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Part VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won — The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the USA

February 27th, 2010 | Filed under Activism, Economy, Hot List, News, Politics & Government, Pop Cult, War . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus Report

This is the final part of a six-part report. Click on the links below to view earlier parts. After reading this, please consider getting involved with this effort by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

——-I: Casualties of Economic Terrorism, Surveying the Damage
——-II: The Rise of the Economic Elite
——-III: Exposing Our Enemy – Meet the Economic Elite
——-IV: The Financial Coup d’Etat
——-V: Overcoming the Divide and Conquer Strategy
——-VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won

VI: How to Fight Back and Win:
——Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won

Throughout this report, I have presented statistical and fact-based evidence to demonstrate that a strategic attack has been launched against 99% of Americans. Despite the efforts of the mainstream media and most current politicians, awareness of this reality is spreading throughout the United States. VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be WonA recent Rasmussen poll found that only 21% of Americans think that the government has the consent of the governed. An Opinion Research Corp. survey revealed that 86% believe “the system of government is broken.”

An overwhelming majority of the population has come to the realization that our government doesn’t effectively represent us anymore. It is just a matter of time before people start taking it upon themselves to begin organizing on a mass scale. Our survival instinct will soon overwhelm our conditioned passivity and erupt into a powerful countervailing force. However, the longer we hesitate and delay action, the harder it will be to obtain economic and political justice.

We cannot continue to stand by and watch our nation be raped and pillaged like this. We can no longer remain idle and passive while our families’ futures are destroyed as we are sentenced to a slow death.

It’s time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.

We will obviously have many differences on how our country should be run, but we can all come together to dismantle the Economic Elite by making several pivotal political reforms. As long as the game is rigged in favor of the Economic Elite, we will all lose. So let’s find common ground and focus on several obvious battles that we need to win, and can win:

Election Reform

“The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery.”
– Thomas Paine, Dissertation on the First Principles of Government

* Electronic Voting: First and foremost, no private corporation should be able to tell us who has won an election without providing an auditable paper trail. Many Democrats felt that Bush stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, and many Republicans felt Obama stole the 2008 election. Of course people are going to feel that elections are stolen when you have a private corporation secretly counting the votes; it is the inevitable result when you can’t verify the election results. In the past few years companies that count the votes have been consolidating, and one company, ES&S, now secretly controls the majority of all our votes. As voting watchdog Brad Friedman stated, “With the ES&S takeover of Diebold/Premier, their nearest competitor, the privately-run election Goliath now has an un-overseeable lock on virtually every election in the United States of America.” It is common sense to say that this is way too much power to be put into one private corporation.

* Campaign Finance: The stunning ruling by the Supreme Court to allow unlimited political spending by the Economic Elite has made a bad situation even worse. We must level the playing field by enacting laws to prevent the overwhelming influence of big money interests in controlling politicians who are forced to pander to them for the ever-increasing need to raise more and more money to have any shot at winning public office. Statistics show how much the Economic Elite already dominate this process: over 90% of the time the candidate who simply spends more money on their campaign wins the election.

* The Two-Party Oligarchy: We must end the two-party system by funding and voting for alternative parties. It is absurd and completely outdated to only have two dominant political parties in a technologically advanced nation of 309 million people. The two-party paradigm is obsolete and creates a system easily manipulated, as the past decade proves with the co-option of the Democratic and Republican parties. We can give our money and support to whomever we like – Libertarians, Tea Party, Progressives, Greens, Independents and the many soon-to-be-created political groups. However, it is pivotal that we immediately cease support for both the Republican and Democratic parties. We understand that there are representatives from both parties who are fighting for our interests, but they are very few and easily marginalized by paid-off party leaders.

* Getting on the Ballot: Republicans and Democrats have created rules to make it increasingly difficult for opposing political parties to even get on the voting ballot. We must make this process easier and invite new parties onto the ticket.

* Debate Commission: The Democratic and Republican control over who is allowed to participate in the nationally televised debates gives the two parties an insurmountable advantage over any other parties. If you are not even allowed to participate in them, you have no shot at winning. Along with this, all candidates should be given a fair share of television coverage.

* Voter Registration: If you are a citizen, you should be automatically registered to vote.

Governmental Policy Formation

* Secrecy, Transparency and Accountability: Government secrecy is at the root of most of our current societal and economic problems. When decisions are made in secrecy, corruption will most often be the result. By throwing light and investigation on the government policy process, we can easily expose the Economic Elite’s agenda and limit their influence. As part of this, all legislation and conference reports must be posted online prior to Congressional debate and vote.

* Lobbying: Along with campaign finance, political lobbying is another way the Economic Elite can easily manipulate our political process financially, in what amounts to legalized bribery. In 2009, a record amount of money was spent lobbying Congress, and now with the new Supreme Court ruling, lobbyists will have even more power to manipulate the political process with what amounts to buying the laws of our nation. Lobbying activities behind closed doors must cease entirely and equal time must be given, transparently, to all the parties directly affected by the law being written.

* Shutting the Revolving Door: No politician should be allowed to profit from government laws or policies which they have written or supported. The practice of leaving a major company to become a politician who then creates and/or supports laws that directly benefit the corporation he or she used to work for, or, conversely, politicians who leave public office to take a high-paying job for a company they have benefited, is a grotesque abuse and manipulation of the democratic process. The revolving door between politics and big business is worse than it has ever been and has corrupted the government like never before.

