STICKER-PROJECT EMAILS

The sticker-project is people doing what is discussed in the article, "Why Wear a PDR Button/Sticker and Give them to Others?"

I encourage all sticker-project folks to subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group (go here to subscribe) so we can all communicate with each other to share our experiences and thoughts and ideas. Below are the emails I have sent to sticker-project folks; I've copied them here so you can read them even if you wish not to subscribe to the Gmail group, where everybody's emails can be read.

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Email #1 11/14/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

There are presently 22* of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor."

 

One of us lives in Ontario, Canada and the rest live in the following states:

 

Colorado (1), Massachusetts (6), Pennsylvania (1), New York (1), Arizona (1), Maine (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Ohio (1), Kentucky (1), Florida (1), Nevada (1), Texas (1), Minnesota (2).

 

Most of you have received stickers in the mail recently or will receive them from me very soon. I invite you to read my suggestions about how you can put these stickers to good use in my article online here, titled, " WEAR A PDR BUTTON or STICKER AND GIVE THEM TO OTHERS. "

 

I also hope that you will share with the rest of us your experience with the stickers: how did your neighbors respond when you asked them if the message on the button was a good idea or a bad idea?

 

The ruling class works very hard--by censoring in its mass media any expression of agreement with the sticker's egalitarian revolutionary message--to make us think that hardly anybody else agrees with us. Its aim is to make us give up hope about the possibility of building an egalitarian revolutionary movement. But with the sticker we can find out for ourselves what ordinary people actually think about that idea. The Gallup Poll Co. will not tell us; in fact when I spoke with that company about doing a national poll they were all eager to take my money and do it--until I told them what the question was, as I have written about here.

 

A note about our communication with each other. I hope we will communicate with each other, share our experiences, ask and answer questions, think out loud about our goal and how to achieve it, and figure out ways to support each other's efforts. The question is, What's the best way for us to communicate with each other?"

 

Many but not all of us are on Facebook and at least theoretically we could communicate with each other by adding our names to the same FB messenger line or using a FB group. There is a problem with that however. I think it's a mistake to become reliant on FB because FB is increasingly banning people (I have been repeatedly banned from posting to groups I don't manage, most recently I think because I said "we live in a dictatorship of the rich") for content it doesn't like, and we would be very vulnerable to that.

 

I propose that we communicate with the Gmail email group that I recently set up; the name of the group is NO RICH & NO POOR. To read about this email group and, if you wish, to subscribe to it, please go here. If you subscribe to this email group you will remain anonymous to  the other subscribers unless you reply to a post or post to the group. (I blind cc'd folks in this email to preserve your anonymity, but if you like I will put you on the regular cc: line if you request if for future emails I will send like this one.)

 

Gmail is not perfect either, of course, but at the moment it seems better than FB. We can also communicate by ordinary postal letters if necessary, which is probably the most reliable but also the most inconvenient method.

 

I am sending this email to the NO RICH & NO POOR group where members will be able to read it (and all earlier posts to it) whenever they wish.

 

I hope very much to hear from you. I think we ALL are curious to know what reception we all are getting to the stickers in all the different states (and Canada) where we live. I will forward (with a blind cc: and without including your name and email address unless you want me to) to the rest of us all of your experiences and thoughts that I receive from you.

 

All the best,

 

--John

 

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* I am also sending this email to some additional people I know personally who have publicly declared their support for egalitarian revolution by doing things such as posing for a photo holding a sign.

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Email #2 11/21/20

 

Dear fellow " Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

Many of you received my Email #1 to you that is copied below for our new folks to read. I have sent (first class mail in a regular letter envelope) all of you stickers (or buttons earlier) but some of you may not have received them yet; the last ones I sent were sent on Nov. 18, and in some cases it took 7 days for stickers to arrive. If you haven't received stickers by the time you should have, please let me know and if necessary I will re-send you some.

 

Our numbers have now increased.

 

There are presently 33 of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor."

 

We live in Ontario, Canada (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (7), Minnesota (1), Michigan (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (3), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1)

 

Please tell others about this sticker project and ask them to request stickers from me. Let's aim to have stickers-folks in all 50 states.

