FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

One Demand Doesn’t Come Close to Covering It

by JIM GOODMAN

Political decisions are made to increase economic growth.

Economic growth is measured by corporate profit.

Corporate profit decides who wins elections.

So, how is this in the interest of the “common good”, how is this Democracy? Well, it’s not, it’s plutocracy, it’s democracy taken over by money, blessed by the U.S. Supreme Court and their Citizens United decision.

What does Democracy look like?

Democracy was the signing of the Magna Carta in England in 1215, proclaiming an end to the arbitrary will of the Monarch.

Democracy was the Boston Tea Party; farmers, tradesmen, peasants saying no the the British government, no we will not pay a tea tax to enrich your chosen corporation.

Democracy was the French revolution; peasants rising up against a ruling class that was totally out of touch with the poor that they oppressed.

Democracy was the Progressive movement of the early1900s: womens suffrage, income tax, the Grange.

Democracy was the civil rights movement of the 1960’s that said we were ”all” equal.

Democracy was the anti-war movement of the 1960s and ’70s that ended the war in Vietnam .

Democracy is the Arab Spring; people demanding their rights: decades of dictatorship must end.

Democracy is the Stand with Wisconsin movement, — labor unions, teachers, nurses, farmers, firefighters, police and the faith community united to reject assaults on public workers because an assault on one is an assault on us all.

Democracy is protest, started and carried out by the people, opposed by the government and the rich.

And today, Democracy is the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS).

Author Michael Moore noted, corporate America is so fearful of this movement, so scared:  what are they going to do? it’s spreading around the world.

Like all populist movements that demand social justice, OWS was ignored by the mainstream media and marginalized by Right-wing conservatives. But as Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Pundit Bill Kristol called the protests “un-American” and “fundamentally undemocratic” and Newt Gingrich suggested the protesters “take a bath and get a job”. Two well educated men, who obviously have little knowledge of how their free society came to be.

Gingrich feels assured of the votes of the 1%. But does he have a lock on the votes of the heartland? Well, this isn’t Kansas anymore, and despite the Conservative Right having managed to frighten people into consistently voting against their own best interests— times they are a- changin.

Perhaps the most often criticized aspect of the OWS movement is that they have yet to articulate specific demands. I’m OK with that, in fact it would be ridiculous to make a specific demand or demands because the whole system needs changing, the system is not working and no one single fix will make it work.

The Occupy movement is not dying, much as those who really started it ( the big banks, the Wall St. speculators and the politicians beholden to the financial industry) wish it would. Occupy will continue in New York, in Oakland and Toronto. It will continue to “play in Peoria”.

We have talked about an “occupy the pasture” movement. So, if we have an open winter, the cows will be out there, in solidarity, joining the protest. After all, industrialized agriculture is certainly one of the problems we need to fix.

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wisconsin.

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

Weekend Edition
April 29-31, 2016
Andrew Levine
What is the Democratic Party Good For? Absolutely Nothing
Roberto J. González – David Price
Anthropologists Marshalling History: the American Anthropological Association’s Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israeli Institutions
Robert Jacobs
Hanford, Not Fukushima, is the Big Radiological Threat to the West Coast
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh
US Presidential Election: Beyond Lesser Evilism
Dave Lindorff
The Push to Make Sanders the Green Party’s Candidate
Ian Fairlie
Chernobyl’s Ongoing Toll: 40,000 More Cancer Deaths?
Vijay Prashad
Political Violence in Honduras
Pete Dolack
Verizon Sticks it to its Workers Because $45 Billion isn’t Enough
Richard Falk
If Obama Visits Hiroshima
Margaret Kimberley
Dishonoring Harriet Tubman
Deepak Tripathi
The United States, Britain and the European Union
Eva Golinger
My Country, My Love: a Conversation with Gerardo and Adriana of the Cuban Five
Peter Linebaugh
Marymount, Haymarket, Marikana: a Brief Note Towards ‘Completing’ May Day
Moshe Adler
May Day: a Trade Agreement to Unite Third World and American Workers
Paul Krane
Where Gun Control Ought to Start: Disarming the Police
David Anderson
Al Jazeera America: Goodbye to All That Jazz   
Rob Hager
Platform Perversity: More From the Campaign That Can’t Strategize
Pat Williams
FDR in Montana
Dave Marsh
Every Day I Read the Book (the Best Music Books of the Last Year)
David Rosen
Job Satisfaction Under Perpetual Stagnation
John Feffer
Big Oil isn’t Going Down Without a Fight
Murray Dobbin
The Canadian / Saudi Arms Deal: More Than Meets the Eye?
Gary Engler
The Devil Capitalism
Brian Cloughley
Is Washington Preparing for War Against Russia?
Manuel E. Yepe
The Big Lies and the Small Lies
Robert Fantina
Vice Presidents, Candidates and History
Mel Gurtov
Sanctions and Defiance in North Korea
Howard Lisnoff
Still the Litmus Test of Worth
Dean Baker
Big Business and the Overtime Rule: Irrational Complaints
Ulrich Heyden
Crimea as a Paradise for High-Class Tourism?
Ramzy Baroud
Did the Arabs Betray Palestine? – A Schism between the Ruling Classes and the Wider Society
Halyna Mokrushyna
The War on Ukrainian Scientists
Joseph Natoli
Who’s the Better Neoliberal?
Ron Jacobs
The Battle at Big Brown: Joe Allen’s The Package King
Wahid Azal
Class Struggle and Westoxication in Pahlavi Iran: a Review of the Iranian Series ‘Shahrzad’
David Crisp
After All These Years, Newspapers Still Needed
Graham Peebles
Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016
Robert Koehler
Opening the Closed Political Culture
Missy Comley Beattie
Waves of Nostalgia
Thomas Knapp
The Problem with Donald Trump’s Version of “America First”
Georgina Downs
Hillsborough and Beyond: Establishment Cover Ups, Lies & Corruption
Jeffrey St. Clair
Groove on the Tracks: the Magic Left Hand of Red Garland
Ben Debney
Kush Zombies: QELD’s Hat Tip to Old School Hip Hop
Charles R. Larson
Moby Dick on Steroids?
Alice Donovan
Cyberwarfare: Challenge of Tomorrow
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail