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Skrevet af Frederik Uldall    Mandag, 04. april 2011 22:31

Frederik Uldall Open Minds Magazine ExopoliticsDen danske exopolitiske forening Exopolitik Danmark har udgivet en artikel om exopolitisk aktivisme i det amerikanske blad Open Minds Magazine. Artiklen kan downloades fra Exopolitik Danmarks website her. Den er på engelsk og er rettet mod nybegyndere. I den forklares det bl.a. hvad forskellen er mellem traditionel ufologi og exopolitik. Gå til Exopolitik Danmarks website.

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Exopolitics: What kind of society do we want?

by
Oliver Buus and Frederik Uldall
Exopolitics Denmark
www.exopolitics.dk


Exopolitics! We are starting to hear this sophisticated word more and more often! And not just in the UFO-community. The term also appears to be working its way into the vocabulary of mainstream journalists and hosts on major television networks. The word almost sounds like it has been around forever. It seems like a word that everybody knows the meaning of.

Some might even say that it has a pretty serious ring to it. Many who hear it for the first time probably assume that it is widely used, and by important people! Once in a while you can almost read the thoughts on the newcomers’ faces: “Oh! That sounds serious, but what the hell is it? Have I missed something? I gotta go look it up before someone discovers my ignorance!” But the truth is of course, the term is relatively new and the uninitiated will have a hard time finding it in the encyclopedia. And yes indeed, the authors did encounter the infamous red lines under “exopolitics” when writing this article on the computer.

But that is the way it goes with a lot of new stuff. First, nobody knows what the new thing is. Later, everybody might end up taking it for granted. Often confusion exists before a term is mainstreamed. Some people will think it is just a short-lived fad. They usually move on. Others will discuss it vigorously. They will compete with each other and try to win the battle of defining the word.

The aim of this article is to clarify what exopolitics is. It is our small contribution to the social struggle for the meaning of the word. Secondly, we will shed some light on the exopolitical activism that our organization “Exopolitics Denmark” is engaged in. Finally, we will briefly reflect upon what exopolitics might become in the future.

What is Exopolitics?
People often have a deep psychological need to understand what is going on when new and strange phenomena crop up in their lives. If they can get their heads around the unfamiliar they will have reduced their fear of the unknown. The “unknown” becomes “known” and individuals will tend to be more comfortable. Many will therefore have an urge to share their thoughts with others and form opinions about the new phenomenon through discussions. They are engaged in a sense-making process which is important for mental hygiene. But language is needed for this! And this will have to be constructed in order to deal efficiently with the unprecedented.

A relatively extensive vocabulary has already been created when it comes to the UFO-phenomenon. It is safe to say that a random person on the street will have a pretty good grasp on the concept of UFOs and aliens. This would certainly not have been the case a hundred years ago. This development has partly to do with the indisputable impact of the entertainment industry. Movies like Avatar, E.T., Starwars, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind have mainstreamed ET-concepts and ideas to a degree where the average person even knows more special terms like “crop circle”, “alien abduction”, “Men in Black”, “Area 51” etc.

But what happens when a significant group in a society feels that it has come to terms with a new phenomenon? The moment when the new language has been developed and people start to realize and feel the impact of the phenomenon on their daily lives. One thing that can happen is an opening of a space for an articulation of new agendas, interests, and opinions on how things should be done differently! This is what we call politicization. To put it simply: politics is about what kind of society we want. And this is what happened when e.g. blacks, women, and gays realized that their lives could be better. Phenomena like differences in wages, ridicule, slavery, injustice etc. were politicized. Social change was desired. These groups wanted to be treated the same way as straight white males.

In relation to the topic at hand exopolitics then becomes the politicization of the UFO-phenomenon or the ET-issue. Exopolitics is about what kind of society we want when we are dealing with the ET-issue.

Exopolitics is about what kind of society we want when we are dealing with the ET-issue.

When we use this definition it can be argued that exopolitics has been around for quite a while. Early efforts to have congressional hearings on the UFO-subject in the 50s and 60s were indeed a politicization of the UFO-topic. There was a political agenda of openness, transparency, truth, justice, etc. Social change was wanted. People interested in UFOs had suddenly added a political dimension to the mix. They wanted governments to come clean about what they knew.

But it is just in recent years that the quest for UFO/ET-truth has become strong enough in society to spur the need for a new word. The term “exopolitics” is now a practical and more efficient way to say “the politics of UFOs” or “the debate about what kind of society we want when we are dealing with the ET-issue”.

But the use of the word has another and perhaps more interesting purpose. The term has not just been coined because it might come in handy. It has also been created because it can be used to send powerful signals. There is power in words and it really does matter what we call things! Here, it should not be necessary to give examples of the many nasty things that e.g. blacks, women and gays have been called through history. There is a reason for political correct or incorrect words. They implicitly send out a political agenda.

