Strange Days Indeed
Nobody told me there’d be days like these . . .
For decades now, the rich and their bought-and-paid-for-politicians have been waging class warfare against the middle class and the poor. They won’t call it that, they never will call it that, but that’s what it is. Class warfare. It has been decreed from on high, by Wall Street bankers, by corporate CEO’s, by the billionaires of the Forbes 500. There was no resistance in the 1980’s, so they escalated it. There was no resistance in the 1990’s, so they escalated it again.
They’re still escalating it.
The tactics have been complex, they’ve been planned and revised, refined and adjusted, plotted and perfected and passed into law, concealed with cold calculation in thousands of bills and endless amendments, by the corporate hacks of a “two-party-system” bankrolled and controlled by the enemies of social justice and economic equality.
The tactics have been complex, but the strategy isn’t. It can be summed up in only four words–destroy the middle class.
And they’re doing it.
And the middle class is just watching it happen.
Strange days indeed.
Chris Hedges . . .
I do not know if we can build a better society. I do not even know if we will survive as a species. But I know these corporate forces have us by the throat. And they have my children by the throat. I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists. And this is a fight which in the face of the overwhelming forces against us requires us to find in acts of rebellion the embers of life, an intrinsic meaning that lies outside of certain success. It is to at once grasp reality and then refuse to allow this reality to paralyze us. It is to believe, despite all empirical evidence around us, that good always draws to it the good, that the fight for life always goes somewhere, and in these acts we sustain our belief in a better world, even if we cannot see one emerging around us.
We find in acts of rebellion the embers of life.
The good always draws to it the good.
Believe in a better world.
Reach for it . . .
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan examined 100 years of violent and nonviolent resistance movements in their book ‘Why Civil Resistance Works.’ They concluded that nonviolent movements succeed twice as often as violent uprisings. Violent movements work primarily in civil wars or in ending foreign occupations, they found. Nonviolent movements that succeed appeal to those within the power structure, especially the police and civil servants, who are cognizant of the corruption and decadence of the power elite and are willing to abandon them. And we only need 1 to 5 percent of the population actively working for the overthrow of a system, history has shown, to bring down even the most ruthless totalitarian structures. It always works on two tracks—building alternative structures such as public banks to free ourselves from control and finding mechanisms to halt the machine.
Imagination is power. Creativity is power. Unity is power . . .
It is only those who harness their imagination, and through their imagination find the courage to peer into the molten pit, who can minister to the suffering of those around them. It is only they who can find the physical and psychological strength to resist. Resistance is carried out not for its success, but because by resisting in every way possible we affirm life.
The power of imagination has no limits, the power of creativity has no limits, the power of unity has no limits. Use that power.
They can’t control us unless we let them control us.
They can’t win unless we let them win.