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Democracy: Of, By and For the People

(This article first appeared in the September-October issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The word democracy comes from Greek and translates to “rule by the people.” In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln captured this essence of democracy in his famous Gettysburg address upholding a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Workers make up the vast majority of ‘the people.’ Thus, a true democracy would primarily serve the interests of working people – ensuring living wages, safe working conditions, shorter work weeks, healthcare as a human right, affordable housing, healthy food, a sustainable planet, quality childcare and education, dignified retirements, equal rights of all people and world peace.

Yet we live under a system where the interests of the Wall Street corporate profiteers are primarily served by the government. 

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