Information Platforms

* Media Concentration: Having a few large multinational corporations dominating the overwhelming majority of our news and information system will never lead to an informed citizenry. Only ten multinational corporations dominate our mainstream media system. These companies are run by 118 individuals who actively work to propagate Economic Elite rule. The people who run these media companies also sit on other corporate boards that often represent a major conflict of interest. Having only 118 people in ten companies dominating a system that creates public opinion for 309 million people is absurd. We must break up this information cartel and support a more diverse and vibrant independent press that fosters real investigative journalism.

* Net Neutrality: The free and open architecture of the Internet is vital to our success. Without an open Internet our most powerful medium for research and communication, and key organizing tool, will be lost. The Internet must be protected from growing forces that seek to control it by limiting our access to information and our ability to communicate on a mass scale.

Healthcare

* Medical Costs: We have disagreements on how to best provide healthcare, but we all agree that whatever the method, the result needs to be lower costs. We have the most expensive healthcare system in the world and we now pay twice as much as other nations. Other than creating huge salaries for health industry-related executives, there isn’t any reason why we should be forced to pay such outrageous sums of money for second-rate care. No American should die due to lack of money, or have to face bankruptcy in order to get life-sustaining treatments.

* Food and Water Supply: Our food and water supply systems have become a major health hazard. The amount of harmful chemicals found in both our food and water have reached record levels and is causing alarming levels of sickness in a growing number of people.

Real Economic Competition

* Most Americans Believe in Competition: If a person works hard, is productive and good at what they do, most everyone believes that they should make more than a person who sits around looking for handouts. However, just as in sports, to maintain a competitive environment you have to have rules in place that prevent people from having an unfair advantage. For those who believe in competition, in capitalism and free markets, you have to acknowledge that what we have now is not a free market based on fair competition. It is a rigged market, where larger institutions like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have an unfair advantage. We cannot allow them to be beyond the law, manipulate the market and then receive taxpayer funds to increase profits and risk-taking while smaller companies, outside of Economic Elite circles, have to play by a much stricter set of rules.

You can’t have free market capitalism when you have government policies favoring companies that have more political clout than others. What we have is socialism for the rich and trickle down economics for the rest of us. We have a market systemically designed to funnel money into the pockets of the richest. If the past few years have proved anything, they have proved that our economy is much more like a pyramid scheme than a free market, where the more money you have, the more money you make. So whatever your economic beliefs and theories might be, let’s all come together to admit that our “free market” is an illusion. We need to make the economic playing field fair so we that can have real competition.

* Redistribution of Wealth: Due to the rigging of our economic and political system, vast sums of wealth have been hoarded by the Economic Elite over the past 40 years. This money must be redistributed to the 99% of Americans who have been robbed and exploited. There will be much heated debate over how this money should be distributed, but we all need to agree that we must first hold the Economic Elite accountable and our wealth must be seized from them.

* Investigations and Prosecutions: The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has the power to reveal the inner workings of the financial coup. We must apply intense public pressure and scrutiny to force the Commission into conducting a real investigation. Another urgent priority needs to be a much wider-ranging look at war profiteering. There has been some investigation, but not nearly enough and hardly any prosecution. These are just two of the many investigations that need to be launched. As long as we keep letting the Economic Elite get away with outright theft in broad daylight, we will never be able to restore a nation of law.

Part V: Overcoming the Divide and Conquer Strategy -- Economic Elite Vs. The PeopleThere are obviously other vital issues that need to be addressed, but these are the core common-ground issues that we must urgently rally around and support. Unless we organize and take decisive action on all these issues, we will all suffer the consequences of our collective inaction. Any politician who does not urgently move on these issues must be voted out of office and replaced by people who will aggressively fight on these fronts.

These are the core issues that keep the Economic Elite in power. As famed military strategist Carl von Clauswitz wrote in his study “On War,” it is pivotal to strike at this core structure, at “the hub of all power and movement, on which everything depends.”

To those Americans who feel powerless to change things, I say that your feelings are only a result of your induced delusion. You have become so propagandized that you do not even understand the significant position that you are in. We are not peasants trapped in a Third World existence. We are still a mass of people who have the power to change the course of history. The Economic Elite realize this, which is why they are attacking us with an increased intensity.

Why We Must Take Mass Organized Action Now:
The Devastation Ahead

Market Watch recently ran an article entitled, “Death of American Capitalism: The 10 final scenes.” The article references Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s long-time investment partner, stating: “Munger is warning us ‘It’s Over’ for America. Yes, ‘o-v-e-r,’ America’s in decline, at the end-of-days, coming to ‘financial ruin,’ says Munger.”

As a result of the Economic Elite’s attack on us, the inequality of wealth between the economic top one percent and the remaining 99% of the population is the highest it has ever been in our nation’s history. The Robber Barons of the Gilded Age have now been overtaken as America’s most depraved and despotic class.

As this attack continues, social safety nets and important public functions that are already reaching a breaking point will collapse under the weight of prolonged decline. With the national deficit now at an all-time high, economists are expecting major cutbacks in vital government programs and tax increases “that aren’t even imaginable.” President Obama has recently put together a “Deficit Commission” and is prepared to make “painful choices.” Many state economies are already running high deficits and preparing for deep cuts in Medicaid and retirement pensions. Major cuts in Social Security payments are also a real possibility.

On top of the 160 banks that have already failed in the past year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has listed another 702 banks as being in danger of failing. These banks “collectively hold more than $400 billion in assets” and the FDIC is already operating at “a deficit of nearly $21 billion as of Dec. 31, or more than double the previous quarter.”

With 30 million Americans now unemployed and underemployed, over the next few months five million people will lose the unemployment benefits which they have been surviving off of. Unemployment benefits in 27 states have already gone into the red. In total 40 state programs are expected to go broke. Even the most optimistic economists believe high unemployment rates will continue for the foreseeable future.

