Boycott Corporatocracy! Boycott Corrupt Elections!

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The recent Supreme Court ruling removing limits to campaign financing should be the final straw on the camel’s back of the American people. Democracy in our country is a standing joke . . . and the trend of politics-for-sale is no longer funny. Wealthy elites and mega-corporations have created a modern day Court of Versailles in which the super-wealthy profit from the abject poverty of the rest of us. The Marie Antoinette’s of our day cut food stamps for impoverished children while crying, “Let them work for their cake!” 

Washington D.C. is an upper-class court of avaricious elites manipulating the population into wage-slavery and debt servitude. The 2016 Presidential election will be a charade of Money vs. Money as the two leading oligarchical families vie to return to the White House. Regardless of who wins, the outcome is the same: the rich will get richer; the poor will get poorer. The elite will win; the people will lose.

Let’s call the whole thing off. No elections. No millionaire candidates. No sickening advertisements full of lies and false promises. The wealthy elites can save their money. We aren’t buying it this year.

We, the people, will boycott the election.

Throughout history, populaces around the world have thwarted dictatorial control by boycotting corrupt elections and denying the regime all legitimacy. The Serbian Revolution was won on the pivotal day of elections by the people’s denial of legitimacy to the alleged winners.  Throwing the falsified newspaper announcements out the window of the Capitol Building, the people denied the regime access to power and inserted a temporary government until valid elections could be run.

The United States could use this technique of boycotting corrupt elections as part of a strategy to remove money from power and reverse 150 years of Supreme Court precedence in which corporations claim personhood and money is speech.

Here is how this works. We must:

1)     Publically state, en masse, our rejection of the Supreme Courts decision.

2)     Declare our intention to boycott the corrupt elections

3)     Call upon the Third Parties to emulate Olympic athletes, and refuse to participate in competitions sponsored by tyrannical governments.

4)     Call on majority party officeholders and candidates to take a position of conscience and join us in the boycott.

5)     Deny all legitimacy to the individuals elected through corrupt elections.

6)     Refuse cooperation with the authorities until new elections with campaign financing limits, removal of corporate contributions, and fair access for all candidates of all economic classes are guaranteed.

Outrageous as this may sound, this course of action is far saner than complying with the corporate and wealthy elite and lending them credibility by our participation in their totally corrupt system. It is more rational than expecting this system to correct itself. It is more sensible that waiting for the Supreme Court to reverse its ruling. And, it is more likely to succeed in demonstrating the refusal of the American people to submit to the tyranny of wealth than to lie down like dogs and pray for a miracle.

Chris Hedges has been openly calling for rebellion for years. I am now telling you how to begin. Although there are many other components of a comprehensive strategy, this suggestion should give a sense of the scope of nonviolent force necessary to remedy this situation. If we continue to participate in this abject whoring of democracy to wealth, we will find ourselves in Nov 2016, casting votes in an election in which only the uber-wealthy can compete; in which the rich man’s voting machines churn out the rich man’s results; and in which the people of this nation have no vote.

In 2013, former President Jimmy Carter publically stated that, “America does not have a functioning democracy at this time.”  It certainly does not have one now.

We have come full circle in the course of human events. Instead of a king, we have a handful of oligarchs. Instead of the Crown, we have Corporations. But, once again, the rights of the people are illusory. The systems of justice have betrayed us. The powerful enslave us to poverty while they profit from our misery. The time for rebellion has come.

I urge us to boycott the elections of wealthy elites and corporatized candidates. I ask us to declare our opposition to the Supreme Court’s rulings publically. I request that we, as a people, deny all validity to officials elected through the abject tyranny of money. I encourage us to step beyond voting for the “lesser of two evils” and boycott the whole system of evil.

If we must, we can set up parallel elections. Equal, open, limited financing, multiple party elections with reliable voting technology, and certified by the United Nations and the Carter Center, which watchdogs elections around the world (yet cannot currently guarantee the results of American elections). The results of these parallel elections can be proclaimed by the people to be the legitimate officeholders. As I mentioned earlier, this process has been used around the world, successfully and powerfully.

