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Right now, the Corporatocracy in the U.S. is firmly entrenched, bonded by shared interests between oligopolistic corporations, the seat of state and national government, and much of the judiciary.

It took decades for all this to come together, but the Corporatocracy is finally here.   The "owners" are now in the process of establishing an oppressive legal and security framework as a means to enforce their rule over an obedient citizenry.

The most powerful tool the Corporatocracy has over the population is the ability to manipulate us to such a level trough their wholesale ownership of the mainstream media, that it can actually be considered mind-control:

Without an awareness of the grave consequences involved with an increasingly concentrated media environment the public (i.e. non-elites) will continue to be systematically brainwashed by the propagandist arm of the government that is the mass media and will unknowingly acquiesce to the interests of the dominant elites.

- Master's Degree Thesis by Frank McCoy

As the oppressive and exploitative system is put in place, the "designers" are so confident that the populace will not be able to figure this out, that they have focused on cementing their control over the media (with is the most powerful tool at their disposal), and in the imposition of an increasingly draconian and unjust (corrupt) legal system, whose functions are being transferred to the private, for-profit sector.

Typically, in this type of situation, you have a very tiny group of people that are able to see what's happening--in horror.  These are the activists, and agitators of every generation.  As the fascistic-like system comes to life, some of these activists spend years trying to warm the population, which almost always remains dormant (until is too late).

In these conditions, some activists become "radicalized" and may attempt to take on the system through violence (or armed revolution).  These activists and leaders may be able to recruit a limited number of people who are willing to confront the system head-on, either through protests, civil disobedience, or even armed confrontation (in extreme situations).

The fascistic system that is now rising right before our eyes is ready for this.  Through a massive misinformation and propaganda campaign, the system is able to marginalize those who are trying to warn the people about what's going on; and through an increasingly draconian legal system, which includes total-information-awareness surveillance police state, it is also able to squash resistance.

Another sign of a rising fascistic system is the further marginalization and criminalization of poverty.  One of the most powerful and effective strategies the rulers use is to ghettoize those who are either victims of the system, or those who rise in opposition.

There is a long history of this type of strategy used throughout Latin America, deployed by the CIA, and the U.S. government on behalf of corporations.

Now the same strategy is being deployed on the citizens of the United States, by the same nefarious forces.

Where does the system gets its power from?  The most important source of power for the rulers is their ability to convince the citizens that the only viable economic system is one where the vast majority of the gains from productivity is transferred directly to the leisure class.  This is done through the establishment of closely-linked oligopolies, which creates powerful financial cartels that are then able to buy off the entire government--which is the current situation in the United States.

So if one were to analyze the economic system, one could clearly determine that there is an inordinate amount of wealth being transferred from each community, from each working man and woman, to the rulers.  This wealth is then is put to work to further oppress and control the population.

The widespread understanding of these dynamics would be the most powerful threat to the corrupt Corporatocracy that is now in control of the country.

The reason for this is that the system assumes that their control over the minds of the populace is so absolute, that the chances for millions and millions of people to conceptualize this situation are almost non-existent.

The most daunting challenge for those trying to awaken the population is to convince a large-enough number of average middle class people to take seemingly safe, careful, and measured steps, which if calibrated correctly, could send shock-waves through the entire system, and eventually start to weaken the Corporatocracy.

So the key is to find ways to de-fund the Corporatocracy, which after all, it is being kept alive through the fruit of our labor.

There is already a growing local sustainability movement which if it is carefully-analyzed, one could see that as a whole, it could reshape our entire economic system--for the benefit of the people, which would result in the removal of the Corporatocracy.

It encompasses a wide range of economic activity, including food, housing, banking, employment, markets.

The important thing to understand here is that most of it is actually based on solid economic theory.  The problem we have now is that economic "laws" have been turned upside down in a system that's actually inefficient, predatory, and corrupt, for the benefit of a parasitic class.

So what is my proposal?  Social justice activists, local sustainability proponents, intellectuals, philosophers, community leaders, workers, and all fair-minded people need to unite now and engage in a very professional and widespread educational campaign around the entire country, through a carefully-calibrated advertising and marketing strategy.

I promise you; I've been watching these developments for over two decades.  I've studied resistance movements in Latin America, Europe, Asia.  I've been thinking about these things long and hard...

First, this can be done, fairly easily.  Also, don't worry about widespread approval from the population at this point.  All we need to get started is a few people.  If done correctly, then it will turn into hundreds, then thousands, then millions.

Today there are all kinds of news about new oppressive laws pushed by corporations being enacted in rapid-fire mode, more scandals about corrupt bankers being granted huge salaries and bonuses by their bagman in the Treasury, on and on.  Folks, the system is rigged.  We can't do this only through the electoral system.

Let's do a pilot project.  Let's pick a city and develop a media campaign for an event meant to educate people.  For inspiration, I suggest people watch the PBS American Experience documentary, THE ABOLITIONISTS.