 

As I wrote initially, below, I hope you will let me know what your experience has been when you asked people if they think the message on the sticker is a good idea or a bad idea. I'm sure we ALL want to know how people elsewhere respond to the sticker. The mass media certainly won't tell us! (Here's the video showing what happened when I did this on the streets of Boston, and here again is my article with suggestions for how to use the stickers.) Also, please ask any questions or share any ideas you have about this project!

 

How Should We Communicate With Each Other?

 

FB messenger is not a good means of communication because some of us don't use FB and because FB is increasingly unreliable ( e.g., it bans me from posting to groups I belong to--even ones I manage!--periodically, and presently.) For this reason I urge you to subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group that I discuss below in Email #1. To join just go here. (One of us suggested to me using Telegram or Signal, in part because they are encrypted for security and better than email for real-time communication; I'm not familiar with either. I'm not concerned with keeping what we say private because we're doing only very legal and openly public things. Also, we won't need real-time communication until we have sufficient numbers of fellow stickers-folks in our own local communities to carry out substantial larger-region real-time-coordinated activities. We can always switch or add supplemental means of communication later if it seems like a good idea.)

 

Those of you who have already subscribed to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group will receive this email twice, once via that email group and once via a blind cc directly from me; I'm sorry for this extra email in your in-box.

 

All the best,

 

Have fun sticker-ing!

 

--John

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Email #3 11/28/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

I hope you all had a fine Thanksgiving Day, despite the pandemic. I was physically alone but virtually joined with my sons and thankful that was possible.

 

There are now 35 of us stickers folks, located here:

 

Ontario, Canada (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (7), Minnesota (1), Michigan (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1)

 

I hope you have had a chance to read "Why Wear a PDR Button or Sticker and Give them to Others?" As this article discusses, the main purpose of the stickers I sent you (i.e., of what I call "stickering") is to enable you to find out if the people in your neighborhood think what the sticker says is a good idea or a bad idea, by asking them to tell you. The idea is for you to find out something that you otherwise cannot know with any certainty.  The mass media works very hard to make you believe that your neighbors think that it is a bad idea to remove the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor. Read here how I discovered that the Gallup Poll Co. won't ask people what they think about what the sticker says. There's only one way for you to find out the truth about your neighbors--ask them what they think.

 

And when asking them, keep in mind that the "Good idea or bad idea?" question is very different from the "Is it possible or is it impossible?" question. Most people think it is impossible because they think too few people think it is a good idea. We need to find out how many people think it is a good idea, even if they also think it is impossible.

 

Also keep in mind that the "Good idea or bad idea?" question is about what the sticker says, NOT about Socialism or Communism; many people very understandably--given the reality of past and current Marxist states--equate Socialism and Communism with fake, not real, democracy.

 

Note that the main purpose of the sticker is not to try to persuade other people to agree with it; do that if you wish but it's not the main object of the sticker project. The main purpose is to find out if people where you live think the sticker's message is a good idea or a bad idea--by asking them!--and to keep track of how people answer this question so you can tell the rest of us what you've discovered. Here's a video of me asking random people on the streets of Boston this question. We ALL want to know how people respond to the sticker in ALL of the parts of the world where people are "stickering," so please tell us your experience. (The best way to communicate with all the rest of us is to subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group by going here. Once you subscribe you can also see all of the previous emails about "stickering," etc.)

 

Note also that just sticking the sticker somewhere for people to see it, while nice to do, should not be done as a substitute for directly asking people if they think its message is a good idea or a bad idea.

 

"STICKERING" DURING THE PANDEMIC?

 

The pandemic is certainly an obstacle to "stickering." As a 73 yr. old with diabetes I've been doing all I can to limit my exposure to the virus and this means I'm relying on getting food etc. delivered instead of going out and shopping and running errands as I did before, and this limits the number of people I can talk to about the sticker. Nonetheless, I do encounter some people: neighbors on the street, people delivering this or that. I also can talk with friends and family virtually. We ought to be able to figure out how to sticker during the pandemic. Please share you ideas on this!

