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Ralph Nader: Think Big to Overcome Losing Big to Corporatism

Citizen groups and their supporters must now step back and develop a ten-year Plan to overpower the corporate state with a democratic state.
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By Ralph Nader

The progressive citizen groups, that in the sixties and seventies, drove through Congress the key environmental, worker, and consumer legislation, since unmatched, must feel nostalgic. Those were the years when legislation throwing cruel companies on the defensive was signed by arch-corporatist, President Richard Nixon, because he read the political tea leaves.

These bills included the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental laws, the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for worker health and safety, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and worker pension protection, among others.

Alas, Richard Nixon was the last Republican president to be afraid of liberals. When grade B actor Ronald Reagan flew into Washington, he opened all doors to Big Business. A cruel man with a smile, Reagan gave an actor’s cover to the greatest collapse into the corporate power pits in American history.

Here is a checklist showing the takeovers of our government at all levels by the corporate supremacists for whom enough is never enough when it came to profits and power.

1. Regulatory agencies curbing corporate ravages were essentially shut down. Reaganites thought companies should regulate themselves when it comes to the health, safety, and economic well-being of the American people; which is to say, the corporate rule took over the rule of law.

2. Labor unions were weakened by timid leadership, anti-labor policies, acceleration of job exports, and the major shift by the Democratic Party to solicit money from rapidly expanding corporate political action committees (PACs).

3. Congress abandoned its role of checks and balances and gave much of its constitutional power to the imperial, autocratic presidency. This concentration of power and secrecy in the White House seriously weakened the power of civic groups that had been able to start their reform drives in Congress.

4. The consequences of corporatizing Congress allowed the tax system to be filled with escapes and lower rates for the super-rich and global corporations. It allowed presidents to get corporatist judges confirmed to dominate the courts. It permitted total inaction on the necessity of strengthening our federal corporate criminal laws, including antitrust enforcement and laws, so out of date that they became out of mind by the supposed enforcers in the Executive Branch.

5. A spineless Congress fell to its knees before the military-industrial complex so much so that the bloated unaudited ‘defense’ budget zoomed over 50% of discretionary spending by the federal government. The military empire grew without congressional oversight.

6. Meanwhile, the corporate giants became dominant in weakening the private pillars of American law. They turned freedom of contracts into fine-print consumer servitude, while coercing consumers into also giving up key rights and remedies under the law of torts should they incur wrongful injuries.

A manipulated credit economy took away consumers’ control over their own money, subjecting them to penalties, ultimatums, and punitive credit scores.

7. Without challenge to their marketing, corporations commercialized childhood, directly selling to kids junk foods and junk drinks that set off the deadly obesity epidemic and its health-damaging results. They sold violent programming and exploited the weaknesses of children, circumventing parental authority and discipline.

In the Internet Age, corporations can be described as raising our children, getting their personal information for free, and selling this collected data to advertisers. They are trapping these youngsters in the peonage of click-on contracts they never see through in their daily screen hours.

Whether in reality or virtual reality, corporations have become electronic child molesters with few pursuing sheriffs.

8. Corporate globalization has erected mechanisms such as corporate-managed trade agreements that operate to pull down our standards for workers, consumers, and the environment to the lower levels of developing countries, many of them under dictatorial regimes.

9. Decades after warnings by scientists of rising global warming, the fossil fuel giants, while on the defensive, still have the economy in their clutches, slowing their substitutes of conservation and renewable energy.

10. Corporate welfare is larger, more varied, and more automatic than ever. Subsidies, handouts, giveaways, and bailouts are now routinely enacted by little-challenged, government-guaranteed capitalism at the federal and state levels!

Big corporations even control the wealth owned by the people such as the public lands, public airwaves, and trillions of dollars in pension and mutual funds.

11. Voting rights and electoral accuracies are being undermined in many states by legislation.

12. Medicare is being corporatized (over 40% of elderly beneficiaries are under corporate plans). Billing fraud is greater than ever (reaching $360 billion in 2021 just in the healthcare industry). Traditional defined benefit pension plans are disappearing, with the unstable 401K as a replacement if workers are lucky enough to have any retirement savings plans at the workplace.