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.
We all know the system is broken.  We can once again launch a movement to change the nation.

I'm not content with just reporting on the latest outrage perpetrated by the Republicans, Democrats on the take, the Justice Department, the Tea Party, Gun-nuts, etc.

I want to go on the offense; I want to do something meaningful.

I need a few brave souls... I need three or four people to start a prototype executive committee.  I need a few people to start a financial/treasury committee.

We'll come up with the agenda for the nationwide educational tour, and then we'll develop a very powerful, modern, professional, appealing advertising and marketing campaign, and get going.

I've already been contacted by very impressive people; people with high levels of education; people who have been in corporate as executives; people in advertising, and marketing, and education.

Let's change the world!  Please contact me via email at contact@raypensador.com.  I will treat your email address and any information you disclose via email with confidentiality.

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He explains the situation very succinctly!  But yes, it can get better, if we all join forces.
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Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM PST.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos, American Legislative Transparency Project, In Support of Labor and Unions, and ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  T'd & R'd for references to "The Abolitionists" (4+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, gulfgal98, Mentatmark, Syoho

    and George Carlin.

    I'm intrigued by many of the things you're saying, as well as the Occupy posters.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:11:27 PM PST

  •  Remove the added corporate middlemen (3+ / 0-)
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    who do not actually add any value to the provision of goods and services they have horned in on. This would mean more bypassing of the corporate behemoths by informed citizens.

    Middlemen and companies can be a creative part of an economy and add value that deserves to be rewarded... but they get replaced, bought out pushed aside by those who see what is a fluid temporary place in the evolution of a service as a cash cow sinecure for themselves and or their corporate entity which then appropriates as much of a supply chain as it can. It get to where it can dictate economic terms of surrender to those who are at its mercy and in so doing impoverishes the raw material suppliers, the first level fabricators or growers... remove competition and impose prices on the end users who have less and less choice on who gets to profit from them. These gigantic corporate entities and the middlemen that are co-dependents of the greed and control need to be made obsolete, drained of leverage and power.

    It can be done by informed people using the net and smart phone apps etc. to develop a new way of doing business that bypasses the corporate monsters.... source and supply more local business, food, services etc. Set up buyers clubs, get direct connections to sources and have cooperatives from sources deal with other cooperatives in distribution and at the end user side of things. The concept is distributed IT taking back accounting, legal and organizational components of supply chains from the corporations that dictate how all of them work and reward value adding at the local level bypassing corporate HQ concentration of market control and manipulation and short circuiting their excess wealth extraction and concentration that impoverishes the people they feed off of.

    "just in time" supply concepts working in a worldwide direct market that could work seamlessly with people's requirements and with verifiable operations and transparency. eBay is a corporate example of this concept... not as democratic as it could be but the possibilities are out there. Small businesses could act together to be come more like a virtual corporations with enough clout to make a difference but with the added dimension of customer participation. Inexpensive next gen 3D printers and local automated custom fabrication can become a reality and part of this as well.

    This would take a lot of evolution to get anywhere close to changing things... A lot of trial and error along with enough people with wider vision could build this into a replacement for the way people interact with their economies and take away the stranglehold that large corporations and the investment bankers and the investment class have had for a long time... they will continue to exist but only be rewarded for where they are necessary and not where they evolve to be an entrenched self perpetuating unnecessary extra step or layer of leeching that only charges a "toll" in the form of low pay for employees and bloated bonuses, salaries and giveaway stock options as a way to siphon wealth out of the middle class or a whole nation.

    At some point any dinosaur setup is ripe for its own demise when it ceases to do much more than try and buy up innovations from others and monopolize them in ham handed ways... a diffuse people centered replacement... sort of the antithesis of Amway... not a pyramid but a flat landscape with everyone's contributions of time and effort in a supply chain being rewarded fairly and transparently to minimize the usual danger of scammers and grabbers from leveraging an advantage to an extreme. Initiative and success in uniting supply and demand in new or better ways deserves reward... this is not communism... think of it as "people's capitalism"... free enterprise without the cutthroat aspects or secrecy and manipulation... and never to the extent of monopolizing and the few over-rewarding themselves all over again. Billionaires like to operate below the radar as they amass destructive amounts of wealth and power... they need to bow to true market forces... the market of everyone which has full view and ability to veto over grabbing.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 03:18:02 PM PST

  •  Is anyone else surprised . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    that this post is not on the rec list?  It seems really sharp and constructive to me . . . very provocative and worthy of discussion.

    •  I am surprised more have not recced this (1+ / 0-)
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      A good overview of the root of so many of societies' big problem issues with solutions proposed. I wish I could rec it again.

      Without regulation, capitalism is thievery. Robert Sherrell

      by Syoho on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:48:57 AM PST

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