of Orders is an example used in the past in the United States. In other words, one cannot choose a model of party structure and then go and find activists and organizers to build a party. Potential party activists are already known. Let me explain.
Who would be the activists of this party? Can someone who has no interest in building a post-industrial economy, to be the one who can be an organizer of this party? Certainly not. In other words, the potential organizers are the ones who want to build a *fair* post-industrial society [http://www.ghandchi.com/401-FuturistVisionEng.htm]. In other words, the party platform is what determines the organizers who join this effort, nonetheless, just liking the proposed platform does not make one a party organizer. Even if one believes in building a fair post-industrial society, but sees his/her goal only in educational work, or if s/he sees the need for political work, but thinks it should be done thru old political parties, such an individual can not organize a futurist party.
But it is important to note that the ones who already believe in the need for political work to build a fair post-industrial society, and are already active in old political parties, are the ones who need to be convinced to take the leadership to go for forming an independent futurist party, to politically lead the efforts to build a fair post-industrial society. These political activists are the ones who can do this task. Those who do not believe in political work and have been doing educational and cultural work for futurism all these years, may not even have the capability to organize a futurist party. I have discussed this issue in my article about sandbox [http://www.ghandchi.com/403-FuturismSandboxEng.htm] and no need to repeat here.
The problem of creating a futurist party is not whether we have a hierarchical model or a network model for an independent futurist party. The futurist political party organizers can try different models, and find what works best for the futurist party, but the issue is to be convinced to start building an *independent* futurist political party, which we have not done for years. These activists have enough experience to do the job, and there is no need to agree on an alternative party structure, in contrast to other political parties of the industrial society, in advance, to start discussion about founding an independent futurist party.
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
May 4, 2005