Clearly, the situation in our political economy is getting worse by the year. To be sure, progressive groups have maintained some successes such as the near abolition of most uses of deadly asbestos, lead out of paint and gasoline, safer cars, better labelling, more recalls, removals of unsafe or ineffective drugs, and reduction of air and water pollutants. Civil rights and children protection laws still have some teeth. But civic groups are winning some skirmishes, while losing the battle and the war to the entrenched corporate state. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Congress in 1938 – whenever private power takes control of the government, that is fascism.

These citizen groups and their supporters must now step back and develop a ten-year Plan to overpower the corporate state with a democratic state. The people, however passive now, are largely on their side. Originally, in their state chartering days of the early 19th century, corporations were expected to be our servants not our masters. The reverse is now true.

This plan will require thousands of new organizers, lobbyists, strategists, and all the skills used by big corporations. It will also require systematically connecting with enlightened billionaires, already worried about our country’s slide into the abyss, for a budget of at least $10 billion over ten years.

Otherwise, ongoing skirmishes will continue the lower the expectations by progressive civic groups to a point of self-delusion.

25 comments

  1. Not sure if Ralph is atuned to the bigger picture here —

    The NSA has nothing on the monitoring tools that education technologists have developed to ‘personalize’ and ‘adapt’ learning for students in public school districts across the United States.

    – Jesse Irwin, Model View Culture

    Financialization involves a highly disciplined neoliberal landscape where state power structures and private technologies facilitate and protect the activities and interests of finance capitalism over all else. Within this insulated environment, financialization occurs via securitization, which simply described, is a process where financial institutions bundle together (illiquid) financial assets – primarily loans – and transform them into (liquid) tradable securities that can be expeditiously bought and sold in secondary financial markets. Within this globalized environment, digital securities trading – including “fictitious” trading, hedging and speculating in derivative markets – generates “phantom wealth”; whereby the exchange of capital, money and currency is detached from material or labor value. In the twenty-first century, debt is the new global currency and is a primary source of (intangible) wealth accumulation.

    Rebooting the System for a New Age

    Writing in Forbes magazine in 2013, technology entrepreneur Naveen Jain made an assessment of the historical origins of mass public education by pointing out that, “Our education system was developed for an industrial era.” Jain went on to explain that the U.S. education system,

    …today uses the mass production style manufacturing process of standardization. This process requires raw material that is grouped together based on a specific criteria. Those raw materials are then moved from one station to another station where an expert makes a small modification given the small amount of time given to complete their task. At the end of the assembly line, these assembled goods are standardized tested to see if they meet certain criteria before they are moved to the next advanced assembly line.

    Jain makes this point not as a critique of education serving the interests of industrial capitalism through the application of the scientific management model of production (Taylorism) to schooling. On the contrary, he does so to make a case that current education reform policies are a continuation of the original mission of U.S. public education as an instrument of social efficiency, yet only being modernized to bolster financialized capitalism. As Jain puts it, “Our education system is not broken, it has just become obsolete.” He goes on to explain:

    When I think of all the tremendous, seemingly impossible feats made possible by entrepreneurs, I am amazed that more has not been done to reinvent our education system. I want all entrepreneurs to take notice that this is a multi-hundred billion dollar opportunity that’s ripe for disruption.

    The means by which such financial “opportunities” reside by “reinventing” education are made more explicit when Jain goes on to claim, “Rethinking education starts with embracing our individuality… just think of the opportunities we can unlock by making education as addictive as a video game” by flipping the current model on its head and use “technology to focus on our learners.” Using the same historical context that Jain does to support this argument, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (and rising star in the education reform industry), Alberto Carvalho decreed in 2015, “Unfortunately, for most American students the old factory model of education still applies. This is a recipe for failure and frustration. We cannot address Digital Age needs with Industrial Age education.” Carvalho goes on to claim:

    We must leave behind us the days of sorting students by age and instruction by subject. More and more, our 8th-graders are studying alongside 6th-graders of similar ability, interests and readiness. After all, we aren’t grouped by age in the employment marketplace. No one told Mark Zuckerberg he couldn’t be CEO of Facebook because he wasn’t born the same year as Bill Gates.

