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If you want to win you have to embrace these concepts: boldness, commitment, responsibility, unity and solidarity, principles and conviction, and cohesiveness.

Let me give you an example...


Here's my agenda:  I want to work with others to expose the true nature of the system to as many people as possible to motivate them and recruit them into a powerful social justice movement; one that's focused, strategic, relentless, and cohesive.

I'd like to see millions of people understand three basic features of the current system: it has been captured by the wealthy and turned into a corrupt, self-serving and exploitative machinery; it has set up a total information awareness surveillance police state to protect itself as it continues to prey on the population; it controls much of the population through planned economic insecurity and propaganda.

Once millions of people come to a clear understanding of this reality, I'd like to see them be able to coordinate a host of actions specifically designed to take down the Oligarchy, but not only that, to punish those who have been involved in crimes to the fullest extend of the law.

And so that means exposing corruption, and then finding ways to remove every single on-the-take politician through both, the electoral system (by voting for better Democrats), and a massive and relentless peaceful (but extremely organized) social justice/resistance movement.

Once a large-enough number of corrupt-to-the-core bribe-taking politicians are removed, we then need to move towards accountability: that means first and foremost a full investigation of all war crimes committed during the last 40-plus years, and when evidence is found, criminal charges/indictments should follow.

Another priority would be the criminal indictment of thousands of members of the Wall Street criminal racketeering cartel responsible for the looting and pillaging that precipitated the current economic depression.  In addition any government official suspected of helping cover up these crimes should also be charged and prosecuted.

Finally, after the current crop of corrupt politicians have been removed, there should be a rapid-fire overhaul of our entire regulatory infrastructure/framework with the number one priority being the clawing back of trillions of dollars from the rich.

That could mean the immediate raising of tax rates to 95% for the top one percent of income earners; it would also mean outright confiscation and forfeitures in cases where fraud can be proven.

Then you go down the line... Break up all the big banks and as you do, prosecute the top executives of these banks and punish them with very long prison terms (after proper prosecutions).  Dismantle the total information awareness surveillance police state.  Rescind all laws that trampled on our constitutional protections, starting with the PATRIOT Act.  Dismantle all Oligopolies and Monopolies.  Public financing for elections.  Single-payer universal health care.  Free education to all from kinder garden to graduate school.

That's it, no equivocation; no doubt; no wondering if these things are possible or not.  That's what I think is moral, just, right, and that's why I think it needs to happen.


If you believe in something strong enough, and you base your beliefs on basic principles of justice, fairness, the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, then the commitment to the outcome should be life-long, and not based on the current news cycle or the next election.  It's a 24/7 type of commitment; it's every day, every week, every month, every year, if it takes 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 years... However long it takes.


The buck stops with you.  There is no looking around to see who's going to make these things happen; there is no sitting on the fence to see who else takes the first step; there is no complaining about how awful Louie Gohmert, or Mitch McConnell, or John Boehner, or Ted Cruz, or the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers, or Americans for Prosperity, are.  There is no waiting on Obama, or Nancy Pelosi, or Dianne Feinstein to do these things for you, especially if they are not getting done.  It is on you.

Unity And Solidarity

There are others who share these views, this commitment, this sense of responsibility.  Find them and start a movement until the stated goals are achieved, however it takes.  Because "en la unión está la fuerza," there is power in unity.

The Power of Your Convictions

If you don't have strong principles, strong convictions, you have no power, plain and simple.  You can't have power without those qualities (when it comes to a social justice movement).

Team-Building Process

I'd like to form a group willing to engage in team-building exercises.  The idea is to start coordinating certain actions to show the power of strategic thinking and cohesiveness...

Here's what I envision... We'll start with small, easy steps in order to build momentum.  

I'm going to ask people to join me in taking coordinated actions on the 15th of every month, starting on October 15th.  The first step (which I mentioned in a recent diary) would be to do a fund-raising drive (or money-bomb) for Daily Kos on October 15th, with a minimum donation of $3.00.  I already have five people who have committed to it, but I'd like to have the commitment of 1,000 people by October 15th.

Just to be clear... I have no official contact with any admin or management staff at Daily Kos; I will get no benefit at all from this fund-raising.  This is just an exercise to proof the team-building concept, and given the platform for political and social activism this site provides, and given the amount of time many of us spend here, I think donating $3 or $5 or $10 is a worthy cause.

And here is my ultimate goal... If we are able to build a team of 5,000, or 10,000 and get use to the idea of coordinating certain actions on the 15th of every month, every month, for the foreseeable future, we may find ourselves contributing to the formation of the next social justice movement.

