HIGHTOWER: Rebelling Against Corporate Rule

You don't have to be in Who's Who to know What's What. What's happening today is that an American corporate elite, backed by its puppets in Washington, is running roughshod over the great majority of America's people.These privileged few are the ones downsizing and out sourcing our middle-class jobs, turning our heath care system into HMO Hell, poisoning our water and contaminating our food, crushing family farms and small businesses, and buying our government wholesale. Why should we, a sovereign people in a democratic system, allow the strictly selfish interests of corporate executives and investors to rule us?We shouldn't, of course, and that's why the steps being taken by the good folks and patriotic Americans in Arcata, California, are so important. They are the Paul Reveres of the new American revolution against the tyranny of global corporate rule.The shot heard 'round the world in this case was not a bullet, but a ballot. Last year, 58 percent of Arcata's voters said "yes" to Measure F -- a local ballot initiative that launched a process of re-establishing citizen control over corporate whim. The first step is simply to hold a dialogue, including two town-hall meetings, on this revolutionary question: "Can we have democracy when large corporations wield so much power and wealth under law." The first meeting was set in a place for 400 people, and 600 showed up, staying way past the allotted time, with practically everyone answering "no" to that question. After the town discussions are completed in May, the City of Arcata will begin to establish policies and programs to ensure democratic control over corporate actions within their city.This is Jim Hightower saying . . . This is a small step, of course, but hey -- that's how all revolutions are sparked. Already, Olympia, Washington, is considering the same initiative, and other cities are showing interest. To get information on how your town can join the Arcata Rebellion, call Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County: 707-822-2242.

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