    Jain and Carvalho’s edicts are an integral part of the education technology (EdTech) industry’s marketing narrative, as a driving force and beneficiary of the financialization of public education. Be it venture philanthropists, federal and state policymakers or EdTech executives, the current mission of education reform is to “reinvent” education, propelled by a narrative of benevolent intent and remedied by meeting the needs of financial markets through embracing education technologies. In doing so, the EdTech industry promotes its products as being student-centered, competency-based “anytime-anywhere learning” or more specifically as “personalized learning.” According to its advocates, personalized learning simply means the differentiation of digitized coursework for students based on their different skill levels that allows them to engage in learning activities at their own pace through the use of digital tools. Accordingly, the Gates Foundation claims on its Personalized Learning page, “In personalized learning, the student is the leader, and the teacher is the activator and the advisor.” On its Digital Tools and Content page, the foundation goes on to report that personalized learning “technology is not just a way for students to pursue their interests; it is way for them to discover their interests.” Thus, personalized learning promises to revolutionize American education and positions EdTech to be the vanguard in liberating students to take control of their learning. As marketing and communications professional Jesse Irwin puts it,

    Since 2011, billions of dollars of venture capital investment have poured into public education through private, for-profit technologies that promise to revolutionize education… these tools promise to remedy the many, many societal ills facing public education with… technological advancements.

    Like a visionary leader of a social movement, Superintendent Carvalho calls us to action by proclaiming, “Now is the time for transformation, but we must do more than reboot the system; we must redesign it for the demands of a new age, reaching and teaching each student in the ways he learns best. It’s that simple, and that hard. All we need is the will, skill and belief to change.”

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2016/10/education-technology-surveillance-and-americas-authoritarian-democracy/

  2. Mr Nader if you have a conversation with anyone nowadays you will sadly discover that the majority of us Americans are already self deluded. But thanks for telling us Reagan was the idiot that let barbarians slip by the gate

  3. Ralph is describing what our political Parties have accomplished under the leadership of their corporate donors. If we want to have control over our political system we need to elect representatives that accept the leadership of their constituents. My website provides directions for how to undermine corporate influence, without repealing or making new laws, which would be made by the corporate toadies currently in power. TrueDemocracyNow.org

  4. I hate to tell you Ralph but we don’t have ten years. We already lost. The economic and social war against the people already happened but everybody was too lost in the matrix to even notice. We already lost big and the bill for the peoples ignorance, apathy and cowardice is now coming due.

    The lords of chaos will have their way, and soon….

  5. “This plan will require thousands of new organizers, lobbyists, strategists, and all the skills used by big corporations. It will also require systematically connecting with enlightened billionaires, already worried about our country’s slide into the abyss, for a budget of at least $10 billion over ten years.”

    What plan? There is no plan. If you want a plan, get hold of me because I have a plan.

  6. Ralph Nader is an absolutely outstanding person whom the USA really does not deserve. If he had been elected POTUS in either of the two occasions he stood, instead of being denigrated as a spoiler, he could have made of this “nation” something great and worthwhile. His efforts decades ago had so much impact and value, but now , as he notes, all this has gone. I am amazed that he can remain positive at all. The USA has sunk so low, and its shameful cruel treatment of so many countries by illegal vicious sanctions on those who disobey its “Washington rules” (do what we say, or we punish you) are perhaps leading to its demise as a “great power”. One can only hope.

  7. We don’t have time to do this over ten years. Do you not see a depopulation going on?

    Edward Langley wrote about Reagan signing with GE in 1954, describing GE as obsessed with conservatism like the John Birch society. After employment hosting in the General Electric Theater series on CBS, GE sponsored Reagan to tour the country, pontificating against communism, labor unions, social security, public housing; and advocating for the reduction of corporate taxes. These lectures had been the foundation for Reagan’s political career. Perhaps now you can see who and how the world’s most powerful nation is formed and developed. It is definitely not “by and for the people.” Funny, but mean-spirited selfishness and greed are not promoted in the bible that I studied for 10,000 hours. Bush Sr. (also a friend of Jerry Falwell), followed Reagan as the choice of the Christian right.