Given the worsening conditions, it is inevitable that once again, people will rise up in opposition to the oppression, just like OWS did.  In fact, I've been meeting with activists, and labor union members, and can see the offshoots of the movement taking shape.

I'll be proposing a number of actions to take on a monthly basis (on the 15th of ever month), but I think this concept could be tried by anybody.  The key is to take that first step, and then the next one after that, and so on.

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  •  Movements create change, not political parties (12+ / 0-)

    lets get moving, those without even three dollars to give, like me, can still give of what we have, our time and effort. I am willing to give that, now.

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 01:05:16 AM PDT

    •  I can think of a number of historical instances (1+ / 0-)
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      in which you would be very wrong.

      Besides it's hardly inclusive to throw out a party that by and large agrees with most of the ideals of this site.

      •  Political Parties have throughout history co-opted (10+ / 0-)

        the people power and money of movements, especially in the US.  Try to cite some specific examples in history where parties preceded their foundational movements. I don't think you will find, with a careful reading of history, your statement to be factual. The Democratic Party, and the Republican Party, are not organizations dedicated to change, or the people they supposedly represent, they are dedicated to holding and maintaining their grip on economic and political power. Without a movement for change, which either overtakes or supplants them, nothing will change.

        "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

        by KJG52 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 02:25:44 AM PDT

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        •  not always true (1+ / 0-)
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          and in fact the relationship between political parties and movements is fairly complex. Some like most civil rights originate outside of the mainstream parties others like government pensions (what would become SS) seem to have originated both inside and outside parties.

          It is incredibly overly simplistic to just dismiss parties as useless and I would submit that that those that do probably are on the wrong site.

          •  No one is dismissing parties as simplistic, (0+ / 0-)

            in fact, they are saying that parties are very powerful forces, they just don't seem to have the interests of the people they supposedly serve as their primary purpose at this time and are in need of change. The Democratic Party has been moving to the right since Clinton, and those who cannot see that are blind. Parties can be reformed by movements from without, but are rarely reformed from within, the pressure has to come from the people and those with vested interest in Party careerism don't want reform.

            "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

            by KJG52 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:34:58 PM PDT

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      •  The Democratic party, by and large, believes in (0+ / 0-)

        saying one thing and doing another. I hope you aren't saying that the members of this site are similarly afflicted.

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 11:35:29 AM PDT

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    •  That has been the case throughout the entire (5+ / 0-)

      history of this country.  I encourage people to read or re-read "The People's History of The United States"

  •  Better include fair, publicly-financed elections.. (11+ / 0-)

    or we'll be repeating the cycle over and over again.

    Finally, after the current crop of corrupt politicians have been removed, there should be a rapid-fire overhaul of our entire regulatory infrastructure/framework with the number one priority being the clawing back of trillions of dollars from the rich.

    'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

    by markthshark on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 01:15:29 AM PDT

  •  No, I don't want to win. (3+ / 0-)
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    I want America to win!

    Don't groan and roll your eyes at me. Picture Stephen Colbert saying it. That's better, right? ;)

    Check out my progressive tshirts & gear: or my hand-drawn reproduction of Rachel's Excelsior Poster from Friends available on cards, stickers, curtains etc.

    by Eileen B on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 01:23:35 AM PDT

  •  there's a lot here I like (2+ / 0-)
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    terrypinder, kalmoth

    really and I on the whole would like to rec this however I have a very important question.

    Just how do you define criminal racketeering to get to thousands of employees? I ask because on the whole I am concerned about a repeat of the French Revolution (though hopefully without the bloodshed) where people that were part of 'the machine' were attacked merely for that aspect never mind that many of them were nothing close to the corrupt and unethical behavior that people were outraged by.

    On a final note (because I wouldn't be surprised if this spirals out of control) I wish you luck on your money bomb and your organizing efforts.

  •  This plan has merit to change things for the (6+ / 0-)

    better in America.

  •  Who at dkos would handle the money? (3+ / 0-)

    Presently, I'm a rebel without a cause, mostly because the system is totally broken and my trust factor is almost non-existing.

    Until corporate personhood is removed from constitution and the obscene money-factor is out of political campaigns, only an OWS-like uprising seems feasible and we saw how that worked...

    My observation of dkos over the past few years is that we're just cats that nobody can herd or round up...just like the rest of the society these days.

    Other than that, I do agree with a lot of your thinking and you are almost there with a solution...almost.

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie." (TY Hannah:)

    by roseeriter on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 02:51:30 AM PDT

  •  presenting basics of organization building - good (4+ / 0-)

    Summary of what you are saying is that if people realize that they are called to be citizens, and when they understand the patterns and the power that are driving the issues, they can act in concert through politics to address long time problems that have reached a crisis state

    Along the way there will be fights on many fronts including The Grand Bargain which continues to reduce the social safety net, and the TPP which will further erode our economy and of course there is the surveillance state.

