Voting is open and now is your chance to cast your vote, and name names as we expose those members of the 1% who are wrecking America.
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Here is a look at a couple of the nominees from Robert Greenwald of the Brave New Foundation,
Let’s look at some examples. Lloyd Blankfein, the head of Goldman Sachs, is one of our nominees. He touted mortgage assets to clients while privately betting $10 billion they’d fail. Then he lied to Congress by claiming that Goldman Sachs had not, in fact, bet against its own clients. These actions helped spur the excessive risk-taking that led to the financial meltdown and put millions out of a job.
Or take a look at Paul Singer, who has earned the nickname “the vulture capitalist.” He exploits poor nations by buying their defaulted debt for cheap and forcing them to pay in full–plus interest. The Congo was one of Singer’s victims. That country had just gotten out of a civil war and half of its citizens live on less than a dollar a day. To Singer, that was a business opportunity. He bought the Congo’s debt for pennies on the dollar and then sued to win far, far more than he had paid for it.
Of course, simply bandying names about isn’t the point. The point is that the activists fueling social movements like Occupy need to be able to understand exactly how oppression works and which individuals are controlling the process. Where would our nation be if, in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, activists had spoken only of the systemic issue of segregation and didn’t have George Wallace and Bull Connor to single out as perpetrators? We at Brave New Foundation are helping build a narrative so that citizens can draw a straight line between the cheats and bullies misusing their wealth and the economic predicament in which our country is now ensnared.
The current leader in the voting is Rupert Murdoch, followed by Charles and David Koch, and in third place is Rush Limbaugh. It is interesting that two of the three top vote getters, because the Koch brothers are one shared category, are right wing members of the mainstream media who use their outlets to carry the message of the 1% to the masses every day.
The first political figure to make an appearance on the list is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who currently resides in fourth place. What this tells me is that thus far, the voters are going with names that are familiar to them. There are several nominees like Richard DeVos of Amway who are not only members of the 1%, but they play a powerful role in messaging and manipulating our electoral process to keep the 1% in power.
Now, it is your turn. Go to whoarethe1percent.com and cast your vote for the people who have been doing the most damage to our economy and society. The one percent has an agenda that operates best in the shadows. Your votes will determine where we direct the light of truth in order to expose to the world who the 1% really are.