Monday, April 27, 2015

How "power to the people" has given way to "power without the people"

Robert Reich describes a pervasive sense of powerlessness. Powerless in the companies that employ us. Powerless in the face of consolidated businesses that supply our goods and services. And powerless inside a megalithic political party.

The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable. I hear it over and over: They don’t care; our voices don’t count.

A large part of the reason is we have fewer choices than we used to have. In almost every area of our lives, it’s now take it or leave it.

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Our economy and society depend on most people feeling the system is working for them.

But a growing sense of powerlessness in all aspects of our lives – as workers, consumers, and voters – is convincing most people the system is working only for those at the top.

Read Reich's blog for examples.

Then skip to the cartoons and the dog on wheels for your AM shot of humor.

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