Conservatives commonly charge that anti-corporatism is the same as being anti-business and anti-jobs. It isn’t.

They try hard to conflate small business with multinational corporations. The two are as different as hall monitors and storm troopers.

If you are opposed to corporatism, as I am, then you are opposed to the control of government and society by a very small number of people happen to have lots of money. Control by the wealthy is called plutocracy, and it’s functionally the same thing as aristocracy. Hence why the so-called “Right Wing” supports it.

Van Jones has been the victim of a vicious and inaccurate smear campaign by the hard-right. In reality, he is a good man seeking to do the right thing by society.

In this article, Mr. Jones eloquently lays out his view on the growing people’s movement against the forces of corporate oligarchy.

Wall Street Protests: Which Side Are You On?

Authored by Van Jones, President of American Dream Movement.

Wall Street has long been the home of the biggest threat to American Democracy. Now it has become home to what may be our best hope for rescuing it.

For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America’s working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence.

A new generation has gone to the scene of the crimes committed against our future. The time has come for all people of good will to give our full-throated backing to the young people of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The young heroes on Wall Street today baffle the world because they have issued no demands. The villains of Wall Street had their demands — insisting upon a massive bailout for themselves in 2008, while they pocketed million dollar bonuses. The Wall Street protesters are not seeking a bailout for themselves; they are working to bail out democracy.

The American experiment in self-governance is at a moment of crisis. The political system thus far has proven itself incapable of responding to a once in a lifetime economic calamity. With income inequality and unemployment at the highest rates since the Great Depression, it’s no wonder that almost 80 percent of the country thinks we’re on the wrong track.

But the crisis of American Democracy did not start with the financial collapse. For at least 30 years, the system has been rigged by the wealthy and privileged to acquire more wealth and privilege. At this point, 400 families control more wealth than 180 million Americans.

This great wealth divergence has resulted in an unjust and dangerous concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the few. It has pushed millions — especially the rising generation and communities of color — into the shadows of our society. The middle class continues to shrink, and the ranks of the poor have swelled. The political elite has failed to take the necessary steps to provide opportunity to the majority of Americans.

A movement was born after Madison, Wisconsin, to oppose these injustices. It has now spread to every Congressional District. We call ourselves the American Dream Movement. We engaged 130,000 people to crowd-source our own jobs agenda — the =”Contract for the American Dream. In August, tens of thousands demonstrated for jobs in rallies across the nation. Next week in DC, we host our first national gathering: the Take Back The American Dream conference.

The Occupation of Wall Street — and the occupations throughout the country — are expressions of the same spirit and dynamic. And these particular demonstrations, perhaps uniquely, contain the spark to grow into a movement that can be transformative. They are the first, small step in the creation of a movement that can restore American Democracy, and renew the American Dream.

The hundreds of young people from all five boroughs that camp out every night, in the heart of the financial district, in the rain and the cold, at risk of arrest, are providing the inspiration to draw more and more out of the shadows and into the bright light of the public square. The occupation grows larger and more diverse every day. Young people, the majority of whom are under 25 and have never before engaged in activism, are managing the arduous task of a consensus rules meeting with no sound system. The nightly general assemblies are attracting crowds in the thousands to stand amongst a group of their peers and debate our path forward as a people.

The occupation is a revival of a proud tradition of authentic, people-powered movements that have been dormant — and that we need now more than ever. It is building into the kind of massive public demonstrations — like those in Egypt, Madison, and Santiago — that can shake the foundation of a system of power that has lost sight of the public good.

Now is our time to choose. Will we keep rewarding those whose financial manipulations have brought us to ruin? Or will we stand with those whose democratic innovations are breathing life into our finest ideals? Both groups are within blocks of each other in downtown Manhattan.

For the past 30 years, the country has stood behind the titans on Wall Street and their values. We listened when they said that their banks were too big too fail. Today, there is only one thing that’s too big to fail: the dreams of this new generation, finding its voice in Liberty Park. All of America should now stand with them.

