What I'm about to suggest works.  I know it does because I'm well beyond getting angry, dismayed, upset, troubled, or even perplexed by the rapid-fire amalgamation of what is slowly (but surely) turning into a fascistic system.

What helped me get here?  Becoming aware of exactly what's happening, and who is behind it.  That realization is extremely powerful!  It's actually liberating.

Why?  Because now that I know the nature of the challenges we are facing, instead of being distracted by decoys, lies, misinformation and smokescreens, I can focus my attention like a laser beam at the real culprits behind the horrendous crimes being committed against the citizenry.

Folks, the political system in the final analysis is a farce... No, don't worry, I'm not going to suggest that people stop exercising their right to vote and engage in the political process.  We can't never give up on that front.

But it is essential that we understand at this point, given the circumstances, and again, in the final analysis, the entire system is rigged.

Here's the actual situation: For many reasons (which I'm not going to cover here), the "system" here in the U.S., and the U.K., and Greece, and Italy, and Spain, and other countries, has evolved into a plutocratic corporatocracy.

This has brought about a governance ethos based on the shared interests of a ruling elite composed of powerful moneyed/financial/corporatists actors and the political class here in the U.S., and in France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, and other countries.  The latter is paid off by the former.

Everything else is pure noise, distractions, smokescreens, kabuki theater.

Here's the problem: If you think that the Democrats are the good guys and the Republicans are the bad guys, and you base your world view on that premise, then you're going to have the tendency to judge most issues using a partisan or tribal prism with a totally distorted understanding of the actual situation at hand.

Psychologically, that is very harmful because the things that are actually happening are totally incongruous with your flawed understanding of the supposed reasons.

The Democratic party establishment is under the total control of the same forces that are in control of the Republican party establishment.

They are both fucking you over, and are answering to the same masters.  There is a difference, of course.  You can think of it as a good-cop-bad-cop situation, but both having the same objectives: to serve their corporate paymasters.

The Republican party is like the loud-mouthed thug, overtly fascistic, content with putting a jackboot on your face, pressing it hard.  The Democratic party is more subtle, pretending to be your friend, greets you nicely, hugs you, back-slaps you, but when you turn around, it tells the same thugs to work you over, throw you inside the trunk of a car, drive you to a cliff, and push you over it.

They are both working for the same people: and it ain't you.

Why is having this understanding healthy?  It's not because now all of the sudden I, or anybody else, can take on the corrupt system.  It is because now I have a clear understanding of why the outrageous things I see happening (as we move further and further into fascism) are taking place.

The necessary condition for fixing this situation would be the acknowledgement of this truism (I'm describing here) by millions and millions of people, here in the U.S., and in the U.K., and France, and Spain, and Italy, and other countries under the control of the same nefarious forces.

And thus, at least to me, that's where I spend most of my activist energy on: trying to wake people up to this reality.

Will I (and countless others trying to do the same thing) be successful at it?  Nobody can say for sure, but in my heart of hearts I believe it is possible; otherwise I would not waste my time in the effort.

Again, and regardless of how long of a process is going to be before enough people wake up to this simple reality, knowing the true nature of what's going on is indeed therapeutic.  And that's why I don't get angry anymore by the dastardly things I see happening, from our institutions.  What else would one expect from a government on the take.  It's only natural; normal.  The system is rigged, and corrupt.

Finally, no amount of petition drives or complaining will ever make any difference.  The corrupt ruling class will only relent if they are forced to do so, with overwhelming power from the people.

But one thing at a time... First, we need to wake TFU.  The rest will manifest itself.

Let's get to it!

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Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, In Support of Labor and Unions, American Legislative Transparency Project, and TrueMarket.

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