    Here is one of the most hopeful things I have seen in some time. The entire article was posted on DK by bobswern a while back but here is the actual link

    Henry A. Giroux: Hope in a Time of Permanent War

    I was going to post just 2 of the excellent paragraphs in the article but I couldn't stop so here are 3 paragraphs

    Unlike some theorists who suggest that politics as a site of contestation, critical exchange and engagement has either come to an end or is in a state of terminal arrest, especially in light of the withering of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, I believe that the current depressing state of politics points to the urgent challenge of reformulating the crisis of democracy and the radical imagination as part of the fundamental crisis of vision, meaning, education and political agency. Politics devoid of vision degenerates into cynicism or appropriates a view of power equated with domination. Lost from such accounts is the recognition that democracy has to be struggled over - even in the face of a most appalling crisis of educational opportunity and political agency.
    There is also too little attention paid to the fact that the struggle over politics and democracy is strongly connected to creating and sustaining public spheres where individuals can be engaged as political agents equipped with the skills, capacities and knowledge they need not only to actually perform as autonomous political agents but also to believe that such struggles are worth taking up. The formative cultures, institutions and modes of critical agency necessary for a vibrant democracy do not exist in a culture in which knowledge is fragmented, power concentrated in few hands and time is reduced to a deprivation for large segments of the public - one consequence of which is the endless struggle by many Americans simply to try to survive at the level of everyday life. The colonizing of time, space and power suggests taking back people's time in an era when the majority must work more than ever to make ends meet. There is no democracy in a country in which for most people time is a deprivation rather than a luxury. Time is crippled when it is trapped within an endless need to fight to merely survive in order to have enough to eat, have access to decent health care, day care and a social wage. The struggle over time is inextricably linked to a struggle over space, institutions, public spheres, the public good, power, the future and the nature of politics itself.
    In a country in which the social contract is dissolving, the social wage is on life support and social protections are viewed as a pathology, democracy becomes a shadow of itself and choice becomes impotent and an empty slogan because of the constraints imposed on the 99 percent by vast inequalities in wealth, income, power and opportunity. The growth of cynicism in American society may say less about the reputed apathy of the populace than it might about the bankruptcy of the old political languages and the need for a new language and vision for clarifying intellectual, ethical and political projects, especially as they work to reframe questions of agency, ethics and meaning for a substantive democracy. As Bauman has argued, "hope nowadays feels frail, vulnerable, and fissiparous precisely because we can't locate a viable and sufficiently potent agency that can be relied on to make the words flesh."[viii] If democratic agents are in short supply, so is the formative culture that is necessary to create them - revealing a cultural apparatus that is more than an economic entity or industry. It is also a public pedagogy machine - an all-embracing totality of educational sites that produces particular narratives about the world, what it means to be a citizen and what role education will play in a powerful and unchecked military-industrial-security-surveillance state. ...
  •  i'm lost (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, kalmoth

    how will donating money to a site whose express mission is "to elect Democrats" going to start a social movement? And how will this group avoid groupthink, a feature of large groups everywhere?

    anyway I think you'll meet your goal. good luck!

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

    by terrypinder on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 05:37:00 AM PDT

  •  I agree with substantially everything (2+ / 0-)
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    you've written, but I'm not particularly interested in "team building" exercises like subscribing to a website.

    I like Daily Kos very much, and appreciate the opportunity to read and contribute,but it's still a website devoted to advancing the cause of a particular political party - a Party which as far as I am concerned appears to be almost as co-opted by crony capitalism as the other, with a few bright exceptions.The type of Democratic candidate I'm looking for is not the same candidate favored by the DCCC or the DSCC or the Third Way types who dominate, and they usually snuff out any candidacy I would be for in its infancy. In Red States, they will always support a DINO and instruct us that an actual Liberal has no chance, thus depriving that states population of an actual choice. The more liberal types here are usually told that we are the outliers and the fringe of our own Party.

    So the choice for people like me seems to be whether I want to sign on to an attempt to (re)capture my own party (for which I have voted since 1978) or do I just give up and look for some other solution?

    I will say that the Republicans have been somewhat ideologically successful by expressing  coherent core principals and requiring their candidates to bend to them while the Democrats tend to bend their core principals around their candidate and later look astonished when reminded about their platform. The Republicans at least fear their base and know reprisals will be coming in the primaries while the Democrats simply scoff at their base and take them for granted.

    I think OWS was unsuccessful by refusing to become political when ALL societal change has to be implemented politically. I just wish they had endured and evolved to the point that they could have provided backing and support to the most sincere social justice candidates available whether that meant working within the Democratic Party or outside of it.

