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REAL Democracy History Calendar: December 18 – 24

December 18 1882 – Death of Henry James, Sr. – on democracy “Democracy is not so much a new form of political life as a dissolution and disorganization of the old forms. It is simply a resolution of government into … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: December 11 – 17

December 11 1886 – Colored Farmers National Alliance and Cooperative Union was founded in Houston County, Texas “The Colored Farmers National Alliance and Cooperative Union, was a Black political party, union and cooperative development agency that started in Texas, and … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: December 4 – 10

December 4 1975 – Death of Hannah Arendt, philosopher and political theorist – on hypocrisy “People are more likely driven to action by the unveiling of hypocrisy than by the prevailing conditions.” Implication: Pointing out how corporations and extreme wealth … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 27 – December 3

November 27 2012 – Published article, “Reconsider Buckley v. Valeo” by Sam Fedele, OpEd News “ Buckley’s “money is speech” doctrine also puts space between members of the privileged class itself by creating a form of speech which scales with … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 20 – 26

November 20 1942 — Birth of Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States – on political campaign contributions “You have to go where the money is. Now where the money is, there’s almost always implicitly some string attached. … … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 13 – 19

November 13 1849 — Trenton (N.J) True American and Emporium newspapers merge The paper resulting from the merger offered this prophetic analogy on corporate power in an editorial: “the Legislature ought cautiously to refrain from increasing the irresponsible power of … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 6 – 12

November 6 1217 — Charter of the Forest issued Seen as complementing the Magna Carte issued two years earlier, the Charter of the Forest was issued during the reign of King Henry III. With the Charter, ‘management of common resources … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 30 – November 5

October 30 1829 – Birth of Roscoe Conkling, attorney, US Representative and US Senator Conkling was a former member of the joint congressional committee that had crafted the Fourteenth Amendment. When defending the Southern Pacific Railroad Company from being assessed … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 23 – 29

October 23 1895 – Birth of Maury Maverick, U.S. Representative from Texas “Democracy to me is liberty plus economic security.” 2014 – Death of Frank Mankiewicz, Vice Chair of the PR Firm Hill & Knowlton “The big corporations, our clients, … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 16 – 22

October 16 1898 – Birth of William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, challenger of corporate constitutional rights Douglas provided several profound dissenting opinions challenging corporate constitutional rights. One example: In Wheeling Steel Corp. v. Glander (1949), he asserted, “If … Continue reading

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