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  •  Not that simple (14+ / 0-)

    It's actually more perverse.

    The days of a clear identification of the center of power are over. No more monarchs or generalissimos or dear leaders to overthrow. Even direct confrontation between angry crowds and powers that be is largely out. I know we've had Occupy Oakland but nothing like the Pullman Strike or Blair Mountain.

    For the greater number, enforcement of the social order is no longer the domain of force but of credit scores, of mortgages, of health insurance, of the fear of losing your job, of globalization, of legal powerlessness against the jumble of laws and precedents, of shareholders half a world away, and so on and so forth.

    There is nothing to revolt against, nothing to focus anger and motivate movements. What do you want to revolt against? And even conquering DC won't do the trick as there are so many "checks and balances" that any progress can be killed off by a stroke from the Supreme Court or die the death of a thousands cuts at the hands of lobbyists and obscure regulatory agencies.

    Future uprisings, democratic or not, at the ballot box or in the streets, will not be crushed or repressed. They will be diverted, eroded, impeded, jammed and slowly smothered without a noise, just like Occupy.

    We are in a world where any gain for the larger number is temporary at best and taken away one bit at a time, while minds and attentions are focused elsewhere, a transient setback for the few, where any loss for the larger number is entrenched into social structures and ensconced into laws, cementing a bit more the power of the few.

    Welcome to the age of squishy authoritarianism, a never ending ratchet.

    I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

    by Farugia on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 06:22:14 PM PDT

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