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
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Why Doesn’t the Government Use Its Mass Surveillance to Bust the Big Criminals … the Banksters?
That is an easy question to answer, except for indoctrinated Americans. The banksters are the government! Let me break it down for you.
Capitalism is the system governing the US. (No, at this stage of capitalism called neo-liberalism the government hasn't anything to do with civil rights or rule of law in spite of what you have been taught.) A capitalist system promotes the concentration of wealth, therefore POWER, in fewer and fewer hands. The banking sector is the core profit center, or engine, of the capitalist system. Therefore banksters and their corporate allies, who in today's world have so much concentrated wealth (POWER), no longer need to play by the rules. They have taken over government.
However, for some reason the banksters and their corporate allies keep maintaining the fantasy, and many citizens are all too willing to collaborate with them, that government is controlled by people who are chosen in free and open elections. Sooner or later, sufficient numbers of people will wake up and smell reality, and they will feel a responsibility to change things. Then you will see banksters and their other corporate allies shed all pretense and openly declare a police state. And they are well prepared to do this: the infrastructure of a police state has already been put in place--prisons, full spectrum surveillance, militarized police forces, centralization of police forces under the Department of Homeland Security, etc.