    Kahn, Michael Lewis. ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH SECOND IMPROVED EDITION: THE GROWTH AND MECHANISMS OF THE ROMERICAN EMPIRE (p. 85). Kindle Edition.

    Paul Weyrich founded the Heritage Foundation in 1973 as a political lobbying group. It was funded by oil baron Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother William Robert Hunt, as well as by Joseph Coors, the famous brewer, who supported the political and religious right tenaciously.

    Then Weyrich created the “Moral Majority” in 1979, and Jerry Falwell was placed as its president. Falwell’s friend Ronald Reagan was supported by the Moral Majority, and as we all know, was elected president in 1980.

    As early as 1971, Reagan had been expressing an approach to the future centered upon the return of Jesus and the battle of Armageddon similar to the fiction of  Tim Lahaye’s books of the “Left Behind” series, which misrepresented what the bible teaches, highlighting Armageddon and promoting the unbiblical falsehood of pre-trib rapture.  “Racing Toward Armageddon” by Michael Baigent pages 149-151.

    The book THE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY debunks the widely believed pre-trib rapture doctrine completely, employing multitudes of scriptures as well as common sense which plainly and frankly buries “Left Behind” in the category of heresy and deliberate deception. According to Falwell, Reagan stated while campaigning in New Orleans, “I sometimes believe we’re heading very fast for Armageddon right now.” Falwell said of Reagan: “Reagan is a fine man. He believes what the Moral Majority believes, what god tells us.” (“Racing Toward Armageddon”-page 151).

    Ronald Reagan swore to invigorate the economy by rolling back government regulations, balancing the budget, and lowering taxes. His economic theory was that the lower corporate taxes would stimulate the economy as a whole, thus increasing government revenue. Remember the trickle-down theory?

    From the 1980s to recently, the adjusted family average income has been about the same or lower than that before him. (At this time, the income of the exceedingly wealthy has multiplied exponentially, so the rest of our incomes has decreased). Reagan’s agenda improved the income only of the rich. In his eight years in office, Reagan added nearly $2 trillion to the national debt, more than all his predecessors combined, including those who had fought global wars. Yet his reputation among fundamental and evangelical heroes is stellar. He is regarded by them as the best president the country ever had.

    He was the first president that the Christian propaganda spin-doctors take credit for putting there. He did fight abortion, as well as affirmative action, and many social services were cut. Unemployment rose to 11% in 1982. He addressed that by cutting $35 billion from social programs like food stamps and federally funded job training programs. The US balance of trade started, for the first time, to be in deficit in 1980, continuing until 1994 and beyond, the worst years being 1984-88.

    While he is given credit by Christian leaders and media as being a savior; by dismantling USSR, by going against abortion, homosexuality, feminism, and affirmative action, and getting tough on crime; economics was the one true important issue of those behind the scenes, and Christians backed whoever the pastors supported. Why were they told to love an actor, who had put in so much uncharitable legislation? Here is the story behind the façade:

    Kahn, Michael Lewis. ANGRY LOUD AND CLEAR TRUTH SECOND IMPROVED EDITION: THE GROWTH AND MECHANISMS OF THE ROMERICAN EMPIRE (pp. 83-84). Kindle Edition.

    That book proves that the Vatican rules over every Christian denomination, and that the US Is the Vaticans’ tool for world domination. THE UNTOLD NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY proves that the New Testament was fabricated by pharisee Josephus to impose a slave and submissive mentality on the people to make them easy for the Roman Empire (later the Vatican) to rule over.

  8. In other words, we need an ongoing CAMPAIGN for the restoration of democracy.

    That requires people power. Direct action. Flooding the polls.

    And getting on the same page, knowing when to press hard and when to cut a deal.

    Take a look at a new site that tracks this: newsofactivism.com.

