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The Inventor of the Web,Tim Berners-Lee, has stated at The International World Wide Web Conference that the web is a powerful tool if used rightly. “It was important to progress towards the idea of the Internet as a neutral media that was not controlled by large corporates or governments.”

The International World Wide Web Conference is talking about the Internet and democracy.

The Top Outsourcing Countries according to Freelancer.com are
US. 40%
Great Britain 10%
India 6%
Canada 5%
Australia 4%

Freelancer.com, the largest marketplace for freelancers worldwide, reports the top outsourcing US cities are:

1.New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Miami
4. Chicago
5. Houston
6. Atlanta
7. San Francisco
8. San Diego
9. Dallas
10 Austin

Freelancer.com announced that over last weekend, they posted their one millionth posting for freelancers.

Freelancer.com has clients in over 240 countries, regions and territories around the world, providing affordable temporary professional assistance in software, writing, data entry and design.

“Through our website, employers can hire freelancers to do work [in] the sciences, sales & marketing and accounting & legal services. The average job is under US$200, making Freelancer.com extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.”

It is hard to calculate exactly, but I think it is fair to say we have lost millions of decent-paying jobs. During the Bush years alone, some 48,000 factories shut down. We went from 19 million manufacturing jobs to 12 million manufacturing jobs. Every day we are seeing those jobs disappear because corporate America would prefer to do business in China or other low-wage countries.

Many of us have been forced into becoming entrepreneurs. We lost our jobs and maybe our homes and haven’t been able to find new employment. So, now we must become self promoting entrepreneurs. And we need to learn from those that have done it. Now is the time for creating community based businesses, learning about niche markets and saving what is left of the economy. Will you join The Entrepreneur That Could?

Below, Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders is talking about who runs this country now. As I quoted Woodrow Wilson in The Entrepreneur That Could, “A great industrial nation is now controlled by a system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and a vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

How did this happen? Through the political process, with money and influence guiding the result.

“What happened last year, as I think most Americans know, is the Supreme Court made a very strange decision. The Supreme Court decided that corporations are people and they have the right of free speech and the right without disclosure–all of this is through the Citizens United Supreme Court decision–to put as much money as they want into campaigns all over the country.

“In this last campaign, that is what we saw: Billionaires, in secret, pouring money into campaigns all over the country. Does that sound like democracy to anybody in America; that we have a handful of billionaires probably dividing up the country?

“The rich get richer, and they don’t sit on this money. What they then do is use it to elect people who support them and to unelect people who oppose their agenda and they use their political power to get legislation passed which makes the wealthy even wealthier.”

What can we, as citizens and entrepreneurs do? We can prepare to take responsibility for the economy ourselves. Really, is this the country our Founding Fathers had in mind?

I have been editing the book and documenting my references. I hope that might help people understand where I am coming from. I want to challenge you to think for yourself on these issues. Check out the footnotes and references. Don’t just react with denial or say, “Yeah, you are right.”

This might help: Go to some real time data being streamed about how many people are on the planet, how many cars we are producing, how much is being spent on health, war and education. (It is always enlightening to follow the money.) See how many forests are being lost to our economic model and how much energy is being burned. The Worldometer, as featured on the BBC, is a site that took my breath away. http://www.Worldometers.info/

According the Senator Bernie Sanders, in 2007, the top 1 percent of all income earners made 23.5 percent of all income; put another way, the top 1 percent made more income than the bottom 50 percent.

And 1/10 of the 1% are now capturing 11% of all new income during this collapse of the domestic and global economy! Humanity has never seen such omnipotent, wide spread control and manipulation. It is an artificial economy and an artificial reality! Brought to you by your International RCMCs (Resource Controlling Multinational Corporations).

Is this ok America?

A quote from the Congressional Record. A speech by Senator Bernie Sanders on December 10, 2010:

“For example–this galls me and galls many of the people in this country–the horrendous recession we are in right now, where millions and millions of people have lost their jobs, their savings, their homes, this recession was caused by the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. These guys, through their greed, created the most severe economic recession since the Great Depression.

The American people bailed them out. Now, 2 years after the bailout, they are giving themselves more compensation than they ever have. They are saying to the American people, ‘Sorry we caused this recession because of our greed. Sorry you are unemployed. Sorry you lost your house. But that is not all that important. What is important is that I, on Wall Street, continue to get millions of dollars in compensation and in bonuses, that I have big parties. How can I get by on one house? I need 5 houses, 10 houses. I need three jet planes to take me all over the world. Sorry. We have the money. We have the power. We have the lobbyists here on Wall Street. Tough luck. That is the world, get used to it.'”

Bernie’s book, The Speech, is available online and the text of his speech is available in the Congressional Record.

Many small business entrepreneurs are formed as legal entities (corporations) to protect their personal and family assets. This is one way of being smart even as it uses a corporate strategy not initially practiced by the Founding Fathers. Back then, corporations were limited in their scope of influence and monopolies were not granted.

Today, monopolies and corporations have come a long way. Monopolies are common and even enjoy the place of being an all-American board game. Corporate strategies are encouraged by business coaches, business schools and business lawyers. After all, once corporations broke loose of their community responsibility, they have an unfair advantage over non-corporatist businesses.

The problem the economy is facing today is NOT because small and medium sized businesses have utilized corporate law. The problem comes from the way large corporations have been seizing, controlling and manipulating resources that we all need to survive. Those resources include the political landscape, the environment, the economy, the banking system, the media, and specific natural resources such as petroleum and mineral deposits.

Dennis Kucinich has described the latest actions of these large RCMCs (Resource Controlling Multinational Corporations) as changing the political landscape so much that we now have “a government by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations.” They dictate this country’s national policies, our banking system and media. This is what is hurting us, the middle and poorest classes. Recently, the right of government employees to strike for acceptable wages and improved working conditions is under fire.

Read some of the resources we offer online and in the book, “The Entrepreneur That Could.” The time is now to give all, to serve and solicit our communities and our local economies. If we don’t we will be soon living like those Banana Republics we learned about in school.

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