Friday, July 13, 2007

Taking Action : Anarchy & the Money Train

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It is obvious that those who were elected or appointed to keep a check and balance on the executive/corporate branch are, if not outright complicit conspirators, inept to the point of utter uselessness. It is also clear that the will of the people, as expressed by several polls and reflected the in the last Congressional election cycle, is being ignored. Lastly, the media, corporate-owned and sponsored, will no longer and nevermore act the whistle-blowing, investigating, and independent-minded voice it was intended to be by those who enshrined the rights of the press within the first few frames of our Constitution. Let’s face it folks, unless you want to obediently follow their plans for you, there is only one recourse left to the people.

I have no idea how that is going to happen and I sure as hell don’t think we can pull it off unless we can do it while the majority of our armed services are scattered all over the globe as they currently are now. Riots and civil unrest do get the attention of our leaders, because that sort of behavior causes a drop in stock prices and commerce which, in case you haven’t noticed yet, is the raison d’etre of the American government. If we slow down or impede the cash flow to the wealthy aristocracy, even if for a day, they will begin to buckle. This entire Iraq War is about that cash flow. Union busting is all about cash flow. Trade deals are all about cash flow. Lowered environmental standards are all about cash flow. It’s all they care about.

We unionize. We blockade. We protest. We riot. We revolt. We stop the money train. We join hands in defying them. They cannot do it without us, and we cannot stop them without each other.

Ultimately, and sadly, the wealthy elites and their personal protectors in government will have to be taken out and shot. Yeah, I know these are strong words, but you have to consider history and realize with whom we are dealing. Do you think they have any regrets when it comes to killing to make or protect an investment? The capitalists consider whatever damage they inflict upon humanity and nature as ‘collateral’. The accumulation of wealth and the power to control resources and labor is the only creed they know and, as history shows time and time again, they will go any length and make any justification in defending or promoting their greed.

My grandfather may have been an ardent Socialist at heart, but he never understood why the Russian Revolution had to be so brutal and unforgiving. He left the Soviet Union with his family under a cloud of disillusionment and disgust. I see now maybe what he didn’t see then and have come to understand why it is that the Bolsheviks had to destroy, kill, and erase every vestige of the old system and its holders. The fact remains that those regimes won’t let go of their power without fighting a ruthless and cruel war in response. Even were we to permit them to walk away with what they have accumulated and then accede to social and economic reform, they would adamantly refuse and unleash their armies and police to suppress any dissent or, even should they go peacefully, eventually return to reclaim what they believe to be their manifested ‘birthright’.

The violent anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries served as messengers of much needed political and social change. Those anarchists inspired many to stand up, and speak out. They set in motion the downfall of monarchies and erased class divisions around the globe. Those separations have returned and the keepers of the wealth and power have learned a lesson that we have long since forgotten in our heated jealousy to emulate and imitate those who dominate our culture and politics. We must become anarchists of some sort, either in word, in action, or in demeanor. It would be a start and perhaps, as we saw in both in 19th century Europe and the US, this anarchy could be the harbinger of greater social change and social justice.

Is peaceful change possible when those we elect ignore the people? I am no longer hopeful. Perhaps with peaceful defiance, an anarchy that stops the flow of wealth is what they need to jolt the ruling classes back into a social consciousness. If not, this nation will suffer either dictatorship or worse. If they refuse to hear your words, then it becomes required for them to feel your presence.

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6 comments:

Benjamin said...

Yo, Shlomo! I maybe lurking, but c'mon man. Listen to yourself! This is meshuggah even by your standards. Never should money be a reason for human death. I don't care if you argue that it's already going on, I'm fully aware of the injustices perpetrated out of greed. But that doesn't lend any more credibility to the maniacs who slaughtered in the name of "the social hierarchy".

Anonymous said...

Dear Shlomo,

This is Mel, as in yuv_got_mel.

What you say is correct. Here is a sad but true story: Last week, I was on vacation with my family in Orlando. On the trip home, and after stopping for gas, my repubelican mother saw a man protesting the war on a street corner. She made the comment, "Why is he doing that? Does he think it will do any good? He should go back home."

I was shocked and replied, "He's doing what EVERYONE should be doing! In fact, I wish MORE people would do the same thing! Kudos to him!"

And she shut up.

I'm so angry at the mindset of so many people who seem to be too "embarrassed" to protest or who are brainwashed to believe the protesters are nothing more than "radical nutwing liberals." And what will really piss me off is if those idiots pick up their guns and start shooting at the WRONG people, if a civil war were to break out in the U.S. They are so misinformed and disillusioned. I fear that they aren't able to distinguish their protectors/allies from their enemies.

...Remember, I live in the South--in the midst of Bible-Belt-buckling-believers... So, I'm very concerned about my neighbors, who appear to be nice people in the surface, but who also have such little awareness of history and the current politics--in the US and the world--that I don't know if I could trust them if something happened...

Here is another example of what I'm speaking of: When Jerry Falwell died, some months ago, my elderly next-door neighbor made the statement to my father, "What are we going to do now?" Almost crying, she was upset that the "leader" of the "moral majority"--(cough, gag, vomit)--was no longer able to tell people how to think!

Shlomo, I admire your activism as I always have. If you are being met with the wall of criticism in Detroit that I have down here in North Carolina, then I can understand your frustration. My father, like so many other people in this area, simply refuse to "talk politics." They are the types of people who actually watch ABC for the "latest news."

Most people in this area still believe that "hijackers" (from-whatever-country-we're-currently -bombing) flew into the Trade Towers. These people are too misinformed/non-informed about history and the political climate to see or comprehend that the Bush administration is acting more and more like the rise of the Nazi regime with every passing week.

I have spoke whenever possible, often times screaming about this stuff, while also being told to "lower my voice" and/or met with doors slamming while people actually walk out of the room, refusing to listen. That's the climate here.

I don't know what's coming...but from the looks of things, it can't be good.

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