Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793), revolutionary. Forgotten ideas about how the 99% can get power

Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793), one of the leaders in the French Revolution, was murdered while taking a bath. He was in poor health because for two years he had been kept on the run by anti-revolutionary forces and had to live in very bad circumstances. “Revolution is a natural right of The People”, he said and in March 1789 he proclaimed the violent revolution. “Violence by The People is legitimate, it remains always far inferior to the sum of all injustices by the despots over the centuries”. 

He propagated that the “revolution will be a kind of guerrilla in which we can attack the enemy in all places where the army cannot be used. This means that we can deprive the enemy of all his advantages”. He edited the “L’ Ami du Peuple”, the “People’s Friend” a famous journal in the name of the sans-culottes, street-fighting revolutionaries. He trusted the masses because his basic idea was “to let the masses participate, the only people who really cheer freedom”. Continue reading

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Autonomous Clubs. The independent Fourth People’s Power to make and safeguard the revolution

Autonomous Clubs are small, temporary, alternating, leaderless groups of independent, interested and active people who are involved in the same subject or the same problem. They control, veto and eventually punish faulty leaders in their private living sphere when these leaders violate the freedom, safety or well-being of the 99%. They force them to take the arguments of the 99% into account. Members of the Clubs exercise their moral right to use power against powerful people who misuse their power for their own benefit, disregarding the interests of The People. Continue reading

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Corruption money streams from the 99% to the 1%. Corruption is a focus point for attacking the power of the 1%

Corruption is the misuse of power for private gains or for the benefit of groups of decision-takers as the 1% or the top of the public of private sector. Power and money are interconnected. Corruption is one of the ways to get money and perks by using power. Corruption is in contradiction to the public interest and increases the gap between powerful rulers and powerless ruled.

Small and big corruption accounts for a huge stream of money to the top of the power and money pyramid. In The Netherlands the yearly cost of corruption is at least ten billion euro. For all OECD-countries it is much more than a trillion euro. More money is involved in corruption that in laundering drug money though also in this branch the 1% is present. Hardly anyone at the top is prosecuted. Only small corruption by the 99% is punished. Any crisis could be solved by stopping corruption. And the yearly dying of ten million kids before they are five years old stops when some of this money is used better. But ten million dead kids are less important than the greed of the 1%. Continue reading

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Taking the power and the money away from the 1%. Preventing that the 1% can use their surplus money

The 1% ruled in the past, rule in the present and rule in the future when we do not dethrone them. They are the prime target of any action. My own research supported by research in other countries determines the size of the 1% at about .25%, in the USA less than one million people.

“The rich confront the rest of society as a solid semi-corporate phalanx, buttressed by law and public policy. By law they hold their positions legitimately and hence can feel complete rectitude. When the national anthem is being sung, they can feel it is being sung in celebration of the legal system that supports them, for the aggrandisement of which every man, the poorer especially, may be called upon to offer his life simply by presidential order, without any declaration of war by Congress. Beyond this, existing policies under the law favour them; they have been adopted largely by their agents with their corporate permission”. (Ferdinand Lundberg).

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The pyramid of power and money. Power and money for the 1%, the 99% subordinate and considered inferior

“To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible” (Plato).
Rich people have power, powerful people have money,.
Poor people are powerless, powerless people have no money.
That is the consequence of a society in which money dominates all decisions. The 99% should develop an own power.

Humanity is not based on the idea that all people have the same status but people are arranged in layers, the most powerful and rich at the top and the poor and powerless masses at the bottom. Orders are issued from top to bottom while money is going up to the top. The organisation of humans in our society can be characterised by a pyramid.

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Only movements give change and revolutions. When the 99% do not move, nothing will change

Movements cannot be organised, they arise spontaneously caused by the accumulating dissatisfaction of the 99%. When movements are controlled by organisations they wither away. Movements have vague concepts based on great ideas and clear goals that unite the 99%. They have neither leaders nor members, only enthusiast people who find they belong to a nationwide or even worldwide movement willing to do something to realise the goals of the movement . Continue reading

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A revolution needs a paradigm shift, new basic ideas for a new society. The idea that everyone has the same status should replace the dominant role of money

A paradigm is a basic idea on which society is built, a reference point, a guide for our thinking and our activities.
Each decision, each action should be tested with the new paradigm. The sentence “everyone has the same status” is simple but has a great influence. Does an action contribute to the idea that all people have the same status? Continue reading

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What kind of violence? “Non-violence is fine as long as it works” (Malcolm X)

Violence achieves something that can never be achieved on a non-violent way. A struggle for power always includes some violence. Revolutionary violence will be insignificant compared to violence caused by the 1% and their system. They are responsible that each year ten million kids die unnecessary before they are five years old. Continue reading

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Violence in actions cannot be avoided. Without some violence activists fight with one arm tied to their back

Nearly ten million kids die each year unnecessary before they are five years old. This atrocious violence dwarfs any violence the 99% ever can perpetrate. All violence of the 1% hurts the 99%, while there is no violence against the 1%. When there is no revolution the 99% continue to suffer. 

“A revolution is not a dinner party or writing an essay or doing  embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another”. (Mao Tse-tung) Continue reading

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Guerrilla tactics (2) The Fourth People’s Power uses its own weapons and tactics to prevent damage to the 99%

The 99% want a revolution to get a new society in which all people have power and the same status, a society without a 1% and without a power and money pyramid.
Leaders of revolutionary organisations want power to get a new society under their leadership. Then the new society contains still elements of the old society with a leading group and dependent masses. In a revolutionary guerrilla war the 99% learn how to use simple weapons and their creativity in a War of the Flea to defeat old leading groups. Their evasive and volatile weapons can also be used in the new society against any faulty leader to prevent that a greedy 1% ever get again on top of society. Continue reading

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