  9. Thank you, Nader. Don’t know how we lost all those gains, but you don’t talk about the lack of teeth in all that legislation. Sure it was passed but it never had any teeth to hold corporations accountable. That’s my experience. Watched, learned, saw cattle in streams despite, saw the furtherance of degradation. How can laws matter, no how many are passed, if they are not enforced. It was all bullshit and mirrors.

  10. “Enlightened billionaires “. Does such an animal even exist?

    “Once men turned their thinking over to machines in hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them”. Frank Herbert

    That’s your enlightened billionaire.

    1. Ahh, contradictions contradictions. Billionaires are billionaires because they did what? How many people’s back have they crushed? And, oh, the other 19 Percent, professional managerials, academics, professionals, bankers, finance, FIRE, et al. EdTech and Technocrats. Nah, there are no enlightened ones in the rich class, unless you mean enlightened to their power to exploit, expell, exterminate, expropriate, eliminate, excommunicate. The deadly rich and their Six Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

      https://youtu.be/ZUGh1Su7-ok

      Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Larry Fink, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett.

      As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms—each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management–now represent the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management–the facilitators–of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies—and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission—and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change.

      1. I get tired of bloviating jackasses.
        So tell me Paul+Haeder, given your certainty about the depravity of all billionaires, and how they each attained their fortunes, please, just name all of the world’s billionaires.
        Given your certainty about the subhuman qualities of these individuals, you certainly must know who each of them are.
        Your assertions may be correct, about these people, but you sure as hell don’t know.
        How about you open up your eyes, take the cotton out of your ears, and put it in your mouth.
        You do offer some worthwhile insights in some of your posts,
        But, too often, you are just plain argumentative, and full of sh!t.
        But, I am glad that you are at least participating.
        Most folks just don’t give a
        f* ck.

  11. “the american world view is nihilism with a happy ending”. Alan bloom
    not in an empire near collapse

  12. Unfortunately for this grand plan, “enlightened billionaries” have been philanthropically colonizing citizen groups within the nonprofit industrial complex to make them another front of the neoliberal class war (begun before Reagan).

  13. The high virtues of a capitalist/neo-liberal culture are violence, ignorance, arrogance, hubris, and gluttony., and, at the end, cannibalism.

    Happy New Year.

    1. Aboslutely, and demonstrated quite well in “Israel” and EU and UK and Japan and, well, Australia and NZ.

      What a wonderful world they have invented.

      Satre, August 1942:

      Novel. Don’t put the “plague” in the title. Put something like “The Prisoners.”

      He instinctively knew that is was not a plague that imprisons people but the mind-forged manacles of those who are afraid to confront it. Those who lack the courage to see the truth and resist it. To collaborate with the Nazis was for cowards. Free people fight back. As editor of Combat, the banned newspaper, he knew that when voices were censored it was because the censors were afraid the truth would prevail. A good lesson for 2022.

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/communing-albert-camus-2022/5766827

      1. Old USSR? Which one? After WWII? Before? During the Cold War?

        And, then, socialism is not exactly the way of USSR, now was it? And, democracy, is that, or was that, the way of United Snakes of Amerikka?

        Who wants old white men ruling with nukes and armies? That’s not socialism! You know that. Every attempt at people power, socialism, has been thwarted by, hmm, you know who — UK, USA, Canada.

        Ahh, now we are looking at USSR!

        Today, many of the rich and powerful are associated with the Democratic Party—for example, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Bill Gates, and so on. This is strange because it is the Republican Party that is supposed to represent business interests. Recent numbers also indicate the trend: “Some recent US figures on the distribution of income by party: 65 percent of taxpayer households that earn more than $500,000 per year are now in Democratic districts; 74 percent of the households in Republican districts earn less than $100,000 per year. Add to this what we already knew, namely that the 10 richest congressional districts in the country all have Democratic representatives in Congress.”

        Anyway, it really doesn’t matter because when people play politics—meaning you cheer for one of the corrupt political parties—you are not supposed to talk about how money controls social institutions and how our values, beliefs and norms are determined by the interests of the ruling class, and how the economic caste order effectively enforces capitalist imperatives to perpetuate the reign of money and violence.

