This is Class War, inverted and perverted, with the ruling class factions redistributing the wealth of the subordinate classes among themselves; whatever Obama says or does, it will continue. It is "business as usual."
Progressives remain very concerned with what is going on in Washington DC; good people, educated and compassionate people still cling to the illusion that if they just do something differently in the next election, something resembling a humane society with sane social policies will appear.
Certainly it is best to pay close attention to a government such as our own;
it's advisable in the same sense that knowing the projected path of a hurricane
or tornado is. Wherever you are, you don't want to get caught on the wrong side
of it. However, the idea of controlling its direction at this late date may well be magical thinking.
While President Obama makes what may well be his last stand, demanding a slight deceleration of the impending disaster, a small group of actual radicals makes a stand on Wall Street, the results of which remain to be seen.
This is Class War, although President Obama's late decision to take a stand for the "the people" actually only calls for the most minor adjustments to business as usual.
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."*
"Society is saved just as often as the circle of its rulers contracts, as a more exclusive interest is maintained against a wider one. Every demand of the simplest bourgeois financial reform, of the most ordinary liberalism, of the most formal republicanism, of the most shallow democracy, is simultaneously castigated as an "attempt on society" and stigmatized as "socialism." -Karl Marx "The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" **
The primary demand of the ruling class is clear: "You will accept whatever deal we offer, and be grateful for it."
What we have seen so far with Obama (and I admit that I voted for him) discredits in the strongest of terms the whole line of hope-addicted mainstream liberal thought; that if we think positively, work hard, get good grades and a good education, we can work for "change from within." We can even grow up to be president"without having a world-class drug and weapons trafficker, and financier for terrorists for a father, to buy the government for us.
I'm sick of hearing about how important the next election is. Yes there may be a choice between "Bad" and "Worse" but all the energy that progressives spend on "working within the system," as well as the element of fully justifiable discontent from "Middle America" diverted into the campaigns of TP candidates, televangelists, and executioners wrapped in flags and bearing crosses, could actually change things drastically, if used for more direct and difficult to ignore tactics.
It's time now to "make other arrangements," we have a disaster in progress, a failing state and a falling empire; the flesh pulled from its bones by the jackals of international finance, perpetual warfare from an ever-changing array of ideological and religious combinations; there is profit and chaos, confusion and mass-murder, opportunities to sell weapons and seize control of lucrative drug trafficking routes.
Scream all you want "Wake up, throw down your guns, go back to your families!" You will not be heard; not by the zealots of the Abrahamic faiths, nor by the true believers in the various fundamentalist-materialist dogmas such as capitalism, communism of the Stalinist/Maoist variety, secular militarism in the name of sentimental patriotism, or blind fear and hatred stirred up by those struggling for power and property. People with nothing to lose will gladly accept a reason to live, give them a weapon and a reason to kill, and they will gladly accept these gifts too, along with the added bonus of a reason to die.
The basic control systems, the lines of organized coercion and containment will remain intact and continue to function. The controllers are well aware of the potentials of the impending disaster, and plans are in place for protecting the property and lives of the privileged and their more vital servants.
What happens to the rest of us unfortunately does not appear to concern "our" government anymore. One can hold out, and hope, provisionally, that the impending attacks on the most defenseless classes of American society can be weakened or delayed by legislative action, however, the post-9-11 depredations of the War State, and the continuation of corporate welfare from one regime to the next have made further suffering an inevitability for America's subordinate classes.
Homeless Man in Denver by Dan Mage
As always, I hope I'm wrong but it appears that the train is headed over the cliff, the bridge is out, no one is pulling the brake line....can we derail it? Maybe, but there will still be a need for damage control.
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