 

All the best,

 

John

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Email #4 12/5/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

There are presently 36 of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor."

 

We live in Ontario, Canada (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (8), Minnesota (1), Michigan (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1)

 

By now all but one of you (L.L.) should have received some of these stickers in the mail (or buttons earlier).  I hope you have read my article about the strategic revolutionary importance of asking your real-life neighbors--people you encounter in the course of whatever you normally do--if they think what the sticker says is a good idea or a bad idea. (Note, this is different from only sticking the sticker somewhere for people to see later on in your absence.)

 

Well, have you done this yet?

 

I haven't heard back yet from any of the people to whom I recently sent the stickers, despite having asked in previous emails that you please let me know how people responded to the sticker. I'm wondering why I haven't heard back from you yet.

 

Of course I can speculate, but I'd much prefer you telling me what's going on. If you did ask people for their response to the sticker, what did they say? If you haven't asked people yet, do you intend to do so soon? If not, why not? Please email me what's going on so I can know with some certainty. If there is a particular obstacle then perhaps I or somebody else among us can offer a useful suggestion for overcoming it.

 

The point of the stickering project is for us to learn with some certainty how much support there is for egalitarian revolution (i.e., what the sticker advocates) in both our own individual neck of the woods and also in as many other places as we can do stickering. So please help us learn this vital information.

 

Please also subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group, if you haven't already, so we can all communicate with each other.

 

Thanks,

 

John

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Email #5 12/7/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

HAVE YOU TOO FALLEN FOR THE MASS MEDIA'S BIG LIE?

 

Today's (Dec. 7) headline news in my Boston newspaper (probably similar in your paper too) was "Armed individuals gathered outside the home of Michigan’s chief election officer chanting ‘Stop the Steal’." And the article was filled with quotations of various politicians about how this was a "threat to our democracy."

 

Clearly the entire mass media discourse about U.S. elections is that they constitute proof that we are living in a genuine democracy. Every little incident, like the current one in Michigan, is used to drive home this propaganda message: "You are living in a genuine democracy; when bad people threaten it, you must defend it."

 

But most people know damned well we are NOT living in a genuine democracy; we're living in a fake democracy that is essentially a dictatorship of the rich. Most people know this; they don't need me or you to "teach" them this fact.

 

And most people would LOVE to remove the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor (a.k.a. egalitarian revolution). The only reason people grudgingly accept the anti-democratic class inequality status quo (or limit their aims to band aid reforms that they think the rich might--just maybe--allow) is this: they think it is impossible to remove the rich from power because they think that too few OTHER people share that egalitarian revolutionary goal.

 

Here's a key point most people do not know

 

The purpose of the mass media is NOT to convince people that we live in a genuine democracy. The purpose is to convince people that EVERYBODY ELSE thinks we live in a genuine democracy, and therefore you're crazy to think that you can get support for building an egalitarian revolutionary movement.

 

When the mass media says X, it gives the impression that everybody believes X, since you never hear any expression of denial of X because those expressions are censored. That's how the propaganda works.

 

Very likely YOU have been influenced by this propaganda too! Here's why I think so. I have noticed that when I ask people to use stickers I send them to ask their real-life neighbors (by which I mean people who live in their same zip code, whom they encounter while shopping or doing errands or waiting in line for public transportation, etc.--in other words people about whom they have no idea what their political beliefs are) whether they think it is a good idea or a bad idea to remove the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor, they are extremely reluctant to do so.

 

They are not reluctant to ask friends whose political beliefs they already know are similar to their own, but they're afraid to ask the person ringing up their order at the grocery store or the bank teller they see when making a deposit or the person at the bank who helps them open up a new account or the person who delivers their mail or UPS package or the person next to them in line while waiting for the bus. How come?

 

It's because they believe the mass media propaganda; they assume that unless somebody is wearing some kind of radical button they must support the status quo and think we are living in a genuine democracy, and so why risk an unpleasant encounter by asking them what they think?

