I have no choice but to fight for a future. And I have no future outside this movement. But then, if we fail, we’re all screwed.
About those students at UC Davis
They all no doubt have mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and friends that care about them. Because of their courage and my friend Scott Olsen losing his ability to speak because of a police grenade, and the 84 year old former teacher being pepper sprayed, and many more outrageously fascist responses from the state to it’s citizens, I say we’ve already won. We’ve already had our “salt march” moment. The 1% just haven’t realized it yet.
Oh sure, certain members of the one percent may be (on some level) dimly aware of this, and now perhaps they are thinking the only thing they can do is to coordinate with police around the world to brain storm on how they can stop the global awakening of earth’s people. The 1% would rather keep the world a bucket of shit for 90% of humanity than share power equally and get their blood money out of our governments and stop the wholesale destruction of the future of humanity environmentally and otherwise. They are an international pirate class of hoarders and sociopaths. The entire wall street culture is suffering under a pathological and sociopathic mindset practically worshipping a lack of empathy as if it was a virtue, CEO’s are regarded as “decisive” and looked up to as heros, so we’ve created the enduring myth that greed is good. The truth is that all this behavior is based on pathological hoarding (what could be worse than hoarding money?) and a complete lack of empathy for anyone else but yourself. They’re sick. And they need real professional help.
The former kings of earth never dreamed of this much power
According to Wendell Berry, there are two economies; the economy of needs and the economy of desire. The economy of needs should always be protected from wall street and the casino of the uber wealthy because we as a people generally don’t think it’s terribly moral to allow the price of corn to be inflated because a bunch of stupid, lazy children of oil don’t want to run out of gas and are starting to burn our food. This is immoral. On a planet where people struggle to eat, sane people understand that burning food is evil. Find something else to burn, or better yet, enter the 21st century and start building an energy infrastructure that is fossil fuel free.
These billionaires are an artifact of a perverted system which perpetuates poverty intentionally. They are an abomination morally and financially, they are far too powerful to ever do anything but cause tyranny. Whether it’s them or their children who inherit billions eventually that money will be turned to polluting our politics and our earth. So I know that the right wing extremists and the neo-liberals will all have a heyday with this statement, but it is true, billionaires are too dangerous for civil society to allow. That’s why capital gains were taxed at a rate of 90% under President Eisenhower’s watch. How that works? They made all their money off the fact that unions gaves us a living wage that allowed them to realize wealth beyond anything humanity has ever seen. They have squandered it trying to beat the freedom out of us instead of keeping their money out of our politics. We won WWII with Wall Street only getting to take 100 million home every billion they made. Now they pay less than 15% and they use that money to oppress us at home and make war upon the world. That’s why billionaires are an abomination, an artifact of a flawed system that centralizes power into a few mostly backroom deal good ‘ol boys hands who’s only interest is getting richer and fleecing us “suckers” at every turn.
Runaway Cascade of Love
Uh oh, the moms are in it now, Occupy Wall Street has reached the tipping point I think, and it’s now a runaway cascade event and probably next to impossible to stop.
It’s all over but the shouting as they say because you’ve got the mothers involved in this thing now. Perhaps pepper spraying students looked good on paper but the reality was so brutally obviously not what most Americans want. I once heard a native american speak about how he was from a matriarchal matrilineal tribe and that they had a saying; “you can replace a father, a brother or a sister but that you couldn’t replace your mother.” Our mothers are more powerful than we understand in American society. But make no mistake people, you’ve angered the mothers. It’s only a matter of time and hard work recreating democracy in America from the ground up.
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