A lot of human beings in the world are currently protesting and actively building movements, ideas and structures for real democracy and social justice and participation for all. For example the global Occupy movement (started in New York: Occupy Wall Street), the Real Democracy Now, Indignados, 15M, and the anti-austerity movements in Spain, Greece, other European countries, the social movement in Israel, and the Arab Spring, that inspired many, and similar movements worldwide — all movements ignoring all borders.
The elites, the system they benefit from, and their ideology are opposed to our ideas and unfortunately have a lot of power and influnce. One of their ways to stop our progression towards societies where human rights are the top priority is by reversing:
The burden of proof.
The default setting.
- Why do we have to prove that human beings and human rights are more important than banks?
- Why do we have to prove that democracy is more important than financial systems, interests, corporations and “competitiveness”?
- Why do we have to prove that education, health, democratic institutions have a higher priority than saving the billions in profits and fortunes of a few oligopolist corporations and elites?
- Why do we have to prove that there should be no special tax exceptions for financial transactions?
- Why do we have to prove that it is crazy to destroy our achievements for long and happy lives by disastrous austerity policies even though there would be more than enough for everybody?
- Why do we have to prove that the right to secure existence is inalienable and without conditions for every human?
The elites/the system changed the public debate so that now, sadly, it is generally accepted that human rights are a merely optional “opt-in” feature. Only when you can afford it.
So we first have to overcome this obstacle before the real change even can begin.
We will change that back correctly. Human rights and democracy for every human, worldwide are the single top priority and non-negotiable.
I hope this short quote by me “Ask not how democracy can be financed – ask how finance can be democratized” can symbolize one little part within the big picture. Feel free to use the sentence anywhere without any restriction.
So that our movements for real democracy and social justice switch from defending our ideas, and proving the fundamental basics, to offensively implementing our ideas for a better world for everyone — offensively, but always with peaceful means.
(Of course I took the form of the quote from the famous quote by John F. Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.)
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