Empires Strike Back: Status Quo Will Fight Reformers on Many Fronts – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Five

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 3:55 pm

The people who benefit from the status quo will fight tooth and nail against movements to reform it. Any grassroots movement that tries to put the power back in the hands of regular people will inevitably be attacked by those who profit from having the power. As we have seen with the Nonpartisan League, its enemies smeared it, tried to subvert its message and stole its techniques.

Paying into Politics Makes Politics Pay – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Two

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 1:15 pm

Instead of providing necessary services at a reasonable rate of profit, a powerful oligarchy of financial interests, led by the Chamber of Commerce, used its political power to bend or rewrite the rules. They squeezed regular people for every penny possible. This corrupt system led many into bankruptcy and despair. This same parasitic capitalism, caused by corporate ownership of our political system, recently ruined our economy and the gulf coast.

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