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Does Money -- or Dirty Sources -- Ruin Politics?

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Declaration by Oswald M. Griswold III, progressive/entrepreneur/activist


Since our political hubs begin to loom as business subsidiaries for the biggest banks, energy-industrial cartels, and unhinged billionaires, let's fight back with a business-reward model for progressive campaigns. If corporations are people, why can't the residual left reinvent itself, just like willful corporations that leverage deductible "investments" -- or go elsewhere? Think: lemon law for progressives.  


Here stands our era's dilemma -- will the majority "take back," indeed restore our collective national assets, or will more get brazenly auctioned off to the highest bidder? Not so long ago, a more equitable balance of liberal powers took on dinosaurs: sustained movements in Congress and the streets gained civil rights and impeded wars of empire; energetic labor unions offset greedy owners, forcing greater profit-sharing; and more mindful, better-educated Main Streeters defended their own bloody self-interest, fostering government as the great leveler, not politics as toxic divider.  


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Why only yesterday, the wealthiest coveted businesses, resources, and sufficient political clout to prevent onerous interventions, but stopped short of trying to own everything. Since 1980's, the narrative speaks to rightwing dominance of the Supreme Court, media, elections, redistricting and voting privileges, personal medical decisions, and cutting employment (via outsourcing) and middle-class access to capital (thanks to self-serving "loan" crises). And yet, money itself does not equal political ruination.


In fact, it's naive, even impossible to separate money from power, let alone "take money out of politics." For all of our history, power, class, propaganda and property inextricably mirror the same stone. The problem isn't simply that money dominates politics, but that focused, reactionary owners have come to distort "the playing field" into a bruising, winner-take-all blood sport. What other solution is there other than forced sharing (read: equalizing wealth, fairer taxation, stronger regulations), though that means persuading the browbeaten majority that few share interests with the fattest cats and very, very few will ever amass oligarchic wealth.


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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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