We must take the power and the money away from the 1%


Occupy the 1%!

  Towards a world without a 1%

-- January 8 2014 --

Towards a world without a 1%.
Discrimination, racism, crime, corruption, greed and much more misery will nearly disappear when there is no 1%

The 1% are the basic cause of much of the misery in the first place because they have the power and the money to implement the paradigm that money dominates decisions and not the idea that all people have the same status.
One of the methods to get a Humane World without a 1% is to care for it that nobody can become a 1% anymore, to prevent the conditions that promote the coming into being of a new 1%, the forming of a more or less closed privileged group of people who have more power and money than common citizens.
Another method is to control if decisions comply with the new paradigm that all people have the same status and to punish leaders who took wrong decisions.

Changing the fundamental paradigm that rules society opens the door to a completely different future. When not money but the idea that all people have the same status dominates decisions the 1% will disappear. The new paradigm can only become reality when the power and the money is taken away from the 1% by the 99%.

In the present society, even when it seems that The People sometimes get some benefits, the old saying of Jean-Paul Marat is still valid: “Despite their defeats, the princes do not lose anything”. The position of the 1% is never challenged.
The world is dominated by the Happy Few with a surplus of power and money. Despite wars, revolutions, economic and financial crises, natural catastrophes, etc. they rule the world already for ages. They will continue to rule when we do not develop action means to end their domination. In a new world decisions are not taken because of the pivotal role of money but because all people have the same status.

Thomas S. Kuhn wrote in his book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: “….when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them. Led by a new paradigm scientists adopt new instruments and look in new places. Even more important, during revolutions scientists see new and different things when looking with familiar instruments in places they have looked before.”

His studies concerned the smaller world of science. In the much more complicated big world unsolvable problems can also – and only – be solved by applying new paradigms. Then we see things we could not see before. Copernicus could not foresee the influence of his new paradigm expressed in the small sentence: “The Earth is not the centre of the Universe”. The future is unknown but we can take the road to that new future by applying a new paradigm, a small sentence that states: “All people have the same status” and use this idea in anything we do and think.

The future is not the extrapolation of the present. A new paradigm gives new ideas. The predecessors of Copernicus explained movements of celestial bodies with new calculations but could not solve many problems by assuming that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. “The failure of the existing rules is the prelude to a search for new ones” (Kuhn). Copernicus wrote in the Preface to the “De Revolutionibus” that “the astronomical tradition had finally created a monster”. Our society based on the money paradigm has also become a monster in which nearly ten million kids die each year before they are five years old. That monster cannot be killed by using old-fashioned action methods.

There is some fabricated indignation about a few thousands death citizens because of the use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria. About the more than hundred thousand people that died by other weapons the indignation is already much less, while the millions of kids that die each year before they are five years old get no attention at all. The indignation is propelled by money not by any thought about the suffering of the 99%.

These problems cannot be solved when decisions are ruled by money. By adopting the new paradigm that all people have the right on a decent life this ,misery becomes a prime problem. Now it is a secondary one, dying kids are not important in the money economy. The People have become unimportant because money dominates.

By using the new paradigm as a key we open the door to a completely different world. Advancing on that road is more important than the new world itself. The far future will be organised by people who live then. The transition period is determined by a paradigm shift, a catastrophe, a revolution. The Catastrophe Theory of the French mathematician René Thom tells us that predictions are impossible.  We can only strengthen the factors that lead to a revolution. When the fundamentals start to change, society will change also.

Most political activities take place inside the borders determined by the money paradigm. Tobin tax, Robin Hood tax or higher taxes for millionaires do not undermine the power relations. It are examples of extrapolating the already known to the future. Such ideas deceive The People by proposing a change that is not fundamental.
In China before the revolution of 1948 the idea prevailed that all people should have a decent life. The Communist party concluded that everyone should have the right on some health care and “bare-feet doctors” were send to small villages in the country-side where doctors where unknown. It is a small example how an idea can become practice.

Also in actions this new paradigm should rule. Now strikes are mostly around the money idea, we want more money! But the idea that directors and workers should have the same status gives rise to new demands and new action forms. Trade unions never challenge that directors can sack workers while workers cannot sack directors. Unions also do not challenge the ridiculous high incomes of the top of corporations while these incomes are the prime reason that CEO’s have a different status than workers. The inequality in status has increased, actions are determined by money and not by the same status paradigm. With a new paradigm we can find unknown action ideas to proceed on the road to the future.

The new paradigm.
The new paradigm should be applied in any action, Only on this way the 99% learns how to prevent in the future that a new 1% can establish itself at the top of society.  

All people have the same status should replace the pivotal role of money in all decisions. The new paradigm can already be used in practice as in the Golden Rule for Actions that states that damage to the 99% in actions should be minimal. 

The money paradigm has deeply penetrated in the minds of the 99% and most actions are dominated by the money factor. Though the building of a palace for a 1% has for the economy the same value as building a hundred houses for the 99%, it is not human. Some 99% remain homeless because one 1% wants to live extravagantly. But I do not see any actions against the palaces the 1% build for themselves.

The deeper cause of most misery, the existence of a superior 1% is hardly challenged. The present problems cannot be solved as long as the 1% keeps its position and power and as long as money rules decisions. The central slogan in all actions should become “take the money and the power away from the 1%”, a simple practical translation of the new paradigm.

The 1% use the money paradigm to rule.
Who are the 1% and why do they have so much power?

