The Naive Correspondents are a loose gathering of grassroots activists who first came together in 1987 wishing to see the principles of balance and transparency introduced at last into public affairs. Simple steps, boldly and incisively taken, can have profound ramifications. Many of the ills of our society are due to complex systems of control imposed by people who seek to have power over us and to financially benefit from it.
Several of our group have had important positions in the political system but became disillusioned by the absence of foresight in our leaders and their dismal lack of understanding of the cycles of regeneration that we depend on. The animals that feed us and the trees which provide us with shelter and the oxygen we breathe are no longer valued. Laws are wantonly passed that allow the soil and the seas to be polluted with our chemicals and our waste. This must stop.
All of us Naïve Correspondents are drawn to the teachings of the economic philosopher, Henry George, and the ways of non-violent resistance practised by Mahatma Gandhi. We are especially committed to ending the culture of patronage and secrecy that allows basic freedoms and equality of opportunity to be undermined.
We are very disturbed by the treatment of unrepresented people caught up in our quite biased legal system where many judges use unscrupulous tactics to block their path to justice. We are currently supporting several courageous people forced to defend themselves in the face of incredible judicial cruelty, while trying to create precedents that will make it more difficult for the banks and corporations to do their dirty business.
The way through is not to meet your adversaries on their ground, but to suss out their weaknesses very precisely, press firmly on them with a heartfelt commitment to truth – and then wait for a breakthrough to happen. As one law lecturer once said, “always be on the front foot. If you are reacting to events, then it is already too late.”