And so it is with the word “exopolitics”. Many who use the term want major players in society to take the UFO/ET-subject seriously. Much is won if they can succeed in making the word known by a large part of the population. If people start using the word they are as a minimum indirectly acknowledging that somebody has interests connected to the UFO/ET-issue. They might not believe that there is an ET-presence, but they are not ignoring that somebody has opinions. And that is a start.

The exopolitical activist Stephen Bassett has often mentioned that the exopolitical era began with the end of the cold war. An increasing number of military witnesses to UFOs now dared to step forward to share their amazing stories from their extensive careers. However, one might argue that exopolitics really started to pick up speed in 2001 after The Disclosure Project held its famous press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The word “exopolitics” was not used explicitly during this event, but it was certainly a major exopolitical happening. There was a clear exopolitical agenda.

The Disclosure Project demanded congressional hearings on the UFO-subject and ultimately wanted the US government to disclose the ET-presence to the public. Social change was wanted; especially because the existence of advanced energy- and propulsion systems was politicized as well. One of the Disclosure Project’s leading issues was to get back engineered and sequestered UFO-technologies out to benefit humanity. A different society was wanted. A society where the release of the exotic UFO-physics would have a tremendous impact on the environmental and humanitarian challenges that the world is facing. A global society that could speedily move away from fossil fuels and enter an era of enormous sustainable economic growth and abundance for all. There was almost a notion of a utopian world where developing countries would prosper because they would get access to practically free and clean energy. This would in turn have an enormous effect on the welfare of their populations, partly because the cost of energy constitutes a significant share of the price of almost all other products and services. This however, would lead to massive changes in the world’s power structure. Previously unknown and impoverished countries in Africa could suddenly rise to greatness and would be able to defy the once invincible United States and Europe. We would be witnessing a whole new ballgame because more than 1 billion people would no longer be scraping through life trying to fill their stomachs. Many of them would suddenly have the energy to “make some noise” about injustices on the world stage. It has been argued that the potential shift in world dominance is in fact one of the major reasons for the UFO-secrecy of United States: “Knowledge is power! Why share it?”

Whether all the things that the Disclosure Project envisioned would come to pass after a disclosure of an ET-presence can be discussed. But the point here is that the press conference in the National Press Club was a great example of exopolitics in action.

We can also shed some light on the meaning of exopolitics by comparing it to more traditional ufology. The latter is to a large extent about gathering data, analyzing, and reporting on UFO/ET-related phenomena. Ufologists deal with the nature of the mystery. They are often concerned with figuring out what we are seeing in the sky. How fast was it flying and in what direction? What was the time? What did it look like? What were the occupants of the craft like? Was it visitors from space or was it something more prosaic?

Exopolitics on the other hand is an almost logical extension of ufology. It often comes into play when the ufologists have reached the conclusion: “Yes, we are being visited!” Exopolitics begins as soon as the first person asks questions like: “Ok, what are we going to do about it?”, or states: “There is something that we are not being told!” The motto of the X-Conference which is held in Washington DC illustrates the difference between ufology and exopolitics: “It's not just about lights in the sky; it's about lies on the ground!”

Interestingly enough, many people in the UFO-community are in fact engaged in exopolitics without articulating it as such. When they utter: “I don’t trust the government when it comes to the UFO-issue! They should tell us the truth”, they fill the subject with their interests and agendas. It then becomes exopolitics.

We would argue that the rise of exopolitics is a healthy development that proves that the UFO/ET-subject has to some degree matured in society. But, there is still a need for more traditional ufology, since there is still a lot about the UFO-phenomenon that we don’t know. Ufologists should therefore not fear being marginalized by people involved in exopolitics. The coming of exopolitics just shows that ufologists have done a good job and paved the road for new related fields. Where ufology is the “old kid on the block”, exopolitics is the new guy in the classroom. There can be some initial friction between two, but in time they can and should work together. Just like the fact that “normal” politicians also need information from “normal” scientists in order to make good decisions.

Exopolitical activism in Denmark
Our exopolitical initiative “Exopolitics Denmark” was set up and joined the so-called the “Exopolitics World Network” (EWN) in 2007 and 2008. The EWN is a forum where initiatives in many different countries can share and discuss ideas. Furthermore, it is a platform where they can collaborate and coordinate exopolitical activism. We have worked very closely with Exopolitics Germany in particular.

Exopolitics Denmark’s primary focus is exopolitical activism. Our main goal is to get governments to disclose the ET-presence. Or at least to acknowledge the existence of exotic, unknown, and very potent aviation technology to begin with. If governments and/or corporations are in the possession of back engineered energy- and propulsion systems, they should quickly make these available to the world in a careful and responsible way. The release might have to be more or less regulated, depending on the degree to which the systems can be abused. One must bear in mind that we would probably gain access to potentially dangerous technology! But it is fair to assume that the systems would also have an enormous ability to ameliorate the problems of e.g. energy supply, pollution, and poverty. It is likely that the implementation of the “new physics” would kick start double-digit sustainable economic growth as well.

