Forum Post: DON’T TREAD ON ME! (Except for all you capitalists, CEOs and rich guys: tread on me all you want!)
Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 2, 2012, 1:10 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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We’ve all seen it: Ordinary working class people showing up at Tea Party rallies with their yellow Gadsden flags and “No Big Government” posters.
Well, there’s a BIG problem here. They completely fail to focus on another form of concentrated power which is much more dominant, namely concentrated PRIVATE power. Being skeptical to a growing government and power being concentrated too much in the state is fine, but not addressing the enormous concentration of wealth and power that’s in the hands of the corporations and the financial elite, is a big mistake.
This kind of concentrated power is very dangerous and destructive. It must be addressed as well. The government can at least be run in a democratic way, with the population having some say in the decision-making. Concentrated private power however, is tyranny: Non-elected wealthy elites having enormous control and power over our lives. They control the corporations, they have huge bargaining power, and they have the overwhelming power in the economy. These people have enormous control over our lives – undemocratic control that is, because we’ve never voted for them.
These financial elites, especially in the United States, don’t just control the economy and our workplaces, they also control government to very large extent. Congressmen, presidential candidates etc are bought and paid for by these people.
So in other words, ordinary people are shooting themselves in the foot by ignoring the corporate tyranny and dominance. By only demonstrating against government and worshiping politicians supporting this view, they are demonstrating and voting against their own interests. Meanwhile the Koch brothers and the rest of the financial elites are laughing all the way to you know where.
It’s not big government that’s the problem, it’s concentrated private power who owns government, and control our lives and communities.