At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. – Chapter 5 the AA Big Book
We have had a plethora of posts as usual all pushing some righteous and glorious agenda. On State budgets, LBGT rights, poverty and teen parenting, toxic chemicals, primarying of some democrat and the ever popular bashing of Obama for ignoring the will of the people (as if this is some sort of grand surprise).
Only one post is up that I can see that lays it out at all and that’s David Seaton’s May Day post. And even David pulls some punches. His references Kurt Sperry “Dear Left, Enjoy Your Pot and Gay Marriage Because That’s All You’re Getting“ is spot on. An excellent evaluation to of the current situation but it too does not go far enough. I hale both of them but some real hard reality needs to be faced.
The harsh reality is your are not going to change the system within the system any more than an alcoholic will get sober in a bar.
It won’t be changed in the voting booth. Both parties will make damn sure of that. Hell they even got a back dude elected that’s a bigger Wall Street toady and Ben Bernanke. I think Elizabeth Warren is great but rest assured the minute she becomes an actual threat to the system’s status quo, she will be history. Third party runs are simply a diversion and smoke screen.
It won’t be changed by marching and demonstrating and banging on drums and handing out leaflets. While some local band does a great cover of the Jefferson Airplane or CSNY or Dylan. You will simply be ignored and the media will portray you as a bunch of kids with nothing else better to do.
And – I know I’ll get hauled on the carpet for this – it won’t be changed by setting up some alternative economy or cooperative business, since the minute they become real competition and a threat to those at the top – the PTB will find some excuse to make them irrelevant or impossible or both. Just look how the banking sector has consistently tried to do away with credit unions the way they did away with Savings and Loans.
And it won’t be changed by some toady petite bourgeoisie or haute bourgeoisie installing solar cells or recycling the cabbage or shopping at Whole Foods. The doctors and lawyers and college professors and engineers and what not who comfort themselves by sending money to some worthy cause. All the while sucking up to those at the top and intellectually rationalizing their supporting of the status quo and hanging on to their Wall Street investments with a death’s grip. Making tech toys or offering their services for the highest fee they can grab.
It it sure as hell won’t be changed by a constitutional convention or amendments. Neither congress, the president or Wall Street gives a hoot about the constitution unless it serves their purpose. This should be evident by now.
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point.
Richard Wolff likes to reference the union and socialist movements of the 1930s and how they pressured FDR into the New Deal. And there are those who like to do the same with the civil rights movement pressuring LBJ. In each case though they conveniently forget that there was a very real threat of a violent reaction to the situation. In the 1930s there were major violent demonstrations and in the 1960s riots and the possibility of a race war irrupting.
So far there has been no similar threat so those at the top feel safe doing whatever they damn well please.
So I put it to you. What measures are you willing to take to enact real change ?