And yes, my friends, I am urging revolution . . . nonviolent, powerful, organized revolution. The time has come. Our causes are just. Our grievances are real. We, the people, should not – we will not – for the sake of our children, our planet, and our future, we cannot tolerate this utter corruption of democracy.

Boycott Corporatocracy! Boycott Corrupt Elections!

Author/Actress Rivera Sun is a co-founder of the Love-In-Action Network, a co-host on Occupy Radio, and, in addition to her new novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, she is also the author of nine plays, a book of poetry, and her debut novel, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, which celebrates everyday heroes who meet the challenges of climate change with compassion, spirit, and strength. www.riverasun.com

 

  • BettyBenson

    CONNECTIONS – ZIONIST CONTROL OVER U.S.A. THROUGH THEIR REPUBLICAN PUPPETS AND FLUSH PEACE TALKS DOWN THE TOILET.

    Avid Zionists Adelson and the Kochs are interviewing the next President among Republicans and buying elections for Congressional Republicans. Somehow they have manipulated the Supreme Court into giving them free rein to do so. If a Republican government is in power under the control of Zionists to whom they will be beholden – then peace talks in the Middle East are off the table and with the support of our government nothing short of wholesale removal of Palestinians from their lands and Israel expansion into the whole of Palestine will occur! We can also expect more unprovoked invasions into Middle Eastern countries to help further expansion of Israel. BET ON IT!

    The Israelis are not interested in negotiating peace with the Palestinians and have no intention of giving up their continued building of settlements on Palestinian lands. They are proving this every single day and their Zionist leaders under Netanyahu are counting on their buddies – the Koch Brothers and Adelson – to clear the way vis a vis getting America to back their expansionist plans and stop all peace efforts.

  • Jason Walters

    I agree the Zionists use the Republican (Neo-Con) party .. but please tell me how you think Obama is any different? You don’t think Israel has Obama by the nuts too? He’s a Zionist shill just like the rest of them.

  • Jason Walters

    You are so foolish to think that this is about “Rep. vs Dem.”. Are you kidding me?

  • leftover
  • Danny O’Brien

    Great article Rivera! Both corporate controlled parties must be made to experience the full disgust over their corruption. This is but one of many tactic citizens should apply to the cancer of our completely broken system of elections.

  • Wacanta14

    Great idea on paper, not so much in practice. While Obama has been a complete failure to so many progressives, think how much worse mccain/palin or romney/ryan would have been. The only people who will boycott the election will be progressives, and we’ll wind up with some rethug appointing the next far right supreme court “justice”. I’d love to see a Warren/Sanders ticket, but we’ll wind up with Clinton being the next prez, and the corporatocracy will continue. Of course, climate change, the disappearance of the bees and bats, +/or the emergence of a new drug-resistant bacteria will kill us all pretty soon, so WTF!

  • kevinzeese

    For me, I’d rather vote for a third party or independent candidate with my values. I know the Dems do not share my values because their funding comes from Wall Street and big business. Of course, that vote outside of the duopoly has the same impact you are concerned about.

    But, it is hard to say whether a Republican president would have been worse than Obama. Because Obama is a Dem a lot of people left of center do not protest him. Their partisanship gets in the way, sometimes blinding them to reality. In this way, Obama is the “more effective” evil as Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says. He can get away with things that a Republican could not get away with.

    For example, the health care law, Obamacare, is classic neoliberalism — building a Wall Street based healthcare system where investors see healthcare as a profit center, rather than it being treated as a public good like Medicare. The model for the ACA came out of Nixon’s alternative to single payer, refined by the right wing Heritage Foundation which was supported by people like Newt Gingrich and finally put into law by Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts. Obama took this right wing market approach and rather than being protested for destroying healthcare as a public good he was applauded by left of center partisans who could not see through the false rhetoric around the ACA. If a Republican had introduced this there would have been protest, the single payer movement would have grown and we would not see healthcare as a commodity.

