Gradual Popularization: Stamping Anti-Political-Bribery Messages on Money

Money, Banks & Concentrated Wealth

Collaborations and partnerships are gradually forming nation-wide to combat money in politics, specifically against the Citizens United supreme court ruling in 2010. A directory of many of them can be found at United4thePeople.org (not all listed have the same agenda).

Independent offshoots pertaining to the pursuit of money out of politics have involved stamping money with custom-made designs with messages:

  • “get money out of politic$!”
  •  “the system isn’t broken, it’s fixed”
  • “corporations are not people, and money is not free speech”
  • “not to be used for bribing politicians”
  • “money as speech silences us all”

July 4: $5,000 of stamped money dropped from Seattle building (courtesy of “mic check wall st“)

“Stamp Stampede” website for stamping money out of politic$ (great photo here showing Obama “system is fixed” which he responds with Secret Service ‘joke’)

Ben & Jerry’s Co-founder to Occupy Your Wallet

Speech bubble stamp showing George Washington and Abe Lincoln exclaiming “Get Money Out of Politic$!”

Phi Beta Iota:  Defacing currency is a crime in the USA.  An excellent summary with applicable passages from the law can be found at Google Answers, here (for “coin” but not cotton currency). While this is an important demonstration of public loss of faith in government (and promoting a 28th Amendment to the Constitution), getting money out of politics is not the problem.  There is nothing wrong with the USA that cannot be fixed simply by restoring the integrity of the electoral process and hence of the government.  Complete information on how to do this is at We the People Reform Coalition.  With respect to money itself, local communities should be doing everything they can to eliminate landlords using eminent domain as needed, and moving all money from all local stakeholders into local banks.