“Who Should Resist, and Who Will Become Serfs?” This article by Chris Hedges (4/7/09) is an absolute must-read. All who study it should either be galvanized into action or be prepared to kiss their money and asses goodbye.
“America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.”
We do indeed have a cargo cult democracy now. At regular intervals we check boxes, flip levers, or poke buttons to choose among preselected candidates and so give an illusion of choosing our government. But policy making has long since been outsourced to privately funded and directed to think tanks and corporate interest groups.
Before anything changes people have to understand that despite what they’ve been told, they have no share in civic power. If they can’t stomach this fact, they have to start taking their duty as citizens seriously. They must inform themselves about issues, candidates, the uses and structure of power, and do it everyday. Democracy is much, much more than just donating to a party and hooting for/against branded candidates once every two or four years.
Most of all, shut off the god damned TV. Stonewall American Idol. Boycott professional sports. In the old days, the Romans used bread and circuses to keep the yokels pacified. Today it’s beer and B-ball. The flip side of e pluribus unum is divide and conquer, which is exactly what trivial pursuits and diversions do.