 

This mass media propaganda is the reason we don't see lots of people today organizing an egalitarian revolutionary movement.

 

This will only change when people start discovering that the mass media is lying about what their real-life neighbors actually think. And this will only happen when people start ASKING their real life neighbors what they think. (Note, merely sticking up the sticker somewhere for people to see later in your absence is fine, but it is NOT a substitute for the MAIN thing, which is asking people if they agree with the sticker or not.) If you haven't already, please read "WHY WEAR A PDR BUTTON or STICKER AND GIVE THEM TO OTHERS?"

 

When you do this I can guarantee you that you will be pleasantly surprised, whether you live in a conservative or a liberal place (as long as it isn't some place like Beverly Hills!)

 

--John

 

PS Some of you, as I have been encouraging folks to do, replied to my earlier Email #4 and we've had some interesting exchanges that I will share (without identifying you) with the rest of us in a subsequent email; thank you for your replies!

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Email #6 12/9/20

WONDERFUL STICKER NEWS!!

 

A person who used the PDR stickers that say "Let's remove the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor" to find out what his real-life neighbors think of that idea told me this:

 

“I recieved and have been showing stickers off with no disaggreements. But I live in rural central PA and IQ here is diminished and is heart of Trump land. All seem to agree though :) "

 

This is why I am confident we CAN build an egalitarian revolutionary movement: most people want that, whether they voted for Trump or not.

 

Please read here why using the sticker this way is so important for building the egalitarian revolutionary movement.

 

Also, please subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group to make communication among us sticker-ing folks easier. Go here to subscribe.

 

--John

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Email #7 12/12/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

There are more of us now--47 living in these locations:

 

Ontario, Canada (1), Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (3), Colorado (1), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (9), Minnesota (2), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), New York (6), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1)

 

To those of you who joined more recently, please go here to read the emails I've sent earlier to sticker-project folks about this project.

 

And to everybody, I hope you read Email #6 titled "WONDERFUL STICKER NEWS!!" because it is what this sticker-project is all about, letting us gain confidence that, despite all the contrary mass media propaganda, we are in fact surrounded by people who share our egalitarian revolutionary aspiration, regardless of whether they voted for Trump or not.

 

The sticker-person who shared this wonderful news only told me about it when we were communicating on FB messenger about why my email to him had bounced back. We solved that problem and then he just mentioned the wonderful news almost as an after-thought. I suspect he wouldn't have told anybody had I not contacted him about the bounced email. But these positive responses of people to our sticker's message are absolutely VITAL for people to learn about. The mass media work very hard to keep secret what these positive responses indicate.

 

When I posted this wonderful news on Facebook it got a huge positive response and that is why we have more people joining us in this sticker project. Knowing that we are surrounded by egalitarian revolutionaries is inspiring, and it causes more people to take seriously the idea of actually building an egalitarian revolutionary movement, which is what you, my fellow sticker-folks, are actually doing in a small but very significant way!

 

So please PLEASE let me know what responses you are getting when you ask people if they think the message on the sticker is a good idea or a bad idea (not whether it is possible or impossible, which is an entirely different question.) Even better yet, if you haven't already then subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR Gmail group so you can post about your experience to let all the other subscribers hear about it. To subscribe to that Gmail group go here.

 

All the best,

 

--John

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Email #8 12/19/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

If you only got your stickers recently, please go here to see the earlier emails I've sent to sticker-project folks, especially Email #6 about one person's wonderful experience with the sticker in "Trump land" rural PA.

 

Our numbers continue to grow: There are presently 53 of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor." We live in Ontario, Canada (1), Normandy, France (1), Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (4), Colorado (1), Florida (3),Georgia (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1),Massachusetts (9), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oregon (1),

Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Virginia (2), Washington (1).

 

THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

 

The good news is that more and more people are asking for stickers and, based on what some of them have told me, they are sticking the stickers up where people will see them. This is good because it lets people who come across a sticker see that somebody where they live likes what the sticker says, and therefore they are not alone if--as is very likely--they also like what it says.

