I haven’t seen projections anywhere in the news regarding the ongoing wildfires, probably to avoid a panic, but I think my calculations are accurate. 4.6 million acres have reportedly burned as of September 13, 2020. And we aren’t even at peak fire season yet, which begins on October 1st. In any case, we should conservatively expect that to at least double to roughly 10 million.
Let’s be really optimistic and say the entire fire season on the West Coast only destroys 8 million acres. That’s still the entire acreage of the City of Los Angeles, the 8th largest city in the country in terms of land (excluding Alaskan cities) twenty-five times over. That renders a best case scenario of 10.4 million football fields worth of the West Coast burning over a period of just 4-5 months.
But climate change is a hoax, right? Thats as absurd is saying that we should continue to peacefully protest our politicians to finally treat this climate crisis, and all the other existential crisis Americans are facing, as the actual emergencies that they are. But still, they will never listen. Ever. Understand that, because this is important.
Our “leaders” will, without fail, continue to do what corporations and the military-industrial complex pay them to do until their bottom-line is directly threatened. And forget elections, since there is only one true fighter left in the entire Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, and she’s on her way out.
We do not have a government that represents us and those who make the laws have rigged the laws to immune themselves from ever having to represent us. There is no legal means of reform other than a truly effective third political party, which is a massive long-shot due to the electoral system. Worth trying, but far more must be done. We cannot put all our eggs in one improbable basket.
What we need to do in the more immediate future is drag those in power out of their offices, out of their homes, and effectively end the murderous U.S. Empire, a textbook terrorist organization Americans still wrongfully call a government. Consider what I am proposing as an eviction of the entire political class. We have the numbers to make that happen and we always have. The 99% vs. the 1% is a fight we win ten times out of ten.
Should we revolt soon? Ask yourself:
“How much do we have to lose if we don’t?”
“How much do we have to gain if we do?”
I think the answers to those questions make the wiser path forward easier to discern, albeit difficult to accept and even more difficult to act upon. But when petitions aren’t read, votes aren’t counted, speeches aren’t heard, and protests fall on deaf ears, that really whittles away the viable peaceful options.
That’s not to say those methods weren’t worth trying. All peaceful means of revolution must be reasonably exhausted before resorting to aggressive tactics. I merely believe those means have failed to yield sufficient results and it would be irrational to consider repeating the same tactics and expecting a different result. The system is too well-fortified to crack without a significant use of actual force. Regrettably, kumbaya didn’t stop the Nazis. I wish it did. But we know it didn’t. We also know what did.
Consider the fact that they didn’t arrest the killers of George Floyd until tens of millions of people across the globe protested in the streets, escalating to the point that the people of Minneapolis burned a police station to the ground. It took all of that just to get four people who committed murder on tape to be arrested. Not convicted. Arrested. I’d bet my left nut that the three accomplices walk entirely. And that’s my favorite one.
Derek Chauvin himself is CIA, so even if he is convicted of murder he’ll be slipped out the back of the prison, reassigned to a new mission under a new alias. Remember, the Establishment wants a race war to prevent a class war. Because a race war turns the middle class on itself and is far easier to manipulate. As Heath Ledger’s Joker said, “Nobody panics when the expected people get killed. Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying.”
Some may advocate for patience, arguing that peaceful revolutions just take more time and if we just keep pushing then eventually the U.S. Empire will give, develop a conscience, and change course. If we had an infinite amount of time, that argument might have merit. The problem is that we have a closing window of opportunity due to climate change (perpetual aka unstoppable global warming kicks off in 2028 if radical reforms in the energy sector aren’t made) and, of course the pending fascism regardless of who wins in November. ( S P O I L E R A L E R T ) It won’t be Joe Biden.
I find it painful waiting for Americans to recognize the inevitability of violence and the need to use aggression preemptively to mitigate the damage. It’s difficult because morally it seems inconceivable. But that is just denial and fear talking.
Where we are as a country right now is akin to being in Nazis Germany before Hitler had a firm grip on the national narrative, when there was still a chance to prevent a genocide and World War 2 entirely. That’s what it feels like, doesn’t it? I imagine most Americans also feel a similar sense of impending dread, as if something big is on the horizon and we’re all just bracing for it. We share in this echo of the future because it’s real, but we are afraid to do what is necessary to prevent it. The reality that certain lines we never thought would have to be crossed just might need to be is understandably difficult to conceptualize. It should be. But it mustn’t stop us from doing what must be done.
Surely there were some who tried to convince German citizens to rise up and overthrow their government while they still had a real chance of preventing something so much worse. That moment of resistance must have happened and they either failed to fight back or they made the attempt, but failed.
With foresight and history as a guide, a parallel course isn’t difficult to imagine. Another fascist regime is undeniably rising and it will be hailed by both Democrats and Republicans alike. They’re the ones who have been enabling Deep State, Inc. every step of the way for decades. Turns out corporate fascism is bi-partisan. Fortunately, history is nothing if not a series of patterns and makes what comes next easier to predict.