Millions more will be added to the five million families who have already been kicked out of their homes, as the number of foreclosures is expected to reach 13 million within the next few years. Food and homeless shelters are already overwhelmed, and there will be millions more in need of these life-sustaining services. 50 million Americans are currently in need of food stamps for survival and approximately 20,000 new people are added to this total every day.

Despite all the healthcare reform talk, the bill still being discussed will do little to reduce costs and extend coverage to those who urgently need it, as insurance rates continue to rise. The number of Americans without health insurance continues to skyrocket to now well over 50 million, with 45,000 preventable US citizen deaths occurring per year. Due to economic hardship, the number of people suffering from psychological depression has hit an all-time high, as suicide rates keep rising.

With a prison population of 2.3 million people, we now have more people incarcerated than any other nation in the world. Our per capita rate of 700 people imprisoned per 100,000 citizens is higher than the darkest days of the Soviet Union. On top of this, the prison industry is expecting major growth over the next few years, as a “new prison opens every week somewhere in America” and Obama commits more tax dollars for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

All told, the death and destruction wrought by this economic crisis is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every single week! And the attacks continue unabated, with no significant measures taken to defend against them and hold those responsible accountable.

With almost 200 million Americans now living paycheck to paycheck, and over 50 million already living in poverty, people are quickly running out of options. The clock is ticking loudly for them, and time delayed is time closer to death.

At the same time, Americans are arming themselves at an alarming rate. The demand for guns and ammunition has hit a record high, and the gun industry cannot produce enough bullets to keep up with orders. In the past year, 100 new armed militia groups have been formed, as militia members have doubled in numbers. Federal authorities are gravely concerned about the “uptick in militia activities.” One federal authority recently said, “All it’s lacking is a spark. I think it’s only a matter of time before you see threats and violence.”

The recent suicide-bomber who hit the IRS building in Texas will be the first of many violent acts if we don’t demonstrate that justice and the rule of law can be restored in a non-violent manner. Suicide-bombers have already reeked havoc in many countries across the globe. As the last act of revenge and desperation, people throughout the world have increasingly resorted to this method of violence and terror.

Fate has placed us in our nation’s most pivotal moment. If we do not take it upon ourselves to lead in decisive non-violent mass action, our country will soon be torn apart by violence and destruction.

In our nation’s history, the stakes have never been higher. It is vital that we recognize the urgent gravity of the situation. What happens over the next few years will determine the fate of our very way of life, of our families’ very existence. We have been attacked, and we are now at war. This is the unfortunate reality of our current crisis.

Buy the Book: The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of AmericaOur enemy is extraordinarily powerful. However, we are 99% of the US population, and they are only 1%. If we fight, we win!

“Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never has, and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass

“All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency is great and unendurable. And oppression and robbery are organized, I say; let us not have such a machine any longer. I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize.”
– Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

“We have no choice left…. A concealed yes drives us that is stronger than all our no’s. Our strength itself will no longer endure us in the old decaying soil. We venture away, we venture ourselves! We know of a new world.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. Tom said:

    Thanks for the excellent articles. Of course, I purchased a copy of the book–you very much deserve the money! What a fine, (sorry to use a big word), perspicacious analysis! Bravo! I hope the message in this book gets wide publicity and coverage. We must save our democracy, as it’s obviously in big trouble and has been for some time.

    Someone said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts…absolutely.” Well, politicians are supposed to serve the people, NOT allow themselves to be (or become) corrupted. Since they’ve forgotten their oath/s, it’s time THE PEOPLE remind them of this fact! Let’s take back our country! Apparently the 9 % approval rating of Congress isn’t a big enough clue that people are dissatisfied with their performances, actions and deeds. Well let’s educate them on where true power REALLY LIES!: It’s with the people, damn it!

  2. drjack said:

    i agree with every aspect of your analysis of the problem, and i have long been aware of them. you provide a link to an article about munger’s view that it is “over” for the u.s., yet you suggest solutions which would be applicable only if it were not “over.” there is no way to reform our current system. this is an oligarchy and always has been; the constitution was written so as to assure “elite” rule. “over,” in this context, means done, finished, kaput. i have been saying for years that capitalism is going to implode. the question at this point is whether, in its death throes, the mad obomber in the white house is going to destroy life on earth or turn this into a military dictatorship — unless we revolt. no other alternatives.

  3. tarryfaster said:

    Oh David … I’m SO disappointed in this final report. ALL of the solutions that you have presented can mostly be resolved by adding one word to the first line of the 14th Amendment. That word is “natural.”

    At the root of the majority of our problems are the highly under-regulated corporations. Look closely at every one of your offered solutions (above) and you can see that by severely reigning in the corporations back to their pre-1886 levels, the rest of our country could “right” itself quite nicely. In fact, if we don’t amend our Constitution, we will NEVER be able to successfully address the solutions you have presented. The only other major entity that would have to be “transformed” is the Federal Reserve Bank.

    I initially put up a website on this subject in 1993. If any are interested, here is the URL:

    http://www.sonic.net/~taryfast/us.html

  4. Derek said:

    Another fucking home run D – upper deck!

    Count me in!! You lay it all out in such clear and concise language. These are things we all know we need to do, but don’t because most are confused as to the root causes. Hopefully your analysis will bridge the communication gap between the in-the-know people and the average pissed off worker who doesn’t have time to research all this stuff.

    You’ve done an excellent service here!!

    THANK YOU!

  5. Erica said:

    Tarry,

    Get off your high-horse and give credit where credit is due. Yeah, people who have been paying attention for awhile know most of these things, but the ability to put all these pieces together in this fashion is extraordinary.

