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How the 99% Can Take Their Country Back from the 1%

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:53 By Roger Ellman, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

Along with the Supreme Court having unleashed massive spending by the 1%, the extremely wealthy, spending to control the selection of election candidates and to control the election of their candidates; there has developed an extensive opposition opposed to the political objectives of the super-wealthy. That opposition primarily attempts to compete in the arena dominated by the wealthy, the arena of massive financial resources, massive spending.

It is based on solicitation of contributions from the other 99% – an attempt to compete against the massive wealth of the wealthy few with large numbers of small contributions from ordinary citizens.

That approach to the problem is playing the game the way the super wealthy want it played. Yes, in theory a vast majority of ordinary citizens should be able to determine the kind of government and its behavior, should be able to dominate the wealthy few because they are few, but the strength of the vast majority of ordinary citizens as a group lies not in its money, which it marginally has only enough of for every day living.

Rather, the power of the vast majority of ordinary citizens is in its vote. It has the power to act in its own interest, to turn out and vote for its own wishes and needs, to ignore and reject the wealthy oligarch's propaganda and disinformation. It has the power to reject the racist, religious, and class competition among themselves conditioned into them by the wealthy.

There is only one way to reach that objective – organization. The efforts put into fund raising in a useless effort to compete at the level of the super wealthy must be put into one - on - one person - to - person organizing. It must educate all of that vast majority of ordinary citizens to the truth about the situation, motivating them to also participate in the organizing and educating effort, and motivating them to dominate the electoral process in their favor.

The enemy, the 1%, cannot be defeated by fighting them on their terms, where their strength lies, money and wealth.

They can only be defeated by joint, cooperative, informed and enlightened, motivated action by all of the ordinary citizens.

That is the only way for the 99% to take their country back from the 1%.

This article is a Truthout original.

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How the 99% Can Take Their Country Back from the 1%

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:53 By Roger Ellman, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

Along with the Supreme Court having unleashed massive spending by the 1%, the extremely wealthy, spending to control the selection of election candidates and to control the election of their candidates; there has developed an extensive opposition opposed to the political objectives of the super-wealthy. That opposition primarily attempts to compete in the arena dominated by the wealthy, the arena of massive financial resources, massive spending.

It is based on solicitation of contributions from the other 99% – an attempt to compete against the massive wealth of the wealthy few with large numbers of small contributions from ordinary citizens.

That approach to the problem is playing the game the way the super wealthy want it played. Yes, in theory a vast majority of ordinary citizens should be able to determine the kind of government and its behavior, should be able to dominate the wealthy few because they are few, but the strength of the vast majority of ordinary citizens as a group lies not in its money, which it marginally has only enough of for every day living.

Rather, the power of the vast majority of ordinary citizens is in its vote. It has the power to act in its own interest, to turn out and vote for its own wishes and needs, to ignore and reject the wealthy oligarch's propaganda and disinformation. It has the power to reject the racist, religious, and class competition among themselves conditioned into them by the wealthy.

There is only one way to reach that objective – organization. The efforts put into fund raising in a useless effort to compete at the level of the super wealthy must be put into one - on - one person - to - person organizing. It must educate all of that vast majority of ordinary citizens to the truth about the situation, motivating them to also participate in the organizing and educating effort, and motivating them to dominate the electoral process in their favor.

The enemy, the 1%, cannot be defeated by fighting them on their terms, where their strength lies, money and wealth.

They can only be defeated by joint, cooperative, informed and enlightened, motivated action by all of the ordinary citizens.

That is the only way for the 99% to take their country back from the 1%.

This article is a Truthout original.

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