So many Americans have felt helpless for so long, so many have thought there was no way to rectify the egregious missteps, mistakes, and misanthropy of entities so powerful that making so much as a dent in their seemingly impenetrable armor seemed impossible.
But there comes a breaking point, a time when we’re in such despair that we have no choice but to focus, unify, and finally begin to fulfill expectations, to fill gaps between the 99% and the 1%, and to come together despite our differences to re-create a more equitable system, a country that so many of us remember and yearn for.
Don’t let the word “revolution” scare you, because this isn’t a call for violence, it’s a peaceful call for– no, insistence on– equality and respect.
Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers Tuesday morning into garbage trucks in New York City. They have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future. [...]
Get back into your cages, they are telling us. Return to watching the lies, absurdities, trivia and celebrity gossip we feed you in 24-hour cycles on television. Invest your emotional energy in the vast system of popular entertainment. Run up your credit card debt. Pay your loans. Be thankful for the scraps we toss. Chant back to us our phrases about democracy, greatness and freedom. Vote in our rigged political theater. Send your young men and women to fight and die in useless, unwinnable wars that provide corporations with huge profits. Stand by mutely as our bipartisan congressional super committee, either through consensus or cynical dysfunction, plunges you into a society without basic social services including unemployment benefits. Pay for the crimes of Wall Street. [...]
Revolutions always begin, [historian Crane Brinton] wrote, by making impossible demands that if the government met would mean the end of the old configurations of power. The second stage, the one we have entered now, is the unsuccessful attempt by the power elite to quell the unrest and discontent through physical acts of repression.
Mandatory reading if you’re a 99%er… and even if you’re not.