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Occupying Democracy

We the People, not We the Corporations

Photo: Matt Wuerker, License: N/A

Matt Wuerker

Photo: Matt Wuerker, License: N/A

Matt Wuerker

8. Enjoy. Whatever you do, think fun: How could this be more humorous, more lively, more entertaining, more welcoming, more engaging and, therefore, more effective? As much as possible, turn your meetings, work sessions and events into parties with a little food and drink, music, videos, cartoons, puppets, skits, stunts, contests, stories and whatever else the group can think of.

Whether it’s the Arab Spring or the American Autumn, democratic progress doesn’t come on the winds of history, but on the shoulders of a determined people. Occupy Wall Street offers millions of strong shoulders with which to shove corporate money out of our politics and make “people power” more than an empty slogan. While the Constitution says “We the People,” not We the Corporations, the people themselves must make that distinction real.

Author, radio commentator and all-round populist agitator Jim Hightower has spent the past four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought-to-be. His monthly Hightower Lowdown is available by going to hightowerlowdown.org.

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