    There are many other examples, e.g. drone killings of Americans, massive bailouts for Wall Street (started by Bush, continued by Obama), weak regulation of Wall Street, non-prosecution of banksters etc. etc. etc. All of this would have met with mass protest if it had been a Republican.

    Nixon ended the Vietnam War, started the EPA and OSHA, updated the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, opened the door to China — all things inconsistent with his political ideology because there was a social movement demanding it. So, more important than voting is building a mass movement.

  • Wacanta14

    If you think we’d have been better off with “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” mccain, or the “moochers/takers” romney/ryan, I’d have to disagree. And I’m no fan of Obama, and have refused to sign up for ACA and will refuse to pay the “tax” for not doing so, because I refuse to fund the health insurance mafia. Nixon would have been lynched by todays rethugs for proposing any of the things you mentioned, and his reasoning was not because people demanded it, he was thinking of his legacy, as all presidents do. I, along with 100’s of 1,000’s of others, was “demanding” an end to the Vietnam war in ’68, and it went on another 6 years. Look at Occupy, or Idle No More; have any of their demands been met, much less considered? The Working Families Party is a great alternative, but they realize they need to start on the local level, and have no chance of winning anything on the national level. Boycotting the national elections has no chance of accomplishing any of our mutual goals, and will only enable a rethug prez and congress to further enshrine the elites as the ruling class. Sorry, but I’ll reluctantly vote for Hillary, hope she’ll do some progressive things (like O’s Ledbetter act) until there’s a chance for change in this country. Sure, the people will rise up eventually, and maybe having a completely rethug/elitist executive/legislative/judicial government will hasten that, but they’ll just get the militarized police forces to suppress dissent with everything they have. We’re pretty fucked right now, and the WFP will perhaps catch on and grow.

  • cruisersailor

    I live in Tea Party country here in northern rural California. I’m going to continue voting in local and state elections for Democrats.

  • NOTgaltHouse

    Elections do not matter. Review the election of w in 2000. To really hurt these people we have to stop feeding them. A national boycott of everything that you absolutely don’t need to survive should be a wakeup call to these people. But it will take millions of people to do it….tens of millions. No sodas, no hbo, no driving unless it’s a matter of life and death. Cancel every subscription to every service unless you need it to survive. Use the libraries for your entertainment….read a book for whoever’s sake! We have the capacity to starve them out if we hold together.
    But, that will never happen….roll over and go back to sleep until the judas goat leads you to your slaughter.
    How is that wave thing working out, by the way? Haven’t seen anything about it on the news, but that’s normal; but nothing on this site either.

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  • PopularResistance, please stop publishing articles that tell people to boycott elections. This kind of attitude is working in stride with McCutcheon v. FEC and with Obama’s new ban on public funding of conventions to kill alternative parties like the Green Party. Instead of encouraging voters to boycott the duopoly and vote for a noncorporate activist party trying to fight the duopoly, Ms. Sun is telling everyone to boycott elections, period.

    Recently Ms. Sun interviewed Jill Stein on Occupy Radio and then wrote about the “Hidden Potential of the Greens.” Now she writes this. I do not understand. The Greens have zero potential if people who support it refuse to vote for it.

    Ms. Sun says, “Chris Hedges has been openly calling for rebellion for years.”

    She mentions Chris Hedges but forgets that Chris Hedges endorsed Jill Stein in 2012 FOR A REASON. Hedges still believes in electoral politics.

    Hedges said this recently to The Real News about social movements and electoral politics:

    “And it’s only by stepping outside the system and challenging the
    system–and we can do that through electoral politics, which is what
    Debs did. Nineteen-twelve, I think he polled 6 percent
    of the vote. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll take power. It just means
    that we will begin to build forces that will pressure power to respond.
    . . .

    So what I’m saying is that you can have an electoral
    strategy, but an electoral strategy is not going to include embracing
    the Democratic Party.”

