hearts and minds

October 27, 2011

Life Shall Overcome Corporate Power – Occupy Everything

What is Occupy Wall Street and the growing Global Occupation all about? In three words, I’d suggest that in the United States it’s about, “Wake Up, America!” It is up to the 99 percent to get up, stand up – take back our rights, our lives, the future, and all that we cherish.

“Who are the leaders of this protest demonstration and what are their demands?”

Those are exactly the questions that the corporate media are asking. Those are the very questions being asked by the directors and managers of the continuing and escalating illegitimate corporate takeover of government – [government that should be of, by, and for the people, instead of government that is by and for corporations and the super-rich]. Those are the questions that the police, intelligence agency, and private mercenary force administrators that are charged with protecting the luxurious moneyed interests, are diligently seeking the answers to. And those are also the very questions that those parties want to plant in the minds of those of us among the 99 percent who have not yet awakened and realized that the planet Earth itself, together with the essential components of life, and even life itself – including ourselves – are now claimed in toto, being possessed, processed, and threatened with destruction by inherently sociopathic corporations and the incorrigibly grasping super-rich.

Realize that this is an Occupation – it is not a “protest demonstration”. Only those with no comprehension of history, those who are suffering from a misplaced, distracting nostalgia, and those who lack imagination, think that marginalized, ineffective, and substantively ignored “protest demonstrations” will get done what needs doing these days. One must be severely one-dimensional and mono-chromatic to fail to realize that effectively dismantling the desperate and degenerating reactionary status quo today is not necessarily doable with a “protest demonstration”.

Realize that those now holding power, and their agents, are insistently seeking a list of “demands” from us simply in order to pin down, discredit by trickery, marginalize, undermine, fracture and fragment, and ultimately destroy this determined and aware opposition to their illegitimate rule. Conversely, presenting such a list to those holding power, simply because and quickly when they demand that one be provided to them, only makes sense if the people themselves hold the power in a truly representative democracy, as opposed to corporations and the super-rich holding the power in this unmitigated sham of democracy.

Realize that those holding power today, and their agents, persist in seeking to learn who are “the leaders” of this determined and aware opposition to their illegitimate grasp on power in order to pin down, discredit, marginalize, undermine, fracture and fragment, and ultimately destroy this challenge, by corrupting, co-opting, isolating, and disappearing those they identify as leaders. Conversely, our rejection of the “cult of leadership” and our serious employment of the principles of true democracy, encourages and develops the creativity that is necessary, while wisely protecting emerging inspiration and growth that would otherwise be targeted and attacked. We are learning important lessons at the same time that we are taking necessary concerted action.

In many ways, we the people find ourselves unfortunately back at square one in our struggle for life, for legitimate government, for happiness, and for a viable future and a sustainable planet, where all sentient beings have rights that supercede the rights we recognize for non-living entities such as corporations.

We must face and deal with the reality that corporations now control all three branches of government at the state and the federal levels, as well as the leadership of both of the two permitted political parties in the USA, with the result that corporations are now Governing People for Profits.

We must address, confront and change the reality that this is happening in the United States of America under false authority of the unjustified and entirely discredited legal theory that a corporation possesses the rights that were explicitly defined by the Constitution for a Person. We must recognize that life and our very existence on earth is facing at this moment in history a paramount challenge. That challenge is: Corporations v. Persons – the Struggle that will define the 21st Century. And in the United States we must now face and reverse the stark fact that our venerable and venerated Constitution has been intentionally and explicitly subverted and corrupted to produce this ominous, pervasive reality.


We are not spectators in this contest, engaged only in tailgating, restricted to cheering or moaning in the grandstands. We are all participants – willing or not. If we do not take part, actively and constructively, we, the generations that follow us, and life on earth as we have known it, will be victims in a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions for which the future and our own conscience will justly hold us directly responsible.

We may not be the “Greatest Generation”. But we are here now, when the struggle (even more momentous, and facing even more difficult and entrenched opposition and historical conditions than earlier struggles) has become clear and defined, and this is no time for delay and evasion. We must all shoulder the responsibility together and do our part.


We the People must have government that is of, by, and for the people, not government that is by and for the corporations and the super-rich.

Planet Earth, with its air and water and other finite, precious constituents, belongs, always, to the life which inhabits it, and which will depend on it in the future for survival and well-being. It does not belong to corporations.

A corporation is not a person. Money is not speech. Stealing democracy is not tolerable.

Earth is for life and for the future, and for its own sake. It is not for profit or for a few of the greediest and most ruthless “haves and have-mores” to hoard and destroy.


  1. Thanks, Clyde, for your perceptions and analysis of what needs to happen for democracy to survive. Let’s begin by recalling Gov. Scott Walker.

    Comment by Dale L — October 31, 2011 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Well, Dale, I think we need to start with establishing democracy, and then we can see about ensuring its survival.
      In case there is any question about it, I’m sure for recalling Walker.

      Comment by clydewinter — October 31, 2011 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Clyde.
    Seems to me, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

    Here’s an event I found online:Occupy Milwaukee
    Join us for the first of our daily 5 O’clock Forum events at Garden Park, Riverwest. Every evening we will host a broad range of speakers, performers and activists. All are invited to join in and share their insights and network resources for change, as a part of the public discussion which will follow presentation by speakers. – Michael Pettit

    Occupy Milwaukee, Daily 5 O’clock Forum at Garden Park
    Tuesday, November 1 at 5:00pm

    Comment by Madaline R — October 31, 2011 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

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