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Reviving Democracy by dissolving plutocracy !
Reviving Democracy by dissolving plutocracy !

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Reviving Democracy !

Historically, democracies spread responsibility, creativity, human dignity, and, as a result, general prosperity. They do so well that after a time great wealth is achieved and then, unfortunately, success produces a dangerous counterforce. Elites begin to channel the wealth more and more to themselves and inequality increases, gradually spreading to the crippling disadvantage of the middle class and the poor. Now with the powers of ancient aristocrats, these elites begin to blame this disadvantage on “the takers,” closing doors of opportunity to everyone but themselves. At that point the very institutions of democracy begin to unravel. That is the situation in the world today and is especially true in the United States where the government is more representative of billionaires than anyone else.

In We Are People Here! we are responding to the dangerous rise of this plutocracy. Our attention has increasingly focused on the role of global banks. With 12,000 lobbyists working the Congress, spending millions in campaign contributions, receiving $800 billion in government bailouts, these great banks have become massive sucking machines hoarding wealth to themselves while squeezing the rest. A practical first response for us has been to explore and develop initiatives for the creation of public banks. Such banks are in widespread use around the world and devote lending to projects with public purposes, rather than funneling massive interest payments to the casinos of Wall Street. In the long run, our overall intention will be to find as many ways as possible to democratize our local economies, ultimately to include campaigns to move our money out of the global banks, to explore supplemental currencies, micro lending, and worker owned enterprises.

If you’d like to help, please CONTACT US (  ) and visit us @

Image: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States, Public Domain
From commons.wikimedia.org

#PublicBanking   #Plutocracy   #DemocracyNow  
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An Enquiry into Empire, Capitalism, and the Engines of Inequality

WeArePeopleHere! Founder +Craig Barnes discusses banking’s invisible empire, capitalism’s secrets, the peculiar amorality of corporations and how, throughout history, debt has been the source of popular revolt.

Lecture 1 of 3 (AUDIO), February 6, 2014 :
Lecture 2 of 3 (AUDIO), February 20, 2014 :
Lecture 3 of 3 (AUDIO), February 27, 2014 :

These lectures were held at Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM, USA.

#Empire   #Capitalism   #EnginesOfInequality   #WeArePeopleHere  
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