It’s important to keep in mind is that the more time the Deep State has to prepare for an uprising the more our odds of success decline. That’s a statistical fact. They already have budgets set aside and plans drawn up to quell such an event.
The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down.
This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.Survival of the Richest by Douglas Rushkoff (July 5, 2018)
That’s their actual endgame. Billionaires who control the world are actively discussing the mass enslavement of workers. Why are they even considering such a thing when there’s an easy alternative readily available? They could support backing radical New Deal-esque reforms. Not that hard, really. Remove money from politics, recount all members of Congress and re-elect representatives using campaigns that use only public-funding. $100 tax credit per American adult. Keep it or donate it to the candidate of your choice. Zero corporate money. That would enable the successful passage of Medicare for All, a Green New Deal (or some variation of it), an end to the wars, etc. The majority of voters are already on the same page, leaning progressive issue-by-issue. All that’s missing is democracy.
But the billionaire class wielding corporate power isn’t even considering doing the right thing because sociopaths don’t possess a conscience. They’d rather enslave us than take the moral road. But we do know that their minds shift priority based on profitability. Whatever makes them more money and is more reliably stable is what the corporations will ultimately invest in.
If Americans were to storm the proverbial gates en masse, that would be untenable for corporate power. Too much chaos isn’t profitable. The extreme market volatility alone would cause the stock market to crash and in turn destabilize global markets. This would be on top of the wildfires ravaging the West Coast and the hurricanes pummeling the Gulf states. Plus a dangerously trigger-happy election season. And the racist gestapo cops essentially declaring war on American citizens. All during a global pandemic with no vaccine widely available until, realistically, 2022.
Yet somehow the country has held together so far. But barely. One more big push and all hell breaks loose. Do the wealthy donors really want that? Just how far are they willing to go in taking that risk?
Billionaires would pay Congress to bail out the middle-class and pass meaningful reforms in order to preserve at least some semblance of their current lifestyle, same as they yielded under FDR when the top tax rates shot up to 94%. But they will only accept this last resort if they feel their system is under a legit threat of complete collapse. A Change.org petition won’t change their minds. A violent majority uprising would, the kind of mass and sustained and organized rioting that bends the system to the breaking point in a way that peaceful protesting never could. The Elites would crack before the system breaks.
The wealthiest may not give a damn whether they make future profits since they have amassed enough of a fortune to last multiple lifetimes. And they may not possess any real loyalty to their people or country. For them it’s only about dollars and cents, not people or planet. But even they would care about an uprising that threatens the American Dollar, which a total market collapse from widespread rioting would ensure. 80% of all assets in the world are owned by America. If our country plunged into financial oblivion, so would the world.
So yes, the Elites would care enough to concede because they can never be insulated enough by their wealth because their wealth is entirely dependent on the value of the currency that’s backing it. Put that in jeopardy and you have them on their knees. Then the middle-class majority could have it’s cake and eat it too. Plus ice cream.
This is why a violent revolution need only be brief. It only needs to be disruptive and escalated to the point that corporations see greater profitability in appeasing the masses than oppressing the masses. With local law enforcement being a mere 0.2% of the population, victory would be luxuriously achievable. If enough of the middle-class united, that is. Effective organization would be key.
The corporate media is fighting hard to prevent even the whispers of revolution from being heard, but it’s catching ear anyway. The increase in evictions, hunger, and homelessness due to both natural and artificial disasters ensures more pain will become more widely felt. Meanwhile the next President will either be a guy who denies science and seeks to instill martial law or a guy who would doesn’t deny science, but rejects the solutions anyway, and also seeks to instill martial law.
There are already dangerous talks about federalizing local law enforcement under the guise of “oversight reform”. Academia is slowly pushing it on the Left (RE: Professor Robert J. Kane), and Al Sharpton has openly called for it.
That’s not reform, that’s a consolidation of police state powers. Federalizing the police is militarizing the police with different wording. Which is why Biden is more likely to do this and get away with it. Trump would attempt it but public outrage would shut it down. I still say vote for neither, but… y’know. If you feel you must pick one of the big two, go orange. He’s the lesser evil. I’m going green).
The refusal of our government to provide even healthcare as a human right in the richest country in the history of the world in the midst of a historic pandemic alone should make the truth abundantly clear: the Elites do not care about us at all and never will.
We have no choice but to make them care.
I stand by President Kennedy’s words. Nothing more, nothing less. So if any legal authority is reading this, don’t shoot the messenger. No pun intended. Since, y’know… you CIA pricks blew his head off at a f’n parade in broad daylight.
And incase you thought the CIA killing Kennedy was just a conspiracy theory, it’s not. They legit helped cover it up and it was even declassified. CNN didn’t tell you about this…? Shocking.