Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The eternal struggle



“Things change but one thing does not change,
The battle between Good and Evil does not change”.

~ TS Eliot

While in the car this morning, driving through a wet snow, I was listening to a program on NPR (National Public Radio) about the national debt and the operative question was, "Should the rich be taxed more to help pay for the debt?"

One of the guests on the show was adamant that no taxes should be raised on the wealthy.  In fact his prescription for dealing with the debt problem is to cut Social Security and Medicare.  Of course Social Security is a pension that workers pay into and is not responsible for the debt.  But facts like that are incidental to those who intend to finish off what little bit of social progress we have left in this country.  Their goal is to create a neo-feudal society - we are damn close to it now with the ever widening gap between the rich and practically everyone else.

Amazing to me was that the NPR radio show host never mentioned the colossally expensive endless wars that have been instrumental in creating much of America's debt.  After 18 years in Afghanistan and the wars in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria, with only chaos created, one would think that any intellectually honest person would proclaim that it is 'these damn wars' that are busting the budget!  But people who would say that are never invited on NPR.

The pissing away of more than $4 trillion on the wars insured that there would be no money available to fix roads, bridges, schools, water and sewer systems, nor fund alternative energy development.  The fossil fuel corporations have successfully drowned the country in debt and now (in the best tradition of neo-liberalism) claim that the only way out was to finish off what little social funding is still in the budget.

With all of this in mind I'd highly recommend you go see the new movie Vice.  It's tells the story about how V-P Dick Cheney locked all of this into motion.  We need to get folks to see this film.

The decision had been made during the George W. Bush administration that America's role in the global capitalist system would be 'security export'.  We would not have decent jobs in America anymore because it was cheaper for Mr. Big to go overseas where wages were minimal.  Profit swelled.

For the kids back home that meant few if any jobs in their communities so they join the military and the 9-11 false flag made sure they felt a swell of nationalist pride as they went overseas to fight fossil fuel wars.  After repeated deployments they came home with a psyche stretched like a rubber band that has to eventually break.  They become largely forgotten - GI suicides are now at 22 per day.

So the plan is to take America down - break it emotionally, intellectually, culturally, spiritually, economically, environmentally, and politically.  Every social institution is being destabilized.  That is how feudalism works.  The American people are in for a rough ride ahead - Trump is the perfect man to put at the helm.  He won't be impeached because he is delivering the goods for Mr. Big who owns both major political parties. Trump keeps the citizens snarling at each other so they miss all that is going on behind the scenes to lock their fate.

The current Democratic party leadership in Washington this week supported the fossil fuel corporate agenda when they smashed the effort to put forward the 'Green New Deal' that would begin the conversion process to redirect monies for sustainable production.  But the 'new and improved' House of Representatives will largely stay in their 'political operating zones' which are assigned by Mr. Big's handlers.  The handlers are put in place with corporate money and their role is to control all levels of government in Washington and in state legislatures across the county.

The job of Congress is to debate various inflammatory domestic issues like immigration, religion, sexual orientation, gun control, abortion and more.  The handlers (bag men really) ensure that no links are made between these 'important domestic issues' and foreign policy.  This denial of real public debate about the wars (and costs of the wars) is key because Mr. Big's strategy is to control the whole world.  It's a war between regional global oligarchies. Most nations want to be left alone but Washington (and its underlings like the UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia) are rolling the dice and going for the whole ball of wax.  Mr. Big figures it's best if the American people don't pay attention to this costly corporate gamble.

It's a very risky, dangerous and provocative drive for total control.  It is the epitome of evil and the opposite of what we truly need here on Earth.

So the struggle goes on - daily facing the little devil inside each of us and all that which permeates our lives.  Best wishes to all who are on such paths.

God bless the French people for showing their spirit is not dead.

Bruce

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