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If They Were You

June 26, 2013
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The problem we face isn’t the NSA and the problem isn’t the CIA. The problem isn’t Barrack Obama or John Boehner. The problem isn’t the Patriot Act or the rising police state. The problem we face isn’t Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. The problem isn’t television or mass-media. The problem we face isn’t Monsanto or Microsoft, it isn’t marijuana reform or Gay rights, because as human beings, we already have these rights. The problem is the state denying them. The problem is an illusion of public control over government and media. These problems cannot be answered with ballots.  We’re grown up children now, no longer believing in ballots, ballerinas or fairy unicorns to save the day.

It would be wonderful if workers could go into the boss’s office and demand a fair contract. If they ask for a dollar, the boss will offer a dime. If they ask for two dollars, the boss will offer twelve cents. If the workers ask for three dollars, the boss will close the plant and move to China; to a place where a military police state will be more persuasive in labor negotiations. The world economy has been poisoned by Neoliberal Capitalism.

You must understand, neoliberal capitalism is a heinous belief system. These neoliberal capitalists do not believe in human society, they do not believe they are their brother’s keeper, they don’t believe in the principles of the Magna Carta, the Constitution or The Rights of Man. Neoliberals believe that human beings are a commodity, like bushels of wheat, barrels of oil or broods of pigs. To neoliberals, there is only one right on earth which actually exists – property. To them, all other human rights are just made up play pretties, not worth the paper on which they’re written.

A generation ago the world faced a brutal Fascist regime, which declared by race, some as the masters and others as untermenschen — subhuman. Under neoliberalism, rather than judged by race, you are judged by your wealth. Why do so many in government insist that tax cuts for the rich brings jobs, when all evidence is to the contrary? Because you are untermenschen, you need only be placated by the media circus, while they do as they damn well planned to do all along. George W. Bush lied about 9-11 and lied about Saddam and he walks the streets drawing a fat pension and lucrative speaking fees.  Untermensch! You dare to argue with a police officer?  You’ll be arrested, tasered or worse.

Rather than building concentration camps, the neoliberalist simply siphoned off the jobs turning whole cities into concentration camps. Millions of Americans left behind, abandoned in the ruins of post industrial combat zones, with drugs and crime as the only prosperous occupations with positions available. Wall Street celebrates success, with all the accouterments, whores and cocaine parties.  The President and the Congress pontificate about responsible consumers, not content to simply destroy our economy, they must blame you for it. And why, why do they blame the public? Because if it’s not our fault, then it must be their fault, and after all, they just made the laws which allowed the crisis to happen.  It’s you who has failed.

It is important that they demonize you and demoralize the public. You did outrageous things; you bought a house or a car. You borrowed money to go to school or you had children. Do you understand the contempt with which they hold us? They held the football and like Charlie Brown, we tried to kick it. The alleged banking crisis was a replay of the Mexican Peso crisis, with the same cast of characters in charge. Paulson and Geithner skate away as multimillionaires, while millions of other Americans walk the streets, homeless and jobless. If there is any failure in this generation, it is in allowing the criminals to live at all.

The President proposes cutting Social Security. His sequestration cuts assistance to the unemployed, poor and elderly. The Congress has proposed cuts to food stamps and heating assistance to the poor. In the face of 22% unemployment, the administration proposes a jobs bill, which is nothing more than a tax giveaway to corporations. In the teeth of the largest oil spill in all of modern human history, this administration has worked actively at the side of the polluter to mitigate their legal liability, even using the military to suppress media coverage. One by one, the Congress, the courts and the Executive branch have conspired to abrogate our Bill of Rights.

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” ~ Barack Obama

No, you’re going to have some problems here. The truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country. It has become a neoliberal, one party state, with no care or concern for the well-being of the vast majority of American untermenschen. As a neoliberal state, its only concern is for wealth, only for what it can grab for itself and how it can claw profits from your misery. Surveillance, illegal searches, lock downs, concentration camps, accompanied by the longest prolonged, aggressive military campaign in modern human history, compels us to act. It won’t get better by itself; left alone, it can only fester and turn septic; a government so cynical and premeditated as to cut heating assistance for the poor in June, will remain well hidden when January comes around. The answer to this mêlée is as clear as it is frightening, but something must be done. How else can we face our children? How else can we assume a place for the next generation?

We must form an alternative political front and revolutionary structure to bring an end to neoliberalism. Otherwise neoliberalism will destroy us all – everyone. The goal of this political front will be to unite the people in our common goals, not a party of divisive hot button issues, but a common political front, calling for the dismantling of the current established corporate order, and replacing it with a more truly representative democracy. For years many have cried, “we must get big money out of politics.’ It is too late for that now. The body is corrupted. We must create a new body.

An American Revolutionary Front should be just that, staffed by the legions, the millions who’ve lost jobs, careers, homes and children. Foreign workers didn’t take your job; an American took your jobs to foreign workers. Iraqi’s didn’t kill your son or daughter, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama and the Congress of the United States killed them. The state killed them in order for special interests to profit from war — illegal, immoral and criminal war. We’ve witnessed a decade long aggressive military campaign, based on the theory that if you kick a dog long enough, it will bite you. The ship will not right itself, the Rubicon has been crossed, and this life we once knew is now over.

This is neoliberal capitalism. Every misery its product. Every uneducated citizen its shining achievement. Slums and urban decay are its monuments. The demands of wealth cannot be constrained by the petty need of untermenschen to stay alive. Neoliberal capitalism argues fracking over clean water, oil fires over atmosphere, oil over oceans, chemicals over bees and profits over people — über alles. Not sometimes, but every time. The rulers build the security state because, if they were you, they’d revolt.

Let us speak freely. It’s all we have left. Without change, our future is bleak. Unless we come together and do something, it will only get worse. Once everything has been taken from you, you are free. You’re distilled into an essence of what your life really means and what its value is to be.

It is a perversion of terms to say that a charter gives rights. It operates by a contrary effect — that of taking rights away. Rights are inherently in all the inhabitants; but charters, by annulling those rights, in the majority, leave the right, by exclusion, in the hands of a few… They… consequently are instruments of injustice … The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a contract with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist. ~ Thomas Paine

 

About the Author: David Glenn Cox is a senior staff writer for TLR and an award winning author and musician; he is the author of the novel, “The Servants of Pilate”.

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One Response to If They Were You

  1. Kellia on July 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    A brilliant description of the current problem, David. But not enough description of the solution. Your American Revolutionary Front must be about something other than defeating neoliberal capitalism, or else, when the opposition wins, it will have a problem governing. We must be for something, as well as against the status quo.

    For me, the answer is demonetization, i.e. gift economy principles, with a strong commons, and abandonment of the principles of earning and deserving, paying and owing. I am writing a book on the subject and I invite you and anyone else reading this to go to my website http://endingthecultbook.wordpress.com/ for more discussion.

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