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David prefers to fly under the radar and rarely does interviews or speaks publicly anymore. Here is the last interview he did on September 17th, 2012…

“The most famous phrases of 2011 were the ‘99%’ and the ‘1%.’ Media analysts report that after the creation of those phrases and their wide adoption by Occupy Wall Street, the media and many politicians, discussions of income inequality in America rose dramatically. David DeGraw’s coinage of these terms rendered an invaluable service to America, even the world, by making visible the sharp divide in the fortunes of citizens in much of the world. He ranks in the top ten on the list of people the plutocrats hate. His insights into how the 99% can take back America and other nations from the financial elites, who all too often became wealthy through the massive fraud that drove the Great Recession, are vital.” William K. Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator and author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One”

“Dave DeGraw is a rare thing, an opponent of this encompassing apathy that has lacquered us to our seats, eyes agog, defocused in the glare of the box. He is a leader without fanfare or hubris. He is reengaging people with that most basic of human rights – justice.” Russell Brand, Brand X

“These days people throw around the name of Tom Paine a bit too liberally (as it were), but in David DeGraw’s case, a reference to the nation’s most impactful pamphleteer has merit. When he first released The Economic Elite vs the People of the United States of America two years ago, I wrote: ‘DeGraw’s report piles on (amply footnoted) data with a relentless fury, then connects the dots, building a narrative that calls on us to give up our political labels, parties, and prejudices and get deadly serious about saving ourselves. DeGraw’s challenge: Will we the people come together to take on our common enemies – the economic elites who have stolen our money, our media, and our democracy — before they steal our future?’

Thankfully the people have taken up that challenge — in Wisconsin, on Wall Street, across the nation, and beyond. Already they have changed the conversation, and moving forward, they will change much more. David DeGraw has played an inspiring role in the leaderless and horizontal Occupy/99% movement, and the Economic Elite Vs. The People is one of its founding documents.” Terrence McNally, host Free Forum, KPFK & WBAI

“David DeGraw’s urgent and groundbreaking exposes have always been required reading. He’s a muckraker whose hard-hitting journalism does more than simply inform the public about what’s what: it educates the masses and empowers readers by providing them with all the tools they need to take immediate action. Two years ago, while the mainstream media was reprinting government press releases, DeGraw wrote these words: “It’s time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.” That rallying cry kickstarted a nationwide movement. No single person has done more over the past 24 months to expose the thievery, the lies and corruption that brought this country to its knees than David DeGraw. Keep sounding the alarm bells, David. We’ll be listening.” Jason Leopold, founder of The Public Record and lead investigative reporter for Truthout

“I understand that OWS is a leaderless democratic movement, but every idea has a seed. I wanted to meet the person that I heard planted that seed and that’s how I met David DeGraw. In response to the occupiers dream and David’s vision, I have proposed a Constitutional Amendment that would demand that elections for President and members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate be publicly financed. Thank you to David for planting the seed of a revolution that I had a birds eye view of from the beginning.” Russell Simmons, Occupy the Dream

“David DeGraw has as much energy as five normal people, is smart enough to see the ‘big picture’ and get beyond false labels such as ‘left’ and ‘right’, and is persistent even in the face of setbacks and roadblocks. David can speak with, organize and inspire all types of people. I have seen him organize discussions between high-level economists, political analysts, media personalities, artists and creative types. He rallies all and sundry, somehow building a ‘campfire’ of purpose that everyone wants to rally around. And David has done this all while juggling his responsibilities as a husband and father.” George Washington, Washington’s Blog

“David DeGraw is living proof that speech is defined by ACTION, not money. His actions have inspired me and millions of others to raise the bar everyday in this quest to restore justice in America and around the world. David is leading the harrowing transition from the massive protests he helped spark in 2011 into a clear, organized mission to repair and restore our nation’s most noble aspirations. He is a leader, a teacher and an inspiration.” Dylan Ratigan, author of “Greedy Bastards,” founder of the Get Money Out Campaign

“When DeGraw contacted me two years ago urging that we start the 99% movement, I immediately agreed. It was finally time to be clear — which side are you on? The side of the plutocratic oligarchs whose theft of the economy, aided and abetted by bought off politicians, was leaving the people desperately poorer; or the side of the people who would definitely govern this country better than the economic and political ‘elites.’ Now, two years later, those seeds have grown into the seedlings of the Occupy Movement and 2012 will be a time to see these sprout’s flower as the rebellion demanding transformational change grows. And, the question is getting louder as the wealth divide gets wider: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?” Kevin Zeese organizer of Occupy Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza and co-director of It’s Our Economy

“David DeGraw’s book is a summary of why the Occupy Wall Street movement goes beyond merely marginal change. He summarizes why small reforms can’t fix an economy that has become basically unfair. Financial fraud has been decriminalized, and banking at the highest levels has turned into a set of gangs. The 1% want people to believe all income is earned and how they are job creators and earn what they get. That is not the message of this book. David has helped involve me in the movement to explain this reality. It is not what the 1% want to hear – and he says it loud and clear.” Michael Hudson, president of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, financial analyst and author of “Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire”

