We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Monday, March 5, 2012
How to Fund an American Police State: Real Money for an Imaginary War
The article provides a very good update on the efforts of the One Percent to establish a police state in the US. Although most Americans seem blissfully unaware, it looks to me like this has been largely accomplished.
It also seems to me that the author doesn't really understand this phenomenon given the subtitle, "Real Money for an Imaginary War". The political operatives of the One Percent are not concerned about some imaginary foreign Muslim agent or terrorist operating in the US to subvert our great "democracy" even though they try their hardest, and sometime succeed, to set up some unsuspecting Muslim to commit a suspicious crime. This is their cover story. These political operatives are not fools.
If you have been awake and follow the hard news, not the usual infotainment one gets from mainstream media, you are already aware that dissidents in the US such as the Occupiers are the real target. You are also likely aware that the One Percent has been globalized--they exist on tiny islands all over the capitalist globe. While they have erased boundaries for themselves, they have set up well policed boundaries for the 99 Percent. Within these areas they carefully surveil any opposition to their rule. They are clearly afraid of us, as well they should be.