By Dale Allen Pfeiffer
05 November, 2007
are all armed with monkey wrenches, it is time to use them. It is time
to take back our power and to realize that we, ourselves, are our own
masters. And let us never delegate that power or that responsibility
Corrupt beyond Redemption
Those of us living in the
US live in a fascist system, right now, today. We live in a system where
powerful corporations call the shots, both nationally and globally.
They do this beneath a façade of democracy, a façade that
has grown exceedingly thin. And every day they come closer and closer
to allowing this façade to drop.
It should be quite plain
by now that our government does not heed the public mandate. They have
not stopped the war in Iraq, they have not moved to impeach Bush and
Cheney, they refuse to discuss a working solution to global warming,
and they will do nothing about outsourcing, capital flight and impoverishment
of the US working class.
Yet activists in the peace,
environmental and labor movements continue to lobby the government for
change. We are content to wait until the next presidential election
and replace the incumbents of one crooked party with the candidates
of another crooked party. Yet no election is going to make the slightest
bit of difference in solving the problems with which we are faced.
Our politicians are bought
off. Most of them are members of the privileged class to start with,
and once they leave office they will go to work for the very firms they
should now be attempting to regulate. The move to privatize has reached
critical mass; we have sold off our infrastructure and our vital government
services to corporations - worse than sold, we have handed these things
over while promising to subsidize their ownership with taxpayer's dollars.
The privatization mania has gone to the point that we have now largely
privatized our military and police services to private firms whose first
loyalty is clearly not to the US public.
The building of a fascist
system within the façade of democracy has been in progress for
a long time. It can be traced back to the days of the Great Depression
and even further. The move towards fascism accelerated in the 1970s
and particularly in the 1980s. Privatization, outsourcing, labor and
environmental deregulation, mergers and in particular media monopolies
have all been tools in producing this transformation. Global trade agreements
consolidated fascist power throughout the world, while formalizing the
supremacy of international corporations over federal governments.
By the turn of the century,
the advance of fascism had reached the point that corporations and political
lackeys in the Bush administration could act with impunity, openly trashing
the US Constitution and the Geneva Conventions while making jokes about
it. What previous administrations used to do in secret, the Bush administration
does in the open, and then grants itself immunity from future prosecution.
And now Bush has granted
himself the power to abrogate the constitution and suspend elections
through the declaration of martial law. He can do this for any perceived
threat, whether it involves terrorism, economic crisis, environmental
catastrophe, or social upheaval. Soon even the trappings of democracy
will become unnecessary, and the US public will find themselves living
in a repressive police state without any of the freedoms and protections
from abuse that we have for so long taken for granted.
None of our elected officials
wish to repair these breeches in our governmental system. Instead, they
are all lining up to profit from them. Instead of taking up the public
mandate, they are vying with each other to feed at the corporate troughs
and assume the mantle of fascist dictator.
The Shame of Our
The United States is the
power behind world repression. Since World War Two we have made it our
policy to support the corporate exploitation of resources and populations
the world over, so long as the bulk of those riches flowed into the
US to maintain US consumption and economic growth.
The US is the leading producer
of greenhouse gasses. Yet the US is the one country that has refused
to do anything about them. It is the top consumer of world resources,
consuming at a level far exceeding the carrying capacity of the environment.
As such, the US is largely responsible for resource depletion and mass
Yet even our gluttonous over-consumption
is not enough to sustain economic growth. So we have turned to juggling
bubbles of debt. The public is told that it is their patriotic duty
to consume, consume, consume, even as their adjusted income continues
to shrink. To fulfill our patriotic duty, we take out second and third
mortgages, and we max out credit cards. Our debts are then repackaged
and sold off as investments.
Now these bubbles are becoming
unmanageable. Foreign investors, the other pillar of our economy, are
beginning to divest themselves of the US dollar. A major economic crash
is imminent, a crash that could make the Great Depression pale in comparison.
Once this crash is complete, plans are already in place to replace the
US dollar with the North American Amero, to establish the supremacy
of the North American Union over the federal governments of the US,
Canada and Mexico, and to keep the public in line through the establishment
of a repressive police state.
