Joel Hirschorn, on his blog Dandelion Salad, raises some excellent points and connects important facts in analyzing the veneer of democracy in America. 

As wealth and power shifts from the middle class to super-rich elites, average Americans are lulled into complacency with a cocktail of distractions in what he refers to a  “technologically advanced form of medieval society”.  The chains of serfdom, he asserts, have been replaced by the bondage of credit and dependence on the business and government sectors for survival.  The people have been rendered impotent against tyranny through the use of connectivity by which they can be monitored.  Faux elections are used to give the false sense that the people are still somehow in control. 

Hirschorn suggests three tools to restore power to the people: 

First, change spending and saving habits as a form of civil disobedience.  Shifting to saving and buying only when something is affordable is a radical shift towards controlling one’s own resources.  I would add that buying only items you know are fairly traded could have a global impact on those who would get rich from exploiting workers. 

Secondly, boycott elections that never offer any true agents of change. If the corporate-owned media really wanted to support fair elections, all candidates would receive equal coverage, regardless of the amount of cash they’d raised.  I wonder if voting for third party candidates counts in Hirschorn’s book here? 

Thirdly, Hirschorn urges invoking Article V of the US Constitution to restore direct democracy with measures such as spending mandates and recalling elected officials. 

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