Oligarchy and oligarchy-funded institutions are like an octopus with long and powerful tentacles. These tentacles have been growing longer and more powerful for the past 30 years. In order to defeat this oligarchic octopus, its tentacles must be severed one by one. The fewer active tentacles an octopus has, the less powerful it becomes. The best weapon to sever the tentacles is the vote. It appears, however, that most of the electorate in the nation is oblivious to this reality. Both political parties in power — one party much more than the other — are held captive by the tentacles of this oligarchic octopus. So, what now?