Meanwhile the US Empire and
the conquest of the rest of the world will continue. Under the guise
of fighting a war on terror, we have assumed the right to attack any
country we wish through so-called pre-emptive strikes. We can imprison
anyone anywhere indefinitely, without filing formal charges. And we
can use any amount of force necessary, even torture.
The country we live in has
become a fascist empire. Our government and our corporations have joined
together to commit crimes against humanity and crimes against the planet.
If allowed to go on, all of us will suffer - all of us but our elite
masters. That is, if their insane greed does not destroy this planet's
ability to support complex life.
Something has to be done
to stop this madness, the sooner the better. And that goal will not
be achieved by voting, writing letters to our congresspeople, or marching
on the capitol. Our only recourse to prevent the unthinkable is a major
Right now, we simply cannot
stage a successful uprising within the US. Those of us who are aware
of the many issues I mentioned above are reaching the point where we
know an uprising is necessary. But we do not have the numbers to pull
it off. If we were to attempt such an uprising right now, they would
simply round us up. If enough of us rose up, it would give them an excuse
to declare martial law, formalizing their fascist dictatorship.
There are simply too few
of us at this point. For each of us who recognizes the necessity of
a mass uprising, how many people do we know who are unaware of the impending
crises that we are facing? How many are somewhat aware, but think that
these problems will be solved for us? How many still think that all
we have to do is petition our elected leaders or vote the scoundrels
out of power?
The public is uninformed.
They do not know what crimes the government has committed and is committing
under our names. They do not know what major crises are bearing down
on us. They do not know that democracy is dead in the US and we live
in a fascist system. They do not know this because the media they are
exposed to does not discuss these things.
Our media conglomerates are
part and parcel of the fascist system we live under. They will not permit
an honest discussion of the problems we are facing. Or, if they allow
such a discussion, then they will keep it framed in a fashion that supports
the fascist system.
The majority of US citizens
believe we invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein was involved in 9-11.
The war was necessary to fight terrorism. Sure Bush was wrong about
the weapons of mass destruction, and his administration has fumbled
this war all along. But we had to invade Iraq to fight the terrorists.
Back up. Who ever said that
war was the way to solve the problem of terrorism in the first place?
Terrorism is a problem for law enforcement. You hunt the terrorists
down, you arrest them, you place them on trial and if they are found
guilty you hold them culpable for their crimes. Then you resolve the
problems of repression and desperation that give birth to terrorists
in the first place. You do not declare war against other countries,
using war (which is state terrorism) to increase the level of repression
and desperation, breading more terrorists.
This is just one example.
Where the media does allow discussion, it first establishes a framework
that supports the overarching goals of the fascist system. And once
the discussion is over, it lulls the public back into a stupor by moving
on to sitcoms, cop shows, sporting events, OJ Simpson and Britney Spears.
So if we are going to stop
this madness, we need to begin talking to the people around us, helping
them to understand the situation we are in. This can be a long process,
depending on how far each person is sunk into denial and complacency.
Talk to them, give them information, answer their rebuttals, but do
not put too much pressure on them at one time. Let them digest what
you have said and work through it for themselves. And move on with your
argument when you perceive that they are ready for more.
Currently the US population
is too complacent to stage a mass uprising. We have it too easy. To
some extent or other, we are insulated from the problem. We have been
co-opted by our own consumption and our 401k's. The media keeps us insulated
from the real world, and the system keeps us comfortable.
But that is beginning to
change. People are being squeezed tighter and tighter by the economy
and corporate greed. Rising energy prices due to declining energy supply
will have a growing impact on our lives from here on out. Life in the
US is going to become increasingly uncomfortable from now on.
Talk to people about their
discomfort, help them to understand how this relates to the world at
large, the avarice of our corporations and the treachery of our political
system. Minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics and American Indians are
already well aware that we live in a police state. Reach out to them.
The poor are well aware of how unfair our system is. Reach out to them.