        Believe it or not, today, this sort of understanding is labeled as “conspiracy.” Right, you are a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy nut case if you happen to call out corporate crimes, their criminal conspiracies and so on and so forth. How obvious can it get? Rich people dominate corporate politics with the good old righteousness of exceptionalism, and a colonial attitude with the kinder, gentler face of liberal politics, and it is perfectly OK to call a simple Marxist analysis of exploitation a “conspiracy.”

        The tendency to obscure the mechanism of capitalism is mirrored exactly among many of those who oppose the overwhelming push for Covid lockdowns, Covid “vaccine” mandates and so on. For many of those who stand on the other side of the virus event, the entire mobilization is described as a “communist takeover.” That’s right. All those diehard capitalists who have been conspiring to perpetuate their interests through World Economic Forum, IMF, World Bank and so on are communists now. How convenient? You can’t have capitalism without opportunism.

  14. https://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2022/01/10/parasite-empire-unravelled/

     Today, many of the rich and powerful are associated with the Democratic Party—for example, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Bill Gates, and so on. This is strange because it is the Republican Party that is supposed to represent business interests. Recent numbers also indicate the trend:

      “Some recent US figures on the distribution of income by party: 65 percent of taxpayer households that earn more than $500,000 per year are now in Democratic districts; 74 percent of the households in Republican districts earn less than $100,000 per year. Add to this what we already knew, namely that the 10 richest congressional districts in the country all have Democratic representatives in Congress.”

    Anyway, it really doesn’t matter because when people play politics—meaning you cheer for one of the corrupt political parties—you are not supposed to talk about how money controls social institutions and how our values, beliefs and norms are determined by the interests of the ruling class, and how the economic caste order effectively enforces capitalist imperatives to perpetuate the reign of money and violence.Believe it or not, today, this sort of understanding is labeled as “conspiracy.”

     Right, you are a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy nut case if you happen to call out corporate crimes, their criminal conspiracies and so on and so forth.   How obvious can it get? Rich people dominate corporate politics with the good old righteousness of exceptionalism, and a colonial attitude with the kinder, gentler face of liberal politics, and it is perfectly OK to call a simple Marxist analysis of exploitation a “conspiracy.”

    The tendency to obscure the mechanism of capitalism is mirrored exactly among many of those who oppose the overwhelming push for Covid lockdowns, Covid “vaccine” mandates and so on. For many of those who stand on the other side of the virus event, the entire mobilization is described as a “communist takeover.” That’s right.  All those diehard capitalists who have been conspiring to perpetuate their interests through World Economic Forum, IMF, World Bank and so on are communists now. How convenient?  You can’t have capitalism without opportunism.

    1. Perhaps Democrats have higher IQ and that’s why they earn more?
      Or people with higher IQ vote Democrat?

    2. @Paul+Haeder
      “simple Marxist analysis”

      Classic Marxist economic analysis is based on who owns the means of production and is exploiting the labour of the proletariat.
      Nowadays the means of production for nearly everything are controlled directly or indirectly by the CCP, VCP, Korean corporations and other Asian entities (TSCM and such).
      None of the villains identified in your comment fit under the “capitalist ” definition of Marxist analysis

  15. “These citizen groups and their supporters must now step back and develop a ten-year Plan to overpower the corporate state with a democratic state. “”
    A democratic or Democratic state?
    A democratic capitalist state or a democratic socialist state ( as in USSR and Eastern Europe ante 1989) ?
    I think the best solution is paraphrasing Brecht’s poem Die Losung written after the 1953 workers uprising in GDR
    “..the people
    Had forfeited the confidence of the progressives
    And could win it back only
    By redoubled efforts.
    Would not be easier
    In that case for the progressives
    To dissolve the people and elect another?”
    This due to people obstinate election of the wrong people to govern the country year after year.

  16. Hey Ralph,

    You have said that the events before during and after September 11, 2001 should be debated. When will we confront the Congressional Industrial Military National Insecurity Saudi Israeli Complex by exposing their Catalyst of 09/11/2001?!

    3500+ Architects & Engineers ain’t just your average conspiracy theorists!!! ae911truth.org

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    “For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro(Citizen of the world) with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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