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Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable

We have power7 signs the corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy … and 7 populist tools to help shut it down.

You may remember that there was a time when apartheid in South Africa seemed unstoppable.

Sure, there were international boycotts of South African businesses, banks, and tourist attractions. There were heroic activists in South Africa, who were going to prison and even dying for freedom. But the conventional wisdom remained that these were principled gestures with little chance of upending the entrenched system of white rule.

“Be patient,” activists were told. “Don’t expect too much against powerful interests with a lot of money invested in the status quo.”

With hindsight, though, apartheid’s fall appears inevitable: the legitimacy of the system had already crumbled. It was harming too many for the benefit of too few. South Africa’s freedom fighters would not be silenced, and the global movement supporting them was likewise tenacious and principled. Continue reading to identify the 7 signs →

Occupy the Courts – Kansas City Jan. 20, 2012

On January 20, 2012, I had the privilege of protesting outside our Federal Court House with my fellow Kansas Citians, the 2nd year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling .

Although it was an arctic 1 degree Fahrenheit and windy, we came together in solidarity with over 110 other cities to demonstrate to the corporatacracy and their crony stooges on the Supreme Court bench that we have not simply “gone away” because of the winter cold.

“We are very much in their face; on the streets, at kitchen tables across the country, in local newspapers, on community radio and the Internet – we’re having the conversation that matters.”

Despite what is being reported (or not) in the mainstream media, this movement toward sanity is gaining strength.  And unlike what the media has reported, it is not homeless people, unemployed students, full-on crazies or damn-dirty-hippies that attend these events. Quite the opposite is true.

I’ve attended several of these events and am amazed at how many passionate, well-informed and critically thinking people there are out there.  These aren’t professional think-tank goons; they’re alert, intelligent, everyday citizens. They come from every conceivable background, represent every age group, come from many different cultural backgrounds, economic and educational strata and in general, demonstrate that there is very broad support for what we’re doing.

Then I come home and turn on the television and see exactly the opposite; stupid people (disguised as news reporters and political commentators) spewing even dumber propaganda into the heads of the mass uninformed.  It’s so sad.

Below are a few photos from our recent event.  You may notice that none of them are homeless communists waiting to grab your guns and turn you gay.  They’re regular people who understand that NOW is the time to take our government back while we still can.

And now, I proudly present some of the brave Americans that stood with me in the arctic cold to make our case: