Response to Kuhio's posting

Two Questions that Lead to Action,” in which he lays out a frame into which we can begin to build a strategy to end occupation in Hawaii. Although there are conflicting viewpoints as to which strategy may be more effective, we seem to be at a place where many strategies can move forward concurrently.  Although undoubtedly, these routes or strategies will eventually bottleneck into a sort of Darwinian system of natural selection where the most popular strategy will eventually prevail, the inverse– that many strategies, large and small– must also prevail. Let us just hope that this system embraces an international system, a contemporary extension of what Queen Lili’uokalani proposed to advance, lest we become governed by some kind of popular ministry. My response: “According to Cline, without strategic purpose and national will, other factors, such as population, territory, economics and military might, lose their potency.” This phrase suggests that what signifies “Will” are the determining factors like the registration of the electorate, cultural determinacy, and economics. I would add that they are the programs and initiatives created by both individuals and organizations that signify Will. As we look at the history of political activism and cultural determinacy for this generation, Kaho’olawe and Hokule’a, for example, substantially marks Hawai’i ’s cultural and spiritual growth– and that too conveys Will. One might argue that despite what appears to be lack of unity, there is rather a healthy dissensus that is engaging many communities beyond only native Hawaiian activists. If debate is a marker of where we are as a society, Hawaii must certainly take the lead! Throughout the last generation, a variety of people and organizations have been focusing on issues and routes of engagement that for all considerable purposes, further the larger agenda of collective togetherness and national identity. One thing that strikes me however,– and part of this is inspired by Prof. Osorio’s recent announcement of his defense against the administration cutting funds for OHA and DHHL– and that is economic funding. People and organizations rely on federal and state funding for their programs. How do we navigate around the money issue? I do not know, but it seems that MANA and the Hawaiian Independent have a platform that addresses this economic issue in an organic and homegrown way– but I do not know if in its present condition it is self-sufficient in a way that is financially viable. It seems that for viability to be attained, everyone’s cooperation is necessary. There is a larger point, and it is that we really have to consider the entire fiscal package: resources, equity, currency, trade, labor, etc. If we consider approaches or models as to how we can establish sustainable economic independence so that organizations like NH Legal Corp, Alu Like, and other native Hawaiian programs can sustain itself, then it stands to reason that this national Will that you reference, will manifest itself towards an active and more involved, independent nation-building process.]]>

2 comments for “Response to Kuhio's posting

  1. Gobernador_PR
    January 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Its been a long time since I last commented (I forgot my password and I just got a new one) and I apologize for the absence. I read Mr. Vogeler’s post and I found it very interesting. I plan to study it in depth and analyze how to applay the same process here in Puerto Rico which will prove challenging since, I must admit, we are half way to square one. After 111 years of occupation Puerto Ricans have been, dare I say, brainwashed into believing that statehood is a good thing and that will delay any attempt to reach our independence, but that is another story for another time.
    I purchased an interesting book last year which is basically a compilation of six interviews done on a radio talk show. These six interviews are directed to debunk the myths regarding independence. For six weeks the radio talk show interviewed a reknown Puerto Rican economist and they discussed six different Nations around the world that have become economic power houses in their own right. Ironically among these is Singapore, who in the 50s utilized the same policies as Puerto Rico but when the time came, Puerto Rico remained an un incorporated territory of the US and Singapore became an independent nation. How is Singapore doing these days? Singapore is now the world’s most thriving economy. The issue in this case is a bit complicated both for Hawai’i and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is not a state, but still, When we tried to strike a deal with the Japanese government back in the late 80s (my guess 1988-1989) the US Department of State intervened and told the Puerto Rican government (and this extended to Japan as well) that it did not have the power (which is the wrong word since I insist that they meant sovereignty) to strike this deal. Since Hawai’i is a “state” I presume that the State department will try to intervene. Alas, I wouldn’t dare say that ths will happen for I cannot see the future.
    The economy, or atleast the topic of Economy, is a good way to get people to think abput independence. Money makes the world go ’round, and its true, if you can convince people that the economy will be better off in an independent Hawai’i (or any other territory) they will start thinking. The Darwinian concept of natural selection for the various strategies is a good point, however if one can focus there efforts so that each strategy is equal to the others then I believe the bottle neck will disappear and this will greatly benefit the independence movement.
    Once Independence is won the next logical thing to do in the Economy is guarantee and make sure that all the local businesses get the best benefits. In fact the best thing about independence is that once your free, you are your own boss and no one can tell you how to run your affairs. May the fire of independence never die, may Hawai’i and Puerto Rico and all the other occupied territories around the world someday gain their independence. May this new year bring better times for our nations.

  2. admin
    January 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    The best new years toast, I’ve heard yet!
    I just saw this fantastic video series on youTube about Subcomandante Marcos
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjAbEWUvew
    I know it’s old, but I have never seen it before.

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