The 99% must be taken as anonymous and leaderless, as each individual need only share an opposition to the 1% and otherwise may differ in almost every other conceivable way.
Who is the 1%
The modern conspiracy of the 1%, both planned and as product of laziness, is to rob Humanity of its diversity through their economic leadership and investment. Wall Street is a cult which worships money in the same way Pythagorean number cults once worshiped numbers, and have clearly and cleverly defined what each of our lives is worth.
At the opening bell each of us is bought and sold in a low stakes video poker game, relative to the staggering income gap. And unlike the 99%, the 1% is small enough for their self-interests to coincide exactly, and so theyâre the only ones in the position to value us according to their own criteria of what they feel is important in life.
What the 1% Value becomes Valuable
Since the 1% have defined what is valuable, and have gathered the most of it, only they can now choose what is on television, which movies are green lighted, what businesses get loans, which literature and cultures survive, how we travel, where we get our energy and how much we pay, and who gets medicine, who lives and who dies, who gets elected and how they vote, and so on. They invented the purse, and now hold the strings.
It is inconceivable that some read Adam Smith’s âThe Wealth of Nationsâ not as a historical case study, but instead have conceived a myth that a Free Market has ever or will ever exist on our planet in nature, let alone will place an ultimate faith in such a concept, and worship it like a Platonic ideal. Is a mathematical formula more important or complete than a person? Or is it just a useful but incomplete likeness or model, a tool? There is no such thing as a perfect tool.
Democracy is our Tool
Humanity has invented many tools over the course our time on Earth, and societies have been shaped complexly by these inventions, both positively and negatively. Towns sprung up next to railroads, and the automobile shaped our sprawling cities, each innovation altering our social interactions and forcing us reevaluate ourselves and what we want. We have all learned to adapt to communication technologies, and then have replaced them when something better or less cumbersome is devised. Yet, like the failure of the Commonwealth of EnglandÂ (1660), it is if we have too little faith in democracy to self-govern even today, and have allowed another self-seated ruling class to dictate our course.
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Our system is broken but we can fix it. The solution will not come from a leader but this conversation within the 99% of us. A conversation about what we value and how we value labors of each other. In the age of the internet, social networking, open source, wikis, the Wiki-Tree concept (see video below), and countless innovations and tools Iâm yet unaware, there must arise an elegant series of solutions from this conversation.
We owe it to ourselves, and the 1%, to provide our own solutions.
1% = Â Bottleneck of Ideas
The same diversity which causes the press to ask who we are, and makes choosing one voice impossible, is our greatest strength. The lack of diversity of ideas, the bottleneck within the 1% is their greatest downfall, currently our shared downfall.
We all must be aware within the 99% that we cannot speak for everyone, as our diversity will lead to problems in communication. Therefore, as in Allegory of the Cave (the Matrix for some), it is the responsibility of each individual to take ideas and tools we discover and make them their own, begin your own important journey of discovery, and share it with your family and friends in ways that mean something to them.
We are each invaluable, unique.