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10461

  • I’m sorry, but when it comes to the topics of electoral politics and social movements, I’m interested in reading the opinions of experts.

  • Rivera Sun

    Thank you Danny. I completely agree with “this is one of many tactics citizens should apply”. There is much debate on the strategy of an election boycott. I haven’t heard many counter-suggestions about how to restore campaign financing limits.

  • kevinzeese

    As I said in another comment, my approach is to vote for a third party or independent I agree with to help build an alternative. I will not be manipulated by this corrupt system for voting for one of the corrupt candidates from the duopoly.

    There are legitimate arguments for not participating in corrupt elections. Would you participate in a corrupt poker game knowing its corruption? Obviously, not quite a completely accurate analogy but one way to look at it.

    There have been credible campaigns in other countries where people intentionally do not participate in elections and they have been effective in undermining the legitimacy of government.

    One problem in the US is that only a it over half of registered voters vote and only half of all registered voters bother to register, so tens of millions are already boycotting. When nonvoters are asked why they don’t vote one of the top reasons is ‘it would make no difference’ — that is certainly a defensible view as the two parties agree on more than they disagree, and they are both funded by many of the same wealth donors. There are differences, but usually on side issues not central ones.

  • kevinzeese

    Not sure who is an expert in your mind. There are lots of different views, some I agree with some I don’t. But, this one seems to have struck a real nerve with you based on your reaction. So, I’m glad we published it.

  • kevinzeese

    We’ve published some articles on wave protests, and will be publishing more.

  • kevinzeese

    You can’t predict how a McCain presidency would have turned out. In the first mid-term elections after his election the Republicans would have lost lots of seats (as is almost always the case); then he’d have to deal with a Democratic legislature.

    In addition, there would be more people in the streets opposing his policies. Right wing, pro-corporate policies of the Obama administration are not protested by left-Dems, even though they would oppose them if McCain did the same thing. So, we’d have a large social movement opposing him.

    Almost always, presidents end up doing things that they did not expect, even opposed, because the direction of government is not decided by one person. In large part the direction is decided by us. If we are educated and mobilized we can move any president.

  • McCain: the less effective evil.

  • kevinzeese

    This is one of the great election stories, told by the most popular Canadian politician in their history, Tommy Douglas who is credited with bringing single payer healthcare to Canada. It is the story of Mouseland and the elections between black and white cats.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqgOvzUeiAA

  • “There are legitimate arguments for not participating in corrupt elections.”

    Yes, but the US is not apartheid South Africa, for example, where you only got to vote for a white person and for apartheid. In the United States, in many elections we still get to vote for an alternative to the corrupt duopoly. Elections themselves are not completely fair but they are not yet completely corrupt.

    This article indeed strikes a nerve with me, because in my view we need social movements AND electoral movements. Otherwise like Chris Hedges says, we will have no left electoral option. There will be no peaceful social revolution in this country without a coinciding political revolution. I would like to see activists such as Ms. Sun encouraging social activists to also vote their activism.

  • Rivera Sun

    Thank you for articulating your response. It may interest you to know that I voted for Jill Stein in 2012 and am a current Green Party member. My article proposes that the Third Parties boycott elections in protest of the Supreme Court ruling, and acknowledging the simple truth that money, corporations, and the two-party duopoly have made it unlikely that the Third Parties will hold high-level offices at this time. My beliefs do not reflect those of the Green Party, and given the recent publication of this article, we will simply need to wait to hear their thoughts on this notion from them, directly.

    And, just to clarify, the Hidden Potential of the Greens article is not about electoral process or even established political positions. It is about the ability of the Greens to grasp the dormant social and political power that rests inherently in the populace’s capacity to obey or disobey, to grant consent or to remove consent to corrupt laws and situations of abuse. This is the arena of strategic nonviolent action, a field of many methods which include boycotting corrupt elections.

