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  •  Bob, I don't disagree with any of that. Think of (4+ / 0-)

    something, historically.  This situation where you have a corrupt oligarchy running roughshod over the will of the people is actually very common.  It is how tyranny entrenches itself--by the acquiescence of the population.

    Historically this happens because a very large portion of the population at any given time is apathetic, for whatever reason: focus on surviving, bread and circuses entertainment, manipulation, not being aware of what's happening with the power structure, etc.

    And every time people have risen against oppression and tyranny the catalyst was them becoming fully aware of injustices committed by the ruling class.

    But that awareness didn't just happened by happenstance.  It was the result of relentless work (sometimes years, decades, lifetimes) of what some call agitators.

    One good historical example is in the work done by the main actors during the Abolitionist movement...

    Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
    Their decades-long struggle was all about educating the public about the evils of slavery.  They engage in propaganda (the good kind), in activism; they were going from town to town from state to state, giving speeches, educating the population; they had their own newspapers; they printed advertising, posters, etc.

    In the case of Harriet Beecher Stowe, her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, helped turn millions of people against slavery.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States; one million copies were sold in Great Britain. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day."
    Every social justice movement, every revolution against corrupt tyrannical powers, succeeded only after a large number of people became fully aware of the situation.

    And you'll notice (by studying these movements) that the work of propagandists (the good kind), and agitators (intellectuals, activists) played a very important role in sparking the revolutionary (social justice) fervor in the population...

    That applies to every single social justice struggle, be it against slavery, or workers' rights, women's rights, civil rights, etc.

    This time around, the same will have to happen.  Only when the disparate social justice groups around the country (and internationally) find a way to collaborate and become a cohesive movement would we be able to gain enough strength to act against the corrupt Kleptocracy.  

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