Yet be aware that the disaffected are already being preached to by media
mouthpieces and by religious fundamentalists. But every day more and
more people become aware that something is wrong. Reach out to them.
from the Crash
Oil has already peaked. Production
began declining in 2006, and is now diminishing at a rate of 7% per
year. The latest studies show that natural gas, coal and uranium will
soon follow. (Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and
unrest, says new study. The Guardian, October 22, 2007.
What, you mean you hadn't
Overall, energy prices are
going to keep going up. And as the price of energy goes up so will everything
else. At some point, the economy will crash. Hunger will become a problem
all over the world, even in once prosperous nations such as the US.
Global Environmental Outlook
4 has just been released. This is a publication of the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) produced by 390 experts using data compiled
over the last two decades. They warn that we must act now to safeguard
our own survival and the survival of future generations. (Save the planet?
It's now or never, warns landmark UN report. AFP, October 25, 2007.
UNEP Executive Director Achim
Steiner is quoted as saying, "The systematic destruction of the
Earth's natural and nature-based resources has reached a point where
the economic viability of economies is being challenged - and where
the bill we hand on to our children may prove impossible to pay,"
The report also recognizes
that overpopulation is a very real problem, something that many on the
left refuse to acknowledge. The report warns that our population is
now so large that we have exceeded the carrying capacity of the planet.
The amount of resources necessary to sustain our population exceeds
what is available.
Life on this planet, and
life in the US, is going to become increasingly uncomfortable. More
and more, people in the US are going to be caught in a bind. We will
not be able to make ends meet, and we will discover that the system
is failing us. As time goes on, the public will become increasingly
dissatisfied and even angry.
It is up to us to reach out
to these people, help them understand, and help them channel their anger
and dissatisfaction to constructive ends. We can begin right now by
seeking out others who are aware. Attend meeting of activists, particularly
peace groups. I have found that people attending events sponsored by
Veterans for Peace are particularly receptive to this message. Peace
activists in general seem to be more aware than many other activists
that they cannot reach their goals through the system. It also seems
that global warming activists are more likely to believe that they can
work through the system.
Attend meetings, and talk
about how the system has become irredeemably corrupt. You will find
others who have come to this conclusion. Talk about the necessity of
a mass uprising, similar to the uprising in Venezuela following the
US-backed coup against President Chavez. If the Venezuelans did it,
so can we.
At a recent meeting that
I attended, someone came up with an excellent suggestion. He said he
would like to see people everywhere go out en masse and sit down on
the highways and the expressways, stopping the flow of commerce. This
is what we need to do: stop business as usual. We must bring the system
grinding to a halt, insisting on a return to sanity, and a move toward
sustainability and egalitarianism.
As things get worse, the
time will come when people are ready to create such an uprising. For
now, we must seek out those around us who already aware of the necessity.
And we must do what we can to help wake up everyone we know.
Don't Fool Yourself
The government is already
preparing to deal with public disaffection. Why else do you think they
are rolling back our liberties and paving the way for martial law? They
know all about energy and resource depletion and all the various other
approaching crises. They know that life is going to become increasingly
hard for many of us, and they know that those suffering these hardships
are going to become troublesome. They know that some of us will try
to organize an uprising, and they probably know many of us by name.
When the time comes, they
think they can deal with us, and even use our efforts to their advantage.
For that reason, we must make this uprising very organic in nature.
There should be no leaders. There should be only the recognition that
business as usual cannot go on and a willingness to do what it takes
to bring the madness to a halt.
People need to understand
that we are faced with a madness that will make life miserable for us
and for generations to come, if it does not severely damage the viability
of this entire planet. Yet they also need to know that each of us has
the power to stop this madness, simply by ceasing to take part in the
system that perpetuates this madness. We are all armed with monkey wrenches,
it is time to use them. It is time to take back our power and to realize
that we, ourselves, are our own masters. And let us never delegate that
power or that responsibility again.
Dale Allen Pfeiffer
is a science journalist, a geologist, a novelist, and a noted authority
on energy and related geopolitical issues. He is also author of Eating
Fossil Fuels, 2003. He may be contacted at:firstname.lastname@example.org
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