When Unions were strong, they were the Commons’ expression of power, by both collective wealth and ability to withhold the labor needed by Capital to create profit.
Capital utilyzed graft to weoponize the laws that slayed effective unionization.
Financialization replaced Labor as the preferred means to generate exponential Wealth.
Politics are a sideshow that Wealth owns, one requires Lucre to operate a viable Political Party, or two.
Rich people pay for a Rich people’s party.
Who. Will. Pay. For. Yours?
However, Power transcends Politics and Wealth.
Power is like Gravity, and like Leverage.
I’m reminded of a joke:
All the different body parts were arguing who was the most important. Stomach said “I digest all the food that powers all of us, I’m the most important.”
Eyes said “I see the World, I’m the winner.”
Brain claimed to do all the thinking, therefore the master.
Asshole didn’t say shit, just shut down tight.
Stomach threw up.
Brain went into delerium.
Even Asshole deserves respect.
Lessons can come from anywhere.
Everything has purpose, and power comes with that purpose.
There is always a cost, but power can be flexed with little or no money, and that’s exactly what I can afford.