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  •  The problem is people feel powerless (4+ / 0-)

    One of the reasons people turn off to the call for "organization" is most organizations consist of a small few who are looking for cadres of workers to implement their ideas, rather than organize people around what really matters to them. People have been kept at the bottom for so long they think that's the most power they will have no matter who governs. They aren't used to thinking for themselves, since no one listens to them. They feel exploited, but have accepted the exploitation is the natural order of things.  So they fight over the latest Wallmart sale, and feel powerful when they can take home some nice new toy, as if that is the essence of "survival" in America. The only power they are left with is acquiring products.

    Voting just reminds them of the powerlessness. They notice that little changes in their lives despite decades of leaders coming and going, at their expense. So they instead turn to activities that make them feel as if they have some control over their lives, like the school soccer game. 200 channels on TV gives them a feeling of choice, and they have a remote control that gives them control over something.  

    The common American, deep down, feels powerless in the face of the enormous, bewildering fusion of government and the corporatocracy, and feels that he or she will always be powerless. Elites in America fear direct democracy, and they fear trusting the judgment of the everyday person. Thus the elites huddle in the back rooms, plotting how to "lead" the rest of us, while keeping us under control. And after hundreds of years of being treated this way, people don't feel the need to participate in the useless exercise of thinking about how society should be managed, since they see no point. And thus they become increasingly ignorant and incapable of objectively analyzing modern politics. The logic then becomes circular, because elites can point to the ignorant masses which they created and say, "We must lead them, because they are incapable of leading themselves."

    We've been mesmerized by television, sports, shiny new electronic gadgets, spectacles of the market place. We are so distracted we are left with no time for reflection.

    We rarely hear honest dialogue on national mainstream news. And even when we do, people have little time for it, with kids to take care of, and jobs to attend, along with a gaggle of other activities that take up our attention. We are lied to, toyed with, manipulated, directed, herded.

    Years of pitting one group against another has divided us. Blacks against whites, men against women, natural citizens against immigrants, young against old.

    You want to organize? First find a way to talk to everyday people about what they really want. Help them find their own vision. Make them feel as if they are ruling over their own lives.

    But after all these decades and centuries of the working class cowering under authority in order to scrape by, it may take a long time before the social dysfunction is healed.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:49:51 AM PDT

    •  Honestly, that's one of the most insightful things (1+ / 0-)
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      I've read here, or anywhere, about this issue.  Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to share it.  I for one, value it a big deal.  I will follow your advice.

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        You want to organize? First find a way to talk to everyday people about what they really want. Help them find their own vision. Make them feel as if they are ruling over their own lives.
        Far too many ostensible leftists are committed to telling others what they need, rather than listening to what they want.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:04:17 AM PDT

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