F I R S T T H I N G S F I R S T . . .
THE USA IS NOT YET A DEMOCRACY...!
(We have some work ahead of us.)
...and "Obama is an obstacle to--not a vehicle for--reform."
~ DEMOCRACY FORUM 2014 ~
Democracy for the USA's DEMOCRACY FORUM 2014
was convened on April 5th, 2014. and was broadcast
in its entirety on CAN-TV Channels 19 & 21 numerous times.
CAN-TV will continue to air the program on additional dates
at times that their scheduling allows. we have inserted the
video of the forum below for viewing at your leisure.
SO HERE'S THE VIDEO RECORD OF OUR FORUM FOR THE BENEFIT
OF THOSE WITHOUT CABLE TELEVISION---
via CAN-TV and YOUTUBE.com...
~ THE FIRST EVENT OF ITS KIND ~
TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDED BY CAN-TV . . .
. . . with special guest, PAUL STREET.
YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING .
"Those who dissent from the status quo are continually faced with a significant question that is often asked with hostile intent: So what’s your solution? Contrary to some left opinion, the question is not inherently a method of suppressing or ridiculing dissent and the struggle to answer it is not inherently dogmatic or reformist. The failure to provide or even attempt solid answers is arguably a great moral and intellectual failure of the left, especially in a time when existing political-economic arrangements so clearly threaten human survival."
DEMOCRACY for the USA is abundantly clear when presenting our solution: democracy.
You can read Ted Aranda's Forum 2014 talk by clicking on this link.
Democracy for the USA :
" AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME "
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the new online home of Democracy for the USA. This website contains the downloadable full-length book The Racket and the Answer, a couple shorter versions of this book, and numerous other documents. You are encouraged to download, print, copy, and distribute all of this material. Help to spread the idea of democracy--an idea whose time has come.
Our basic message is encapsulated in the following formula:
The problem : oligarchy.
The solution : democracy.
If you do not have the time to go over the entire website and want just the core message, you can click directly to our new Constitution for a Democratic United States of America. Everything we call democracy is based on the form of government laid out in this new model constitution.
dUSA's "DO NOT VOTE!" campaign:
Democracy for the USA's core premise, that the United States is a representative oligarchy and far from democracy by any stretch of the imagination--unless you call voting away whatever potential power you might have otherwise laid claim to in affecting various policies a "democracy"--includes the proposition that elections (the entire circus of American electoral politics) is little more than a tool used by oligarchies to placate the citizens and create a cloak of legitimacy for their endeavors.
Ted Aranda explains further in his recent College of Complexes talk:
"Turning finally to Democracy for the USA: our principal strategy at the moment is to oppose voting in elections. We believe that the current representative system is not only rotten and corrupt, but fundamentally and irretrievably undemocratic. If we want to seriously change this country and the world, we have to stop participating in this system. And the main way that we're asked to participate is by voting. Although our rulers compete among themselves for our votes, they care less who we vote for than that we play the game and vote. The two major parties just take turns. Voting Republican is obviously voting for corporate and elite rule. But so is voting Democratic--just in a slightly different flavor. The Democratic Party is beholden to Wall Street through and through. Just look at Obama's cabinet appointments: they're a bunch of corporatists. Even voting third party is playing the plutocrats' game. Everyone knows they don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning any significant number of major offices, since they don't have the necessary corporate backing. So the whole electoral business is a colossal sham. The winners in election campaigns will almost exclusively be rich people and tools of rich people no matter who you vote for--election after election after election. A handful of progressives will make it into the ruling club, all the better to trick you into thinking that voting is the path to a new world. It's not. Elite rule is the intended outcome of the electoral process. From the beginning of this nation the Antifederalists pointed out that voting is a waste of time for ordinary people. The game is rigged. Plutocracy is built into our constitution. What we need is an entirely new constitution, a new political system. We describe this system in detail on our website, democracyfortheUSA.org. I'll just say for now that a real democracy consists of two institutions: (1) a network of community assemblies of all the citizens as the legislative body, and (2) a set of random-sample councils as the agenda-setting executive bodies. With these two institutions the people will actually rule themselves, entirely without politicians beholden to the rich and the corporations."
