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Five Takeaways From Democracy Spring


Five Takeaways From Democracy Spring

Adam Eichen

April 2016 was a turning point for democracy in the United States.

Under the banner of Democracy Spring, thousands of Americans decided to fight back against a broken democratic system that represents only the wealthiest in society. They gathered in Washington, D.C. to march, rally, and risk arrest (over 1300 people were arrested on the Capitol steps) to get big money out of politics and ensure that every American has the right to vote.


Like the crack of the mundane equivalent of the cosmic egg, humanity seems to be splitting in two.

Many people are awake or experiencing a liberating form of enlightenment; while others remain virtually asleep.

Of course, with the MSM aiding and abetting the sleepwalkers, the awakened souls are living what might be termed A Separate Reality (title, by the way, of one of Carlos Casteneda's most evocative books).

"Media networks, such as NPR, Democracy Now, and The Young Turks, widely reported on the protest, airing numerous featured segments. Online journals reported on Democracy Spring, as well, with articles appearing in Rolling Stone, The Hill, CBS News, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Even local news stations covered the protest.

"The movement also had exceptional success on social media, trending nationally on Facebook and Twitter for multiple days. According to the Digital Director of Democracy Spring, Justin Smith, the movement got over six million views on its social media pages."

Remember when the undisclosed source most took for Rumsfeld spoke about his group of elites creating their own reality that historians would one day "judiciously study"?

Control of the MSM is definitely part of their program... and that's why they've set their sights on the Internet and alternative media, as well. If they can control mass perception, they need not worry about any rebellions within the Human Camp.


BAM: Bernays' Adaptive Management. Screw 1922. Screw 1948(84). Peace is Peace.


The Take On Wall Street agenda that launched yesterday appears to also be an example of fruit born by Democracy Spring.


This pair of events was by all means welcome; and it's truly wonderful to see folks mobilizing especially during the campaign cycle to help folks understand the threats to our democracy. I applaud the effort, but some of these claims are overstated.

4) Democracy Spring Caused a National Conversation about Money in Politics

The national conversation on money in politics has been ongoing since Citizens United passed. If not for the work of many democracy groups over the last six years (and before) who set the stage for Democracy Spring/Awakening, and the Sanders campaign raising huge sums in small donations proving what's possible, the whole thing may not have been as successful as it was. In fact, it likely wouldn't have happened at all.

1) Democracy Spring Drastically Expanded the Democracy Coalition

Move to Amend, which launched on the day the Citizens United decision was announced, is a coalition of around 500 organizations. This coalition was obviously missing from these two events because the event organizers did not want to take on abolishing all corporate constitutional rights. Great that new folks are becoming empowered to fight for real democracy, but what about the folks who've been helping to build the democracy movement for years, have developed many tools, resources, and successful strategies, and are ready to get to the root of the problem?

5) Democracy Spring Altered the Complexion of the Money in Politics Movement

Kudos for diversity! There is serious work to be done to overcome the racial divide. The work is intentional, ongoing, and fraught with conflict. Many long established organizations and coalitions have been doing and continue to do this work, because communities of color are We the People, too. I really hope this effort continues to grow, but the claim "they altered the complexion" fails to recognize the work of so many others, and it is the kind of work, which so often gets overlooked.

I will lay myself down to abolish all corporate constitutional rights, but not so for half measures. Democracy Spring/Awakening is fulfilling an important role, but their demands are only a portion of the solution to what ails us. If they want to lead a democracy movement, Democracy Spring/Awakening leaders need to make room at the table for other already existing (and yet to be) movement leaders and coalitions in setting demands and developing linked strategies, especially with those organizations representing coalitions.

Democracy Spring/Awakening really was a wonderful thing; it is difficult to organize events of this magnitude. There's no reason to overstate it though. It actually does a disservice to those organizations, coalitions, and individuals whose work either came before, was ignored, or is unknown to the leaders of these events, and it makes it harder to build the desperately needed coalitions and alliances to take on corporate rule and transform this crumbling democracy.


A lot of talk with no discernible change of power from the 1% to the 99%. It is Sanders who’ve managed to give a glimpse of hope, in the face of overwhelming odds, for the masses to take back the power that rightly belongs to them. And it’s still only a glimpse: much work needs to be done to realize the revolution’s goal which is, to put it bluntly, the seizing of power from the privileged few and return it to the disenfranchised many (the 1% seized that power through the 9/11 event). That involves, for a start, a thorough cleaning up of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches.