76. For change we need political Movements. They do barely exist in rich Western countries.

The 99% hardly move .They are controlled by the 1% and only sometimes they move a little for a short time. There are no political Movements that activate hundreds of thousands of 99% for some years. There are even no vague goals. Maybe a Movement should come into being against the rule of the greedy and selfish 1%.
Occupy disappeared after a few months. The present French “Nuit Debout” activates hundreds of thousands but it will not last. Brexit proved that people are dissatisfied but it is only a one-time action. People only become active for a short time when leaders of political organisations activate them. There are hardly any individual activities.

In the past many independent Movements restricted the power of the top. Women Movements, anti-nuclear Movements, Squatter Movements, eco/environmental Movements etc. activated many hundreds of thousands common people.
After 1985 big Movements ceased to exist. It seemed senseless to resist the power of the money of the 1%. But the wide-spread dissatisfaction continued to grow. The 99% turned away from the old political parties and vote in favour of populist parties. That gives some change.

The resistance against the isolated political elites grows and the undemocratic European Union is under fire. The 99% want change but they still use the same action methods that were used in the past. That did not result in a new kind of society in which the 99% have real power. The 1% continue to rule. Society continues to be built on the power of money and the 1%. The 99% remain powerless.

The dissatisfied 99% restrict themselves to attacks on the political elite and leave the highest power, the money and the 1%, untouched. The influence of money on nearly all decisions remains central and the life of the 99% remains unimportant.

Why don’t we have anymore any Movements?
Because past Movements did not have enough success and because there are no new leading ideas how to attack and who to attack. The 99% should start many small actions against power bearers with too much money (the 1%) to open the way to a new society in which all people have the same status.

The world changes when the 1% cannot use their surplus money on goods and services that cannot be used or acquired by people who cannot spend more than 200.000 euro in one year. The 99% will be more involved in what happens in society and become happier.

But for such a change the 99% should start to move in independent political Movements. Without Movements there will be no change.

Read chapter 26. “Only movements give change and revolutions. When the 99% do not move nothing will change.” via  http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution26.htm.
Or download freely my latest book “How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People’s Power” via http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution.pdf about how to pressure the 1%.
Facebook ”Occupy the 1%”

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About Joost van Steenis

My latest book "How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People's Power", can be downloaded for free from my site http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis. It contains new ideas how to take the money and power away from the most powerful people, the elite. It strives to get a new society in which not money is the pivotal point of all discussions but the idea that all people have the same status. New action means are introduced to reach this paradigm shift (a revolution) that concentrate on direct actions in the living sphere of the elite.
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