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“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
― Albert Camus
Too many live in fear and do not dare to accept reality. Others retreat into fantasies or indulge in fatalistic flirtations with disaster and diversion.
America is not any sort of democracy, she’s a socio-capitalist oligarchy and republic. This nation is bought and paid for, tricked and trickled on, sold out, betrayed and sinking fast. But there is hope on the horizon. The enemy of the state is not socialism, fascism, communism or any other ism. And too many people do not want to know truths which can set us free.
Tax reform won’t fix what ails us. The problems are systemic, global and involve billions of people. The structural basis for the American economy no longer consists of theories about class written hundreds of year in the past. And we are not suffering a spiritual” crisis.
“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
In addition to outright corporate welfare, we have 21+ current wars of choice with drones, bombs, invasions, occupations, and/or American boots on the ground. Plus we fund and fortify wars on Gaza and the
West Bank. These 25+ simultaneous unprovoked wars of aggression are a first in American history and cannot be not sustained.
We did not “drift” into ongoing conflicts (at levels varying between attacks, invasions, occupation, destabilization and boots on the ground exploitation: Bombings, Drones, Other (CIA) in Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gaza, Gulf of Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunesia, Uganda, Ukraine, the West Bank, & Yemen represent more than 25 Wars of Aggression
Since taking office Obama has bombed at least Seven Sovereign NATIONS, more than any of his predecessors. Most of these bombings and drone attacks violate International Treaties, U. S. Civil Law, The War Powers Act and Constitutional Mandates.
These misuses of human and fiscal resources, dumping millions of lives and trillions of dollars down the sinkhole of endless war and into the whirlpool of munitions, deployment and sales to both sides of various conflicts… have to stop. We can demonstrate, march, vote, organize, and get active in orchestrating and implementing a new agenda.
Beyond merely addressing concerns about violence (while police battle the people of Ferguson and Israel ignores the rule of law, human dignity and moral compunction… we have global concerns on the table which will not simply go away and cannot be relegated to unending academic pontification.
Trillions of dollars currently “invested” in war, munitions, insurance cartels, overseas accounts and other forms of corporate welfare, can be redirected and put into more sustainable and productive investments: functioning schools, non-profit health care delivery, responsive government, hospitals, research & development, housing, parks, libraries, foundations, ports, bridges, railroads, electrical grids, environmental maintenance, exploration, ocean research, space projects, and scientific research. These redirected funds do not represent socialism, fascism, communism, capitalism or any other ism.
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
― Albert Camus,
Systemic tax reform must address global problems involving billions of people. We can export agriculture, scientific solutions to environmental challenges, medical technology and the arts and practical skills we continue to develop and refine while we repair, replace, expand and augment U. S. infrastructure.
Our hope for revolutionary change must be based on sustainable investments in peace, justice and taking care of the most vulnerable among us. We must not accept domination and intimidation by the so-called “military-industrial complex.”
We need to keep our eyes on the prize.
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories.
Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War Talk
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