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Restore American Democracy — Mobilize Your National Network


Restore American Democracy — Mobilize Your National Network

Simon Johnson

Millions of Americans are in despair. They know our democracy is in great peril — from plutocrats, organized groups using dark money to control Congress and ideologues determined to rip up Social Security, Medicare and much more. The law of the jungle is being imposed.

We can stop this. We can break the grip of powerful individuals on Congress and restore democracy of, by and for the people. But if we want to win, you and I must mobilize. A new approach, FiftyNifty.org, makes this not just possible, but actually easy.


Simon Johnson is also a regular contributor to project-syndicate. org, a valuable economic site.


We have a democracy in that we choose between two or more candidates to hold each political office. We've also steadily been developing a feudal society, having already stripped the poor of a list of basic civil and human rights.

Mobilize who, and for what? For the past 20 years, liberals have maintained that our deregulated capitalism is so successful that everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. And much of the country knows they're wrong.

Liberals call for protecting the advantages of the middle class, recently revised to "working class." A revolution to maintain the status quo? Well, this isn't the first time that the richest few gained a dangerous degree of control over our politics and policies, to the harm of the country. Each time in the past, the "masses" ultimately came together to successfully push back -- poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. That can't happen this time. Years of work have gone into pitting us against each other by class and race. Now what?

What US history shows is that it's impossible to save/rebuild the middle class without legitimately addressing poverty. Many understood that the Obama years represented our last chance to do this. It was worth a try, but didn't work.


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If Obama actually wanted to help the poor, why did he bail out the banks when they tanked the economy? But I agree it never was much of a democracy to begin with, which is why using words like "reclaim" and "take back" our democracy leave out a huge number of people from historically oppressed communities. This is a good idea, but these white folks need to work on their solidarity building skills if they want to build a real national network. And how do I know they're white folks? Only whites want to reclaim democracy, non-whites are still waiting for a democracy.