    Thanks David. I will sign up and pass this on to my list.

  6. Jason said:

    Well, this is what needs to be done, that’s for sure. Getting people to actually do it… i hope so… but doubt it. We will descend into violence within the next few years…

    Joe Stack will be the first of many… “unfortunate reality of our current crisis…”

    J

  7. Alex said:

    So happy you put the voting machines first! Without changes to them we will never get any other changes!

    Sign me up for ES&S actions!!!

  8. Joost said:

    David,

    This series was the most informative and inspiring I have read to date. And I’m an old man. I noticed your picture online and I expected you to be much older than you are. You are wise beyond your years. And we are all better for it.

    I do not know how things will turn out and all signs are indeed ominous. We need to wake up the masses, as you say, urgently.

    I will pass on this final part, just as I have done with all previous parts.

    Joost

  9. dbaldwin said:

    An excellent summary, but unnecessarily vague on some of the possible actions. For example, on the question of campaign finance, there is no reason to be so fuzzy. The current system can’t be “fixed.” An alternative policy with demonstrated effectiveness is already in effect in Arizona and Maine as well in some localities: public finance of campaigns.

    Another example: redistribution of wealth. A simple (but largely emasculated) method has been law for nearly a century: the estate tax. Exemptions should be reduced (to about $100,000) so that virtually every estate pays some tax. The tax should be sharply graduated, with nominal rates at the low end and a top rate well above 50%. Regular income taxes would do the trick by simply raising the top rates.

    Direct redistribution is more complicated. What is crucial is the distribution of captial assets (“democratic capitalism”). The best long-term method would be a serious version of individual asset accounts provided at birth. Each child should receive a sum equal to some marker–say, a 10% down payment on a median priced house plus four years’ tuition at a state universty, which wuld be about $50,000 today ($200 billion at current birth rates). The funds would be held in an account like present IRAs, fully vested in the individual at age 25 but available earlier to pay tuition. Accounts would be beyond the reach of parents, and the assets of those who die before full vesting would revert to the public. Such accounts should be funded in large part from estate taxes. If possible, it would be desirable to also rely substantially on a direct distribution of corporate stocks. Most corporations are authorized to issue many times more shares than are actually distributed. Each corporation could make an annual contribution of shares equal to 1% of the number of outstanding shares at the end of their fiscal years. This approach would not only provide capital assets to new Americans but would also sereve to dilute the percentage of assets held by existing shareholders. The cumulative effect of such transfers would be immense.

    A note to Tarryfaster’s comment: A simpler way would be legislation that simply states that corporations do not possess the personal or political rights (First Amendment) of citizens.

  10. Eric Schwing said:

    Excellent series of articles. Thanks. We need to enforce our social demands with real social power. A series of global, not just national strikes, to show solidarity with Greece against Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street criminals, by forming an alliance of working/middle classes around your social reforms. We need our own independent social party, independent of corporate, imperial values, and form a world wide Customs UNION, economic solidarity union like the Latin American nations have done to confront American empire with its ALBA UNION……BUT START ROLLING NATIONAL STRIKES TO CHALLANGE CLASS POWER WITH SOCIAL POWER.

  11. tarryfaster said:

    RE: dbaldwin -

    I like your ideas on redistribution of wealth. However, until we remove personhood from corporations — nothing like any of that can ever happen.

    Regarding legislation: It’s too late for that, as the Supreme Court has already superseded Congress and with the way the court is currently stacked with Right Wing activist judges, they are going to do all they can to prevent ANY rollback of their rulings. In fact, the longer we wait, the more precedent they will have to justify their judgments.

  12. Very good except the core problem is control of our money supply. We have to end the Federal Reserve which is neither Federal or a reserve. It is a private corporation. Monetary reform is the only answer. If we don’t get that, all is for naught and you will see the violent revolution the elites are trying to spark. Go to moneymasters.com and learn for yourself.

  13. [...] via Part VI: How to Fight Back and Win: Common Ground Issues That Must Be Won — The Economic Elite Vs…. [...]

  14. We need a system of national innitiatives. With this we can have a fourth branch of government. We need direct democracy where the people can write or repeal laws. We need to get rid of the Electoral College and have a popular election for President by ranked choice voting on paper ballots.

    With National Innitiatives we can make an end run around our corrupt government and make needed changes without a violent revolution.

  15. Evan said:

    Lets start with the prosecution of the criminals who stole our money. Hang’em high and watch how quickly all the other changes happen!

    Awesome series of reports!

    EV

  16. Patrick said:

    THIS REPORT IS MUSIC TO MY EARS… HOW SWEET THE SOUND…

    :)

  17. Ice Goldberg said:

    Some great comments so far! Thanks for your passion and hard work David DeGraw and company. You nailed it all, pretty much, except for how. How do you think we will actually get any of those items changed?
    The Economic Elite are so powerful that they could make tiny changes that would cause great suffering to the masses, easily weakening any challenges to their power. You state “we all need to agree that we must first hold the Economic Elite accountable and our wealth must be seized from them,” and that “any politician who does not urgently move on these issues must be voted out of office and replaced by people who will aggressively fight on these fronts.” I’m not sure I understand how this is even remotely possible or effective if achieved, lest it be replaced with worse corruption. The Elite have the resources of intellectual strategy, monetary power and institutional and infrastructural control. The masses or even “informed citizenry” are easily manipulated.
    Other than the Elite having a change in values, one way to effect change is to become the problem that forces change. –ala Ghandi, Rosa Parks etc. I write about it here. http://ow.ly/1c32o
    Revolution is seemingly another way to negotiate the globalization plans of the Economic Elite but who has the stomach, and is there enough suffering to motivate such desperation. Modern infrastructures, superior to the U.S., are already available globally and at much lower cost. The U.S. will continue to see the effects of globalization through currency devaluation, increased taxation and dwindling social services. The Elite will move to creating international laws and treaties that will control all nations indebted to them and wage war on sovereign ones that are not. I am greatly concerned with the huge debts being forced onto the U.S. taxpayers. I’m of the same mind as drjt. This was never a democracy and now that they can go global with the corporation/treaty business model, and they have built a private military infrastructure, they no longer need the U.S., but I digress.
    One thing the elite don’t like, for fear of social upheaval, is making big changes too swiftly. It makes things unpredictable and the battles with their elite counterparts become less certain. You state “we can all come together to dismantle the Economic Elite by making several pivotal political reforms,” but I think the only reforms we can make is the ones they will allow.
    I think these topics need to be debated and bubble up to Main Stream Media. We need open televised forums where our great thinkers and potential new leaders debate these issues and the potential direction of our nation. –with open knowledge of our current reality to the ruling class– These discussions should get outside the classrooms so we can build mass awareness. I’d like to start these debates on public television and invite opposing sides to argue the details in an effort to find common ground, and plans for effective change. I wonder if representatives for the ruling class would participate in such debates.
    There has to be a way to reform these corrupt practices you expose so well. I’d like to discuss these and your other ideas further.

    PS: We lampoon Obama’s “legalized Bribery” as you call it, here. http://ow.ly/1c3mB Actual U.S. Law!

  18. THOMAS w adams said:

    GREETINGS DAVID,
    Thank you for your attempts to throw light upon that great evil presently controlling our destinies and reponsible also for the mass “Poverty” among us.
    My answer, well researched, is as follows:
    All Nations of the world must take back their Sovereign rights that enable them to create their own supply of Interest free, Debt free, Social Capital.
    This first step eliminates untold quanta of inflation and Government debt.
    Every Sovereign independent Nation, or co-operating group of Nations, will then use this Social Capital to totally eliminate Poverty and deprivation in their communities by issuing to all that need it a Social Wage, structured to provide a basic break even living standard, a wage that will continue until death.
    The Government will finance all conceivable Public Support and Infrastructures, Health, Housing, Education, etc.
    The Capital so created will be the sole means of financing the Nations Money Supply. This will become a “trickle Up” economy, replacing the nonsense of trickle down.
    No Capital or subsidy will go to Private Enterprise directly, for if it did it would cause serious inflation.Capital issued and “spent” into circulation, as described above, would not create inflation.
    There would be no interference with Private Enterprise. The Private Sector could employ those in receipt of the Social Wage by offering wages and hours of employment capable of inducing people to do the work offered. Thus inducing mutually agreed conditions.
    Thus far no or very little taxpayer money has been expended. The burden of support for the poor and the provision of social and community infrastructure has been lifted from the backs of Corporate enterprise and the wealthy.
    Control of Social provision has passed out of the hands of those not willing to vote for higher taxation to facilitate it. Working people are no longer at the total mercy of Market forces, that all too often deprive them of livelihood and take away hard won assets such as homes and pension funds. Working people can more easily change employment to escape unsatisfactory masters and conditions.
    Price and cost inflation will be substantially reduced by ceasing tax collections from wage and salary earners. Instead individuals will pay tax only once, and that when they are deceased, when the taxman will be empowered to asses deceased estates for tax liability. Avoidance will place the whole estate in danger of confiscation. Is there a better time to pay tax other than when we are dead?
    Corporations and all other commercial enterprise will pay an annual flat rate tax levied against total net profits. Avoidance and imaginative minimisation schemes will not be allowed. Tax allowances will be strictly limited to running,overheads and development expenditures.
    Government will not subsidise free enterprise, this great engine, by it’s own rules, must stand or fall on it’s own merits.
    The value of Sovereign currencies for international purposes will be decided by co-operating Governments, taking into account the requirements indicated by Supply and Demand. Exchange rates will be fixed, stable, out of the influences of manipulators and traders.
    There is much more to be said in explanation, however your own knowledge and experience will enable you to foresee the many attributes such a system delivers. My title for it is “THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY” for it will work anywhere and for every person, fairly and equitably.
    A very small “coterie” of Bankers and money power people is holding the world to ransom, they spend untold quanta of money spreading lies about the evils of Social Capital, for their own narrow purposes, populations around the world are in mortal danger, somehow the money power must be defeated.This defeat will come about when we elect independent politicians who will change our system from being representative to being participatory.
    Have you read this far? then you have my thanks, your commentary would also be most appreciated.
    Regards, Thomas W. Adams.
    P.S. my next action is to support your excellent work by purchasing your book, thank you.

  19. Voir Dire said:

    Here in the U.S., we have a vehicle for revolution that our brilliant founding fathers’ inserted into our Constitution (too FEW people KNOW it but MORE NEED to). You’d better believe all the legal eagle lawyers infesting our Congress KNOWS it and tremble at the thought of We the People awakening to this reality. It is Article V. Thomas Jefferson advocated revolution.
    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” –Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:429

    Under Article V, there are two methods for achieving it but the first, to be initiated by our illustrious (already plagued by dual-agent spies/terrorists) Congress is utterly worthless at this juncture. The second is by two-thirds applications of the states for a new Constitutional Convention which could then be re-written to specifically exclude members of this hateful Klan whose interests are unquestionably antagonistic to our own (some other badly needed reforms if preserving the existing the body of law: implementing term limits, reversing the damage from the tortured interpretation of the 14th “anchor baby” amendment, providing the means for We the People to recall members of Congress with criminal penalties for those not upholding the law, NO MORE tenure for members of our Federal Judiciary are amongst the many corrections needed). The revolution HAS to come from the states whose supremacy and powers were long, long ago usurped by our Leviathan and have consequently become rotten-to-the-core and corrupted with state power themselves.

