The Jeet Kune Do of Politics

Bruce Lee on Jeet Kune Do

'I have not invented a "new style," composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from "this" method or "that" method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see "ourselves". . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don't, and that is that. There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune Do is simply the direct expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back.'

What would Bruce Lee's method look like if applied to politics? One might say that it would be chaos, but the important thing to remember is that his method always keeps the strongest and easiest solution and gets rid of what doesn't or no longer works.

If I had to pick a fundamental principle to get it started, I would posit that a society with more voluntary collaboration would be best suited to experimentation.

The question would arise: Who is organizing and experimenting? Who's getting things done? Perhaps you'd need/want some kind of council. Keeping in mind that the council is voluntary, the people would be able to take their advise or accept their leadership as it suited them, sort of like joining a club or lodge. Perhaps each club, union or lodge would have its own rules, but no one's forcing you in; if you don't like the rules, don't join.

Problem solving would be key. One wouldn't stick to the same tired economic formula if the means of spending started to transcend the goods they represented (no fiat money).

Power would be reciprocal in nature, as it is anyway. Sure, the unions, communes and clubs could trade with one another, but someone is always going to worry about civil unrest.

Perhaps there's a federation that encourages widespread communication between unions. The more groups are overseen, the less actual power is had by the overseer, rather the overseers would make it their specialty to learn about the nature of each union, even the cultures therein.

If a council didn't work, or a federation, they can be adjusted and done away with, or put into some other form altogether. The key is cooperation.

Would problems go away? Of course not. But that's the whole point of such organicity. Problems can be dealt with in a near infinite variety of ways without the rigidity of paper law. By 'paper law' let me refer to those contracts one is expected to fulfill without one's consent, and in some cases, without one's being aware. As things stand now, people can be imprisoned for not providing the right paper in order to have other paper on hand. This isn't reciprocal.

When we focus more on things being reciprocal, with the best, easiest methods in place, problems may arise, but they aren't permanent. The laws we have now aren't even permanent, but the stakes are so high when laws change today. It can mean the difference between health and illness, life and death.

If we use only what is best, the stakes will be lowered to a radical degree.