The heavy-handedness in Ferguson can be traced back to the Pentagon.
This weekend, Madison is hosting the Economic Democracy Conference. Given the discussions about moochers, takers, and the 47 percent, the timing is impeccable.
"The purpose of political democracy is to provide for political empowerment to all citizens; the purpose of economic democracy is to provide economic empowerment to all citizens and all local communities, and to prevent the concentration of economic power that subverts mass political and economic empowerment," the conference website states.
Madison is an ideal place to have this discussion. The Wisconsin uprising was, in part, a broad discussion of workers rights, which are integral to economic democracy. Plus, Madison has a large number of workers co-ops and collectives, economic democracy at work.
For more information, go to http://economicdemocracyconference.org.
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