    The primary concern I have is we may have passed the point of no return with our (likewise engineered by these same dual agent nation-wreckers) devastating immigration policies as we now have too many hostile, ignorant, alien outsiders who do not share in nor understand our heritage or appreciate the FACT that we face a common enemy. We will likely encounter many decades of misery before collectively understanding they absolutely intend OUR people’s total destruction and that we do indeed have a way out of this, but I am confident the day WILL come when Article V will be put into play.

    This IS the means by which we can one day deliciously and righteously dole out the long, long overdue trials and death sentences to the traitors and dual-agent infiltrators/usurpers infesting our Republic. And beginning anew with permanent banishment forever for God’s chosen Subversives having anything whatsoever to do with our financial, legal and educational systems.

    If the largely well-intentioned-but-clueless “tea partiers” were talking “Article V” and communicating THAT as their pivotal message, you may rest assured it would be sending shivers down the spines of the global elites infesting our political system.

  20. febar said:

    David,

    i have watched you play with the masses like a mice after cheese. i think you have the ability to make your class see… but you are too late… i have no doubt that you will rally those close to you, but for all your strength and valor, no mere mortal can do what is necessary at this point.

    i will do all that i can to make sure that my family will honor you.

  21. Camillia said:

    I hope comments here are being given from Agents who are paid to discredit!

    Yes, many of these things we have known to be true for years. However, any American who falls into the 99% you demonstrate as being clearly attacked, must embrace these proposals! it is the core common ground issues that the people have needed. you might think you have more knowledge, but you are wrong!

    i don’t know if people will reach your level of understanding, but if they do, PLEASE JOIN THIS EFFORT – IT IS OUR LAST BEST CHANCE!

  22. itstarted said:

    Part VI was not a disappointment. Excellent.
    I have one reservation about a subject that I believe in, but which carries such a media based stigma that brain washed Americans use it as a catch all for rejecting all other remedies. It is the term “Redistribution of Wealth”… which they take to mean that horrible word “Communism”. The media has used the words “Take” and “Redistribute” to mean a leveling of wealth across the board.
    I don’t have an answer as to how to handle this but can see your quote being featured in all dissenting columns as the ravings of a mad man. Faced with reading the argument you so forcefully present, the easy way out is to call you a communist.

    The Comment bu DBALDWIN (above)… makes some sense. It opens another course of study, that of BINARY ECONOMICS… as a possible way out of our current morass, the concept of a sort of profit sharing plan will make much sense to those who are looking for a new structure of government designed to level the playing field, while at the same time, being transitional enough to avoid anarchy or violence. While simple, it requires some time to study the aspects that are designed to make it work.
    an outline can be found here: http://www.cesj.org/binaryeconomics/be-inanutshell.htm

    As with most readers who have taken the time to go through your essay/book… I want to thank you for doing a magnificent job in research, documentation and reasoning. To an old man nearing 80, you bring a breath of fresh air, badly needed in these times.

  23. clearest said:

    There are some simple things people can do, but it need a lot of personal courage:
    Don’t vote, Don’t work, don’t pay taxes… Don’t use indentificatiion
    Less then 5% of the population will bring every system on its knees…

  24. clearest said:

    There are some simple things people can do, but it need a lot of personal courage:
    Don’t vote, Don’t work, don’t pay taxes… Don’t care identificatiion
    Less then 5% of the population will bring every system on its knees…

  25. Sagewordsmith said:

    It is to late for the USA. The best thing to do is to leave.

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  30. Aaron said:

    David,

    This is an excellent list of the issues that we need to move on. Thank you for putting together everything in such a powerfully clear and concise way! As an old war veteran, I would like to give you a medal!

    You are serving your country well.

    Thank you,

    Aaron

  31. bgreen said:

    David

    some points you have missed that are important.

    -business schools screen for sociopathic tendencies, evidence is the quality of their alumni. a UK based global pharma briefs headhunters for sociopathic tendencies in particular executive positions!

    -16% tax only for the top 1%. see dylan ratigan report on congress men trying to change this situation.

    -the top 1% are not entrepreneurs. they did not create the businesses they manage. so when they say “without us there will be no successful businesses” just suggest they leave and let entrepreneurs not rentiers fill the gap.

    -finally, americans have not yet suffered enough to take action. If they do wake up it may very well be too late. it is very hard for americans to realize they are no different from a pre 1989 soviet citizen or on the road to becoming a north korean peasant.

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  33. DJN said:

    Most of the commentary is by much more knowledgeable people than myself, but I have to say I agree with “cromag.” The damage is already done and there is very little if anything that can be done about the detrimental state this nation is in. Yes, the suggestions you’ve given are all worthy of attempting, but count on all kinds of roadblocks from the elite powers that will insure we gain no ground. The only solution to this problem is violent revolution since TPTB have assured that decent, honest citizens will be stopped through all civil channels. The number one place to start is with the Federal Reserve, which is ruled by eight private families. That institution should have never been allowed on U.S. soil. Second, every member of the House, Senate and Congress should be arrested for treason along with the Supreme Court judges. Decent people in this country will be forced to level Washington D.C. before any “real” change occurs, if ever!