“The 99% Movement with the gift of visionary leadership from David DeGraw and others emerged in the United States during the last two years effectively and successfully to focus national and global attention on the fundamental problems of income inequality, economic injustice and the systemic corruption of democracy by the selfish greed and avarice of the 1%. DeGraw’s analytical writings and perspectives are therefore very important at this moment in history as the movement grows and expands exponentially.” Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., Occupy the Dream

“David DeGraw is a firm believer in leaderless grassroots revolutions, but someone has to have the vision and the dedication to get the blades of grass waving in the same direction, and David has filled that role with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The movement has kept the focus on Wall Street, giving us an organized, focused outlet for our efforts and inspiring us with the conviction that in unity, we can make a difference.” Ellen Brown J.D., author of “Web of Debt” and president of the Public Banking Institute

“What’s fascinating is that David DeGraw’s work dissecting economic inequality in America may have had more impact on the issues that our country is now debating than any big shot member of the punditocracy. He took on these issues as a citizen, shocked by the gap he found between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of us. More importantly, he is the one that named it as a conflict between the 99% and the 1%. That simple yet revealing formulation resonated widely. It helped define the Occupy movement. His pamphleteering in the spirit of Tom Paine is designed not just to inform us, but to move us into action. Raising consciousness is important to him, but making change is his real goal.”Danny Schechter, News Dissector, director of “In Debt We Trust” and “Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time”

“David DeGraw has helped create a movement that is unstoppable.” Deepak Chopra, founder of The Chopra Foundation

