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The Declaration of Independence addressed the king of the most extensive, powerful and brutal empire the world had ever seen.   No matter the force behind the empire, no matter the legal authority of the royal charters, no matter the blood right of kings which was sanctified religious authorities, the revolutionaries declared their independence and explained why.  

    The empire which was essentially controlled by one royal was infinitely complex.   Today instead of one royal family there is a series of oligarchies emanating not from one nation, but globally everywhere and intertwined.   Today the system of the Master Slave Dialectic is profoundly more complex than during the time of the penning of the Declaration of Independence when one king was addressed.   Today there are hundreds of nations, corporations, and religious institutions, each with their own heads, their own kings, each with extensive ties to one another and each near totally corrupt or tolerant of corruption.   Today the extent of the oligarchical collectivism requires that he be replaced with they in the list of denunciations.   The following declaration of independence is inspired by the Decalaration of Independence.   I changed it only where needed.   They has replaced he, government is now more accurately institutions, the renunciations have changed and the language updated, otherwise the document remains perfect in its eloquence and timelessness, as relevant today as it was then.  

    There are very specific qualifications that make institutions and the institutionalized part of what can be considered they and them in the following declaration.   The proverbial they and them can be clarified with specific definitions and specific examples.   The definition of they and them is simple, those who do not follow the Golden Rule, those who would exploit the many for the benefit of the few are they and them.   The measurement of they and them is not how much money is possessed, but how it was amassed.   They and them are oligarchical collectivists.   They are the 1% who exploit 99% percent of the people, places and things.   Institutions like GE that profit off locals, land and liberty but do not pay taxes are the oligarchical 1%.   Institutions like Monsanto that genetically alter our very sustenance in order to institute a franchise farming system based on the absorption of their poison pesticides are the oligarchical 1%.

    Such levels of capitalization are so ubiquitous today that it is confused for capitalism, when in actuality it is pyramidal servitude to the point of practical or outright slavery to which most are unconscious of.   The entire system of energy distribution perhaps represents oligarchical collectivism and the institutionalization of the 1% over the 99%, like no other industry.   Petroleum products and nuclear experimentation require seeking, extracting and refining rare elements or fuels and then distributing the energy to profit a few.   These industries are controlled by the few over the many, benefit the few over the many and are interlinked with other institutions, exploiting the majority and putting the majority at risk.   Solar power is mostly unconsidered, because it is often only considered in oligarchical fashion.   Solar power works, however it doesn't work best through centralized oligarchical infrastructure.   There are many institutions which exploit locals, land and liberty so that the few might benefit, those which exploit and are interlinked with other institutions to the point they put ideals or institutions before individuals and over the Golden Rule are the 1%, the oligarchical collectivists, they and them.  

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all individuals are equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   That to secure these rights, institutions are instituted among individuals, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed and whenever any form of institution becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish them, and to form new institutions, laying foundation on such principles and organizing powers in such form, as to seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.   Prudence, indeed, will dictate that institutions long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that mankind is more disposed to suffer under evils than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.   But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object demonstrates a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such institutions and to provide new guards and new forms for their future security.   Such has been the patient suffering of individuals among institutions throughout the world; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter the system of oligarchical collectivism, the 1% over the 99%.   The status quo is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the United States.   To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world why we refuse, rebel, and resist.    

They have refused to obey laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

They have bypassed pressing importance to the common good and concentrated on building up the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us of.  

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  They have made the prison industrial complex a privately profitable industry and have conducted a war on drugs to fund and expand the profitability of the prison system.

They have made the system so corrupt, unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of public sensibility, for the sole purpose of fatiguing people into compliance with their measures.

They have dissolved the peaceful assembly of people repeatedly, for opposing with firmness their invasions on the rights of the people.

They have allowed corporations access to the rights of individuals.   And they have allowed unlimited financial contributions to political campaigns.

They have made Judges dependent on their will for the tenure of their offices.

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They have erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass people and eat out their substance.

They have kept among us standing armies and made for perpetual war.

They have affected to render the military industrial complex independent of and superior to civil power and subversive to The Bill of Rights.

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

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