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For the past few years, in response to the topics I speak about on my television show and write about on The Huffington Post, people have asked me how they could contribute to help fight for what I call “Truth to Power.” Previously there has been no mechanism to allow people to participate in this, but it is clear that we need to form an Alliance – a formation of like-minded individuals fighting for the same ideals.

With that, let me invite you to join The Alliance to help us all fight for the truth. It is clear that our country is divided in two – not left and right, but those who wish to change the status quo for better, and those who wish to keep it to protect their interests.

The problem is that the Democratic and Republican parties have lost their focus. Instead of fighting to empower the people, they are now only fighting to keep their own power. Only through the full engagement of the people can we change this.

Our values are based on the simple belief that opaque systems reward exploitation and that transparent ones reward altruism. That monopolies reward manipulation and exploitation – while fair, open, rules-based competition – rewards greatness.

We are not here to throw rocks at the system, but we are here, as a group, to face that truth together with an eye towards solving it, not exploiting it. We are here to force the politicians and leaders to face the truth with us.

In forming an Alliance, we are seeking to bring individuals together in effort to organize ourselves to make these changes and create a coalition with the strength to gird ourselves for the opposition any reformer faces.

Many of the problems that plague our country are not new, but the information we can gather and distribute is far greater than at any point in the history of the world. We are uniquely positioned to change these problems, with the help of technological advancements and the many tools of communication at our disposal.

“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

Thomas Paine

I cannot do this alone. None of us can do this alone. However, we as a team, can speak truth to power, and choose to do so with a compassion for those too fearful to make the same decision that you and I have made. Acting not as a force of destruction, but as a force in ending the abuse of special interests and working together to solve our nation’s problems.

We have the tools – freedom of speech, the right to vote and the choice of how we spend our money after taxes, combined with our individual resources of time and talent, to give us a path forward to solve these problems. I hope this Alliance will start a free flow of information and ideas to that end.

Thank you for your considering investing your time and talent, and I look forward to hearing from you in the months ahead.

All my best,
Dylan Ratigan

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