[correction: "You're looking at it"] REVOLUTION 2021 My only concern is with the freedom and well-being of the American people. I have no reverence for political institutions as such. These are worthy only insofar as they are of service and benefit to the population. We are now at a point in time where they absolutely must be changed. From The Racket and the Answer, at https://www.raftd.org/works/ : INTRODUCTION From its founding until today the United States of America has been governed not by the people but by a tiny fraction of the people: by those who occupy the offices of government on behalf of the unacknowledged ruling class. These persons are, as former president George W. Bush correctly stated, albeit with reference to himself alone, "the Deciders." We, the general citizenry, are mere spectators and occasional cheerleaders in a regime of pervasive, institutionalized civic powerlessness and passivity (not apathy), our votes constituting not policy directives but blank-check grants of power. Countless things big and small are done in our name by our national and local governments about which we have little say and no ultimate control. Without question ordinary Americans are not the masters of the game being played. In a word, "we the people" do not rule. The plain fact, the truth to which, however, official ideology and orthodox opinion are completely blind, is that we are not a democracy and we never have been. Indeed, the conventional characterization of the U.S. and other Western nations as democracies is nothing less than a monstrous lie and a ludicrous sham. The modern representative political system is a type of oligarchy, not democracy. Who rules? This is the most fundamental question in politics. It is not about particular governmental policies or specific political issues. It is about the formal structure of societal power and control--i.e. the political system and the sovereignty that it institutionalizes. In the United States the immediate rulers are the 545 officials of our national governmental bodies (1 president + 100 senators + 435 representatives + 9 supreme court justices), while the proximate rulers--the ruling class--are the rich and powerful whom these officials for the most part represent and serve. This extreme concentration of power in the hands of a relatively small number of individuals is no aberration, no temporary distortion of an otherwise popular order. Rather it is the very essence of the modern representative system, replicated at lower levels of government through governors and state legislatures and mayors and city councils. And a central, intrinsic, and perfectly natural feature of such a political system is that the major governmental policies devised by its officials advance first and foremost the interests of society's elite, only secondarily--in fact very often directly contrary to and at the expense of--those of the vast majority of the people.