The New Aristocrats of Finance Pose a Serious Threat to Our Democratic Way of Life
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Across our democratic system, we have lost checks and balances. We have watched the burgeoning of an obscene aristocracy. The foundational check and balance for any republican system is the citizenry itself, and whether voluntarily or through coercion, this check and balance has badly deteriorated. It is time for us to unite as citizens, and uniting against aristocracy is essentially American, nor matter what our backgrounds or situation. We must redefine not that what makes us individuals, but that which makes us citizens of this republic. It is time to stand up to this nascent aristocracy and reclaim our power. Make no mistake, this will not be done without a fight, so ladies and gentlemen, let's have at it. It is your right, more importantly, it is your responsibility.
Read more of Joe Costello's work at Archein. He's been involved in communications, energy and political economy for three decades. He was communications director for Jerry Brown's innovative 1992 presidential campaign and was a senior adviser for Howard Dean's effort in 2004. He's spent two decades thinking and acting on the confluence of information technologies and democratic political economy. He has written extensively on politics, finance and energy.