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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?

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