77. What is a political Movement.

In a political Movement hundreds of thousands of individual people have a vague common goal and become active to achieve this goal. There are no orders from above, a movement is not an organisation but a gathering of many independent common people. Such a movement can remove the 1% from their power and money to give all people the same status.
People who have been born in the last fifty years have not seen many movements. After 1985 movements became rare in Western countries. It is difficult to imagine that a political idea – more equality for women, houses for young people, better environmental decisions or no production of nuclear energy – spreads so far under the 99% that many people become individual active to realise these ideas.

The idea inspires people to become active. Without much advertisement tens of thousands people carry out many small actions or take part in demonstrations. They are not activated by leaders of political parties, trade unions or other organisations but by their own idea that something should change. They want to contribute to the realisation of that idea by their own actions.

Movements are better than democracy. You try to realise an idea on your own way. Voting only occurs once in a few years but realising an idea can happen always. You agree with many people about what you find interesting and necessary. The removal of the 1% from their power position is one of the ideas that could inspire the 99% to move. The Movement against the 1% can change our world in a better one.

Revolutions were the result of big movements. The French Revolution was inspired by the idea of Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood and the Russian Revolution by All Power to the People. Both revolutions realised great changes but failed to get a world without a greedy and rich leadership. The 99% remained subordinate. In both revolutions revolutionary organisations were small but many unorganised common people carried out their own actions against leaders at the top. Another society came into being. The new leading organisation forgot however soon why so many people became active. The basic ideas of the moving 99% disappeared and society developed in the direction of a society again ruled by a small greedy and rich group, a new 1%.

I participated in several movements (I am an older person) and movements inspired me. Without movements, without individual activities of moving 99%,  political interest goes down because people are forced to obey political leaders who base their power on organisations and money.

How a movement is started is the subject of the next article. It is a new method to activate the 99% who are now mostly political inactive.

Read chapter 27. “Revolutions need movements, not organisations. Leaders of organisations restrict the creativity of individual 99%.” via  http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution27.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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