-- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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%.
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.
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
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.
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
The 1% use the money paradigm to rule.
Who are the 1% and why do they have so much power?
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”
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.
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
the new paradigm
“Freedom, Equality and
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.
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
”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
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
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
Autonomous Clubs control if decisions are compatible with the new
paradigm and veto wrong ones. In the end they will punish selfish faulty
The new world with autonomous people will be
“Take the power and the money
away from the 1%”
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”