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Forum Post: The Rational Peasant

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 27, 2011, 5:44 p.m. EST by dcosts (69) from St Petersburg, FL
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The Political Economy of the United States of America is floundering in Corporate Colonialism – we need a new Moral Economy and Revolution. Peasants, or the 99%, are Rationale Problem Solvers with a sense both of their own interest and of the need to bargain with others to achieve mutually excepted outcomes.

Peasant protests frequently accompany state making, commercialization of agriculture or energy and colonialism. Moral economists link the protest movements to a (presumed) loss of subsistence, security, and welfare by the peasantry during these changes. -Samuel L. Popkin

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[-] 1 points by Algee (182) 12 years ago

It is becoming very clear that yes we live in a neo-feudalist society and economy. Economy is good and all, but what about us? What about our thoughts and ways of thinking? If this movement is to succeed it must not make the mistake that the 1% have made. We must think about our own morals as people and individuals and as a unified society. I keep hearing again and again that people want change, but change in economics will not be possible if the people do not change their ways as well. We need a renewal in culture and morals. We need a better education system and philosophy. Education must no longer be only for the aqcuiring of a profession, but as a continuous system of leaning throughout people's lives. Our philosophy on politics must change too, how can the people remain united if they still consider their government as a different entity? People must represent themselves in political affairs and we must forget traditional politics. Our economy should change from one of profits to one of people. One where profits must profit all because all work to make it work. The people must lose their obsession of money and materialistic aspects of life. The people must be the change they want to see. Or else the revolution or change you seek will not happen or will not last.

[-] 2 points by dcosts (69) from St Petersburg, FL 12 years ago

Revoking Corporate Charters

Quo Warranto (By what authority)

We know there is something fundamentally wrong with the very way the political and economic system is set up and are beginning to search for a new economic vision that can put people back to work and establish a more responsive governing framework.

By what authority have corporations, the peoples subordinate entities, appointed and allowed to exist by the people, been, in the totality of their actions, engaged in assault upon the sovereign people of the United States of America?

The life of a corporation is less than that of the humblest citizen. Corporations that have assaulted the sovereign people of the United States and the World will have their charters revoked and assets distributed amongst the sovereign people.

Sovereign people do not wait outside the boardrooms of corporations like the subordinate entities of the robots that we created. A corporations nature is to control, to get political power, to limit competition, to rise up against their creator and recreate the conditions of their own existence.

We don’t negotiate with subordinate entities. Corporations are not people; they are born in lawyer offices, only exist on paper, have no soul and can never die.

We have to be accountable to one another and to our forebears and our posterity by asserting our authority over all the institutions we create, business or government.

We’re not being socially responsible or civically accountable when we play by corporate rules in corporate arenas. We’re not being socially responsible or civically accountable when we don’t act like sovereign people. We’re not being socially responsible or civically accountable when we permit our elected officials to bargain away our sovereignty.

[-] 1 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

Well said! What we have is "neo-feudalism." We need to act now if we don't want our kids to be the 21st century equivalent of the medieval "landless peasant."

Here's my 2 cents:

There are a lot of improvements that need to be made. The list of reforms Americans want to see is long and varied depending on who you talk to. That said, I believe there is ONE reform that would provide the American people the best chances of seeing other meaningful reforms actually happen - that is REAL, loop-hope free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! I have seen others on this site calling this the "fulcrum" or pivotal issue. Right now the current legalized bribery, pay-to-play system of campaign donations and paid lobbyists has disenfranchised the American voter. Until this is fixed, any other reform the politicians may try to placate us with (be it a change to healthcare, clamping down predatory school loans, new financial regulations, etc.) will be about as effective as a farmer putting a new roof on his CHICKEN COOP, but still letting the FOX guard it.

We need to go back to the original political currency. Instead of the current system of who can collect the most money from corporations and special interests it should be who has the BEST IDEAS to EFFECTIVELY RUN THE COUNTRY (we don't need "Wealth Redistribution," what we need is "Political Influence Redistribution")!

For the sake of our children and future generations of Americans, we need to take back our democracy from the rich and powerful who are using their vast sums of money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. This "Corporate Personhood" that has crept into our laws is allowing them to manipulating our policies in their favor at the expense of the average American (the recent "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling is a miscarriage of justice and must be reversed. The $50 or $100 a normal American may give to a political campaign becomes meaningless when corporations or other special interests are handing our millions to buy political access to the decision making process.

For decades now the corporations and special interests have had our "representatives" bought and paid for (both on the right and the left). Concentrating our efforts on getting the money out of our politics is the best way we can create an environment in which further reforms can be realized. Until we end the current system of legalized bribery (campaign donations) and paid lobbying our politicians will continue to be the LAP DOGS of the corporations and special interests. What we need first and foremost is real, loop-hole free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!! If the corruption is not dealt with first, the chance of any other meaningful reforms becoming a reality is almost zero - the special interests will just use their money to buy votes and put forward bills that create loop-holes or otherwise twist the law in their favor. If we want our children to live in a country where there vote matters, we need to get the money out of our politics, otherwise they will increasingly become the 21st century version of the "landless peasant." Spread the word - End the LEGALIZED BRIBERY!!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM needs to be THE main goal of the protests!!!

[-] 1 points by dcosts (69) from St Petersburg, FL 12 years ago

'For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil there is one striking at the root!' So long as the funders aren't the people...OCCUPANCY!

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IS THE BATTLE CRY! I could not agree more. Its the Dependence Corruption - .05% Americans max out in Political Campaign Contributions and Congress yields to the .05%.