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  1. I saw you on AcronymTV, I liked the “stopping the serial killer metaphor”. I’m going to put your book on my Christmas list for my wife to buy me, not because I will read it, I already know enough bad news but because I want to donate to your cause. May be you could donate to my cause as well and investigate – write about my work. I’m an inventor among other things, here in SE TX and I work on a lot of inventive design projects several large projects and many more smaller projects, most are robotic in nature. Awhile back I invented a new word “Solutionation” it mean we concentrate on solutions instead of problems. I also ran for congress this election but I didn’t vote. Here is a campaign Speech, I wrote this message
    Hal J. Ridley, Jr. Independent Inventor, Song Writer
    & Green Party Candidate U.S. Congress SE-TX #36
    When we are lucky, we learn from failure but even the lessons of success lead back there soon enough. No one learns much from success. For radical dramatic visionary change to occur at least three things have to come together, one someone has to have the vision, two someone else has to see and so believe in the vision, three those two have to convince others the possibility is real. Inventing is in our genes, it’s the greatest art form, it combines all other forms of art in one endeavor. My vision of the future is the Personal Robotic Revolution. When corporations use robotics we lose our jobs, when we use robotics we lose corporations. The Personal Robotic Revolution is here, right in front of us, waiting to be seen and born into reality. This is not hard that’s why it could or will likely happen, because it is the best and fastest way to create the world we want from the world we have. I see the vision so all that we need next is for you to see it too.
    I’m sure it’s obvious that I am absolutely not a politician and that is the best experience I have, not being a politician. I would never beg for money which proves I’m not a politician so I don’t have a real campaign and I don’t think this is a campaign I can win. This is a campaign of ideas and often time’s people with good ideas lose but their ideas go on to win, sometimes. My friend called and said you are crazy, I didn’t argue. He said you don’t have a chance, there is nothing you can do and you will only fail. I told him: Just because you don’t have a chance doesn’t mean you don’t take it and even if you think there is nothing you can do it doesn’t mean you do nothing, it means you do something almost anything and when enough people try enough things chances are better that something might work but even if it doesn’t, it’s better to try and fail than fail to try. If most of us or even some of us just got up off the couch and tried to change the world instead of the channel we could turn this around. I think one of the impossible things is convincing people what is possible. A lot of time effort and money goes into convincing us there is nothing we can do. The truth comes out on its own, it’s the lie that needs constant repeating. When bad news is endlessly looped over and over it’s to bring on hopelessness, a feeling that nothing can or will be done. It’s to create problem people, instead of solution people. Nat Turner, John Brown and Dred Scott had an idea to end slavery. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton wanted women to vote, August Spies and codefendants along with Eugene Debs wanted a 40 hr work week, a living wage and safe working conditions. V.P. Henry Wallace wanted to expand social welfare programs. John Kennedy wanted men to walk on the moon, Martin King wanted voting rights and civil rights for all people, Bobby Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam War and John Lennon wanted to “give peace a chance”. Once planted good ideas can grow and spread. While my ideas and the ideas of others I am promoting may not be so lofty, I think they are worth pursuing because they are viable solutions. There are a lot people around working on possible solutions to the problems we face today and I think most all are being ignored. It’s called the Semmelweis Reflex. It’s when those in power ignore the solution out of ignorance. Dr. Semmelweis was a surgeon in the mid 1800’s and he noticed most all of the children he delivered died from infection, so he started washing his hands before and after each delivery and many, many more children lived. This was before germ theory was understood. So for this crazy idea of washing your hands he was drummed out of medicine, committed to an insane asylum where he was beaten and died of an infection. This is still how many in power think about new ideas to this day, beat them down. The best time for revolutionary new ideas to come along is when the barbarians are at the gate because that is the time when the fear of the external threat is greater than the fear of overthrowing the internal order. Great change happens either way but it is better if it happens by us instead of too us. One person awakes with a dream, when a few other people adopt that dream it becomes a vision and when enough people see that vision it becomes reality, sometimes. If you are what you love to do, then I am an independent inventor and inventors deal in imagining solutions so I invented a word Solutionation: which means we forget the problems as we know them so well and we concentrate only on solutions, we go from a failure of imagination to imagination of success. So I want to talk a little bit about how we create the world we want from the world we have. Invention, innovation and entrepreneurial acumen are all we have to pull up from this rapidly descending spiral. We had better improvise some wings, quickly. Some of the technologies that we so desperately need are here now, like the Bloom Box which is a new type of Hydrogen Fuel Cell that is much less expensive, or Black Light Power, a power system based on Ultra-Violet Light, or the EEstore Ultra Capacitor, a new type of battery technology that will charge much faster with much more power. This technology has completely disappeared when the government decided it was top secret. That is what happens to solutions. There is new Cold Fusion Technology and the old Newman Generator that has been around for decades. These are just a few of the technologies here now that could reinvent our economy but they are being ignored, suppressed or if need be repressed by a small but powerful economic group with a vested interest in keeping their status quo. They would rather risk the environment of the entire planet than risk giving up some of their power or profit for a better future for us all.
    I work on a lot of inventive design projects, myself over 70. Several are large projects and more smaller, most are robotic in nature. The Robotic Construction Model is the main project I pursue and I have my first U.S. Patent “The Multi-Function Construction Aid”, # 6640928, I have put up a little website to explain a little of what I am trying to do without giving up enabling information. This is a new way to build a new type of building much faster, safer, stronger, energy self-sufficient and less expensive as well. This is a building that would not shake down, blow down, burn down or wash away with very little exception. We change the way we live by changing the way we build. The oldest project I design is “The Hydraulic Jack Robot Driller” which is the design of a compound drilling robot for control blowout drilling of oil, natural gas and most especially geo-thermal wells. If we could substantially reduce the economic and environmental cost of drilling then geo-thermal power would be viable, these are wells that tap the heat of the earth for unlimited power. That means no more coal, no more nuclear and 2 dollar a gallon gas to exit the petro-economy and do so in a rapid fashion. With a grid of geo-thermal wells drilled all along the highway system we could power the electric highway and recharge hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in route also there are thousands of old oil wells plugged and abandoned all across the country and the world so that we could redesign and re-drill these wells into geo-thermal wells at little cost. There are new inexpensive ways to crack water into Oxygen and Hydrogen for fuel. Everything we need is here. We need a revolution not an armed revolution that we could never win or a people revolution, a mass movement with signs marches and protesting that is so easy to subvert and grind down. We need an economic revolution because that is where we still have some power, we are the customers and consumers they still need us. This new revolution is the Personal Robotic Revolution when corporations use robotics we lose our jobs when we use robotics we lose corporations. One of the designs I work towards is the “Compound Robotic Sewing Arm” if your robot could sew why would you need WalMart and China for your apparel. The Personal Robotic Revolution will bring back our jobs and re-localize the economy in a more cooperative self-sufficient model because it’s better to cooperate than compete. Competition has one winner and lots of losers with cooperation we all succeed. The Robotic Construction Model is a matrix idea as it will bring along a lot of other good ideas with it. It is a synergistic, holistic model that will alow us to take a good look and then in one step leap into the new paradigm “The Personal Robotic Revolution”. We don’t need the Government they are not going to help us, we don’t need big business, Wall Street or too big to fail banks they are sure not going to help us. All we really need is each other and some good ideas to get behind, to help promote and make into reality. The main reasons for the past and the present is so we can create a future. Don’t make it not happen because you didn’t think you could, so you didn’t try.
    Inventor and futurist Buck Minster Fuller believed “If you want to change things don’t confront reality head on, create a new model that makes the old model obsolete. The old model is obsolete the corporate oligarchy and government kleptocracy is in complete implosion what rises up from the ashes is the only question worth asking or answering. President Kennedy believed we could land men on the moon in less than ten years and we did and we could bring on the Personal Robotic Revolution and change the way we live in less time than that. If we will? Thanks

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