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Identify the plutocrats you are supporting with your vote, your money, and your work. Support projects helping to this identification.
Reduce your dependency on corporations and financial companies. Support volunteers, self-employed professionals, cooperatives, and other businesses run by producers directly. Become one of them.
 
   
 
Reduce your dependency on corporations and financial companies. Boycott plutocrats and political parties collaborating with them. Don't place your money in the hands of the plutocrats. Don't give your vote to top-down parties.
Invest in social capital. Reduce your dependency on money. Spend less by focusing on basic needs and by finding social alternatives to paid products and services. Learn and teach to cover accessible needs by yourself or cooperating within your circles and your communities.
 
   
 
Support bottom-up organizations and the social economy: volunteers, self-employed professionals, cooperatives, and other businesses run by producers directly. Become part of them.
Don't place your money in the hands of the plutocrats. Don't give your vote to top-down parties.
 
   
 
Avoid the lure of individualism promoted by The Establishment to isolate you and put you to work for them.
 
Avoid the lure of individualism promoted by The Establishment to isolate you and put you to work for them.

Revision as of 00:50, 14 November 2013

Democracy, the rule of the people, has become an empty word. Plutocracy, the rule of the rich, describes better the predominant system. What is to be done?

Liberty, equality, fraternity... where?

Wealth, safety, progress... for whom?

Elections and markets are free in theory but in practice bend to a financial elite managing big concentrations of money. The economic establishment rules indirectly top-down politics while controlling directly top-down capital on a global scale.

What can you do?

Identify the plutocrats you are supporting with your vote, your money, and your work. Support projects helping to this identification.

Reduce your dependency on corporations and financial companies. Boycott plutocrats and political parties collaborating with them. Don't place your money in the hands of the plutocrats. Don't give your vote to top-down parties.

Support bottom-up organizations and the social economy: volunteers, self-employed professionals, cooperatives, and other businesses run by producers directly. Become part of them.

Avoid the lure of individualism promoted by The Establishment to isolate you and put you to work for them.

What money can buy in politics

Democratic states are controlled by political elites that win elections and keep their status thanks to the support of economic elites. Anybody opposing overtly the plutocrats will face all the pressure money can buy. Nobody can confront them without facing risks of deep crisis.

This minority driving global corporations, banks, and private lobbies have become immensely powerful by mastering elements of capitalism like concentration of capital, speculation, globalization, and political influence. Producing money with money, the overlords of the financial economy have taken over the productive economy that characterized traditional capitalism. Money is the plutocrats' clothes.

The evolution of capitalism

Capitalism wanted to appear benevolent, natural, and eternal. However, in its current incarnation as a global plutocracy it is cruel, unsustainable, and it will crash. Even if it keeps distracting many people from the wars, oppression and poverty it causes, it cannot trick the balance and limitations of nature.

The traditional system to enable production and commerce has evolved into a financial cloud that devours everything and extracts income from anywhere. Individual responsibility has been diluted, obfuscated, and exempted by law. While some people get immensely richer they are never accountable of losses. Their mistakes and maneuvers are paid by the society at large thanks to a political framework that they have sponsored.

Privatizing revenues and socializing losses: this is how politicians ruling democratic states serve the plutocrats at the expense of the citizens they represent. Through corruption and cronyism, a globalized elite holds the reins regardless of bankruptcies and elections. They control public and private finances, media and armies. Their concentration of power keeps growing.

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