    Sorry for rambling. You are very right that if we care, we have to do more than wring our hands, we have to commit to change and have something better and stronger than "hope" that it will happen.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:03:45 AM PDT

  •  I Think The Idea of Coordinating (4+ / 0-)

    A large group of people to each take a small, achievable action has a lot of merit.  Is 10/15 merely a test though?  Because I'm not sure how $3,000+ in donations to DailyKos advance any of the causes you hold most dear.

    On the spectrum of the sorts of change you've made it clear you'd like to see in the world, DailyKos is more or less a force for the Status Quo.

  •  I am having trouble with the idea that The System (5+ / 0-) so resiliently sinister that it won't permit us to win via institutional channels (elections and officeholding), but it will somehow be caught unawares by organizing done entirely from scratch and outside of those institutions.  I think this is a pretty common cognitive distortion that we're all prone to: we see all of the problems and limitations of what we don't favor, subjecting it to a structuralist critique in which we just can't win, while we take a rose-colored and essentially voluntaristic view of what we do favor.  

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:13:57 AM PDT

    •  My proof that the country is (1+ / 0-)
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      "resiliently sinister" :

      What kind of a government would pass a law that forbids itself from negotiating the prices of drugs in a government healthcare system and savings up to 541 BILLION taxpayer dollars, but will instead turn to literally taking the food out of the mouths of the hungry for a relatively paltry 39 billion?

      I would call a government with those kinds of priorities and judgment pretty damn sinister!

      Recently CEPR estimated that the federal government could save from $230 billion to $541 billion over the next ten years if Congress and the President were to enable Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, as is done in other wealthy countries.

      State Savings With an Efficient Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:33:03 AM PDT

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      •  Then how is that government going to be so dense.. (0+ / 0-) to permit a grassroots movement to challenge it?

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:49:48 AM PDT

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        •  In my opinion all social change (4+ / 0-)

          is a reflection of numbers, pure and simple.

          When more Americans are against slavery than not, we get Abolition.

          When more Americans are for the female vote than not, we get suffrage.

          When more Americans see social imbalance and injustice than not, we get the New Deal.

          When more Americans see injustice in Jim Crow and segregation and voter suppression than not, we get civil rights.

          When more Americans are in favor of gay marriage than not, we see a movement behind it.

          And so on.

          Unfortunately, right this moment we're back to fighting the same battles we thought were won definitively with the New Deal and The Great Society. What our current times are showing us is that the 1% ALWAYS begrudges the 99% their crumbs and it is always and will always be a struggle not only to maintain the crumbs but to acquire a slice and someday our half of the loaf.

          We've been complacent. We have to wake up and we have to be vocal.

           The Tea Party provides a great model for how disruptive and effective a minority of ignorance can have, think of the results possible due to an informed majority.

          “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

          by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 09:04:24 AM PDT

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    •  Well, FWIW (4+ / 0-)

      this diary does more clearly communicate an intention to work within existing institutional channels than previous diaries by Ray have.

      It's easy to get thrown off by Ray's description of the

      three basic features of the current system: it has been captured by the wealthy and turned into a corrupt, self-serving and exploitative machinery; it has set up a total information awareness surveillance police state to protect itself as it continues to prey on the population; it controls much of the population through planned economic insecurity and propaganda.
      , but Ray does reference working with the existing legal and political structure to accomplish these changes.

      Either I'm getting used to Ray's style, or he's toning it down (probably both). I still take exception to claims along the lines of "the current system...controls much of the population through planned economic insecurity and propaganda". While I agree with the symptom (economic insecurity), I don't agree with the diagnosis. Instead, I attribute that to corporate tactics within a competitive capitalist market, where corporate entities have the ability to significantly influence political decisionmakers in order to maximize profit.

      The end result is the same (economic insecurity), and since I share Ray's goal of a strong, effective social justice movement, maybe the discrepancies between our diagnoses shouldn't bother me, but they do.

      Rich in PA, I share your mistrust of a "tear it all down and build something new" approach, and that's certainly something that some of Ray's rhetoric triggers for me. I do feel that the most effective path is for the social justice movement to apply effective pressure while operating within the existing political structure.

      •  I don't see why they shouldn't bother you (2+ / 0-)
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        serendipityisabitch, erratic

        Ray is calling for "Unity And Solidarity" and "The Power of Your Convictions." Ray also is describing the "true nature of the system" in a way that you, I, and presumably others really don't agree with. Does Not Compute.

        "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

        by HudsonValleyMark on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 02:36:12 PM PDT

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  •  You might be interested in this (0+ / 0-)

    A "nonvilent militia" that would be lots of training in non-violent tactics and the like.

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