Our mission is in other words one of transparency, truth, and democracy. One of the cornerstones of the latter is knowledge. A democracy can’t function properly when fundamental truths are kept from its citizens. Information is needed in order to make informed decisions.

We pursue these goals and raise the awareness of the social and political dimensions the ET/UFO-issue by engaging ourselves various in activities. One of our first pieces of activism was to deliver filmmaker James Fox’s UFO-documentary “Out of the Blue” to all the members of the Danish parliament. The idea was to get the attention of journalists and to let the politicians know that there is now a movement in Denmark.

Our work also revolves around making video recordings of presentations at international conferences. Here, we film interviews with lecturers and witnesses as well. So far, we have attended four of Paradigm Research Group’s X-Conferences in Washington DC and two smaller conferences close to the Vatican in Rome. Furthermore, we have participated in the first European exopolitics summit in Barcelona in 2009 where approximately 1000 people attended. We have made the video material from these events available for free on the internet via www.vimeo.com and www.youtube.com.

On the national level we are focused on attracting more activists. So far, approximately 20 Danes have joined our organization. The inflow of new faces has resulted in the holding of our first general meeting in January of 2010. Exopolitics Denmark has thus become an official association. This has made it possible for us to start fundraising activities.

According to the recently adopted articles of agreement, Exopolitics Denmark’s main focus is the social and political aspects of the UFO/ET-issue. We are primarily involved in activism, and not so much in research and reporting. Our perspective is relatively narrow; we do not deal with phenomena like crop circles, abductions, men-in-black, cattle mutilations, and so on. Not that these subjects are not interesting, important, and worth looking into, but we but we leave that to others. Our strategy is to have a simple and conservative approach. We are careful when we draw conclusions and usually stick to a few very well-documented and powerful UFO-cases when we make our points. (E.g. the Phoenix Lights- and Rendlesham Forest incidents.) We also strive to make our arguments simple to understand. This is advisable when you want to drive a wedge into the mainstream with a difficult issue like this. The UFO/ET-issue is complex enough already and the learning curve is steep in the beginning. Rome was not built in one day and we feel that most people need to take one step at a time. Catchy one-liners like: “1. Disclosure 2. Get the tech” can be useful when getting the message across. More complicated discussions can be taken later.

1. Disclosure! 2. Get the tech!

We also arrange talks and lectures about the political aspects of UFO/ET-issue. An example of this was a three hour event in Copenhagen where Stephen Bassett from Paradigm Research Group talked about exopolitics and disclosure. His visit in Denmark provided us with a unique opportunity to get him interviewed by national radio and TV.

At the moment, Exopolitics Denmark is setting up an evening with the British police officer Gary Heseltine in Copenhagen in the autumn of 2010. The Englishman won an award at Paradigm Research Group’s X-Conference in 2010 and is likely to present interesting cases from the UK.

We are also in the early stages of planning a Danish documentary about UFOs and exopolitics. A source of inspiration is the style of filmmaker James Fox who has recently produced “I Know What I Saw”.

The future of exopolitics
So far, exopolitics has to a large extent been filled with the disclosure movement’s agenda. But what will happen when the reality of the ET-presence is accepted by all? The moment when an official announcement has taken place or the public simply knows about the visitors because of some other event? This is often referred to as the post-disclosure environment, and in this situation the focus of exopolitics will probably change.

Perhaps exopolitics will become an integrated part of the established political systems and administrations of countries. Nations might formulate exopolicies on how to deal with the UFO/ET-issue. Maybe they will pass laws on e.g. how ET-craft should be approached when they enter sensitive airspace, how and what ET-related technology should be disseminated to the public, what children should be taught in school about the ETs, how much of the national budget should be spent on ET-related research, to what degree private corporations should be allowed to own the rights to ET-related technology and profit from it, etc.

Some have argued that “official contact” is also likely to happen at some point in a post-disclosure environment. It has been speculated that ETs would then want to engage in a more open dialogue with us. They might begin to deem this action responsible and fruitful because we would have, among ourselves, finally reached a negotiated settlement of their existence. The notion of the ET-presence would in other words have become socially stable, mature, and no longer associated with antagonisms. In this scenario exopolitics might then be filled with a lot of exodiplomacy. We as a species would have to discuss and decide on how to deal with the ETs. What information should we share with them? What advise should we take from them and should we apply it? Should we trade resources with them? Should we enter ET-alliances? Who should represent humanity? Should a single country be allowed to engage in exodiplomatic relations with a specific group of ETs or should all contact be facilitated by a new exodiplomatic committee in the United Nations?

We would truly have entered a new era in the history of mankind if all these things came to pass. People would probably say that the disclosure process was a sort of a bar mitzvah and that humanity had entered a larger society as a “young adult”. Perhaps many would begin to regard the exopolitics and exodiplomacy portrayed in movies like Starwars and Star Trek as being not so far from reality.

 

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