In Chicago to raise $$$ for Hillary Clinton, Senator Durbin makes a hasty retreat when confronted with the truth that the USA is NOT a democracy!! This would be funny if it weren't so sad.
THE USA IS NOT A DEMOCRACY...!
Not even close. It's an OLIGARCHY--the rule of the few; and a PLUTOCRACY--the rule of the rich. Same thing with our states, counties, and cities. The political system of "representation"--president and congress, governors and state legislatures, county commissioners, mayors and their city councils--is modern day tyranny. In days past we had the absolute rule of kings. Today we have the absolute rule of a tiny elite. That they are elected is merely a Hobson's choice, and tantamount to being allowed to choose your own executioner. In the end, does it really matter which one swings the axe?
The fact that the U.S. is an oligarchy is key to understanding the abysmal state of politics in this country. It explains why the economy is run for the benefit of the rich and the large multinational corporations and not for the benefit of the workers, who struggle just to survive. It also is the reason why our earth is being pillaged mercilessly and the consequent climate change and global warming are allowed to run rampant. It's becoming the norm to suffer one weather crisis after another with increasing frequency and severity. And "our" politicians sit on their hands.
Everyday Americans have common sense and appreciate the wonders of nature. To many corporate bosses, on the other hand, the earth is nothing more than a huge ATM--there to be squeezed to the last drop and last dollar at literally any cost environmentally.
Oligarchy explains why the U.S. military is killing people left and right overseas. How can this killing benefit the average American? It can't and it doesn't. But imperialism is the way of the ruling class. World economic conquest is their aim; war crimes are par for the course under their regime. As for our civil liberties, they're little more than minor speed bumps to our rulers, who ignore them as irksome nuisances.
Here in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a virtual dictator--following in the grand tradition of Daley I and Daley II. These men have all believed that Chicago is their city to do with as they alone wish. Emanuel's goal is to amass and wield power by serving his coterie of rich patrons and corporate backers through a privatizing agenda while squeezing every last penny from Chicagoans through gargantuan fees and fines, gutted public institutions (such as our schools), and reduced public services.
There are no two ways about it: if we want to change the way things operate in this city and this country--rather than suffer endless assaults on our collective well-being while witnessing the destruction of the planet--it is imperative that we replace the current dysfunctional system of government with democracy...with the rule of the people. We have little alternative--and very little time.
Meet with us to discuss the present and the potential future each Wednesday evening at Multikulti at 7:00pm on the 4th floor of 1000 N. Milwaukee. There is an elevator available for ease of access. We meet in the last room on the right. All are welcome, naturally!!
Email us at contact@democracyfortheUSA.org
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THE SOLUTION : DEMOCRACY
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" A N I D E A W H O S E T I M E H A S C O M E "
"d e m o c r a c y is what p e o p l e do"
DEMOCRACY FOR THE USA
" An Idea Whose Time Has Come "
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News . . .
DEMOCRACY FORUM 2014
dUSA hosted Democracy Forum 2014 at Multikulti on April 5th at 1:00pm. Paul Street was our keynote speaker and CAN-TV videotaped the event for broadcast. A video of the forum is located in the middle of our Homepage.
On January 25th, Ted Aranda gave a talk at the College of Complexes pertaining to both the Occupy movement and Democracy For The USA. View a video of that talk by clicking here. You can also read the speech by clicking here. ****Aranda has delivered another speech--Democracy for America: Anti-election/DON'T VOTE Campaign--on Saturday, July 5th at 6:00 PM at the College's new location on Foster at California. Click here to read.
Democracy for the USA
is planning to produce a
call-in talk show on
CAN-TV sometime in
the near future. It won't
be long, now. Keep your
eyes and ears open!
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