 

More good news comes from back in 2018 and earlier when people were using the PDR button instead of the sticker (same image) and they wrote about their experience asking people what they thought about its message. Read their very encouraging reports here.

 

The bad news is this. Even though many of you have had the stickers now since November or early December, I've only heard from one of you about your experience when asking people, "Do you think what the sticker says is a good idea or a bad idea?" The one person I heard from about this is the person I mentioned in Email #6, who told me, “I recieved and have been showing stickers off with no disaggreements. But I live in rural central PA and IQ here is diminished and is heart of Trump land. All seem to agree though :) " Why have the rest of you who've had stickers for a while been keeping it a secret how your neighbors have responded to the sticker?  Why is this? Please, somebody, tell me what's going on here!

 

I can only guess. Here are my guesses, in order from what I think is most likely the case to least likely:

 

Guess #1: Is it that you don't understand that the main reason I sent you stickers is so that you could use them to find out what your real-life neighbors think about the idea in the the sticker--by directly asking them whether they think it is a good idea or a bad idea (not whether they think it is possible or impossible, which is a very different question)? The article ( here) that I have been asking you to read is all about why this purpose of the sticker is so important for one day being able to do what the sticker says.

 

Guess #2: Is it that you're nervous about actually asking a person--face to face!--if they think the sticker's message is a good idea or a bad idea, because you're afraid they'll say its a terrible idea? If so please keep in mind that the ruling class mass media has worked very hard to instill this fear in you, for the purpose of making you believe that it is impossible to build an egalitarian revolutionary movement and so why even try. Perhaps it would help you get over your fear if you watched this video of me asking random people on the streets of Boston what they think of the message in the sticker/button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95b3SmBYwfU . Also, it might help if you watched this video consisting of photos of my zip-code neighbors saying they agree with the sticker/button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9cdtmgh1-g .

 

Guess #3: Your dog ate the stickers!

 

Guess #4: You lost the stickers.

 

Guess #5: You did ask people if they thought it was a good idea or a bad idea and they all said it was a bad idea and you don't want to "rain on our parade."

 

But hey! It's not fair for you to make me (and the rest of us also) have to guess. The purpose of the sticker project--and the reason people who paid for it by donating to the "buttonship fund" did so--is for us all to learn something about the reality we live in that we cannot otherwise learn and that the mass media want to prevent us from learning. Being silent makes it impossible for the sticker project to accomplish very much; it will be limited to each sticker person learning only--at best--something about the people in his/her own neighborhood.

 

We currently have people with stickers in 25 US states and two other nations. We should be getting solid information about how people in ALL of those places feel about what our sticker says. Each of us should come to know what people think everywhere. And this requires that each of you communicate to me what happened when you asked people the "Good idea or bad idea?" question. Better yet, let others know as well, by posting to the NO RICH & NO POOR email group [please go here to subscribe if you haven't already done so].

 

I hope to hear from you soon!

 

All the best,

 

--John

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Email #9 12/26/20

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

I hope you all had an enjoyable, even merry, Christmas despite the hurdles imposed by the pandemic.

 

If you joined us recently, please read my earlier emails about our sticker project: go here to see them. Also please subscribe to the email group to facilitate conversation amongst us: to subscribe go here.

 

There are presently 54 of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor."

 

We live in Ontario, Canada (1), Normandy, France (1), and the U.S. states of

Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (5), Colorado (1), Florida (3),

Georgia (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1),

Massachusetts (9), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), Nevada (1),

New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oregon (1),

Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Virginia (2), Washington (1)

 

A QUESTION

 

Did any of you who haven't already reported it ask anybody the "Good idea or bad idea?" question about our sticker's message--a relative perhaps, via zoom or email or phone on Christmas day?  If not, please tell us why not; that's important for us to know and discuss too.

 

I understand that the notion that "stickering" is a key tactic in an egalitarian revolutionary strategy may seem odd. "What can a little sticker do to remove from power people who have the 82nd Airborne Division?"

