Micah Sifry says it best in his new book, The Big Disconnect, when he outlines how all activists are as fragmented and ineffective today as they were in the 1960's. -- the two-party duopology and the 42 billionaires behind that two-party duopology have successfully "channeled" all activist groups -- including MoveOn and IndependentVoting.org and the Libertarians and the Greens. Everyone is obsessed with "their" hashtag, "their" micro-issues. However well-intentioned they might be, the fact is that we are hanging separately for failure to come together on the ONE THING that we can both all support, and also win: #ElectoralReform.
I have a vision of Angus King and Jill Stein, Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul and Rand Paul, all coming together with Ralph Nader, Jesse Ventura, Jon Huntsman, myself and others, to effect a non-negotiable Statement of Demand for the Electoral Reform Act of 2015, in time for us to elect an Independent presidential team with a coalition cabinet announced in advance of election day. Neither Jeb Bush nor Hillary Clinton -- nor any other candidates from the two-party duopoly -- have the gravitas to do this.
DATA POINT: There are hundreds of links in this Kindle, so I have decided not to offer it as a CreateSpace. If you don't like Kindle send me an email and I will gift you an ePub, or work through the free online pieces at Tiny URLs /OpenPower (documents) and /Steele-Reform (Amazon Reviews on Democracy Lost).
DATA POINT: Lawrence Lessig is much more famous than I am and also misdirected however valid his intentions. Getting money out of politics is 1 out of 11 things that are required to restore democracy. This is the only book with all eleven.
In this book, a cry from the heart for a free and equal America in which we put the common sense and good intentions of We the People back into governance, I offer several years of work that started with my six minute briefing to Occupy in 2011 that went viral on Reddit and YouTube. I subsequently ran briefly for President, accepted by the Reform Party, so as to create the web site We the People Reform Coalition where I put the four big transpartisan ideas down in black and white: Electoral Reform; Coalition Cabinet; Balanced Budget; and an end to the existing tax system, replacing it with Edgar Feige's Automated Payment Transaction (APT) Tax while also enacting both full employment and a coherent population and citizenship policy.
The two-party tyranny (Theresa Amato's excellent term, in The Grand Illusion) has sold us out. It is intellectually vapid to think that addressing political money, or corruption, or any of a thousand other pet rocks, is going to help us in any way. The system is rigged and the system will stay rigged unless we -- the 60% that have been disenfranchised -- assert our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, honor the Constitution, abolish the present government in a non-violent manner using Electoral Reform, and MOVE ON.
I open the book with a link and tribute to Eric Lui, whose 17 minute presentation on why citizens need to understand power -- combined with my BigBatUSA ($500M+) -- is our key to victory.
As a former spy who is also an honorary hacker and the #1 Amazon Reviewer for non-fiction, I have been going crazy with pain watching the United States of America self-destruct. In this book I offer two straight-forward ideas that are legal, ethical, actionable, measurable, and time-bounded.
You can take charge of your life -- our future together -- or you can continue to be a slave. May God Bless America in her original incarnation, and the incarnation I know we are capable of effecting, an America committed -- as Ron Paul puts it -- to peace, commerce, and friendship -- at home and abroad.
tinyurl.com/OpenPower provides documents, videos including my appearances on Max Kaiser and Alex Jones.