    As one historically noted form of nonviolent action, I believe election boycotts deserve to be examined in a journal such as Popular Resistance. As citizens, we must explore many options, including voting third party, voting no confidence, writing in candidates, establishing parallel elections, and yes, the potential of boycotting elections in protest of the inequality of unlimited campaign financing.

    As for Hedges beliefs, I did not mean to imply that he either endorses or opposes the boycotts of elections at this point in time. If you know him personally, please ask on my behalf. I would be curious to know. In the article above, I was merely saying that Hedges calls for rebellion … and a strategic elections boycott is one form of rebellion.

    My last pertinent thought to your many points is that yes, I am telling us all to boycott the official elections, period. Unlimited campaign financing creates an unfair, unjust electoral process that affects us all; conservative, liberals, radicals, alike. The boycott, in this instance, is an objection to the electoral process. For this reason, I believe non-cooperation with this injustice is more strategically accurate than participation with the process, even if one chooses to state one’s objection by voting Third Party.

    This is a matter for much debate. And, indeed, this article has elicited much debate. As it should. Thank you.

  • Rivera Sun

    That is a really interesting point about South Africa. You referenced Chris Hedges interview, the transcript of which I have read and reread again in light of your comment. He does say, “. . . it’s just a game, because whether it’s Bush or whether it’s Obama, Goldman Sachs wins always. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs.”

    So, do we have options? Are we in a South Africa type situation, in which we can vote, yes, but only for the option of empowered elites and corporate interests?

    Boycotting corrupt elections is not the same as boycotting fair, equal, accessible elections. I would never advocate eschewing a functional, equitable democracy. Quite the converse. I would love to see our nation engaged in much more direct, real forms of democracy than we have ever experienced.

  • kevinzeese

    US elections are becoming obviously corrupted by money and it is beginning to raise questions about the legitimacy of government.

    Margaret Flowers and I have an article coming out shortly that focuses on the Supreme Court decision, what it means and what the movement should do in response. We touched on the illegitimacy of government in a couple of paragraphs. It is pretty amazing to be able to quote a Supreme Court Justice, former president and US senator on how this is a very real problem:

    “The legitimacy of the US
    government is now in question. By illegitimate we mean it is rule by the 1%, not a democracy ‘of, by and for the people.’ The US has become a carefully
    designed plutocracy that creates laws to favor the few. As Stephen Breyer wrote in his dissenting opinion, American law is now “incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy.” Or, as former president, Jimmy Carter said on July 16, 2013 “America does not at the moment have a
    functioning democracy.”

    “Even members of Congress admit there is a problem. Long before the McCutcheon decision, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) described the impact of the big banks on the government saying: “They own the place.” We have moved into an era of a predatory form of capitalism rooted in big finance where profits are more important than people’s needs or protection of the planet.”

  • “Are we in a South Africa type situation, in which we can vote, yes, but only for the option of empowered elites and corporate interests . . . ?”

    No, we are not. We are in a situation in which a person can usually vote for, actually, popular resistance to the corrupt, undemocratic system.

    In apartheid South Africa one could not vote for popular resistance to a corrupt and racist system. One could only legitimize that system when voting. Boycotting of elections is proper in such a system.

    The United States is not yet such a system; in the United States, one can still actually vote to de-legitimize the corrupt system. But the US might devolve into the apartheid South Africa electoral system if social activists continue to abstain from supporting radical alternative parties.

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  • american ‘elections’ are ipso facto corrupt. have been even before lastest power grabs. this goes not nearly far enuf. You say “call on major party officeholders and candiates, and third parties to…” Surely you jest; you ask people to “call on” the zionist war mongers in DC … for anything? Why not ‘call on’ Charles Manson? They should all be behind bars. You think they don’t kNOW? This initiative smacks of a border-collie agenda. Join your local revolution. No voting whatsoever until we first institute a democracy and out the zionist puppetmasters.

  • Where’s the “historic” evidence of this tactic working. I only find where it worked in favor of Hitler.