 

But think about it. How does any anti-establishment movement grow large? It starts out with a very small number of people having what most lack: enough confidence to begin building the movement, articulating its goal and recruiting others to join it. That confidence comes from knowing that the movement can grow because its aim is shared by most people. Stickering is all about gaining that confidence for ourselves, and then doing things to help others gain it too (which is what it means to build the egalitarian revolutionary movement).

 

Movements need a vision that inspires. Please read here how the egalitarian vision--at first just an idea talked about for decades--made the huge Spanish Revolution of 1936 possible, which DID remove the rich from power in about half of Spain for 3 years. Very likely the people talking about the egalitarian vision in Spain at the beginning of this process wondered if it could possibly lead to anything important. But it did! Here's how I think it can happen in the United States.

 

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

--John

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Email #10 1/9/21

Dear fellow "Stickers for NO RICH AND NO POOR" folks,

 

There's good news and bad news.

 

The good news:

 

First, our numbers have grown. There are presently 60 of us--people who have asked for stickers (or buttons earlier) that say "Let's remove the rich from power; have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor."

 

We live in Ontario, Canada (1), Normandy, France (1), Alabama (1), Arizona (2), California (6), Colorado (1), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (9), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (3), Texas (3), Virginia (2), Washington (1), Wyoming (1+a partner)

 

Second, when stickers-folks have asked people if they think the message on the sticker is a good idea or a bad idea, the great majority (near 90%) say good--or great!--idea. You can read about this here and here

 

Why is this such good news?

 

If you haven't already, please read here WHY it is so important--for building the egalitarian revolutionary movement--to ask people the "good idea or bad idea?" question. This is the reason why people have donated money to the "buttonship fund" that paid for the stickers you have now. And this is the reason why the Gallup Poll Co. refused to ask people this question, as you can read about here.

 

The bad news:

 

The bad news is that, with a single exception, the good news has come only from people who got the stickers or buttons a long time ago and asked people the "good idea or bad idea?" question a long time ago. Of the 45 people to whom I mailed stickers more recently--since November, 2020--only one person has reported asking anyone the "good idea or bad idea?" question! (His experience--in "Trump land" no less, was wonderful, as I reported in email #6).

 

I asked people in an earlier email to at least tell me WHY they haven't asked anybody the "good idea or bad idea?" question. Some said they are housebound. But is everybody housebound? And even if one is housebound, there are still people you can ask the question, if not face to face (mail and package delivery people?) then by phone or email, etc. We all know other people, right?

 

I'll tell you frankly what I suspect. I suspect that those of you who haven't asked anybody the "good idea or bad idea?" question are afraid to do so. I suspect that you're not afraid to display the sticker (as some have reported doing), but you are afraid to actually ask somebody to look at it and answer the "good idea or bad idea?" question. I suspect that the ruling class mass media has put into your mind an image (a false one, as the sticker campaign is designed to demonstrate) of ordinary people ( i.e., people who are not obviously anti-establishment or who maybe voted for Trump) as hostile to what the sticker says. I suspect you fear getting into an unpleasant encounter if you ask somebody whose opinion you don't already know the "good idea or bad idea?" question.

 

Hey! Maybe I'm all wrong in what I suspect. If so, prove me wrong. Ask people the "good idea or bad idea?" question and tell me what happened. OK? :) I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at the response you will get. When I first started doing this years ago, I was surprised by the magnitude of positive responses to this question.

 

There is absolutely no way to remove the rich from power unless most people want to do that, so we've got to find out if most people want to do that or not, and the only way is by asking them. Come on folks, you can do it!

 

We have stickers-folks in 26 states, about 56 zip codes. We ought to be able to determine how people feel about the sticker's message in all those places, not just in the few zip codes we've heard from so far. I believe that when we, and those we tell, learn the truth about the very large support for what the sticker says among all sorts of people (no matter for whom they voted!) then we will begin to see a sea change like the one I experienced in 1969 personally and wrote about here, but with even far greater significance.

 

--John

 

PS Soon there will be too many of us for me to just blind cc folks like I'm doing now, because Comcast limits the number one can blind cc. Therefore, I urge you to please subscribe to the NO RICH & NO POOR email group if you haven't already done so. Go here to subscribe.

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