  34. arielky said:

    How the bleep do you propose to change the laws when the voting process has been so corrupted that people cannot get their voice heard? How the bleep do you change the laws when the Congress has been corrupted so that they no longer listen to their constituents?

    Evolution is the only answer, which means an awakened citizenry seeking better economic systems than capitalism and better government than democracy. Face it, democracy has failed every bit as much as communism. Capitalism has always been unbalanced and unfair as an economic system; it gives and it takes away, just like playing craps at a casino.

    Let’s stop pretending that we can fix what’s broken or reform what wasn’t fair in the first place.

  35. JCusick said:

    David,

    It’s nice to see all this summarized in this 6 part article. It is unfortunate that you are not the first, nor will you be the last to point all this out. Years ago I read two books, one called “The Divine Right of Capitalism” by Marjorie Kelly and the other “Empire” by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri that also looked at all these problems (different stats for earlier years – the book was published in 2001) and absolutely nothing has been done about any of them. Lawrence Lessig has started two organizations – “Fix Congress First” and “Fair Elections Now” which are also worth checking out (you can Google all these).

    When Diebold had their voting machines tested 6 years ago they all were hacked and all failed, yet these machines are still required to be put in place by the Federal Government in every State in the Union.

    Four Banks hold 70% of the wealth of this country. They have completely co-opted Congress and the last 5 or so Administrations, both Republican and Democrat.

    As you stated, individual gun and ammo sales are at an all-time high, coincidentally in a nation that directly controls 70% of the World Arms Trade.

    27 years ago one of our own Presidents stated that “trickle-down economics” was “voodoo economics”, yet trickle-down (NOT) is now more entrenched than ever.

    I say unfortunately above, and my point to all this, is that the people who are well aware of this situation, to include all your readers, have so far been unable to do a thing about any of it, and in fact it gets worse by the year and will probably continue to do so.

    Personally I commend your attempt to put this all together in a way that anyone can “get”, but I also feel, as others here have mentioned, that there is little that can be done to change any of it. It will not happen through the vote because people are either to lazy to vote or to uninformed to vote these core issues even if they had a choice… which they don’t.

    The propaganda overwhelms the lousy education that the average U.S. citizen has received over the last 20 years and things like Tea Party propaganda that insists on blaming everything on minorities isn’t helping the typical White America prejudice that is becoming more and more prevalent as time goes on.

    You can thank Main Stream Media for a lot of this attitude and yet Media Consolidation continues despite well attended but intentionally limited FCC Hearings across the country.

    And don’t expect a Congress to change any rule that takes anything away from their Power Base.

    The U.S. Economic System that we believe in is gone and it probably isn’t coming back… ever. The next thing we’ll see is either the world George Orwell described in 1984, i.e., Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace (with in-depth perpetual monitoring), or an unorganized, therefore failed, bloody revolution against the most powerful military in the world.

    Or worse, both.

    (And for those who think that U.S.soldiers will not fire on U.S. Citizens it’s probably time to re-read American History and General MacArthur’s attacks on U.S. Army Veterans in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. with tanks and fixed bayonets, or more recently, Kent State).

    Too bad. It’s a wonderful series of articles and hopefully they will be well read and highly motivating, but based on recent history I am not hopeful.

  36. Anonymous Coward said:

    Great job David !

    At the end I must agree with JCusick ( see above post ) :

    1) I wrote for years to my politicians with Zero effect

    2) If we are to seek the Fault in the US politics we must recognized that most politicians are Corrupt , they represent the scum at the bottom of our gene pool , hence the Question : who mopped them up and gathered them to the Top ? Unfortunately you did not Recognized this reality nor pointed strongly to the cause

    3) the answer to point two is : Israel . Through corruption , money and , if those fail , through blackmail and than assassination , Israel controls USA and part of the world . In turn , Israel was bought and payed for by the Rothschilds , see : http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/house-of-rothschild-no-one-can-understand-what-has-happened-to-the-planet-without-reading-this/

    4) when all the good points you made about the causes of the US decline come together , there are just three alternatives :
    a) have the US collapse Israel ( but it can not be done now , the Zionists control our politicians )
    b) rewrite the Constitution ( but it can not be done now with the present corrupt politicians )
    c) STORM THE GOVERNMENT AND HANG THE POLITICIANS in an Ultra Violent Revolution .

    For decades I believed that Peaceful Revolutions ( with the help of Patriotic Law people like Francis Boyle ) could work . But now that option was erased for us by the traitors that Israel/Rothschilds brought on us and the world . So themselves pushed the limits to the point of … no return , the Present .

    Here is the remaining , standing alone without other choice , Solution : prepare for the Armed Revolution .
    HOW : if you have as a close relative ( son , daughter , brother , sister , father , mother , uncle ) as someone working in the Army , Police , CIA , FBI , NSA , etc. , invite them to Dinner and ask them to help and be ready . Explain the situation and most likely they will understand . Prepare them to turn their Knowledge and Guns against the government . Work hard at it , show the Evidence and ask for their Commitment .
    If this concept is SPREAD AT NO END on all the Patriotic blogs and web sites ( even as you post Comments like this one ) , after some time the Notion will start taking place .
    The planing of the violent Revolution Must Start Within Families , involving a Trust that no politician or government can compete with . There is a HUGE bonus to this : if is done well , the ONLY violence will be the Hanging of the Politicians ( by the Hundreds ) , hence the Innocent blood will be spared .
    Q : ARE YOU , AND ALL OF US , READY to implement it NOW ? Time is running out …

    Right , I have to be an Anonymous Coward ( for now ) to teach Revolutions , and all of us too . The fix , as explained above , will be started in the privacy of our homes talking to our loved ones involved in the Armed Forces .

