Posted 11 months ago on July 11, 2012, 10:03 a.m. EST by LeoYo
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They're the same!
No they're not!
They're the same!
No they're not!
It's a pyramid, damnit!
The issues of the Republicans and Democrats are different at the base but the further you go up, they converge into the same corporate owned public management business.
Republicans are for voter and even thought suppression and against social services.
Democrats support voting (when it supports them), free thought (as long as you freely think their way), and social services.
Both are for selling out to corporate interests for the prestige of being in office.
They're different AND the same. It just depends upon where you focus.
Naturally, everyone is going to focus on the issues that matter to them and that focus is going to determine whether or not the parties are seen to be different or the same.
So, what can We, the People, do?
The duopoly is the only game in town and that's not going to change anytime soon. However, the duopoly itself can be changed by changing the rules of the game. For example, rather than simply voting for corporate owned Democrats or unelectable Greens, create a position that combines the strengths of both. Create Green Democrats i.e. members of the Democratic Party who are committed to the Green Party platform. This removes the dilemma of chosing between unelectable Greens and corporate owned Democrats. Now, a voter would be able to vote for someone who has a chance of winning while remaining true to the important issues. However, more importantly, the GreenDems would also stand out in being FreeDA signers, that is, signers of Free Democracy Affidavits committing them to support of the Free Democracy Amendments http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-democracy-amendment/ . In accordance with amendments 6, 7, 8, and 9, the FreeDA signers would also be signing on to affirmations of not accepting campaign contributions from corporations and non-profits, not accepting gifts from special interests once in office, making all communication with lobbyists open to the press and the public, and not having an account with a private bank. This will make the GreenDems stand out as candidates who can be held accountable to the People in contrast to candidates, Democrat or Republican, who don't sign FreeDA. This, in itself, will create political pressure for all other candidates to sign. Whether or not that pressure would be enough to make the other candidates sign is unknown but the pressure would be there every election in which the People become more and more fed up with unaccountable public officials and begin to consider the ever present accountable alternatives. This would be changing the rules of the game to favor the People while using the popular strength of the duopoly against itself.
Is there anything else that We, the People, could do? Something more direct and immediate?
We, the People, could support the creation of worker-owned cooperatives through crowdfunding. This would require a Cooperative Employment Service that would assess the skills of the unemployed individuals to patronize it and match them with a suggested cooperative business plan. Upon acceptance or rejection of the plan for an alternative plan, the Cooperative Employment Service would facilitate the crowdfunding of the new cooperative business. Of course, each municipality of cooperative communities should have their own branch of a nationwide Cooperative Credit Union to handle both cooperative and personal accounts. With the Cooperative Employment Service, cooperatives, and Cooperative Credit Union established, imagine what would happen nationwide if the unemployed of each city were to be consistantly channeled into either newly or already established worker-owner cooperatives.
No, really, imagine it and tell me what you think.