Forum Post: Some thoughts from #S17 because ... ''No one ever said the battle for the rights of The 99% was gonna be easy'' !!!
Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 14, 2013, 8:53 a.m. EST by shadz66
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No one ever said the battle for the rights of the 99% was gonna be easy.
We live in corporate tyranny. It's a new type of tyranny, 21st-century style.
How do the American people sit by and snooze while this is going on? Are they really that brainwashed ?
The forum is a place to lay down information. Keep up the good work and never give up. Forget about the b.s. that goes on here and use this place for what it is, one of the main faces of Occupy on the internet.
And, don't forget that Occupy has changed the conversation in this country in a profound way, and that is why this forum is constantly under attack.
We are all for the 99%, no? We're all for the banksters going to jail, for wages to increase, for healthcare to be universal, for the spying crap to end, for the drones to end, for Glass Steagall to be reinstated, for workers' rights to be enforced, for equality for all, to end poverty, to end the foreclosures, to end disenfranchisement, to end corruption, etc etc.?
We are all in this fight together. We can come at it from different angles but in the end we all want the same things and to get those things, we're going to find that we need something new altogether. We need an economic system and a society that fits into the new global and information age that we live in.
There are plenty of people fighting for the status quo. But, there are millions more who need deeper change. Revolutions and even just change, watershed change, can take several decades. We've been planting the seeds here and those who want the status quo really don't like that. They know that seeds grow.
Challenge libertarians to this : Ask your fearless leaders, Lew Rockwell, the Pauls, the Kochs, those at the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation, etc., this question :
- "If you want to have a truly libertarian economic society, would you be willing to level out all of the wealth in America before doing so as this would be the only fair way to institute that economic system with everyone on a level playing field ?"
The answer would be a resounding no, of course, because the leaders of libertarianism, the ones who really would benefit from a society with zero regulations on a free-wheeling capitalist society are the ones who already own the capital !
These people are not stupid. They know damn well that they will start out the race ahead of the masses because they have the capital and they will wipe the masses up off the floor. So, what do they do ? They pull regular people in with sexy stuff like : "You will be free to have as many guns as you want." ; "You can smoke pot and do drugs if you want." ; "You won't have to send your kids to school if you don't want to." etc. etc. And, regular people buy into this social crap that they spew. They buy into it because they feel so oppressed in the first place working at jobs that pay barely enough to survive that any kind of liberty sounds freaking great.
But, what the regular people don't get is that that is just a way to pull them in, what true libertarians are really after is control of the economy. They want to own every single one of us. And, in a free-wheeling unregulated capitalist economy, that is exactly what we will have. Most of the regular people following that ideology just don't get this. And, it is very important that we educate people to understand how deleterious an unregulated capitalist system would be.
Creating self-sustaining livelihoods is one answer to overcoming the tyranny under which we find ourselves. An egalitarian society in which people can live without fear would be very efficient. There is always enough to go around, but when it is spread out unevenly it leaves surplus with some and sparsity with others which causes all sorts of ills.
- Keep in mind, no where in the Constitution does it say we must have a capitalist economic system.
Extraction of profit through exploitation is the basis of capitalism. Once you take that away, then you don't have capitalism.
Man is not naturally selfish. Man is conditioned to be selfish or shamed, but he is not naturally so. In fact, we should argue the opposite. Look to hunter gatherers and other indigenous groups. They share. They know there is enough to go around and they know others will share with them. They don't live in constant fear that they will not have enough. Their existence on this good earth is not a mere material acquisition.
What new system should we replace capitalism with ? That is the perplexing question because the world is not like it ever has been in the past so what will likely happen is that over time, the current system will undo itself and develop into something new that fits the times and something likely that we have not seen before. It will be a sharing economy based on love and not fear, enjoyment and not acquisition.
It isn't that anyone is weak. The poor are not to blame for being poor. The unemployed are not to blame for being unemployed. It is the foundation of capitalism to exploit. The capitalist exploits in order to make a profit. So, someone is exploited, right ? or capitalism falls apart.
The "reserve army of labor" required by capitalism wants unemployment because unemployment keeps wages down. The only weak ones here are the exploiters, the capitalists, whose greed has overtaken their capacity to love. All we need to do is rid ourselves of an economic system that purposefully only works for a few people. Down with capitalism ! And, let's find an economic system that works for all people.
- For some other 'dot joining' insights, see this thought provoking documentary film : http://vimeo.com/68334467 or for an alternative link to the same, please see ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMgOTQ7D_lk ~*~
With the exception of the excellent and highly recommended links immediately above, this post and these thoughts for #S17 and for a more beautiful world for all going forward, were wholly quoted and minimally edited from comments from a long term poster and deep supporter of OWS, whose words and thoughts we'll all know but could do with reflecting upon more.
veritas vos liberabit ....