    Last word , when we want to take a break from all this insanity , take time to read this wonderful story that I found on the Net describing what the Human Specie can be : Recipe for a Nation ,
    http://RecipeForaNation.vox.com

    Courage to All , Let’s start the process , pick up the phone and place that Life Time invitation to dinner . NOW !!

  37. Ice Goldberg said:

    DeGraw does a great job shining light on current tactics of the Economic Elite.

    I would like to add some quotes from a Political Science 1A college book called The Irony of Democracy by Thomas R. Dye et al (Currently used in some colleges across California) The source is very credible and I encourage if you are interested, to buy a copy. http://bit.ly/ay1TIz Here are some gleaming gems on elitism for you all.

    “Elections are designed primarily to convince the masses that the government is legitimate.”

    “Elites not masses govern all societies. All societies are governed by elites.” -social-stratification

    “All societies require leaders and leaders acquire a stake in preserving the organization and their position in it, this motive gives leaders a perspective different from that of the organization’s members.” -rationalizing their views/actions

    “Elites control resources, power, wealth, education. Elites in the United States are drawn disproportionately from wealthy, educated, prestigiously employed, socially prominent, white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant elements of society.”

    “Only those non elites who have demonstrated their commitment to the elite system itself and to the systems political and economic values can be admitted to the ruling class.”

    “Elites share a general consensus and agree on the basic rules of the game and on the importance of preserving the social system. They like to agree on more matters then they disagree on.”

    “Public policies are often modified but seldom replaced.”

    This is all basic political science 101.

    I would like to add that religion, as the yoke of the masses, became a threat to the ‘basic rules of the game,’ for the elite. Advocacy for the separation of Church and state was for the modern-elite, and not the masses. This knowledge lends itself to another avenue of potential change, akin to the bloody Papal Revolution in which the Christian Church set out to rid the governing state of it’s corruption, and to end mass suffering. No doubt inspired by the new testament. (By the way I am not religious) The church started by making it so the priests could not marry. This was so the wealth would not leave the church and was, in my opinion, the first model of perpetual corporate personhood. It took a while but it succeeded. This brings me to my point, which is that during the centuries long Papal Revolution, the church went through many stages of its own corruption and shame.

    So what do we have to replace the modern elite model? More irony!

    Many self-actualized, secularized people (pluralists like Bill Maher) voice their ridicule toward religion and may not realize the ramifications. I’m sure this would spark vigorous debate, or more irony?

    “Even if the masses were to shed their ignorance and apathy and turn to political action we believe the result would be intolerance rather than compassion, racism rather than brotherhood, authoritarianism rather than democracy.” The Irony of Democracy, Thomas R. Dye et al

    It’s interesting, I actually read a potential example today in the Harvard student newspaper where a person wrote about their disapproval of a racist guest speaker. I wonder if he would vote to prevent the speakers freedom of speech which in turn would negate his own.

    “If there is no external civil society in which dissidence can exist, then public debate is locked in a paradigm that assumes the value of dogma” Philippe Nemo

    “Elitism implies that public policy does not reflect demands of the people so much as it reflect the interests and values of Elites.” -The Irony of Democracy

    “Changes and innovation in public policy come about when elites redefine their own values.”

    “Elite values in the United States, the bases of the elite consensus are the sanctity of private property, limited government, and individual liberty.”

    Berkeley Prof. George Lakoff writes that “Values, principles and policy direction are the exact things that can unite progressives. The frames he uses are “Effective Government, Better Future, Broad Prosperity” Again, Dr. Lakoff is a very credible source. Interested people may want to read some of his books. http://bit.ly/awZbQE

  38. S.R.Frantz said:

    Great series. Great work. Well done. You are due a huge debt of gratitude for working so hard to put this information into an easy to read and comprehend series.
    You’ve taken great pains to not come off sounding like another conspiracy nut. Though of course you will still be branded as one.
    You’ve also taken great pains not to side with one ideology or another, but you will still be branded by each side as working for the other. But you know that.
    I agree with many of the comments above and thank them as well for their additional insight.
    However too anyone calling for violent revolution: WRONG!!!
    That is exactly what the next step is. That is what they want.
    That is why they have created the Astroturf tea party movement and told them to arm. If some nut doesn’t light a big enough match to start the “Reichstag fire,” they will see to it an agent provocateur does.
    This will be the final excuse to implement martial law and institute the authoritarian state of which they dream, which will in turn be welcomed by that segment of the population who will ironically see this as “freedom and liberty.” (read Lakoff on this Orwellian concept)
    All the ideas proffered by Mr. DeGraw in part VI are good ideas. All of them are things that must, and should be done.
    But they are unlikely, if not impossible, to be implemented by those with no power.
    How do we stop lobbying without power? How do we change election laws without power? How do we redistribute wealth (btw bad choice of words, the worst possible) without power? How do we get power without honest representatives and more importantly how do we keep them honest?
    And today, money still equals power.
    (I started out to write a brief comment and went on for 5 pages. for those interested in my further thoughts please follow this link http://www.whatnow.us)

  39. Lili said:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXZmzm2PLB4&feature=PlayList&p=57A21480709491EE&index=0&playnext=1

    We must understand that we are stuck in a monetary system that perpetuates itself through a growing debt and will lead to even more, even bigger bailouts in the future, unless we stand together and demand a new way of doing things. This is also a topic in the followup animation “Money as Debt II – Promises unleashed”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHkPhc1zxCE&playnext_from=TL&videos=g9XKEzDL3F0&playnext=1

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