Follow Van Jones on Twitter: @VanJones68

Original Post on the Huffington Post

26 Responses to “The Anti-Corporatism Movement”

  1. burnejdboi zaguas says:

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  2. mcarrouret kidoo says:

    Again, lol. Your jingoism will lead to more stoning/unrest. Listen to you hiding behind “God bless our troops”, and “God bless USA”. How about the countless women raped and killed along our own border? Maybe the US should spend more time policing/protecting its own borders/citizens. If you truly love our troops then you would help bring them home, and they will protect the citizens of this country. We have to end this militarism we can not afford.

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  4. Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. ~Malcolm X

  5. yette byer says:

    It doesn’t matter anymore if you disagree or not. It’s not about your or anyone else’s disagreement, it’s about equal rights for all Americans. What about that can be disagreed with.

  6. ABX is a credit derivative swap contract right? it turned out to be one of the many chinks in the economic chain at wall street

  7. floredel sabucher says:

    Biz Break: Google’s a great place to work, but investors may not be happy; plus Intel, Microsoft and IBM earnings, and Apple’s education initiative –

  8. dauferer lington says:

    Corporatism: This seems tossing out for discussion (I agree with some of this, but I don’t see the world t…

  9. Rick Perry & Newt were NOT attacking Romney from the left as MSM tried to brainwash us; THEY WERE ATTACKING HIS CORPORATISM

  10. crochet zariyasa says:

    Well, good luck to you. Wanting an end to corporatism & financial reform often makes people think I’m some of communist!

  11. elferlenbi dorramitze says:

    The Maine House voted Wednesday to kill rather than pass a citizen-initiated marriage equality bill exactly as proposed, a definitive sign that lawmakers want voters to decide the issue.

  12. favathake says:

    There is equality of rights even in difference. Do not question the experience of divinity which knows no borders. (re fatwah)

  13. Say whaaaaa…one moment of equality.Thank the Lord lol S/o to the BG police for not even showing up to the

  14. braucherna says:

    UhOh CredoPAC msg: really? Tea extremists in Congress spent last year attacking women, science, very notion of equality under the law-

  15. ircbel sevio says:

    “money is what makes the world go around but its the root of all evil. has value and that erases equality.”

  16. the Govt & the Banks are committed to Corporatism. They don’t encourage Capitalism which allows small Companies to grow big!

  17. tarek kardin says:

    WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Oct 12. World shares rose for a second
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  18. freme elruesdelu says:

    I think the fact we have to talk about equal pay is insane. That we are talking about LGBT rights is insane. This i …

  19. mattoukawa says:

    Yep, I was voted Class Feminist – never been afraid to stand up for equality. Election year or not…been to sit ins, rally’s, marches,etc!

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  21. Remember when the Japanese operator SoftBank announced that they were going to buy 70% of Sprint? Everyone in the office scratched their heads because we frankly didn’t know how to react to the deal. Now, thanks to an exhaustively researched piece on The Wall Street Journal about Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s CEO, we not only know a lot more the Japanese company, but we’re also filled with excitement.

  22. Wall Street se torna rojo tras los comentarios del líder republicano John Boehner sobre la negociación fiscal. El Dow Jones cae un 0,25% –

  23. namorthcot cecchino says:

    is actually dropping superb knowledge on how the 1% vs 99% isnt just in Wall Street. Owners basically use players and juggle them

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    Germany’s High Karlsruhe will rule Weds 19 Feb 2013 equality in child adoption. The ‘complex’ door to marriage equality! –

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  26. lamphaisel says:

    Two things: (1) If I’ve shown any for the “current GOP,” I haven’t been expressing myself well. My interest is where will the politics take us because we are a 2 country. Ross Perot got almost 20% of the popular vote in ’92 but not a single electoral vote. Independents can win governorships or mayoral elections but cannot win control of state legislatures. The House of Representatives is organized as 2 and the majority rules by the numbers. So, that interests me, where will this other major go, what issues, which voters will they target. It seems to be up in the air right now. What will be the mid term issues?

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