The Theory of the Three F’s (Finance, Function and Family) gives some insight. Members of the 1% have a lot of capital at their disposition, the Finance-factor. They have Functions that give them entrance to the decision-making process. And they have Family-members in comparable positions who can provide valuable information that is not available to common citizens. This is obviously not compatible with the “same status” paradigm.  

Copernicus applied his paradigm in his whole work and advanced on the road towards a new future without knowing where he would arrive. It took about 150 year before the new paradigm was widely accepted and only then most scientists entered the new astronomical world. A new political paradigm in our time with fast electronic means of communication changes the world faster though even now it will takes time before the minds of most people are changed.  

When money is not anymore the guiding element in decisions, power relations will change. One of the action targets will be the undermining and destruction of the power-pyramid – causing that the 1% gets the same status as the 99%. The new paradigm: ”All people have the same status” should guide us in all our thinking and all our activities.

The French Revolution at the end of the 18th century was also guided by the new paradigm “Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood”. It activated the masses but already some years after the Revolution the paradigm was discarded. The power returned to new leading groups returned to new leading groups that included parts of the old 1% and The People lost their same status. Napoleon and others made the paradigm about freedom for individual citizens inferior to the interests of the French state and the 1%. People became subordinated to the idea that France should rule the world while the interests of the 99% was less important. The introduction of the new paradigm changed France a little but soon it began more and more to  resemble the old society with a small group at the top and the masses down under. The new paradigm was not carried through and old paradigms got again the upper hand.

Just before the French Revolution the Count de Montesquieu introduced the Trias Politica to solve conflicts within the elite. He acknowledged that the top of society had one mutual interest: money. The money people should act as a unity and not be weakened by conflicts indie the group. Internal conflicts had to be solved peacefully (and often in secret) and should not deepen conflicts inside the 1%. He applied the new revolutionary paradigm Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood only to the 1%. 
He separated the Judicature, the Executive and the Legislature. The Machiavellian way to decide with a lot of deceit and violence was replaced by the Trias Politica.
In the relation between elite and mass, deceit and violence remained the principal way of treating the 99%. Only one part of the Trias Politica, the Legislature, is partly elected, members of the other two parts are nominated by peers. The 1% control all three power instruments and the money paradigm dominates all  decisions of the Trias Politica. The Trias Politica is in violation with the "same status" paradigm.

When all people have the same status all should have independent power instruments. In the system of Montesquieu the 99% have no power instruments to confront top-people. The Trias Politica can only be used by people with money, lawyers are too expensive. The influence of common citizens is minimal, there is no independent Fourth People’s Power and thus not the same status.

Actions should be judged by the question if they contribute to diminishing the power of the Few and increasing the power of the Many. Actions that do not comply with this idea should not be carried out. Petitions, strikes, boycotts, demonstrations but also the blowing up of a factory do not bring the same status nearer. The insurance pays the damage and the power structure is not challenged. 

The revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat pointed already two hundred years ago at new instruments to give the 99% power .
Autonomous Clubs should independently control any leader that violated the freedom and the well-being of the 99%. This can be applied in the present society to undermine the power of the top and in the future society to prevent that leaders build a new powerful group. Alternating temporarily minorities of common citizens should become the basic power instrument of the 99%, The Fourth People’s Power. Or as Jean-Paul Marat said:
”The only goal is the punishment of the perpetrators of crimes against public and individual freedom…”  

Marat was soon murdered and his ideas were later hardly used in revolutionary circles. In all later revolutionary struggles there has never been even the beginning of the formation of an independent Fourth People’s Power that also after the revolution had great influence. 
The new paradigm emphasizes living people as the most important entities in the world (and not dead money, institutions, corporations, banks or systems). Therefore the Fourth People's Power should pinpoint persons who do wrong.

A world without a 1% demands that the present 1% start to lose their power In the end they will have the same status as all other people. The new paradigm does not speak about dead instruments of power but about living people who should get the same status. Actions should be directed on the private living sphere of leading people and not on dead buildings or corporations they use to exert power. Though sometimes power instruments of the 1% may be attacked, most actions against banks or other symbols of power are not in accordance with the paradigm that turns around living people and not around dead institutions. In the small Autonomous Clubs people have the same status, using their own capabilities, characteristics and creativity in actions. Their kind of actions can be applied in the present society bit also in the far future.

The concept of Creative Disturbance of the exclusive life of the 1% complies with the idea that all people have the same status which means that nobody has the moral right to have an extravagant life – at the cost of the life of other humans. It complies also with the Golden Rule for Actions that says that damage to the 99% must be minimal. Because of the continuous pressure on the 1% their minds will be influenced by the idea that nobody has the right to have a different status and that getting or using too much money will be prevented. When money is replaced by the idea that all people have the same status, decisions change. Leaders will be guided by the idea that people stand central and not money.

Autonomous Clubs control if decisions are compatible with the new paradigm and veto wrong ones. In the end they will punish selfish faulty leaders.
The new world with autonomous people will be beautiful.


“Take the power and the money away from the 1%” http://downwithelite.wordpress.com
Thomas S. Kuhn, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”
Jean-Paul Marat, “Les Chaines de l’esclavage”
Robert Michels, “Les Parties Politiques”
Robert Taber, “The War of the Flea”
René Thom, “Paraboles et Catastrophes”

Joost van Steenis (downwithelite@gmail.com)

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